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Waiting on Wednesday: 3:59

Hola!

It’s time for Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Gretchen McNeil’s new thriller 3:59 sounds crazy…in a good way!

Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo. Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh. By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

3:59 sounds incredibly suspenseful, which is interesting because I’m not usually one for suspense. I think its the doppleganger plotline that has me…and the “shadowy creatures (that) feed on human flesh”! What?! Could these potential be zombies of some sort?! It looks like we’ll have to wait until September 17 to figure it all out.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ll Never Read because I’m a Wimp

Hello there everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by those fine bloggers over at The Broke and Bookish!

So, this week’s official theme is Top Ten books to put you in the Halloween mood. That is a great theme, but I don’t usually do creepy books, so I’m calling this like it is.  I’ll probably never read any of these titles because I’m a HUGE wimp when it comes to scary.  This still amazes me because as a teenager in the mid-90s I used to devour R.L. Stein’s Fear Street books like they were covered in chocolate. Seriously.  So, I guess I’ve gotten wimpier in my old age.

These are all books that I have heard awesome things about, so I assume they’re good reads, but I’m too much of a scaredy-cat!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I don’t care what this book is about.  I’ve heard it’s awesome.  But that title already has me way creeped out! I don’t want to be dressed in blood and I don’t know if Anna does either.

The Murmurings by Carly Anne WestThe Murmurings by Carly Anne West

This cover is freaky.  I don’t like super close up faces on covers…they creep me out.  This cover, plus the titles, plus the summary….Sounds really, really scary!

Bad Girls Don't Die by Kate AlenderBad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

This cover makes me think of the Sixth Sense.  My students  LOVE this series, but I just can’t bring myself to see what’s under that curtain.

Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price

This book isn’t even categorized as horror, I think it’s dystopian.  I don’t even care, I can’t look at this super scary cover! It’s so disturbing! Again, I’ve heard it’s good though!

The Devouring by Simon HoltThe Devouring by Simon Holt

This one is about evil demonic beings that inhabit humans.  It sounds super intriguing, but it also sounds super scary!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Okay, so I probably will read this one.  I like Maureen Johnson’s books and I bought it at my school book fair, so I’ll try to read it even though I’m pretty sure it’s going to scare me.

Ten by Gretchen McNeilTen by Gretchen McNeil

Yeah, I’ll probably read this one too.  It sounds very Agatha Christie, which I love, so even though it’ll probably freak the poop out of me, I’m most likely going to go for it!

The Replacement by Brenna YovanoffThe Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

I just know this book will give me nightmares. For reals.

Dust and Decay by Jonathan MayberryDust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

The cover. Do I have to say more?

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanForest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I want to read this book so bad.  I even promised I would last year…I didn’t.  And it’s because I’m too afraid.

So there you have it.  These are all books that I’ve heard good things about, but am scared to read because I’m a humongous wimp when it comes to all things creepy.  Have you read any of these?  Are there some I need to just buck-up and read?

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Top Ten Tuesday: September New Releases

Well hello there!

Welcome back for another Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  Today’s official theme is Top Ten Books on Your Fall To Be Read List.

I decided to twist this week’s theme a little bit and make it into a list of September New Releases.  These are all Young Adult or Middle Grade titles that are scheduled to be released during the month of September.  There always seems to be so many books so little time…and money!

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth FamaMonstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (Sept 4)

Hidden by Sophie JordanHidden (Firelight #3) by Sophie Jordan (Sept 11)

Tilt by Ellen HopkinsTilt by Ellen Hopkins (Sept 11)

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel HarrisMy Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris (Sept. 11)

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Sept 18)

The Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonCrown of Embers by Rae Carson (Sept. 18)

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Sibhan VivianBurn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian  (Sept 18)

Ten by Gretchen McNeilTen by Gretchen McNeil (Sept. 18)

Unstoppable by Tim GreenUnstoppable by Tim Greene (Sept 18)

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam SidwitzIn a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz (Sept 27)

Are there any September new releases you’re particularly excited about?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Ten

Hello!

Every week I participate in Waiting on Wednesday a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme was created to share a love of books and spotlight some upcoming titles we’re excited about.

This week I chose to feature Ten by Gretchen McNeil. This YA mystery/thriller sounds a lot like Agatha Christie’s famous And Then There Were None, which I loved, so I’m definitely intrigued. It’ll be interesting to draw comparisons I think!

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Doesnt it sound fun?! I’ve pretty much always had mystery labeled as a favorite genre (ever since all those Nancy Drews as a kid), so I have high hopes for Ten. Ten will be released on September, 18 which isn’t too much of a wait!

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