Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young

The Fragile Ordinary
by Samantha Young
narrated by Elle Newlands

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Just released: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Coming of age, YA, Scotland
Hardback: 384
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
I am Comet Caldwell.
And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name.

People expect extraordinary things from a girl named Comet. That she’ll be effortlessly cool and light up a room the way a comet blazes across the sky.

But from the shyness that makes her book-character friends more appealing than real people to the parents whose indifference hurts more than an open wound, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from her high school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the only place she ever feels truly herself is on her anonymous poetry blog. But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away.

When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.


My two-bits:

Oh, the whoas. Teens dealing with various parental issues are covered with a sweet romance to follow along with.

High school issues such as bullies and drugs are highlighted.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Paris in July pt2

Paris in July
hosted by Thyme for Tea
(details & signup)

Paris in July is a French themed blogging experience running from the 1st – 31st July this year.
The aim of the month is to celebrate our French experiences through actual visits, or through reading, watching, listening, observing, cooking and eating all things French!


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Adding more things to my original July plans on this post.

July In Paris part 1 (here)

READ:

Miss Don't Touch Me, Vol. 1
(Miss Pas Touche #1-2)
by Hubert
illustrated by Kerascoët
translated by Joe Johnson
-Graphic Novel, Historical, France, Paris
Amazon | Goodreads

Miss Don't Touch Me, Vol. 2
(Miss Pas Touche #3-4)
by Hubert
illustrated by Kerascoët
-Graphic Novel, Historical, France, Paris
Amazon | Goodreads


VISIT:

Bastille Day
at Justin Hermann Plaza
July 14, 2018 (details)


EAT:

Valrhona Chocolate
Lait Carmelia
Perles craquantes - crunchy pearls
36% cacao

Valrhona has been producing the world’s finest chocolate in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France since 1922. From the beginning, company founder and Pastry Chef Albéric Guironnet was dedicated to the creation of unique, artisan quality chocolate with complex, balanced and consistent flavors. This mission of excellence continues as the gastronomic traditions of the renowned Rhone Valley find expression in every mouthwatering taste of Valrhona’s superb chocolate. For almost a century, Valrhona has created a range of unique and recognizable aromatic profiles by perfecting techniques for enhancing the flavor of rare cocoa beans, grown on land masterfully selected for its terroir. Today, leading Pastry Chefs and discerning gourmets rely on Valrhona’s expertise to experience the best that chocolate can be. (per website)


COLOR:



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*source: free coloring page (here)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Another Sun by Timothy Williams

Another Sun
by Timothy Williams

Find out more about this book and author:
Amazon | Goodreads

Published: 2014
Publisher: Soho Crime
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Caribbean, Guadeloupe
Paperback: 352
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
It was past six o'clock and night had begun to fall.

The sun-drenched Caribbean island of Guadeloupe is technically part of France, subject to French law and loyal to the French Republic. But in 1980, the scars of colonialism are still fresh, and ethnic tensions and political unrest seethe just below the surface of everyday life.

French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud relocated to this beautiful Caribbean island confident that she could make it her new home. But her day-to-day life is rife with frustration. Now she is assigned a murder case in which she is sure the chief suspect, an elderly ex-con named Hégésippe Bray, is a political scapegoat. Her superiors are dismissive of her efforts to prove Bray innocent, and to add insult to injury, Bray himself won’t even speak to her because she’s a woman. But she won’t give up, and Anne Marie’s investigations lead her into a complex tangle of injustice, domestic terrorists, broken hearts, and maybe even voodoo.


Zombie sighting:
A sleepwalker. A zombie.
chapter 13, page 58


My two-bits:

The mystery was not too much of the draw for me on this one. I enjoyed the description of the people and culture of the islanders in regards to the racism and classism.

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* part of Books, Inc. Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pre-Dewey's Reverse Summer Read-a-thon: July 2018

Dewey's Reverse Summer Readathon
July 28 to July 29, 2018 (start: 11pm 2018 PST)
(details)


TO DO before read-a-thon:
- clear the calendar on event day
- do chores, housework, etc. before event
- plan easy main meals - minimal preparation
- stock up on favorite munchies

TO DO during read-a-thon:
- read, blog, mini-challenge
- go to cafe for lunch and reading


Reading list:

A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza
-Literary, Family, India, Muslim
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: tba


When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
-YA, Romance, Asian American, India
Amazon | Goodreads

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 7.14.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Finding summer dinner recipes online: Chicken Burger with Avocado Corn Salsa (here)

2. Enjoying the pianos scattered at the Flower Piano event in the San Francisco Botanical Garden (here) - loved the Quinta Tango performance

3. Late night drinking: Double Chocolate Boba Tea from Purple Kow
fyi: gotta finish reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan before the film release next month


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Library:

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
-YA, Romance, India American
Amazon | Goodreads

ADDING this to my World Reads challenge - India (here)

Providence
by Caroline Kepnes
-Mystery, Thriller
Release date: June 19, 2018
Amazon | Goodreads

PART of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2018 (here).


FREEBIE:

The Tenth Island
Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores
by Diana Marcum
-Memoir, Travel, Spain
courtesy of Amazon Kindle First -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

LOOKS like a good one for summertime.


Author event:


GREEN Apple Books on the Park hosted a reading and Q&A with Ottessa Moshfegh to present her latest, My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Ottessa shared some experiences on living in New York and China.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation
by Ottessa Moshfegh
-Literary, Mental Illness
Release date: July 10, 2018
Amazon | Goodreads

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.



OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Dewey's
Reverse Summer Readathon
July 28-29, 2018
11pm to 11pm PST (details)

GOING to try the new timing for this one.


RECENT fascination with miniatures has prompted me to create the first of a few Miniatures posts (here).


AND watched: in theatre

That Summer (2017)
Director: Göran Olsson (as Göran Hugo Olsson)
Stars: Peter Beard, Lee Radziwill, Edith Bouvier Beale
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

Montauk, East Hampton, New York, 2016. Peter Beard discusses his work as a photographer, artist and diarist before reminiscing about his attempt to make a documentary in the summer of 1972 with his friend Lee Radziwill (younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), focusing on their childhood and the 20th- century history of East Hampton.

BEING a fan of the documentary Grey Gardens, this was special treat to see. More of the same kind of footage but most especially scenes of the gals interacting with Lee Radziwill.


Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or The Bottom? (2017)
Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka? (original title)
Directors: Akiyuki Shimbô, Nobuyuki Takeuchi
Writers: Shunji Iwai, Hitoshi Ône
Stars: Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano
-Animation, Drama, Family, Japan | imdb | my rating: 4

Schoolchildren Norimichi, Yûsuke and Jun'ichi want to know if fireworks look round or flat from the side. They make a plan to find the answer at a fireworks display, while Nazuna schemes to run away with Norimichi or Yûsuke, whoever wins at the pool.

This film tells the story of a schoolgirl who finds a pretty transparent ball by the sea, on the day of a fireworks display of a religious festival in a seaside town in Japan. She plans to run away from home to escape from her unhappy home, as her mother is about to remarry for the third time. However, her escape fails until her male classmate finds out the supernatural power that the transparent ball has.


GROUNDHOG day kind of experience but unique in its own way. Certainly sparked fun conversation with the people I went to see this with.

Blindspotting (2018)
Director: Carlos López Estrada
Writers: Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs
Stars: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar
-Comedy, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Lifelong friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about the intersection of race and class, set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.

THIS screening included a Q&A with director, Carlos, and David, Rafael, Janina and Utkarsh Ambudkar. A lively conversation with lots of laughs described the process and origination of the story and some people involved with the production.

Loved the innovative style and presentation of the main character in this story, Oakland.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Dead If You Don't by Peter James

Dead If You Don't
by Peter James

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Just released: July 1, 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Hardback: 400
Rating: 4

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series:
Dead Simple
Looking Good Dead
Not Dead Enough
Dead Man's Footsteps
Dead Tomorrow
Dead Like You
Dead Man's Grip
Not Dead Yet
Dead Man's Time
Want You Dead
You Are Dead
Love You Dead
Need You Dead
Dead If You Don't

First sentence(s):
The small white ball skittered over the numbers own the spinning roulette wheel, passing 36, 11, 30.

Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins.

Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.

Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems.


Velvet sighting:
'What's the latest from the EOD on the device, Sir?' asked DC Velvet Wilde, another recent recruit to his team.
-chapter 42, page 119


My two-bits:

The 14th book in the series, Dead If You Don't, is the second book I have read in this series. And while I missed out on some history of the main players, I did not feel lost in the story. This is a treat to those who like Roy Grace and his investigative team.

The story is told in a multi-player mode with multi-perspectives and brief insights into each person (including the people at fault) - all pretty much unlikable sorts.

There is a touch of the Albanian immigrant experience.

The thriller aspect is heavier than the mystery. So, the suspense lies in finding out whether or not things get resolved and how it all goes down.

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* review copy courtesy of publisher

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Miniatures pt1


After recently watching Hereditary miniatures have captured me. The main character is an artist of miniatures and the film has many scenes of miniature dioramas juxtaposing the storyline which was effective in the storytelling.

This will be the first post with a Miniatures theme. It has a dark mystery tinge.

READ:

Malice in Miniature
by Jeanne M. Dams
-Mystery, Cozy
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: tba


FLIP THROUGH:

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
by Corinne May Botz
-Art, Photography, Mystery, True Crime
Amazon | Goodreads

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death offers readers an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a master criminal investigator. Frances Glessner Lee, a wealthy grandmother, founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936 and was later appointed captain in the New Hampshire police. In the 1940s and 1950s she built dollhouse crime scenes based on real cases in order to train detectives to assess visual evidence. Still used in forensic training today, the eighteen Nutshell dioramas, on a scale of 1:12, display an astounding level of detail: pencils write, window shades move, whistles blow, and clues to the crimes are revealed to those who study the scenes carefully.

Corinne May Botz's lush color photographs lure viewers into every crevice of Frances Lee's models and breathe life into these deadly miniatures, which present the dark side of domestic life, unveiling tales of prostitution, alcoholism, and adultery. The accompanying line drawings, specially prepared for this volume, highlight the noteworthy forensic evidence in each case. Botz's introductory essay, which draws on archival research and interviews with Lee's family and police colleagues, presents a captivating portrait of Lee.



LISTEN:

Listen to "Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” episode 10 from Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian (here).


WATCH:

Hereditary (2018)
Director/Writer: Ari Aster
Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
-Drama, Horror, Mystery | imdb | my review | my rating: 4

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006)
Las Vegas, season 7
Miniature Killer storyline
Stars: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger
-Crime, Drama, Mystery | imdb | my review: tba


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* header image from Murder Is Her Hobby article (here) which is from The Nutshell Studies

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe
by Madeline Miller

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Just released: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling
Hardback: 400
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.


PeekAbook:



My two-bits:

Loved the storytelling style of this lesser known goddess/witch. I liked how Circe and her perspective were presented in a colorful and engaging way - not your usual historical mythological tale that can be a bit unfeeling.

Loved seeing Circe in a different light to the point of feeling empathetic.

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* part of Rooster Summer Reading Challenge 2018 (here)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
by E.K. Johnston
narrated by Jorjeana Marie

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Published: 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Hardback: 256
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
"I swear to god, Leo, if you throw one more sock, I am going to throw you in the lake myself!" I shout, knees sticking to the vinyl as I turn to face the back of the bus.

Zombie sighting:
I dress up as a zombie.
-chapter 22


"I swear to god, Leo, if you throw one more sock, I am going to throw you in the lake myself!" I shout, knees sticking to the vinyl as I turn to face the back of the bus.

My two-bits:

The ugly aftermath of a high school rape experience is presented pretty true to form. The harsh realities unfolds, but friendships and family provide loving support throughout.

The good dose of the cheer world was interesting to learn about.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of the Blog All About It Challenge: Spirit (here)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 7.7.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Good gardening weather - made a small dent in much needed weeding, might get some flowers at the nursery this weekend. It would be nice to have some color to brighten the garden patch.

2. New (to me) fireworks spectacular - a red dotted outlined five-pointed star

3. Greek mythology - loved the storytelling in this retelling of Circe who is a lesser known mythological goddess/witch


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Bought:

Another Sun
by Timothy Williams
-Mystery, Caribbean
Amazon | Goodreads

JULY pick for the Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here).

Murder on the Left Bank
by Cara Black
-Mystery, France, Paris
Amazon | Goodreads

Books Inc. Laurel Village hosted a reading and Q&A with Cara Black to celebrate the release of the 18th Aimée Leduc Investigation mystery. Always a treat to get a visit from Cara and her thoughts on Paris.

This is going to be part of my Paris in July (here).


FREEBIE:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz
-Literary, Magical Realism
Amazon | Goodreads

SPOTTED this on a giveaway pile and have always wanted to read it.


Unboxing:

Save the Date
by Morgan Matson
-Romance, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT some swag (notebook and stickers) with a pre-order of Morgan's latest.


AND watched: in theatre

Damsel (2018)
Director/Writer: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner
-Comedy, Drama, Western | imdb | my rating: 4

It's the Wild West, circa 1870. Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

TOTALLY taken with the miniature horse, Butterscotch ;-)

Per the description, the blur of characters plays out well in this storyline. Got a good dose of slow western pacing with some twists.


AND watched: on DVD

Teen Spirit (2011)
Director: Gil Junger
Writers: David Kendall, Kathryn McCullough,
Stars: Cassandra Scerbo, Carissa Capobianco, Gabriela Lopez, Bob Young
-Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | imdb | my rating: 5

The story is about Amber, a mean popular girl who gets electrocuted and dies and is not allowed to enter into heaven unless she helps the least popular girl in school become Prom Queen within a week, but things do not go as planned.

ADORABLE teen flick with fashion guru, Tim Gunn, as a Supervisor in Limbo.

Also, part of the Blog All About It Challenge: Spirit (here)

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact
by Mary H.K. Choi

Find out more about this book and author:
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Just released: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Romance, Korean American
Hardback: 400
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
"Tell me somehting, Penny…"

From debut author Mary H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory—perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.


Zombie sighting:
She sat on top of her desk and crossed her legs in a lotus pose. "If there was an apocalypse—zombies, the sun explodes, whatever—fiction writing as a job would be the thousandth priority behind SoulCycle instructors."
chapter Penny, page 83



My two-bits:

I love the book cover art by gg. It caught my eye which was part of the reason I wanted to read it.

I enjoyed this coming of age story that also dealt with relationships with family and friends. And a romance with cute text flirting was fun to follow.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Blog All About It: Spirit


SMELLS like teen spirit around here...


READ:

All These Beautiful Strangers
by Elizabeth Klehfoth
-Mystery, YA
Release date: July 10, 2018
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: tba

A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History.

One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.

Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s "it" crowd.

Charlie has also been tapped by the A’s—the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.

As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.


JUST RELEASED:

The Cheerleaders
by Kara Thomas
-Mystery, Thriller, YA
Release date: July 31, 2018
Amazon | Goodreads

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident--two girls dead after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know his reasons. Monica's sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they'd lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it's not that easy. She just wants to forget.

Only, Monica's world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad's desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn't over. Some people in town know more than they're saying. And somehow, Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn't mean anyone else is safe.



AUDIOBOOK:

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
by E.K. Johnston
narrated by Jorjeana Marie
-Contemporary, YA
Amazon | Goodreads | my review | my rating: 5

The Fragile Ordinary
by Samantha Young
narrated by Elle Newlands
-Contemporary, YA, Scotland
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: tba


WATCH:

Teen Spirit (2011)
Director: Gil Junger
Writers: David Kendall, Kathryn McCullough,
Stars: Cassandra Scerbo, Carissa Capobianco, Gabriela Lopez, Bob Young
-Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | imdb | my review | my rating: 5

Thoroughbreds (2017)
Director/Writer: Cory Finley
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin
-Comedy, Crime, Drama | imdb | my rating: tba


CRAFT:



LISTEN:



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* banner photo from film Bring It On (2000)

* part of the Blog All About It Challenge (here)
 
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