Erika’s POV: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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Author: Morgan Matson

Series: Standalone

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Format: Published May 7th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Source: Own copy; bought in Fully Booked

“A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted- mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.”

The Summary:

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

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Erika’s POV: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Series: An Ember in the Asher #1

Format: Published April 28th 2015 by Razorbill

Source: Own copy; bought in Fully Booked

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after that.”

The Summary:

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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Awards: Blogger Recognition

Cheers to our very first award post!

Huge thanks to Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions & Tori from The Book Dreamer for nominating us!

RULES:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image in the right).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing! (It happens LOL).

The Beginning:

The moment I read the Shatter Me trilogy, I never thought it would change my life. (Please bear with me. I love dramatics.) Imagine a person who finished reading the third book of a trilogy. I felt despair, joy, sadness, emptiness and some other things I can’t describe BUT that’s not even the worst part. Imagine you can’t share your feelings with anyone.

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I mean yes, I told my friends over lunch (I wasn’t hungry that specific time nor was a thirsty. I felt absolutely nothing except numb.) with all out facial expressions and hand gestures and yes they nodded like they cared (I have the most amazing friends.)

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Still they don’t truly understand how I feel because they haven’t read it. I’m so lonely and alone with my thoughts stirring and my emotions flooding inside me, I felt like Noah’s Ark, I thought popped out. “What if I write about it?”

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My friends and family were very supportive. (Now, that I think about it, maybe they just wanted me to stop talking. Cause honestly once I talk about a book, it will never end. lol) And so I started to think of names AND THEN another idea came to me. A more genius one. “What if I did a blog with my sister?” Since Miedjel indirectly influenced me to start reading. I called her up and PARTNERSINBOOKS was born.

Fast forward, this is us exactly and the guy is the rest of the world.

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Yup, it always makes me happy to tell this story.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors We’ve Read The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish because of their love for lists!

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Miedjel: The Gallagers and The Heist! I love spies so when I came across this, I knew I just had to read it. The Heist though is a little different because they’re not spies but thieves still I love it anyway.

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Erika: The Infernal Devices is very close to my heart. It is the series that kick started my addiction to reading! William Herondale will always and forever be my first boyfriend. TMI is great as well. Excited for the tv show! PS: Matthew Daddario is love.

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Miedjel: The Grey Wolves series! I’m not sure if you guys know this but I love werewolves and this book was about them so I was sold. The writing of these book were amazing by the way!

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Erika: Colleen is the NA/Contemp Queen. I love her. I will read anything she writes. ANYTHING. Maybe Someday is my favorite from her but Slammed and Hopeless is a close second. I’m meeting her next month! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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Point-Of-Two: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #2

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Format: Published August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Source: Own copy; bought in Fully Booked

“She’d learned the only skills that could keep her safe. To escape death, she’d become death.”

The Summary:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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Giveaway Winner + Updates!

Hello Booknerds,

We already emailed the winner of our giveaway so congrats to you! And thank you to everyone who joined.

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I just want to give you guys a heads up that since I just finished my term, I have a break for a week! Which means a lot of posts and reading. We will be catching up on all the book tags and awards all you lovely people tagged us to do. We might be posting our Top Ten Tuesdays even when it’s not Tuesday lol or maybe even start new feature?

September is a very exciting month for us aside from the awesome books to come out namely Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon and Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins. We will be meeting Kiera Cass and Colleen Hoover. WE ARE SO HAPPY AND EXCITED!!!!

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Also, we already reached 100 followers. That’s amazing! Thank you again to this lovely community!!!

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Seriously, we love you.

Erika’s POV: The Program by Suzanne Young

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Title: The Program

Author: Suzanne Young

Series: The Program #1

Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy

Format: Published April 30th 2013 by Simon Pulse

Source: Own copy; bought in Fully Booked

“I look back at James one last time, and he gives me his signature smile, wide and cocky, but it’s not real. Sometimes I think it’s never real. James is the best at hiding his pain, disguising the feelings. He knows what it takes to stay out of the Program. He’ll keep us safe. He promised.”

My Summary:

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

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