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    Top 10 of 2016: Best Contemporaries of 2016 + #Giveaway

    Welcome to Day Three of the Top 10 of 2016

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As mentioned previously…

    I can’t believe that I’ve been co-hosting this event for six years with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and three years with Nancy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader! And while I’m so sad that Mindy won’t be joining us this year, I’m thrilled that Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales has joined the team, as has Nancy’s blog partner, Christy.

    I haven’t read a ton of books this year, or blogged very much, so I almost decided not to participate. But this event is so much fun that I just couldn’t miss out.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2016 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – We’re taking Day One off, Dark Faerie Tales is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, I’m hosting today’s Day Three’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Four’s giveaway, and Tales of the Ravenous Reader is hosting Day Five’s giveaway. So be sure to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    The Best Book _____ of 2016

    And my choice of topics is CONTEMPORARIES… contemporary fiction, contemporary romance, contemporary thrillers, contemporary mysteries.

    These books made me cry, made me laugh, made me guess and guess again, made me desperate for the next installment in the series, made me smile, surprised me, distracted me, made me want to read them again and again and again…and again.


    #1

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    Title: THE WAY I USED TO BE
    Author: Amber Smith
    Release date: March 22, 2016
    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

    What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

    Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

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    #2

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    Title: EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR
    Author: E.K. Johnston
    Release date: March 15, 2016
    Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 256
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnston’s latest brave and unforgettable heroine.

    Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

    In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.

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    #3

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    Title: SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN
    Author: Jeff Garvin
    Release date: February 2, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s life.

    On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. And Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

    From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be a person.

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    #4

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    Title: LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES
    Author: Laura Stampler
    Release date: July 19, 2016
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume . .

    Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take?

    Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.

    There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job…right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?

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    #5

    A Totally Awkward Love Story

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    Title: A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY
    Authors: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
    Release date: May 3, 2016
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    For fans of The DUFF, this hilarious and true-to-teen romance is Broad City meets Judy Blume.

    The summer before college, Hannah swears she’s finally going to find The One. And for five perfect minutes, Hannah does find him. He’s cute and makes her laugh like crazy. She just wishes she’d caught his name, because Toilet Boy Cinderella really lacks sex appeal.

    For Sam, the summer is off to a bad start for a million reasons. But for five minutes his luck changes: in a fancy restroom painted purple like it belongs in a Bond villain hideaway, Sam falls head over heels for some strange and hilarious girl. Of course, he doesn’t know her name. With his luck, he’ll never see her again, and he’ll remain a girlfriendless, moony-eyed virgin. Forever.

    But another chance meeting brings them together, only to have a chance misunderstanding drive them apart . . . and then the cycle starts all over again. Madcap mishaps, raunchy hilarity, and deep romance follow these two wherever they go. For two people so clearly destined for each other, they sure have a hell of a lot of trouble even getting together.

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    #6

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    Title: IN REAL LIFE
    Author: Jessica Love
    Release date: March 1, 2016
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 240
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

    There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

    Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

    Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

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    #7

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    Title & Series: THE AMATEURS (The Amateurs #1)
    Author: Sara Shepard
    Release date: November 1, 2016
    Publisher: Freeform
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    I need some answers about my sister. Help…

    Five years ago, high school senior Helena Kelly disappeared from her backyard in Dexby, Connecticut, never to be heard from again. Her family was left without any answers—without any idea who killed Helena, or why.

    So when eighteen-year-old Seneca Frazier sees a desperate post on the Case Not Closed message board, she knows it’s time to change that. Helena’s high-profile disappearance is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.

    Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, she agrees to spend spring break in Connecticut working on the case with Maddy Wright, her best friend from Case Not Closed. However, the moment she steps off the train, things start to go wrong. Maddy’s nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin, doesn’t seem to want any help after all. Plus, Seneca has a secret of her own, one that could derail the investigation if she’s not careful.

    Alongside Brett, another super-user from the site, they slowly begin to unravel the secrets Helena kept in the weeks before her disappearance. But the killer is watching…and determined to make sure the case stays cold.

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    #8

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    Title & Series: UNRIVALED (Beautiful Idols #1)
    Author: Alyson Noēl
    Release date: May 10, 2016
    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Everyone wants to be someone.

    Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

    But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

    She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

    That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.

    Unrivaled is #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël’s first book in a thrilling suspense trilogy about how our most desperate dreams can become our darkest nightmares.

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    #9

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    Title & Series: WITH MALICE
    Author: Eileen Cook
    Release date: June 7, 2016
    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.

    Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.

    As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

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    #10

    How to Disappear

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    Title: HOW TO DISAPPEAR
    Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
    Release date: June 14, 2016
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

    Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

    Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

    As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

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    The Honorable Mention

    I haven’t been doing honorable mentions this year because I read so few books in 2016. But I just couldn’t leave THE HATERS out. It was so freaking hilarious…

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    Title: THE HATERS
    Author: Jesse Andrews
    Release date: April 5, 2016
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them.

    Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

    For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.

    In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved—and hated—a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best.

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    The Giveaway


    I’m giving away…

    TWO of any of the hosts Top 10 of 2016 book picks to ONE winner – up to $50 USD

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is International to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • Books will be sent from Amazon (US) or The Book Depository (Int’l)
    • Winner will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winner has 72 hours after email notification to respond or another winner will be chosen
    • Giveaway ends on January 8th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

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    ‘Meet the Suspects’ Video Tour: THE GOOD GIRLS by Sara Shepard + Giveaway

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    I love Sara Shepard’s The Perfectionists and I’m totally stoked to be able to share a video of Julie Redding – Suspect #3 – for this short “Meet the Suspects” video tour. THE GOOD GIRLS comes out next week and if you haven’t yet met Julie, Mackenzie, Caitlin, Ava or Parker, there’s plenty of time to do so and get all caught up on what they’ve been doing and learn what happened to Nolan Hotchkiss.

    And as THE PERFECTIONISTS, the first book in this series, is currently available in eBook format for $1.99 there’s no reason not to.

    This tour includes a giveaway for a set of both books in the series. So if you’d like to enter for a chance to win, scroll down to the Rafflecopter a bit further down in this post.

    If you’d like to join the conversation on Twitter about this awesome book and series, be sure to use #TheGoodGirls when doing so. Feel free to share your thoughts based on each girl’s video about who you think might be responsible for Nolan’s death. While they all may sound innocent, it’s very possible one of them is responsible for his – and any or all of the others  – demise.

    Of course I may know a thing or two but my lips are sealed.


    About THE GOOD GIRLS

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    Title & Series: THE GOOD GIRLS (The Perfectionists #2)
    Author: Sara Shepard
    Release date: June 2, 2015
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes the shocking sequel to The Perfectionists–with an ending you’ll have to read to believe!

    Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn’t actually go through with it. It’s just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned . . . right? Except Nolan wasn’t the only one they fantasized about killing. When someone else they named dies, the girls wonder if they’re being framed. Or are they about to become the killer’s next targets?

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    Meet Julie: Suspect #3


    About Sara Shepard

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    For as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

    She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

    Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: THE PERFECTIONISTS (The Perfectionists #1)
    Author: Sara Shepard
    Release date: October 7, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Now available in eBook format for $1.99 at Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

    Description…

    From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

    In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

    From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    ONE (1) winner will get finished copies of THE PERFECTIONISTS and THE GOOD GIRLS – ships US ONLY

    • Must be 13 or older to enter

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    The Tour Schedule

    Who Killed Nolan Hotchkiss?

    To meet each of the suspects from Sara Shepard’s The Perfectionists series, be sure to visit all the stops this week.

    May 25th – Me, My Shelf and I | AVA

    May 26th – Once Upon a Twilight | CAITLIN

    May 27th – Fiktshun | JULIE

    May 28th – Novel Novice | MACKENZIE

    May 29th – Fictitious Delicious | PARKER

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    THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along: Week Four – Chapters 28-36 + Giveaway

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    It’s the final week of THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along and I’m so glad I had the chance to participate along with Me, My Shelf and I, Fictitious Delicious, Novel Novice and Good Choice Reading. Even though I was tempted every single week to read ahead and find out what was going to happen.

    If this is the first you’re hearing about this four-week read-along, feel free to check out each of my previous weeks’ posts to find out what I thought about the book:

    And if you’d like to know what the other participants thought (and for additional chances to win an awesome giveaway prize) be sure to visit each of the blogs linked above.

    To be a part of the discussion or spread the news about the read-along and giveaway, be sure to use the hashtag #PerfectRead.

    Next week, on the morning of November 6th, there will be a Twitter Chat with Author Sara Shepard where she’ll be chatting with all the hosts and YOU! Follow the #PerfectRead hashtag to participate. The time is still TBD, but once I have the details I’ll include them on my sidebar.

    These final chapters were awesome and I cannot wait to get the next book – THE GOOD GIRLS – which releases in June 2015. Because with the way things left off I am dying to find out the truth.

    And if you’d like to know a little bit more about what I thought of this book’s final chapters, just scroll down below the bookish details for a somewhat non-spoiler-y recap.

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    About The Perfectionists

    ThePerfectionists_HRTitle: THE PERFECTIONISTS (The Perfectionists #1)
    Author: Sara Shepard
    Release date: October 7, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

    In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

    From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

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    About Sara Shepard

    Sara-Shepard-BioFor as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

    She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

    Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

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    The Read-Along

    My Thoughts on Chapters 28-36

    I knew that I would be devouring this week’s chapters immediately after last week’s post went live. I couldn’t wait to see how everything ended, even though I knew that much was going to be left open for the next book. And I wasn’t wrong.

    These final nine chapters were about as short as those last week, but were packed full of all kinds of shocks and surprises. And that ending has left me questioning everything I thought I knew.

    A dirty secret is revealed about one of the girls by someone hell-bent on her destruction. The police take their investigation to a whole new level based on “evidence” they have against another girl. One of the girls makes a decision about her relationship that seriously complicates things and could affect her future. One discovers that getting rid of her nemesis won’t be as easy as she thought it would be. And one finds out that the person she thought she could trust is instead someone she should fear.

    As the risk of being discovered for their part in Nolan’s death grows, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands and search for the evidence they need against their suspect. But their attempt to find proof doesn’t end in the way they hoped it would, leaving them in even more trouble than before.

    The story ends with even more questions than at the start, with even more suspects, even more enemies, even more complications than there were when Nolan Hotchkiss was alive. And it leaves things open for an equally exciting, must read sequel. A sequel that I will definitely be reading in one sitting versus over the course of four weeks.

    Thanks for stopping by to check out what I thought about THE PERFECTIONISTS. If you’ve read it – or are planning to read it – I hope you love it as much as I do. And I hope the wait for the sequel won’t be as torturous as I know it will be for me.


    The Giveaway

    ONE Winner will receive THE PERFECTIONISTS tote bag and goodies + one surprise ARC of an upcoming Harper release

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    RYAR Review: THE PERFECTIONISTS by Sara Shepard

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    THE PERFECTIONISTS by Sara Shepard
    Series: The Perfectionists #1
    Published by HarperTeen on October 7, 2014
    Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 4 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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    From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

    In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

    From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.


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    Revenge, murder, mystery, secrets, lies, betrayal, a touch of romance, and a few surprise twists make Sara Shepard’s THE PERFECTIONISTS a wildly entertaining and highly addictive read. Told in the alternating point’s of view of five girls – Caitlin, Julie, Ava, Mackenzie and Parker – who sought vengeance against a boy who made their lives, and everyone else’s, a living hell, a boy who just happened to be murdered in a way very similar to how they’d jokingly planned to do it shortly after their prank that placed them at the scene of the crime, this story with its lightning fast pace will immediately grab readers and keep them hooked.

    With a number of potential suspects, including the girls themselves, unraveling the mystery about who really killed Nolan Hotchkiss won’t be easy. Especially when, with each new chapter, secrets are revealed, creating doubt and suspicion, and when new information comes to light that makes those who appear to be the most guilty seem innocent.

    And with five protagonists whose personalities, lives, goals, and reasons for hating Nolan Hotchkiss are very different, discovering what those reasons are and finding out who can be trusted or who might be hiding something, makes this a real page turner.

    Author Sara Shepard teases readers with each new revelation, each jaw-dropping twist, each surprise. She builds tension and creates suspense as the investigation heats up and the police begin to hone in on their suspect and as the girls try to catch who they think is guilty. She introduces interesting and appealing characters to tell this story who readers will want to know more about, whose secrets they’ll want to uncover, and whose innocence they’ll be hoping for.

    THE PERFECTIONISTS is the first book in this new two-book series by the author, which means that not every question will be answered by the story’s end. And as it is told from five different point’s of view, there is still plenty to be discovered about each character’s story in the next book. While much is left up in the air, the author struck the right balance between revealing too little and too much, creating a very satisfying read that allows readers to get to know enough to become invested in the characters and the plot and make them anxious for the next installment.

    Suspenseful, fun, exciting and a little bit wicked, THE PERFECTIONISTS is a must for fans of the author, readers who want a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read, and those who like a mystery that won’t be quite so easy to solve.

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    THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along: Week Three – Chapters 19-27 + Giveaway

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    Welcome to Week Three of THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along. This has been so much fun and I’m totally stoked to be participating in this four-week event with Me, My Shelf and I, Fictitious Delicious, Novel Novice and Good Choice Reading.

    If you’re just hearing about this now and would like to catch up on what’s been read so far, check out the past two weeks’ posts in which I share my thoughts on the Prologue and Chapters 1 through 9 and Chapters 10 through 18.

    Or if you’d just like to know more about this event, here are the deets:

    Each Tuesday – starting on October 7th, THE PERFECTIONISTS Book Birthday – we are sharing our thoughts on each of our blogs about the chapters we’ve read. Each blog will have an awesome giveaway prize to share, so be sure to visit all participating blogs for more chances to win.

    If you’d like to follow along, here’s the schedule…

    To be a part of the discussion or spread the news about the read-along and giveaway, be sure to use the hashtag #PerfectRead.

    At the end of the read-along, on the morning of November 6th, there will be a Twitter Chat with Author Sara Shepard where she’ll be chatting with all the hosts and YOU! Follow the #PerfectRead hashtag to participate. Stay tuned during the read-along for more details.

    This week’s chapters are even more exciting than last week’s. So, if you’d like to know what I thought and a little bit about what’s happening, scroll down. My thoughts are a bit further below.

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    About The Perfectionists

    ThePerfectionists_HRTitle: THE PERFECTIONISTS
    Author: Sara Shepard
    Release date: October 7, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

    In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

    From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    About Sara Shepard

    Sara-Shepard-BioFor as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

    She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

    Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


    The Read-Along

    My Thoughts on Chapters 19-27

    This week’s chapters were a bit shorter than last week’s and were a lightning fast read, which means I may have accidentally read ahead by a chapter or two. But I’ll be keeping my lips sealed on what happens in those later chapters… for now.

    The girls continue to pursue their suspect, hoping to find evidence which will prove to the police that they’re not to blame. But with more information about the cause of Nolan’s death revealed, it opens up the list of potential suspects to practically everyone.

    And with several so-called friends, enemies and authority figures exhibiting suspicious behavior, they can’t just rule everyone out no matter how sure they are that Nolan’s killer is who they think it is.

    Keeping secrets is putting a strain on all of them. But some of the girls have it worse than others due to threats they received and betrayals they didn’t see coming.

    As much of the information revealed in these chapters is incredibly spoiler-y, I’m trying to be as vague as possible. So I can’t reveal what happened to Parker during her therapy sessions. I can’t talk about what revelation Caitlin had and whether or not it was good or bad. I can’t talk about what encounters Julie had that could destroy everything for her. I can’t share what threat Ava received and from whom.

    And I can’t discuss what happened with Mackenzie’s audition and what she learned about Claire.

    I can say that this story is becoming even more addictive than it has been. It’s getting more exciting. Things are getting even more complicated and dangerous for each of the girls. And with not that many pages remaining, I have a feeling this book will leave me hanging off a pretty major cliff.

    With just one week’s worth of reads left in the read-along, I plan on continuing to the very end instead of waiting until closer to next week’s post. But I will keep silent as to what happens next.

    Well… at least until next Tuesday…


    The Giveaway

    ONE Winner will receive THE PERFECTIONISTS tote bag and goodies + one surprise ARC of an upcoming Harper release

    Giveaway ships to US only | Ends October 31st

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along: Week Two – Chapters 10-18 + Giveaway

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    Welcome to Week Two of THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along. I am thrilled to be participating in this four-week event with Me, My Shelf and I, Fictitious Delicious, Novel Novice and Good Choice Reading.

    If you’re just hearing about this now and would like to catch up on what’s been read so far, check out last week’s post in which I share my thoughts on the Prologue and Chapters 1 through 9.

    Or if you’d just like to know more about this event, here are the deets:

    Each Tuesday – starting last week on THE PERFECTIONISTS Book Birthday – we are sharing our thoughts on each of our blogs about the chapters we’ve read. Each blog will have an awesome giveaway prize to share, so be sure to visit all participating blogs for more chances to win.

    If you’d like to follow along, here’s the schedule…

    • October 7th: Prologue + Chapters 1-9
    • October 14th (today): Chapters 10-18
    • October 21st: Chapters 19-27
    • October 28th: Chapters 28-36/”The End”

    To be a part of the discussion or spread the news about the read-along and giveaway, be sure to use the hashtag #PerfectRead.

    At the end of the read-along, on the morning of November 6th, there will be a Twitter Chat with Author Sara Shepard where she’ll be chatting with all the hosts and YOU! Follow the #PerfectRead hashtag to participate. Stay tuned during the read-along for more details.

    This week’s chapters are all sorts of awesome. If you’d like to know what I thought and a little bit about what’s happening, scroll down. My thoughts are a bit further below.

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    About The Perfectionists

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    Title: THE PERFECTIONISTS
    Author: Sara Shepard
    Release date: October 7, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

    In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

    From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    About Sara Shepard

    Sara-Shepard-BioFor as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

    She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

    Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


    The Read-Along

    My Thoughts on Chapters 10-18

    I thought the first nine chapters were a quick read, but they were nothing compared to how fast I managed to blaze through this week’s chapters.

    We learn more about Julie’s shameful secret. We get a peek into Parker’s less than stellar life. We discover that a certain character, who has appeared to be less than honest, has in fact been telling lies and is the very opposite of a friend.

    And we find out that there is a total creeper at Beacon Heights High.

    The girls find a potential suspect, though it’s not who the police have in their sights. And with some new information revealed to them about the cause of Nolan’s death, they’ll have to find proof to back up their suspicions.

    So far, THE PERFECTIONISTS is an insanely good and wildly entertaining read. I adore each of the characters whose POVs we get to see and I love learning more about them as the story unfolds. Though I don’t quite trust these narrators fully. Everyone has a motive, including Julie, Ava, Mackenzie, Parker and Caitlin. And they all have a totally legit reason to have taken that next step from prank to murder.

    But then it seems that everyone in Beacon Hills has reason to want Nolan Hotchkiss dead.

    I am officially addicted to and totally invested in Sara Shepard’s newest novel. And setting it down in order to share my thoughts for this week’s post and in order not to read ahead is torturous. The eighty-four pages for this week’s read is not nearly enough time to spend with this story and these characters. I have a feeling I may end up caving mid-week and getting a jump on next week’s read.

    I don’t know what’s in store for the girls, whether their sleuthing will get them in more trouble than they’re already in, whether the police will find something that definitively leads back to them, whether a new suspect will come to light, whether they’ll all start to turn on one another in the next nine chapters.

    But I cannot wait to find out.

    Until next Tuesday….


    The Giveaway

    ONE Winner will receive THE PERFECTIONISTS tote bag and goodies + one surprise ARC of an upcoming Harper release

    Giveaway ships to US only | Ends October 31st

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along: Week One – Prologue & Chapters 1-9 + Giveaway

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    I am so thrilled to be participating in THE PERFECTIONISTS Read-Along with Me, My Shelf and I, Fictitious Delicious, Novel Novice and Good Choice Reading over the next four weeks.

    Starting today – THE PERFECTIONISTS Book Birthday – we’ll be sharing our thoughts every Tuesday on each of our blogs about the chapters we’ve read. Each blog will have an awesome giveaway prize to share, so be sure to visit all participating blogs for more chances to win.

    If you’d like to follow along, here’s the schedule…

    • October 7th (today): Prologue + Chapters 1-9
    • October 14th: Chapters 10-18
    • October 21st: Chapters 19-27
    • October 28th: Chapters 28-36/”The End”

    At the end of the read-along, on the morning of November 6th, there will be a Twitter Chat with Author Sara Shepard where she’ll be chatting with all the hosts and YOU! Stay tuned during the read-along for more details.

    If you haven’t yet heard about THE PERFECTIONISTS, the book’s details follow. And if for some reason you aren’t yet following Author Sara Shepard, her details are right below that.

    If you want to know what I think about this first part of the book, my not-too-spoiler-y thoughts are located just above the giveaway section. I promise not to reveal anything major, but as this is a read-along I will be discussing a bit about what happens plot-wise each week.

    And yes, I am (so far successfully) trying not to read ahead. But it is soooooo hard and it’s only week one.

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    About The Perfectionists

    The Perfectionists

    Title: THE PERFECTIONISTS
    Author: Sara Shepard
    Release date: October 7, 2014
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

    In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

    From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    About Sara Shepard

    Sara-Shepard-BioFor as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

    She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

    Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


    The Read-Along

    My Thoughts on the Prologue and Chapters 1-9

    The prologue sets things up perfectly. It introduces the characters – Caitlin Martell-Lewis, Julie Redding, Ava Jalali, Mackenzie Wright and Parker Duvall – all of whom have something against the not-at-all-innocent and majorly douchey victim, Nolan Hotchkiss. It sets the stage – a plan is put into motion, a boy ends up dead, and there is a witness who may also be the killer.

    In the first nine chapters – told in alternating POVs for each of the five girls who plotted revenge against Nolan – some of their history with Nolan is brought to light, establishing motive, additional characters are introduced, all of whom are potential suspects, and more about each of them is revealed.

    Everyone has a reason to want Nolan Hotchkiss dead. Many have a reason to want Caitlin or Julie or Ava or Mac or Parker to go down for the crime. So who did it? Who killed Nolan Hotchkiss? Well, even though I have my suspicions I won’t be revealing what they are. And the story certainly doesn’t divulge its secrets it in the first nine chapters. So it’s just a matter of waiting and seeing.

    Could it be the girl who he wouldn’t give the time of day to? The girl he used and humiliated? The girl he cheated on and spread rumors about? The girl who lost someone she loved because of him? The girl whose family he destroyed? Or maybe it was the girl who lost every part of who she used to be?

    Maybe it was someone else.

    So far, THE PERFECTIONISTS is a super quick and thoroughly entertaining read. That prologue immediately grabbed me. The mystery aspect has kept me engaged. The story is suspenseful – so much so that I desperately want to pick the book back up right now and read ahead instead of read along.

    And I can’t wait to see what happens in the next nine chapters and whether anything leads the police back to Julie, Caitlin, Ava, Mackenzie and/or Parker.

    With only around one-third of the book down and two-thirds remaining, there’s plenty of story left to tell, secrets to be revealed, motives to be uncovered, and characters to fall under suspicion.

    Until next Tuesday….


    The Giveaway

    ONE Winner will receive THE PERFECTIONISTS tote bag and goodies + one surprise ARC of an upcoming Harper release

    Giveaway ships to US only | Ends October 31st

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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