28 April, 2011


Hey all--I'm out for the weekend. When I get back: reviews! podcasts! giveaways! I'll be back next week. In the meantime, you can congratulate the winners of Where She Went and The Fourth Stall.

The ARC of Where She Went by Gayle Forman goes to LibraryPat! Yay!

The signed copy of The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander goes to Wanda! Woohoo!

I'm also giving away my copy of So Shelly by Ty Roth, to a (randomly chosen) loving new home... whose will it be?

Comment on the giveaway post to win. Contest ends on Midnight, May 1.

Don't forget to check out The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- The YA Stage includes appearances and signings by excellent authors including Andrew Smith, Ally Condie, Gayle Forman, Gennifer Cholodenko, Allen Zadoff, Garth Nix, Ned Vizzini, Lisa McMann, D.J. MacHale, Neal Shusterman, and many, many, many more!

Have fun for me... I'll have to wait until next year :/

26 April, 2011

Win So Shelly - Giveaway

I forgot to add this to the review post, so here's a separate one.

I'm giving away my ARC of So Shelly by Ty Roth.

Until now, high school junior John Keats has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.

After stealing Shelly's ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last "so Shelly" romantic quest. At least that's what they think.

As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.

I very much believe that every book has its reader, and while I liked this novel, it didn't wow me. I want someone to have this who will love it. It's got historical elements, poetry and drama. This is a YA novel with some very adult topics--sex and violence--so please, if you're young and impressionable, don't enter the giveaway :/ I don't want to be in trouble with your parents!

Read the review and if you think you would like to win this book, comment below (not on the review post) and tell me why you'd like to read this book. Make sure your email is in there somewhere--so I can contact you if you win.

I'll choose a winner at Midnight on May 1, using the random number generator. I'll mail to the US or Canada.

Tweet the link to this page for an extra entry (leave the link in the comments!)

Good luck!

24 April, 2011

So Shelly - Review


So Shelly by Ty Roth
Publication date: 8 February, 2011 from Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN 10/13: 0385739583 / 9780385739580

Category: Young Adult Realistic
Format: Hardcover
Keywords: Contemporary, historical fiction, sex, death


From goodreads.com:

Until now, high school junior John Keats has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.

After stealing Shelly's ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last "so Shelly" romantic quest. At least that's what they think.

As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.

How I found out about this book: Alethea picked up the ARC at ALA Midwinter in San Diego, having lusted after the cover.

Alethea's review: I don't know what I was expecting from a novel that's essentially a present-day retelling of the lives of three (or rather, four--Shelly is a composite of two Shelleys--Mary Wollstonecraft and Percy Bysshe) of the most talented but messed-up people to ever grace the pages of literature. There are a ton of things in the novel that most mainstream YA readers won't like. It's chock-full of sex (specifically incest, rape, and molestation), obsession, and grief. There is, at one point, a murder in which one of the three main characters figures prominently, yet doesn't seem to undergo any emotional change, other than to remove himself from the situation. The thing is, they're in the book because they reportedly happened to their real-life counterparts, not just to titillate.

I'm not saying the novel is without merit. The characters are engaging, though they skew more towards cautionary-tale rather than model-citizen. Keats is a sympathetic narrator and the most relatable of the three. Shelly and Gordon have the tendency to go off the deep end--in massive ways, especially since they are spectacularly privileged (Shelly having been born rich; Gordon having the pedigree but restoring family fortune by writing an Eragon-type novel at a very young age). Never before has the lack of parental supervision been so blatantly exploited as in the love-polygon of Shelly chasing Gordon, and Gordon chasing every other woman who isn't her, including various of his relatives, caretakers, and best-friend's-stepsisters.

While the novel does a great job of capturing the spirit of Romanticism and retelling, piece by sordid piece, the lives of three great writers, So Shelly would best be enjoyed by those who can appreciate--or maybe tolerate--erotica and shameless depravity. Ultimately the themes of friendship, loyalty, and forgiveness provide some redemption to this tale, though not much. I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped to--it was overpoweringly depressing--and I'd much rather give Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita a re-read than poke my nose between these pages again.

So Shelly is Ty Roth's debut YA novel. Visit the author at http://www.tyrothbooks.com and follow @tyrothauthor on Twitter.

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnslSoShelly

Find this book on goodreads.com or buy it now!

Comments? What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)

23 April, 2011

Strange Angels - Review


Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Publication date: 14 May, 2009 from Penguin
ISBN 10/13: 1595142517 / 9781595142511

Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Keywords: Contemporary, fantasy, adventure, undead


From goodreads.com:

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—-or whoever—-is hunting her?

How I found out about this book: I read it a couple of years ago and am now waaaaay behind. Kimberly was nice enough to review it--thanks, Buggie!

Kimberly's review: The first book in the Strange Angels series, with the fourth book having just come out this year, makes for an amazing beginning! We've got a strong, fighting teenage girl. A fun boy friend character. (Notice the space between boy and friend). Zombies. Werewolves. Vampires. Magic and some twisting on these traditional definitions along the way.

I'm not going to say how Dru finds herself to be alone (because that was both heartbreaking and gross), or how she meets this cool new boy friend of hers (and he's Asian goth. really, there's not enough non-white kids in books. I applaud you, Lili St.Crow!) or what she has to do now, stranded in a Dakota with little money, too much snow and something hunting her.

But I will say that it's quite the ride. The book starts off laying the groundwork to a solid teenage girl who has bad stuff, and I mean BAD stuff, happen to her. We see her reality, only to find it ripped away a few chapters in.

There's a lot more to be told and I'm anxious to read the next installments. I had to read carefully, slowly, to make sure I understood all the different creatures out there. And the suspense was amazing... a slow crawl up my neck.

Enjoy the first book and get the second book while you're at it. Because you'll want to keep going.

Visit the fantastic website for this series at http://www.strange-angels.com. Find the author at http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com.

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnslDru1

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20 April, 2011

Hoppy Easter Extravaganza

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop
April 20th to 25th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
and Once Upon a Twilight

I"m giving away an advance readers copy of Where She Went by Gayle Forman.

I loved If I Stay and Gayle's writing. The trailer made me shiver--Adam's voice is just right.

Warning: requires tissues and slices of cucumbers to lay over your eyes once you're done reading. You will cry. You say you won't, but you will.

Open to the US and Canada--Comment below with your email address (if you don't want to leave your email address out there, comment and then email me what you said -- frootjoos [at] gmail [dot] com.

For 1 additional entry, tweet or blog this contest! Leave the link to either one in your comment.

Good luck, thanks for joining, and while you're at it, there's still time to win a signed copy of Chris Rylander's The Fourth Stall! Enter now!

Now, go visit the other 200+ blogs on the Hop!

18 April, 2011

The Fourth Stall - Review and Giveaway


The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Publication date: 8 February, 2011 from Walden Pond Press

ISBN 10/13: 0061994960 / 9780061994968

Category: Middle Grade Fiction

Format: Hardcover (Review copy from publisher)

Keywords: Fiction, humor, friendship


From goodreads.com:
Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It's what he does—he and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys' bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

Or at least it was, until one particular Monday.

How I found out about this book: I'd just seen the cover on the Elevensies blog when I got an email from Walden Pond Press about reviewing it. I said Yes, and then I jumped up and down. Then I ate a cannoli. :D

Alethea's review: From the Godfather reference on the cover to the creepiest little psycho bully you'll ever meet, The Fourth Stall entertained me and--I'll confess--worried me a little. How many bathroom-based businesses will be started this year by impressionable youngsters?! I'm torn between a giggle and a shudder.

I did employ equal parts laughing and cringing while reading this book--there's a reference to one of my favorite tv shows, Arrested Development, that pretty much knocked me off the couch--apparently it's Chris's favorite show, too. ("PopPop gets a Grisham?") Rylander gets the noir tone just right. In my head, Mac appeared to me as a cross between a 12-year-old J.G.L. in Angels in the Outfield and Zachary Gordon's voice from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies.

The cringing part typically accompanied the occasional bouts of violence--Mac has to take on the legendary bully and bookie Staples, whose shady business is threatening to ruin not just Mac's own endeavor, but the daily life of his school, not to mention his and Vince's dream of watching the Chicago Cubs play--and maybe even win--The World Series. Staples is sneaky, and employs--*shudder*--big, ugly high school kids to do his dirty work.

I'm not a baseball fan, but I did enjoy the devotion with which Mac talks about his favorite team. It's surpassed only by the loyalty he has to his friends. The Fourth Stall realistically portrays the solidarity and understanding between brothers, though Mac and Vince are definitely not blood-related. Their bond has to outlast not just the trouble-making bullies and the uncertainty of World Series ticket prices, but also a huge betrayal of trust that calls for maturity beyond their years, though not beyond their reach.

My favorite part--*giggle, cringe*--was Kitten. Kitten is the nicest, politest, sweetest little boy you could ever meet. Grown-ups love him. Children fear him. He's by far the most heartless of all the bullies in school. To me, he kind of looked like this:

Up russell


This is a great book for reluctant readers, sports fans, noir fans, and guys--for whom I kind of feel bad, since a lot of teen fiction skews to the girl market. Maybe not so good for bullies. We wouldn't want to give them any ideas :/

This book should probably come with some kind of contract that the reader signs with a parent to witness them swearing they won't open a betting ring out of the darker recesses of their elementary or middle school. Just in case they take this book a little too seriously.

The Fourth Stall is Chris Rylander's debut novel. Follow @chris_rylander and @waldenpondpress on Twitter.

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnsl4stall

Find this book on goodreads.com or buy it now!

Comments? Win a signed copy of The Fourth Stall. Thanks to Walden Pond Press for the giveaway!

Last day to enter is April 25! Open to US and Canada only.

To enter, leave a comment about friendship, baseball, bullies, evil kittens, bathrooms, bets, brotherhood, or entrepreneurial endeavors you have tried, and your email address (so I can contact you if you win). If you're really blanking out, just leave a quote from our favorite tv show (hint: if you read the review, you'll know what that is!)

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16 April, 2011

Playing Hurt - Review

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Publication date: 8 March 2011 from Flux Books

ISBN 10/13: 0738722871 / 9780738722870

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Format: Paperback

Keywords: Contemporary, romance, healing


From goodreads.com:

Star basketball player Chelsea "Nitro" Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone's admiration back home. Then she took a horrible fall during senior year. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family. That summer, Chelsea's dad hires Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player and "boot camp" trainer, to work with her at a northern Minnesota lake resort.

As they grow close, Chelsea finds that Clint's haunted by his own tragedy. Will their romance end up hurting them all over again—or finally heal their heartbreak?

How I found out about this book: Alethea joined a blog tour at I am a Reader, Not a Writer.

Alethea's review: I had a really hard time rating this one. I liked it--it was definitely an enjoyable read. Chelsea and Clint are both very likeable, almost-perfect-but-not-too-perfect young people. The tension between them is palpable--practically wafting off the pages in pulsing waves of lust. The fact that Chelsea has a boyfriend, and not just any boyfriend, the almost-perfect kind--sure to trigger massive amounts of guilt in any girl who's considering cheating.

I thought the sports metaphors were going to be a little more heavy-handed; thank goodness Schindler knows how to lay an even coat of schmaltz, otherwise it would have been unbearably sweet. Apart from the hookups (yum) this could be a made-for-tv special on ABC or the Disney Channel. I don't say that to belittle the story at all--Chelsea is dealing with some major disappointments and frustrations, while Clint is still grieving for his girlfriend, who died in a car crash during a winter storm. It's definitely got the angst and conflict that makes good drama.

Readers of romance will thoroughly enjoy this sexy, well-paced novel. Chelsea and Clint both work through injuries, physically and emotionally. In the end, Playing Hurt leaves you with a sense of longing as well as a satisfying feeling of healing and hope. If you're going on spring break, this is the perfect book to take with you--not too heavy, but not too light!

Playing Hurt is Holly Schindler's 2nd YA novel. Visit the author online at www.hollyschindler.com. Follow @holly_schindler on Twitter.

Find this book on goodreads.com or buy it now!

Comments? What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)

15 April, 2011

Update on YA in Bloom

Great news! We now have a venue and have started selling admission to YA in Bloom, our lunch meeting at Vroman's Pasadena on June 25. Please visit http://bit.ly/YAinBloom for more information and tickets!

Please help us spread the word!

Looking for reviews? I've got a whole run scheduled this weekend. Stay tuned!

12 April, 2011

Take a Bow

taken yesterday
in The Simpsons
Google Street View

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Aaron Alex Alfonso Amber Amy Anashe Andrew Andy Anthony Angela Ani April Armando Ayesha Becci Bill Brad Brent Brian Bridget Cassie Cindy Clare Claudia Corin Corinne Craig Cynthia Dale Daniel Danny David Dennis Diana Doug Drew Ed Eddie Elena Eric Erin Eugene Evan Gael Gail Galeen Gene Genona Gerald Gilbert Gina Glenn Hector Helen Henry Herman Holly Jane Jason* Jenifer Jenn Jennifer Jeremy JimmyJ Joey Josie Joyce Karly Kate Kasia Kristen Kylee Lawrence Leslie Linda Lindsey Lisa Lita Liza Lizette Maggie Maria Mark Mary Matt Maurice McGurr Megan Melanie Michael (all of the Michaels) Michelle Monica Nicole Opal Rachel Ray Rebecca Rene Robert Rosa Rose Roxana Ryan Scott Shawn Sona Stacey Stephanie Steven Tai Tom Tracy Travis Trevor TUCK Valerie Winston Zenia -- Thanks for everything.

If you see your name, though several people were named that at the store--I mean *you*. ;)
If I left your name off the list, leave a comment... I'll add you in later. I chalk it up to me being emotional and scatterbrained at 2 in the morning.

Authors and customers... I'll miss you too (most of you anyway).

*Married this one :D

11 April, 2011

Delirium - Review

Delirium by Lauren Oliver 

Publication date: 1 February, 2011 from Harper Teen 

ISBN 10/13: 0061726826 / 9780061726828

Category: Young Adult Dystopian

Format: Hardcover (eARC from Netgalley)

Keywords: Futuristic, fantasy, love, lust, romance

"They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't." 

How I found out about this book: It was pretty much love at first sight (read: "I judged it by its cover.") Still, when I got on the exercise bike for the first time this year, I could not tell if my heart was beating fast because of the bike or because of the story unfolding on the eReader I had propped up in front of me.

Alethea's review: Lena Holoway is counting the days until she'll be safe from the worst disease ever to afflict mankind: Love. In her world scientists call it amor deliria nervosa, and Lena suffers its stigma not just for being a susceptible teenager, but because her mother died--killed herself--rather than live without it. Other places in the world still suffer; but the tightly patrolled enclaves like Lena's Portland are free of it except for the rare case of someone's physiology resisting The Cure. Lena's doing her best not to become one of those anomalies. Her rebellious best friend Hana and a mysterious boy named Alex are definitely not helping her achieve that goal.  

The chapters begin with short excerpts from various cultural sources like The Book of Shhh (The Safety, Health, and Happiness Handbook), children's playground singsongs, and history books; I think that anyone who reads these and finds them clever can immerse themselves in this uncomfortable world and get the most out of this story. That's certainly the effect they had on me. The sterile tone with which they remind young people (as early as the nursery, mind!) that apathy is good and emotion is evil really sent chills up my spine, helping to set the tone of dread that creeps into the last half of the book.

Later in the book, Lena goes into this sort of clichéd horror-movie mode which, for the easily frustrated reader, will probably result in book-throwing or growling; for the right reader it will result in nails being bitten to the quick. For me, it really emphasized the usually negligible lag between pressing the Next Page button and the actual rendering of the page on my eReader--my eyes were trying to fly faster than the words on the page. 

Delirium also provides a great jumping-off point for discussions of science versus religion and the value (as well as the costs) of humanity. Oliver manages to illustrate irrationality in science, or is it the devotion with which the general population treats it that makes science the bad guy in this book? (Comment below if you want to open that can of worms with me.) 

If you would prefer a much more adult novel that discusses this, I highly recommend The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. I think it handles both the aspect of love and the interconnectedness of science and faith--but it's definitely not for tender, innocent readers. Delirium is, especially for those who still believe that love finds ways to surmount any obstacle. Other books you may enjoy include Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Matched by Ally Condie, and if you're really hard to please, The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Delirium is Lauren Oliver's 2nd YA novel. Pandemonium (Delirium, Book 2) will be published in February 2012.

Visit the author online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com and follow her on twitter @oliverbooks.

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnslAmor 

Find this book on goodreads.com, watch an author video at harperteen.com, or buy it now

Comments? What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)

10 April, 2011

SoCal YA Book Bloggers

Don't get me wrong--I LOVE going to book events and meeting authors. But geez, I hardly get any time at all with the awesome readers and bloggers that attend these events with me.

I'd really love to set up some kind of meeting so that we can all just hang out together--but let's face it, even just the dozen people in my book club pushes the limits of my living room. We're gonna need a bigger boat. ;D

The cool thing is, if you want to join us, you can! Fill out this form and I'll keep you informed as we plan.

Edit: 4/14/2011: Our event now has a name! It's called YA in Bloom. Venue to be announced next week.

Link to the form: http://bit.ly/blogr4um
Link to the page where all the info will be posted: http://www.bridgetobooks.org/2011/04/ya-in-bloom.html

NOTE: Non-blogging readers also welcome--focus of meeting WILL be YA, though. So bloggers of non-book, non-YA, this event's not for you :/ sorry!

The Fourth Stall Blog Tour

Walden Pond Press offered me a review copy of Chris Rylander's debut middle grade novel, The Fourth Stall -- I took one look at the cover and immediately accepted! It did not disappoint. I agreed to participate in the blog tour. My review post will be up on April 18th with a giveaway of a signed copy! Meanwhile, check out the rest of the blog tour stops.

The Fourth Stall Blog Tour - First Week Stops:

Monday 4/4 – Interview at Cynsations
Tuesday 4/5 – Guest post at My Friend Amy
Wednesday 4/6 – Review at There’s a Book
Thursday 4/7 – Review/Giveaway at 5 Minutes for Books
Thursday 4/7 – Interview at Anita Laydon Miller’s Middle Grade Blog
Friday 4/8 – Fourth Stall editor Jordan Brown interviews author Chris Rylander at Alice Pope’s SCBWI Children’s Market Blog
Saturday 4/9 – Review at Bri Meets Books
Sunday 4/10 – Guest Post at 5 Minutes for Books
Sunday 4/10 – Review at Alison’s Bookmarks

Monday 4/11 – Review and Giveaway at A Reader’s Ramblings
Monday 4/11 – Review and Giveaway at Kid Lit Frenzy
Tuesday 4/12 – Guest post at Milk and Cookies: Comfort Reading
Tuesday 4/12 – Giveaway at Alison’s Bookmarks
Wednesday 4/13 – Interview at Alison’s Bookmarks
Thursday, 4/14 – Interview and Review at Eve’s Fan Garden
Friday 4/15 – Review and Contest at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Friday 4/15 – Interview at A Reader’s Ramblings
Saturday 4/16 – Interview at Teach 8 YA book Blog
Saturday 4/16 – Review and Giveaway at Tracey Edward Wymer’s Blog
Sunday 4/17 – Interview at Kid Lit Frenzy
Monday 4/18 – Review and Giveaway at Read Now Sleep Later

Thanks, Walden Pond Press! ;)

09 April, 2011

RT Teen Day Photo blog

RT Teen Day 2011frootjoos with Clare DunkleSarah Rees Brennan and Jennifer Lynn BarnesNikki CarterKimberly Derting and Heather DavisCC Hunter and Kristi Cook
Tera Lynn ChildsRosemary Clement-Moorefrootjoos with Jackie Morse KesslerCarrie RyanMari MancusiAlexandra Monir
Jeri Smith-ReadyHolly BlackCassandra ClareSomeone with a great smile + Colleen HouckRichelle MeadJeri Smith-Ready
Ally CarterAlly CarterAlly CarterKelley ArmstrongKelley ArmstrongJen Lynn Barnes
RT Teen Day, a set on Flickr.
I've lost most of the feeling in my arms and I think most of my blood is somewhere below my knees but I met authors! and got books! and had a lot of fun with my book loving friends.

More articles about RT Teen Day coming up soon!

RT Teen Day!

We'll be at The RT Booklovers Convention all day today! Well, 11-7 anyway. We're starting with breakfast at UrthCaffe at 9:30 am if you're around--if not, see you at the fair!

If you see me and Aly from Kid Lit Frenzy, don't be shy! Say hello! You can tweet @frootjoos and @alybee930... I'll respond as long as my battery holds up :) And don't forget to use the #RTTeenDay hashtag; you can also tweet the convention at @RTTeenDay.

Other notable tweeps attending (I think):

Authors Attending (alpha by last name)
@OfficiallyAlly (Ally Carter)
@AlyxandraH (Alyxandra Harvey)
@TigerSaga (Colleen Houck)
@SoVerySophie (Sophie Jordan)
@SWLittlefield (Sophie Littlefield)

Need more info?
Check out the end of my guide to RT Teen Day at http://bit.ly/rnslRTTD.

See you there!

07 April, 2011

YABC Discusses Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann - Podcast

The members of Young Adult Book Council discuss Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann.
Average score: 3 out of 5 stars (9 ratings). Spoilers ahead!

Before you hit play, recite the YABC mantra: We liked the book. The book was good. :)

Music: "mont" by Gablé from freemusicarchive.org

05 April, 2011

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters - Review

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

Publication date: 21 Sept 2010 from Scholastic

ISBN 10/13: 0545107105 / 9780545107105

Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Keywords: Contemporary, family, romance


How I found out about this book: I loved How to Say Goodbye in Robot and recommended it to all of my friends, including kimberlybuggie. We were a little skeptical of the cover, but the beauty of this book is more than skin deep.

Kimberly's review:

"Every sister has a secret…”

Wow. Do they ever.

Standiford first broke my heart with her debut novel How To Say Goodbye In Robot so I was excited to read this. While all the characters in Confessions are fun, and have strong voices (Ginger in particular) the book focuses on the three sisters and the confessions they have to provide to their wealthy grandmother, or else she will cut them all out of the will.

Norrie, Jane and Sassy are such distinct narrators, there’s no way you can confuse them. And as the book goes on, it’s fun to see how the same scenes are told from each sister’s point of view. The book is broken up into three letters, each by a sister. With each confession, another layer of scandal and history is revealed. Every reader will want to know each sister’s secret, and which secret was the one that sent dear grandma reeling.

Almighty, aka Grandma, is the best. She's not like any grandma I've had, but she is a force to be reckoned with. On every page, every scene she's in, she steals the show. I can feel her disapproving eyes on me. What an amazing character!!

A great read. I have a confession too: I love Norrie’s story the most.

Alethea's two cents: Ditto what she said. Also, you need to check out myevilfamily.com ;)

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnslSulli3

Find this book on goodreads.com or buy it now!

Comments? What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)