Drowning is Inevitable

Drowning is InevitableDrowning is Inevitable

Written By: Shalanda Stanley

Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Read: June 16-July 14, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.


Goodreads Synopsis

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?


This is Shalanda Stanley’s first novel and I don’t think that it will be her last. She is a natural storyteller and has created a wonderful book. She is a master at character development. Her characters are what make the story. Olivia is a young woman who is disappearing into the shadow of her dead mother. Jamie is a sad soul living in an abusive home. Maggie is a talented artist with a drug addicted mother. Max is alcoholic from an affluent family who is living with the guilt of drunk driving accident where Olivia was hurt. Each of her characters have their own heartbreaking story that are weaved together effortlessly in Drowning is Inevitable. When an unfortunate turn of events turns their world upside down the four teens come together to protect one another. On the run from the law they must rely on each other to get through their crazy ordeal. She did an excellent job of creating real characters with real emotion who were able to stand out among the chaos going on around them.

Drowning is Inevitable was a fast paced, easy read. It was a well written story with an excellent group of characters that was full of action, drama and suspense. It is an excellent story of about discovering one’s self and that crazy path to get there. This story of a fiercely loyal group of friends will leave you heartbroken and hopeful at the same time.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted To Visit

Recommended for Fans of: Realistic Fiction and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: 

TBR Takedown

I am participating in my first read-a-thon! I will be taking part in the #TBRTakedown hosted by Shannon @LeaningLights. The read-a-thon takes place from July 25-31. Below are the prompts and the books that I choose.


1. First Book In A Series

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

2. Sequel Book In A Series

Days of Blood and Starlight

3. A Book Out Of Your Comfort Zone

sherlock holmes

4. A Book On Your Shelf For Over A Year

water for elephants

5. Most Recently Hauled Book

The Good Girl


Are you participating in the #TBRTakedown? If you are post a link to your blog or find me on Twitter (@bmariereads)! Have you read any of the books that I am reading for the read-a-thon? Let us know in the comments!

2015 Reading Challenge Update [2]

The 2015 Reading Challenge that I am attempting to complete was originally posted on PopSugar. You can find my original post on it here. There are 50 books in total on the reading challenge, if you are a fast reader there is still plenty of time to join me!

Below you can find the last nine books that I have read for the list with links to the reviews that I have posted. You can find my post on the first eleven books here.


A Mystery or Thriller

As White As Snow

A Book Set In A Different Country

As Black As Ebony

A Non-Fiction Book

Despite the Best Intentions

A Book Based Entirely On Its Cover

loving day

A Book That You Can Read In A Day

Everything Everything

A Book You Own But Have Never Read

Every Day

A Trilogy

Legend Trilogy

Legend

Prodigy

Champion

A Pulitzer Prize Winning Book

The Color Purple

A Book Set Somewhere You Have Always Wanted To Visit

Drowning is Inevitable

I will post a review for this book closer to the date of publication.


I need your help! There are a few books on my list that I am having a hard time with. If you have any suggestions for any of them it would be greatly appreciated!

  • A Book With Non-Human Characters- Most of the books that I know with non-human characters are children’s books. I would really like an awesome book that I will enjoy.
  • A Book That Scares You- I don’t usually read scary books so I would love some suggestions.
  • A Book With Antonyms In The Title- This is just a tricky one.
  • A Graphic Novel- I have never read a comic book or graphic novel so I am not sure where to start.
  • A Book Set During Christmas- The only ones that I can think of are classics like A Christmas Carol. I am hoping to find something a little more modern, preferably young adult.
  • A Book Written By An Author With Your Same Initials- My initials are B.M.H. I am having an impossible time finding an author with the same initials. At this point I will take an author with any variation of my initials.

Are you participating in any reading challenges? Do you have any suggestions for me to read as part of my reading challenge? Let us know in the comments!

Everything, Everything

Everything EverythingEverything, Everything

Written By: Nicola Yoon

Published By: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Read: June 18, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.


Goodreads Synopsis

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Okay, I need to take a deep breath. I devoured this book in about three hours and now that it is over, I don’t know what to do with myself. (Write a review, I suppose.)

First things first, we need to talk about that cover. It is so beautiful! I am not ashamed to admit that I requested this NetGalley based entirely on the cover. I have every intention of buying the physical copy when it comes out because my bookcase just won’t be complete without it. (I might even do a giveaway because YOUR bookcase won’t be complete without it either!) I was basically in love with this book before I even read a word. And then I read it. 

The plot was extremely well executed. Interesting and full of emotion. (Seriously, all of the emotions.) Nicola Yoon has written a wonderful story. The characters were so much more complex than I expected. It was such a fun, quick and unique read. It has everything I love about contemporary YA but it is so much more. I loved the way that she put the book together. She has added e-mails, IMs, drawings, notes, lists and all sorts of fun stuff that really enhances the reading experience. Everything, Everything really lives up to the hype. I highly recommend adding this book to your TBR list. 

2015 Reading Challenge- A Book That You Can Read In A Day

Recommended for Fans of: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: Never Always Sometimes

Loving Day

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Written By: Mat Johnson

Published By: Spiegel & Grau

Read: June 13-17, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.


Goodreads Synopsis

From the author of the critically beloved Pym comes a ruthlessly comic and moving tale of a man discovering a lost daughter, confronting an elusive ghost, and stumbling onto the possibility of utopia.

“In the ghetto there is a mansion, and it is my father’s house.”

Warren Duffy has returned to America for all the worst reasons: His marriage to a beautiful Welsh woman has come apart; his comics shop in Cardiff has failed; and his Irish American father has died, bequeathing to Warren his last possession, a roofless, half-renovated mansion in the heart of black Philadelphia. On his first night in his new home, Warren spies two figures outside in the grass. When he screws up the nerve to confront them, they disappear. The next day he encounters ghosts of a different kind: In the face of a teenage girl he meets at a comics convention he sees the mingled features of his white father and his black mother, both now dead. The girl, Tal, is his daughter, and she’s been raised to think she’s white.

Spinning from these revelations, Warren sets off to remake his life with a reluctant daughter he’s never known, in a haunted house with a history he knows too well. In their search for a new life, he and Tal struggle with ghosts, fall in with a utopian mixed-race cult, and ignite a riot on Loving Day, the unsung holiday for interracial lovers.

A frequently hilarious, surprisingly moving story about blacks and whites, fathers and daughters, the living and the dead, Loving Day celebrates the wonders of opposites bound in love.


Loving Day was such an amazing and unique read. It was different from anything else that I have ever read. It was engaging and informational. It shares an important message about understanding and accepting who you are. The book primarily centers around people of African and European descent but the message can pertain to anyone.

Mat Johnson was able to take an important issue and turn it into a creative plot with real characters that, at times, had me laughing out loud. It was witty and smart in all the best ways. I highly recommend that you add this to your summer reading list. 

2015 Reading Challenge- A Book Based Entirely On Its Cover

Recommended for Fans of: Fiction

Suggested to Read Next:  Pym