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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up (10)

Weekly Wrap Up is a summary of the current week's blog posts and offers a look at what you'll find on the blog next week!
This Week at The Hiding Spot
Review: Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule (Review)
Review: I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand (Review)
Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (Review)
Q&A Session + Giveaway: Emmy Laybourne/Monument 14 (Interview)
Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Caela Carter/My Best Friend, Maybe (Win it!)
Q&A Session + Giveaway: Natalie Lloyd/A Snicker of Magic (Interview)
Next Week
Q&A Session: Jeff Strand/I Have a Bad Feeling About This (Interview)
Review: Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda (Review)
Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (Review)
Review: The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (Review)
Giveaway: Bracelet of Bones by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Win It!)
Story Time: New and Notable Picture Books (Feature) 
Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan (Review) 
Read This Week

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
This book killed me. It doesn't hurt that I'm a sucker for epistolary novels and music-love in books, but, even if those two elements didn't get me every time, I would have loved this book. I think I bookmarked a quote on every other page... This one is a must-read for April! (Goodreads)

To Be Perfectly Honest by Sonya Sones
This one came out August 2013 and I regret taking so long to read it! It's a verse novel (perfect for April, which is Poetry Month!) featuring an unreliable narrator - a self-proclaimed compulsive liar. I seriously couldn't put this one down and read it in one sitting. (Goodreads)

The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi
At this point, I can't even imagine reading a book for Jessica Verdi that doesn't carry immense emotional weight. Seriously. This sophomore novel features a young girl who, in a last ditch effort to hold her family together, is spending her summer at a religious camp that promises to  make her straight. As you might imagine, things don't turn out exactly as planned. (Goodreads)

Returning to Shore by Corinne Demas
This was a surprisingly quick read despite the fact that it dealt with some pretty heavy issues: abandonment, father-daughter relationships, homosexuality, and even endangered animals. It might seem odd that it was so short with such heavy themes, but it actually worked quite well. (Goodreads)

The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky
I really wanted to like this one, but it didn't really work for me. It had a Neverending Story vibe going on that I liked, but even that couldn't salvage my opinion of it. There was so much going on and none of it ever really seemed to fit together... I kept waiting for that one chapter or moment when everything magically came together, but it didn't happen. I also feel like good villains need some type of motivation to be believable, which this novel was missing. This isn't one I'd recommend, but others seem to be liking it. (Goodreads)

Tell me what you've been reading in the comments! Have we read any books in common lately?


  1. I've just finished Lola and The Boy Next Door. Really good, but as good as Anna (But I really like Anna and St.Clair appearances, totally made me smile.) Also I'm re-reading The Giver. I've read it back in high school (when my English was not so good). Love Letters to the Dead sound like a wonderful book, I just add it to my "Books to read" list.

  2. That cover of Return to Shore is amazing!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. You had a pretty good week! I hear Love Letters is really good!

  4. I preferred ANNA too, but LOLA was still good! You can't really beat St. Clair... ;)

    I was just thinking about how I need to reread THE GIVER. I remember absolutely nothing about it... I think I read it in elementary school!!

  5. LOVE LETTERS is so incredible, April. I really, really hope you end up loving it as much as I did!

  6. Isn't it pretty!? I'm surprised I haven't seen this book around the blogosphere more...

  7. LOVE LETTERS is more than good, Jillian! You should make it a point to get your hands on a copy!! ;)


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