Light Years by Kass Morgan

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @popthebutterfly readalong. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Light Years by Kass Morgan. I didn’t fall in love with this book immediately, it took quite a few chapters to really grab my attention and required focus to keep characters straight but when the action started and I was invested in the future of these characters I was hooked. Teenagers from different sectors must learn to navigate inside of a prominent military academy. The 4 main characters are all struggling for very different reasons but must learn to work as a team. Vesper need to prove to her mother she is the best to keep her place in the academy, Cormak needs to lead the life his brother would be proud of, Arran wants to find himself in the mess of his own doubts, Orelia is on a personal mission to save her race no matter what the cost. In order to accomplish any of these goals they must work as a team to survive their first year. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Save The Date by Morgan Matson

I received this book in my @uppercasebookbox in June. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Save The Date by Morgan Matson. Charlie’s senior year of high school has her making decisions for her future for college, but her parents decide to sell their family home and her sister is planning her wedding. Heading into the wedding weekend chaos is in the air. Her brother Mike hasn’t been home in over a year, she has a crush on his best friend Jessie, and just when things couldn’t get anymore complicated her mom’s famous comic strip is ending too. *spoiler alert* As a family of 7 (8 including the new groom) embark on wedding weekend every detail seems to shuffle the family into slight messes. The home alarm system keeps sounding, the wrong band, a dog, the wedding planner goes MIA, a cake debacle, the wrong suit from the cleaners, and much, much more to make for the perfect wedding day. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser

Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser. Returning to Harlem with these crazy kids is wonderful. This time they are sneaking around to a vacant lot next to the church to plant a secret garden for their neighbors who’s had an incident. Sad thing, creating a garden with no money and no skills is nearly impossible and they are racing against the clock and real estate developer who wants to build a condo right on that very spot. The adventures these kids go on continue to amaze me. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth in my July box. The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey. 🌟🌟🌟🌟Jaime grew up in an abusive household with a family of criminals. But at some pint luck has to change right? She dreams of a life outside of her small town and sets her sights on playing the odds in her favor. Blind River is not A place she wants to live the rest of her life and she risks it all to have a life somewhere in the South where it’s warm. The amazing twists in this one keeps the pages turning quickly. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

June Wrap Up

I am wrapping up June with 24 books read! I am glad to say Thank you summer for giving me my groove back! I struggled for a few months thinking I could get over 20…..maybe it’s the hot weather or more time or the kids are home, I can’t tell you but whatever it is, I will take it! Yay! My list includes Everless by Sara Holland, Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio, Mom Set Free by Jeannie Cunnion, Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman, The Fates Divided by Veronica Roth, No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong, Its Always The Husband by Michele Campbell, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor, Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The 3 Everyday Rules of Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill, Boying Up by Mayim Bialik, Lights Camera Cook and The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper, Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, A Million Junes by Emily Henry, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Thank you to all the book clubs I read with: @halflostbutterflyreadalong @saltwaterreads @blackheartreads @purewowbookclub @bookofthemonth @uppercasebookbox @25infive Modern Mrs. Darcy (@annebogel)and all the #buddyreads I pair up with @mycornerforbooksand and @kaylasteirwalt and to @kidlitexchange to make this one awesome month of reading! You can find all of my reviews on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Next Junior Chef Lights, Camera, Cook by Charise Mericle Harper

@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟The Next Junior Chef Lights, Camera, Cook by Charise Mericle Harper. While reading this book I felt I was watching an episode of Chopped only with middle schoolers as the competitors. This story is wonderfully descriptive about the meals prepared and even include tiny illustrations of the dishes provided. Rae, Oliver, Caroline and Tate brave their way through cooking challenges and criticizing chefs coming up with clever recipes for even the craziest ingredients. Each child learns in their own way that while competition is fun, sometimes winning at life is better than on tv. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @saltwaterreads. All opinions are my own. The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A wonderful tale of the power of a woman’s mind and heart. The power of a woman’s mind and heart unfolds in this wonderful work of historical fiction. Vera is the daughter of Geman immigrants and has fallen head over heels for the Italian newspaper boy and her heart is torn between love and friendship as New York City begins to involve the hustle and bustle of Penn Station. Vera chases dreams that will secure a future for her daughter Alice, and later a grandaughter Libby. While chasing dreams, all three woman learn in life you, live, love, and lose, but only true love is constant and must be held onto. There were moments in this book when I cried and moments when I laughed, this is not a book I would normally read, but I was captured from page one. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

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

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

I chose this book from @bookofthemonth in March because the cover is so beautiful why would you not pick it? It was also book 4 for my #totalcoverlover readathon list. 🌼 Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Ren is called from Tokyo to attend to his sister’s death. A murder. Her personal life was very private and more complicated as Rem begins to unfold pieces of it, but in unfolding the pieces he thought he knew about her he unlocks secrets in several families in this small town and finds answers to questions he never thought to ask. The twists in this book unlock before you even realize the plot was changing. It is beautifully written. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com