ARC Review – The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Book Review - The Summer That Melted Everything

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The Summer That Melted Everything

Author: Tiffany McDaniel

Publication: July 26th, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Format: e-ARC, 320 pages

Genre: Adult, Literary Fiction, Contemporary

Read: August 2016

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the author and St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

3 Stars

Synopsis
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This is a book that will rip your heart out and stomp on it with no mercy. It’s painful, powerful and intense. There are times when it got confusing because it moves between the life of the protagonist in the past and the present. I would find myself reading and be confused about the actions of a 13 year old when it was actually the 84 year old man telling that part of the story. There wasn’t enough distinction between them. But it was the way the story needed to be told. It was all about family, friendship, death, innocence, right, wrong and religion and it was full of many twists and turns that honestly left me breathless.

Writing Style – 5 out of 5 stars
Beautiful, just beautiful honestly. The writing style is so eerie and atmospheric. It reminded me a lot of Maggie Stiefvater’s writing but so much older, much more seasoned to fit with the story and what it was trying to say. It’s powerful, intense and emotional. It reads whimsically and lyrically. There are some of the most beautiful sentences that I’ve ever seen in this book. It was enchanting.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
It’s really hard for me to explain what I feel when it comes to the characters. I really felt for some and others made me totally uncomfortable. But they were all complex and well developed. While strange and odd in some moments, they were palpable. They felt like real honest people with quirks and fears and memories and pasts that shape who they are. Fielding is the main character and I was a little torn over how to feel about him. We meet him in two different places in his life which project two different personalities and they were both so heartbreaking and painful to read about. The older him is full of regret and vulnerability and so much built up disappointment and rage and sadness. It was so torturous to hear him talk about his struggles in life and then slowly but surely see where everything went haywire to make him that way. The younger him just made me feel such pity because I could see how he would end up and how he dug himself deeper and deeper into that upcoming reality. He’s young and innocent yet hopeful but misguided. He makes so many of what he considers to be mistakes and it’s hard not to agree with him because you see the result. All of this makes for a truly intense and emotional journey.

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Q&A Announcement!

Q&A Announcement

Hello everyone!

This is just a quick little post I wanted to do today to share that I’ll be doing a Q&A this coming week! My 1 year blogiversary is coming up on next Thursday and I really wanted to do something to commemorate it. Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds for a giveaway and I wanted to chat about some of my blogging milestone and I decided to add a Q&A as well, thanks to the advice of my friend Esther @ Chapter Adventures.

I’m really scared that nobody will ask me anything so please, please comment some on this post! I’m pretty much an open book (hee hee) so ask me anything! Bookish, personal and advice questions, I want to answer anything that your head can come up with.

I’m so blessed and thankful not only to have this amazing outlet to talk about books and all kinds of fandom things and to be able to make friends with other bookworms all over the world! Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey and you really hope you help me contribute to my mini party.

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Disney Princess Book Tag

Disney Princess Book Tag

Hello everyone!

I have brought another Disney book tag today for your reading pleasure. Again, I saw Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much do this tag and I just had to share my own thoughts! I’ve always wanted to be a Disney Princess, though I’ve never managed to dress up as one. I did dress as up as Meg from Hercules but she’s not actually considered a Disney Princess. Boo.

SO let’s get started!

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Freadom Speaks about Book Clubs and Buddy Reads

Freadom Speaks about Book Clubs and Buddy Reads

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my discussion feature, Freadom Speaks!

I was drawing a blank as it always seems to happen when it comes to my discussion posts so I asked some lovely friends for help and my beautiful buddy Abby suggested that I talk about book clubs and buddy reads and it seemed like a great idea, so that’s what we’re talking about to day! I can’t say I have a lot of experience but I have been part of quite a few buddy reads and I want to talk about why they’re so much fun and some simple tips that I feel makes them flow very well.

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Throwback Thursday #3

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Hello everyone!

This week’s Book Traveling Thursday is all about non-fiction and since I don’t really read non-fiction books, I decided to share some more of my throwback books in this meme of mine!

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme all over the world in which people share old photos of amazing moments in their lives. So I adjusted it to share a book that I’ve read more than 2 years ago and talk a little bit my thoughts on it.

SO let’s get started!

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Waiting on Wednesday #7

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Hello everyone!

I’m sharing another Waiting on Wednesday post today. The topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Favorite First Sentences and I don’t tend to remember first sentences very well. I have a hard time recalling specifics like that when it comes to books unless I have them in physical and since the majority of my books are not, I decided to share another of my most anticipated reads.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases.

SO let’s get started!

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ARC Review – Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

Book Review - Ghostly Echoes

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Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3)

Author: William Ritter

Publication: August 23rd, 2016

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Format: e-ARC, 352 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Thriller

Read: July 2016

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I received an e-ARC of this book from Algonquin Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

5 Stars

Synopsis
Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlord of 826 Augur Lane, has enlisted the services of her detective-agency tenants to solve a decade-old murder–her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.
Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
This series just keeps getting better and better. The plot of this book is action packed and fast paced. There’s still so much mystery to be uncovered and the whole book has this giant feeling of suspense and heaviness which wasn’t present in the previous books. Yet it still keeps its entertainment factor and I loved the theme of friendship and the small aspects of diversity that are mixed in. This one built up a lot for what may happen in the next book, which we don’t know anything about yet but I need it!

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
This is the section where I’ve complained about the most for this series. It was a bit of a struggle to get into in the first two books but now that I’m onto the third, it’s so easily to just jump right into its rhythm. It’s definitely improved from the precious book. Just like the plot, the writing style is a lot darker though it still has its funny moments and maintains it’s historical accuracy. It’s meaningful and detailed and descriptive and I’ve enjoyed it.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS! In this one we get more of an inside look into a character that’s been around since the start of it all. We’ve known Jenny since the beginning of this series but this is the book where we really get to know her personality and we see her grow, as much as a ghost can though. She’s determined and smart. She had a very tragic passing and she’s hopeful that she’ll be able to find out the truth behind what happened in the last days of her life. But her development throughout the book is amazing and she’s so powerful and fierce! I just love her. Abigail is still one of my favorite characters in this series, she’s still the narrator but it feels like she kind of takes a back seat in this book. However, I love how open and caring and protective she is. She’s so intelligent and cunning and observant, she’s a great heroine. And of course, last but not least, there’s the ever lovely and eccentric Jackaby. It was really interesting to see more of his past and how he came into his gift. It hurt my heart a little but it was good to see a more vulnerable and deep side of him. He’s still his quirky self but he’s just as determined as his female companions to help Jenny out. I also wanted to quickly mention the presence of a minor transgender side character because I loved her! She was only in a few pages but her presence was thick and her words were heavy and I hope to see more of her.

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Sara 101: Favorite Trilogies

Sara 101 Favorite Trilogies

Hello everyone!

I am back today with my personal feature, Sara 101, where I talk about me and myself and I and anything and everything that I could want to share about my personal life.

The last two topics I’ve talked about in this feature were more personal so I decided to go back to some bookish topics and talk about my favorite trilogies. I haven’t read as many as I thought I did, only 15 in total, but not all of those are in my favorites list. I picked my Top 10 Favorite Trilogies and that’s what I’m sharing with you today.

SO let’s get started!

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