Monday, January 16, 2017

Best Reads of 2016

I have to admit I didn't read that many books in 2016 as I'd hoped to but there were some amazing titles that I want to share with you anyway. Here are my favourite books of 2016! I'd love to hear about your favourite reads, too. Feel free to leave a link to your posts in the comments.

#10

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe. Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.
Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.
Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left. As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.
 


#9  

The Someday Jar by Allison Morgan

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMON-DROP MARTINIS...
Real-estate broker Lanie Howard figures she has the perfect man, the perfect job, and the perfect life. Then she stumbles across her old Someday Jar, the forgotten glass relic where she stashed all the childhood wishes—no matter how crazy—that her father encouraged her to write down on the backs of Chinese restaurant fortunes. She used to be fun once! What happened to her?
 
DON'T CHOKE ON THE RIND.
Although Lanie is wary of uncorking her past, when an attractive stranger saves her from a life-or-death encounter with a lemon peel at the bottom of a martini glass, she realizes that life is way too short for regrets. Now, jar in hand, Lanie decides to throw caution to the wind, and carry out everything she had once hoped to do, even if it means leaving her perfectly “perfect” life behind…
 



#8

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Signed, sealed, delivered…
While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!
Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

 

 
#7

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.





#6

The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreati, Mindi Scott

Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident. Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.
Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.
As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they're barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake. With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her...and to each other.




#5

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
  
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her. And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself. As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.
 



#4 

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

In a kingdom by the sea…In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.




#3

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret. Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it. When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.




#2

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.
Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

  

#1 

Just One Day & Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....
When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Books Read in 2016

Happy New Year 2017!
In 2016 I started another year at university in a new degree and that meant a lot of additional reading and extra work that took away my blogging time. I read 45 books in total and I guess I just have to make the best out of it. Again I'm glad for all the new wonderful literary worlds I got to travel in 2016 and places in the real world as well. I went to London and Edinburgh and spent almost three weeks travelling the South of Ireland which was a dream! So here's to many new amazing reads and experiences in 2017. Happy Reading!


January


Wanderlost by Jen Malone 4/5 stars
After the Last Dance by Sarra Manning 3/5 stars
Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark 3,5/5 stars
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers 3,5/5 stars
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye 5/5 stars JANUARY FAVOURITE
Soundless by Richelle Mead 3/5 stars 



February


Just One Day by Gayle Forman 5/5 stars FEBRUARY FAVOURITE
Just One Year by Gayle Forman 5/5 stars FEBRUARY FAVOURITE
Where She Went by Gayle Forman 3,5/5 
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine 3,5/5 stars
A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel 3,5/5 stars
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill 3,5/5 stars 
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom 3,5/5 stars
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard 4/5 stars
Starry Night by Isabel Gillies 2,5/5 stars



March


Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson 5/5 stars MARCH FAVOURITE
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally 3,5/5 stars 
Jessica Darling's It List 2 by Megan McCafferty 3/5 stars
Jessica Darling's It List 3 by Megan McCafferty 3/5 stars 
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin 4/5 stars



April


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 5/5 stars APRIL FAVOURITE



May
 

My Single Friend by Jane Costello 4/5 stars MAY FAVOURITE
Of Neptune by Anna Banks 2/5 stars



June


Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
The Someday Jar by Allison Morgan 4,5/5 stars
Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein 4,5/5 stars
Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt 4/5 stars
Die vielen Tode unseres Opas Jurek by Matthias Nawrat (German)
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling 2,5/5 stars 
Deadfall by Anna Carey 4/5 stars
We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore 3/5 stars
The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreati, Mindi Scott 5/5 stars JUNE FAVOURITE
Boys Of Summer by Jessica Brody 4/5 stars 



July


The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine 4/5 stars
Dispatches by Michael Herr
I`ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 4,5/5 stars JULY FAVOURITE



August


P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 5/5 stars AUGUST FAVOURITE
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 3,5/5 stars



September




October


Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson 5/5 stars OCTOBER FAVOURITE
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre 2,5/5 stars



November




December 


26 Kisses by Anna Michels 3/5 stars
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch 4/5 stars DECEMBER FAVOURITE
What Light by Jay Asher 4/5 stars 
The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred 4/5 stars

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Review: Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt



Title: Tell Us Something True
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Publishing Date: July 20th 2016
Length: 208 pages
Keywords: YA, romance, friendship, heartbreak, LA, support group
Source: Publisher

Seventeen-year-old River doesn’t know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. He lives in LA, where nobody walks anywhere, and Penny was his ride; he never bothered getting a license. He’s stuck. He’s desperate. Okay . . . he’s got to learn to drive.

But first, he does the unthinkable—he starts walking. He stumbles upon a support group for teens with various addictions. He fakes his way into the meetings, and begins to connect with the other kids, especially an amazing girl. River wants to tell the truth, but he can’t stop lying, and his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how to handle the most potent drug of all: true love.


Summary by Goodreads 


This is the story of a boy named River. Yes, his real name. And he`s just the right guy to tell this story. He doesn`t drive and instead walks everywhere. To deal with his heartbreak he walks right into a support group for teens with addications and develops a bad habit of his own: lying. The better he gets to know the kids in the group, the harder it gets to keep up the facade. And it becomes even trickier when River gets to know Daphne. She`s tough and smart and just the girl who could help River mend his broken heart. Wanting to know how their relationship unfolds was the incentive that made me turn the pages of this book in no time at all. And they have many moments together that just bring a smile to your face. It`s also River`s unique humour that made this read worthwhile.

Set in L.A. TELL US SOMETHING TRUE could be all about city life and being one of many people with the same problem. But River`s story has a very genuine and individual feeling from the very first page. Readers go through all the stages of a bad breakup with him. Then we follow him to support group and learn to appreciate the differences that make people their own kind of beautiful. It`s the combination of very private moments of heartbreak and the feeling of being connected to a group of people who might not have the exact same problem, but understand you in a way no other person can, that make TELL US SOMETHING TRUE such a special read.



4/5 stars **** TELL US SOMETHING TRUE - A poignant funny and delightfully different story about heartbreak, trust and new love.

This is the perfect book for a nice, sunny afternoon out at the lake. With about 200 pages TELL US SOMETHING TRUE is rather short, but that`s all the story needs. Dana Reinhardt wrote a well-rounded novel with winsome characters and a heartfelt love story. The story of River is also a story about being different, learing to accept help and most important, regaining trust in yourself. 







* Click here to read an excerpt of TELL US SOMETHING TRUE.
* For more information about Dana and her books visit www.danareinhardt.net
* Rock the Boat: www.rocktheboat.london | Twitter: @Rocktheboatnews

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer Reading Recommendations Part II



So here's part II of my Summer Reading Recommendations. You can find part I here. There are so many more summer reads being released this year. Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments and tell me what you are currently reading. Happy Reading!


Superheroes and Fandoms
...to the rescue

The Geek's Guide To Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy...
Archie and Veronica...
Althena and Noth...
...Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.
When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be...even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.
 












Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker
The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
All the Feels by Danica Stone



Beach Vibes 
Enjoy the waves and the sun! 

The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee. 
Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job. Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments. Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.













What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle 
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody
The Summer of Everything by Catherine Clark



History & Time Travel    
Let's go back in time!  

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
 

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.











 

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor



Anthologies & E-Books  
New reading experiences

Coasting by Ben Karwan

Jen's just finished year twelve and she's dreading what's coming next. She needs to escape her mum's too-high expectations for a while – and decide whether her boyfriend, Dylan, is someone she needs in her life. 
There's only one solution. Road trip! Jen, her best friend Elliot, the ladies' man (in his dreams) Theodore C. Block and the lovely Sophie pile into Elliot's beat-up old car, Vincent, and head up the coast to reunite Elliot with his girlfriend. If Jen can't be happy, at least Elliot should have a chance. But things don't quite go to plan. 
Snarky and irreverent, Coasting will make you laugh and bring tears to your eyes as Jen tries to work out who she really is – and what's important to her.


 









 A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood
Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins 
At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer
The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt



Some Personal Favorites 
On my wishlist & on my TBR pile 

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?













The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein  
26 Kisses by Anna Michels  
A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel


Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Reading Recommendations Part I



Summer's officially here and I bet you can't wait to finally dig into your pile of summer reads. Well, if you are like me, you read your first summer release way back in January. Still there are many books on my wishlist or TBR pile that promise to give you all the feels only a summer read can give you. But I just couldn't decide which one to read next. So I browsed Goodreads for a few minutes (okay okay HOURS and I don't regret a second of it) and decided to collect these titles into a small list of my Summer Reading Recommendations. Today you get part I of the blog post. Watch out for part II of the post tomorrow. Hope you enjoy it and maybe you find something you want to add to your summer reading list as well. Happy Reading!


Travelling
New Places & New Experiences

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.
Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.
Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.
But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.













The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani
The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattmer 
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark



Romance
Searching for the Happy Ending

The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice

Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn't cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did. Rebecca’s untidy but Ben doesn’t mind picking up her pieces. Ben is laid back by Rebecca keeps him on his toes. They're a perfect match.
Nothing can come between them. Or so they think.
When a throwaway comment reveals a secret from the past, their love story is rewritten.
Can they recover from the night that changed everything? And how do you forgive when you can’t forget?









Wickham Hall by Cathy Bramley
Our Song by Dani Atkins
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling



Sports
Rooting for #TeamLove

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High.
Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend, Ezra. Taylor’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it’s hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?



 









The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson, A.L. Sonnichsen
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Tumbling by Caela Carter
How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes



Suspense
Don't get the chills! 

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.













  
How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler
Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims 
With Malice by Eileen Cook
Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch



Fame & Talent
Show what you've got!

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day PeƱaflor

Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is "fiercely emotional," a young actress with "complete conviction," and a "powerhouse." 
Joss Byrd is America's most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss's life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother's expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself. 













Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell
Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill
What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler