Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

The Secrets of Lily Graves
By: Sarah Strohmeyer
Released: May 13, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like. But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper. So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects. As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim." (Summary from

The Secrets of Lily Graves was such a great mystery story. I've really enjoyed Sarah Strohmeyer's previous books, so I've been really looking forward to this book for months because it sounded a little different from her previous ones. I'm so happy to say that it definitely does not disappoint.

The Secrets of Lily Graves is the story of Lily who lives in a mortuary. Lily knows all about the senior class president, Erin, and why she is having problems with her boyfriend. However, after Lily gets into a fight with her, Erin is found dead. Lily was a really interesting and well developed protagonist. She's a bit of a misfit and obsessed with death. Then there is Matt, who is Lily's best friend and Erin's boyfriend. Matt was an interesting character too and I enjoyed how his whole story unraveled.

The plot kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a great balance of dark and light. There were some really creepy moments that gave me chills, but also some lighter moments too. The whole setting at the mortuary was especially creepy. I couldn't put this book down for long because I just had to know what would happen next. I loved trying to figure out the truth with Lily. There were so many twists that kept me guessing.

Overall I really enjoyed The Secrets of Lily Graves. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and creepy mystery that will keep you guessing.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #155: The Jewel

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Jewel
By: Amy Ewing
Release Date: September 2, 2014

"The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty––because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring. Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life. Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence . . . and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for" (Summary from

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #154: Even in Paradise

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Even in Paradise 
By: Chelsey Philpot
Release Date: October 14, 2014

"When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do. Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian. But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden … until now" (Summary from


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #153: Beware the Wild

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Beware the Wild
By: Natalie C. Parker
Release Date: October 21, 2014

"It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed. Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her." (Summary from

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #152: Blackbird

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

By: Anna Carey
Release Date: September 16, 2014

"This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants. A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined." (Summary from

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars
By: E. Lockhart
Released: May 13, 2014
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth." (Summary from

Wow We Were Liars was such an amazing and memorable story. It absolutely wrecked me. I wish that I could reread this book for the first time all over again.

We Were Liars is the story of a wealthy family and four friends who spend each summer on the private island. I don't want to say any more than that because the less you know going into this book, the better. 

The writing was just stunning. I loved how the story progressed and I was completely captivated from the first page. I couldn't put this book down and ended up reading it all in one sitting. It did get somewhat predictable, but I didn't even mind because I still couldn't entirely figure the whole twist out. 

Overall I loved We Were Liars! This book made me cry and made my heart race. I strongly recommend picking up a copy. This is one book you won't want to miss. I will definitely be buying myself a physical copy. I will also be recommending this book to as many people as I possibly could.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Second Star
By: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Released: May 13, 2014
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them" (Summary from

I was so excited when I first heard about this book because I love Peter Pan. Second Star was a really enjoyable and interesting spin on the classic story.

Second Star is the story of Wendy who is searching for her two brothers who went missing while surfing. While on her search she comes across a group of runaways lead by Pete. She also comes across a drug dealer and Pete's nemesis, Jas. Wendy was an interesting protagonist. I admired how she wouldn't give up on her search for her brothers. However she made some decisions that drove me a bit crazy at times. There were so many great side characters and I especially loved Pete and Jas. I actually wanted more Pete and Jas because both were really interesting characters.
The plot was interesting and kept me captivated from the beginning. I picked up this book with completely different expectations in mind and even though this book was the opposite of that, I really enjoyed it. I loved the setting on the beach and definitely think this book makes a good summer read. It also made me want to get out on a surfboard. The last half of the book did become somewhat predictable, but that didn't make me enjoy this book any less.

Overall I really enjoyed Second Star. It was an interesting take on Peter Pan and I definitely recommend adding this book to your summer reading pile.

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