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If I Stay

If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Dutton Juvenile, 2009
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stayis a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.


I am incredibly grateful for this book. It got Gayle Foreman a lot of attention and without that attention, I never would have read Just One Day. I loved that book. If I Stay wasn’t my favorite but I liked it. Even though there was a lot going on in the book, I felt like not much was actually happening. (A lot of feelings, just not a lot of action.) I’m used to more action, I guess.

I felt like I…

Chantress Alchemy

Chantress Alchemy
Amy Butler Greenfield
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Lucy races against time and magic in this sequel to the “richly and thoughtfully written” (Publishers Weekly) Chantress.

Lucy is the last Chantress, the only remaining girl who can sing magic into the world. Since she defeated the evil Lord Scargrave, England has changed—and not for the better. With crops failing and the people rebelling, Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry’s court. His Inner Council is convinced that making gold through alchemy will save England. But a critical element to the alchemical process has been stolen. Lucy is tasked with finding it with her magic… or else. And until she succeeds, the castle is on lockdown.

Court too has changed. Scargrave's brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry's closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues; their romance means trouble for both of …

Midnight Crossroad

Midnight Crossroad
Charlaine Harris
Ace Hardcover, 2014
Audience: Adults
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...


This took me FOREVER to read, but I still found it enjoyable.

I was immediately drawn in, then pulled back a bit once I found out one of the characters was a vampire. I was enjoying where the story was going with the psychic and didn’t want vampire distractions. I felt like Charlaine Harris shouldn’t ha…

Hannah Jayne Guest Post

I’m thrilled to have Hannah Jayne write a guest post for Read Your Bookcase! I enjoyed her creepy book The Dare and recommend it to everyone who likes scary stories.

Here it is:


The Dare is my third young adult novel, but my twelfth book overall (that's nuts!). I always get asked what's different about writing for teens versus adults, what's more fun, what's more difficult. First of all, I love writing for everyone but I really love writing for teens. Adults are great, but teen readers are so much more complex and complicated than I think we give them credit for and their reactions to books are usually pure, unadulterated, and uncensored. Sometimes that's amazing--sometimes it's hard! I've gotten everything from, "this is the best book ever" to, "I was forced to read this and I hated every second it." That second one, by the way, finished up decently with the author telling me, "but overall, I guess it wasn't that bad." I c…

The Dare

The Dare
Hannah Jayne
Sourcebooks Fire, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Bryn did everything with her best friend Erica. So when someone dared Erica to jump off the pier one night at Harding Beach, Bryn was right by her side. But when Bryn made it back to the surface, Erica was nowhere to be found. Bryn tries to make a fresh start by burying her memories of that awful night. But when a Twitter post from "EricaNShaw" pops up on her feed and a chilling voice mail appears on her phone, she realizes that someone isn't ready to let go of the past...

This book was exactly what I needed to break out of my reading rut. It was a good, suspenseful mystery. It reminded me of the old RL Stine books that I used to read. I read it very quickly and I needed to know if Bryn was imagining something or if someone was torturing her. Everything makes sense when you get to the end.

I felt like most of the focus was on Bryn’s experiences, not who she was as a charac…

Frankly My Dear, I’m Dead

Frankly My Dear, I’m Dead
Livia J. Washburn
Kensington, 2008
Source: Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
Delilah Dickinson, who runs a literary travel agency in Atlanta, finds her new business getting some bad press when an overnight stay at a plantation modeled after Tara from "Gone with the Wind" results in murder when the actor playing the role of Rhett Butler turns up dead.

Look at the cute title! Look at the crazy cover!

This obviously it not serious literature. It was what it presents itself to be - an easy, light read. I’m not usually a cozy mystery reader, so this was a nice change. The literary twist on the story was nice. When it appeared that the mystery was solved, I didn’t believe it for a minute - the solution was too easy! Therefore, the twist wasn’t exactly shocking, but it was well thought out. The book lived up to its expectations. It’s good for summer.

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines
John Green
Dutton Juvenile, 2006
Source: Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun--but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this …

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Books so Far

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Theme: Favorite Books of 2014 so Far








Winger by Andrew Smith The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Paper Towns by John Green Panic by Lauren Oliver Rooms by Lauren Oliver Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Take me There by Carolee Dean The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Wow, I’m disappointed in this list! I haven’t read many new books at all - about half of these books weren’t published in 2014. The books were all fabulous, but I’m disappointed in how behind I am in my reading. At this point, I feel like I should have read more new books!
So what am I missing everyone??? What should I read in the second half of the year?

She is Not Invisible

She is Not Invisible
Marcus Sedgwick
Roaring Book Press, 2014
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

I love how quick Marcus Sedgwick’s books are. Despite their short length, they’re full of thought. I know that I missed important elements in this book because I was flying through it. I don’t know much about psychoanalysis either, and I know that was a block to understanding the story fully. The main character …

Love and Other Perishable Items

Love and Other Perishable Items
Laura Buzo
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
A wonderful, coming-of-age love story from a fresh new voice in YA fiction.

'Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I'm open to all kinds of bribery.'

From the moment 15-year-old Amelia begins work on the checkout at Woolworths she is sunk, gone, lost...head-over-heels in love with Chris. Chris is the funny, charming, man-about-Woolies, but he's 21, and the 6-year difference in their ages may as well be 100. Chris and Amelia talk about everything from Second Wave Feminism to Great Expectations and Alien but will he ever look at her in the way she wants him to? And if he does, will it be everything she hopes?


I was happy with the ending in this book more than anything. Of course, I’…

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
Charlaine Harris
Berkley, 2008
Audience: Adults
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Deciding if she wants to go into real estate becomes a life-or-death choice for Aurora "Roe" Teagarden. A naked corpse is discovered at her first house showing. And when a second body is found in another house for sale, it becomes obvious that there is a very cool killer at large in Lawrenceton, one who knows a great deal about real estate-and maybe too much about Roe.

This started off interesting, then quickly got boring. It just didn’t live up to the other mysteries this author has written. It was a definite miss. The story dragged on and on. At one point, it took three pages for the main character to get ready. The characters weren’t vivid and I didn’t really care who the killer was. I didn’t feel any sense of menace or suspense. Also, Roe’s romance - I didn’t like the direction that took. I might try the next one because I’m interested in the mystery surrounding the …