Twelve Steps To Normal by Farrah Penn

I purchased this book from Target to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Twelve Steps To Normal by Farrah Penn. Kira is a junior in high school. Her Dad just returned home from rehab and she is excited to go home to her school and her friends after being gone from Texas for eleven months to her Aunt’s in Oregon. Only the moment she gets off the plane and her Dad is waiting the resentment begins, and after arriving back home it becomes only worse. Then on her first day of school her best friend shatters her with the worst news ever. So Kira begins a list to set things back to the way they were before she left Texas only she discovers through new people that the way to move forward wasn’t to set things back. This story is heartbreaking in more places than one but it is a real issues that too many teens must experience and I am glad I got to read about it. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. This was a #buddyread with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. 🌟🌟🌟🌟Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth. This book was intriguing but in the beginning it lulled to me. After Part 2 though I got sucked in and had to finish it. So about half way before I absolutely committed to finishing it. The characters while sketchy are well written and I found it easy to feel their emotions. Roth did very well in that area. Some of the vocabulary that I found quite distracting in the beginning made sense after I discovered there is a glossary in the back so if you plan to read this one I suggest reading the glossary first, it will create less of a distraction for you. Now I must go because The Fates Divide (second book) must be read now to maybe find the conclusion I am hoping for! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Nirvana by K. E. Radke

@indie_blog_hop #partner time for a new release tour! Nirvana by K. E. Radke.

Synopsis from Amazon:

For centuries the world has been Mateo’s prison, holding him hostage with immortality.

Danger only entices his body to shapeshift. He fearlessly walks on the thin line between life and death, challenging his abilities to keep him alive as he stalks his own demise. Each day haunts him with memories of a past he can’t escape. Each breath holds a future where he is the only survivor. Violent weather epidemics wreck havoc in his vicinity every time hate, agony, and rage slips through the cracks of his soul. The unexplainable connection is perilous for the innocent lives surrounding him as death pursues them. He scours the world to find someone strong enough to finally put him six feet under. Will he finally take his spot in the ground? Or will he take another’s life and watch as death escapes again.

I downloaded this book from Amazon Kindle Unlimited because I had read K. E. Radke’s book Entangled Collateral. All opinions are my own. After reading her first novel I couldn’t help but want to read more of her work. Nirvana did not disappoint! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟A fantasy unlike anything else I have read. Mateo is a shapeshifter and an immortal. His only wish is to live and die like a normal. He travels the world because he can not bear to stay in one place and watch the world go by. The story travels back and forth throughout his life allowing you to become involved with characters in his world. The characters are so easy to relate too and the dialouge is captivating. A great read! Keep them coming @k.e.radke I absolutely loved this one! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman

I purchased this book from Half Priced Books to read with @diversebookclub in May. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. In the beginning this book was all over the place and I didn’t quite understand but the thoughts begin to tie up and become the “not so neat” package of mental illness. I love how the patient gets to tell the story from his point of view in this book. It isn’t a lot of diagnosis and medicine. It’s based o feelings and the way the patient perceives those feelings. It is very different. Alternating between a world on a ship and real life puts the ups and downs in places no one would imagine your mind could take you. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

This book was given to me by my bestie @mycornerforbooksand for Mother’s Day. I have wanted it for so long. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. This one is written differently. It is a true story of a true crime and how it effected more than just the two teens involved. While it has a horrid, scary story, Slater does a great job of providing facts, vocabulary words, and a way to help others navigate the complicated world we live in. Sasha, formerly Luke, was the victim of what was supposed to be a harmless prank by a high school boy, Richard. Richard and his friends get on the Bus and after laughing and cutting up decide to play a prank on the person asleep on the bus. Only it isn’t harmless and it’s wasn’t just any person. Richard finds himself alone in a complicated situation charged as an adult, while Sasha fights to exist the entire ordeal. And all of their family and friends try to understand why exactly this had to happen the way it did. Review also posted on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Social Affair by Britney King

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @blackheartreads in May. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Social Affair by Britney King. When this book first started I almost put it down about 40 pages in. I was confused the characters were all over the place and I couldn’t keep up but then all of a sudden it turns around and I’m able to understand. Then when the plot thickens I couldn’t help but be on the edge of my seat until the end. It will definitely make you think about your information on social media and just how much others are able to associate themselves into your world with information you have to them. It’s almost scary. If you get the chance to read this you will understand “the social affair” aspect from both the person posting and the person reading what’s posted. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman

I purchased this book from Amazon after reading Scythe with @halflostbutterflyreadalong. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman. After reading Scythe I had to know what happened to Citra and Rowan after the conclave that suggested their futures. And I was not disappointed. These two and their tough breaks will keep you wanting to know more. Only now their are other characters I must know more about on top of needing to know more about them. Even though this book was long there was no lull which impressed me, however………Schusterman is torturing us until 2019 when book 3 will be released. Because of course the end of this one can not be the end. πŸ”₯Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read and discuss with @saltwaterreads on Instagram. I also #buddyread this with @mycornerforbooksand. We gossiped the entire way through with all of our suspects and theories. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. A night out on the town for new mom’s of babies less than 3 months old on Fourth of July turns tragic for one mom and her baby boy. This group of moms and one dad put their own lives and reputations at risk to find the truth. But the truth they were looking for was staring right at them the entire time. When you think your friends are closer remember enemies are closer than you think. About half way through this novel I thought I had this all figured out and then BOOM, I was wrong. So very wrong. Molloy did a great job with the twist, so much so I had to read that paragraph twice to make sure I caught it right. Amazing! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck

@kidlitexchange #partner πŸ› Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck. This is the perfect MG read for boys. With wrestling and bugs that would gross out most girls, middle grade boys would laugh out loud. Will struggles with restoring his reputation after eating a stink bug to distract from a racial comment that was made by his friend Darryl. The struggle continues when Will tries to become friends with Eloy. Eloy thinks Will is making or poking fun at him because of his race. Will struggles with so much in this book: friendships, racism, relationships, a big boy rep vs. A childish rep, and oh my the bugs…….just bugs everywhere…

Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Tiny Infinities by J H Diehl

@kidlitexchange #partner β˜„Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Alice’s messy world is fascinating, heartbreaking, and inspirational all in the same breath. Alice wants her family back, not just before her father left and her brothers too, but before the “accident” that keeps her mother barley able to function. In her rebellious fit she takes to living in a tent in the backyard until everything will reset itself. She wants her name on the Swim Team Record Books. She makes a new friend named Harriett who loves Science. Alice babysits for the neighbor, a little girl named Piper, who never says a word. Not one. Alice begins to heal while helping Piper too. A truly inspirational story with so many aspects and so many directions for middle grade entertainment. There’s babysitting, swimming, chronic illness, seperation/divorce, rebellious attitudes, and healing all tied up in this book. Amazing. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com