Friday, April 20, 2018

Book Trailer Friday [@AmeDyckman @orchardbooks]

The trailer I picked this week is for a picture book but it seemed too cute not to share. Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Scott Magoon will be out April 24th:

about Misunderstood Shark:

Every beachgoer knows that there's nothing more terrifying than a... SHARRRK! But this shark is just misunderstood, or is he? In a wholly original, side-splittingly funny story, New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Scott Magoon take this perennial theme and turn it on its (hammer)head with a brand-new cheeky character.

The filming of an underwater TV show goes awry when the crew gets interrupted by a... SHARRRK! Poor Shark, he wasn't trying to scare them, he's just misunderstood! Then he's accused of trying to eat a fish. Will Shark ever catch a break? After all, he wasn't going to eat the fish, he was just showing it his new tooth! Or was he? Explosively funny, extraordinarily clever, and even full of fun shark facts, this surprisingly endearing story gets to the heart of what it feels like to be misunderstood by the people around you. With a surprise twist ending, our Misunderstood Shark will have kids rolling with laughter!

April 24, 2018 // Orchard Books // 40 pages // Goodreads // Book Depository // Amazon

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Kiss in the Dark ~ Gina Ciocca (earc) review [@gmc511 @simonteen @simonkids]

A Kiss in the Dark
Simon Pulse
March 06, 2018
341 pages
add to Goodreads/buy from Book Depository/or Amazon

When the lights go out at a Georgia high school football game, Macy Atwood finds herself in the arms of a boy who kisses her senseless – but is gone by the time the lights come back on. All she knows is that there was something special – and oddly familiar – about her mystery kisser.

Noah Granger, Ridgedale’s resident bad boy and newest transfer student, has no problem taking credit for the kiss, but Macy can’t shake the feeling that he’s lying. Especially since a photograph of Macy and former star football player Joel Hargrove resurfaced online moments before the blackout, a not-so random reminder of how hard she fell for Joel last year. And how doing so ultimately sent her lifelong friendships with Meredith Kopala and Ben Collins up in literal smoke.

Soon junior year’s wounds begin to reopen as Macy realizes the events that unfolded are somehow tied to her mystery kisser. Discovering how means finally facing what really went wrong with Meredith, Ben, and Joel – and finding out what Noah is covering up.

But the closer Macy gets to figuring it all out, the more she starts to worry that the boy who kissed her in the dark and the boy who is stealing her heart might be two very different people.
While reading A Kiss in the Dark, I couldn't help picturing it with the cover of Gina Ciocca's novel published in January, Busted.
Last year Macy Atwood was a cheerleader, with best friend Meredith. Now, for her senior year, she and Jadie are yearbook photographer. So much about Macy's life has changed in just one year - but what it was that caused all those changes is what you, the reader, have to discover.

The way that Ciocca split the story between Macy's Junior Year and Senior Year, with each happening in the run up to Homecoming was great. We get to see a lot of the repercussions - the strained relationships, the emotional fallout, the lingering questions - of what happened around Homecoming last year, before we experience it in the Junior Year half of the book.

While some of the larger elements of the story - who the characters were to each other, how they felt about each other - were easy to see long before the characters acknowledged and/or realized them, it worked. It was very lifelike that Macy was unable to see what, to an outsider seemed to be, right in front of her. (You also can't guess at the details or how things will play out.)

I loved the different relationships author Gina Ciocca presented to readers. There were different kinds of friendships, different romantic relationships, different parent/child relationships that were all interwoven and played into the story really well.

A kiss in the Dark was sweet and cute but the characters faced uncertainty, difficult decisions, and possibly ruined friendships, as well. The things that weren't easy for the characters made the story that much more real and enjoyable to read.  After Last Year's Mistake and now A Kiss in the Dark, I hope we get more novels from this author that split the story between 'then' and 'now'  - it's great storytelling with true to life characters, emotions and relationships.

review copy received from publisher via NetGalley

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday [@DisneyHyperion @tamaraistone]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

LITTLE DO WE KNOW by Tamara Ireland Stone

Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken in months. Not since the fight—the one where they said things they couldn’t take back.

Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places—and people—for answers to the difficult questions she’s suddenly facing.

No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can’t. Not anymore.

Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true.

In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship and the boy caught somewhere in the middle. New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone deftly crafts a moving portrait of faith, love, and friendship.

published June 05th by Disney Hyperion

add to your Goodreads shelf // pre-order from Book Depo // or Amazon


I very much enjoyed reading both Tamara Ireland Stone's MG novel, Click'd (review) last year and 2015's YA novel Every Last Word (review). Plus, I like stories where best friends (especially ones living next door/across the street/otherwise very near to each other) have some sort of falling out and you get to see how that works - and hopefully a reconciliation, too.  All of that closeness and/or forced interaction can end up telling you a lot about the characters individually,more so than just a working friendship would.

I also like that this novel says it deals with Hannah, her faith, her family and how problems impact all of that.

(It has a very lovely cover, as well.)

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Book I'll Re-Read

This week's Ten:

This week is a Freebie week which means I get to pick the topic. Last week's topic was 10 Books I Loved But Will Never Re-Read and since I am someone who rarely re-reads anything, I thought it would make sense to make this week:

10 13 Books I Have/Will Re-Read

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Into the Dust by Karen Hesse

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Heats at Stake (Drake Chronicles #1) by Alyxandra Harvey
(really the whole series)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy

Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

Please leave a comment and let me know the top books you will/have re-read - especially if you do not usually read a book more than one time!
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