Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Hey everyone, it’s time for a book review!

I was able to finish this book within 24 hours. Just trying to make the most of my reading time since I’m on vacation. I am way behind of my goodreads so this it’s going good so far. So let me just dive in and tell you all about this book.


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Publishing Date: July 12, 2016 by Speak Movie tie-in

Synopsis:

Vee doesn’t know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an anonymous online game of dares. But whoever’s behind the game knows exactly what she wants, enticing her with lustworthy prizes and a sizzling-hot partner. With Ian on her team, it’s easy to agree to another dare. And another. And another. At first it’s thrilling as the Watchers cheer them on to more dangerous challenges. But suddenly the game turns deadly. Will Vee and Ian risk their lives for the Grand Prize dare, or will they lose NERVE?

 

 

 

 

My thoughts:

A very cool, creative gaming experience for anyone willing to participate on some dares for some grand prizes. Will you want to play? Ummm.. yeah!

This modern game for all people who can watch and or play was a cool concept, even I wished this was real. The author manage to create a new way to show how everything is not always what it seems.

Vee, the protagonist of this daring novel, is what you can call a play it safe kind of gal. One way to try to prove herself that she can be someone, and maybe show this guy, who she crushes, see that she is cool, plays a game that everyone is all hyped on. It’s called Nerve. The author never really explained how it was run and I guess that being said we will never know, it’s somehow controlling the lives of some players. Sure they win prizes, but at what cost? Vee soon learns the hard way.

I Did not know this was a novel. I saw the movie first and it was awesome. It was funny and exhilarating just watching Vee and her partner, Ian complete the dares. It’s quite different from the book and to be honest, the movie version seemed more fitting. The novel’s last task sounded a bit complex and I kind of got confused at some parts. So I’m guessing they wanted to not make the scene last longer than it should in the movie. The novel of course doesn’t really have much of an ending than the movie version also. I don’t comparing novel and movie adaption but I couldn’t help myself lol.

All in all this was a fast pace book and entertaining until the last task. It seemed to drag more than it led on. I would give this book 3 stars.

 

I hope you enjoyed my review. Until next time…

 

we’ve learned an interesting rule about fame. Those who seem desperate for it are the people that others least want to see.

 

 

 

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Friday The 13th

Hello everyone and Happy Friday The 13th!

I don’t know about you guys but I see it as a Halloween preview.

It’s time to watch some Friday the 13 movies and a bit of Michael Myers! But if your not a fan of these type of movies, I suggest maybe reading some good scary books. This is where I come in and give you a list of what I think it’s suitable for this day. Here goes:


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Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

 

32796253Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

 

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Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

 

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On Halloween, 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later, he’s found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region.

In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens. The charismatic, seductive Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image and unleashing a fierce defiance that neither girl expected. But as Lacey gradually lures Dex away from her safe life into a feverish spiral of obsession, rebellion, and ever greater risk, an unwelcome figure appears on the horizon—and Lacey’s secret history collides with Dex’s worst nightmare.

By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship, set against the unsettled backdrop of a town gripped by moral panic, Girls on Fire is an unflinching and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls strong and weak, girls who burn bright and brighter—and some who flicker away.

 

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Beautiful.
Rich.
Mysterious.
Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl.

But you won’t when you know the truth.

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin at the Roanoke family’s rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls.

But what she doesn’t know is being a Roanoke girl carries a terrible legacy: either the girls run, or they die. For there is darkness at the heart of Roanoke, and when Lane discovers its insidious pull, she must make her choice…

 

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Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.

When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and find the answers to his new identity–but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected.

Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters’ lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.

 

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Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart…because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunick. And she’s a murderer.

In her masterful follow-up to The Party, Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past?

 

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On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

 

 

 

 

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A new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark.

After a party when her parents are away, eighteen-year-old Kerry Dowling is found fully dressed at the bottom of the family pool.

The immediate suspect is her boyfriend who had a bitter argument with her at the party. Then there is a twenty-year-old neighbor who was angry because she didn’t invite him to the party.

Or is there someone else who has not yet been seen on the radar?

Kerry’s older sister Aline, a twenty-eight-year-old guidance counselor, is determined to assist the Prosecutor’s Office in learning the truth. She does not realize that now she is putting her own life in danger…

 

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When her best friend Billie is found murdered, eleven-year-old Thera – fearless and forthright – considers it her duty to find the killer.

Aided by a Ouija board, Billie’s ghost, and the spirits of four other dead girls, she’s determined to succeed. The trouble with Thera, though, is that she doesn’t always know when to stop – and sometimes there’s a fine line between doing the right thing and doing something very, very bad indeed.

Tense, visceral and thought-provoking, Dead Girls is the new novel from Abigail Tarttelin, the critically acclaimed author of Golden Boy.

 

 

 

May you all have a Happy Friday The 13th. Until then…

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

Book Review Time!

I have seen this book at target for quite some time and I was always curious and so I did a bit of research of this Author, Natasha Preston.

She first started writing on Wattpad. For those who may not know what Wattpad is, it’s an amateur writing site. Those who love creating new stories, or writing fan fiction, this is a great place to be.

I was going to buy the book at target but I manage to stumble upon it in a thrift store. It was for 95 cents! And here I am, about to share my thoughts about this book. Here goes:


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Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

This was an intense reading. Even in the beginning it all came so fast, so sudden. From there, I couldn’t stop reading it. Describing the mentality of the kidnapper and the victims was so upsetting that I had moments when I had to put down the book because I was overwhelmed with so much emotion. No lie, I was developing a bit of motion sickness which is odd since I wasn’t on the movie while reading. I guess you can say it overstimulated my brain lol.

I liked all the characters and of course the couple, Summer and Lewis. Their love was strong enough to survive this nightmare. Even if it didn’t look like they weren’t going to make it out, I still wondered how the author will find a way to make this a maybe happy ending. I wish it was a really happy ending where they all survived (mini spoiler sorry).

The imprisonment felt like a lifetime even though I was just the reader. But for the characters, it was pure torture. It made me feel like I was trapped in their nightmare as well, very creepy.

It was a fast pace so I manage to finish it within 12 hours. For me it felt that I had to finish it in order to feel a sense of peace. This book definitely grabbed my attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thriller. I give this book 4 ½ out of 5 stars.

 

I hope you all enjoyed my review. Until next time…

 

I had heard that true love is realized after a couple has experienced and overcome something huge.

 

 

I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell

Book Review Time!

Hello my fellow readers! I manage to finish reading I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell and I would like to share some thoughts about this memoir.


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Synopsis:

We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death.

I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O’Farrell’s astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter–for whom this book was written–from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life’s myriad dangers.

Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O’Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve haven’t read any of O’Farrell’s other books, so I was reluctant about reading a memoir of hers for I have no knowledge of this author is. Maybe reading some of her previous works would have given me a concept of her writing style and maybe find some sort of similarity of her with those books. Alas, I saw this book being a hit and the memoir itself is something you would like to read about. Seventeen brushes with death, who wouldn’t want to read something like that? So I chose to dive into her memoir first.

First thing first. Her writing is quite vivid. Describing how she felt during that time is as fresh as it was from yesterday. She give you this imagery of how it went down on and how even though this near death experience didn’t last long, it felt like time has stop and was trapped in a nightmare.

I don’t know if anyone else would agree with me but in away she was trying to find a way to end her life. Those chapters of the lungs, she had a thing about water. I found that a bit dark. I know she did make an effort in moving on and trying to find happiness in her life but when she’s in the water, she risked her life and then she almost risked her life and the life of her son.

It felts as she had to struggle a lot to find herself and how to live. You can believe its just luck or fate but you can’t really know for sure. The only thing you know is to get up and keep walking. That’s what she did. She is quite strong for someone who has dealt with so much.

Her near death experiences were not in chronological order but still sense that it was in order in the way she wanted it to be read. She tries to make you grasp how she was back then, to the most recent time.

This was a bit much to take in for just one sitting. This memoir may look short but it’s quite overwhelming. I do recommend reading each chapter at a different time. Let it sink in and not just overstimulate yourself with these roller coaster of emotions.

I give this book 3.5 out 5 stars.

I hope you found this helpful and maybe add this to your TBR 🙂

We are, all of us, wandering about in a state of oblivion, borrowing our time, seizing our days, escaping our fates, slipping through loopholes, unaware of when the axe may fall.

 

Sharp Objects: Book Review & Teaser!

Hey everyone!

I’ve been meaning to rant about this upcoming HBO mini series of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, and omg it looks dark, creepy and good!

So what I want to do here is give a review about the book, which I may have read lets say mmmm… a while back lol. For those who have also read it a while back, like me, then this here may help you bring back what has been forgotten lol.

People with metal illness beware, I don’t want to cause any triggers. I want you all safe and so this may not be something you should avoid.


18045891Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

My Review: 

Ok so I would like thank Goodreads for keeping track of my previous reads, this was the time when I started to become a serious book worm, and I manage to type up a small review on it.

I’m was very engrossed with this book because Camille, the main character of the book, has mental illness and it’s kind of twisted. She cuts herself. I know some may you thinking okay, this is something someone with mental illness does, so it’s something to be aware, However she has scars all over her body. Like everywhere! Just the details was a bit extreme. You know you should look away, but you can’t. I am very interested if they will actually show Camille with her scars in the series.

Her half-sister is crazy. She as two sides of her that everyone will only see one side. It’s hard to read what she does and reacts but you know somethin is up. I wish to say more but you know, no spoilers lol.

Camille had to cover a story of two pre-teens girls who have been murdered in her home town. Something Camille was not looking forward for she has a very distant relationship with her mother. Trying to cover the story while discovering more things about her family became almost like an obsession for me. I gave this book 4 out 5 stars. I’m trying to remember why 4 and not 5? but maybe I will have to read the book again to give it a second chance lol.

So now its time to show you the HBO poster of this upcoming series: (description from HBO)

Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Eliza Scanlen in Sharp Objects (2018)Based on the book of the same name by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
Amy Adams stars, along with co-stars Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven.
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from scripts by Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn.
Executive producers are Jason Blum, Charles Layton and Jessica Rhoades, as well as Amy Adams, Gillian Flynn, Marti Noxon, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross and Gregg Fienberg. Additional writers include co-executive producer Vince Calandra, co-producer Scott Brown, consulting producer Alex Metcalf, and Ariella Blejer & Dawn Kamoche.An Entertainment One (eOne) and Blumhouse Television production.

*Will be airing July 8 at 9pm.

Trailer: 

I hope you enjoyed my post! and Let me know what you think of the book and the show, if you do get a chance to watch it.

Fourth Of July Reads

Happy Fourth Of July my fellow readers!

I am happy to see everyone being united and happy. Unfortunately there has been so many racial division and of course immigrant issues that are just too terrifying to be true.

My family are originally from Mexico. My parents decided to come to America for a better life for their son and then for me. It wasn’t easy but with hard work and prayers they became citizens. It was very hard to leave their home. It takes a lot of courage to come to a place you are not familiar with to make a new life for the people you love. but in reality that’s what America is for. A new place for immigrants.

America is a nation of immigrants. I don’t seem how many people can’t grasp that. It’s upsetting to see how we are brutally dividing ourselves when no on here is actually American bred. I hope we do find peace and I hope this hostility with immigrants and of course other profiling will seize. I know it’s not easy but I do believe we can try to get past this and see people who they are, just people.

That being said I found today a perfect opportunity to share with you all some stories that have been written by Immigrants and stories based on immigrants. Some are fiction and some are realistic fiction but these stories help understand in another perspective on how it is life for an immigrant. Everyone has their own share of obstacles in life. Maybe this is a way for you to open your eyes.


Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

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A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy.

Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth.

Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents’ chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya’s mid-thirties. When she can’t get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya’s care. As Kavya learns to be a mother – the singing, story-telling, inventor-of-the-universe kind of mother she fantasized about being – she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child.

Lucky Boy is an emotional journey that will leave you certain of the redemptive beauty of this world. There are no bad guys in this story, no obvious hero. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon valley, author Shanthi Sekaran has taken real life and applied it to fiction; the results are moving and revelatory.

 

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

 

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

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But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

 

In The Country We Love: My Family Divided by Dianne Guerrero

25666051Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.

In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman’s extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven’t been told. Written with Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author’s and on a system that fails them over and over.

 

Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar

36868484Carrying a single suitcase, Kailash arrives in post-Reagan America from India to attend graduate school. His new friends in New York City teasingly call him Kalashnikov, then AK-47, then AK. He takes it all in his stride: he wants to fit in–and more than that, to shine.
As he begins to settle into American existence, AK comes under the indelible influence of a charismatic professor–also an immigrant, his personal history as dramatic as AK’s life–and his perception of himself–are the very different natures of the women with whom he recklessly falls in and out of love.
Looking back on the formative period of his youth, AK is studiously observant and meditative and, in the moment, the boisterous embodiment of idealism, confusion, and chaotic desire. His wry, vivid perception of the world he is in, but never quite of, unfurls in a brilliant melding of anecdote and annotation, picture and text, that digs deep inside the varieties and vagaries of the immigrant experience. Building a case for himself, both as a good man in spite of his flaws and as an American in defiance of his place of birth, AK weaves a story that is at its core an incandescent investigation of love–despite, beyond, and across dividing lines. (To Be Published: July 31, 2018)

 

These are some of the stories that come to mind. I wish I can include more but hopefully next time. Also comment and share what other stories that I have not mentioned that are worth mentioning. All in all, Happy fourth everyone and stay safe from fireworks 😉

My Most Anticipated Books Of July 2018

Hey everyone! I’m Happy we are now on July. Summer is really here with this heat wave that has been happening this weekend. I’m glad to have this weekend off to enjoy it with my boys. It’s nothing but being in the pool and playing outdoors with these little guys.

But of course I make some time for my reading and blogging. I love to share some books that are coming out this month and I hope you can share some I have not named. So here goes:


The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

  • Publisher: Dutton
  • Publishing Date: July 3

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Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

Her Pretty Face

  • Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
  • Publishing Date: July 10

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The author of the bestselling novel The Party—lauded as “tense and riveting” by New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda—returns with a chilling new domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets.

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart…because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunick. And she’s a murderer.

In her masterful follow-up to The Party, Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past?

If You See me, Don’t Say Hi: Stories

  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Publishing Date: July 10

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In these eleven sharp, surprising stories, Neel Patel gives voice to our most deeply held stereotypes and then slowly undermines them. His characters, almost all of who are first-generation Indian Americans, subvert our expectations that they will sit quietly by. We meet two brothers caught in an elaborate web of envy and loathing; a young gay man who becomes involved with an older man whose secret he could never guess; three women who almost gleefully throw off the pleasant agreeability society asks of them; and, in the final pair of linked stories, a young couple struggling against the devastating force of community gossip.

If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi examines the collisions of old world and new world, small town and big city, traditional beliefs (like arranged marriage) and modern rituals (like Facebook stalking). The men and women in these stories are full of passion, regret, envy, anger, and yearning. They fall in love with the wrong people and betray one another and deal with the accumulation of years of subtle racism. They are utterly compelling. Ranging across the country, Patel’s stories — empathetic, provocative, twisting, and wryly funny — introduce a bold new literary voice, one that feels more timely than ever.

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
  • Publishing Date: July 10

36464087When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.

Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.

Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Publishing Date: July 10

36896898Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publishing Date: July 17

38926487Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

 

Fruit Of The Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

  • Publisher: Double Day
  • Publishing Date: July 31

36636727In the vein of Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a mesmerizing debut set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990’s Colombia about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both

The Santiago family lives in a gated community in Bogotá, safe from the political upheaval terrorizing the country. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to this protective bubble, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation.

When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona’s mysterious ways. But Petrona’s unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls’ families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.

Inspired by the author’s own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras sheds light on the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publishing Date: July 31

36679056Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe.

Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is increasingly drawn into a religious group–a secretive extremist cult–founded by a charismatic former student, John Leal. He has an enigmatic past that involves North Korea and Phoebe’s Korean American family. Meanwhile, Will struggles to confront the fundamentalism he’s tried to escape, and the obsession consuming the one he loves. When the group bombs several buildings in the name of faith, killing five people, Phoebe disappears. Will devotes himself to finding her, tilting into obsession himself, seeking answers to what happened to Phoebe and if she could have been responsible for this violent act.

The Incendiaries is a fractured love story and a brilliant examination of the minds of extremist terrorists, and of what can happen to people who lose what they love most. who lose what they love most.


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