Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

30649795Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

416 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Can a text message destroy your life?

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.

Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?

Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Last year I fell in love with Jeff Zentner’s debut novel, The Serpent King.  So when I heard about his book that would be releasing this year, I immediately added it to my list of books to preorder.  When a sneak peak was released a few weeks ago, I devoured it all the while trying not to cry on my lunch break at work. After reading those first few chapters, I knew I was in for a rough ride.  I’m not even quite sure how to write this review.  Any book that tugs on your emotions as hard as this one is definitely a book you need in your life.  Zentner’s writing is so beautiful and although I have never been to Nashville I could easily picture the places described in this book.  Carver was such an endearing main character.  Throughout the novel he struggles with his three best friends being dead and feeling guilt about how they died.  The three boys had been killed in a car accident that appeared to be caused by texting while driving.  This subject is so devastating that it makes it hard to read.  I think I had tears in my eyes more often than not while reading. I felt as though my heart was constantly breaking.  I did have some laughs when Carver would flashback to funny memories he had with his friends.  This book will definitely make you realize that the lives we have are finite and not to take things for granted, no matter how small they may seem.

5 Stars

P.S. Don’t text and drive.  No text message is important enough to risk your own life or the life of others.  Be safe people. 🙂

WWW Wednesday – February 15, 2017

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

Recently Finished

1719950417901125It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday post!  I’ve been so engrossed in the books I’ve been reading this month that I’ve forgotten all about doing them.  I finally started reading The Bone Season series and I am 100% hooked on it.  I finished the second book, The Mime Order, a couple days ago and I’m dying for book 3.  Luckily for me it comes out in less than a month.  I’ve been trying to stay on top of my book reviews this year so you can check out my review of The Bone Season here and my review for The Mime Order will go up soon.


Currently Reading

2203333530649795I’ve been preparing to continue on in the Outlander series by re-reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes via audiobook.  I’m nearly done with it and it’s been a great one to listen to.  I was approved for an advanced copy of Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner which is one of my most anticipated books of the year.  I started reading that after I finished The Mime Order and it’s totally breaking my heart.


Up NextI’m going to continue my streak of not really planning my next read and just going with what I feel like in the moment.  At this point I will probably want to read the next book of the Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone.  But we’ll what happens after I finish Goodbye Days.

What have you been reading lately?

Renegade Red Blog Tour Sign-Ups

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

17199504The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Published August 20th 2013 by Bloomsbury

466 Pages

Goodreads Summary: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

Review: Oh why didn’t I read this book sooner?! When I first started and saw the chart at the beginning with all of the different types of clairvoyants I was a little overwhelmed and thought it might just be too much, but it wasn’t. This book was so good. I loved the story and the characters.  Paige is so strong and spunky, not ready to roll over and give up.  And Arcturus, aka Warden…. SWOON!  I’m totally adding these two to my SHIP list.  I loved seeing their connection grow throughout the book.  I also loved Paige’s friendships with Julian, Liss, and Nick.  The dystopian world that Shannon created was so fascinating and a little scary if I’m being honest.  I definitely never hope to meet an Emim anywhere.   There was a lot of intensity, especially in the last half of the book.  There were so many chapters where I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat.  The ending was so insane with a cliffhanger that left me totally itching to start book two immediately.  And I’m super glad that book 3 is releasing next month, too!  If you haven’t started this series yet, I definitely recommend that you jump on it ASAP.

5 Stars



Introducing RENEGADE RED, Sequel to Award-Winning SHATTERED BLUE



Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue— the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy— in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.

Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?

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“Poetry on every page. Horowitz paints pure beauty with her tangle of heart stopping words.
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“Anyone who’s ever fantasized about kissing a Fae will enjoy Noa and Callum’s
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“I guarantee you’ll be hooked and anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.”
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For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?


lbhLAUREN BIRD HOROWITZ, screenwriter and novelist, has won an enthusiastic following for her innovative, lyrical poetic voice. Her debut novel Shattered Blue: Book One of The Light Trilogy, won the 2016 Independent Publishers’ (IPPY) Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction, as well as Finalist honors in the 2016 USA Book Awards for Best New Fiction and Best New Fantasy, the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction, and the 2016 International Book Award for Best Fantasy. It was also listed as one of USA Today’s top romances of 2015, and selected as a notable book by Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Hypable, San Francisco Book Review, Glitter, The Culturalist, Teen Reads, Maria, Bustle and others.

Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, winning several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction and Winthrop-Sargent Prize for writing. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.picsart_01-26-08-52-21

Check out my 5 star review of Renegade Red!

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Shattered Blue late in 2015 I was dying to get my hands on the sequel which now has a name and not one, not two, but three stunning covers!  AMAZING! Horowitz somehow, someway has topped Shattered Blue with a sequel even more mind-blowing.  Consider my heart ripped to shreds.  Don’t mind the puddle of me on the floor.  Bring on the conclusion!  After that crazy cliffhanger ending I definitely need the final book as soon as possible.  There was so much action and new poems as well, which I loved!  Horowitz continues to write beautifully and in such a way that makes it easy to visualize the story and setting in my mind.  I fell in love with the main characters even more in this sequel as well as one of the newly introduced characters.  I’m getting slightly worried about my SHIP but however Horowitz decides to end this trilogy in the next book, I will continue to ship Noa and Judah forever.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of Shattered Blue yet, I suggest you get on that ASAP so you are fully prepared for the release of Renegade Red this coming March!