Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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Summary:

The Serpent King is a book you won’t be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page.” —John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.


My Thoughts:

First off—I did really enjoy Serpent King!

Second—I feel like the hype got me way too excited.

Don’t get me wrong, it was great–but I don’t think it’s what I thought it was going to be.

I kept hearing people say they were sobbing and I just didn’t have that reaction at all.

Sure. There was a time or two that hurt my heart, but nothing that full on major.

However…it was still great! Don’t get me wrong there! I’m looking forward to what Zentner releases next because I do think he’ll do some great things.

This one did have the vibe of a debut novel to me. That’s hard to explain really without it sounding bad, but it does.

But the MOST IMPORTANT THING!!!

Are you ready?

These character ARE relatable. I think that’s WHY I didn’t have a “sobbing” reaction. I felt like the three characters actually could be people that I know. That completely made the book for me! Amazing characters and setting!

The only thing I wish is that Dill’s family would’ve had a more concrete resolution. I have questions about what happened next. I honestly want MORE! Again…these characters were AMAZING!

I do suggest Serpent King, especially if you’re in the mood for a contemporary.

Let me know what you think if you’ve read it!

-Melanie

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Waiting on Wednesday: Smash and Grab by Amy Christene Parker

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Summary:

Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story. Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!

LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .

Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.

Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.

Why:

I absolutely LOVED Parker’s Gated books a couple years back. I still recommend it to people all the time actually. So when I hard about this one I was naturally intrigued!

This seems like it’ll have a good Romeo and Juliet vibe going to it and that is always a fun time in books. Plus, Amy is just a fun writer as it is.

I can’t wait to read this! While you wait, pick up a copy of Gated and give it a try!

-Melanie

Waiting on Wednesday: The Square Root of Summer

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Summary:

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide―and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

Why I’m Excited:

Time travel and a physics prodigy…SIGN ME UP.

I’ve been hearing a lot about his book.

Let’s be real- that’s a cute title and the cover is gorgeous.

Soooo…I looked into it some more.

This sounds so much fun! I’m also glad to have a MC who is a math genius. That’s not something that happens very often, so it’ll be different.

I can’t wait for this book and I hope that I enjoy it as much as I’m thinking that I will.

It releases May 3, so check it out when it is available!

-Melanie

Review: When You’re Back by Abbi Glines

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Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

She was where my home would always be. It was time I took the next step and proved to her I was all in. Forever.

A chance meeting in Rosemary Beach has turned into a fairy-tale romance as Reese prepares to move in with Mase on his family ranch in Texas. With the loving support of the Colts, and her recent discovery that she has family of her own, Reese can finally move on from the dark horrors of her past and into a bright future.

But Aida isn’t going to let that happen. The beautiful blonde has been raised to think of Mase as her cousin, but it’s clear to Reese that Aida doesn’t love Mase like a cousin should.

And then there’s Captain, the inescapable stranger who has connections in Dallas and Rosemary Beach—and who conveniently shows up wherever Reese happens to be. Hot, mysterious, and plain-speaking, Captain isn’t afraid to tell Reese what he thinks about Mase—and how he feels about her.

As the competition for Mase and Reese’s hearts heats up, Reese’s past begins to unravel, illuminating shocking truths that will forever change the lives of the happy couple—and set the final stories of Rosemary Beach in motion.

My Thoughts:

Last May, a friend and I went to RT Convention in Dallas, TX, where she was excited to meet Abbi Glines. I hadn’t read any of her books before, but her latest release at the time, When I’m Gone, caught my eye.

I read it and loved Reese and Mase’s story, so I immediately preordered the follow-up.

When You’re Back has been waiting on my Kindle for months and I finally decided to read it as a way to get out of a reading slump. Turns out that it was just the book that I needed because I zoomed through it!

I enjoyed resisting the characters from the last book so much and getting more form Reese and Mase. However, it is important to not that, though this IS part of the Rosemary Beach series, you do not have to read the entire series. I do eventually want to read the entire story to get more about the rest of the supporting character, but I’ll get to those when I hit another slump and need a quick, fun read.

Granted, this book isn’t anything extravagant- it’s a romance novel, but it’s a fun one. Sometimes, though, a simple read is exactly what’s needed, right? I suggest this one if you find yourself in that position or if romance is just your thing. You’ll definitely find yourself hooked on wanting to know what will happen next!

-Melanie

Monday Musing: Countdown to November 9!

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Oh, you thought I meant the actual DAY?

Oops.

I always think that I can’t possibly be any more excited for an upcoming book until Colleen Hoover goes and announces a new book. I’m not gonna lie- she’s probably my favorite author. She’s also incredibly nice and generous!

Seriously though- as much as I love to read, my attention span struggles to just sit and read a book straight through. I have to be up doing something or moving from one thing to another….except when it comes to Colleen’s books. I normally sit, lose track of time, and read cover to cover.

The catch is that November 9 actually comes out on November 10.

I know. Why not change the date in the story or just go ahead and release it on Monday instead of the traditional Tuesday, right?

Who knows. All I know is that next Tuesday can’t get here fast enough. I always want her books in paperback, but always end up getting them on kindle just so that I can have it ASAP!

But really…check out how awesome this sounds and go ahead and preorder it:

November 9 summary:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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Book Info:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My Thoughts:

I got Statistical Probability a couple months back when the ebook was on sale due to promoting Jennifer E. Smith’s latest book. Granted, I’d never read any of her books, but it was on sale and sounded like one that I’d enjoy.

It was SO FUN!

I’d actually found myself in a bit of a rut and couldn’t finish a book to save my life, so I picked this one on my kindle just on a whim thinking maybe, just maybe, it’d be the book that I’d finally finish.

I couldn’t STOP reading it. I was invested in Hadley’s story and I loved how open, but yet still mysterious, Oliver was.

I was rooting for Hadley to maybe, hopefully patch things up with her family. Her family’s relationship was the most realistic thing to me. Lots of people know exactly how Hadley felt about her family.

This was such a good story and I’m now looking forward to reading more from Smith, but I still suggest maybe checking this one out first before any of her others. I hope that they’re all this fun because I loved this one!

-Melanie

Winter- First two chapters available!

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GUESS WHAT!!!

So earlier today I was checking out Amazon and noticed that the first TWO chapters of Winter are available to download for FREE on Kindle!

Sure, there is still almost a month until Winter releases, but…two chapters! It might actually make the wait harder, but it’s there and you should look into it if you are like me and can’t wait for Winter to come out.

Go HERE to get it!

 ALSO!!!!

Thanks to the AWESOME teen at Macmillan and Fierce Reads, I am running a giveaway on Twitter to win a copy of Cinder. I’m also maybe going to throw in a few other fun things, but they’re in charge of the book…because they’re amazing like that.

So go HERE to follow me and RT the tweet to be entered to win!

I’m SO excited for Winter and want everyone to read the awesome that is the Lunar Chronicles. I just ordered the entire series for my new library and I’m ready for them to get in so that I can convert my students into being as hooked as I am with this series!