07 April 2014

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

“If it was okay for me to kiss you…would you want me to?”


by Ann Brashares
Published April 8, 2014 by Delacorte Press
YA - Hardcover, 256 pages

Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for providing me with a digital copy for review.


Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.


THE HERE AND NOW is a beautifully written, YA sci-fi about time travel, forbidden love, and doing what’s right. It’s almost dystopian, except the world in which the characters exist is almost 100 years before the truly awful things have happened (due to mosquitoes, global warming, and humankind’s general lack of making changes in time to save things). The story follows Prenna, a teenager living with her mom, four years after they traveled back in time.

The time travelers must learn to fit in, while being careful about what their presence means for a changing future. There are twelve rules to keep them in line, including: “12. We must never, under any circumstances, develop a physically or emotionally intimate relationship with any person outside the community.” Of course, not forming any connections isn’t always easy and a good portion of the book focuses on this aspect of Prenna’s troubles. 

Ethan, a time native, has a secret connection to Prenna, that even she isn’t always aware of, and becomes a part of her possible love story, and the group’s time-traveler-in-an-old-time woes. He’s smart, resourceful, and totally into Prenna. Their friendship is sweet and pushing the boundaries of what’s allowed before anything more is ever even suggested. (The time traveling bosses are super strict!)

If you’re the type of person who wants every detail to be wrapped up at the end of the book, this one won’t satisfy that need, but I hope you’ll give it a try anyway. What needs to be concluded is, and enough is left open that you’ll have room to imagine (and maybe hope for another book). Think: the Delirium trilogy’s ending (which I loved), rather than anything with an epilogue telling you if she got married and had kids.

THE HERE AND NOW is one of those books I kept thinking about when I wasn’t reading it and had to get back to. While the world of 2014 isn’t bad, there are signs that it’s leading to exactly what Prenna and the others escaped when they traveled back in time, and doesn’t that mean some changes need to be made?

GET THE BOOK: Goodreads | Amazon | IndieBound

“Already he is the drip, drip of water that carves a canyon right through the middle of me.”

02 April 2014

Waiting On: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae


by Kristin Rae

YA Contemporary
Expected Publication: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury


Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?


Kristin is a fellow Texan and I met her waiting in a signing line at a book event a while back (2011? 2012?). She was with her mom and they were both super nice, and we talked about her sending chapters to her crit partners... and now LOOK! A BOOK!

Also, Italy! And adventure! And boys! (I've pre-ordered a copy, obviously.)

GET THE BOOK: Goodreads | Amazon | IndieBound | Book Depository

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine and is a weekly event to highlight books we're anticipating.

31 March 2014

Book Releases: April 1-7

This post covers releases for April 1-7, but actually they all come out tomorrow on the 1st!

by Ava Dellaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path. (I've heard so many great things about this book & can't wait to read it!Goodreads | Amazon


DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige -- Magic! Humor! Gore! Dorothy returned to Oz, seized power, and became an a-hole. Amy is recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked (who are possibly not the bad guys) and sent in to fight. (Oooooh. Haven't read anything like this before!Goodreads | Amazon

SEKRET by Lindsay Smith -- Yulia is a psychic spy forced to work for Russia’s KGB to undermine the U.S. space program. (OMG! I love spies!) Goodreads | Amazon

THIS SIDE OF SALVATION by Jeri Smith-Ready -- David's brother dies and he's angry. His parents become super religious and obsessed with the Rush (think: rapture) and start cutting ties with the world. He's on the fence though, and stuck between two worlds: the one his parents inhabit and the one where he's a teen boy with a best friend, a favorite sport, and a crush. (Not sure where the religious bit of this will go, which is an iffy topic for my liking, but I'm interested enough to give it a go.) Goodreads | Amazon

by Deb Caletti

Endings and beginnings sit so close to each other that it’s sometimes impossible to tell which is which. Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home. Her father’s solution? An impromptu road trip that lands them in a small coastal town at Tessa’s grandmother’s. Despite all the warmth and beauty there, Tessa can’t help but feel even more lost. Enter Henry Lark. He understands the relationships that matter. And more importantly, he understands her. A secret stands between them, but Tessa’s willing to do anything to bring them together—because Henry may just be her one chance at forever. (I'm always up for a YA contemporary set on in a coastal town.Goodreads | Amazon

Are any of these on your insta-buy list? Or some others I missed? There are so many fantastic books coming out, it's hard to keep up! (What a problem.)

30 March 2014


Welcome to this Sunday's #bookdeals! The list includes YA, NA, adult romance, ebooks, paperbacks, an audiobook, and even a Little Golden Book.

(Psst... there are books released in February & this month at big discounts... It's noted first in the tweets, so you can spot them.)

Warning! There are 30 #bookdeals this week, so this post is loooooong (but awesome).

Enjoy! (I know I will!)

23 March 2014


The following is a compilation of #bookdeals tweeted today. (I've started tweeting them on Sundays, so follow @StoryboundGirl and/or #bookdeals, if you'd like to spot them that way. Last week's deals can be found here & some are still discounted!) 

Includes: lots of YA, some romance (both contemporary & historical), and two non-fiction books. (And one of them is free!) The list has paperbacks, Kindle ebooks, and an audiobook!

Happy shopping!