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August 14, 2016

August 2016 And The Story Begins Review


Books. Books. Books. So many books to read and so little time. No joke, I could stop buying them and crack down on my TBR list I wouldn't run out of things to read for probably two years. I blame a large part of this on book subscription boxes. They pulled me from a massive reading slump and I just can't seem to stop now. My newest monthly book box has just arrived and it's name is And The Story Begins.

If you aren't familiar, And The Story Begins is a fantastic new monthly subscription for all you bookworms out there. The cost is $9.99 (plus s+h) and each month, you'll receive two surprise books in the genre of your choice. Currently you can chose from YA, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, and Science Fiction. This review is for the YA box. 

I really really love that each book is wrapped up so nice and pretty. It makes things a mystery and much more fun to open up!

The Unchangable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma --- Not a book I have ever come across but it sounds interesting. Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

"These stories are all true, but only somewhere else. As early as he can remember, the hopelessly unreliable- yet earnest- narrator of this remarkable debut novel as wanted to become a writer. From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Christopher Jansma's irresistible narrator will be inspired and haunted by the success of his greatest friend and his rival in writing, the eccentric and brilliantly talented Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Julian's enchanting friend Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. After the trio has a disastrous falling-out, desperate to tell the truth in his writing and to figure out who he really is. 

Jansma's narrator finds himself caught in a never-ending web of lies. As much a story about a young man and his friends trying to make wither way in the world as it is a profoundly affecting exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling. The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is a warm, witty, and inventive literary tour de force that heralds Jansma as a bold, new American voice."

Breathless by Anne Sward --- Can we all just admire how gorgeous this cover is? It immediately sucks me in. Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

"Lo was just six when she met thirteen-year-old Lukas the night a brushfire threatened their community. Both the children of immigrants, both wild with love for the land, theirs was an easy friendship despite the fierce injunctions of Lo’s family. Meeting in secret at an abandoned lake house, they whiled away their summers in the water and their winters curled up inside, reenacting dialogue from their favorite film, Breathless. 

How a friendship so innocent and pure—and so strictly forbidden—could be destroyed is a mystery that unfolds across Lo’s travels from Berlin to Copenhagen to New York, from tryst to tryst, as she seems fated to roam the outside world she blames for tearing her and Lukas apart. Haunting, resonant, full of humor and heartrending depth,Breathless explores how childhood acts can stake an unimpeachable claim on our older selves, and how atonement might be wrest from the past."

These are so far from what I normally read but both books look promising so I look forward to cracking them open. I'm really loving this subscription so far. Two hardcover books at a fabulous price are always a good thing!

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