May SST: Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. This book was amazing! I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Summer of SloaneTitle: Summer of Sloane
Author: Erin L. Schneider
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
May 3, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.

 

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

 

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

 

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

 


 

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I’m so glad I signed up for this Sunday Street Team opportunity, because I just loved this book. Erin did such an amazing job with her debut novel. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars (and added it to my favorites list).

 

The writing in this book was incredible. It felt like you were watching a movie play out, or reading Sloane’s personal diary, or something else equally amazing. I didn’t want to put this book down at all. It’s definitely a book that you could read in one sitting. I unfortunately had plans and couldn’t do so, but when I re-read this book many times for years to come, I’m sure it’ll be a ‘one sitting’ book.

 

Sloane was a fantastic main character. The beginning of the book started out intense, and I felt terrible for her. But quickly things start turning around once she went to Hawaii. The beautiful imagery and overall atmosphere of the Hawaii trip made me want to visit there ASAP. I really enjoyed Sloane’s family: her twin brother Penn, her dad, and her mom/stepdad (although you don’t see that much of the stepdad). I thought they were all pretty likeable characters. Sloane’s Hawaii friends, old and new, were pretty fantastic as well…especially Finn. Cue swooning.

 

I loved Finn’s character so much. He made me mad a couple times while I was reading, but I couldn’t stay mad at him for long. He’s so much better than Tyler, the toolbag. I hated, hated, hated Tyler’s character vehemently throughout the whole book, except not quite as much towards the end. He still sucked though. Finn makes such an excellent addition to my book boyfriend list, up near the top.

 

In addition to adoring Finn, I also adored his little sister Luce. She was a good secondary character that helped move things along throughout the book. The backstories for most of the people in the book were kind of tragic, but most people do have some tragedy in their lives. I think that’s another aspect that makes this book so real, so perfect.

 

I only kept track of one funny line while reading: “It looks fast and slightly dangerous and I have to admit, it makes me feel kinda like a badass. Well, in a might-pee-my-pants badass kind of way.” I spent most of the time just swept up into the story that I didn’t stop to write down lines.

 

Final note: Such an amazing debut novel! I’m recommending this to anyone who enjoys contemporary books. I ordered a copy for my personal library, and can’t wait to re-read this beauty over and over again.

 

5 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu – and although Hawaiian – should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.

 

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion. Visit Erin online at www.erinlschneider.com or on Twitter: @ErinLSchneider1.

 

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

 


 

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Waiting on Wednesday [41]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

The Loose Ends List

Title: The Loose Ends List
Author: Carrie Firestone
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: June 7, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.


Why I Chose This Book:

The cover is simple, and a little understated, but I think it fits well with the summary. This book sounds like it’s going to be an emotional, tear-jerker, give me all the feels type of read. I can’t wait to read it. I hope I love it as much as I think I will.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Stacking the Shelves [27]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

So I kind of threw my book buying ban out the window. I couldn’t resist the lure of BookOutlet anymore, and bought a stack of 17 books. In my defense, it was less than $60 with shipping! That’s a steal! I also bought some Kindle ebooks that were on sale. I received one Netgalley approval this week. I borrowed an audiobook and a lot of my held books finally came in, so I’m picking those up today before I head to Florida on Sunday.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

Bleed Like Me Faking Normal Falling into Place Fault Line First There Was Forever For Real Girl Defective Joyride Love Is A Many Trousered Thing Lux Beginnings Opposition Origin Strange & Ever After The Summer I Turned Pretty The Vincent Boys We'll Always Have Summer While It Lasts  Eleanor & Park The List Before I FallCity of Bones 2 The Goddess Test The Pact

 

Netgalley:

Hard to Hold

 

Borrowed:

The 5th Wave The Square Root of Summer Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here My Kind of Crazy BreatheThe Boyfriend App

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Waiting on Wednesday [40]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

My Lady Jane

Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: June 7, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.


Why I Chose This Book:

I’ve loved all the books I’ve read by Jodi Meadows so far, so when I found out she was co-writing one, I knew I had to get my hands on a it. The summary is pretty bare-bones, but it sounds really interesting. I even won a giveaway several months back on Twitter, and I chose this book as my prize, so yay for that! I can’t wait until this is finally released.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim. When I went back and looked at my recently read books, I noticed there was a decent amount of them that I’d picked up based on the summary and/or cover. Most of the time when I go to the library, I just browse and pick up a few books that sound like they’d be good. Some of these I picked up from BookOutlet for cheap too, after I checked to make sure the reviews were gushing…or at least not bashing the books.

 

The Sky Is Everywhere  Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend  My Heart and Other Black Holes  V23 new typeface tagline.indd  The Girl Who Fell

1. The Sky is Everywhere  I’d previously read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy, so when I saw she had another book, I needed to read it. I listened to the audiobook on one of my road trips. I’d highly recommend it.

2. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend  I found out that Morgan Matson (one of my new favorite authors) had also published under the name Katie Finn, so I decided to get the first two books for cheap on BookOutlet one time. It wasn’t a bad book by any means, but it wasn’t up to the par I was expecting after reading a couple of her other books.

3. My Heart and Other Black Holes – This was another entertaining audiobook that I loved. I’d been browsing through my library’s OverDrive selection and decided to give this one a try. I’m so glad I did.

4. Tell Me Three Things – A beautiful debut book that has a place on my favorites shelf on Goodreads. I’d seen some people promoting it before it was published and soon after it was published, but I didn’t really look at any reviews before picking this one up. It reminded me a little of another one of my favorite books (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda).

5. The Girl Who Fell – Ever since I saw the cover, I’d been wanting to read this one. It seemed a little dark/edgy, which is awesome. I like some darker themed books here and there. They’re more realistic. I’d been eyeing this book up for a while, and then finally decided to read it when I had some free time finally.

In Real Life  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  Like It Never Happened  The F- It List  The Beginning of Everything

6. In Real Life  I hadn’t heard much about this book, but I loved the sound of it from the summary. And in my opinion, it didn’t disappoint. There were quite a few people who didn’t like this one though.

7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  I randomly picked up this audiobook after reading the summary one day at the library. It was so good! I can’t wait for the second book to be published

8. Like It Never Happened – Another spur of the moment pick from the library. I didn’t really like this one as much as a lot of other books I’d picked up on a whim. It was okay, but I didn’t love it.

9. The F-It List – I bought this from BookOutlet because it was relatively cheap, and I’m so glad I did. It was pretty good and I loved that it was sex positive.

10. The Beginning of Everything – This was another BookOutlet buy, but I ended up listening to the audiobook at work when nothing else sounded good. Overall it was a pretty enjoyable read. I didn’t like the ending though, and the narrator wasn’t really good at girl voices.

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

May SST: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. It started a little slow, but ended with a bang! I ended up giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 


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 Outrun the Moon
Author: Stacey Lee
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
May 24, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

 

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

 


 

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It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical fiction book, so I was excited to be able to read this one. The first thing that drew me in was definitely that gorgeous cover! *swoon* I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

The book started off a little slower than I would have liked, but I kept reading because I saw the rave reviews by other bloggers. Eventually the story picked up and I loved finding myself immersed in another culture, in another time period, in practically another world. The imagery of San Francisco in 1906 was done beautifully. Stacey definitely has a way with words, with painting images in her readers’ minds.

 

I thought Mercy was a great main character. I loved that she had ‘bossy’ cheeks and wasn’t afraid to stand up…for herself, for what she wanted, and for others. The friendships she found in this book were amazing. I loved the girls from St. Clare’s School for Girls. The fact that because of Mercy, different races and cultures mingled together in this book, was amazing. She was definitely an inspiration character, reminding me of what one person can do. It’s astounding that she was only fifteen and had such a grasp of the world and how things should be, instead of being focused on how they were.

 

I shed some tears towards the middle/end of this book. I won’t spoil the twists and turns and the all-around magic of this book, but I highly recommend it. It gets more amazing as you keep reading. I pretty much devoured the last half of the book in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down.

 

The focus of the book wasn’t really on boys, but there were some amazing ones and then some not-so-great ones too. The focus was more on society’s flaws, finding lasting friendship, overcoming adversity, cherishing family, etc. I was mostly too busy reading to make note of lines I liked, except for this one: “Maybe sorrow and its opposite, happiness, are like dark and light. One can’t exist without the other. And those moments of overlap are like when the moon and the sun share the same sky.”

 

Final note: Overall, this was a fantastic historical read. I absolutely love finding diverse novels that I adore, and this one is on that list. I’m glad I didn’t give up when it started slowly, otherwise I would have missed out on this gem of a book. If you like reading about different cultures, or different time periods, or even about natural disasters, check out this book!

 

4 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Californian with roots in San Francisco Chinatown. Born in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. She has lots of experience with earthquakes, having skinned her knees more times than she wants to remember diving under tables. One day she hopes to own a hypoallergenic horse and live by the sea. See what she’s up to on Twitter & Instagram: @staceyleeauthor.

 


 

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Stacking the Shelves [26]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

It was a light week this week. I bought some Kindle ebooks that were on sale, I got approved for a Netgalley eARC, and finally I borrowed some audiobooks and picked up a held book from my library.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

 The Raven Boys Shadowshaper Rook The Cage

 

Netgalley:

Paper Hearts, Volume 3 Some Marketing Advice

 

Borrowed:

What's Left of Me The Last Time We Say Goodbye Me and Earl and the Dying Girl A Study in Charlotte

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Waiting on Wednesday [39]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

26 Kisses

Title: 26 Kisses
Author: Anna Michels
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: May 24, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Breaking up with her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. And so she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.

From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the breakup doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Anna Michels’s debut is the story of one girl who realizes that moving on from the supposed love of your life means taking a chance—and having the courage to love again.


Why I Chose This Book:

This book has been on my radar for a while now. I requested it two months ago on Netgalley and I still haven’t received a response. Regardless, I’m really excited for this book. I love finding debut authors to keep reading for years to come.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Stacking the Shelves [25]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I kind of threw my book buying ban out this past week. There were so many good Kindle deals (they’re all listed on my first Deals & Steals post), so I couldn’t refuse them. I also pre-ordered Summer of Supernovas, bought a highly recommended diverse novel, and picked up a copy of Tell Me Three Things because I loved it so much. I borrowed four audiobooks and picked up five held books from the library, some of which are for my #bookbuddyathon TBR. That readathon starts today, yay! Finally, I got approved for a Netgalley eARC.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

 V23 new typeface tagline.indd Summer of Supernovas Written in the Stars The Last Time We Say Goodbye Anatomy of a Misfit Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock The Art of Lainey Party Girl Sweet Girl Smart Girl Adorkable What I Didn't Say The Iron King Sword and Verse Unearthly I Wish Wishing for You The Prophecy of Shadows Wicked

 

Netgalley:

The Darkest Lie

 

Borrowed:

Pushing the Limits 2 The Wrong Side of Right Boys Of Summer The Glittering Court The Land of 10,000 Madonnas Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist The Boyfriend App Finding Audrey Just One Year

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication date: July 2, 2013
Pages: 312
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

 

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

 

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

 

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This is by far my favorite Kasie West book to date. Caymen was a great main character, and I found the sarcastic nature of her character to be refreshing and entertaining. This book was 5 out of 5 stars to me, and it was added to my favorites list.

 

Overall this was a fast, easy, enjoyable read. I’d highly recommend it to lovers of contemporary romance. Since I’d just read On the Fence recently, I recognized some of the characters from that book in this book. I can’t remember if there was any character overlap from The Fill-In Boyfriend.

 

This book wasn’t very fluffy overall, which was fine by me. I like books with a little more substance, with some issues/problems scattered throughout. It’s more like real life. I won’t spoil what happens in the book, but there’s definitely some drama, some problems, that occur. I think Kasie did a great job with the story, making it slightly suspenseful, even though I pretty much guessed most of what would happen before it did. But nevertheless, I still loved the book.

 

In addition to loving Caymen, and wanting to be her best friend, I also liked Skye a lot. I felt like I got to know Skye more in the book than in On the Fence, because Caymen is her best friend. Xander was another great character. I absolutely loved the interactions between him and Caymen. They seemed like the perfect pairing. Xander has definitely been added to my book boyfriend list. *swoon*

 

I didn’t make a lot of status updates because I was so busy reading, but I did make note of one line I really liked: “Feelings, my dear daughter, you will perhaps learn one day, can be the most costly thing in the universe.”

 

Final note: If you had to read one Kasie West book, I’d tell you to read this one. It was my favorite by a wide margin. I can’t wait to read Kasie’s sci-fi/fantasy duology and her new book coming out later this year.

 

5 stars