Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

30649795Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Tundra Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Death, Friendship

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BLURB:

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash. Continue reading

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Shimmer (The Rephaim #3) by Paula Weston

23210022Shimmer by Paula Weston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Tundra Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Angels & Demons

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Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated.

She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the teenage backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim–a 139-year-old half-angel–whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all.

But now Rafa–sexy, infuriating Rafa–is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all. Continue reading

Review: The Darkest Dark

28250985The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

This is a wonderfully-illustrated picture book about a young boy who wishes more than anything to become an astronaut.

Unfortunately, he is afraid of the dark!

Will he ever overcome his fear in order to be able to achieve his dream?

I love how this book tells its readers to DREAM BIG, because you might just get what you want, if you work hard enough and believe strongly enough. Continue reading

Review: Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston

20300221Haze by Paula Weston

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Publisher: Tundra Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Action, Angels & Demons

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Gaby Winters’ life used to be pretty normal. She lived with her best friend. She worked in a library. She was slowly getting over the death of her twin brother, Jude. And then Rafa came looking for her.

With him, her blood-soaked nightmares stopped. But now they are reality. She is one of the Rephaim – a wingless half angel, descended from the Fallen. Demons exist and they are hunting her.

She knows she’s alive when she’s meant to be dead. And that means maybe Jude is too. So why isn’t she out there looking for him? Continue reading

Review: When Santa Was a Baby

610xqnheqil-_sx258_bo1204203200_When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey

This is the perfect Christmas gift for babies all around the world.

When Santa was a baby, he was different from the other babies. But these differences, these particularities didn’t make him strange; it made him interesting and memorable.

This was such a cute read. The illustrations are wonderful. I really like the style of the artist. She gave the story a feel of timelessness with her adorable drawings. Continue reading

Review Shadows (The Rephaim #1) by Paula Weston

17162437Shadows by Paula Weston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Publisher: Tundra Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels,Action, War, Demons, Romance

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It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares. Continue reading

Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

22752127The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Tundra Books
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing:Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Friendship, Coming of Age, Family

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BLURB:

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending one that will rock his life to the core. Continue reading