HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Christopher Meades 
Park Row 
4 star review  My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An emotionally charged look at faith and discovering your own truths in a coming of age tale. 

HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY is in its simplest form a coming of age story. It follows Hanna on her journey to figuring out a path into a new phase in her life as well as realizing just how different she is from all the others in community of Clearhaven.

ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly Macmillan 
William Morrow Paperbacks 
4 star review My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An emotional tale of secrets, lies, and social issues. 

Here is the thing. ODD CHILD OUT was not the book that I thought it was. Soon after reading the first couple of chapters, I realized that this book was going to be something so much more. If you are looking for a high-octane thriller, this is not the book for you. However, if you are open to a book that tackles social and family issues wrapped up in the mystery of what happened to two boys one foggy night, then this one should be added to your to read pile.

WITHOUT MERIT by Colleen Hoover
Atria Books
4 star reviewMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: An honest and witty look into growing up in a dysfunctional family.

WITHOUT MERIT is a quirky and candid look at a family through the eyes of a teenage self-imposed outsider, Merit. There is a blunt honesty that is woven throughout this book which instantly pulled me in. I will not reveal too much of the story, but the evolution of Merit and her family combined with the pure quirkiness of the story is what made me keep reading.

MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu
Roaring Brook Press
5 star cup
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book is smart, witty, and sincere with a bit of sass and spunk to balance it all out.

When I first heard about MOXIE, I knew this book was going to resonate with me. I don’t know if it is the invocation of my girl power days or maybe it is the kick-ass music references throughout the book, but Jennifer Mathieu brought it with this story.

WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo
DC Icons Series (Book 1)
Random House Books for Young Readers
4 star cup
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An action packed story steeped in mythology that has strong female characters kicking butt and taking names.

WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER is more than just a tale of superhero saving the day. By weaving together the action and adventure with the mythology and real-life issues so seamlessly, the author opens the book up to a much wider audience.

BEST DAY EVER by Kaira Rouda
Graydon House
4 star cup
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A tense thriller that will give you an unlikeable narrator with no redeeming qualities what so ever.

BEST DAY EVER has is one of those books that pulled me in with the unrepentant and despicable actions of the narrator. For a brief period of time, I thought that maybe there would be a twist within Paul’s character, but…nope…he is just a creepy and horrible human being. I can say this without spoiling any of the story for you because after the first several chapters, you will want to smack Paul just as I did.

LIE TO ME by J.T. Ellison 
MIRA 
5 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A page turning thriller with psychological twists, action, and intricately developed characters.

I have read a few books by J.T. Ellison, but none of them pulled me in, threw me up against the wall, and spit me out like LIE TO ME. This book is beyond anything that I expected from the author.

NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicles, Book 1 and Book 2
Thomas Dunne Books
5 star cup
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A dark and gritty tale filled with assassins, magic, and the the thirst for revenge.

After hearing about this series from a number of people and several of the bloggers/Instagrammers that I follow, I decided to read NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE back-to-back. And…wait for it…WOW! Now that a few days have past since I have finished the second book in series, I believe that I have processed everything so that I can talk about these books.

THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press
5 star rating My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A tense and suspenseful read filled with lies, fear, and consequences.

THE LYING GAME is centered around four high school friends, Isa, Kate, Fatima, and Thea. Even though it has been years since they attended boarding school together and they each have their own lives, when one calls, they all come. The reason? These four women share a history. More importantly, they share a lie.

 

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