March 9, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday


Sooooo....what book are we waiting on here at RFYF? 

I've always been a sucker for re-makes of the classics. So, of course, the Dorothy Must Die series caught my attention! The third book is coming out soon and WE WANT TO READ IT!! 



Yellow Brick War
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by Danielle Paige

Release Date: 15 March 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
In this dark, action-packed third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm—the new girl from Kansas—must do everything in her power to save Kansas, kill Dorothy, and make Oz a free land once more. 

 Amy Gumm’s mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and nonmagic worlds, maybe get the guy—and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all. 

 In the third installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Danielle Paige’s twisted versions of beloved Oz characters are back, including the biggest, baddest, most famous of all: the Wicked Witch of the West. 

 Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you

(goodreads summary)







March 8, 2016

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! 
Just do the following: 
  • Grab your current read. 
  • Open to a random page. 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! 
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 


                   JoBell squeezed my arm. "So it's okay if you need to take some time to help her. You and your mom are two of the most important people in my life, and I love you both for the way you look out for each other."

p. 63


by Trent Reedy





March 7, 2016

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading?





This is a fun meme that allows bloggers to get an idea of what everyone else is reading and perhaps help to find our next must-read. So check out what WE are reading and tell us what YOU are reading!!




Lora is Reading: 

by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door 


 Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To: 
- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded 
- need a liver transplant 
- drive his car into a house 

 Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To: 
- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters. 

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. 

 Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have. 

 And Alice is caught in the middle. 

 Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.
(goodreads summary)


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Cindi is Reading:

by Trent Reedy

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From the author of the acclaimed WORDS IN THE DUST: an action-packed YA novel set in a frighteningly plausible near future, about what happens when the States are no longer United. 

 Danny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the Idaho governor's orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission ... but then Danny's gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead. 

 The president wants the soldiers arrested. The governor swears to protect them. And as tensions build on both sides, the conflict slowly escalates toward the unthinkable: a second American civil war. 

 With political questions that are popular in American culture yet rare in YA fiction, and a provocative plot that could far too easily become real, DIVIDED WE FALL is Trent Reedy's very timely YA debut.

(goodreads summary)


February 29, 2016

Review: Dream a Little Dream (Silber #1) by Kerstin Gier

Summary-
Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv's dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she's in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.
The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They're classmates from her new school in London, the school where she's starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what's really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn't possibly know--unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute....
 

Review-
This book was extremely exquisite. The plots in it, and how fast they could turn was absolutely amazing. The characters and all the details in them as well were very nice. I had fallen in love with every character, and every one of their flaws. the detail in every scenery was amazing as well. I could picture exactly what was happening! I'm very pleased with this book, And I highly recommend it to absolutely anyone with any taste in anything. I am very excited for the next book to come out, That I can hardly wait!

Publisher-Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) 
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Carman Fickey (Student at Franklin High School)
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!

Review: Willowgrove (Hemlock #3) by Kathleen Peacock

Summary-
Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock's riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy, a dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series that pits friendship against survival, and trust against love.

Ever since Mac's best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy's ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf "rehabilitation" camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf.
What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good.
 

Review-
Willowgrove was a fantastic, fast-paced, exhilarating read. Although this was the third in the Hemlock series, author Kathleen Peacock weaves the previous book's plot into this story so the reader can easily keep up. Mackenzie, the protagonist, is a strong female role model and a tough little cookie! And of course there are plenty of hot male characters;) Peacock writes a suspenseful plot full of twists and turns, betrayal and loyalty. The characters are all sympathetic figures, even the bad guys, as Peacock delves into their inner psyches and gives the reader a glimpse of their backstories. A five-star read and a series to keep your eye on!

Publisher-Katherine Tegen Books 
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Cindi Clubbs
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!

Review: In Between Seasons (The Fall #1) by Cassandra Giovanni

Summary-
In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.
I was born into this world.
Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.
We were told to just believe.
We were taught to never question.
We’re supposed to be robots and accept our roles in this altered society.
Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.
And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.
They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon. 
It’s me.
And I’m not following the leader any more.

Review-In Between Seasons, The Fall Series, is a great romance, heavy on the romance, that takes place in 2041 after the Fall of the government. Kate and Hunter are children of Tribal leaders and are, basically, Romeo and Juliet--forbidden love with both families wanting Kate dead. The romantic tension between the star-crossed lovers is sweet and tragic as Kate and Hunter both find themselves changing from the puppets their parents created to two people who can find love in the midst of a war-torn world. As in any story of war, there are tensions and suspicions, betrayal and secret allies. I personally enjoy not knowing who the good guys and bad guys are. It makes for a bit of excitement. And there were DEFINITELY a few surprises! The ending was terrific but didn't hint at what direction Giovanni is going to take with the next book in the series. I'll be looking forward to the next installation:)

Publisher-Show n'ot Tell Publishing 
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by~Cindi Clubbs
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!

Review: The Keys of the Watchmen (The Watchmen Saga #1) by

Summary-
Katelyn Michaels plans on hating every moment of her visit to Mont Saint Michel with her father’s new French wife. Once there, she is confused when she experiences sensations of déjà vu as she and her younger brother explore the medieval village and abbey. She is even more disturbed when she is confronted by two unusual young men, one who insists she has a sacred mission, and the other who will stop at nothing, even murder, to prevent her from fulfilling her destiny. 
When the oddly-dressed but alluring Nicolas slips Katelyn a strange medallion, she is whisked back through time where her Watchmen hosts tell her she is the only hope to save Mont Saint Michel. Even worse, she learns that those trying to destroy the mount are led by a fallen angel intent on learning the mount's closely-guarded secret. 
Katelyn is torn by feelings of anger at being taken back in time, inadequacy at finding a modern solution for a medieval problem, and responsibility for the mount’s starving inhabitants. She is also perturbed by her surprising attraction to the ill-tempered Nicolas. Will she stay to learn why she was chosen by the Archangel Michael and find a way to save his mount? 

Review-
Author Kathleen C. Perrin combines religion, history, romance, and adventure in a story that will entertain and entrance readers. Heroine Katelyn Michaels travels back in time to become the modern, electronically-aided version of Joan of Arc alongside handsome Nicholas, the young Frenchman who brings Katelyn back to 1424. In order to return to a world that's based on Freedom, Katelyn must stop being a typical 17-year-old girl and instead become a leader of a ragtag French village, saving them from the English army and from one of Satan's own evil minions. I devoured this book within several days because Perrin created such wonderful and sympathetic characters, I absolutely had to find out what happened to the villagers of Mont Saint Michel and to Katelyn and Nicholas. The historical event that this novel is based on was just an extra little goody in a plot chock-full of excitement. A must-read for anyone wanting an edge-of-your-seat plot that includes some brilliant military strategy involving an ipod, camera, and computer.

Publisher-Langon House
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Cindi Clubbs
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!!

Review: In the Mouth of the Wolf (Twin Willows Trilogy #2) by Nicole Maggi

Summary-
A continuation of the Twin Willows Series that began with WINTER FALLS...
The Twin Willows Waterfall is now under the control of the Benandanti, but for Alessia, the victory comes at a steep price. And the arrival of Nerina, one of the seven Concilio elders from the Friuli Clan, only complicates her life. Now she’s hiding a 450-year-old immortal on her farm, juggling school and her increasingly frustrated friends, and trying to keep the Malandanti from regaining the Waterfall. But it’s the passion that still lingers between her and Jonah that really keeps Alessia awake at night.
After a fatal visit from the Malandanti’s mage, Alessia brings in Jonah’s twin sister, Bree, to serve as a Benandanti spy. Bree has her own reasons for wanting to bring down the Malandanti, and soon she and Alessia find themselves in a tenuous alliance. But not even the powerful magic that Bree possesses nor the strong leadership that Nerina provides can stop the vicious Malandanti. As the two Clans barrel towards their inevitable collision, Alessia and Jonah are swept into the devastation and forced to make the ultimate choice.
 

Review-
The quote on the cover of this book reads "The highly anticipated sequel..." They must have been talking about me! I read Winter Falls last year and loved it--I couldn't WAIT for book two to come out. I wasn't disappointed. In The Mouth of the Wolf is even better than I could have hoped for. In book one, we meet shape-shifting Benandati heroine, Alessia, her forbidden Malandanti boyfriend, Jonah, and Jonah's angry, emo twin sister, Bree. In book two, the problems that the three teens face because of their respective shape-shifting clans get even more exhilarating and dangerous. The choices they make are brave, bold, and far more adult than a teen should have to make. Relationship problems, family issues, deep secrets kept from best friends, In The Mouth Of The Wolf delves even deeper into the secret world of the ancient Benandati and Malandati clans and illustrates the difficulty of being a supernatural creature at night, while being a normal teen during the day. Author Nicole Maggi relates so well to the teenaged crowd while creating a magical story of good and evil, magical creatures and mystical lands. Thoroughly enchanting story!

Publisher-Medallion Media Group 
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Cindi Clubbs
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!!

Review: Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Summary-
Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Review-
Author Courtney Alameda introduces Micheline Helsing, a modern-day emo, entity-fighting descendant of the original Van Helsing clan. At 17, she has been hailed as a hero for making incredible kills of both ghosts and zombies. However, as any good hero must, poor Micheline has suffered a devastating loss which has thrown her into a dark place of doubt and defeat. In Shutter, Micheline and her three best friends (yes, HOT GUYS) face the most deliciously horrific challenge--a ghost that is almost unbeatable and viciously blood-thirsty. Shutter races at a pace that is heart-stopping excitement, exhilarating as a roller coaster ride. The characters are well-developed, the action is WILD, the creatures are creepy (scorpion-type zombie creations), and the weaponry and training are thoroughly thought out. What an incredible book--I seriously hope it will be a series!!!

Publisher-Feiwel & Friends
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Cindi Clubbs
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program in exchange for a honest review!!