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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

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Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is about the books on our Fall TBR piles. As always I have plans to read all of these book but I’m such a mood reader that its anyone’s guess on if I’ll actually get to them or not. Especially since all of these books are the last volume in their series. If you know anything about me at all its that I hate when a book series ends. If I never read these books then these series will never be over but at the same time I am curious to see how they all end. What about you? Do you have issues with series ending? Which of these should I definitely finish? All links go to Goodreads.

1. Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore

2. Death Cure by James Dashner

3. Eona by Alison Goodman

4. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

5. Infinityglass by Myra McEntire

6. First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher

7. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

8. Infinite by Jodi Meadows

9. Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

10. Blood of my Blood by Barry Lyga


Monday, September 7, 2015

On the radio (1)

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On the Radio


Today I want to know what’s on the radio…or rather…what song(s) are you listening to most on your ipod? That song in which you day doesn’t seem complete until you’ve listening to it once or a half dozen times. For me, that song would be Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift. I always liked the song on the album but with the recent debut of the music video its come back to my attention and I just love the sound of it! Now what about you? What song do you have on repeat? Let me know in the comments!



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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Talk to me! (1)

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Talk to Me

Today I want to know about YOU! Some much of blogging is reading posts and commenting on the content in them be it on the blog or via twitter. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll see something in a post and then just go to twitter to say something about it to the person who wrote it. But who says we can’t talk here?  So talk to me and answer these questions in the comments below!

1)      What is your favorite season?
2)      If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would that be?
3)      What are three websites that you visit every day?
4)      Where did you last go on vacation?
5)      If you could try out any job for one week, what job would you choose to try?
My answers:
1)      Fall! Hands down…I just love that cool crisp autumn air
2)      I might change my major in college. If I knew then what I know now there’d be changes.
3)      Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo
4)      Greece!
5)      Oh goodness…I don’t know! Maybe Vanna White. Get all dolled up and wear something super fancy, that could be fun. Especially if it came with her paycheck! lol 
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Who Would You Rather…(1)

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Would you rather

This week many of my blogging friends have their noses stuck in the newest Sarah J. Maas book, Queen of Shadows. Now I want to know. Now I want to know who would you rather kiss, kill, befriend, be, marry, and punch in the Throne of Glass series?

You can only choose one character for each so think about your answers and leave me a comment!

My choices are as follows

Kiss: Chaol

Kill: Celaena

Befriend: Dorian

Be: Rowan

Marry: Aedolyn

Punch: The King

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Friday, September 4, 2015

The Disney Book Tag

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This tag was created by Katytastic over on YouTube to celebrate the release of The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz. I was tagged by Emma @ Miss Print (you can check out her post here). Graphics were found via a google search and were made by Shouni @ Through the Book Portal for her turn at the Disney Book Tag.

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

Oliver from EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway (Goodreads) – When Oliver was a child he was kidnapped by his dad. When he’s 17 he is found and returns to his childhood home. Life has moved on in the 10 years since he’s been gone and yet its also stayed still. There is a big adjustment for all the characters in this story as they learn to settle into who they are now and how they all fit. A wonderful story and you should read it.

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

Jimmy!!! Jimmy is the male lead in Kylie Scott’s book LEAD (my review) which is the third book in her Stage Dive series. Oh how I disliked Jimmy in the first two books. He was rude and obnoxious and didn’t seem to have a redeemable bone in his body. I was prepared to hate his book and only picked it up since I am a sucker for reading a book series in order. Image my surprise when I fell head over heels in love with him!! Jimmy is now one of my favorite characters ever and LEAD one of my favorite reads.

3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

This was a hard one for me as there was nothing that immediately jumped out at me. But then I was talking with Andi earlier about the Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series I realized that while its not one book its a series that would totally work for this catagory. All the characters in this book are unique and special and you fall in love with them all…even though sometimes you just want to reach into the pages and shake some sense into them.

4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (Goodreads) – I’ve tried this book several times but each and every time it just bores me and puts me to sleep. I did watch the movie and I liked it but don’t think I’ll be giving this book another shot any time soon…unless I go through a bout of insomnia.

5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

How do I choose just one? Seems to be a trend in YA, NA, and adult reads to go through something traumatic and then come out on top in the end. But for this one I’m going to go with Callie from THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN (my review). Kayden too could fall under this head but there was something about Callie and her story that really touched me when I read it.

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson (my review) – This book is over 1000 pages and I had mistaken bought it in hardcover making it a daunting book to read. So I broke it down into more manageable chunks and read it over a months time. I just love this world that Sanderson is building and can’t wait for more books in this series.

7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

Alina from SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo (my review) – All her life Alina wanted to be special instead she spent most of it as just average. Until one day she wasn’t and then she learned that maybe being special wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be after all.

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Eugenides from THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner (my review) – Gen is a character that I wasn’t sure I liked at first but over the course of the series its hard not to fall for him and his tricksy ways. Also Isabeu from FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Ack! This is a hard one!! I’m just gonna say ALL OF THEM!! Ok…not all of them…there are some pretty scary characters out there so lets just limit it to those that are on my favorites shelf on Goodreads.

10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

There are a few villains that come to mind for this one but the two that stand out the most are Zhong Ye from SILVER PHOENIX (my review) / FURY OF THE PHOENIX (my review) by Cindy Pon and AIDAN from ILLUMINAE by Jay Kristoff and Aimee Kaufman (goodreads). Zhong Ye is a character that you just hate in the first book but by Fury of the Phoenix you see another side of him and it becomes a little harder to hate him as much. I won’t say much about AIDAN now but just know

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David @ From My Bookshelf

Kristina @ Gone Pecan

Nova @ Out of Time


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Blog Tour + Contest: Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

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Blog Tour + Contest: Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

Greeting and Salutations Everyone!!

Today I am happy to take part in the blog tour for Leila Sales’s newest book TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS. I always enjoy a Leila Sales book and I’m really excited about diving into this one and I hope that you are too. This tour is a fun one because not only do I get to interview Leila BUT she also came up with interview questions for the participants of the tour. Its not often that bloggers get interviewed so please pardon my awkwardness. For me part, I’ve interviewed Leila before as part of her tour for THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE (my review) and you can check that out HERE. This time around I decided to do something different and I used a random question generator to come up with my questions and you can see the results below.

Irish: Describe yourself in one sentence.

Leila: I prefer most things in anticipation, in retrospect, or in fiction.

Irish: What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?

Leila: I once organized 100 people to play Tetris using the windows of a building.

Irish: What are your three must-have smartphone apps?

Leila: I am a boring smartphone user. I use it for email, texting, taking photos, maps, and reading. So unfortunately I don’t know many life-changing apps. My friends just introduced me to this app called “Ham Horn” that allows you to blast an air horn sound off your phone as though you’re a terrible rap DJ. I don’t know that I’d describe the ability to make an air horn sound a “must-have,” but it’s definitely delightful. Also I’ve just joined this new music-sharing app called Cymbal. You should also join it and be friends with me (my username is prettytothink) since right now I think I have like two followers on it.

Irish: What celebrity do you like to follow?

Leila: I enjoy following Anna Kendrick on Twitter because I think she’s hilarious. Of course there are all sorts of people who are not technically celebrities but reading their posts makes me laugh. Like Mallory Ortberg—is she a celeb? She’s definitely famous to me.

Irish: Do you like to sing aloud when no one else is around?

Leila: Oh, I’ll sing aloud whether or not other people are around. I especially delight in singing at my cats. I’m sure they enjoy that every bit as much as I do. And I like to dance all over the house when no one else is home.




Leila: For how long have you been a blogger, and what inspired you to start blogging?

Irish: I have been blogging here at TICKET TO ANYWHERE for 8 years now but this isn’t my first blog. Years ago I kept a livejournal of sorts on a site that was before livejournal, this is going back to the early 2000s, where I kept my thoughts on books I read. But it was early days of the internet and no one read it and I got busy and I stopped. Then in 2006 sometime I stumbled on some book blogs that were informative and made me laugh. Sadly those blogs have closed up shop but they did inspire me to pick up the mantle again and this time with better results. Although I am still amazed that I’ve kept it up so long and that people read me!

Leila: What’s your favorite post you’ve ever written?

Irish: I don’t know if I have a favorite but I did have fun writing up my AnnaARC visits Paris post last fall. This was the first time I ever actively sought out locations mentioned in a book and I had a lot of fun discovering Anna’s Paris and taking snap shots with the book. I did get some off looks from people but I also got my travel buddy interested in the book and AndiABCs enjoyed watching her future ARC travel across the city of her favorite book.

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Leila: Who’s your favorite blogger to read, and why?

Irish: There are so many blogs that I like to read that its hard to mention them all! There is Andi’s blog mentioned above and Beth Fish Reads. Jenn’s Bookshelves is another good one and I like when her kids stop by to review and if you are interested in horror or books for reluctant readers then she is your go to. I also regularly read Romance Novel News but her twitter is absolutely fantastic and you should follow her immediately, her live commentary on cracktastic reads is not to be missed!

Leila: TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS is about a girl tracking down her favorite blogger in person. Have you ever met your readers in real life? If so, what happened?

Irish: Yes I have several times! There is the annual gathering of bloggers at BEA and that is always a fun time seeing old friends and meeting up with new ones. But I’ve also randomly met up with my readers during my travels. A couple of years ago I was sent to Frankfurt, Germany for work and tweeted a picture when I was in the airport waiting to make the journey across the pond. A twitter follower and blog reader made a comment on it saying she was in Frankfurt and I can’t recall if it was her or me but we decided to meet up when I had some free time. I’ve done this with other travels I’ve made and its always a good time putting a face to a name of someone who normally just exists behind a keyboard.

Leila: In TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS, Peter gets a really amazing opportunity thanks to his blog–but his blog also gets him in a lot of trouble. What are the most positive and most negative experiences you’ve had as a result of your blog?

Irish: I think the most positive thing that’s come from blogging is the friendships that I’ve made. Some of me best friends in real life I met first via the blog that they wrote, or twitter/goodreads/libraything, if they were more active there before starting a blog. The negative would have to be the drama. When I first started blogging there weren’t a lot of book bloggers out there and it was a real community that supported each other as well as promoted books. Over the years the book community has grown by leaps and bounds (which is a good thing!) but its also brought with it lots and lots of drama. Seems like a week doesn’t go by when someone is caught plagerizing or stirring up some sort of stink over something someone said in context or out of. It makes it exhausting sometimes and puts people more on their guard. I’ve noticed that authors interact less and less with their readers/bloggers as anything they say can be used against them at any time. The community is still there but its just not the same as it used to be and that makes me sad and its the weariness from all the drama that sometimes has me considering closing up shop as many of my blogger contemporaries have done.

Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Tonight the Streets Are Ours - Leila Sales

From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet.

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

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Challenge Time!

On Saturday, September 19, starting at sundown and going as late as you want, do something fun, make a record of it, and share it with the world. Using the hashtag #TonightTheStreetsAreOurs, instagram or tweet whatever happens in your night. If you’re going to a party, aimlessly driving around with friends, or watching a movie alone in your PJs, we want to hear about it.

Here’s why: We’re celebrating the launch of Leila Sales’s novel TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS, the story of a 17-year-old girl who goes on an epic all-night road trip to NYC with her best friend in pursuit of her favorite blogger. It’s the sort of night where anything can happen, and almost everything does.

Now it’s your turn. Whatever you’re doing with your night, wherever you live, however old you are: you’re invited. Leila will be livestreaming her own nighttime adventures so you can join her remotely HERE. Or just do your own thing and post it online. We are all in this together.


Thanks to the wonderful folks at Macmillan, I have a giveaway copy of TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS to give away to one of you! The giveaway is open to US/CAN readers only (Sorry international folks!) and you can enter using the widget below!

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Tour Schedule


September 1- Reader of Fictions

September 2- Forever Young Adult

September 3- Ticket to Anywhere

September 4- Alexa Loves Books

September 5- The Book Cellar

September 6- The Irish Banana

September 7- Adventures of a Book Junkie

September 8-Supernatural Snark

September 9- The Compulsive Reader

September 10- Miss Print

September 11- Book Rock Betty

September 12-Reading Teen

September 13- Ageless Pages Reviews

September 14-Perpetual Page Turner

September 15- Books and Whimsy

September 16- Fierce Reads (formerly known as Mac Teen Books!)


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Top 12 List: August 2015 / Month in Review

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Hello Internet!

By now you know the drill with this post. I list out the top books that I read and loved this past month and from them I choose the best of the best. This book then gets listed in my Top 12 List (check out my sidebar) and at the end of the year those 12 books are pitted against each other and my top book for the year is chosen.


The Contenders – 5 Star Reads


Violent Ends

I had no star reads this month but near the end I read too books that I just really fell in like with, VIOLENT ENDS and EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. Both of these books were really quick reads and sucked me in but only one was like a sucker punch to the gut and that was Shaun Hutchinson’s anthology that’s not an anthology. This book was so good y’all you really need to have this one in your life. Its so raw and powerful and timely. A must read for sure!

What about you? What was your favorite book read this month? Let me know in the comments below. =)


Month in review – Here’s the other books I read this month:

(most books read during this month will be reviewed next month or so)


4 Star Reads

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Make Me (Broke and Beautiful, Book 3) by Megan Erickson
Violent Ends by Shaun Hutchinson, et al

3 Star Reads

Armada by Ernest Cline (Audio)
Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, Book 1) by Dahlia Adler
The Darkest Flame (Roadmap to Your Heart, Book 1) by Christina Lee
Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
Off Campus (Bend or Break, Book 1) by Amy Jo Cousins
When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey


2 Star Reads

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, Book 3) by Sarah J. Maas (Audio)
Need Me (Broke and Beautiful, Book 2) by Megan Erickson

1 Star Reads


DNF Reads – maybe I’ll try these again at some point, but for now they don’t resonate with me

Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith


Books read in cover form:

August 2015 reads

Book reviews:

Miscellaneous Posts:

Places “Traveled” to this month:

See my “travel” index for a complete list of all the places I’ve been through books. (This is list currently out of date, my apologies for that! So check out my Month in Review posts in the interim.)

  • Erilea: Ardlan: Rifthold via HEIR OF FIRE
  • Erilea: Wendlyn: Mistward via HEIR OF FIRE
  • Erilea: White Fang Mountains: Ferian Gap via HEIR OF FIRE
  • Japan: Kyoto via DEATH NOTE
  • Puerto Rico: Arecibo via WHEN THE STARS ALIGN
  • Puerto Rico: Vieques Island via WHEN THE STARS ALIGN
  • United States: California: Hayden via BEHIND THE SCENES
  • United States: California: Los Angeles via BEHIND THE SCENES and EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
  • United States: Florida: Middleborough via VIOLENT ENDS
  • United States: Florida: Unknown via WHEN THE STARS ALIGN
  • United States: Hawaii: Kahului via EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
  • United States: Illinois: Chicago via WHEN THE STARS ALIGN
  • United States: Kentucky: Bloomfield via NEED ME
  • United States: Massachusetts: Boston via OFF CAMPUS
  • United States: Massachusetts: Carlisle via OFF CAMPUS
  • United States: Maryland: Baltimore via WHEN THE STARS ALIGN
  • United States: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia via WHEN THE STARS ALIGN
  • United States: Tennessee: Unknown via THE DARKEST FLAME


Random Moments from August 2015:

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The Dude Abides.

A photo posted by Irish (@irisheyz77) on


Earlier this year the brother of a really really good friend of mine passed away. August 1 would have been his 30th birthday and while he couldn’t be here to celebrate we had a party in his honor. RIP Vinny Saquet, you are forever missed. 


We have arrived!! Best road trip ever! @dinosaur_bbq #bbq #troy #newyork #roadtrip #dinosaurbbq A photo posted by Irish (@irisheyz77) on

My friend Sarah and I made our annual pilgrimage to Dinosaur BBQ…this place was a staple of our college years and we both really wish there was a closer location. It was so good and worth the 3 hour drive!


Annual Clambake…and oh it smells so delicious!! #clambake #clams #newengland

A photo posted by Irish (@irisheyz77) on


Every year my dad’s volunteer fire department hosts a clambake and it is seriously one of the best events of my summer. So so good! 


This year Coke repeated its name on a bottle campaign and while they added a bunch of new names, including some not very common ones, they still didn’t have mine. I lamented about this to friends because my name is so very rarely on anything. My friend Ashley, being the amazing soul that she is, had a bottle made with my name on it as an early birthday gift. It was seriously one of the sweetest things!


Currently on repeat:

I love music and if I’m not listening to an audio book then you can be sure my trusty old iPod is getting a major workout. This month when I wasn’t listening to Heir of Fire or Armada I was often found listening to Photograph by Ed Sheeren. I’ve never really been drawn to his music before but there is just something about this song that always makes me stop and listen when it comes on the radio or turns up on my iPod.


What song(s) did you have on repeat in August 2015?


Monthly Contest

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. Enter to win a copy of my top pick of the month (or other book if in a series) and a $10 amazon gift card (or a gift voucher equivalent to 10 US Dollars). This contest is open internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships your country) but If you live outside the US and you win then then the GC will be the equivalent to $10 US dollars.   .   T

The winner of last months contest is: Nazli!     .

Congratulations! And thanks to everyone else for entering!!


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Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson, et al

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson, et alViolent Ends by Beth Revis, Blythe Woolston, Brandon Shusterman, Christine Johnson, Courtney Summers, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Delilah S. Dawson, E.M. Kokie, Elisa Nader, Hannah Moskowitz, Kendare Blake, Margie Gelbwasser, Mindi Scott, Neal Shusterman, Shaun David Hutchinson, Steve Brezenoff, Tom Leveen, Trish Doller
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Goodreads)
Published by Simon Pulse on 01 September 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Anthology, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Place(s) Traveled To: Middleborough, Florida

First Line(s): Susanna Byrd turned nine that Thursday morning at 7:17 a.m.

When people think of school shootings they tend to think of Columbine (1999) yes they’ll reference the current school shooting but there is always a reference to this event. Its sad and scary to think of school shootings as a common place thing and there are times when it seems like before Columbine life was idyllic and that things like this just didn’t happen. I graduated in 1995, I was a pre-Columbine teenager but I wasn’t without knowledge and fear of what a school shooting could be. In 1988, in the town next door to the one that I grew up in there was a school shooting as a result of one student bullying another. In 1994 my town and that town merged to form one school system and my high school became the high school where this event occurred. I was 11 in 1988 and so I don’t recall much surrounding the events of the shooting when it happened but when the towns merged there was a lot of talk about it. And also lots of talk surrounding the courtyard where the shooting took place and if it should be reopened to students or not. Had enough time passed? Would it happen again? What will happen when you bring together two rival towns and try to make them one school.

There was fear then, in those pre-Columbine days. There was talk and meetings and rumors and gossip and even though the kids in my town weren’t part of that event it became ours as we heard about it and that school became our school. So when I read a book like VIOLENT ENDS that involves a school shooting I’m transported back to 1994, to high school, and to all the talk and remembering and fear of the shooting that happened there 7 years before. Tragically school shootings aren’t a new thing and until something major happens and we learn why or come up with a better way to deal with guns in America they will keep happening. With each occurrence the fear will get worse and more ingrained and books like VIOLENT ENDS will become even more important. VIOLENT ENDS is a unique story and is told by 17 different authors who are all telling the same story but different pieces of it. Different glimpse into the killer, Kirby Matheson and why he may have done what he did on that fateful day when he brought a gun to school.

I’ve read school shooting books before, HATE LIST (my review) and NINETEEN MINUTES, and while they hit home they didn’t effect me as much as VIOLENT ENDS did with just its first few chapters. I think this is in part to how the story is written because it just reminds of when I was in high school and the events of that 1988 event kept getting brought up by different people in different ways. During my read of VIOLENT ENDS I found that I needed to take a lot of breaks. This wasn’t an easy read and I had to pause and think about what I’d just read, process the chain of events that I was reading about, and just be in the present before being able to dive back into this world that Hutchinson had created. Throughout it all you only get these little pieces of the puzzle. You read about the day of the shooting from different moments in time but the one thing missing from VIOLENT ENDS is the complete picture.

Violent Ends Quote

The one viewpoint that we never see in VIOLENT ENDS is Kirby’s. You never learn why he did what he did or why who chose the victims he did. The picture you get of Kirby isn’t the crazy loner type that you often see when you hear about a school shooting. Kirby was liked by his peers and his home life was pretty ordinary. So why did he snap? In the end, we’re left with almost as many questions as we start with but VIOLENT ENDS isn’t a book that feels incomplete. Yes, there are pieces to the puzzle missing but its a raw and powerful story and its the sort of book that with each re-read you will learn something new in its pages.

VIOLENT ENDS defied all of my expectations and its hard to find the words to tell you just how amazing this story was. Its an emotional read and it hit me harder than I expected it too. This is a book where there are no easy answers and as a reader it will often make you feel helpless because you can’t stop the chain of events from happening. With each new chapter, each new POV, you become a part of this story. And despite the many authors that take part in this book it feels like one cohesive story. Often with an anthology things can be choppy and you don’t like all of the stories. But that isn’t the case here as VIOLENT ENDS isn’t an anthology as we think of anthologies. It really is one story and all these authors worked some impressive magic to take their very different styles and meld them together to seem like one. I think that VIOLENT ENDS is a must read and I can’t recommend it enough. The reading experience is as unique and different as the way it was written. This book will make you feel things and each person who reads this book will take away something different from


Oh and for those who might be wondering. The shooting that happened in my school involved a 15 year old gunman who was bullied by the kid that he shot in the head. It happened in the school’s courtyard and it was then closed off until 1994. The shooter only shot the one person and he was then sentenced to 3 years in juvie and released at 18 to move away to places unknown. The kid he shot survived albeit with some brain damage and he now talks to students about the dangers of bullying and is also a teacher.


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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: Play On by Michelle Smith

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: Play On by Michelle SmithPlay On by Michelle Smith
Series: Lewis Creek, Book 1
Published by Spencer Hill on 21 April 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, GLBT, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Sports & Athletics, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge
Pages: 258
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Place(s) Traveled To: Lewis Creek, South Carolina //Beaufort, South Carolina

First Line(s): Forget Friday night lights – in Lewis Creek, South Carolina, its baseball or bust three nights a week.

When I first heard of PLAY ON by Michelle Smith I knew that it was a book that I had to read. I am a sucker for a good contemporary romance and the early buzz on this one was high which worried me a bit as well because we all know how hyped up books and I get along. But unlike some of the mega blockbusters out there this was a quiet and steady buzz that really peaked my interest. Then once I picked up PLAY ON I found that I couldn’t put it down. At under 300 pages this was a quick read and a fun way to spend a couple of hours. I liked the world that Smith created and I loved the depth of all of her characters. I also have to admit that I wasn’t prepared for this book to be told in entirely Austin’s POV. I’m used to alternating POVs or a contemporary romance to be told only through the girls eyes so it was kind of refreshing to only see Austin’s side of things.

And oh what a sweetie Austin was! A true southern gentleman through and through who loved his momma and who just dripped southern charm. It was easy to picture someone with a strong southern accent reading this book and I really wish there as an audio version available to do just that. Austin was adorable but not without his flaws. He was sweet and stubborn and like with many other characters I’ve read about there were times when I just wanted to shake him. I loved how he was with Marissa and how they were together as they first became friends and then something a little more than that. I also like how PLAY ON wasn’t just a straight boy meets girl contemporary and how there were deeper issues at play.

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For a small book, PLAY ON contained so much within its pages. Smith crafted an amazing world with an eclectic cast of characters. PLAY ON is  story about baseball and school and depression and friendship. Its about first loves and making mistakes and then learning how to overcome obstacles. Its a book that made me laugh at times but one that also hit me right in the feels. Its a realistic story and I just got lost within its pages. I fell for all of these characters and I’m so happy that we’ll be returning to this world in GAME ON (goodreads) because I hated to let them all go. The summary of this one really doesn’t do it justice for all that there is in this book. Each page reveled something new and that ending…oh it was a good one.

PLAY ON is the sort of book that I’d love to see as a TV Show and its a book that will totally appeal to all those who love and miss Friday Night Lights. This book wasn’t perfect but it hit all the right notes with me at the time that I read it and I’m able to ignore all of its flaws. It gave me those heart achy feelings that I love and stayed with me long after I closed the final page. This is a book that I strongly recommend so if its not on your shelf or ereader yet then you should fix that using the handy dandy links provided above. Then come back here and tell me how much you loved it and how you are longing for Eric’s story too, because really, who doesn’t love a book with a bad boy?


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review: Come Back to Me by Mila Grey

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Come Back to Me by Mila GreyCome Back to Me by Mila Gray
Series: Come Back to Me, Book 1
Published by Pan Macmillian on 19 June 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, War & Military
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Challenge
Pages: 373
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Place(s) Traveled To: Oceanside, California // San Diego, California // Kabul, Afghanistan // Unknown, Guam

First Line(s): A whorl in the glass distorts the picture, like a thumbprint smear over a lens.

COME BACK TO ME by Mila Gray is one of those books that I requested and then forgot I had until a couple of my friends started talking about it on Twitter. The buzz made me excited to rediscover this book as it contains one of my favorite tropes, falling in love with a siblings friend. It just gets me in the feels…every…single…time. This one had the added draw of military men and I just dove right in. At first I was wary because of the opening. I am never a fan of openings that start in the middle of a story before flashing back to how it all began. As much as I loved the TV show FLASHPOINT I always hated that it used that trope to open each and every episode. So with COME BACK TO ME you learn right off that something terrible is going to happen but you aren’t entirely sure what and then before the reveal it cuts back to a few weeks earlier.

COME BACK TO ME is primarily the story of Jessa and Kit, who is the best friend of Jessa’s older brother and also despised by Jessa’s dad. This set up ensures that there is lots of tension throughout the book as Kit and Jessa initially have to keep their growing romance a secret. Things heat up fast for Kit and Jessa and as a reader you fall hard right along with them. The sparks are real and the chemistry just sizzles off the page. They are so sweet with each other and I love how Kit respects Jessa and encourages her to follow her dreams because her father is hell bent on trying to keep her locked up like a child. Jessa is 18 and she’s not allowed to drive, have a phone, stay out late, or even choose her own college. Her fathers behavior made me all ragy and that coupled with some of the language just gave this book a 1950s vibe at times.

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Deplorable parental figure aside this book just makes you feel ALL THE THINGS!!! There were times in which I thought my poor heart my break in two. My Goodreads updates are just a jumble of emotions as I rushed through COME BACK TO ME in order to see how it all ends. Even with the predictor in the opening it still comes as kind of a shock to the gut when you see how it all places out. In that way COME BACK TO ME makes me think of GOD-SHAPED HOLE (goodreads) and THE BOOK THIEF (goodreads). And like with many romance books there were a few times when I wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into the characters. To get them to talk to each other and find their happily ever after.

The conflicts in COME BACK TO ME were all realistic and there was no pointless breakup in site. This made me very happy as regular readers know how much I don’t like that trope. That said I really really really could have done without the epilogue. Oh my stars every time I see an epilogue I tell myself not to read it. That reading it will only lead to disappointment and yet I always ignore my own advice and then find myself rolling my eyes or sighing at how cliche it all is. I’ve yet to meet an epilogue that I like and one day I really will stick to my advice and avoid reading them. I swear! But one thing that I will read more of are books by Mila Gray because I just fell head over heels for this one and I think that you will like it too. After all, we all need a sucker punch to the gut sort of read in our lives.


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