The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

“So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.

One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.

As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.”

WILL BE AVAILABLE: January 14, 2014

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

I very much disliked this book when I started it. I only kept reading because I had heard that there was a delicious plot twist… and I’m a total sucker for a good plot twist. To Joanna Wiebe’s credit, the plot twist was amazing and I definitely did not see it coming… AT ALL.

The main protagonist was annoying the first half of the book. She was whiny (yes, I understand that she is stuck on a weird island with a bunch of rich kids) and she’s way too judgmental of everything around her. I found that I sided with Continue reading

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The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

image“Jolene Perry’s THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU, about a teenage girl trying to cope with her new diagnosis of type one diabetes and a teenage male veteran who is learning how to embrace his new life after losing an arm, who come together by using each other as an escape, only to discover through love and struggle that your life is what you make of it.”

WILL BE AVAILABLE: March 1, 2014

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

I really, really, really wanted to like this book. It hurts how much I wanted to fall in love with this story and plot line. I expected so much more than what I received. I’ll be honest, I did not finish this book. I made it to page 140 (out of 257).

This story follows a young female diabetic’s relationship Continue reading