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Top Ten Tuesday / December 31, 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists!

Wow, I’m quite sad saying goodbye to this year. It was a year of big things for me, namely getting married and buying my first property. So thank you to 2013, which will forever be an unforgettable year.

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By: Daphne
Top Ten Tuesday / August 6, 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists!

This one was a TOUGH one because I think approximately 94.1% of all the books I read are part of a series, as is the trend with YA. However, I have read some stand alone books and boy, do I end up craving sequels. Guess I’m just used to them, and I feel a bit spoiled like that. Without further ado, here are my:
 

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By: Daphne
Top Ten Tuesday / June 25, 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists!

It’s been a good year for books! I’ve read 33 so far this year and to be honest I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of them all in their own special way. I’ve narrowed it down to books that were published/are going to be published in 2013. Here are my favourite books so far this year:
 

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / April 29, 2013
If You Find Me by Emily MurdochIf You Find Me
Author: Emily Murdoch
Publisher: Indigo
Date: May 2013
320 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Contemporary
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THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND ...

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey's younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the "normal" life of school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won't let her go ... a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn't spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

Simply, this was a beautifully sad but uplifting tale. When I began reading, my heart ached with that familiar feeling when I know I’m reading something special. If You Find Me had me loving, laughing, crying and hoping nothing but the best for the girls. Big hugs to them both.

The book starts at what Carey considers ‘The End’. Home for Carey and her sister Jenessa is with their drug-addicted mother in a beat down camper van hidden away in a Tennessee national forest. One day, after her mother has been gone for over a month, her father and a social worker come to see the girls to introduce them back into ‘normal’ life. Carey has terrible memories of her mother taking them away from her father, and Jenessa has been mute for a year, ever since a faithful incident that haunts Carey’s conscience.

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By: Daphne
Waiting on Wednesday, Young Adult / April 10, 2013

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we feature a book we are looking forward to being released!
 

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

2 May 2013

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]A[/bra_dropcaps] broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the “normal” life of school, clothes and boys.

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By: Daphne