Mystery

The Muses Read: The Truth About Alice

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Mystery, New Release Tuesday, Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

The Muses Read: The Truth About Alice

You guys may have noticed a pattern with my reads. While I read all over the place genre-wise, the books I rave over are always the ones that make me think about my life – or even better, society in general. Maybe that’s a lot to ask of a book. Maybe that’s a lot to ask of a YA book. But I don’t think so. THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE will make you feel, make you think…and probably make you glad that you’re not in high school anymore. (Apologies to any of our readers who are currently in high school. We still love you. We just don’t envy you. xo)   The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu Blurb: Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down. Find it at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble  Muse KJ’s Thoughts From the very opening of THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE, you know it’s going to be interesting. After all, it doesn’t start with Alice at all. It begins with someone telling you “two definite, absolute, indisputable truths” about Alice. Healy is the kind of town where you’re born there, and you die there. That’s just the way it is. Healy is also the type of the type of town where everyone knows everything about you. Which means everyone knows the truth about Alice. And everyone has something to say about it. The story is told through multiple points of view. Each character has a really strong voice, making it easy to tell whose chapter it was without even noticing the header. Elaine is the girl with Healy wrapped around her finger. Kelsie is the former nerd who moved to town with a fresh slate and vows to never ever  be that person again. Josh is the star of the football team now that Brandon’s dead. Kurt is the school loner, who nobody dares talk to in public. Alice is…well Alice is what this is all about. How they see her. How the town sees her. And at the end, how she sees herself. The beauty of these characters is even when you don’t morally agree with their actions, you understand them. You know how they can come to this line of thinking. None of them are one-sided. They each have their high points, and their flaws. They each have opinions about Alice that maybe Alice wouldn’t want to know. “It’s like when we read The Diary of Anne Frank in seventh grade, and I had the sneaking suspicion that I would have been a Nazi back then because I wouldn’t have had the guts to be anything else.”- Kelsie THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE is a bittersweet story about how we’re all just trying to find a place where we fit in. We’re all just trying to find a way to fashion ourselves into the person we want to be – or the person we want to be seen as. Every word we say, every action we...

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The Muses Read: Full Steam Ahead by Valerie Chase

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Mystery, New Adult, Romance | 1 comment

The Muses Read: Full Steam Ahead by Valerie Chase

There comes a time in your life where a book is going to surprise you. Maybe it’s entirely different than you expected. Maybe it’s entirely better than you expected. Maybe you’re swooning, vying for the sequel immediately, and have way too many feelings. This is one of those books.     Full Steam Ahead by Valerie Chase Series: Seaswept #1 Release date: January 14th 2014 Purchase: Amazon Blurb: Seven days aboard a luxury cruise. The perfect getaway from it all. At least, that’s what Georgia Cantwell was hoping for. Georgia wishes she could run away from the nightmare that has consumed her life, but she can’t. With her inbox filling with menacing emails, all she can do is try to get through her sorority’s winter break cruise without anyone realizing how wrecked she is. So she really doesn’t need Jace McLaren seeing through her tacked-on smile when no one else seems to notice. Growing up with a father in jail, Jace knows from experience that if you’re going through hell, there’s no way out but through. He has always steered away from girls like Georgia with her ice-queen attitude, but she’s in real trouble, and despite himself he pushes past her walls. As much as Georgia tries to ignore it, Jace won’t let her pretend with him. But she can’t risk telling him the truth. Her past would ruin his trust, her family, her future—everything. But out on the open ocean, there’s nowhere to hide. And when Georgia’s secrets come tumbling out, it might take more than Jace to save her. Muse KJ’s Thoughts Want to stumble into a breath of literary fresh air? Want swoons in your life? Then you should read this book. There comes a moment in a book when you know you’re going to love a character. Mine came fairly early in – with the following line. I’d rather curl up in my stateroom with the zombie ebook I downloaded before the trip, but… Georgia Cantwell is perfect. Or at least that’s what she wants you think. She has to uphold the Cantwell name, which means doing everything just right. Georgia’s a girl with a secret, and she’s hoping that a week on the seas will help her forget her troubles, but they just keep following her everywhere. And unfortunately, so does the very swoon-worthy casanova Jase she’s being forced to room with.  He just wants to know what’s she’s hiding under her cold exterior. And she just wants to be left alone, by everyone. Including the mystery person at the root of all her troubles. Everyone else might be okay with partying and drinking, but she has real problems. Problems that she can’t share with her sorority sisters, and that she definitely doesn’t want that nosy Jase to know. The story is told in dual POV – in both Georgia and Jase’s perspective. This is a story that really benefits from the look into both character’s brains, as both are entirely more complex than the initial look we get of them.  Jase? Oh, boy, did I not give him enough credit. Who would have known he’d become my newest literary lust muffin? Also. He says things like this. Holy God in Texas heaven. Y’all know how I feel about Southern phrases. And Southern men. And the South in general. (Clearly, I need to go visit the fam, yes? Or move to Texas. Does Texas have palm trees?)  If I wasn’t already smitten, I was then. But enough about me. Georgia is a really relatable character. She’s going through a lot – the recent breakup with the man she’d...

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Review: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Mystery, Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Review: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

In case you missed it, yesterday we posted about a book that we loved called Nightmare City. You can spy it here. Today, we wanted to share our thoughts with you about the book. I’ll also try to be unbiased because, well, I love Andrew Klavan.     Nightmare City    About Nightmare City: Tom Harding only wants the truth. But the truth is becoming more dangerous with every passing minute. As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom Harding was tracking the best story of his life when, suddenly, his life turned very, very weird. He woke up one morning to find his house empty . . . his street empty . . . his whole town empty . . . empty except for an eerie, creeping fog and whatever creatures were slowly moving toward him through the fog. Now Tom s once-ordinary world has become something out of a horror movie. How did it happen? Is it real? Is he dreaming? Has there been a zombie apocalypse? Has he died and gone to hell? Tom is a good reporter he knows how to look for answers but no one has ever covered a story like this before. With the fog closing in and the hungry creatures of the fog surrounding him, he has only a few hours to find out how he lost the world he knew. In this bizarre universe nothing is what it seems and everything including Tom s life hangs in the balance.   Add to your Goodreads shelf! Buy Nightmare City on Amazon! Buy Nightmare City on Barnes & Noble!   Review of Nightmare City I really liked this novel. Then again, I tend to really like all the things that Andrew Klavan writes. Why? Well, for one, he’s a fantastic writer. And two, he knows how to tell a story (well). In the beginning we meet Tom, who’s in high school and also on the school’s newspaper. He wakes up thinking that it’s just another, regular day, but he is very mistaken. Most of the people he knows and loves are missing and there’s an inexplicable fog closing in. Thankfully, since Tom works on his school’s newspaper, he sets out to get to the bottom of what exactly is going on, which of course leads the reader on a creeptastic, action-packed ride filled with twists and turns (and dark things). I really liked this novel because I’m normally drawn to dark things, and Nightmare City has plenty of darkness. I think it’s a great book for fans of R.L. Stine’s Goosebump series who are looking for something a little older to read. However, I will say that Andrew Klavan has a tendency to write very wholesome YA main characters. For example, The Last Thing I Remember has a very do-the-right-thing main character named Charlie, who’s also very patriotic when it comes to the U.S. Tom is very similar in that sense. He’s wholesome, he wants to do the right thing, even if it isn’t easy. This doesn’t bother me but I know a few people that were irked at such a wholesome main character with not enough flaws. But if anything, I feel like the wholesome, do-the-right-thing mentality is a fantastic flaw because it puts both protagonists in tough and dangerous situations. Like Klavan’s previous book series, Nightmare City uses flashbacks and memories, similar to The Last Thing I Remember to tell the story. Andrew Klavan is a master of story-telling when it comes to flashbacks and memories, so I particularly liked the way he used this as a story-telling device....

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Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Horror, Mystery, Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

Let me make this clear. Muse Jolene LOVES Andrew Klavan. One day, back when Borders bookstores were still a thing, I was wandering aimlessly through the young adult section when I found a book called The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan. I bought it on a whim and decided to give it a try. Little did I know it would become one of my favorite books and soon I’d find myself shoving down the throat of anyone that I met (they liked it too, I swear!). I liked this book a lot because at the time, it stood out from the masses of romance and instalove. This was a survival story from a boy’s perspective. This one had non-stop action. So I read it. And read it again. And fell in love with the way that Andrew Klavan writes. So then I read The Long Way Home, The Truth of the Matter, and The Final Hour. Shortly after came the book hangover. You know the feeling. It’s the sense of loss after you finish a really great book. It’s also the worry that you might not ever find another one that is equally as awesome. I got through it folks, but it took several read throughs of the entire series to get closure. What would I do without the Homelander series? How could I get through this? Insert the fantastic news that Andrew Klavan had written a new book called Crazy Dangerous. Which was awesome. And now, Nightmare City.   Nightmare City  Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan Release Date: 11/05/13 Thomas Nelson Publishers   About Nightmare City: Tom Harding only wants the truth. But the truth is becoming more dangerous with every passing minute. As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom Harding was tracking the best story of his life when, suddenly, his life turned very, very weird. He woke up one morning to find his house empty . . . his street empty . . . his whole town empty . . . empty except for an eerie, creeping fog and whatever creatures were slowly moving toward him through the fog. Now Tom s once-ordinary world has become something out of a horror movie. How did it happen? Is it real? Is he dreaming? Has there been a zombie apocalypse? Has he died and gone to hell? Tom is a good reporter he knows how to look for answers but no one has ever covered a story like this before. With the fog closing in and the hungry creatures of the fog surrounding him, he has only a few hours to find out how he lost the world he knew. In this bizarre universe nothing is what it seems and everything including Tom s life hangs in the balance.   Add to your Goodreads shelf! Buy Nightmare City on Amazon! Buy Nightmare City on Barnes & Noble!   Here is a graphic I made from one of my favorite lines and scenes from the book. Enjoy!   About the Author Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember.He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.   Where to find Andrew Klavan: http://www.andrewklavan.com/ http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/271685.Andrew_Klavan https://twitter.com/andrewklavan https://www.facebook.com/aklavan     Giveaway Win 3 print copies of Nightmare City (US only)! a Rafflecopter giveaway Link to blog tour schedule: http://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com/2013/09/blog-tour-sign-up-nightmare-city-by.html     What do you guys think? Will you be checking it out? Also, stay tuned for tomorrow. Muse...

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The Muses Read: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Mystery, Reading, Young Adult | 3 comments

The Muses Read: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

I’m beyond excited to share this novel with you today. Sometimes you finish a book that leaves you stunned. That leaves you desperately wracking your brain to try to figure out who you can recommend it to. That  even leaves you wishing you wrote it. For me, that book was The S-Word.     The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher     First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker. But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie’s looping scrawl. Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she’s caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie’s own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out. Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible. Release date: May 7th 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pre-order/purchase: Amazon Muse Kristen’s Thoughts I was intrigued immediately from the synopsis of The S-Word. Is it a mystery? Is there a ghost? What really happened to Lizzie? When I actually got my grabby hands on the ARC, I was blown away. At one point I emailed Chelsea Pitcher to say “I am in full blown tears reading THE S-WORD. Also, I love you for this book. Sheer love.” Authors: if your book gets me declaring love for you, you’ve done something right. One moment. One night. That was it all took for Lizzie to be labeled a slut, lose her best friend, and be labeled as the town pariah. Months of torment. One decision. One free fall. That was it all took for Lizzie to end her life. What if Nancy Drew was a modern day teenager looking to solve the mystery of why her (former) best friend killed herself? What would happen to cause a young girl to take her life? The loss of a friend? The bullying? Everything combined? This is a honest, raw look at high school – with the stark reminder that everyone has a secret. Everyone has something that they’d like to keep buried in the dark. In a small town, those little secrets can affect everyone. Bullying is a really prevalent issue with teens today and I love the way that The S-Word shows the problems with it without being preachy. It’s a cycle. To keep your own self safe, you direct the attention elsewhere – but does anyone ever try to stop the cycle? To just let everyone be? What I enjoyed most was how relatable the characters were. I really felt for them. For Lizzie. For Angie. For Jesse. I wanted to shield them. I wanted to defend them. I felt a wide variety of emotions for them. I solved pieces of the mystery early on, but was still surprised and awed when the entire story unraveled....

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New Release Tuesday: 4/16/2013

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Genres, Mystery, Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: 4/16/2013

New Release Tuesday: 4/16/13 Last year I read the book I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and loved it. So this weekend when I was researching books to come out, I squealed in delight when I realized that the sequel was coming out. I have waited WAY too long to read more about Jasper Dent. Check out the fantastic new releases to come out this week! YA Mystery Game by Barry Lyga Goodreads blurb: I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jasper (Jazz) Dent, the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer. When a desperate New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force running scared with no leads. So Jazz and his girlfriend Connie hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game. Meanwhile, Jazz’s dad Billy is watching…and waiting. Where to buy: Barnes and Noble / Amazon             YA Fantasy Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting Goodreads blurb:Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go. When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself. Where to buy: Barnes and Noble / Amazon   Romance  Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts Goodreads blurb: For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all… Where to buy’: Barnes and Noble / Amazon   Mystery Follow Her Home by Steph Cha Goodreads blurb: A stunning, edgy debut introducing Juniper Song, an amateur sleuth taking on the darkness in the veins of L.A. with razor-sharp wit and a breaking heart. Juniper Song knows secrets–how to keep them and how to search them out.  As a girl, noir fiction was her favorite escape, and Philip Marlowe has always been her literary idol. So when her friend Luke asks her to investigate a possible affair between his father and a young employee, Juniper (or “Song” as her friends call her) finds an opportunity to play detective. Driving through L.A.’s side streets, following leads, tailing suspects-it all appeals to Song’s romantic ideal of the noir hero. But when she’s knocked out while investigating a mysterious car...

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