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It’s almost Valentine Day and the shops are full of (mostly tacky) red and pink heart-shaped items. While I don’t appreciate the commercial side of the day renowned for its high expectations and grotesquely overpriced novelties, I am a sucker for romance. It might be possible I read more soppy happily-ever-after love stories than I admit. Shh!

This year with my husband across the ocean, my date will be a romantic book. Any suggestions as to which one I should download to my Kindle?

Everyone has at least one favourite bookish couple. I have so many that it was difficult to narrow the choices to fit into this post. These are in no particular order.  Click on the image to read more about the book.

Have you met any of these couples?  Who are your favourite bookish couples?  

Let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Romance Ahead… Bookish Couples for Valentine’s Day

Noah & Allie couple

Echo & Noah couple

Pelagia and Captain Corelli Couple

James and Nuala couple

Eleanor & Park couple

Elizabeth and Mr Darcy couple

Edward and Bella couple

Anna and Étienne couple

Allyson & Willem couple

Karou & Akiva couple

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Scarred by Joanne MacGregor – YA Book Review

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“And he sees me, recognises me. Time stretches out slowly and sweetly like a piece of soft toffee. . .”

A tender, sensitive story of hope and redemption.

Then he looks back into my eyes and this time his are full of deep revulsion.

While the book started off on a high and the words glide easily across the pages throughout, the plot was predictable, and I thought the twists revealed too early.

In contrast, it was the complex characters that stole the show and I loved getting to know them. The alternating PVO’s allowed insight into their thoughts and drew me in. I particularly loved the witty banter between Sloane and Luke that emerges in the latter part of the story.

Hell is the guilt that termites holes into my happiness. . .

Recommended age: 12+4 Star

Title: Scarred
Author: Joanne MacGregor
Publication Date: 29 September 2015Scarred
Publisher: Createspace
Source: Free copy from author
in exchange for honest review

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Life leaves you scarred. Love can make you beautiful.

Sloane Munster had the perfect life, until she didn’t. Now seventeen year-old Sloane is trying to reboot her life after a serious accident left her badly scarred and emotionally traumatized.

Starting her senior year at a different school, she recognizes Luke Naughton, a swimmer whom she once had a crush on, in her new class. But when she smiles at him, he glares back with revulsion and she’s sure he’s disgusted by her ugly scar. No matter how hard she tries to keep out of his way, life keeps bringing them together and despite misunderstandings and guilty secrets, the chemistry between them sparks. Meanwhile, tensions are mounting at their school where bullying is rife and Sloane is not the most deeply scarred person.

Sharp with bittersweet humor, Scarred is an intense, beautiful, compelling story of life, death, damage, and fighting for love against all the odds.   — Extract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received this copy of this book from the author does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Clean by Mia Kerick – YA Book Review

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In his eye lives the most brutal, bare, raw agony imaginable

Clean is a realistic, hard-hitting, gritty story which will take you on a tortuous journey to the dark side of humanity. The two main characters, whose PVO’s alternate, are both desperate for love and affection and look for solace, in each other but more so in alcohol and drugs. Predictably their choices take them down the slippery slope of addiction.

This story covers important topics, but I found that the further into the story I ventured the more I thought the author occasionally slips over the thin-line between storytelling and preaching.

Overall, a readable, relatable book that will be difficult to forget.

Postscript: I found the cover unappealing and the title ‘Clean’ irked me all the way through. I couldn’t shake the mental picture of housework!

Recommended age: 15+ (mature content)3 Star

Title: Clean
Author: Mia Kerick
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High school senior Lanny Keating has it all. A three-sport athlete at Lauserville High School looking at a college football scholarship, with a supportive family, stellar grades, boy band good looks… until the fateful day when it all falls apart.
 
Seventeen-year-old Trevor Ladd has always been a publicly declared zero and the high school bad-boy. Abandoned by his mother and sexually abused by his legal guardian, Trevor sets his sights on mere survival.
 
Lanny seeks out Trevor’s companionship to avoid his shattered home life. Unwilling to share their personal experiences of pain, the boys explore ways to escape, leading them into sexual experimentation, and the
abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol. Their mutual suffering creates a lasting bond of friendship and love.
 
When the time finally comes to get clean and sober, or flunk
out of high school, only one of the boys will graduate while the other spirals downward into addiction.
 
Will Lanny and Trevor find the strength to battle their demons of mind-altering substances as well as emotional vulnerability?
 
Clean takes the reader on a gritty trip into the real and raw world of teenage substance abuse.

– Description provided by Red Moon Book Tours

 

Excerpt”

PROLOGUE
 
Lanny
 
Trevor wouldn’t even look at me when I walked over to the
gas station this morning to say hi. And Jimmy’s Fuel Stop is like three miles from my house so it took a major effort to walk there, especially since I’ve been feeling like total crap lately. Another one of my shaky human bonds bites the dust. I need to go out and get myself a cat.
 
“Can’t you see I’m working, Keating?” That was all he said. But I’ve always been good at reading between the lines. I could tell what he was thinking as he stood beside the gas pumps, totally caught up in not looking at me. “Take a hike before you get me fired, loser. Some of us got goals in life….” So I took off before he had a chance to make me feel like I shouldn’t have ever made an appearance on the planet earth. But I still know it would have been better had I never been born…maybe Joelle would still be okay.
 
It’s Saturday afternoon and nobody’s home. Mom and Dad are probably off at the park with Joelle, sloshing through the wet snow together so she gets her daily exercise. Or maybe they took her to the make-your-own-sundae-place to improve her fine motor skills by sprinkling sweet toppings on big scoops of ice cream. I’m in Mom and Dad’s bathroom, bent in half with my head stuck in the closet, searching the cluttered shelves for anything that will get me high enough to escape. And I mean anything.
 
That’s when I see the cough syrup. The bottle in front is almost new, and there’s an older bottle of a different brand right behind it, little more than halfway full. Seeing these medicine bottles reminds me of something Chad suggested about a week or two ago— that we should try robo-tripping. He told me that if we drink enough cough syrup, the DXM in it would get us high in a “super blissful, tingling-body-parts way,” which sounded pretty decent to me then and still does now. Not completely surprised I remembered Chad’s exact description of a DXM high, I thank God for this dextromethorphan stuff that suppresses nasty coughs, because it looks like I’m going to find my much-needed buzz after all.
 
Pleased that I don’t have to resort to sniffing glue from the tube on my father’s basement workbench or huffing my mother’s hairspray—and believe me I came close—I snatch the bottles with a shaky hand. They’re both sticky with the syrup that dripped down the side last time one of the Keating’s
had a major head cold accompanied by a hacking cough. Licking my fingers provides me with a hint of the cherry flavor I’m probably going to be barfing up later tonight. But I don’t care. I can’t get through a single day without some help, and by that I don’t mean help from my human friends, seeing as I have none left.
Bio: Mia Kerick
 Image and video hosting by TinyPicMia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
 
She focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their
relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safe keeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, CoolDudes Publishing, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
 

Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Now marital equality is the law of the land!! WOOT!! Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology. 

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One Hell of a Year

A Reflection on 2015

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Some years are better than others, but I am so happy to see the New Year on the horizon as 2015 has been one of the tough ones. One hell of a year.

The highs were incredible, my daughters both achieving so well in their studies, my husband landing his dream job, a family wedding combined with a trip to the Cape, my relationship with my sisters blossoming and many fun hours spent in their company.

The lows were hard, we almost lost a daughter and a parent. An ocean between our marriage at a time when we needed each other the most.

But here we are. Survivors. Our little nuclear family reunited for the December summer holidays, traveling to South East Asia and exploring a foreign country which will be home for a while.

I want to shake off the negativity but am finding it hard to find the energy. Depression, like an ever present monster on my shoulder, rears its ugliness just when I should be the happiest. It clouds my life, seeping into every crevice. Binding my creativity, strangling my voice, snuffing out any spark of self-confidence.

Arguably there are many ways to calculate stress, but is it something that can be counted?

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale found at Mindtools gives a quick test to check personal stress levels according to your environmental and personal changes.

If stress is calculable and if this scale is correct it is no wonder I am bushwhacked.  Scoring way off the charts, it looks like meditation is in my immediate future… or champagne and chocolate.

Could I have my cake and eat it? It is Christmas after all.

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Why I Hate the Sneak Peek

We are talking about sneak peeks, one of my bookish pet peeves, the few chapters of the author’s next book found at the back of the book you’ve just read…  

What I wish publishers knew? They are a waste of time! Well, I think so anyway.

I don’t read them and here’s why…

It’s the feels

When I’ve just finished a book I want time for the story to soak in, time to revel in the experience before I start another book. Depending on the book I’ve just finished this may last a minute or an entire day.
What I don’t want is another book experience, especially one that I haven’t chosen myself.

I feel cheated

But most of all – it’s that feeling that a book I am enjoying still has a while to go… While reading, especially a physical book, I have an idea of how much more of the story I can look forward to by the thickness of the unread part. When it’s a really good book I feel cheated that it ends way before the pages end…
Surely I am not alone in this?

I want it all

If I loved the book I’m going to want to read more of the authors work. But I want to read a whole book. What’s the point of reading a few chapters and then having to wait until I can get my hands on the book? I would prefer to keep the specialness of starting a new book written by a really good author to when I can actually finish the book!

What do you think? Do you read the sneak peeks? Love them / hate them?

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Pointe by Brandy Colbert – YA Book Review

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Pointe was one of those books that you know you’re going to love before you’ve even finished the first page. It felt like coming home, the writing warm and soothing. This did not stop the story from packing a powerful punch. The blurb and hype surrounding the story tried to prepare the reader, but I am still reeling in shock…

Despite a slight slump at the conclusion the story was dramatic and delivered just how I like it – rich smooth writing and a plot revealed in short bite-size pieces keeping the reader on their toes.

I like to describe the books I read in words summing up my emotions and thoughts as I read. This story floated between beautiful, sad, gritty, lonely, tough, mesmerising, shocking, wistful, longing…

Theo’s repetitive thoughts swirling through the story were both frustrating and realistic. She reminded me a lot of myself at the same age, so desperate for love that I sought it in all the wrong places.

Go and get this book! Read it, share it and let me know what you think. 5 Star

Recommended age: 13+

 

Title: PointePointe
Author: Brandy Colbert
Publication Date: 4 August 2015
1st published April 2014
Publisher: Speak
Source: Purchased
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Theo is better now.

She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor. 

Donovan isn’t talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn’t do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she’s been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.   — Extract from Goodreads.com

I am thankful for libraries.

In every new town we move to one of the first things I do is register with the local library. When I look back over the places we have lived, I remember each library so vividly I could probably find my way around them in the dark. I guess it’s no wonder I became a librarian myself!

There have been big libraries and small libraries, in one case it was a library caravan, but here’s just one place we lived in where there was no library and that’s a tiny little village in the centre of Sumatra, Indonesia. When we lived there I had to beg and borrow and steal books. I loaded my suitcase with books on return from every trip home to South Africa, I paid exorbitant prices to ship internationally (I didn’t know about Book Depository then), but best of all was Singapore. From big brand bookshops to my favourite second-hand bookshop tucked away in a side street, I was in heaven.

We are returning to that little village in Indonesia and this time I am older and possibly wiser. There will be Book Depository, there will be Kindling, there will be Audibling, there will be begging, borrowing and stealing… and I know that I will never feel that desperate, sick feeling of having nothing to read next. That feeling when you long to read, but know if you do your book will be finished and there is nothing lined up to replace it. I never want to experience that again.

As a school librarian for the last ten years, I have had access to more books than I could possibly ever read, but in preparation for the big move I have resigned and found myself back at the little library in our tiny South African town.

Walking in, after shielding my eyes against the harsh orangey yellowy glare, I was surprised to see how popular it was. (read: I walked in, tripped over a table leg and brought down a whole display stand causing mayhem). I wondered over to the YA section and although it is just one tiny bookshelf I was really impressed to see the titles are pretty recent. Go our library!

What’s your local library like? Do you use it? Have you ever had that awful nothing to read feeling? How did you deal with it? I’d love to hear from you.

An insider tip – the better the borrower statistics the better chance the librarians will be able to get more funding to buy more books. So wherever you live, support your local library, if you have one, and remember to say hi and thank you to the librarians who make it all happen.

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These Books Should Be Adapted to Movies

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I love movies almost as much as I love books. Okay that’s not quite true, but I do like movies. A lot.

These are the books I can’t wait to see adapted to film…

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor 

This book will remain one of my favourite reads forever. Rich and memorising with unique, enchanting characters.

Once upon a time a little girl was raised by monsters. But angels burnt the doorways to their world and she was all alone…

Do I want to see them on screen? Yes and no. . . The story line full of complex, interweaving layers and I would be so heartbroken if the movie was a disappointment. But I’d still watch it. I think.

 

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 

I adore WWII books and movies, and this story is one I am so glad I read and would watch the movie over and over again if it was made. I need this movie. Where’s my fairy godmother?

Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. . . 

I can’t say much because I don’t do spoilers but don’t miss this book. It may start a little slowly, but it doesn’t end that way… Read it now before the movie is made.

 

Across the Universe by Beth Revis 

I don’t really like Sci-Fi but every now and then I am blown away. This story was totally unexpected with unpredictable with twists and turns. I loved the whole series and hope it’s adapted to movie.

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

 

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony

A local South African hero, this true story deserves to be seen. The beautiful African bush and the graceful and intelligent elephants would look so good on screen.

He was the herd’s last chance of survival – notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn’t take them.

I have no idea why it’s not a movie. No elephant actors you say? What about elephant puppets, it worked for the stage production of War Horse…

 

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr 

Beautiful and frightening, this Faerie world overlappings our human world. Beware – follow the rules or things will never be the same again.

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries. 
Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.

There are just not enough Fae movies – at least not dark, sinister ones…

 

Reckless by Cornelia Funke 

Another brilliant, magical and dangerous world. Find it through a mirror… If you dare.

Dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and cause chaos to rule forever….

Woah! Yes. Please.

 

The Ruins of Gorlan – Ranger’s Apprentice #1 by John Flanagan

Ranger’s Apprentice is one of the most popular series in our school library. Readers of both gender aged from ten to eighteen fight over the battered copies. The books have been read more often that they can last and the pages are literally just holding on with a lick of glue.

The Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people.

 

Mice by Gordon Reece

This psychological thriller is quirky and full of dark comedy.

On the eve of Shelley’s sixteenth birthday, an unwelcome guest disturbs their peace and something inside Shelley snaps.

I loved it and it would translate to screen so well.

 

Defiance by C.J. Redwine 

A fast paced plot, a strong, feisty female protagonist and a dragon that puts all the dragons that came before to shame. What’s not to love?

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, they discover a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

 

Banished – The Blackhart Legacy #1 by Liz de Jager 

Another fast-paced fantasy, this time with a feisty heroine and an enchanting Faerie prince. Add betrayal and treachery and this would make a movie worth watching.

Sworn to protect, honour and slay. Because chaos won’t banish itself…

 

These books should be adapted to movies…. What do you think? 

Would you vote for any of these or do you have the perfect book for a movie adaption? I would love to hear about it.

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Everyone Sees the Ants by A.S. King – Book Review

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An incredible story which bravely tackles difficult subjects such a bullying, human failing, despair and betrayal. These topics are all tackled sensitively and maturely with enough hope scattered throughout to keep me enthralled.

By continuously criss-crossing the fine line between reality and fantasy Ms. King took this book from good to great.

Don’t miss this book!4 Star

Recommended age: 14+

Title: Everyone Sees The Ants  Everybody sees the ants
Author: A.S. King
Publication Date: October 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Source: Library

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Lucky Linderman didn’t ask for his life. He didn’t ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn’t ask for a father who never got over it. He didn’t ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn’t ask to be the target of Nader McMillan’s relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.

But Lucky has a secret–one that helps him wade through the mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos–the prison his grandfather couldn’t escape–where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It’s dangerous and wild, and it’s a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?    — Extract from Goodreads.com

I have never really paid attention to how many books an author has written – unless it’s to work out the order of a series (this is not always as easy as it sounds). I have to admit though I am a little sceptical of very prolific authors… who has the time? But debut authors – awesome, especially if they have a fresh original voice.

Debut Books I Can’t Wait To Read

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I love the sound of these books and really hope I can get my hands on them soon. Realistically though, with the sorry state of the South African currency it may be a long, long wait. Unless my fairy godmother suddenly pays attention. (Hint hint!)

What do you think? Are you lucky enough to have read any of these?
Any recommendations?

Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims

Expected publication: 24 May 2016

Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.

What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice.

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

Expected publication: 22 December 2015

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. 

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Expected publication: 5  January  2016

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Published: 5 March 2015

Carmel has always been different. Carmel’s mother, Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter’s strangeness, especially as she is trying to rebuild a life for the two of them on her own.

When she takes eight-year-old Carmel to a local children’s festival, her worst fear is realised: Carmel disappears. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth embarks on a mission to find her.

Meanwhile, Carmel begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey of her own, with a man who believes she is a saviour. 

After the Woods by Kim Savage 

Expected publication: 23 February 2016

One year ago, two best friends, Liv and Julia, were attacked in the woods by a paroled predator. In an attempt to save Liv, Julia was left behind while Liv escaped.

After spending three days in the woods trying to escape her abductor, Julia was rescued. She only remembers what happened in the woods in terrifying flashbacks.

Now, on the eve of the anniversary of the attack, a body is found in the woods. This discovery rips open fresh wounds between the two girls as the truth about Liv’s role in the kidnapping is revealed.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Published: 24 March 2015

Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.

But then we all looked up and everything changed.

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.

Two months to really live.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Expected publication: 5 April 2016 

On the eve of a fateful war, New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she sinks deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspect neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. But, once hired, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious female-only Nazi concentration camp.

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

Expected publication: 22 March 2016 

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Expected publication: 26 January 2016

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin 

 Published 14 April  2015

Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.
 
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle—as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. (Though he’s not totally sure—see, first hangover.)

His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters. . . . Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

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