Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Books That Have Me Waiting and Wanting and Wishing!

Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme created here at
The Broke and the Bookish that features a great bookish top ten every week.

I can't just stick to one genre. I like them all. I tend to stick with YA most of the time but lately, I have found myself adding some adult to my TBR too. I am constantly adding to my mountainous pile of TBR books. Here are my latest "I must have now!" books I have added. 

The Butterfly GardenThe Dead ListContagion (Dark Matter, #1) If We Were VillainsCamp So-and-SoViolet GrenadeBecoming Bonnie (Bonnie #1)
Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault (Glass Vault, #1)The Door to JanuaryTattletale


Monday, June 5, 2017

Review: Follow Me Back by by A.V. Geiger

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back, #1)Title: Follow Me Back 
Author: A.V. Geiger
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
Publishing Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
Series:  Follow Me Back #1
Source:  ARC
Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts
This book barely made my radar. I saw it a couple of times and passed it up. After a couple more looks I decided to give it a try and grabbed at the ARC. I am so glad I did. This book was amazing. It had a bit of romance, mystery, thrills, and a bunch of crazy. 

Tessa has a secret. Something horrible happened to her this last summer. This traumatic event has caused a crippling effect that leaves Tessa room bound in her own home. She is scared of being watched, leaving the home, and allowing anyone to come close to her. Her only solace is her obsession of singer Eric Thorn and the fandom that surrounds him. 

Eric Thorn is famous but tired of where his good looks and publicist has taken his celebrity status. He feels more of an object expected to give half naked shows than a talented singer. He tries to bring his Twitter status to a halt with a fake persona... in turn, it brings him close to one of his biggest fans Tessa. 

This is the story of Tessa and Eric. Their fears, their anger, their mistrust. It's the story of their friendship and relations and something terrible that brings them together... Unfortunately, there is a lot more to the story that brings one of them into terrible danger. 

This book really did amaze me and surprise me. I knew it would be a thriller... what I didn't know was it held quite a bit of romance. A growing romance from strangers to friendship to more. The tender moments shared throughout the book kept me more interested in the story. There weren't many thrills to the end of the book but in between the tender moments and before the thrills began, there was much mystery that surrounded Tessa's past and the event that has Eric and Tessa in a police station being interrogated. So this book pretty much had all my favorite things. 

I loved how this story was told. There were tweets and personal messages passed between Eric and Tessa, a police transcript of the interrogation, and good old storytelling. It kept me interested and invested from the very beginning of the story. 

I didn't connect with Tessa at first, but she grew on me. It's hard to watch someone gone through something that immobilizes them but not know what caused such immobilization. Soon though, I forgot that something happened, or just didn't care as much as I got to know Tessa. I was able to see her try and face her fears as she made friends with Eric. I saw that she was a fighter.... even if she was afraid to step out of her own room. I could see she really wanted to get out of this fear induced life she had. 

Eric didn't take long to grow on me. I felt for him. His story was real up front and even though he was going the wrong way about figuring out his own head and life.... I could undestand. I thought he was a real sweetheart and just didn't know how to stand up for himself. He was trapped in his life like Tessa was trapped in her room. 

I loved how their relationship developed and found myself really concerned for the event that transpired to lead them to the police station. I didn't know what happened if Eric proved to be crazy or Tessa.... I just had to keep reading..... 

The story had so many layers and I really enjoyed getting through each and every one. It was quite a ride. What I didn't enjoy was the ending. I mean I did but I didn't. Argh... I just need the next book to really know what the hell is going on. So yes it was a cliffhanger at the end. Be forwarned!!! 

Loved it. So worth the read! 

A.V. Geiger

A.V. Geiger writes contemporary young adult fiction. Her debut novel, FOLLOW ME BACK, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in 2017.

A.V. is a popular author on Wattpad, where her original fiction has frequently ranked #1 in the Mystery/Thriller genre. Her writing career began as a hobby, posting celebrity fanfiction online, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with fan culture and social media.

She lives with her family in New Jersey.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the SpeciesTitle: The Female of the Species
Author:  Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publishing Date:  September 20th, 2016
Pages: 352
Genre: YA Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Series:  Stand Alone
Source: Audio
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
I have seen very few reviews for this book. I am not sure if it's because not many have read the book that I follow or if it's just because this is one of those books. The books that are hard to review. I loved this book but I do have a love/hate relationship with this book. It was a great read. Full of emotions, touch issues, a bit of mystery and suspense. I don't even know how to categorize the genre on this one. It is, however, a really hard one to review. I loved it, yes, but it was a hard book to get through and love at times, but well worth it. It is a book to be well appreciated for the topics, the direction, and the writing. 

This is a story about a girl, a boy, another girl, and unthinkable crimes and violence. Alex is a girl who lost a sister, a father, and pretty much her mother. She has killed and she believes she would do it again. Jack is a good boy, well he tries to be good. He has a good life in and outside of school. A good family home. He has it under control until he falls for Alex. Peekay is a bit of a wild child that still has somewhat of a good moral compass. She loses her boyfriend to a bad girl and in the process of healing befriends Alex. All three are tied together now. Powerful bonds lead to a powerful downward spiral. This is the story of their lives in a small town where bad things happen.  

So this was one of the hardest books I have read in a very long time. I still don't know how exactly I feel about it. I just know I so enjoyed it. I was glued to every page. I didn't want it to end and I did want it to end. At one point I was afraid to get to the end. I didn't feel I was prepared for it. 

This book address so many issues among teens that get overlooked. The difference in the way boys and girls are treated differently. It explores the after effects of sexual assault and violence. Among those issues, all different types of relationships are reflected on. Friendship, love, just sex, family and even strangers. So many issues and topics that should be thought over and spoken about.. but are often shied away from. 

I did like that these topics were explored in this book; however they were explored in a very dark way. Darker than any other book I have read. There is so much dysfunction in this book it was really hard for me to gauge my own moral compass. I could see the reasoning behind decisions made but I knew that it really was the moral way of doing things. This is where my dilemma developed. I didn't know how I was supposed to feel, who I was supposed to feel for. 

Behind all the ugliness there was great writing, great character devolvement, and a real good story. Not a feel good story, but a good story and it was so enjoyable... If you don't mind crossing over to the dark side just for a bit. 

There was romance which was okay. I wasn't really invested in it because it was Alex... She was a bit hard to get a feel for. She was almost robotic at times. This was a character flaw that was created for a reason and it fit well into the story... but it made for a tough romance. Towards the end of the book, I did enjoy it more and felt more. Once Alex went through some growth spurts in her emotional health, I was able to enjoy her relationship with Jack.   

My favorite character by far was Peekay. I just adored her and felt for her so much it hurt. In the beginning of the book, I was afraid I wouldn't like her. Once her story started, I fell hard for this girl. Her relationship with her parents, with her friends, and especially Alex, was pretty awesome and pulled hard at my heart strings. 

The ending was hard but the journey to get there was good. After I read the last page, I just froze up with tears in my eyes, doing my best to catch my breath. I had to collect my thoughts before I could carry on with my life. This book affected me greatly and I am so glad I chose to read this book. This author.... for sure on my must read everything by her... which I have and love. 

 A treasured read filled with so much love and hate wrapped up inside a very awesome cover. 

Mindy McGinnisMindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer's Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET won the Edgar Award in 2015. Her newest release, THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES is available now!

WOW: Midnight at the Electric Jodi Lynn Anderson

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Jenn's Pick: I Can't wait for:

Midnight at the Electric
Midnight at the Electric 
June 13th, 2016

Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.

Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire -- and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life -- Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.

England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?

While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

This book looks just sounds so amazing. I am not sure how it will all come together but it sounds great. little sci fi maybe and a little historical fiction too. love it. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

It's Monday, What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme to share our reads. Just in case you are curious about what book is in our hands and waiting on our shelves.

Last week I read:

The Ghost Files 2 (The Ghost Files, #2)The PossibleThe Cresswell PlotThe Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)Vengeance RoadAnd Then There Were NoneBang

Currently reading/listening 

Lost in WonderlandBionicCold SummerWildflower (Wildflower, #1)

This I will be reading next. 

That Thing We Call a HeartThe UnlikeliesStarfall (Starflight, #2)The Hundred Lies of Lizzie LovettDark MatterA Taste for Monsters



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