7 thoughts on A Week of Mondays…

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Summary:

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true… 

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.


 

  1. Don’t we all wish we could get a re-do and make Monday awesome from time to time? OF COURSE this bad day was on a Monday! I love Groundhog Day type stories that give do-overs.
  2. I really liked Ellie…granted, she SHOULD have followed her friend to book club ages ago, but I like her.
  3. The book is drags in spots. The first 3 or so Mondays before she finally catches on seem to be almost identical and got boring in spots. Granted, it wasn’t enough to give up, but it was enough to where I started hoping progress would be made.
  4. The last couple “days” moved fast and are where most of the development is. Those days ended up being my favorites for that reason.
  5. I loved Owen, but…I wish there’d been more to him. I knew what would happen with him from the get go, but I wish there’d been more development and getting to know him.
  6. I kind of found Tristan annoying. Not in a way that hurt the book, but in a way that made me hurt for Ellie because…girl, you could do better than this silly guy.
  7. The book is long. It over 450 pages and was way longer than I thought it needed to be, but it was good over all despite the length. It wasn’t too long that I lost interest, and  do still suggest it, but…it’s LONG. Maybe that’s just me and my short attention span though?

Overall? I liked it and definitely give it a try if you want something fun or if you like Groundhog Day type situations.

A Week of Mondays is out TODAY!

-Melanie

Girls Gone Sci-Fi Tour!

As promised, I’m writing about the Girls Gone SciFi tour stop in Jackson, MS last Monday. The tour included authors Tamara Ireland Stone, Lauren Miller, Jessica Brody, and Jessica Khoury. I loved Tamara and Lauren’s books last year, so I was looking forward to the event. I’ve since read Unremembered by Lauren Brody and am eager to read Book 2 and also read Khoury’s books. The tour hit Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson, a 30 minute drive for me on a Monday night, but I was still excited. The crowd wasn’t very large, but again, it was a Monday night. My friend Dawn went along as I’d talked her into reading Time Between Us awhile back. Upon arrival, we purchased the books we needed (we both had a couple on our kindles already). Then, we settled in for the chat.

My favorite part was probably just when we’d call out random page numbers and they would read from those pages. They also played a dating game using characters from the book that was really cute. Dawn and I had a blast talking to the authors afterwards and getting our books signed. They were super nice and gave me tons of bookmarks and such when I mentioned being a librarian. All in all, it was a great experience and I hope to visit many more signings like this in the future. Here are a couple pictures from it:

Me, Jessica Brody and Lauren Miller...I look awful...oh well. :)

Me, Jessica Brody and Lauren Miller…I look awful…oh well. 🙂

Dawn, Tamara Stone, and myself...she was super sweet and got excited when she realized who I was from Twitter and stuff...

Dawn, Tamara Stone, and myself…she was super sweet and got excited when she realized who I was from Twitter and stuff…

Currently Reading: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

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Summary:

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

My Thoughts:

I got this book several weeks ago in anticipation for attending the Girls Gone Sci-Fi tour. The summary sounded interesting,  but I just didn’t get a chance to read it before I went to the signing on Monday. Plus, I’ve been in a reading rut—as evidenced by my huge lack of posts. Monday night’s Girls Gone Sci-Fi stop fixed that for me. I’ll have a big post about that on Monday though. 

When I went to the signing I had one book from each author on Kindle and had to buy “book 2” from each, with the exception of Lauren Miller—she signed my ARC of Parallel. So….I bought Unforgotten, the sequel to Unremembered, without having read book 1. Jessica made the book sound super amazing when she talked about it, so I was immediately pumped to go home, grab my kindle, and dive in on Unremembered. In fact, when I got Unforgotten signed, she even made sure I had book 1 and I had to explain that it was on my kindle. Jessica was so sweet and also signed several Unremembered samplers for me to give to some of my students when I mentioned being a middle school librarian. 

Flash forward to getting home and grabbing my kindle—I can’t put this book down. Violet supposedly survived a plane crash, but she has no memories and isn’t on the plane’s manifest. Plus, she doesn’t come up on any government database when they run her fingerprints and DNA. I’m absolutely hooked and need to know what on earth is going on with this girl. On top of that–I already have book 2 waiting on me! I’m thankful that this tour gave me a reading excitement that I needed and I’m sincerely enjoying this book. 

Check back Monday when I post stories and pics from the Girls Gone Sci-Fi tour. This was my first author event to attend and I had a BLAST! I’ll definitely be attending more events at Lemuria in Jackson when they have authors that I enjoy—even if it is on a Monday night!

 

 

OH!! And the same day as the signing it was announced that Unremembered is being made into a movie! I’m picturing it already 🙂

-Melanie

Girls Gone Sci-Fi tour!

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I always see the dates of big tours and get bummed because they never end up coming to my area. Imagine my happiness when I saw Jackson, MS as the first date on this tour! I really enjoyed Parallel last year and I LOVED Time Between Us. I have been holding out on buying Time After Time, so I guess I’ll be buying it tomorrow to get signed since TBU is on my Kindle. Likewise, I actually haven’t read the Jessicas’ books, but I do already have them on my kindle. For signing purposes, I have one book from each on kindle and they have one other each that I don’t have, so I plan on getting those too. I’m so so  excited for this tour and to meet these great authors! I’m hoping to get some great books to get out of my current reading rut.