Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Side Effects May Vary

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are highly anticipating.

Side Effects May Vary
by Julie Murphy
Release Date: March 18th 2014

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

Why am I Waiting?
Leukemia and cancer has always been an interesting book topic to me. I really enjoyed reading My Sister's Keeper. I am going to read The Fault in Our Stars later this month for book club. Plus I love bucket lists. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Showcase Sunday #21

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you've purchased, borrowed, checked out from the library, received from giveaway, etc.

Melissa purchased the entire Snow and Blood novella series by Rashelle Workman about Snow White and vampires.  The series is 12 books so I just included my three favorite covers.

I purchased The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner and An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff at a secondhand store. I also downloaded Venture Untamed by R.H. Russell free on Amazon.

What books did you find this week?

Friday's Featured Freebie: Venture Untamed by R.H. Russell

This is a little belated, but as they say "it's better late than never." Enjoy this free book I found on Amazon this week.  

Venture Untamed (The Venture Books #1)
by R.H. Russell
Free on Amazon

Venture Delving is a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture's rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master's daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters.

When Venture realizes he's fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he'll ever have her, the only way he'll ever be free to live the life he's meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most—and sometimes the law—and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream.
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