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Review: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Review: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
10 February, 2017 / 3 Comments

  Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan  My Copy: Paperback, 266 pages Publication Date: November 13, 2012 Publisher: Free Press Source: Borrowed When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened? In a swift and breathtaking […]


Review: Unchanged by Jessica Brody

Review: Unchanged by Jessica Brody
4 February, 2017 / 0 Comments

Unchanged (Unremembered #3) by Jessica Brody My Copy: Hardcover, 420 pages Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers Source: Library So many secrets are buried within these compound walls. I used to be one of those secrets. After returning to the Diotech compound and undergoing an experimental new memory alteration, Seraphina is now a loyal, obedient servant to Dr. Alixter and the powerful company that created her. Happy and in love with Kaelen, another scientifically-enhanced human designed to be her perfect match, Sera’s history with a boy named Zen is just a distant memory from a rebellious […]


Review: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Review: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
23 January, 2017 / 0 Comments

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan My Copy: ARC Paperback, 247 pages Publication Date: August 20, 2013 Publisher: Alqonquin Young Readers Source: Publisher In this stunning debut, a young Iranian American writer pulls back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture. Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light. So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce […]


Review: Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd

Review: Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd
20 January, 2017 / 2 Comments

Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd My Copy: ePub eBook Publication Date: March 26, 2015 Publisher: NPRB Source: Purchased Livvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her. But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own. In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way. Deep emotions and […]


Review: Unforgotten

Review: Unforgotten
22 November, 2016 / 0 Comments

Unforgotten (Unremembered #2) by Jessica Brody My Copy: Hardcover, 402 pages Publication Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Source: Library Some memories are better left forgotten… After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will […]


Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody
7 November, 2016 / 0 Comments

Unremembered by Jessica Brody My Copy: ARC Paperback, 302 pages Publication Date: February 28, 2013 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Source: Won The only thing worse than forgetting her past . . . is remembering it. When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe. Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. […]


Review: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Review: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
21 March, 2016 / 0 Comments

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian My Copy: Paperback, 384 pages Publication Date: November, 1998 Publisher: Vintage Source: Borrowed The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for fifteen years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if—as Sibyl’s assistant later charges—the patient wasn’t already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her? As recounted by Sibyl’s precocious […]


Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
17 March, 2016 / 1 Comment

The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy Higgins My Copy: ARC eBook, 282 pages Publication Date: March 8, 2016 Publisher: HarperTeen Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Kill the beast. Win the girl. A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage. Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any […]


Audiobook Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Audiobook Review: The Martian by Andy Weir
24 August, 2015 / 0 Comments

The Martian by Andy Weir My Copy: Audiobook Publication Date: March, 2013 Publisher: Podium Publishing Source: Purchased Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive – and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have […]


Review: Perfectly Damaged by E.L. Montes

Review: Perfectly Damaged by E.L. Montes
17 August, 2015 / 1 Comment

Perfectly Damaged by E.L. Montes My Copy: eBook, 327 pages Publication Date: May, 2014 Publisher: Self-Published Source: Purchased Schizoaffective disorder: a mental illness in which a person experiences a combination of mood disorder and schizophrenia symptoms. I know about this illness — very well — because I suffer from it. It’s been four years since my diagnosis, and ever since, I’ve been living in a dark hole. Voices constantly invading my thoughts. Hallucinations. All of which force me to question if what I’m experiencing is even reality. But here I am, still hanging on, still breathing and living through it. That is, until he […]