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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Title:  Sadie
Series: a novel
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 320 pages
Publication Date:  September 4th 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Edition: Advanced Reader Copy - paperback
Genre: Contemporary, young adult, mystery

I received an ARC of Sadie by Courtney Summers from Wednesday Books for review purposes.#FindSadie #ReadSadie



I really feel like that was not clear based on the synopsis. Being a victim of molestation myself from ages 3 to 8 years old, this book was hard to read in the middle. I felt queasy, reliving past trauma. I did finish after a long break and preparing myself because of course I wanted to know what happened to Sadie, but there was a part where I didn’t know if I could. Maybe this story should come with a trigger warning in the preface. I was not prepared.


A gripping novel about the depth of a sister's love; poised to be the next book you won't be able to stop talking about. 

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she's left behind.
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
"I always forget fear is a conquerable thing but I learn it over and over again and that, I guess, is better than never learning it."


The recurring theme is sisterly love and bond.

Main Characters

  • Danny Gilchrist-boss for public radio introduces the 8 episode The Girls podcast by West McCray
  • West McCray- public radio personality follows clues looking for runaway Sadie Hunter
  • May Beth Foster-68, manager of Sparkling River Estates trailer park where Sadie lived. Grandma figure to the girls
  • Sadie Lera Hunter- 19, has a stutter. runaway, goes on a quest to find her sisters killer 
  • Mattie Southern- 13, Sadie’s dead sister 
  • Claire Southern- Sadie and Mattie’s mom, addict


2 POV: podcast and Sadie 
  • The podcast is narrated by West McCray as he interviews people after Mattie's death in Sadie's hometown of Cold Creek and then interviews and observations following Sadie's trail after she runs away.
  • The second narrator is told from Sadie's POV as she follows leads, determined to find and confront her sister's killer. Sadie also has moments of PTSD where she relives being molested by her mother's ex-boyfriend.


  • Timeline starts after Mattie's death and Podcast airs present day (October, 1 year after Mattie's murder) 
  • Cold Creek Colorado- a rundown village 

What did I like about the book?

I've never listened to a podcast but on Goodreads it says 'Listen to the The Girls podcast from Sadie:'  It is only a 1 minute trailer but I really like that. The narrator goes around interviewing people associated with Sadie which launches into an investigation. I really enjoyed how the podcast showed the many people affected by this story.

Sadie is a well written character. She has a stutter, barely an adult but spent a good portion of her childhood solely taking care of her little sister. I don't have any experience with stuttering but I liked reading about the different reactions how it made Sadie feel. Sadie came from poverty, never leaving her little village but was determined to stand up to the person that killed the only family she has meaning she had to travel a great distance by herself and be really brave. Her fierce determination along with all the realistic obstacles that she faces made for a wonderful story.

What did I not like about the book?

  • .I was unprepared for Sadie's moments remembering being sexually abused and it hit me hard. I had to walk away from the book for a few hours and get into the right mindset before picking it back up.
  • Also, there was some unnecessary repetition between Sadie and the podcast that I think could've been used differently to better enhance the flow of the story

Date Started/Finished : July 29, 2018

"Love is complicated, it’s messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments and our hardest mistakes."

Recommend? yes

Rating: /*****

based off Goodreads' ratings
5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend
content rating system
PG-13 + M = some swearing and includes mature themes (addiction, drug use, sexual abuse, pedophilia)

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Kingdom Come Series Blog Tour and giveaway

Welcome to Kingdom Come Series Blog Tour and giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Series: Kingdom Come
Author: Cecelia Earl
Number of books: 3 
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

When Ash Rains Down
Book 1 
Release Date: December 1, 2016 
Angels are real.
So are demons.

Shady Creek gets a whole lot scarier after Julia learns she's part angel, especially since the only person she can trust is an angel who's as infuriating as he is attractive.

Julia received a necklace containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. At seventeen, Julia's doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that's not all that's changing.

When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burn s her chest. Pain in her back is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes... into something demonic.

Demon after demon threaten Julia's home, family, and friends, and she realizes there may have been something more behind her dad's disappearance. And now there may be something -- or someone -- dangerous after her.

Julia has to accept that she is not quite human. Will her infuriating but attractive Guardian Angel be able to prepare her for the battle to come?

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ABOUT When Smoke Rains Down
Book 2 
Release Date: May 27, 2017

If only humans knew the invisible danger lurking around them...

In the aftermath of an explosion and Homecoming battle, Julia tries to form some semblance of a routine: work, study, and visit her brother who remains hospitalized. Unable to confide in anyone about her double life of being both human and angel, and fearful she'll bring more death and destruction to those she loves, she pulls away from her family and best friend.

When demons once again start to show up at every turn, seemingly bringing about her brother's deepening depression, she demands her sword from Nicholas. Ever the stern Guardian An gel, he forbids her from using it. Isolated, she takes protecting her brother into her own h ands. But when demons show they have evils hidden within their weapons in addition to their ability to siphon souls from the living, Julia's not sure she knows the best way to handle saving him any longer. Especially when ash-colored lines begin to appear on humans, lines of demonic poison that travel through their veins toward their hearts and alter their moods.

Thrust into a dark world of conspiring demons, Julia is in more danger than she ever imagined possible. To stop evil from spreading and overtaking those she loves, she'll have to see k out the one person she mistrusts most -- especially when a line appears on her own arm, and her apathy toward doing much of anything, including saving anyone, grows.

Enter a complex world where humans, demons, and angels collide, all batt ling to rule the Earth.

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ABOUT When Fire Rains Down 

Release Date: June 27, 2018 

Hell is nothing like Julia imagined and beyond everything she feared.

The little town of Shady Creek is under attack by Lucifer and his demons. To save the people she loves, human-angel Hybrid Julia must rescue their kidnapped Guardian Angels, even when it means defying her father.

Trouble is, he knows only too much about Hell's perils. When a demon sucks Julia into a cosmic vacuum, the experience leaves an indelible blight she dares not mention for fear of losing her place on the angelic rescue team.

As a growing demon army surrounds Shady Creek, Julia's feelings for her own Guardian become all too real and dangerous. But the cosmic imbalance fueled by Hybrid Angels, Rogue Guardians and Warriors is already depleting the strength of the rescue team. And there's no room for distraction when the mission is to get into Hell — and out again.

For the sake of the mission, Julia must face the truth of the Hybrids' existence. Because nobody will be safe unless she can trust the gift of free will — for others and for herself — in this end- of -the-world finale to The Legend of Shady Creek Trilogy.

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Cecelia Earl graduated with a degree in education and has been teaching ever since. She's a wife, a mom of three boys, and an owner of a magical laundry pile that never stops growing. She lives near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold.

She's a first grade teacher in a Catholic school by day, a mom always, and a writer in her sleep, but that's okay because being an author is a dream come true. She writes angel fantasy books for young and youngish adults. If you feel young, she writes for you -- whether or not you feel particularly angelic.

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When Smoke Rains Down 

Book two excerpt

Book Excerpt

     Nicholas  is  doing  pull-ups  from  a  low-hanging  tree  branch  and  doesn't  acknowledge  my 
arrival,  so  I  follow  suit.  I  squat  and  leap  up  to  grab  a  branch.  I'm  getting  stronger.  He  used  to  have  to  hoist  me  up  to  reach.  I've  also  doubled  the  amount  I  can  do  before  taking  a  break  to  do  lunges  and  squats. 
     "Sprints,"  he  calls  out  when  I've  finished  all  the  sets  of  arm  and  leg  workouts.   
     I  race  back  and  forth  between  two  of  the  tallest  tree  trunks  while  he  times  me.  It's  apparent  why  I've  been  eating  so  much  and  obvious  how  much  strength  I've  gained.  Yet  the  stony  expression  on  his  face  remains.  This  workout  will  make  me  ache  for  days. 
     When  finally  I'm  dripping  with  sweat  and  fatigued,  he  walks  over  to  me.  "Time  for  your 
lesson."  Then  he  walks  to  the  center  of  the  clearing  without  waiting  for  a  response. 
     I  allow  myself  two  seconds  to  close  my  eyes  and  take  a  deep  breath. 
     "Now,  Angel." 
     I  push  out  my  wings  and  push  up  off  the  ground  and  glide  over  to  him, 
lowering  myself  gently  behind  him.  He  turns  and  narrows  his  eyes.  I  put  my  wings  a
way,  proud  of  myself  even  if  he's  not.  Flying  had  been  rocky  at  best  the  first  few  times  I'd  tried  it.  I'd  had  no  control  and  crashed  into  more  than  a  few  branches— and  one  bird.  Poor  thing. 
     "Summon  the  bow  and  arrow  we  worked  with  last  time,"  he  orders. 
     Bow,  I  think.  Nothing  happens.  I  reach  my  hand  out  into  the  air. Bow.  A  spear  materializes  in  my  closed  fist.  I  growl.  "It's  all  I  ever  get!" 
     "Calm  down.  Try  again." 
     I  let  go  of  the  spear  and  it  disintegrates.  "Bow,"  I  yell.  The  spear  is  back  in  my  fist. 
     He  sighs.  "The  spear  is  the  lowest  of  the  weapons.  You  have  to  work  your  way  up." 
    "I  know  this,"  I  say  through  gritted  teeth.  "Spear,  bow,  rope,  chains..."  I  don't  bother  to 
mention  my  sword.  I've  stopped  asking  for  it. 
     I  try  to  calm  down.  Spear,  I  think.  I  get  the  spear  I've  pictured.  One  that's  longer  and  narrower  than  the  one  I'd  been  conjuring  up.  I  let  it  go  and  take  a  deep  breath  through  my  nose.  Bow.  The  same  short,  thick  spear  materializes. 
     Nicholas  reaches  into  the  air  and  pulls  a  bow  and  arrow  from  it  with  ease.  He  hands  them  to  me.  "Show  me  how  to  set  the  arrow  and  aim  for  the  target." 
     Nicholas  had  explained  the  reason  the  demons  had  overrun  the  hospital  was  most  likely 
because  of  Noah,  either  because  they're  after  him,  or  after  something  he  has.  He  wants  me  to  be  ready  the  next  time  I'm  faced  with  a  hoard  of  demons  on  my  own.  He  wants  me  to  be  able  to  get  rid  of  demons  from  a  distance  by  sending  an  arrow  across  a  space,  and  though  I  can't  summon  the  bow  and  arrow,  my  aim  is  pretty  good. 
     "Bullseye,"  I  say  after  striking  the  center  of  the  target  three  times  in  a  row. 
     "Pride  will  get  you  nowhere,"  he  says,  retrieving  the  arrows  and  returning  them  to  me. 
     Rather  than  aim  the  arrow  at  the  target,  I  aim  it  at  a  knot  in  a  tree  and  strike  its  center.   
     "Julia,  focus,"  he  shouts,  his  voice  stern  and  reprimanding.  I  can't  stand  the  annoyance  that  flares  to  life  in  his  eyes  when  I  don't  just  do  as  he  tells  me.  He's  so  bossy  and  controlling.  More  than  once,  I've  nearly  rammed  him  alongside  his  head  with  a  metal  object.  After  half  an  hour  more,  he  relaxes.  "Better.  Now..." 
     He  doesn't  get  a  chance  to  finish  his  command,  because  Michael  has  entered  the  clearing. 
Twice  before  he's  come  to  oversee  either  my  progress  or   Nicholas's  training  technique.  I'm  not  sure  which.  Nicholas  is  that  much  tenser  when  he's  around,  like  he's  trying  to  prove  himself  or  something.    
     And  sure  enough,  he  straightens  and  his  shoulders  go  rigid.  I  guess  he's  been  loosening  up  around  me,  because  the  difference  in  his  personality  is  laughable.  His  face  is  all  hard  angles  and  his  hands  move  at  lightning  speed.  He  won't  look  me  in  the  eyes. 
     I  summon  a  spear  and  defend  myself  as  Nicholas  comes  at  me.  We  continue  lunging  at  one  another  and  defending  jabs  until  Michael  leaves  with  a  nod  and  a  "Good  work." 
     Nicholas  gets  up  off  the  ground  where  he  pinned  me  and  brushes  off  his  clothes.   
     "Wouldn't  it  serve  you  better  to  cool  it  when  he's  here?  Let  me  win  and  pin  you  or 
     He  looks  up  from  buttoning  his  overshirt.  "No." 
     "Well,  I  mean  if  you  want  to  look  like  this  almighty  trainer,  then  wouldn't  it  benefit  you  to  make  it  look  like  I'm  able  to  fight  well?" 
     He  strolls  over  to  me  where  I'm  still  standing  holding  my  weapon.  "No.  If  you  want  to 
overpower  me,  then  you  have  to  earn  it.  Do  it  authentically.  I  don't  play  games  to  win.  Or  lose." 
     I  nod,  chewing  on  my  cheek,  and  then  he  adds,  surprising  me,  "You  are  able  to  fight  well." 
     I'm  almost  touched  by  the  compliment,  so  touched  that  I  lunge  forward,  kick  Nicholas's 
feet  out  from  under  him,  and  land  on  top  of  him.  I  push  the  long  metal  rod  across  his  throat  and  pin  him  to  the  ground. 
     "Thanks,"  I  say.   
     He  looks  at  me  and  whips  me  around,  pinning  me  with  the  edge  of  a  blade  to  my  throat.  "You  made  that  too  easy.  Stay  on  the  offensive  and  pay  attention." 
     He  lays  the  dagger  down  in  the  dirt  and  holds  himself  above  me  with  his  palms  on  the 
ground,  looking  at  me.  His  breath  is  on  my  face,  and  suddenly  it's  a  gazillion  times  hotter  and  harder  to  breathe.  He's  so  beautiful  to  look  at  when  he's  not  scolding  me  and  bossing  me  around.  I  realize  how  very  much  I  needed  to  hear  that  compliment  come  from  him,  how  very  much  I  wanted  to  make  him  proud  of  me.  He  runs  his  tongue  over  his  bottom  lip.  I  take  in  a  sharp  breath.  His  eyes  are  on  mine  a  moment  longer  before  he  pushes  up  off  the  ground  and  jumps  to  his  feet. 
     "We're  done  for  today." 
     Once  again,  he  strides  off,  leaving  me  to  show  myself  out.  "Sword,"  I  demand  of  the  air  around  me.  A  bow  and  arrow  appear  in  my  fists.  "Gah!"  I  shout  at  the  trees.  I  let  the  weapons  drop  into  the  shimmering  dirt  and  stomp  off  through  the  trees. 

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