If You Were Here by Jennie Yabroff


Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Pages: 272

Expected Publication January 2nd 2017 by Simon Pulse

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Synopsis:

Is there a line between gifted and insane? How do you know if you’ve crossed it?

Tess was semi-successfully passing for normal before her mother’s erratic behavior turned her into social cyanide. Now life is only bearable thanks to weekend 16 Candles and Oreo binges with her best (and only) friend, Tabitha. Then Tabitha inexplicably drops Tess, leaving her alone with her fears about her mother and the troubling visions that leave her shaking with dread. Before Tess can come to terms with this loss, a horrific tragedy occurs at school, and everyone is blaming her. Now, Tess must find answers, fast: What really happened that night at school? Is she responsible? And do her visions mean she has a gift of prophecy, or the same mental illness
that is stealing her mom?


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The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross


Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, Angels

Pages: 502

Expected Publication January 25th 2017 by Glass Apple Press

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Synopsis:

A Man without a Past

After a near-fatal accident, Madison O’Riley is faced with an astonishing problem: What to do with the man who saved her life. Naive and heart-stoppingly handsome, he calls himself Alejandro … and he has no memory of his past. As they set out to recover his lost identity, Madison realizes he harbors deep – and otherworldly – secrets that will shatter her understanding of reality … secrets that may put her in grave danger.

The Devil in the Details

And now, there’s another stranger in town. Gremory Jones has something for everyone, and for a small price, he’s willing to make a deal. By day, he walks the streets of Prominence in top hat and trench coat, tempting the citizens with nefarious wares from his shiny black briefcase. By night, he and his legion of insatiable acolytes corrupt the locals at Club Mephistopheles, a den of unholy delights housed in an abandoned church.

The Battle has Begun …

The townspeople are changing in outrageous and appalling ways and it’s up to Madison – with the help of a psychic, a local priest, and the new chief of police – to help Alejandro unlock his forgotten powers before an unspeakable evil tears apart the fabric of existence … and costs them their very souls …


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Roseblood by A.G. Howard


Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling

Pages: 432

Expected Publication January 10th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams

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Synopsis:

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.


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Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne


Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 230ish

Expected Publication May 30th 2017 by Fathom Ink Press

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Synopsis:

A red tide is rising.

Jade, a seventeen-year-old mermaid in the underwater city of Thessalonike, finds her world upended when her fiancé murders a naiad. As tensions surge between the mer and the naiads, Jade must navigate murky waters, negotiating her responsibilities as the daughter of one of the king’s most trusted advisors and her budding friendship with a naiad. But as she tries to fight the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers that danger lurks in every canal. If she fails to mend the divisions between their worlds, the upwelling of hate will threaten to rip apart everything she loves.


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In Calabria Peter S. Beagle


Genre: Fantasy, Magical realism

Pages: 176

Published February 14th 2017 by Tachyon Publications

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Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of The Last Unicorn comes a new, exquisitely-told unicorn fable for the modern age.

Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy’s scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry. But one chilly morning, as though from a dream, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.


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Booktube: Golden Review & Rap!


For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram,  I wrote [Ha, loosely ‘wrote’] a rap about this book, Golden. I also included a short review.

 

Here is my full review on Golden if you’re wanting to read a more in-depth version. Also, some fantastic links to check out?

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Savvy Readers: Why are Reviews important?


This particular segment is for readers as well as reviewers. Before I reviewed books for authors and publisher I read just like anyone else did. I went to the store or I browsed my kindle and I selected a book I wanted to read. What drew me in?

  • The Cover
  • The Synopsis
  • The REVIEWS 

A cover is something we know not to trust because it often misleads as to what is inside the book. Still, we find ourselves tricked, drawn in and sometimes disappointed. A synopsis can tell us what to expect with a general idea of the book, but reviews? Those are quite frankly invaluable to not only consumers but authors as well. Read More