Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Drowning is Inevitable


Title: Drowning is Inevitable

Shalanda Stanley 

Expected Publication:
September 8, 2015

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 288

Genres: Young Adult ♥ Contemporary

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads: “A literary knockout with the loudest of beating hearts.”
John Corey Whaley, Printz Award winner of Where Things Come Back

Olivia has spent her whole life struggling to escape her dead mother’s shadow. But when her father can’t even look at her because Olivia reminds him of her mother, and her grandmother mistakenly calls her “Lillian,”  shaking a reputation she didn’t ask for is next to impossible. Olivia is used to leaning on her best friend, Jamie; her handsome but hot-tempered boyfriend, Max; and their wild-child friend, Maggie, for the reality check that her small Louisiana town can’t provide. But when a terrible fight between Jamie and his father turns deadly, all Olivia can think to do is grab her friends and run.

In a flash, Olivia, Jamie, Max, and Maggie become fugitives on the back roads of Louisiana. They’re headed to New Orleans, where they hope to find a solution to an unfixable problem. But with their faces displayed on all the news stations, their journey becomes a harrowing game of hide-and-seek from the police—and so-called allies, who just might be the real enemy.

Shalanda Stanley’s breathtaking debut novel explores the deep ties between legacy, loyalty, and love, even as it asks the question: How far would you go to save a friend?

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 08/27/2015): 4.02


  • Christina thought this title was heartbreaking. It goes on her third shelf. To find out why…

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Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway! Beyond Fate (Fate #1.5) by Heather Lyons


We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for the paperback edition of Heather LyonsBEYOND FATE! BEYOND FATE is a Fate Series novella and is written in Jonah’s point of view. It is his side of the story from A MATTER OF FATE.

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Release Day Excerpt:

I remember Joey telling me once that, of all the big waves he’s ever ridden in his life, the one that got his blood pumping most was Mavericks. “It’s sick,” he said as we waxed our boards at one of his favorite breaks near his house in Australia. “Cold as all hell. Gotta be careful of the Boneyard nearby. There’s a reason they call it that, you know. The reef below loves nothing more than to welcome you to stay forever. But,” his easy grin slid out, “when conditions are right, and you can take off in the hollow and traverse the long wall before finishing in white water, your life flashes before your eyes. You’re flying through hell like a slingshot, only to come out in paradise.”

Obviously, it made me want to surf Mavericks so bad I could taste it.

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Wander and Roam (Wander #1) by Anna Kyss

Wander and RoamTitleWander and Roam


AuthorAnna Kyss

Published:  May 2014

In the last year, Abby Bentley has failed out of college and lost her high school sweetheart. Unwilling to return home, Abby signs up to volunteer on an Australian farm, where she can hide away from her family and isolate to her heart’s desire. Best of all, no one will care about her past. Abby soon discovers she’ll be sharing most of her daylight hours–as well as a very small yurt–with the farm’s other volunteer: sexy, flirtatious Sage.

The more hours they spend together, the more conflicted Abby becomes. Torn between a growing attraction to Sage and faltering loyalty to her old boyfriend, Abby escapes to her refuge of writing letters she will never send. When Abby finally reveals her past, Sage’s secret about his future threatens their bond. With Abby running from her past and Sage trying to escape his future, can they build a relationship in the here and now?

**Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Publisher via Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review!

Ana will put Wander and Roam on her second shelf!!

Here’s what I learned from this story…you can’t run from reality but, sometimes, when you do, good things happen.  This book was filled with 2nd Shelfheartbreak and joy at the same time.  Both Abby and Sage are facing difficult challenges in their lives and neither wants to deal with it at the moment.  In their attempts to run away from the pain they’re feeling, they meet each other and discover that having someone to share your load is better than facing it alone.

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Release Day Blitz – Unconditional Anthology by Various Authors

 Check out this amazing anthology!  So many books by so many great authors!  We know you'll want to check it out!! Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Eab2u3 Purchase on B&N: http://bit.ly/1IkRkYE Purchase on iBooks: http://apple.co/1TY2Nby Purchase on Kobo: http://bit.ly/1MIiwWy Life isn't easy. Love is harder. Love cuts, love burns and sometimes love breaks. But living a … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

{release day celebration with excerpt & giveaway} Fallen Crest University (Fallen Crest #5) by Tijan

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Sam & Mason return in Fallen Crest University! Now Available! Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1UZh70y Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1WKCWCB Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1LqaWkl Kobo: http://bit.ly/1NBi64P iBooks: http://apple.co/1NLEciP   Synopsis Fallen Crest is back with a vengeance! Samantha, Mason, and Logan are all together and united with one common enemy: Park Sebastian, the … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

{ARC} Review – Darken the Stars (Kricket #3) by Amy A. Bartol


Title:  Darken the Stars Series:  Kricket, Book 3 Author:  Amy A. Bartol Published:  September 2015 Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Stacking the Shelves {96}

Addicted to You

Welcome to Stacking The Shelves – hosted by Tynga over at Tynga’s Reviews!   Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-Books! Below is all the pretty books  our awesome haul … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

{top shelf review} After Dark (Night Owl #3) by M. Pierce

Title: After Dark Author: M. Pierce Series: Night Owl Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin Published: March 24, 2015 Synopsis: In the final novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce, can a passion that has withstood many ordeals become a love strong enough to last a lifetime? Matt Sky is trying to return to normal, having faked his death and come back to life. He and … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

{release day celebration with excerpt and giveaway} Guiding Lights by Jessica Florence

  It’s release day for Jessica Florence’s Guiding Lights. We're so excited about this fantastic new release and thrilled to be sharing it with you! Jessica is sharing an excerpt and fantastic giveaway with us, so be sure to check it all out!   About Guiding Lights: He sings of suffering. His eyes hold the pain of living in sorrow. The moment our gaze meets recognition … [Continue reading & get hooked!]

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

  Title: Vengeance Road Author: Erin Bowman ♣ @erin_bowman Expected Publication: September 1, 2015 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 336 Genres: Young Adult ♣ Contemporary ♣ Historical Fiction ♣ Action/Adventure ♣ Romance Source: NetGalley Summary from Goodreads: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal … [Continue reading & get hooked!]