Life in the No-Dating Zone By Patricia B. Tighe

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Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe.

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After surviving her parents’ relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama–her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she’s more than a little peeved.

Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire’s friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees–anything to get rid of Lindsey’s current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.

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Publication date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Author: Patricia B. Tighe

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Patricia B. Tighe

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She’s also a fan of British TV shows. Top Gear, anyone?

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Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair

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Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair.

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Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson’s life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can’t let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm’s length.

But by the time Rex’s charm wears down her resistance, it’s too late. He’s put Ellen on the “just friends” shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it’s the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.


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Title: Louder Than Words
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Author: Iris St. Clair

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Iris St. Claire

Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that’s another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.
Iris believes in the two-year “fish or cut bait” dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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Water So Deep by Nichole Giles

wsd Title: Water So Deep

 Author: Nichole Giles

 Publisher: Jelly Bean

 Publication Date: February 2, 2015

 ISBN-13: 9781630340155

 Genre: YA, fantasy/paranormal

 Page Count: 373

Format: eBook

Source: Publisher


Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy façade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.


Pre-Reading Thoughts: Mermaids? Mermaids. I like mermaids, right? Yeah, I like mermaids.

Initial Reaction: The ending! Oh my gosh.

Full Review: I had a few problems with this book, although they weren’t so huge that they caused me to dislike the book. I wish the story would have moved along faster. I feel like we didn’t really reach the climax of the story until the last fifteen pages or so. This left the reader with little to go on at the end of the story.

I would like to applaud the author for including a diverse character set. As someone with a disabled sibling, I loved Keith’s character. I appreciated how is problems were very realistic, and how independent he was.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I certainly didn’t LOVE it, but I didn’t dislike it either. I would probably read more by this author.

You Will Love Water So Deep If You Liked: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight; This Song Will Save Your Life; The Infinite Moment of Us

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

***FTC Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

I’m Guilty: 10 Books I Haven’t Read {that I should}



onelabelPride and Prejudice by Jane Austenpandp

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, shethinks him arrogant and conceited, while he struggles to remain indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

Why: I… haven’t read any Jane Austen books. *gulp*

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimantwolabel

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler tgbwanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family . . .

Why: I purchased this beautiful edition a while back, and it has just been sitting on my shelf staring at me.

threelabelThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin istog summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Why: One word – assassin!

I Know Why the Caged Birfourlabeld Sings by Maya Angelou

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and ikwtcbsmemorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Why: Angelou was a beautiful woman and I want to read her legacy through her eyes.

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sandersonfivelabel

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil mtfecloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?

Why: Bandwagon.


Wonder by R.J. Palaciosixlabel

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman wwas born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

Why: Wonder has been described as such a sweet and heartfelt story. I don’t want to miss out on this.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yanceysevenlabel

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. Andt5w after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Why: I can’t pass up YA dystopian books. Plus, I don’t read enough male authors.

If I Stay by Gayle Formaneightlabel

On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a iisgorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Why: Everyone and their mother has read this book (except for me). I really want to see the movie and compare the two, but I can’t do that until I’ve read the book!

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseinininelabel

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of tkrPashums. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

Why: The Kite Runner has been reccomended to me by many of my most trusted friends. Hosseini isn’t your typical American-white-male author. He was actually born in Afghanistan. I look forward to seeing how his past life experiences translate into his literary works!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater tenlabel

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” trbNeeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Why: The plot. Sounds. So. Interesting.

That’s all for today! What books are you “ashamed” that you haven’t read?

Hate List by Jennifer Brown


 Title: Hate List

 Author: Jennifer Brown

 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 Publication Date: September 1, 2009

 ISBN: 0316041440

 Genre: YA, contemporary

 Page Count: 405

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library


Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.


Pre-Reading Thoughts: This is going to be an emotional one, isn’t it?

Initial Reaction: Wow. That’s all I have to say, really.

Full Review: This book was a harrowing story following our main character, Val. A few months ago, Val’s boyfriend, Nick, started shooting students in the cafe before school. Throughout the book, we see how Valerie copes with the situation, as well as how her family and community handle it.

I admire the way Brown handled this difficult of a subject. School violence is something not many authors can do (right), and Brown did a fantastic job of doing just that. This is the type of book that everyone needs to read at least once in their lifetime.

You Will Love Hate List If You Liked: Thirteen Reasons Why; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Crank.

Star Rating: ★★★★★ (five stars)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

13 Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

 Author: Jay Asher

 Publisher: Razorbill

 Publication Date: October 18, 2007

 ISBN: 159514188X

 Genre: YA, contemporary

 Page Count: 288

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased


You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes– and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.


Pre-Reading Thoughts: I think I’m either going to really love it or really hate it. We’ll have to see.

Initial Reaction: Holy cow! I have been sobbing for about thirty minutes since finishing this book. It was such a deeply emotional read, and I still can’t decided if I loved it or hated it!

Full Review: Right off the bat, we know that Hannah commited suicide, but that doesn’t stop this book from being uber-suspenseful. I read it in one or two sittings because it was so intense. I just had to keep going, and “lisenting” to each one of Hannah’s tapes.

This book is not for the faint-of-heart, towards the end of the book I started literally trembling because so much was going on and I just didn’t know how to process everything that was going through my head. As someone who has been personally affected by suicide, this book really hit home. I loved how it showed the big picture, so to speak, of Hannah’s situation. We, as readers, not only got to see why Hannah Baker chose to commit suicide, but also how her death affected everyone in her community.

My one critique for this book, however, is that I was left wondering what happened to Hannah’s parents. Throughout the story, the are mentioned several times, but we never fully understand where they went/what happened to them after their daughter’s suicide.

In conculusion, yes – I would probably read more of Asher’s books. For now, though, I am left with a deep sense of sorrow for fictional characters I only got to know in a period of hours.

You Will Love Thirteen Reasons Why If You Liked: Hate List; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Crank

Star Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)