Loving Lakyn by Charlotte Reagan

Title: Loving Lakyn
Author: Charlotte Reagan
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Pages: 228

Lakyn James is sixteen years old and hating every second of it. He was supposed to be done, he'd tapped out. End of story, unsubscribe here. Suicide "attempt", they said. His intentions had no "attempt" in them. 

Re-entering normal life after ‘trying’ to take his own is weird. Especially when the world keeps going like it never happened. He still has to eat breakfast, go to school, and somehow convince a cute boy that he’s too damaged to date. 

Scott White comes with his own problems, namely a habit of drinking too much and being indecisive about rather he wants in the closet, or out of it. Lakyn can’t stand him; he also can’t help smiling when Scott’s around. 

Unfortunately - or fortunately - for Lakyn, life has decided to give him a second chance. He's not happy about it, but maybe, with a lot of hard work and a good therapist, he can learn to be. And maybe he can…

Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Title: Death Sworn
Author: Leah Cypess
Published: March 4th, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow
Pages: 344
Where I got it: Borrowed from local library

When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

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Rating: 3.5 Quills

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Death Sworn by Leah Cypess pulled me in instantly from the…

Nanowrimo Writers Support

Are you planning on participating in Nanowrimo this November? Or maybe you're still on the fence about it. With Nanowrimo only a few days away, many are preparing themselves for the month-long challenge. 

What if there was a program where you could get access to free writing sessions with professional coaches, receive tips from authors, gain motivation during the times you need it most, and get matched with a writing buddy, who would be there every step of the way during your Nanowrimo venture? Would that help sway your decision to participate?

Inkitt, the world's first reader-powered book publisher, is offering free support to those participating in this year's Nanowrimo. Everything from thirty-minute coaching sessions, great tips from authors such as Gayle Forman author of the If I Stay duology, Lauren Kate author of the Fallen series, and Andy Weir author of The Martian, to a unique writing buddy program where you will be matched with another writer in the same genre for …

The business of reviews, and how Kirkus is under scrutiny

Kirkus Reviews is known for giving critically honest, however, note-worthy book reviews. They are the Simon Cowell of the group; the one who never seems completely satisfied, or impressed. So when a book comes along and strikes an impact, it garners a starred review by Kirkus; a title as good as gold for a book in regards to the future of its sales.

However, Kirkus has been getting a mixed medley of reviews itself surrounding the YA book American Heart by Laura Moriarty, which is scheduled to be published January 30th, 2018.

Kirkus originally gave American Heart a starred review, but was later revoked. The editor-in-chief of Kirkus, Claiborne Smith, publicly responded by saying that American Heart was a "white savior" narrative in which a person of color relies on a white character for rescue.

To back things up a bit, I've included the synopsis for American Heart via goodreads to give you an idea of what the book is about:

Imagine a United States in which registries and d…

Some of the Parts: A Story of Loss

Title: Some of the Parts
Author: Hannah Barnaby
Published: February 16th, 2016
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 293
Where I got it: Borrowed from local library

Sometimes bad things happen, and we are not the same when they are over.

For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending that she's okay. She’s managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can’t even say his name out loud: “N—” is as far as she can go. But when Tallie comes across a letter in the mail, it only takes two words to crack the careful fa├žade she’s built around herself:


Two words that had apparently been checked off on her brother’s driver’s license; two words that her parents knew about—and never confided to her. All at once, everything Tallie thought she understood about her brother’s death feels like a lie. And although a part of her knows he’s gone forever, another part…

DNFing vs. Powering Through: A discussion

For some, not finishing a book, even one they're not enjoying, is unfathomable. While others exercise their right to stop reading a book when they've reached the point of no return. 
I find that people are very passionate about how they handle books that they're just not into. It's either stick with it until the end (although more skimming may occur), or add it to the DNF list (did not finish). 
For me, I tend to find myself somewhere in the middle of the two, which is a strange place to be in a very black and white situation. 
Have you ever felt that a particular book just happened upon you and entered your life at the exact perfect moment? That it was all meant to be? The irony and coincidence of it all is a magical feeling, and it causes a strong bond with the story. These tend to be books that quickly become our favorites, simply because of Divine Timing, or what have you. 
Well, what if, on the flip side of that point, there were books that entered your life at t…

Once and for all is not the case for Dessen

Title: Once And For All
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: June 6th, 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 358
Where I got it: Barnes and Noble

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. 

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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Rating: 5 Quills

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With a serial writer such as Dessen, this title being her thirteenth, there emer…

Turtles all the way down, or up? A reader's discussion

When an author garners attention and praise for a book they've written, one can't help but wonder how they're going to be able to top that. The expectations that are placed on the author's shoulders at that moment are almost palpable; the weight of importance and the pressure of having to do it all over again, because if not, criticism will not be kind.

I remember choosing to read The Fault in Our Stars for a college class. We were allowed to pick our own books, and had to complete various assignments based on the book we chose. Back then, 2012, the book had just been released. I was browsing the library looking for a selection, when the cover caught my attention. At that point in my life, I hadn't really been following lists that included the most anticipated reads of [enter year here]. I wasn't as involved in tracking books, but just about browsing a library or bookstore and seeing whatever popped out at me (a method I do still enjoying doing). The book may ha…