I actually read 12 books last month though most of them were manga, but I'm calling this a win. This was also the month we had the terrible house issues and one week I worked last month, I didn't have a day off. This week is the same, I've got a lot of hours and only one day off. Wish me luck! June is not starting off as a good reading month. Anyhoo, here are the books I read.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
(The Essential Elements, #1)
Publication date: February 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Valerie Moore was a beautiful, headstrong girl with below-average social skills and above-average anxiety (including a flair for over-analyzing).
With her mother long deceased, and her father recently deployed, she ends up being sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. But, being a Navy brat had made her into a bit of a loner, and making friends certainly wasn’t her strongest suit. As if the life of a typical teen wasn’t hard enough.
But Valerie soon discovers she’s not a typical teenager. Not by a long shot.
SECRETS are revealed…
…About her family, about her newfound friends and relationships, and about her whole world… Things that have been kept from her for her entire life…
But the biggest secret of all is revealed when Valerie discovers that she has Elemental powers, and a chain of inexplicable and irrevocable events unleashes throughout the little town…
Want a little taste?
Cade leaned against the wall just inside the doorway, eyeing us silently and intently. The warring emotions that blurred in his eyes were like the chaotic flashing of lights. I tried to pin down a few of them, but I wasn’t sure if I actually succeeded.
Curiosity. Suspicion. Disdain. Jealousy?
“What’s up, Cade,” Holden said, tossing out a calloused greeting.
He shook his dirty blond head. “Just waiting for my lab table to open up.”
His emerald eyes locked onto mine, slowing me, maybe slowing time itself, until I was barely creeping on my way to the door. I so desperately craved for him to talk to me, and jaw taut, lips pursed, he looked like he was fighting the urge to do just that.
But he didn’t. He just watched with a frustrated expression as I tiptoed out of the room.
My lime green sandals had barely touched the old checkered tiles of the hallway when I felt it. The whole school began to shake. It sent palpable vibrations up my legs and dust falling from the ceiling like mini waterfalls. Balance and gravity completely eluded me and I dropped to the floor like a dizzy drunk. A siren screamed at the top of its lungs as the already dim lights flickered off and on under the strain of the trembling.
“This is not a drill!” Principal Bauer bellowed quickly over the intercom. “Use earthquake protocol; drop and take cover immediately! I repeat, this is not a drill! Drop and take cover immediately!”
All fifty states were at some risk for earthquakes, I knew, but Pennsylvania virtually never had them. It was completely uncharacteristic and absolutely terrifying.
The lights took their last breath then, plummeting the school into a thicket of shadows.
I crawled haphazardly on the tiled floor, the ground rumbling violently beneath me, until I reached the classroom across the hall. Most of the desks were unoccupied, so I slid under one in the front and waited. The quaking was subsiding, but the hammering in my chest was as jarring as ever. Each rapid breath I took only prolonged the anxiety as I waited for the aftershock.
Other students crouched under desks, too, silent with fear, eyes wide and disoriented. Dust hovered like a chalky fog and had a number of kids sneezing, coughing, and gagging. I coughed, then glanced at my hands. My palms were scuffed and stinging, but luckily that was all.
Lightning flashed blindingly through the windows and across our faces as a violent downpour suddenly unleashed from the sky.
And holy shit, global warming might have been happening after all. I wasn’t sure how else to describe the phenomena erupting all around me, but pinning a name to the destruction was the least of my worries right then; I just wanted to get the hell out of there in one piece.
Minutes ticked by ceaselessly, but no one called for evacuation. It dawned on me as I heard a solitary set of heavy footfalls echoing quickly through the hall that there was no power, and therefore, no loudspeaker.
Noise was blossoming from a distance, crescendoing in the wake of the person’s gait. And then he reached our room. Sweat poured from Principal Bauer’s splotchy pink face as he hitched up his slacks. “Evacuation protocol,” he puffed as he thumbed us toward the hall. “Go outside and find your homeroom teacher. Once you’ve all been accounted for, we’ll announce a dismissal. The intention and expectation is that you’ll go straight home and stay out of harm’s way.” He stared at us decisively, then moved to the room across the hall.
He was the only one over there, as far as I knew. Oh, god what if he was hurt? Why hadn’t I just crawled backward? A knot tied itself securely around my stomach and squeezed.
From under my desk, I watched as Principal Bauer poked his head in the other room and looked around. “Clear,” he barked into a walkie-talkie before moving farther down the hall.
Clear? No, that wasn’t right. It couldn’t be. Cade was in there; I was sure of it. A tidal wave of nausea ripped through my core and crashed into my skull, knocking my crouch off kilter.
Students were rushing the halls, filing like sand through an hourglass. Crossing the hallway now would be like running perpendicular to the bulls, but I was determined to do it anyway. If Cade was still in there, then he was hurt—badly, maybe even unconscious.
I lurched sideways but was immediately carried forward by the crowd. Weaving quickly and carefully, I eventually made it to the other side of the hall, two doors up from Mrs. Caldwell’s room, where I’d last seen Cade. I hugged the wall snugly as I battled the opposing flow of people, creeping one sidelong step at a time until I made it back to where I’d started, but on the opposite side.
I slipped in smoothly and dropped to the floor in a crouch. Dust covered the room like a tarp, but it wasn’t difficult to see. Principal Bauer was right. Cade wasn’t there.
Elle Middaugh is a newly published author, born in the sticks outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania. After moving around the east coast a number of times, she now lives in her hometown with her husband and three children.
Reading has been a favorite past time since Elementary School and choose-your-own-adventure books. Writing has been her dream since Middle School when she first began penning her own material. Being published is the most awesome achievement in her writing career so far, but she hopes for more exciting landmarks and stepping stones in the future!
She’s a proud Navy wife; a frazzle-brained mother; a homebody who dislikes cleaning; a fan of tennis, and fitness in general; a lover of hot tea, mountain dew, and all things fiction; and she’s a bigger My Little Pony fan than her children.
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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Okay so no one actually tagged me in this, it just looked really fun and so I wanted to join in on all the fun! Hope you guys enjoy this with me. As for I will tag, you'll have to make it to the end to see if it's you!
Sadly I didn't read much as a little kid but I started really reading around 12 years old and I have a book series that I loved around that age. It's not popular and I'm sure most have never even heard of it but it's special to me. That series is: Daughters of the Moon.
This series always gets me out of a reading slump, but for some reason, this book is my favorite. I don't know why but I've read it more times than I kept track of. If you haven't read the Lux series you should like right now! You are seriously missing out!
I still remember this, it was the year I did two grades in one (5th-6th), my teacher had me doing something a little different from the rest of the group, since I couldn't sit in her classroom and do book discussions with the other 6th graders at the time, she had me reading the same books they did by myself and it was so nice because she loved reading too. So where it was just her and I after school, we really got to get into this book and I even later bought her the others in the series for her birthday.
Jennifer L Armentrout gets this place right here. I love her work so much that I would read anything she puts out. No one beats her characters. They are so funny and awesome.
I love the action in this whole series, I think it't great and it really gets my heart going every single time. Great series.
I tried to read this book, open minded like I do every book, but this.... I don't know, just wasn't my thing really.
Instead of just one book, I have a whole series that I wish everyone else would read because it is truly amazing and I love it! The Blue Blood series! Do you like vampires? Fallen Angels? Hot guys? If you answered yes to any of these then try this series!
This book left me sobbing when he left and now when I reread it, I laugh at how seriously messed it up is that she did nothing but be depressed that long. She should've moved on, life is worth living even if the guy you love dumps you, time will mend your heart.
Just one?! I have to choose only one! I can't..... one!? I... can't compute this... I can not chose just one! That would be like telling me to chose my favorite color, just can't happen. Sorry.
It would probably have been a book from TMI, I loved that series so much then! Not that I don't love it now because I do lol. But yeah I was loving that series so much!
This story is so heartbreaking and adorable and it hits me in the feels every damn time I read it. It's that go to book for every time I'm unsure what to read. Cam is a wonderful book boyfriend.
This was the first book I finally got to read after 3 years of not reading. I won't go into many details about it but there was there years that I simply couldn't focus on a book, my nerves made it where I had to be moving at all times and it was hard to focus at all. After my surgery, I read this book and it was like I was me again, I actually could read again. The best feeling in the world, anytime I even look at this book I tear up, it's silly but it means everything to me.
No spoilers but if you've read this series, I'm sure you know what I mean.
I really like this epilogue, it shows that even though everything is perfect it's getting better. There is a bright spot in the darkness. It's sweet.
So if you made it all the way through this post then you get to see who I'm tagging! Is it you?
Also if I didn't tag you and you want to do this tag, just do what I did. Do it! It was so much fun and that's all that really matters anyway.
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