Synopsis: It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.
Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.
River’s Review: THIS WAS SO FREAKING GOOD! I can’t even right now. It’s got amazing friendship camaraderie, beautiful family bonds, cars (SEXY CARS!!!), swoony romance (kisses & peaches & swoon), and it’s so damn country it makes me miss my own tiny middle-of-nowhere podunk hometown and my own backyard swamp (tho mine was WAY less creepy).
The writing is beautiful, the story flows like nothing else, the dialogue is sassy, I READ IT WITH A SOUTHERN ACCENT IN MY HEAD FOR GODSAKE.
This is good guys. REALLY good. And I do believe it’s a standalone (lawd knows we need more of those in YA). Jump on this and read it ASAP, it’s a perfect fall/Halloween read. 5/5 Stars.
Synopsis: When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do… or think they do.
Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.
But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden … until now.
River’s Review: To be honest I was a little bored at points in this book and slightly disappointed because I kept thinking ‘this sure is pretty, but nothing is happening’. I thought it was going to be a three star read but then the last 20% of the book happened and my heart was ripped out and I almost cried a lot and it was so sad and beautiful and everything was so bittersweet and just wow.
I loved everyone in this book, I loved the writing, and the setting.
If you read We Were Liars earlier this year and loved that then you NEED this book. 5/5 Stars.
Synopsis: If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons to stay indoors and fall in love.
River’s Review: To be honest, I didn’t read this entire thing. I’m not a big fan of books like this, or short stories in general, but there were a handful of authors that I LOOOOOOOVE in this, so I read those (Rowell, Black, Taylor, White, MacEntyre & Perkins). I loved each story and I’ll probably grab this book when it comes out and read the rest of the stories around Christmas time.
Each short story was great and I could totally sense each author in each story. I liked that they were all love stories, but some had elements of friendship, others of family. Each one was touching in it’s own way, and I actually teared up over Kiersten White’s story.
Def. pick this up around the holidays, it will SO put you in the holiday spirit! 5/5 Stars.
Huge thank you to HarperTeen, St. Martin’s Press, Netgalley and Edelweiss for these ARCs.