Goodreads Monday: January 22, 2018

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part,  simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.  Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog too!!

Today the book I’m going to show off is :

 

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

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Published November 8th 2016 by Simon Pulse

 

Goodreads Description:

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve had this on my “To Be Read” list for about a year or so. I happened to come across it the other day and was reminded about how much I wanted to read it.

I have an audible credit that I’m thinking of using to get it if the library doesn’t come through soon.

If you have read this already, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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Music Monday : Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song and video I am sharing today is:

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows

Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016)

Leonard Cohen was a Canadian poet, singer, songwriter, and novelist.  He is one of my all time favorite musicians. That VOICE!  I think I first heard this song while watching one of my favorite movies “Pump Up the Volume” (The video I chose has clips from the movie). This is just another one of those songs I can listen to over and over.

R.I.P Leonard Cohen.

 

Everybody Knows

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long-stem rose
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
Ah, give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
And everybody knows that it’s now or never
Everybody knows that it’s me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah, when you’ve done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows
And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it’s moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows
And everybody knows that you’re in trouble
Everybody knows what you’ve been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it’s coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows
Songwriters: Leonard Cohen / Sharon Robinson

 

REVIEW: Little Liar by Clare Boyd

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Expected publication: February 1st 2018 by Bookouture

 

As soon as I read the description for “Little Liar” I was itching to get my hands on it. When writing my reviews, I usually use a book’s description as a sort of guide as to how much I say in my review. However, the description for this book actually mentions things that happen quite late in the novel. If you haven’t read the entire description, don’t worry I won’t ruin anything.

“The perfect family… or the perfect lie?”

Gemma Bradley has just gotten home but she doesn’t want to go inside her house yet. She needs a few minutes. Just a few minutes before her ten-year old daughter, Rosie and six-year-old son, Noah demand the rest of her time. Gemma is exhausted after a long day at work and she doesn’t know how she’ll get through what’s likely to be a drama filled evening. Of course she feels guilty for these thoughts. She imagines all other mothers are perfect. That they handle all things calmly and patiently.

She feels like she’s doing it all wrong.

The moment she walks in the door the children are there clamoring for her attention. Work may be stressful but at work she knows what’s going to happen. At home all bets are off. It doesn’t help that her husband is often late coming home. Bedtime is usually a struggle and often ends with Rosie having a tantrum. Rosie has even started getting physical with her mother. Gemma feels like she’s losing control and it’s terrifying her.

How will Gemma get control of Rosie? What will happen if she can’t?

Meanwhile their next-door neighbor, Mira Entwistle is trying to relax in her bath, but she can’t with the screaming coming from next-door. Mira works with children and is used to being around them, but she can’t handle the sound of a child screaming. Mira’s devoted husband, Barry tries to reassure her about the noise from next-door. He says it’s just family life. But Mira’s not so sure…

She feels like she needs to protect the girl from next door. She thinks Rosie needs her. What should she do? What will she do?

As the screaming continues, Mira feels it bringing up feelings from her past that she doesn’t understand. She’s not exactly sure what her memory is trying to retrieve….and she’s not so sure she wants to know.

“This horrible business next door had triggered something deep down inside her, and it was bringing to the surface things she’s rather forget.”

Where the thoughts real? Or were they nightmares?

Was she going mad?

We all know that secrets from the past always have a way of coming out….

This was an intriguing read. I’m not sure I would classify this as a thriller, although it had its moments. It’s like a very intense family drama with a few good twists. The author does know how to crank up the tension. I do wish that there was a bit more to the ending as I felt like a few things were sort of glossed over.

I’ve seen mixed reviews of this novel and just like with any other book, some people will enjoy it and some won’t. I thought it was an interesting read and look forward to seeing what Clare Boyd comes up with next.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

Review: The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

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Published December 28th 2017 by Between the Lines Publishing

“The Shadow Girl” is a young adult novel that will definitely appeal to many young people. However, I think anyone, of any age, who has ever felt unnoticed or ignored, would also enjoy this novel.

Thirteen year old, Zylia Moss is a very introverted young girl who feels like she’s living in the shadows, invisible to almost everyone. She’s very shy and avoids social situations as she worries that she’ll do or say something to embarrass herself. Plus she feels like no one will notice her anyway.

With the exception of her lovely little sister, Ivy, most of the time Zylia feels like her family rarely sees her. At school, students constantly bump into her as if they don’t see her either. When people do happen to see her, they almost seem surprised, as if she popped up out of nowhere…even if she’d already been there for quite a while. After an incident with her Grandmother, her “symptoms” of invisibility start to get worse…

But then Zylia learns about a family mystery, the disappearance of her Great Aunt, Angelica who vanished when she was Zylia’s age. Could finding out what happened to her Great Aunt all those years before unlock the secret to what is happening to Zylia? Or will she slip into the shadows for good?

I thought this was a really unique, thought-provoking, and interesting read. Right from the start I loved Zylia. She is a compassionate and kindhearted girl. But you can also feel how lonely she is… how isolated.

The story was easy to read and flowed nicely. I was quite invested in Zylia’s story. She’s a character I can relate to and I know many others will as well. I was anxious to see how things would turn out for her, and couldn’t help but cheer her on.  All of the characters were well written. The interactions between friends, siblings and other family members were very realistic, as well as entertaining.

The Shadow Girl” is a wonderful coming of age story that deals with important issues like loneliness, self-esteem, friendship, bravery, and more. These issues are written with sensitivity in a way that’s easy to understand.  This was a great story with many lighthearted moments that made me smile.  I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author.

Thank you to Misty Mount for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.