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The books I got this week:
Iceberg, Right Ahead! by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
Only 160 minutes passed between the time a sailor on lookout duty uttered these chilling words and the moment when the mighty ocean liner Titanic totally disappeared into the cold, dark waters of the North Atlantic. This century-old tragedy, which took more than 1,500 lives, still captivates people in the twenty-first century. Even the most avid Titanic fans will learn something new as McPherson brings the reader up to date on the politics and intrigue still surrounding the wreck—including what modern science can reveal about what really happened to the ship and who was at fault. Prepare to follow the never-ending story of the Titanic into its second century.
Source: Received for review via netGalley.
The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan
Marissa Rogers never wanted to be an alpha; beta suited her just fine. Taking charge without taking credit had always paid off: vaulting her to senior editor at a glossy magazine; keeping the peace with her critical, weight-obsessed mother; and enjoying the benefits of being best friends with gorgeous, charismatic, absolutely alpha Julia Ferrar.
And then Julia gets hit by a cab. She survives with minor obvious injuries, but brain damage steals her memory and alters her personality, possibly forever. Suddenly, Marissa is thrown into the role of alpha friend. As Julia struggles to regain her memory- dredging up issues Marissa would rather forget, including the fact that Julia asked her to abandon the love of her life ten years ago- Marissa's own equilibrium is shaken.
With the help of a dozen girls, she reluctantly agrees to coach in an after-school running program. There, Marissa uncovers her inner confidence and finds the courage to reexamine her past and take control of her future.
Source: Received for review via netGalley. (It’s already out. Came out June 9th)
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?
Source: Received for review via netGalley.
You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing
Parker is a normal sixth grader—or he was normal before the puppet. It’s just an old hand puppet, sticking out of a garbage can, and even though Parker's best friend says leave it, Parker brings the puppet home and tries it on. Or maybe it tries him on. "You will call me Drog!" the puppet commands once they’re alone. And now, no matter how hard Parker tries, he can't get Drog off his hand.
Drog is sarcastic, cruel, unpredictable, and loud—everything Parker isn't. Worse yet, no one believes that Drog—not Parker—is the one saying the outrageous things that get Parker into trouble. Then Drog starts sharpening his snarky wit on the most fragile parts of Parker's life—like his parents' divorce. Parker's shocked, but deep down he agrees with Drog a little. Perhaps Drog is saying things Parker wants to say after all.
Maybe the only way to get rid of Drog is to truly listen to him.
Source: Received for review via netGalley. Doesn’t this one sound absolutely creepy? Sounds good to me! :D
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.
Source: Bought. Desperately. Wanting. To read this. Probably will on the plane. If I’m done with HP by then.
Harry Potter: The Complete Series (In Paperback)
All 7 books. Because, inexplicably, I have only read the first. Utter and unforgivable shame on me.
That’s an awesome arsenal of books this week! And yes, I cannot even begin to believe that it wasn’t until about a month ago that I had not plummeted into Harry Potter. My father had bought me the first about three years ago, I read the first thirty pages or so and left it on the bookshelf until a month ago. I know, I know, inexcusable, what is wrong with me, that, I don’t know. I’d seen several of the movies and I was familiar with the storyline and characters, so I wasn’t completely ignorant to HP. Still, I don’t have an idea why I didn’t start it sooner.
So, because of this and other unrelated affairs, this blog will go in a hiatus until June 30th. That’s right folks, strict Harry Potter reading and I’m going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the coming weeks. I specifically made sure we would go.
The only time I will post will be a scheduled review that will go up around June 27th, Waiting on Wednesdays, and if I’m lucky, Follow Fridays and BBHs. That’s depending whether or not I have a connection in our hotel.
Hasta next Wednesday, folks.
ps. what did you get this week?