August SST: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 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 dark, but so amazing. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

 


Girl in PiecesTitle:
Girl in Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date:
August 30, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

 

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

 


 

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I was beyond excited to read this book for the Sunday Street Team. I think more people should tell darker stories, because they exist in our world. This was an amazing book. The writing was heartbreakingly beautiful. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

As soon as I picked up this book, I pretty much didn’t want to put it down…except to take some breaks when my heart felt like it had cracked open in my chest. The book wasn’t all darkness, but it definitely wasn’t a happy book. Which is fine with me, because life isn’t sunshine and daisies 24/7. Charlie’s story, and even a lot of the secondary characters stories, will resonate with a lot of people.

 

I absolutely loved Charlie’s character. She seemed so real. My heart ached for her, and the people surrounding her, that have to deal with inner and outer demons. I really liked a lot of the female characters in this book, but barely any of the male characters–except a couple. A lot of the guys were jackasses. Charlie goes through so much in this book, and by the end, I’m glad she has people she can turn to, people she can rely on.

 

Honestly, I think everyone should read this book. It reminds you that sometimes bad things–overwhelming things–happen. But with some supportive friends, you can embrace life to its fullest. One of my favorite things about this book is that you can feel the raw pain and emotion. Kathleen wasn’t scared to show the downs of life, to show how the tornado building inside you can lash out at any moment.

 

I made notes of some gorgeous lines while reading: “We all have our Kiefer stages, when we want to destroy ourselves in order to create. To see if that’s beautiful, too.” and “I say the wrong thing, if I can bring myself to say anything at all. I’ve always felt like an intrusion, a giant blob of wrong.” and “I’m so unwhole. I don’t know where all the pieces of me are, how to fit them together, how to make them stick. Or if I even can.”

 

Final note: An amazing book. It’s definitely dark, but it has an optimistic ending. I’m so glad I read this book. As soon as I finished reading, I bought myself a copy for my personal collection. I’d highly recommend this one.

 

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National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000

 

5 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Kathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She writes for the radio show The Writer’s Almanac and can probably provide you with some interesting anecdotes about historical literary figures if you asked nicely. You can find out more about Kathleen by following her on Twitter: @kathglasgow, Instagram, @misskathleenglasgow (where she posts about sunsets, depression, spirit circles, and books) or her website: kathleenglasgowbooks.com.

 


 

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Hey there, booklovers!

 

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce the release of UNITED, the final book in the Alienated trilogy. Our star-crossed lovers Aelyx and Cara have overcome some heavy obstacles to be together—riotous mobs, alien hybrids, and worst of all, high school on two planets. Now to stay together they’ll have to unite their people against a common enemy, a threat more deadly than they ever imagined. (NBD, right?) I’ve written an ending to this trilogy that makes my heart happy, and I hope you’ll love the conclusion as much as I do!

 

What do reviewers have to say about the series?

“The author’s storyline is out of this world.” –VOYA on Alienated

“The unusual plot and world building are ingenious.” –Library Media Connection on Alienated

“If [the third novel] is as entertaining as this tale, it can’t come soon enough.” –Kirkus Reviews on Invaded

“A fun genre-blending series that will only gain traction as it continues.” –Booklist on Invaded

 

If you love hot aliens, snarky humans, and wild sci-fi adventure, make sure to pick up a copy of UNITED today. It’s now available in stores and online.

 

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To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a set of all 3 mini-posters in the Alienated series—signed by me! The giveaway is open internationally.

 

Best of luck, and happy reading!

 

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Landers-smallMelissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

 

August 2016 TBR

Last month I read 2 of the books I listed for my July TBR. I was focused on editing a manuscript and therefore didn’t have time to read much. I like having a big TBR pile to choose from, so I’m going to keep doing this for a while. Here’s my tentative August TBR list. Obviously I won’t get to all these books this month. So like usual, whatever I don’t get to, I’ll push to the next month like I did with last month’s TBR. My two longer readathon/reading challenges for the summer (Virtual Adult Summer Reading Program and the Summer TBR Wipeout) run through all/part of August, respectively. Finally, there’s also the 4th Annual ARC August challenge. Therefore I’m hoping to focus mostly on ARCs this month, so I can get my Netgalley ratio up.

 

To read:

A Shadow Bright and Burning Girl in Pieces A Song to Take the World Apart The Star-Touched Queen And I Darken The Art of Not Breathing Did I Mention I Need You You Were Here The Art of Being Normal The Darkest Lie Up to This Pointe This Song Is (Not) for You Status Update Beta Test Enter Title Here Suffer Love Summer of Supernovas The Square Root of Summer The Inside of Out Wild Swans Just a Girl Calling It Undecided Ink and Bone Paper and Fire I Crawl Through It Passenger Now and Again Wrecked Learning to Swear in America South of Sunshine Tone Deaf First & Then Dreamstrider Anything Could Happen Vengeance Road Play On Thicker Than Water Soundless The Darkest Corners

 

Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I move to the top of my TBR list?

Monthly Wrap-Up – July 2016

I read only 2 books this past month, and I’m at 96 books read so far this year. The reason I barely read anything in July was because I’m editing a manuscript to enter into a writing contest. I really want to excel with all my yearly reading challenges. Each challenge title is linked to that specific Goodreads shelf, so you can see at a quick glance what my ratings for each book were.
 

A Series A Month Reading Challenge – 6 (+ 3 extra)/12 series read

 

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – 58/11-15 books read

Run Signs of You

 

#RockMyTBR Reading Challenge – 41 books read

 

Backlist Books Reading Challenge – 51 books read

 

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge – 30/30 books read

 

It’s New to Me Series Starter Reading Challenge – 14/11-12+ series started

 

Read Tamora Pierce Reading Challenge – 0/8 books read

 

Debut Author Reading Challenge – 15/12-20 books read

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New To You Reading Challenge – 53/25 books read

Run Signs of You

 

Prequel & Sequel Reading Challenge – 133/51-75 points

 

EBook Reading Challenge (eARCs count) – 21/10 eBooks read

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Pick Your Genre Reading Challenge

Contemporary – 65/25 books read

Run Signs of You

Fantasy – 30/25 books read

 

Finishing The Series Reading Challenge – 14/7+ series finished

 

I Love Libraries Reading Challenge – 44/18 books read

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Harry Potter (Re)Read Reading Challenge – 4/7 books read

 

Diverse Reads Reading Challenge – 26 books read

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I’m still doing the weekly memes Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, and Stacking the Shelves. I also started a new weekly meme on my blog called Loved That, Read This, which is all about book recommendations.

Loved That, Read This [5]

 

Loved That, Read This

 

I’ve been giving a lot of books recommendations lately, so I decided to start a new weekly feature. Loved That, Read This is all about recommending books! There’s no set amount on how many books you have to recommend per week, or restrictions on what genres/age categories you can feature. Just have fun with this! If you want to participate, please link back to me in your post, and then link up below via the linky! Okay, with that said, here we go:

 

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If you loved Divergent, then read Delirium.

I’ve been noticing people in the industry still steering clear of dystopian books, so in honor of my love for them, here’s a book rec. Both of these books feature a society surrounded by a wall, and the occupants are divided in some way (factions/factionless vs. cured/uncured). Both books feature main characters who slowly realize that their world isn’t what it seems.

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If you loved Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here, then read All the Feels.

These two books focus on main characters who are obsessed with either a TV show, or movie, franchise. Scarlett’s in high school, and Liv’s in college. Both girls express their grief over their respective fandom being cancelled by doing something creative. Scarlett writes fanfiction, and Liv starts a campaign (and does movie clips) to try and bring her fandom back.

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If you loved Sloppy Firsts, then read The Boyfriend List.

I’m giving two “older” series some love! Both of these main characters are very opinionated, and a bit out there sometimes. Each of the girls lose their best friend in some way (no, the best friends don’t die). The Jessica Darling series is 5 books (some of which are NA aged), and the Ruby Oliver series is 4 books.

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If you loved Remember Me?, then read Airhead.

These two books feature main characters (adult vs. YA) who don’t remember everything when they wake up. Their lives are changed when they wake up in the hospital after their accidents. Both books have a bit of darkness to them, and lots of secrets/lies that keep you flipping the pages.

 

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Don’t forget to link up below with the URL to your blog post (not your blog), and your name. Then if you have some time, check out some of the other links!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday [49]

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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.

 

Girl in Pieces

Title: Girl in Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): For fans of Girl, Interrupted, Thirteen Reasons Why, and All the Bright Places comes Kathleen Glasgow’s debut novel about a girl who has lost everything—almost even herself.

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.


Why I Chose This Book:

This sounds incredible, and kind of dark, which I don’t mind in the slightest. I’ll be reading and reviewing this for Sunday Street Team, so I can’t wait to get my hands on the eARC soon. I think it’ll be fantastic…especially given the 4-5 star reviews it’s gotten so far!

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Set Outside The US

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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 Set Outside The US. This was a lot harder than I expected because it seems that I read a lot of books set in the U.S.

 

Anna and the French Kiss  Me Before You  You and Me, Always  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  Cinder

1. Anna and the French Kiss  This book is set in the U.S. for parts, but the better part of the book is set in Paris. It’s a cute contemp book!

2. Me Before You  Such a good book, set in England. It was a tearjerker for me, so you might cry.

3. You and Me, Always – Jill Mansell is one of my favorite adult authors. Her books are set in various places in England.

4. Harry Potter series – A childhood favorite that I absolutely love. These books are set in England as well.

5. The Lunar Chronicles series – These books are set in various countries within the Eastern Hemisphere (in the future) AND IN SPACE!

The wrath & the dawn  Just One Year  Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging  Twenties Girl  Queen of Babble

6. The Wrath & the Dawn  A book set in the Middle East (I think?) with such beautiful imagery.

7. Just One Year  This is the second book in the duology, but the only one that isn’t heavily set in the U.S. Plus I liked book two a lot better than book one.

8. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging series  I haven’t read these books in forever, but I remember them being hilarious. I think I stopped around book 5, so I need to re-read and then finish the series.

9. Twenties Girl – I haven’t read Sophie Kinsella in a while, but the books I’ve read I really liked. They’re all set in England for the most part, from what I’ve seen.

10. Queen of Babble – A little bit of this book is set in the U.S. (some of the beginning), but the rest is set in foreign locales (England/France).

 

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

July SST: Signs of You by Emily France 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 definitely unique. I didn’t love it as much as I wanted though. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 


Signs of YouTitle:
 Signs of You
Author: Emily France
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication date:
July 19, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.

 

When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.

 

When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

 


 

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When I saw that this book was being offered for the Sunday Street Team, I was so excited. Overall, it was a good book and the writing was so beautiful in places, but I just didn’t connect with the characters and story like I was expecting. I received a copy from Edelweiss to review, and ended up giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

One thing I can definitely praise this book for is being unique. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. But with that being said, it was a little weird for my tastes. I liked the beginning of the book, got a little lost/uncertain about the middle, and really liked the ending.

 

The book is only 240 pages, which isn’t long, but I felt like it could have been shorter. At times I felt not a lot was happening, and I think that contributed to my not liking the book as much as I wanted. I did like Riley a lot overall, and Noah was a doll. Kate was pretty entertaining, but I really didn’t like Jay’s character very much. One of my favorite parts of this book was their friendship (I could have done without Jay personally).

 

There’s a major lack of parents in this book (besides the dead ones which are mentioned quite a bit). I think the only parent that’s shown is Riley’s dad, and even he’s not that prominent. The rest were MIA. I guess maybe that’s the nature of parents going through grief?

 

Noah was probably one of my favorite characters of this book. He’s pretty quiet, maybe a little bit of an outsider (even in their group), and very observant. By the end of the book, I loved him to pieces. He’s a new addition to my book boyfriend list. One thing to note is that there’s not a lot of romance in this book. Sure Riley’s got a major crush on someone, but the focus of the book isn’t romance.

 

I made notes of beautiful lines while I was updating my progress in this book. There were quite a few: “…I know we’ve learned something about loss: when you find friends who know it, who’ve been through it, who really, really get the ache that moves in and lives in your bones, it gets a little easier.” and “My deepest, darkest fear is that maybe we don’t ever get over some things. Maybe we just carry them around, permanently, these heavy, dull aches in the heart. And maybe they don’t heal; maybe we just learn to work around the pain.” and “…maybe it’s no more complicated or romantic than that the damaged are drawn to the damaged. Connected by hurt.”

 

Final note: A good book, but I didn’t love it like I’d hoped I would. For anyone that likes contemporary books that are a little darker, and kind out there subject wise, check this one out. It’s got some beautiful writing people!

 

3.5 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Emily France graduated from Brown University before going on to law school, where she was the editor-in-chief of the law review. She finds creative inspiration in all things spiritual, from sitting with Benedictine monks for 4 a.m. vigils in a Rocky Mountain monastery to trekking to Buddhist and Hindu temples in India. Now she writes full-time and lives with her husband and their fearless Tibetan Spaniel in sunny Colorado—the closest place to Nirvana she’s found. Signs of You is her debut novel. Visit Emily online at www.emilyfrancebooks.com and follow her on Twitter @EmilyFranceBook.

 


 

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Stacking the Shelves [33]

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 bought a few pre-orders (not pictured Always and Forever, Lara Jean) and quite a few cheap Kindle ebooks, many of which I listed on my Deals & Steals post earlier this week. I also won FOUR Twitter giveaways! Yes!

 

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

 

Bought:

How to Make a Wish A Crown of Wishes Crystal Crowned Jerkbait Alive The Great American Whatever How to Repair a Mechanical Heart The Shadow Queen The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Sia The Lying Game Twisted Fate An Ember in the Ashes

 

Won:

The Raven Boys The Dream Thieves Blue Lily, Lily Blue The Raven King Shadow Run The Best Possible Answer The Memory Book

 

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

Loved That, Read This [4]

 

Loved That, Read This

 

I’ve been giving a lot of books recommendations lately, so I decided to start a new weekly feature. Loved That, Read This is all about recommending books! There’s no set amount on how many books you have to recommend per week, or restrictions on what genres/age categories you can feature. Just have fun with this! If you want to participate, please link back to me in your post, and then link up below via the linky! Okay, with that said, here we go:

 

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If you loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, then read Open Road Summer.

Both books focus on summer road trips, and music plays a big part in each. Plus there’s cute boys, which is always a plus! I think Morgan and Emery’s writing styles have the same kind of vibe, so if you love one, you’ll likely love the other. If you want to try out Open Road Summer, the Kindle ebook is only $1.99!

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If you loved Did I Mention I Love You?, then read The Possibility of Now.

The main characters are teen girls with estranged dads; in the books, they go visit/live with their dads. Romance is less of a focus in The Possibility of Now. One major difference is that Did I Mention I Love You? is the first book in a trilogy, and The Possibility of Now is a standalone. And if you haven’t read Did I Mention I Love You? yet either, the Kindle copy is $1.99!

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If you loved I Was Here, then read My Heart and Other Black Holes.

Both books focus on the topic of suicide, so they’re a bit dark. I Was Here shows the aftermath after someone commits suicide, and My Heart and Other Black Holes shows the exact opposite: someone who’s considering suicide. I listened to the audiobooks for both of these, and highly recommend the narrators!

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If you loved Twenty Boy Summer, then read The Start of Me and You.

These books have one major thing in common: the main characters’ boyfriends have died. They’re starting to put themselves out there again, considering the possibility of love once more. The friends are pretty awesome in these books. Yay girl power! If you haven’t read Twenty Boy Summer yet, the Kindle copy is $1.99 right now!

 

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Don’t forget to link up below with the URL to your blog post (not your blog), and your name. Then if you have some time, check out some of the other links!

 

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