Read: July 2016 Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Drama Source: Purchased #Pages: 353 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Irene Stanley thought her world had come to an end when her son Shep was murdered during a robbery at their home. 19 years later, Shep’s killer is placed on death row, awaiting a date for execution. Irene, having reached the brink of suicide, now realizes that she needs to face the secrets that surround her son’s murder.
I read this book a couple of months ago and I really enjoyed it (The Before Now and After Then review), and I also hosted a guest post by author, Peter Monn, as well as having the opportunity to interview him. During the interview, Peter mentioned that the cover had received some negative comments, so Pen Name Publishing listened to their readers and redesigned the cover!
Here is the publisher’s explanation of the old cover – “Music is a central theme to the book, which has actually been the subject of debate. Danny’s parents are ageing punk-rockers, and he grows up listening to certain types of music. He exchanges an infamous mix tape with Rusty, and they have an adorable date in a record store. The cover showed their youth, it symoblised many important moments in the story and the generation gap between Danny and his parents, that doesn’t stand in their way. Even Danny’s best friend, Cher, is named after a musician and has lyrics painted on her floor. The green colour is also the same colour as Rusty’s backpack. Some readers loved it, and some hated it.”
Goodreads Synopsis: Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.
That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.
Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer – but can she track them down before they come for her?
Read: August 2014 Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Contemporary/Issues Source: Purchased – eBook #Pages: 221 Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sidelines forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
Read: August 2014 Genre: Young Adult/Romance/LGBT Source: Publisher Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical twin brother, Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself.
With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two ageing punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.