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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Review: The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers


Title: The Vanishing Game
Author: Kate Kae Myers
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Received: For Review
Challenge: YA Fantasy
Rate: 5+ Stars

SummaryJocelyn's twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he's dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from "Jason December"-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn's childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House.
But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house's powers weren't just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in? The answer is revealed in a shocking twist that turns this story on its head and will send readers straight back to page 1 to read the book in a whole new light.

Review: This book is sad, scary and a bit haunting. With a hint of adventure. This book is amazing. So many things happened that I would have never have expected. The ending is jaw dropping. No matter what I write about this book it will never be enough. Must Read.

Interview: Loukia Borrell


Welcome to Jagged Edge!
Would you like to tell us a little about yourself? Sure. My name is Loukia Borrell. I was born in Toledo, Ohio, and was raised in Virginia. I was a journalist for about 20 years and "Raping Aphrodite" is my first book. I am married and have three children.
 
What inspired you to write? I have always been interested in reading and writing. I knew in middle school that English was a strong subject for me and that turned out to be true in high school and later in college, where I joined the student newspaper staff. From there, I worked for newspapers and magazines.
 
What authors influenced you as a writer? I don't really think I was influenced by any particular writer, because I have read authors from different genres and liked their books. In my teens, I read a lot of the classics by Hemingway, Dickens, Salinger, John Knowles, and the Bronte sisters. Later, my interest turned to blockbusters, by Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins. I also read biographies and they inspire me, because you find out the challenges people face, things you don't hear about until someone writes a book.      
 
What is your favorite quote? I tried to think if I have one, and I don't. I think people rely on quotes to help them through hard times. I use my personal resolve and just tell myself to press on, but no particular quote comes to mind.
 
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? The Bible.
 
What is at least one thing that every writer needs to have or do? An imagination. In fiction, you have to be able to create unlikely scenarios and make them seem believable.
 
Are your books different than your personal favorite books by other authors? I think my book is original in that it visits Cyprus during a time when the island was forcefully divided. I have a link to that time - both of my parents were born in Cyprus and my maternal grandparents vanished when Turkey invaded. Those personal elements make "Raping Aphrodite" different in subject matter, but the book has typical cliffhanger elements seen in fiction books, or films for that matter.  
 
What led you to writing in this genre? "Raping Aphrodite" is fiction, but part of the book is based on the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey in 1974. Being Cypriot-American, I felt a personal need to address Cypriot history, so this book seemed natural to me.
 
 What is your favorite part of the writing process? Figuring out what my characters are going to do next.
 
Least favorite part of the writing process? Going back, once the writing is finished, and correcting mistakes and editing. It takes a long time and a lot of concentration. You would think that after all the years I have been writing, I wouldn't have typos or difficulty figuring out how to say something, but that is not true. I had the same doubts and had to work as hard. There were days I felt like I had never put a word down on paper my entire life.   
What are you currently working on? I am busy doing interviews like this one and finding other ways to get out the word about "Raping Aphrodite." I hope to begin writing the prequel this year.
 
Where readers can find you? I am on Twitter at @LoukiaBorrell, on Goodreads and Book Blogs. My book is available for purchase as an ebook on Amazon.com and as a Nook Book at barnesandnoble.com. "Raping Aphrodite" should be out as a paperback later this year.
 
LAST QUESTION:
Was there a question you wish I would have asked but didn't? No. You covered things nicely. Thanks for having me as a guest.  

Monday, January 30, 2012

Interview: Maggie Wilson


Welcome to Jagged Edge!
Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?
My background is as a nurse and midwife with a 28 year career in the nursing field. I started writing my novels about 4 years ago and have continued to juggle working full time in nursing whilst writing. My first crime novel was published in 2010.

What inspired you to write?
I was inspired to write when I kept reading news stories about crimes within the nursing/medical profession. With a background in Nursing I wanted to raise awareness of crimes within this area and try to inspire change in nursing practice so that these crimes could never occur. Fiction is indeed sometimes stranger than fact - the fictional crime in Fallen Angel appears to have happened in 2011 within a hospital in the UK. This factual case is still ongoing.

What authors influenced you as a writer?
I was influenced primarily by Tess Gerritsen, who is a Doctor who then carved out a career as a writer. I thought, well, maybe I can make it as a writer too!
I have met many writers and draw inspiration and motivation from listening to them speak.

What is your favorite quote?
Be like a duck, be calm on top and paddle like mad underneath’

What is at least one thing that every writer needs to have or do?
A writer needs the determination and motivation to complete the writing process and produce a novel that others want to read. They must also have believable characters that the reader can associate with, warm to and want to know what happens to them.

Are your books different than your personal favorite books by other authors?
I believe they are yes. I write about fictional crimes by members of the medical profession and try to write from different angels.

What led you to writing in this genre?
My background in Nursing led me to write within the crime genre with a medical influence. I also enjoy reading around the crime genre.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
My favourite part of the writing process would have to be when I start writing a book. Putting all the ideas together and beginning my journey with the characters.

Least favorite part of the writing process?
My least favourite part of the writing process is when I near the end of writing my book. Ideas are already forming for my next story and have to be put to the back of my mind so that I can concentrate on the tale in hand.

What are you currently working on?
I am working on my third novel, due to be published in 2013.
My first novel, Fallen Angel was published August 2010 and my second is due to be published March 2012
The three books are part of ‘The DS Hammond Investigations’ series.

Where readers can find you?
Facebook - Maggie Wilson Author.
Twitter - maggiewilson123
Goodreads – Maggie Wilson
Readers are also welcome to email me on info@maggiewilsonbooks.co.uk

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Interview with Victoria Foyt


Welcome to Jagged Edge!
Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?
As a young girl, I was a voracious reader, and still am. I was always writing, whether it was long letters to pen pals and relatives, or diaries and journals. I couldn’t not write.

At the University of Miami and in Europe, I studied foreign languages, which deepened my love of words and prose. Later, I moved to Los Angeles and found the opportunity to write screenplays, which helped hone my use of dialogue, location and story structure. I also studied acting and starred in several indie films (Déjà vu, Last Summer In the Hamptons, Going Shopping, Babyfever) that I co-wrote. I highly recommend at least one course in acting for all writers if you want to boost your understanding of character.

Currently, I live in the pretty coast town of Santa Monica where I write every morning, play tennis and spend time with my family and friends. Writing fiction is a chance to bring together all that I’ve learned, and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

What inspired you to write?
A burning question usually inspires me, what if…? In Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls Part One): what would happen if global warming turned today’s prevailing beauty standards upside down? In the story, because Caucasians have less melanin in their skin to protect them from the sun’s burning rays, they are branded as inferior Pearls. Dark-skinned people, or Coals, have more resistance to the Heat, and therefore, now rule society. Eden Newman, a lithe blue-eyed blonde, would be considered gorgeous in our day, while in the future she has to beg for a mate or suffer an early death. The direction in which this “what if” question took me greatly surprised me, as it often does. Finally, forced to discover her inner beauty, Eden opens her heart to true love.


What authors influenced you as a writer?
The list of writers whom I admire and who have influenced me is long and varied. I have always been an enthusiastic reader of all kinds of books from romances by Jane Austen and Nora Roberts, and mysteries by Raymond Chandler, to biting social commentary such as Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger or Lois Lowry’s The Giver. As a teenager, I devoured Ernest Hemingway’s books, and have recently reread many of them. His direct prose and elegant storytelling definitely set the bar. On the other end of the spectrum, I adore Isabel Allende’s lush, more feminine prose and quixotic stories. One of my favorite books is Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez because it breaks my heart, page after page. From each one of these authors, I’ve found the courage to find my own voice and to let my imagination run free.

What is your favorite Quote? Why is it your favorite?
“Life is a daring adventure.” --Helen Keller
Helen Keller didn’t give in to her limitations, but followed her natural curiosity and passion for life. Finally, there is the set of circumstances we are given at birth, and then, what we make of it.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I would like to have a daemon, an animal that represents my personality, like the characters in Philip Pullman’s brilliant young adult trilogy: His Dark Materials. I suspect my daemon would be a bird, one that sings loudly, has colorful plumage, and flies south for the winter.

What is at least one thing that every writer needs to have or do?
A dedicated space in which to write is vital, one that can shield you from day-to-day distractions. A sacred spot. It can be in a coffee shop or your garage. When you go to your spot, you know this is where you write. It also helps to show up at the same time very day so that your muse knows when to appear.

Are your books different to your personal favorite books by other authors?
Every author has a unique “voice.” My books, like Revealing Eden, tend to combine the fantastical with a sense of longing for connection and love. I have greatly enjoyed books with similar themes such as the Twilight Series, but between theme and the actual telling of a story there lies great latitude. Oddly, Revealing Eden most closely resembles one of my all-time favorites, Gone With The Wind, though the resemblance might not be immediately apparent. Both Scarlett and Eden, feisty, brave girls with a stubborn streak, are cast out of their familiar world and must learn to survive in an unfamiliar, dangerous one. And they spar with intractable, very masculine men, Rhett Butler and Ronson Bramford, respectively. Their relationships are fraught with misunderstanding, and it takes a while for the women to realize how deeply in love they have fallen.

What lead you to writing in this genre?
We all want to be loved, right? Not for how we look, or who we know, or how much money we make. Deep down, we really hope someone will see us exactly for who we are, and love us anyway. Isn’t that why a great romance book tugs at our heartstrings? It reminds us not to lose hope. For this reason, I’m attracted to the romance genre.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
When I hear writers complain about how hard it is to face a blank page, I simply can’t relate. There is nothing more exciting to me than beginning to write a story or a chapter in it. To me, the blank page is liberating, a vast field of opportunity. I can’t wait to see what will happen, and where my characters will lead me. Often their digressions from my outline and unexpected revelations surprise me, happily so!

Least favorite part of the writing process?
Editing, editing, and even more editing. I grow anxious to move on to another story once I’ve finished the first draft because I have so many to tell. And yet, over the years, I have come to value the necessity of editing. Often, in the last stages, I will suddenly realize that some key element needs elaboration or more detail. Once I have reached the last draft and have seen the manuscript bloom, I’m grateful for the patience I found to edit. I might even have a little fun in the process.

What are you currently working on?
I’m writing the sequel, Adapting Eden (Save The Pearls Part Two). If Eden Newman thought life and love challenged her in Revealing Eden, the stakes ratchet even higher in the next. Her journey takes her from oppressed, fearful girl to an alpha babe, or Jaguar Babe. She must fight to save those she loves against impossible odds, testing herself beyond her limits—in love and physical strength—while the countdown to humanity’s extinction continues. I’ll tell you, it has been a wild, exciting ride to be in her head!

Where readers can find you?
I love to hear from readers! Please visit me at VictoriaFoyt.com or at Facebook.com/VictoriaFoyt. And thanks for all the cool videos you’ve uploaded at SaveThePearls.com. You make it all worthwhile.

For Revealing Eden, we created an incredible, interactive site at SaveThePearls.com where fans have been posting their own “mating” videos or commenting about Eden’s blog posts. With my background as a filmmaker and actress, it was fun to write and shoot ten short videos based on the book. Seeing Eden, who is a gorgeous girl by today’s standards, despair over not being able to find a mate and facing death if she doesn’t, or watching her desperation as she secretly meets with her dark-skinned Coal boyfriend really captures her future world. Please check it out! The Facebook fan page for the book is: www.facebook.com/SaveThePearls

LAST QUESTION: Was there a question you wish I would have asked but didn't?
Do you wish you’d started writing novels in your teens or twenties? I often ask myself this question. In looking back, I see that the path I took from studying foreign languages and literature in college, to acting and screenwriting and directing afterwards, all provided key tools I would need as a novelist. Meanwhile, I was accumulating invaluable life experiences and insights, in other words, my own take on the world, which gives a writer his or her “voice.” By the time I started my first novel in my thirties, I was ready to take off and fulfill my heart’s desire.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Uh-Oh

Hey, everyone I'm having a problem with my email I can't send anything e-mails so any reviews that had to be posted between the 27 and the 31, will be post poned till further notice.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Interview: Resa Nelson

Welcome to Jagged Edge!
Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks so much for being part of my blog tour!  I’ve been selling short fiction for many years, and I began selling novels a few years ago.  As a novelist, I’ve been sticking to fantasy.  But as a short story writer, I’ve written fantasy, science fiction, and horror.  In real life, I love museums and ballet and travel and summer.  And baby owls.  And baby polar bears.  Oh, and chocolate – as much as possible, please.

What inspired you to write?

When I was in the 2nd grade, my teacher gave group assignments to retell familiar stories in words and pictures.  My group did The Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens.  I adored the girls in my group, and we had the most fun working together on our project.  We wrote the story in our own words and drew pictures to go along with the story.  Our presentation was a smashing success.  (Either our teacher thought we were brilliant or I just like to think she did.)  That’s when I realized I wanted to become a writer.

What authors influenced you as a writer?

When I was little, I loved fairy tales and folk tales.  Eventually, that led me to try fantasy and science fiction.  As a teen, I read lots of Ray Bradbury, Jules Verne, and Isaac Asimov.  But I’m also a big mystery fan.  Currently, I love Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane.  Within the past year I’ve started reading Ed Gaffney.  In childhood I loved Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as classics by Jane Austin, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens.

What is your favorite Quote? Why is it your favorite?

“What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.”  I’ve read a little Nietzsche, but his work often feels too mopey for my taste.  This is the one quote that rings true to me.  There have been many times in my writing career when I lost hope, but every experience helped me learn and grow and adjust my perspective.  I’ve come to believe true success is impossible without failure, because failure is such a great teacher.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.  I like adventure, and I think it would be fabulous to travel in a hot-air balloon.

What is at least one thing that every writer needs to have or do?

Every writer needs to work constantly and consistently at the craft of writing.  One of the things I love about writing is that no matter how long I live and no matter how hard I work at my craft, I’ll never know everything there is to learn about it.  Writing fiction is such a complex thing.  It’s like learning how to swim:  you have to learn how to move your arms, move your legs, move your torso, and breathe – and then you have to learn how to do all those things at the same time and to do them all well!  I love the constant cycle of learning.

Are your books different to your personal favorite books by other authors?

Very much so.  It’s important to me to be as original as possible.  My ideas come from my own life experience and how I perceive the world.  I do learn from other writers and my favorite books, but I fold that knowledge into my own ideas.  For example, one of my favorite books is The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.  It’s science fiction, and it’s about a female graduate student who uses time travel to do research.  If I were to boil it down to its most simple elements, I could say The Doomsday Book is about a girl with a plan, but everything goes wrong.  I could say the same thing about my first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword:  it’s about a girl with a plan, but everything goes wrong.  My novel is nothing like The Doomsday Book – they’re completely different novels in pretty much every way imaginable.  But I think Willis did an amazing job of throwing problems and obstacles at her main character, and I wanted to do that to my main character.

What lead you to writing in this genre?

Reading fairy tales and folk tales.  When I was a kid, my town’s public library was a grand old building, musty and damp and full of echoes, and the children’s section was sequestered away in the basement.  I always loved roaming around in the basement, looking for something new and exciting to read.  It felt like exploring a maze or the hidden chambers of some lost civilization.  Once I’d read all the fairy tales and folk tales in the children’s section, I wandered into the science fiction and fantasy section and pretty much stayed there.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I love writing the first draft.  I love staring at a blank screen, taking a deep breath, not really knowing what I’m about to do, and diving into writing.  It feels like jumping off a high diving board, scary and exhilarating and tons of fun.  I love letting my characters take over.  I feel like I’m in a different world and running by my characters’ sides, trying to keep up with them and writing everything down as fast as it happens.  Writing always feels like a great adventure.

Least favorite part of the writing process?

Getting the final draft of a manuscript ready to submit to my publisher.  I’m not a fan of dealing with tiny details.  Spellcheck makes life a lot easier, but it’s also a matter of making sure I have no continuity or consistency issues, and not just across a single novel but across an entire series.  It’s making sure everything flows smoothly and I haven’t left any bumps in the road.  After awhile it all makes me feel cross-eyed and mush-headed.

What are you currently working on?

I’m in the final stages of writing the last novel in my 4-book Dragonslayer series.  I’m also thinking a lot about the next series I plan to write.

Where readers can find you?

My website is http://www.resanelson.com.  I have a hidden page where anyone who would like to sample my work can download a free “mini” ebook containing the two short stories that I wrote in my Dragonslayer world before I wrote my first novel.  There’s no cost or obligation, and I don’t collect any information – I just like giving away samples so people can read them and decide for themselves if they like my work.  Everyone is welcome to download my free “mini” ebook (“Dragonslayer stories”) at http://www.resanelson.com/files.

I’m on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Resa-Nelson-The-Dragonslayers-Sword/122200661871

I’m on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/ResaNelson

I’m also on GoodReads and Shelfari as Resa Nelson.

LAST QUESTION:
Was their a question you wish I would have asked but didn't?

That’s a great question!  How about “Have you ever encountered a character in someone else’s novel that you care about as much as you care about your own characters?”  My answer is yes:  Lisbeth Salander in Steig Larrson’s Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.).  I doubt I could have created her, but I love her dearly.

Voices of the Dead tour


TOUR DATES:    January- April, 2012





 Title: Voices of the Dead
Author: Peter Leonard
Publisher: The Story Plant
Format: Ebook
Release Date: 1.17.12
SUMMARY: 

 The year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges – he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter’s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him.

REVIEW: 

 Peter Leonard is a very skilled writer and in his book Voices of the Dead, it shows. I have to admit that at first, I found the writing style to be a little confusing, but as you progress you fall in stride right away.  

Harry Levin's daughter is killed in a car accident, and when he finds out that the person who caused the accident is a drunk, German diplomat that won't face ANY charges for his crime, he decides it's time to take matters into his own hands. After a few close calls, and failed attempts to try and kill his daughters murderer I found myelf fighting to put the book down.  

Voices of the Dead moves fairly quickly and evolves very well. Even though this is not the typical type of book that I read, I really enjoyed the way Peter Leonard gives us flash backs of Harry Levin’s life so that we learn what happened to his family, what he went through growing up, we learn a bit about his wife and of course, his daughter.

RATING:

3.5 out of 5 hearts. Happy Reading!!



TOUR CONSISTS OF:  Reviews, Guest posts/interviews`, giveaways

TITLE:  Voices of the Dead
AUTHOR:  Peter Leonard
PUBLISHED BY:  The Story Plant
ISBN:  ISBN-10: 1611880327 ISBN-13: 978-1611880328
GENRE:  Suspense
SYNOPSIS:  The year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges – he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter’s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him.


Brimming with action and dark humor, Voices of the Dead, firmly positions Peter Leonard as a writer ever suspense fan needs to read.
AUTHOR BIO:  Peter Leonard’s debut novel, QUIVER, was published to international acclaim in 2008 (“A spectacular debut...you will be holding your breath until the final page.”– The New York Sun). It was followed by TRUST ME in 2009 (“TRUST ME is fast, sly and full of twists.” – Carl Hiaasen, New York Times bestselling author). The Story Plant will publish Leonard’s newest novel, ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL, in the spring of 2012.
AUTHOR SITES:  Website  http://peterleonardbooks.com/
THE STORY PLANT:  Website   www.thestoryplant.com
ADDED INFO:  300 pages,  Publication date  01/17/12
EXCERPT:
 Hess found out the woman lived on P Street in Georgetown, not far from the consulate. He told the ambassador he was having dinner with potential clients, and wanted to drive himself. It was unorthodox, but plausible. He had been issued one of the embassy’s Mercedes sedans. He stopped at a bookstore and bought a map of the area, and located P Street. He drove there and saw the Goldman residence, a federal-style brick townhouse.


Hess went to a restaurant and had dinner and a couple drinks. At ten o’clock he drove back, parked around the corner on 32nd Street between two other vehicles so the license plate was not visible to anyone driving by. He walked to the Goldmans’, stood next to a tree in front of the three-storey townhouse. There were lights on the first floor. He walked to the front door and rang the buzzer. He could hear footsteps and voices inside. A light over the door went on. Hess stood in the open so whoever it was would see he was well dressed. The door opened, a man standing there, assumed he was Dr. Mitchell Goldman, dark hair, big nose, mid-forties, top of the shirt unbuttoned, exposing a gold chain and a five-pointed star. Hess smiled. “My car is on the fritz. May I use your phone to call a tow truck?”


Dr. Goldman stared at him with concern.


“I am staying just down the street at the consulate,” Hess said, smiling. Now the door opened and he stepped into the elegant foyer, chandelier overhead, marble floor.


“Mitch, who is it?” a woman said from a big open room to his right.


Dr. Goldman looked in her direction. “Guy’s having car trouble, wants to use the phone.”


“It’s ten o’clock at night.”


“He’ll just be a minute,” the dentist said.


Hess could see the woman sitting on a couch, watching television.


“The phone’s in here.” The dentist started to move.


Hess drew the Luger from the pocket of his suit jacket,and aimed it at Goldman.


The dentist put his hands up. “Whoa. Easy.”


“Who is in the house?”


“Just the two of us.”


“Are you expecting anyone?”


He shook his head.


“Tell her to come in here,” Hess said.


“What do you want? You want money?” He took his wallet out and handed it to him. “There’s eight hundred dollars in there.”


“Call her,” Hess said.


“Hon, come here, will you?”


“I’m watching ‘All in the Family.’ Can you wait till the commercial?”


Hess could hear people laughing on the television.


“Just for a minute,” the dentist said.


Hess saw her stand up and step around a low table in front of the couch, moving across the room, still looking back at the television. She turned her head as she entered the foyer and saw him holding the gun. Her hair looked darker in the dim light but he had only seen her briefly that day.


“Oh-my-god,” she said, hands going up to her face.


“We’re reasonable people,” the dentist said. “Tell us what you want.”


“The pleasure of your company,” Hess said. “Where is the cellar?”

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: New Girl by Paige Harbison


Title: New Girl
Author: Paige Harbison
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Received: For Review
Challenge: Contemp
Rate: 5 Stars

SummaryThey call me 'New Girl'...
Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her.
Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault.
Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend…but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be.
And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back.

Review: This book is Shocking! Some characters are conflicting. Dana and Becca are my least favorite people. Blake, New Girl and Max are my most favorite. When I was 55% through the book, I knew what New Girl meant when she was talking about love. I know exactly how she feels. You really need to read the book for yourself because I know I'm butchering this and the books amazing.
Oh Ps. The ending is shocking!! Way way way, Shocking.

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