ARC REVIEW: Denton Little’s Deathdate (Denton Little #1) by Lance Rubin

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Denton Little’s Deathdate (Denton Little #1)
Lance Rubin
Published April 14th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
YA > SciFi | Contemporary | Humor
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3 ★★★
 
 
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Fans of John Green and Matthew Quick: Get ready to die laughing.
Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that’s tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. Though he’s not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.
Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.
 
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REVIEW:

 

 

Reading Denton Little’s Deathdate is such a wild ride. A little weird but a lot of fun. Anyways, who doesn’t like weird!? I’m personally up for anything weird whether its on what I read or even in real life. But what’s the best about Denton Little’s Deathdate is that its the kind of weird that makes you laugh and think!

Being inside of Denton’s head is definitely a blast and even though not everything went smooth sailing, I still enjoyed the whole book and half of the reason is Denton’s humorous point of view. I just don’t know what to expect from him.. Sometimes I totally forget that he’s 17 though and thought of him as a 12 or 13 year old boy. Maybe it comes with being a male? Anyway, it didn’t really made the book bad or unreadable, surprisingly, the fun factor is upped because of that. Add a character like Paolo and you got yourself a laugh-out-loud book.

Its also amazing to read a book about death that is not depressing at al!! That’s absolutely why you need to read this book. Lance Rubin did a funny and kind of bizarre book that is thought provoking and unique. You have to admit, DLD has one of the most morbid yet creative concept. Imagine you’re in Denton’s place? What would you do? Think? Act? Is it morbid to think that? Well, you won’t help it because it comes in reading the book.

This book definitely has a sequel and some readers are not thrilled with it (ahhh that cliffy!) But really, I’m not complaining. I’ll be on the lookout because I really wanna know what’s gonna happen next. I didn’t swoon that much in here which I know isn’t the main point of the book but still!!! I’m looking forward to Denton and his love interest’s moments.

If you like your book weird but smart, bizarre but still meaningful, I highly recommend knowing Denton!!

 

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Hey there, I’m Lance Rubin. After years of being a GoodReads reader, I am delighted to now also be a GoodReads author. My first book, DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE, comes out from Knopf in Spring 2015.

I’m from New Jersey. It’s a way better state than people give it credit for. I went to Brown University, and now I live in Brooklyn with my wife and son. They are delightful people. Before I became an author, I was primarily an actor. “Anything I’d recognize you from?” you might ask. Probably not, unless you watched the short-lived NBC hospital show MERCY, in which I guest-starred as a patient with a naked sleepwalking problem.

By my late 20’s, the acting business was making me sad, so I started to focus more on writing.

Now I’m primarily a writer and it makes me incredibly happy.

Harry Potter is one of my favorite things of all time. JK Rowling is a storytelling genius, I’m endlessly impressed by what she did there. AZKABAN is my favorite, if only because it has one of the most satisfying climaxes ever. And involves time travel.

I also love Josh Ferris’s THEN WE CAME TO THE END, Julie Orringer’s THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE, Stephen King’s 11/22/63, Elizabeth Strout’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE, Sherman Alexie’s THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, Lois Lowry’s THE GIVER, and everything by George Saunders, Michael Chabon, and Jonathan Lethem.

BACK TO THE FUTURE is my favorite movie. When I was younger, I dreamed about being Marty McFly. Now I dream about being an amalgam of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. I don’t really dream that. But I love the screenplay they wrote.

I also love Pixar, the New York Knicks, Joss Whedon, and the Before Sunrise Trilogy.

Some last things:

-I have a podcast with one of my best friends, Ray Munoz. Our guests are often people with careers in the arts. We talk about creativity and make jokes. Always 20 minutes or less. Listen on iTunes or here:www.thelanceandrayshow.com

-I often battle the demons of procrastination. In fact, I shouldn’t be writing this bio right now. I’m supposed to be working on my second book, a companion to the first. I will get back to it in two minutes. I swear.

-I am not a cat person, but I respect people who are. Kind of.

-I am the voice of the Berenstain Bears audiobooks.

-I am very bad at baseball.

I’m so glad to be here. Can’t wait for you all to read DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE. Reach out and say hello!

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: After Hours by Claire Kennedy

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After Hours

Claire Kennedy

Expected publication: June 16th 2015 by Simon Pulse

YA > Romance | Realistic fiction

256pages (kindle edition)

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3 ★★★

 

 

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Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips.

Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.

Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.

Xavi will do anything for the money…absolutely anything.

Peter, Xavi’s stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.

Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy…even if those tips come with some conditions.

From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.

The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes…and things are about to get dirty.

 

 

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REVIEW:

 

 

So that was pretty new. After Hours really caught my attention because of the cover alone but when I read that blurb, I was so sure that I NEED to read it. The cover is a little.. misleading, imo. Not in a bad way though! I didn’t expect four POV’S from that cover is what I’m saying. Four well written point of views. You can really say that After Hours is a character driven book.

I love that every single one of them deals with pretty heavy issue and it was tacked in a very easy yet accordingly manner. Isa may not be my favorite but I like her backstory and surprisingly, she gets my sympathy. Xavi is a hardworking young lady that I’ve been rooting for right from the start. Out of everyone, I think she have the hardest life and I am so into underdogs. Peter was such a lady’s man. Right from the start I already know what kind of a guy Peter is but he did some things towards the end that surprised me. For me, he’s the most matured one. And of course, my favorite, Finn. Adorable and perfectly flawed Finn. I just love him. Love the way he thinks, he acts, the mistakes he committed (yes even that) and how he learned from it. Each of them has a unique characteristic that makes their voice different and original. Every one of them got the character development they deserve and I really like how Claire Kennedy ended everything.

I really have no comments with the romance because sadly, I didn’t swoon that much. Its not that the romance was MEH or annoying so this is more of a personal reason. It just really came out as Icky to me. I do know that this isn’t a reason for you to not read the book. Trust me, Peter can really melt your heart.

After Hours really have a bit of everything. Just by reading, you can feel the adrenaline and feel like you’re one of the players in TIPS. Drama is served and romance is included. It was fun and easy and perfect for YA readers who wants to be invested in a story full of secrets and dares!

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Claire Kennedy is a pen name for author Amanda K. Morgan. She is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works as a technical writer when she isn’t working on her YA novels.

At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.

Amanda is an avid volleyball player and spends time playing both indoors and out. When Amanda isn’t writing, she enjoys being entirely too busy and trying new things. Endeavors as of late include appearances in music videos, TV, and movies, rock climbing, and attending as many concerts and shows as her schedule allows.

Amanda headed up the Do The Write Thing for Nashville Project (with co-organizers/authors Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire), which tapped some of the biggest authors, editors, and agents in the industry for an online auction that raised over $70,000 for Midsouth flood relief.

For more information on Amanda’s freelance or technical writing, contact her.

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Vanished by E. E. Cooper

 Vanished
E. E. Cooper 
SERIES: Vanished #1
 Published May 12th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
YA >  Thriller
320 pages 
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4★★★★

 
 
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Gone Girl meets Pretty Little Liars in this fast-paced psychological thriller full of delicious twists and turns.
Friendship. Obsession. Deception. Love. 
Kalah knows better than to fall for Beth Taylor . . . but that doesn’t stop her from falling hard and falling fast, heart first into a sea of complications.
Then Beth vanishes. She skips town on her eighteenth birthday, leaving behind a flurry of rumors and a string of broken hearts. Not even Beth’s best friend, Britney, knows where she went. Beth didn’t even tell Kalah good-bye.
One of the rumors links Beth to Britney’s boyfriend, and Kalah doesn’t want to believe the betrayal. But Brit clearly believes it—and before Kalah can sort out the truth, Britney is dead.
When Beth finally reaches out to Kalah in the wake of Brit’s suicide, Kalah wants to trust what Beth tells her. But she’s swiftly realizing that nothing here is as it seems. Kalah’s caught in the middle of a deadly psychological game, and only she can untangle the deceptions and lies to reveal the unthinkable truth.

REVIEW:

Vanished is a really, really hard book for me to think about without wanting to breakdown and beg for a sequel like, NOW.

When I first started Vanished, I was surprised with the huge amount of information that the blurb already gave out about the book. I felt like most of the story was already laid out for the reader to judge, and I still stand by that. But what I realised as I started to really invest myself into the story was the sheer nothingness that is the synopsis, because it does not even begin to scratch the surface of the depth of this story. And what’s more fantastic is that the synopsis is faithful to the story to a T; it’s only that the story has so, so much more.

Kalah is the voice of the story, describing in complete detail her friendship with Britney and Beth. You know when you feel like you’ve crossed some rite of passage because you become friends with certain people in a society? That’s how it is for Kalah. High school is the stage and with Britney and Beth centre stage, and their friendship with her, Kalah feels undefeatable. She’s not cruel to people, or a bully, nothing like that. It’s only that she feels important having best friends at the top of the food chain.

But of course what Kalah forgets is that even best friends are allowed to keep secrets from each other and sometimes envy can take a life.

I think the part I loved best about Vanished is the depiction of Kalah being comfortable with her bisexuality. It is revealed early on that Kalah adores her boyfriend, but she also experiences a certain degree of rightness with Beth…and it was lovely to see. She appeared to be quite comfortable within her skin, not bothering much for opinion outside of her own. Of course she had moments of guilt when she felt like she was betraying both the people she seemed to love, but I think that was more of a moral problem than anything else.

As for Britney and Beth and their relationship with both each other and Kalah, the less you know, readers mine, the better it is. It’s not easily defined, this type of friendship, and believe me when I say that it’s best unravelled when you read it yourself.

On a more special note, this book is full of diversity, no matter what type you seek! Kalah is an Indian, she is also bisexual. And she is okay with it. So is everyone around her. Isn’t that great?

What I’d really like to talk about is E. E. Cooper and her seemingly perfect understanding of the teenage psyche.

Being a debut author is one thing, but being a debut author with a voice that is as distinct as it is powerful is completely another. Miss Cooper has managed to bring Kalah, Beth and Britney, along with a whole slew of characters in the Vanished universe to life spectacularly. And I’m not saying it in a way that is hollow or without true meaning…I’m saying it with every fibre of my being. If you want to read a YA book, truly worthy of a comparison to Gone Girl, let it be Vanished. And since we’re being honest here, let me come clean too: I didn’t know if I was even going to finish this book. My entire problem lied around Kalah, and whether or not she would allow herself to be stepped on by her “friends.”

But here’s what I realised: To stand up for yourself, taller and prouder than you ever have, you have to be trampled upon. You have to know the pain and humiliation of being used by friends, to understand that such people are really not your friends at all. And I’m going to leave it at that for you readers to interpret. Kalah’s story is a story you NEED in your life. And if by the end of the book you aren’t asking for a sequel as desperately as I am, then man, I don’t even know if we can be friends anymore.

 

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

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Out of Control

Sarah Alderson

Published May 12th 2015 by Simon Pulse

YA > Contemporary | Thriller

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A girl looking to escape her past in New York City ends up on the run from a dangerous conspiracy in this sizzling, high-stakes novel.

When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murder. When she’s taken into police custody – supposedly for her own protection – she realizes something isn’t right, but it’s too late. Soon, bullets start flying, and Liva realizes that she is not just a witness, but the target – and she needs to escape before it’s too late.

With the help of a sexy car thief that she met at the station, Liva manages to get away from the massacre unharmed, but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit the two killers who will stop at nothing to find them. Liva and Jay are living on the edge, but when you’re on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.

 

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Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.

She finished her first novel, Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.

A third book, Fated, about a teenage demon slayer, was published in January 2012.

The Sound, a thriller romance set in Nantucket, was published in August 2013 and this was followed by the critically acclaimed Out of Control in May 2014.

She also writes New Adult romance for Pan Macmillan (UK) / Simon & Schuster (US) under the pen name Mila Gray.

You can find Sarah on facebook and at www.sarahalderson.com or follow her blog at www.canwelivhere.com

 

 

 

 

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

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The Night We Said Yes

Lauren Gibaldi

Expected publication: June 16th 2015 by Harper Teen

YA > Contemporary | Romance

256pages (paperback)

 

 

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A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex- boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan. And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

 
 
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Public librarian and author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES (HarperCollins / HarperTeen, June 16, 2015) and MATT’S STORY (a The Night We Said Yes Novella, out August 2015). Fan of dinosaurs and cheesy jokes. And you.

 

 

 

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