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Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Monday, October 24, 2016
Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

Goodreads Summary

Besides the gorgeous cover and amazing and unique setting, I loved the intricacy and plot development behind this book. Bridey's grandfather thought he heard singing coming from the sea moments before plunging to his death. Unfortunately for Bridey, trying to explain someone happily drowning comes off a little..insane. Ever since the incident with her grandfather, she has hated the water. Her suspicions were confirmed when a dead girl washes up on shore and, later, a boy with wounds (who Bridey is able to save). Bridey knows that something devilish is brewing in the sea, but she isn't sure how to figure out what or how to stop it. 

Bridey's character was lovely. She was part detective, scared villager, witch seeker, and love interest. For the most part, she didn't make any wildly inane decisions and I liked her willingness to challenge the evil in the sea. Fynn was a worthy love interest. He wasn't just there for the romance; the wounds he had when he was rescued from the sea were a mystery in and of themselves and he helped Bridey overcome her fears of the sea throughout the novel. Morag's character was possibly my favorite witch of all time. I liked her unusual ways and that she didn't care what others thought. Her character was mysterious and fascinating. The relationships between the characters were well-developed and helped lead up to the finale. I thoroughly enjoyed the ending.

4 Stars

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lydia Day Penaflor

Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is "fiercely emotional," a young actress with "complete conviction," and a "powerhouse." 

Joss Byrd is America's most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss's life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother's expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Goodreads Summary

I was a little surprised that this book was in the young adult section of my library, but the more I read the more I could see it belonging in either a children/teen's section or young adult. Joss has dyslexia, but she is an actrees. Her dyslexia makes it very difficult to read the lines, particularly when there are changes made (which seems to be all the time). Her mother is often frustrated with her and will do nearly anything to get ahead for her own gain (it's truly disturbing). Joss has to make a movie titled, The Locals; she was super excited for the part, but later finds out that the movie is based upon a young woman's horrible, abusive childhood...and she doesn't want the movie made. Joss has to navigate both moral decisions and live in a very adult-centered world. 

Joss's character was by far my favorite. She was inventive, smart, and resourceful. Her mother disgusted me. I wish she thought more of and about her child. I wasn't surprised by her many bad decisions. I hated how a movie was made when the victim expressly said she didn't want it made. There should be more protection for victims of sexual and physical child abuse. I liked the ending and wished that Joss had a wonderful life (hard to say, but her head is in the right place).

4 Stars

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Friday, October 21, 2016

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Monday through Friday, October 17th through November 11th

Monday, October 17: Bookish Lifestyle
Tuesday, October18: Once Upon a Twilight
Wednesday, October 19: No BS Book Reviews
Thursday, October 20: Paper Trail YA
Friday, October 21: Live to Read

Monday, October 24: Pandora’s Books
Tuesday, October 25: Mundie Moms
Wednesday, October 26: The Young Folks
Thursday, October 27: Fiction Fare
Friday, October 28: Ex Libris

Monday, October 31: Curling Up with A Good Book
Tuesday, November 1: Dark Faerie Tales
Wednesday, November 2: The Lovely Books
Thursday, November 3: Novel Novice
Friday, November 4: The Fandom

Monday, November 7: YA Bibliophile
Tuesday, November 8: Jessabella Reads
Wednesday, November 9: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Thursday, November 10: Lili’s Reflections
Friday, November 11: Confessions of a Readaholic

From Jennifer Donnelly, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Light and Revolution, comes THESE SHALLOW GRAVES, a thriller mystery about dark secrets, dirty truths, and the lengths to which people will go for love and revenge. From women’s rights to socioeconomic disparity, THESE SHALLOW GRAVES explores topics relevant to adults and teens of today. The paperback of THESE SHALLOW GRAVES goes on sale October 25, 2016.

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of three adult novels—The Tea RoseThe Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose—as well as the young adult novels Revolution and A Northern Light, winner of Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award.

Fans clamored for the story of brooding bad boy Cam, and now the diabolical, desirable foe takes center stage in UNFORGIVEN.Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails . . . Hell is waiting. The paperback of UNFORGIVEN goes on sale November 8, 2016.

Lauren Kate’s series of star-crossed lovers has sold over 3.2 million copies in North America alone and has capturing the hearts and imaginations of readers all over the world, with rights sold in 33 countries. The major motion picture Fallen is currently in development, starring Jeremy Irvine and Addison Timlin.


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