BOOK SPOTLIGHT: After The Woods by Kim Savage + Giveaway!!

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After The Woods

Kim Savage

Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

YA > Mystery | Thriller

Purchase links: Amazon | BN | TBD | itunes | Kobo

 

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Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

 

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AUTHOR:

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Kim Savage is the author of AFTER THE WOODS, a debut psychological thriller for young adults coming on Feb 23, 2016 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan. Her second thriller for young adults comes from FSG is 2017. Before writing fiction, she worked as business journalist, pitching stories along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You get the idea.

   

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ARC REVIEW: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

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Underwater

Marisa Reichardt

Expected publication: January 12th 2016 by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux

YA > Contemporary | Romance

Purchase links: Amazon | BN | Kobo | iBooks

4 ★★★★

 

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Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

 

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REVIEW:

 

‘It turned out I wasn’t dying on the outside. I was only dying on the inside, where nobody could see.’

 

Wow. Underwater stunned me! This is the first 2016 book that I read for this year and boy what a good choice! This debut novel deserves to be in your to read list people, but don’t make it stay there for too long. In fact, after reading my review, I highly suggest that you pick this book up immediately and get to reading. 

Morgan doesn’t go outside anymore. She study online, she meets with her therapist at her house and she only talks with her mother and her brother. Any other interaction besides that gets her nervous and gives her panic attack. There’s a reason behind why Morgan turned out to be this way. You see, she is not used to be like that. But an incident that she witnessed changed everything.

There’s a lot to be praised about Underwater but I’ll start with the author’s vivid and lyrical writing. It’s impossible to read this book without the words tugging your heartstrings. Every emotion that Morgan feels are easily rolling off through the pages and you can’t help but feel with her. Her sadness, anxiety, excitement and of course even her joy. Throughout the whole book I feel like Morgan was just a close friend, and she’s telling me her story. And I’m savoring each word.

We can all agree that the plot has been done before. I have read some already. In fact, the concept is not at all new. And like I say everytime, I admire the authors who writes realistic fictions such as this. But what makes Underwater stands out? Underwater doesn’t shy away with every issue that a person like Morgan encounters. This novel is raw and real. Every character is alive and will affects you in their own ways. But the most important thing that Underwater have is that it makes you aware. It makes you think! What if you’re in the position of Morgans mother? What if you have a friend just like Morgan? What if you’re in Morgan’s shoes?

There was a romance aspect in this novel as well but its not really the main point of the story. The guy didn’t save Morgan, she saved herself. She didn’t save herself for the guy either. She did it for herself. And that’s what’s important to me.

A powerful and mesmerizing novel. That’s what Underwater is. There are A LOT of books coming out this year and I’m sure your TBR is already stuffed. But this book is not something you want to miss. Underwater is important, real and provocative. I can’t wait to hear more of Marisa Reichardts contribution in the YA table. 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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I’m a SoCal native and high school writing instructor. I currently live in Los Angeles and can usually be found huddled over my laptop in coffeehouses or swimming in the ocean. 

My debut YA contemporary novel, UNDERWATER, will be out 1/12/16 from Macmillan/FSG and 4/7/16 Macmillan Children’s UK.

I love all books and all genres. While I do keep track of all the books I’ve read here, I generally don’t do ratings or reviews.

 

 


   

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ARC REVIEW: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

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The Secrets We Keep
Trisha Leaver
Published April 28th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
YA > Contemporary | Mystery
304pages (hardcover)
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4 ★★★★
 
 
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A girl takes over her twin sister’s identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.
Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.
When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life.
 
 
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REVIEW:

 

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“…this was our secret… a secrets sister would keep”

This book make me ache all over and I can feel it everywhere. The Secrets we keep is so raw and powerful. Truly something that you will never forget anytime soon. It will leave a mark, it will make you think and it will absolutely make you feel. Trisha Leaver words just seeps into you.

I don’t have a sister and everyday I wish I have one. Don’t get me wrong, living with 4 teenage boys is surely.. interesting, but it’s still nice to have someone I can fully relate with. Someone I can gossip with and dress up with. Having a sister, and in this case, a twin sister, is something that some people wishes to have. Madison and Ella, though they’re not as close as they were before, still loved each other even if they belong in different groups in highschool.. You can feel it through the pages. The way Ella talked about their bond. Their past escapades. Their secrets. Thr realness is there.

Ella really moved me by her thoughts and actions. She is so scared, full of fears but her actions? Her decisions? It tells a different thing. She’s brave. I mean, what she did… it’s so hard to imagine if you’re in her shoes. There was a scene in where Ella needed to make a decision about her and Maddy’s position. And I was literally screaming to my Kindle.. saying ‘NOOOOO. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS TO YOURSELF.’ But people who crazy love someone tends to do crazy and unbelievable things. I hurt. I hurt for every characters in here. The book is only on one POV but every single characters are alive and can be felt.

Then there’s Josh and Alex. Both of them are in love. And they’re both hurting too and I can’t help but be filled with this emotion and NEED to just– hug them and tell them that it’s it’ going to be okay. That’s what Trisha Leaver does.. attaches you to her characters and make their emotions yours. I’m not sure if I should be thankful for that or not but one thing is for sure, she needs to be praised.

The Secrets We Keep will floor you with it’s depth and incredible storyline. The writing is beautiful and the characters are raw. Trisha Leaver wonderfully explores friendships, relationships and family ties. Are you willing to lose yourself so that someone you love can live? 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Trisha Leaver live on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. (He is actually half Dalmatian so that could explain a bit of the excitability.)   She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the YA Scream Queens — a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror.

 

 

 

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