Blog Tour: “What They Don’t Know” by Nicole Maggi + Giveaway!

36449964I’m excited to be a part of the ~*Official Blog Tour*~ for What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi, out today!

When their high school teacher assigns journal entries as homework, Mellie and Lise find they have plenty to offload into their diaries.

Mellie is the daughter of the mayor, who makes it well-known that he is super conservative — plus, now he’s running for senate. Mellie’s family is in the spotlight all the time, and it becomes increasingly more urgent that she deal with her secret. She was raped. And now she’s pregnant.

Lise has always felt that she was intuitive to people’s feelings. When her grade-school friend, Mellie, starts behaving differently, Lise is the only one who notices. She’s the only one that reaches out. And to Mellie’s luck, Lise is just the friend that she needs during this difficult time in her life.

What They Don’t Know takes a good, hard look at what it is like for someone to go through the tough decision to have an abortion as an unwed teen in a conservative world. Plus, Mellie has the added trauma of her pregnancy being a result of a rape. Stories come out daily of these abuses against women (and others, too), so it’s a poignant topic.

In these political climes, with laws restricting the bodily rights of cis female, non-binary, and trans individuals, books like this will become increasingly important. Abortion is a difficult life choice to make, and Nicole Maggi explores the feelings Mellie has — the knowledge she obtains, that no one can know how this situation feels until they find themselves in it. The decision to control one’s own body, to be free to make their own choice.


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You can also click here to enter to win a copy in this giveaway sponsored by Sourcebooks Fire!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Links in post are affiliate links whose proceeds go toward the maintenance of this blog.

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel


stationelevenhcus2Station Eleven is the story of the post-apocalyptic world after the “Georgia Flu” wipes out a massive amount of people. The story flashes back and forth from before the flu, to years after the flu devastated the world. There are also many different storylines woven through the book, which I absolutely love–seeing how the characters are all related or came together eventually.

Another thing that I was really excited about in Station Eleven is that most of the post-apocalyptic world stuff happens in Michigan, which is one of my favorite places. It was easy to relate to the places, the weather and the general atmosphere being described because I’ve been there.

The audiobook was especially awesome, the narrator was engaging and easy to listen to. I really did not enjoy parts of this book, but others I absolutely adored. No wonder this book is so popular. I just wish I had picked it up earlier! So here’s my recommendation for you: Pick this one up–before the world ends!

Purchase the book here.

“100 Days” by Nicole McInnes

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Agnes doesn’t know it yet, but she has 100 days left to live. She has progeria–a disease that makes a child’s body age way faster than normal (and Agnes, at 16, is lucky to have survived this long). Her best friend, Moira, takes care of her like a bodyguard and a mom, escorting her through the halls so she doesn’t get injured and driving her in a special car seat to and from school. But Agnes doesn’t want to be coddled. She knows she isn’t long for this world, so she wants to live it up, get all the experiences that she’s missed out on in her short life.

One day, they bump into their old friend, Boone, in the cafeteria. This sets in motion a series of days full of grief, hardship, but also friendship.

Told from alternating views of all three characters and counting down from day 100, this is a light read that also deals with some somber topics. It’s a great reminder to keep your friends close, enjoy every moment you have with loved ones, and to experience everything possible while you can.

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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

“The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko” by Scott Stambach

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The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko is, simply put, as if The Fault in Our Stars took place in a hospital/orphanage in Russia with mutant children.

Ivan was born a mutant–he has one arm, and nubs where his other arm and legs should be. His face droops and he has trouble speaking, and he’s been in the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children for his entire life. Despite all his physical deformities, Ivan is very smart and observant. He reads nonstop and is very astute at observing the health of his fellow patients.

Ivan, with the encouragement of the caring Nurse Natalya, has decided to write his story. The story is an account of Ivan’s life, how he feels, who his fellow patients are, and various other observations, up to the point where he meets Polina, and ending a few days after her death. (Not a spoiler, this is found out in the first page!) She changes his life from the moment he hears she will be coming to Mazyr Hospital. And his life will never be the same afterwards.

Neither will my life be the same, to be honest. This book was heartbreaking, funny, introspective, and devastating. I tore through this one in two days and after the last page I was just profoundly sad–but in a good way, where you know you read something important.

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I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

rev-everythingeverything02★★★★☆ — Maddie has SCID, also known as bubble baby syndrome. She has lived her entire life up to now in her home, taking school over the internet, for the last 18 years. But when a cute and interesting boy moves in next door, her life changes drastically.

This book holds a special place in my heart as I suffer from lots of different allergies (but nowhere near SCID). I like to tell people about my allergy test to explain: I was tested for allergies to 64 things, and I was NOT allergic to FOUR of them.

A coming-of-age, coming-out-of-the-house YA contemporary, you’ll find yourself holding your breath, laughing, and crying. Told through internal dialogue and online chats, this book is a breezy read that you’ll definitely have a reaction to.

Purchase the book here.

Nicola Yoon has a new book coming out this November, too: The Sun is Also a Star. I snagged an ARC at BEA — be on the lookout for my review!

“The Bullet” by Mary Louise Kelly



“I just — I mean, how did you get it?” Her hand reached up to brush the back of her neck.

“Get what?”

“The…you know, here.” Again, the hand reaching up.

“Sorry, I’m not sure what you’re talking about.”

“The bullet,” she said. “How did you get that bullet in your neck?”

Caroline Cashion thought she had a normal life. A professor of French literature, Caroline spends her days reading in quaint cafés, teaching, and spending time with her close-knit family.

But after that fateful doctor’s appointment, Caroline’s world is turned upside down. She finds out that when she was younger, her parents were murdered, and she was left for dead with a bullet in her neck. The case went cold years ago, but Caroline is determined to sleuth out what happened, and to find out if the killer is still out there.

THE BULLET is a slow-paced thriller, moving from old colonial Washington DC to country southern Atlanta and back again. Her journey is full of twists, some you can see coming, which actually makes the completely unpredictable ones that much more mind-blowing. Another great summer read!

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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

“The Euthanist” by Alex Dolan


I’d already thought through this plenty. I wouldn’t have committed to this work without knowing why I was doing it. “I remove suffering… It’s the difference between compassion and execution. If you can’t see that, you really don’t understand what I do.”

The EuthanistKali helps people die. They always have time to change their mind, but most of them don’t. They just want their agony to end. But then, Kali meets Leland, and she is forced to think about the morality of what she does. Are all those suffering also dying? Or is she willing to help those who are suffering in different ways? Can she use her unique skills to help get revenge on those most deserving?

The Euthanist has it all: twists, kidnapping, torture, serial killers, and an ending so intense that there’s no way you will see it coming. A psychological thriller on par with Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and a fantastic debut from author Alex Dolan.

Purchase the book here.

I was provided an Advance Reader Copy of The Euthanist from Diversion Books in exchange for an honest review.

“Brain on Fire” by Susannah Cahalan


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Susannah Cahalan was working for the New York Post when her mood shifted from friendly and talkative (like a journalist), to paranoid, hysterical, and delusional (like a schizophrenic). After severe symptoms, she was taken to New York University Hospital to begin treatment, but the doctors were unsure what exactly they needed to treat. Some doctors thought she had psychosis, but her parents and her faithful boyfriend disagreed. She had been normal just a few weeks ago! Through the hard work and determination of the doctors at NYU, Susannah eventually was treated for and recovered from her illness.

Susannah has written about her illness in Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness — piecing together bits from doctors files, interviews with family and friends, and from footage of her room taken by the hospital. She has to piece together what happened during that blank month, and which situations were real and which were her hallucinations.

This is a medical drama that is not slow, but moves along while providing easy-to-understand medical explanations of why these things were happening to Susannah. I prescribe one reading of Brain on Fire, STAT!

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