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Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah JayneTruly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 2nd July 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Bought
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Rating: one-star

Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note:

You’re welcome.

Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren’t the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer’s every move…

Continuing on with my Crap Book Friday trend (I should probably think up some sort of witty name for this but effort), today I’m reviewing Truly, Madly, Deadly, which turned out to be a truly crappy thriller. There are various reasons for this, but I’m going to keep it brief because I do not have the energy to go into a full blown rant, especially as I don’t think this book deserves that much attention.

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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 5th January 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

I thought I was prepared for This Is Where It Ends, considering I’d been looking forward to reading it for months prior to reading it. Spoiler: I was not prepared in the slightest.

This Is Where It Ends is a truly harrowing story of a fictional school shooting. It follows four students who are caught up in the shooting in different ways. They’re all connected to the shooter in some way, and we watch as their entire world starts to fall apart.

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Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Jesse’s Girl by Miranda KenneallyJesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 1 July 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

Jesse’s Girl has been one of the most unexpectedly fun books I’ve read this year. It’s such a cute summer read; it’s funny and sweet and just a really feel-good kind of novel. Although I’d already read another book by Kenneally previous to this one , Breathe, Annie, Breathe, which I thought was readable but could have been better, it was Jesse’s Girl that made me want to catch up with the rest of the Hundred Oaks series. I do plan on reading all of them now and I will do that…eventually. Continue reading

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato DoktorskiThe Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 5 May 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn't just the perfect summer escape, it's home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can't help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.

Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy's summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

Once in a while, I am pleasantly surprised by how much I’m enjoying reading a book I wasn’t sure I’d like. This was definitely the case with The Summer After You and Me – I requested it because it looked like a cute, fun read but was unprepared for how much I liked Lucy, the main character, and the unique way in which chapter opens. Also, I really liked the main love interest guy and that almost never happens with me. Continue reading

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda KenneallyBreathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 7th April 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the kind of cute teen romance that I probably would have liked when I was back in high school; it’s a light, fast read with a story that is interesting and fun.

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