TTT: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

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This feature is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I wasn’t sure how easy or hard this topic would be, but I wanted to give myself a challenge. Go check out my dream parings.

Emery Lord & Jessi Kirby
-If these two ever wrote a book together, I would need to stockpile a LOT of kleenex to get through their book-

Sarah J. Maas & Marie Lu
-These two write badass ladies and have beautiful writing. Imagine how amazing their collaboration would be –

Mary E. Pearson & Renee Ahdieh
-Okay, someone needs to make this happen. Badass ladies again plus fabulous world building-

Christa Desir & Courtney Summers
-I have a feeling if these two EVER wrote a book together, I’d need a drink to calm the hell down-

Tamara Ireland Stone & Courtney C. Stevens
-These two write characters that are wonderfully & heartbreakingly real. I would lose my crap if they ever wrote a book together-

Brandy Colbert & Tess Sharpe
-Two of my favorite & most underrated authors. Both of these ladies wrote books that broke my heart, and pushed the envelope on those tough topics-

Francesca Zappia & Katrina Leno
-These two wrote about mental illnesses in heartbreakingly real ways and they both exceeded my expectations when I did read their beautiful books-

Becky Albertalli & Amy Zhang
-This is a bit of a wild card pick, but Amy’s writing is stunning and Becky’s first book was quirky and adorable. I’d be thrilled if they wrote a book together-

Trish Doller & Peggy Kern
-These two authors have written some of my favorite books. Books that have been hard to read at times, but awesome books nonetheless. If they wrote a book together, it would probably be raw, realistic and amazing-

Abigail Haas & Amanda Panitch
-These ladies are the QUEENS of mind fuckery. My goodness, if they EVER wrote a book together, I’d probably spontaneously combust-

If you did a TTT post this week, leave me the link in the comment section. If we have any of the same picks, don’t forget to tell me.

Waiting on Wednesday #9

This is hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. This weekly feature is to showcase upcoming releases that we’re excited about.
My Pick
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads
Nat’s not an alcoholic. She doesn’t have a problem. Everybody parties, everybody does stupid things, like get in their car when they can barely see. Still, with six months of court-ordered AA meetings required, her days of vodka-filled water bottles are over.

Unfortunately her old friends want the party girl or nothing. Even her up-for-anything ex seems more interested in rehashing the past than actually helping Nat.

But then a recovering alcoholic named Joe inserts himself into Nat’s life and things start looking up. Joe is funny, smart, and calls her out in a way no one ever has.

He’s also older. A lot older.

Nat’s connection to Joe is overwhelming but so are her attempts to fit back into her old world, all while battling the constant urge to crack a bottle and blur that one thing she’s been desperate to forget.

Now in order to make a different kind of life, Natalie must pull together her broken parts and learn to fight for herself.

My Reaction
Christa Desir is an auto-read author for me, so to see this book and that cover with a release date in 2016, makes me sad. But really, gimmie this book. It looks like classic Christa, which makes me super excited for it. I honestly don’t know how I am going to wait seven more months for it. It looks dark, gritty and realistic, in other words, right up my alley!

So what books are you most looking forward to?

Review: Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir

Book Title: Bleed Like Me
Author: Christa Desir
Publish Date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
From the author of Fault Line comes an edgy and heartbreaking novel about two self-destructive teens in a Sid and Nancy-like romance full of passion, chaos, and dyed hair.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just “Gannon” to her friends) is invisible to almost everyone in her life. To her parents, to her teachers-even her best friend, who is more interested in bumming cigarettes than bonding. Some days the only way Gannon knows she is real is by carving bloody lines into the flesh of her stomach.

Then she meets Michael Brooks, and for the first time, she feels like she is being seen to the core of her being. Obnoxious, controlling, damaged, and addictive, he inserts himself into her life until all her scars are exposed. Each moment together is a passionate, painful relief.

But as the relationship deepens, Gannon starts to feel as if she’s standing at the foot of a dam about to burst. She’s given up everything and everyone in her life for him, but somehow nothing is enough for Brooks-until he poses the ultimate test.

Bleed Like Me is a piercing, intimate portrayal of the danger of a love so obsessive it becomes its own biggest threat.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. 

Trigger Warning: Self Harm.

Review:
Oh boy, I think this review will be on the long side because I have a lot to say. I just love the way Desir tells the stories. She writes stories that most authors would never write. She’s got the guts to write the tough stories and the stories that not everyone will like. She goes for it and goes for it hard.
Michael Brooks and Amelia Gannon are not characters that you’re gonna like a whole lot. This isn’t a sweet, romantic love story, Desir doesn’t write those. What she does write are thought provoking, complicated stories that leave your thoughts conflicted. 
Brooks has his own demons. He’s got a father he’s terrified of. He’s been abused by his father and he’s been in foster care for a very long time. Nothing is really “his” anymore. He’s been in juvenile hall and he’s done drugs. Not the kind of guy any reasonable parent would want around their daughter.
That is, if they are even present in their daughter’s life. Gannon’s got more of a “typical” family. Things were great for so long when she was a child. All that changed when her parents adopted three boys from Guatemala. These boys have so many issues of their own, that Gannon has been pushed to the back burner since they arrived.
And that’s when she started the cutting.
There was so many times in this book that I wanted to shake Gannon. Brooks was controlling, he was abusive and he got her into so many things that she had never been into before. Breaking and entering, drugs like Ecstasy. Things only got worse as the book went on and Brooks wanted to know who she talked to, why she talked to them. He also kept telling her that he was all who mattered. Her parents didn’t matter, her best friend Ali didn’t matter. It was hard for me to like her. She was making all the wrong choices and at one point, after I had screamed in frustration, it hit me. 
Relationships like this are so prevalent, particularly among teenagers. I have never experienced one myself, but I know a couple of girls who had experienced this when we were all in high school together. Just because it wasn’t something that I had personally experienced, did not mean that it wasn’t an important book.
The ending was incredibly intense. I had to put my Kindle down and actually physically walk away from this book because the ending was so intense. I do wish there had been a little more in the epilogue. I wanted just a little bit more closure. 
I can’t really say that I enjoyed this book, because a book like this, you can’t really enjoy, but I will say that it was an incredibly important book that needs to be required reading in high school. It’s not just girls who fall victim to controlling & abusive partners. Guys do too. 4 stars to this book. I’ll read anything this woman writes. 

Review: Fault Line by Christa Desir

Book Title: Fault Line
Author: Christa Desir
Published Date: October 15th, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.

But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.

Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?

Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.

Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from the library.

Review:
This book was one of those books I was so excited about. I missed out on getting an ARC of it, so when I got my new library card, I wasted no time in putting a hold on this book. I finished the book in one night and oh my goodness, this book was an important one. It was a messy one and it was definitely one that every single teenager & adult should read. I don’t care if you are male or female, you need to read this book.

Ani and Ben fall for each other quickly and normally that would have made me uneasy but for some reason, this time, it didn’t. Ani was awesome. She didn’t play games, she said exactly what was on her mind and didn’t let what people thought about her, bother her. Her relationship with her mother was very much like my own relationship was with my mother at her age. So I was definitely able to relate to that part.

Now Ben on the other hand, he lived with his mom and dad and younger brother. So he had much more of a “traditional family” Ben’s a swimmer, a very good swimmer and he’s angling for a college scholarship for swimming. At first, when he begins dating Ani, not much changes schedule-wise for him.

Everything changes after that one night.

Ani is gang raped at a party and as soon as her friend Kate, calls Ben, Ben rushes to the hospital to be with her. It’s there that he learns other details of the evening. Details that are impossible for him to get out of his head.

This book is dark and gritty and sometimes I had to put the book down to collect my thoughts and/or stop crying. The book details exactly how low a person who was raped can go self-esteem wise. It’s a hard book because you want to see Ani start to heal from it but this book also shows you why it’s oftentimes impossible to go back to the person you were before you were raped.

It also shows you how helpless people feel as they watch you deal with this. Ben clearly wanted to help Ani, but she refused his help. She wanted to deal with this her own way. That frustrated Ben because he wanted to heal her. It was hard for him to realize that she didn’t want his help. He also blamed himself for it even happening. He kept telling himself that he should have gone to that party. He should have protected her better. Ben ends up turning to Beth, the rape counselor he and Ani met at the hospital that night. He wanted Beth to tell him how to help her. How to get her to heal.

Some people aren’t going to like this book for various reasons, and that’s okay. I absolutely loved it and I thought it was an extremely important book. It was a fast paced book, which I actually really liked. It was an emotional book and it brought me right back to certain moments in my life that I never ever wanted to visit again. 

The ending was a bit more open ended than I expected it to be, but then I remembered that recovering from a situation like this isn’t cut and dried and it’s not going to just be dealt with and then the person can move on and never think about it again. I will be giving this book 5 stars. Not only because I loved it, but because I felt the author did an amazing job with this topic. I need to get my own copy of this book.