Bridge Daughter – Jim Nelson

Published March 15, 2017 by chrisalys820


I loved this book. I stayed up all night to read it. I didn’t like the ending at first but the more I thought about it, the more I liked it.

Young Hanna thinks her thirteenth birthday will be no different than the one before—until her mother explains the facts of life. Hanna is a “bridge daughter,” born pregnant with her parents’ child. In a few months she will give birth and die, leaving her parents with their true daughter.

A mature bookworm who dreams of college and career, Hanna is determined to overcome her biological fate. Navigating through a world eerily like our own, she confronts unyielding attitudes and instinctive fears as old as humankind itself.

Then Hanna learns of an illegal procedure that will allow her to live to adulthood…at the cost of the child’s life.

​Waking in Time – Angie Stanton

Published February 7, 2017 by chrisalys820


I loaded this book from Netgalley last night. I finished it this afternoon. I couldn’t put it down. And when I had to put it down to eat or whatever, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I really enjoyed this book and I will be reading other books by Angie Stanton. 

About halfway through, I started to expect part of the ending but I still loved this book. I will be rereading this soon. 😀
Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to “find the baby,” Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi’s journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby, and plead with their champion, a kindly physics professor, to help them find each other again … even though the professor gets younger each time Abbi meets him. This page-turning story full of romance, twists, and delightful details about campus life then and now will stay with readers long after the book’s satisfying end.

Stay awesome ♡ Christa 

Are you still there – Sarah Lynn Scheerger

Published January 2, 2017 by chrisalys820

I wrote this review 18 months ago but for some reason didn’t publish it. I was going through a lot back then so who knows?

This book was crazy suspenseful. I woke up at 3 am because my kids had a cardiology appointment and I always freak out before the cardiologist… So I was up and awake and I couldn’t get back to sleep so I read and I read and I read until I couldn’t read any more and then I crashed for 2 hours and woke before the alarm to finish it.
After her high school is rocked by an anonymous bomb threat, “perfect student” Gabriella Mallory is recruited to work on a secret crisis helpline that may help uncover the would-be bomber’s identity.
Gabriella Mallory, AP student and perfect-daughter-in-training, stands barefoot on a public toilet for three hours while her school is on lockdown. Someone has planted a bomb and she is hiding. The bomb is defused but the would-be-bomber is still at large. And everyone at Central High School is a suspect. The school starts a top-secret crisis help line and Gabi is invited to join. When she does, she is drawn into a suspenseful game of cat and mouse with the bomber, who has unfinished business. He leaves threatening notes on campus. He makes threatening calls to the help line. And then he begins targeting Gabi directly. Is it because her father is the lead police detective on the case? Is the bomber one of her new friends. Could it be her new boyfriend with his complicated past? As the story unfolds, Gabi knows she is somehow connected to the bomber. Even worse she is part of his plan. Can Gabi reach out and stop him? Or will she be too late? 

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Monday Mix-up

Published October 5, 2015 by chrisalys820

It’s the Monday Mix-up! It’s when I do a Friday Five-like post on a Monday! There are only four books here but it’s not a Friday Five. I don’t need five. I’m doing this because I’m sick, there are books that need reviewing and I don’t feel like separating them. I did them all at once, I’ll post them all at once. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to be here.

The Casquette Girls – Alys Arden


This was a good book. I did enjoy it. I had one major issue with it and a few minor issues. My major issue was that Adele had lived in that house for her entire life and she didn’t know that there was a bathroom on the second floor. She was curious enough to poke a dead guy to see if he was dead but not curious enough to explore her family’s home. Seems a little wonky to me… I won’t go over the minor issues because they didn’t stop me from reading. Neither did the bathroom thing but it irked me so I had to mention it. It is a good book and I can’t wait for the next one. If you haven’t read this one, you should.

Seven girls tied by time.

Five powers that bind.

One curse to lock the horror away.

One attic to keep the monsters at bay.


After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normalneeds a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.


I Wish – Elizabeth Langston


This book was good. I enjoyed it. You should read it. There were some issues but they didn’t bother me enough to stop reading. They just drove me a bit insane but I’m okay now.

What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.

Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.

Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.


It’s a Wonderful Death – Sarah J. Schmitt


≈°Warning: this book made me cry. I think I shed more tears over this book than I did when it kicked in that Harry Potter was over. Have a box of tissues handy.°≈

I did not want this book to end. I wanted it to go on forever. I realize that eventually I would want it to end but I wasn’t ready. I also wasn’t ready for the ending. (See warning above.)

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction. (less)


Material Girls – Elaine Dimopoulos


I love dystopian novels. So much. Including this one. It was a bit awkward with the back and forth but after about the 4th chapter, I got used to it.

I also love fashion. Not that you would know it today. Or any day this week. Or any day of my life really. I tend to be comfy over fashionable. But that doesn’t mean I can’t read fashion magazines and get excited over Fashion Week.

Combining the two was awesome. I want more books.

In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world’s aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new “eco-chic” trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?

Smart, provocative, and entertaining, this thrilling page-turner for teens questions the cult like mentality of fame and fashion. Are you in or are you out?

Stay awesome ♥ Christa

Currently reading – Sugar Skulls – Lisa Mantchev, Glenn Dallas

Published October 5, 2015 by chrisalys820

So… I got this shiny new thing and I’m excited. Yay!!! I’m also sick so I’m laying around reading and interwebbing.

I got this from NetGalley in exchange for my soul and/or an honest review. 🙂 I think I’ll do the review… I need my soul…

Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.

Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.

Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together.

Stay awesome ♥ Christa