Publication date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: A. Lynden Rolland
A captivating debut about the fragility of life, love, and perspective. Continue reading
Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata
Publication Date: May 18th, 2014
Publisher: Merit Press
Genre: YA Contemporary
At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives. Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it’s Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi’s overbearing first-generation Japanese parents. The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie–the long-time object of her unrequited love–and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they’re quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes.
About the Author:
Back in the day, Suzanne Kamata spent a lot of time hanging out in a club in Columbia, South Carolina, much like the one in Screaming Divas. (The beat goes on . . .) She later wrote about musicians for The State newspaper, The Japan Times, and other publications. Now, she mostly writes novels. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the perfect fake fur leopard-print coat and listening to the Japanese all-girl band Chatmonchy. Her YA debut, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible was named the 2013-2014 APALA YA Honor Book and Grand Prize Winner of the Paris Book Festival. For more info, visithttp://www.suzannekamata.com or follow her on Twitter @shikokusue.
Screaming Divas introduces its band members wonderfully. The first few chapters said just enough about each of the girls to leave me wanting more. Sometimes it’s difficult to get into a book but Divas roped me in after the first page. After their lives started to intertwine, however, things started to move at an alarming rate and keeping up with each event was a bit confusing. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading about the girls’ friendships, relationships and camaraderie. I sympathized with Trudy, the lead singer. She had an extremely rough upbringing and then when left on her own, didn’t make the wisest choices in lovers. Harumi was by far, my favorite character. Her opening chapter revealed this quiet resolve, ambition and beautiful love of music. I felt for Esther and Cassie.
Divas incorporates some fantastic music. I too, like Trudy, am a fan of The Supremes and honestly wanted to hear the girls’ rendition of their songs. This unlikely band of what would be considered “misfits” are truly endearing.
I give Screaming Divas 3.5 stars
By Hillary K. Grigonis
Release Date: February 24, 2014
Audience: Preteen and young teenagers
Format: Paperback and eBook
“Sometimes, my mind is a kaleidoscope. Somewhere, buried beneath a hundred different
swirling colors, is the original image, but as you turn the dial, the original meshes with
colors and becomes something completely different.”
Blurb: There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn. The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, who doesn’t even know she exists. Continue reading
Stim by Kevin Berry
Publication date: October 16th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Robert is different. He has Asperger’s Syndrome. He experiences the world differently to 99% of the population. Follow his entertaining and highly empathetic story as he struggles to realise and accept who he really is, try to understand other people—which he cannot—and find a girlfriend. Especially find a girlfriend—he’s decided it’s his special project for the year. Accompanied on this transformative journey by his quirky flatmates, Chloe (who also has Asperger’s, amongst other things), Stef (who hasn’t, but doesn’t mind) and their oddly-named kitten, Robert endures a myriad of awkward moments in his quest to meet a nice, normal girl…and not even a major earthquake will stop him.
“It’s my funeral. If I want you to play Bon Jovi as they wheel my body away to be cremated you’ll do it.”
The horrified look on Brendan’s face says he’ll do anything but. “People will laugh.”
“I want them to. I want a funeral where everyone stands around and remembers the funny things I did, and then they get really pissed.”
HOUSES by OLGA SOAJE. Lady Reader’s Bookstuff Tours is hosting a
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Houses which is Contemporary Woman’s Literary Fiction. The book
addresses and tells the tale of one woman discovering her life is far from
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Can anything good follow the best thing that ever happened
Amelia Weiss loved her husband of thirty-five years very much, but now he’s
left her a widow. Without him, she is unable to work in her sculpture studio
without crying. She no longer has a bridge to her estranged daughter. And she
can’t seem to keep her mind in the present.
But when her daughter reaches out asking for her help and her agent threatens a
lawsuit if Amelia doesn’t deliver for an upcoming exhibit, she’s forced to make
a choice. Will she reengage with her life and the people in it—allowing room
for things to be different than they were before? Or, will she remain stuck in
the past, choosing her memories over real-life relationships?
Thrust fully into the present, Amelia stumbles into a surprising journey of
Grab yourself a box of Kleenex before sitting down with Twelve Houses. Amelia Weiss has just lost the love of her life, Nathan. She struggles to move past this grief, this sudden loss and find meaning in her lonely state. Fortunately for Amelia (and unfortunately for my tear ducts) she has the amazing support from two friends, one new and one old and her two children. Even still, Amelia shuttles back and forth between the memories of what was and her painful present. With each passing memory, I felt even more connected to Nathan’s character and more heartbroken for Amelia. Is that possible? To miss a character in a book that I did not “know?” What I especially loved about Amelia’s recall is that her memories aren’t littered with perfect moments as if she were married to the holiest of saints; they’re real and call to mind even the unpleasant moments.
Without Nathan by her side, Amelia is faced with the immense disconnect between her and her daughter, Chloe. Amelia takes this opportunity, this shared loss, to mend fences. She initially feels a similar disconnect to her work as an artist but is thrown back into it by her tough loving agent. “Conversations” with Nathan are a help as she molds fresh clay and yet, are at times, a hinderance, reminding her of the loneliness.
Amelia also finds solace and great comfort in reigniting her passion for astrology. While that is something that I, personally, have little interest in, it’s a wonder to see it fill Amelia’s desire for purpose.
Soaje paints an emotional and intimate portrait of grief and the life that lies ahead. She breathes new life into the importance of friendship and the support they so amazingly provide.
5 stars for Twelve Houses
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On my latest novel Twelve Houses, I tell the story of a
widow who discovers that her life story is far from over. Amelia is a brave
woman who struggles to find her true place in the world and at the same time to
create a life that holds spiritual meaning and purpose.Though my first book, Borrowing My Mother’s Saints, was a
comedy set in New York, I think both books describe a similar spiritual journey.
The struggles of all of my characters are very important to me, and I love to
hear from my readers about my books.In my everyday life, I am married, and my husband and I
are raising two sons. We currently divide our lives between San Diego, California,
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Title: Alchemy (Prophecy Breakers)
Authors: Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West
Genre: YA Parnormal Romance
We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.
Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.
We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.