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The Archived by Victoria Schwab – I make it a habit to stay away from books with people that have black eyes or where there are spirits or ghosts-I’ve learned my lesson and I know my limits. But, as I was reading this beautiful story and I began to realize what I had unintentionally gotten myself into, I couldn’t make myself put it down. It was so expertly written, with a soft finesse that leads you from one scenario to the next. Chelsea’s Review

Golden Son (The Red Rising Trilogy #2) by Pierce Brown – Wow. This author. This author, guys. You know that feeling you get when you’ve been punched in the gut?? Yeah, well, me either-but, I’d like to think that this is what it feels like. Chelsea’s Review
Reading Next

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones – Charley sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi – Juliette’s story continues…..1st book – No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.  But Juliette has plans of her own.  After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver – 
In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Lena Haloway watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistakes. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?  Harriet’s Review


Losing It by Cora Carmack – Bliss Edwards is sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible—a one-night stand. But she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half a brain would ever believe.  And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theater professor.  She’d left him naked in her bed about eight hours earlier. . . .

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost – Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.  Chelsea’s Review

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout5 Stars! Layla is half demon, half gargoyle, with abilities no one else possesses.   And even though Zayne (whom she’s crushed on since forever) is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.  Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know her secrets. Harriet’s Review | Chelsea’s Review

No Turning Back (The Kathleen Turner Series #1) by Tiffany Snow -Being 23 & single wasn’t exactly a thrilling adventure, but then again, that’s not what Kathleen wanted. At least, not until she met Blane Kirk. Navy SEAL turned high-profile attorney, Blane is everything a woman could want. The only problem? He’s her boss. Blane is known for playing the field & the last thing Kathleen needs or wants is to get involved with him. But when her friend is murdered & it seems Kathleen will be next, she may not have a choice. (Harriet’s review)

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi5 Stars! No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.  But Juliette has plans of her own.  After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever. (Chelsea’s Review) (Harriet review)

Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines– Since Sadie White’s mom is pregnant and refuses to work, she will be taking over as a domestic servant for a wealthy family on a nearby island.  When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie were normal—if she hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house—maybe she’d be excited about working for a rock star. But she’s not.

Hold On Tight (Sea Breeze #8) by Abbi Glines – Dewayne Falco has been a fixture in Sea Breeze since his appearance in the very first book, Breathe. He always had the one-liners and smart remarks that made you laugh. But there was never any insight into his life. Other than being best friends with Marcus, Preston, and Rock all his life, you knew little else. Until now. In Hold on Tight, Dewayne’s past pain is brought front and center while he realizes not all was lost—and that there may be hope for him yet.

Take a Chance (The Rosemary Beach Series #7) by Abbi Glines – When Harlow Manning’s rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nan’s room in nothing but his boxer briefs.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.  Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either… (Harriet’s review) (Chelsea’s review)

Rome: A Marked Men Novel by Jay Crownover – Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed “bad boy” friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won’t let herself get burned again. Then she meets Rome Archer.  Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he’s returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken.


Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo5 Stars! Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.  Chelsea’s Review

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 5 Stars! Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. Chelsea’s Review

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth – 5 Stars! Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (honest), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), Amity (peaceful), and Erudite (intelligent). Sje must choose between staying with her Abnegation family & transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community, but the newly christened Tris also has a secret she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world,what makes you different makes you dangerous. (Jen’s review) (Chelsea’s Review)

If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman – In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz. (Chelsea’s Review)

Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross – Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas’s life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she’s living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals’ super-hot rookie pitcher.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake – 5 Stars! Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.  So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead. (Chelsea’s Review)

 Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast – In 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire–that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.

Never Too Far (The Rosemary Beach Series #2) by Abbi Glines 5 Stars! Just when Blaire allowed herself to fall for her stepbrother, Rush, he revealed a life-altering secret so devastating that she couldn’t forgive him. Unable to face him again, Blaire leaves the promise of true love behind in Rosemary Beach and returns to the comforts of her small town in Alabama, wanting nothing more than to put the summer behind her.  But unexpected news complicates Blaire’s plans, and she’s forced to trust the one man she shouldn’t. Trapped between Rush’s fierce desire to win her back and her own sense of self-preservation, Blaire doesn’t know if she’s doing the right thing…or if she’s making the biggest mistake of her life. (Chelsea’s Review)

Simple Perfection (The Rosemary Beach Series #6) by Abbi Glines – Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks – Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children; and another with her neighbor, Jo. Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.  But she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her. (Chelsea’s Review)
iBooks ONLY click here →Existence – Abbi Glines – Pagan Moore sees souls. They don’t speak to her but they know she sees them. It’s a part of her life she keeps hidden from everyone else. She’s different… And he knows it.  Pagan begins seeing him everywhere. In her classroom and her bedroom. The soul is stalking her and she can’t make him go away.

The Boys of Summer (The Summer Series #1) by C.J. Duggan – Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

 Finding Cinderella: A Novella by Colleen Hoover – A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

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