Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Hybrid Chronicles Read-a-Thon

It's finally time to announce the start of this awesome read-a-thon that Bonnie (of A Backwards Story) and I have been planning for a while! Together with the awesome Kat Zhang, we're bringing you The Hybrid Chronicles Read-a-Thon

It's official - today we kick off the read-a-thon! What we're basically going to be doing is reading (or rereading) Kat's already released novels, What's Left of Me and Once We Were in preparation for the release of Echoes of Us! There will also be a chat or two, as well some flash posts so be sure to watch out (especially on Twitter). 

It's important to remember that there is no pressure whatsoever during this read-a-thon. If you don't have time to start until later on in the week, no problem. If you get a little excited and finish the books fast, no problem. The whole point is to have fun and celebrate this series together!

Here's the official schedule:


September 2-7: What's Left of Me

September 8-15: Once We Were

September 16-21: Echoes of Us

For more info on the event, make sure to follow all of us hosts:
Alexa: Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest
Bonnie: Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest

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Post on your blogs, 
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recommend it to your friend - we'll appreciate it all.

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If you're interested in signing up, please add the link to your blog/twitter account to the Linky below. For more info, you can find me (@abackwardsstory) and Alexa (@alexalovesbooks) to answer any questions you might have.



Happy #HybridChroniclesReadAThon Week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

An August 2014 Retrospective


It breaks my heart just the teensiest bit that August - my birthday month - is already over! I've had so much fun this month, from spoiling myself rotten with presents, to being spoiled by others with presents, to getting to be out and about in the summer sunshine. A part of me, honestly, doesn't want it to end! But end it has, and now we're welcoming in the month of September - and starting things off right with Labor Day off.

September is going to be an exciting month! On the blog, I'm doing a bunch of posts to celebrate some of my favorite books + authors, and I'm finally back to one post a day (which is a relief). In real life, Macky is finally coming to New York (which I'm thrilled about!). And we're taking the last week of September off to go to Florida to celebrate our first wedding anniversary (which I'm still shocked about, because the year went by so fast)! Plus, there are signings I definitely plan on being at with some of my favorite authors - Sarah Maas, Susan Dennard, Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins, I'm looking at you! All in all, it's bound to be pretty epic, and well, I'm grateful to you readers for being along for the ride.


Rites of Passage - Joy N. Hensley
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Lover Reborn - J.R. Ward
I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins


 The Art of Lainey - Paula Stokes
Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta
Forever Interrupted - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Making Faces - Amy Harmon
Firebug - Lish McBride
Wildlife - Fiona Wood
The Perilous Sea - Sherry Thomas
Neverhome - Laird Hunt
I Shall Be Near To You - Erin Lindsay McCabe

Three Bird Summer - Sara St. Antoine
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas
After I Do - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Let's Get Lost - Adi Alsaid
Empire Girls - Suzanne Hayes + Loretta Nyhan
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
The Promise - Robyn Carr
Rites of Passage - Joy N. Hensley
The Homecoming - Robyn Carr
Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins
The Vault of Dreamers - Caragh M. O'Brien
Of Metal & Wishes - Sarah Fine
Say What You Will - Cammie McGovern


Alexa & Judith's Epic Summer Read-Along:

Books in Real Life: Racing Savannah
The Monday Mix: #34
Stacking the Shelves: #12: The Birthday Haul

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dangerous Boys - Abigail Haas (Review)

Dangerous Boys book cover
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Source/Format: Author (Thank you!) || e-galley
[I received this book for review from the publisher. This in no way affects the thoughts expressed in my review.]

Three teens venture into an abandoned lake house one night. Hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding. The other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder ...? Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece the story together - a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces... (from Goodreads)

Dangerous Boys is a novel that is fascinating and creepy in equal measures. Like Dangerous Girls, there's a strong sense of "What the hell just happened?" that emanates from all the twists and turns Haas guides us through. But unlike the former, Dangerous Boys will leave readers with questions not just about these characters, but also about themselves.

There are many things about Dangerous Boys that make it interesting: the small-town setting, Chloe's familial circumstances, her relationships with brothers Ethan and Oliver. Haas manages to juxtapose the contrasts well - safety versus risk, helplessness versus power, light versus dark. The most intriguing bit? How Haas teases Chloe's complex personality out as the novel progresses, multiple facets coming under scrutiny.

Dangerous Boys is different from its predecessor. There's a quietness to the way its told, almost like its a secret that this sleepy small town is keeping. It's definitely terrifying, and also horrifying, and yet, I couldn't help myself and had to keep turning the pages. While I do wish that I'd formed a stronger connection with the characters, the novel is still a pretty solid read.

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