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Three to Put on Your To-Read List

I really, really try to not read too far before books come out. It's tempting because I do have access to early review copies (though I don't request/receive at the rate of a lot of folks--that would simply overwhelm me), and sometimes I simply cannot resist and read waaaaaaay before a book's release date.

The following are three that I highly recommend you keep your eyes out for in a couple of months when they're released. (And, I promise, I'll write more about each once they're real books you can buy or snag at your library.)

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Disney Hyperion | Dec. 10, 2013

Were you a fan a Lost? Because These Broken Stars is perfect for Lost fans, with its twisty blend of science fiction, weird paranormalcy and reality-bending conspiracy. The romance is unusual and emotion-filled, particularly in its confrontation of class differences. 

Amazon | Goodreads

Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding
Entangled Teen | Dec. 3, 2013

Do you ever complain that there aren't enough complex family relationships in young adult fiction? Then Amy Spalding's second novel, Ink is Thicker Than Water will definitely satisfy you. Lots of family stickiness are explored in this novel, and the messiness is absolutely fabulous.

Amazon | Goodreads

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Harlequin Teen | Jan. 28, 2014

Elizabeth Scott's upcoming Heartbeat is another novel which explores the complexity of family. In this book's case, loss, what-ifs and the tension between teenage disenfranchisement while at the same time being on the cusp of adulthood. It's so, so emotional and, at the same time, rather restrained.

Amazon | Goodreads

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Consequences & Sacrifice in Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays

Consequences & Sacrifice in Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays

I’ve been trying to pin down exactly why I enjoyed All Our Yesterdays so much, beyond that I’m a sucker for time travel stories. What I’ve come up with is that Cristin Terrill’s debut novel uses the time travel narrative to its fullest potential, exploring the nature of love, sacrifice and the consequences of both. 

All Our Yesterdays opens with Em, who is imprisoned in a secret facility, finding a list of instructions taped inside a drain in her cell. The instructions are written in her handwriting, but she’s never seen them before. Together with the boy in the cell next to hers, Finn, she escapes her imprisonment and travel back in time four years in attempt to stop the evil “doctor” who built the time travel machine that was used to disrupt the course of history and create a totalitarian-type government. In order for the machine to be destroyed, the doctor must be eliminated.

Except, the “doctor” is someone from Em and Finn’s past, their close friend and someone they both loved in their past. Killing him and stopping the time machine will also irrevocably alter their own lives. 

Four years in the past, Marina pines for her neighbor and friend James. Both are privileged and sheltered, and it seems like James might be beginning to see Marina as something more than a friend. Then, a tragedy strikes James’ family and he’s changed. Marina feels like she’s losing her beloved friend, but her loyalty endures. 

These two stories intersect from both Marina and Em’s points-of-view, as each is faced with big questions, the answers to which mean big consequences and require difficult sacrifices.

Read the rest! 

 

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Recommendation Roundup: August 2013

How is it a week into September already? Can someone please provide me with a time machine, because I have some unfinished business from last month to take care of. Or maybe a freeze-ray to just stop everything around me so I can get caught up? 

Anyway... on to our recommended reads we enjoyed in August. As I promised Racquel in our podcast, I read Blue-Eyed Devil and really liked it! (I may write up my thoughts on this one, if I can find some extra time to bang it out.)

Sarah Recommends

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
Amazon | Goodreads

Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge (Oct. 2013)
Amazon | Goodreads

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
CEFS Podcast | Amazon | Goodreads

More Like Her by Liza Palmer
Amazon | Goodreads

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

 

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Audio)
Amazon | Goodreads

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Sept. 17)
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Sandra Recommends

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott (Jan. 2014)
Amazon | Goodreads

Skulk by Rosie Best (Oct. 1)
Amazon | Goodreads

Dead Soul by James D. Doss
Amazon | Goodreads

In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel
Amazon | Goodreads

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer (Sept. 24)
ReviewAmazon | Goodreads

 

Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Amazon | Goodreads

Laura Recommends

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
Amazon | Goodreads

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Sept. 24)
Amazon | Goodreads

The Life & Times of Gracie Faltrain (AUS)
Fishpond | Goodreads

Gracie Faltrain Gets it RIght (Finally) by Cath Crowley (AUS)
Fishpond | Goodreads

Red Glove by Holly Back (Audio)
Amazon | Goodreads

Black Heart by Holly Black (Audio)
Amazon | Goodreads

Haze by Paula Weston (AUS)
Fishpond | Goodreads

 

What books rocked your world recently? Let us know in the comments!

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Recommendation Roundup: July 2013

Need some good reads? The CEFS crew is back with our recommended reads from the last month. This is our way of making sure y'all know about good books, even if we haven't reviewed them or they're not out for awhile. 

I went on a bit of a Liza Palmer binge and read three of her books on three consecutive weekends (weekend books are special, because I get long chunks of reading time) and loved all of them. Laura and I both read All Our Yesterdays (which I'll be reviewing next week) and absolutely loved it--it's a spectacular time travel story that is 100 deserving of all the early buzz. Sandra can't stop talking about how much she liked The Shadow of Blackbirds, so I'm going to bug her to review it. 

We hope you can find something that floats your boat among this month's recommendations! 

Sarah Recommends

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Amazon | Goodreads

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready (Audio)
Amazon | Goodreads

Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer
Amazon | Goodreads

A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer
Amazon | Goodreads

Conversations with a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer
Amazon | Goodreads

The Story Guy (Novella) by Mary Ann Rivers
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

 

Sandra Recommends

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Amazon | Goodreads

Slide by Jill Hathaway
Amazon | Goodreads

The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis
Amazon | Goodreads

Worthy Brown's Daughter by Philip Margolin (Jan. 2014)
Amazon | Goodreads

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes
Amazon | Goodreads

Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

Laura Recommends

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty
Amazon | Goodreads

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Amazon | Goodreads 

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Amazon | Goodreads

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

 

What did you read this month that you can't stop recommending? 

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