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Monday, June 30, 2014

The Secrets of Lily Graves (Review)

The Secrets of Lily GravesWith the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.
Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.

But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.

So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.

As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.


Check it out on Goodreads! 5 stars 

This book was nothing like I expected. Sarah Strohmeyer's other books are quite lighthearted and that's what I was expecting with this book. Not that it wasn't amazing and great. It was just a surprise. I was expecting something cute and fluffy but here we have a girl who lives in a funeral home with corpses in her basement and ends up solving a mystery! To be honest, I think I loved this even more than her other books. It was so unique and interesting!
I'm pretty proud of myself, I figured out "whodunnit" a few chapters before it was revealed and that made me quite happy. So, you've got an intense mystery that takes many twists and turns, an absolutely awesome main characters and a cool best friend as well as this funeral home Lily lives in that is a mixture of cool and creepy. Also her aunt, I just adored her. She's great as well what Lily calls her mom's boyfriend ;)
I don't know what else to say. I loved it. It was so unique. And ironically, I went to a library program about mummification a few days later and actually knew a little of what he was talking about when he mentioned formaldehyde xD  Again, great book. The writing style was the same I felt, but it was just different genre and content sort of. Either way, it worked very well for me :D

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Update on YA Contemporary Challenge 2014!

  1. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens.
  2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell.
  3. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
  4. Going Rogue by Robin Benway.
  5. Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor.
  6. The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer.
  7. Take Me On by Katie McGarry.
  8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.
  9. The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle. 
  10. Solving for Ex by  
  11. Royally Lost by

Take Me On (Review)

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


 Check it out on goodreads! 5 stars

I've enjoyed all of Katie McGarry's books but this might be my favorite. Not only did it fit my mood perfectly at the time, it was one of the books I've read the quickest in about 4 months. It was so good. The romance and chemistry was great. I think that the characters were really lovely. I felt like I could relate to Haley emotionally in a lot of ways or with just things I was feeling right then. And she and West were so cute! I liked her cousin and brother and her grandpa was pretty cool. The plot was pretty intense and was fast-paced. The ending had me so messed up and I literally couldn't put down the book I just had to know what was going to happen. It also picks up from where the last book left off with what's happening with Isiah and Rachel (it was Rachel right? My memory is terrible right now). The way Katie writes it really engaging and exciting. Just plain exciting. And I like how gritty her stories are. They aren't happy and fuzzy and there are characters who have serious issues going on in their lives. And I think that makes it all the more real. So all in all, this was an amazing book and I would definitely recommend it provided you are up for some violence and a good bit of language. There was a bit of romance and some steamier scenes. So I'd say this is probably a 16+ or so book. But definitely worth reading, I really enjoyed it and it's making me all the more anxious for her next book! :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

More in July

Hey there... I don't even know if this blog has readers anymore.
Just wanted to let anyone who is out there know that I'm really busy finishing up with school right now and I will be trying harder to get back into the blogging spirit.
I do have an idea for a post, one I want to write pretty soon. I might write part of it right after I finish this. Not sure. But it will be pretty good I hope ^-^ and I'll try to be doing reviews sometime soon. But for the most part don't expect much until July ;)
~Sara