November 8, 2016

Today on the ShelfishlyAddicted blog, I am honored to have Fauzia Burke of FSB Associates as my guest. FSB Associates is an online publicity and marketing firm that helps authors gain awareness of their books. Fauzia is here today for a special Q&A on ARCs - or Advanced Reading Copies, as they are formally known. 

In the world of book blogging and reviewing, ARCs are highly coveted. If you look on Twitter or Instagram, you'll see countless posts on and photos of the most-anticipated boo...

July 8, 2016

“Family is family. Whether it’s the one you start out with… the one that you end up with… or the family that you gain along the way.”

- Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family -

Death. It comes for everyone. It never seems fair, no matter how old or young, sick or healthy, mean or good a person is. All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell begins with a death. As the reader, the outsider, you don’t yet understand or fully appreciate what this death means, but as you read on, you will grieve; yo...

May 7, 2016

When Jill Charron opens her eyes, she finds herself in a hospital bed, fresh from unconsciousness. She is told that she was involved in a car accident in Italy, and that she was jettisoned back to the United States by a friend of her father’s. Jill can’t remember a thing, and in fact, she is missing the last six weeks of her life. As if losing her memory wasn’t bad enough, it is revealed that Jill’s best friend, Simone, was also in the car -- but Jill is the only one who survived.

 

Soon, Jill is...

March 19, 2016

As an ardent fan of murder mysteries, harboring an obsession for true crime TV shows (Snapped, Forensic Files, The First 48, etc.), I was excited to receive an early copy of The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. This story is about as dark and twisted as a YA murder mystery can get!  


Tessa has returned to her hometown of Fayette, Pennsylvania to say good-bye to her estranged father, as he lay dying in prison. She hasn’t set foot in Fayette in more than 10 years, and for good reason. When Tessa wa...

March 16, 2016

Lucas is a seventeen-year-old gringo from Houston, who spends his summers in Puerto Rico with his father, a big-shot developer of beachfront hotels. He has grown up hearing the stories of the old señoras about the mysterious, high-walled house at the end of Calle Sol, where a mad scientist lives with his cursed daughter. According to local lore, the girl has green skin and grass for hair, but perhaps most interesting, she is said to grant wishes from behind her wall of stone and poison plants. L...

March 5, 2016

Angela Davis has been an inmate at Brunesfield, a juvenile detention facility, for three years. She’s a tough cookie who has led a hard and fast life of crime. Her time at Brunesfield has been punctuated by borderline poor treatment, but she finds solace in her friendships with Cara and Issie, two other wayward girls with sad stories of their own. When we meet her, Angela is just a few months away from release and being reunited with her little brother, Charlie. All she has to do is keep her hea...

July 14, 2015

Allie's big sister, Leah, is dead. She didn't die in a car accident or from some horrible, incurable disease. No, instead, Leah committed suicide by swallowing a deadly concoction of prescription pills mixed with alcohol. Allie's mad; not just because Leah's gone, but because she didn't take Allie with her. She didn't honor the Sister Pact.

Teen suicide, familial abuse, and excessive abuse of drugs and alcohol all come together to make The Sister Pact a crushingly emotional read. The story is t...

July 5, 2015

Robin is a talented, passionate high school musician, working at the Grape County Dairy diner during summer break to save money towards a new guitar. Smarting a bit from being dumped by musician hottie, Trent, Robin makes a list detailing the Perfect Man and determines to wait for him while focusing on her music. Then, Carter Paulson walks in the door of the diner one sunny afternoon. Carter is gorgeous and has eyes that sparkle with good humor and mystery, qualities that quickly move him up on...

May 27, 2015

I just finished reading These Are the Moments and I knew I should put my thoughts down sooner rather than later, as if I wait, I may just decide not to write a review at all. In a nutshell, I feel rather ambivalent about this book. It was good in parts, in that I could relate to the idea of loving someone so much and that love eventually morphing into something not-so-loving-and-more-something-else, but overall, the book became rather boring and the dynamics between the various characters just w...

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