Stacking the Shelves: Hello Again!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, either physical or ebook. It is hosted byTynga’s Reviews.

So as some of you may or may have not noticed, I've been on a hiatus. Which was completely unintentional! It started with me taking a couple days off from blogging and somehow days turned into weeks. But fret not because I am back! I've missed blogging so much and all of you guys! I'm excited to start blogging again. But this time I have vowed to be more organized with my blogging. Such as schedule my posts instead of saying I'll write them later and also write my reviews right away. I always wait to write my review after a couple of days and forget key points which makes it hard to write them. In short I need to stop procrastinating.

Anyway I'm back and excited to be back in the book blogging community! So here are the books I got over my hiatus:

p.s. click on the cover to go to it's goodreads page.

 Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Debut author Teri Terry has written a brilliantly compelling, original and thought-provoking novel about an uncomfortably plausible future.                                   
Kyla has been Slated—her memory and personality erased as punishment for committing a crime she can’t remember. The government has taught her how to walk and talk again, given her a new identity and a new family, and told her to be grateful for this second chance that she doesn’t deserve. It’s also her last chance—because they’ll be watching to make sure she plays by their rules.                                                                     
As Kyla adjusts to her new life, she’s plagued by fear. Who is she, really? And if only criminals are slated, why are so many innocent people disappearing? Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation. She knows a dangerous game is being played with her life, and she can’t let anyone see her make the wrong move . . . but who can she trust when everyone is a stranger?

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.        
Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

Scarlet Summary:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Cress Summary:

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 
In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 
Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 
When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?                                                                            
When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser—Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started.                                                               
Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?
In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey's epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.
And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?
Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.
Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she's learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
Then a figure from Anna's childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth -- before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?
Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last age is turned.

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated-and pregnant-Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do--and they are just as determined to stay together.
Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.
Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.
In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

I haven't gotten a chance to catch up on everyone's blogs but I will! What did you guys get this week?

Soundtrack Saturday: Repeat

Soundtrack Saturday is a feature where I get to show you all what I'm currently listening to. So without further ado, here is the music I'm listening to!

NONONO, Pumpkin Blood

Christina Perri, Bluebird

Caroline Smith, Half About Being A Woman

Paloma Faith, Picking Up the Pieces

Beyonce, XO

The Lumineers, Gale Song

The Head and Heart, Down In The Valley

Cocorosie, Werewolf

Little Mix, Move

AJR, I'm Ready

What are you listening to this week?

Soundtrack Saturday: New and Old

Soundtrack Saturday is a feature where I get to show you all what I'm currently listening to. I found some cool new bands to listen to this week! This week's selection of music is a mix of some favorite bands and new bands I've discovered. I hope you guys enjoy!

HAIM Don't Save Me
I really love this song and am totally jealous of their long hair.

Madison Start A Fire
 I heard this song in a commercial & had it stuck in my head for days.

J Roddy Walston and The Business Marigold
They remind me of early Kings of Leon and The Black Keys.

Arctic Monkeys Snap Out Of It
*sigh* Everything they do is just awesome

Lana Del Rey Once Upon A Dream
This song is so cool! 

Here's a playlist with more songs I've been listening to:

What are your current favorite songs?

Soundtrack Saturday: Girl Power

I'm introducing a new feature, Soundtrack Saturdays, as a way to share my other love with you guys, music. It allows me to share all the songs I've been listening to during the week. This week's theme seemed to be Girl Power. I found myself listening to a lot of female artists. So here they are. I hope you guys enjoy my picks. :)

Release Blitz: Kiss The Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Title: Kiss the Sky
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult Standalone Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2014


Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass … Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared. Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy. After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way. Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity.
This New Adult Standalone Romance can be described as Friends meets The Real World. Expect fist fights, drugs, sex of varying degrees, crude humor and competitive alpha males. Definitely for mature readers audiences only.
About the Authors

    Krista Ritchie has a clone...or someone who looks exactly like her. If she's not writing books with her twin sister, she's pouring over entertainment news and ingesting copious amounts of pop culture. She likes tennis, that thing called the TV, and beating Becca (her clone) on Sega Genesis. She created YA Book Exchange to combat her book buying addiction and started Nawanda Files, a YA Book Blog that features books into movies news, to share her love for all things bookish. Oh, and she does something called science. Whatever that is. Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. 

Connect with the Authors
Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Website | Krista Goodreads | Becca Goodreads


Fangirl Friday: Cee @ The Novel Hermit

Fangirl Friday is a new feature I'm starting that allows me to you guessed it, fangirl. But this time it's not over books, it's over my fellow bloggers. Today's blogger is Cee from The Novel Hermit. There are so many things about Cee and her blog that make me fangirl but to prevent it all from coming out in a rambling mess I made a list. Because lists are nice.

  • Her blog header is a narwhal with a Santa hat!
I will admit that when I first found her blog I had no idea it was a narwhal. I was just like "what is this whale/unicorn thing? It's so cute!" Upon reading her About page & using Google, I learned it was a narwhal or as I like to call it, the unicorn of the sea.

  • She likes loves the Arctic Monkeys.
When I read her post, Music To My (Y)Ear 2013, and saw she liked the Arctic Monkeys I was so excited! Admittedly I haven't listened to their newest album AM all that much.But I have listened to a few of them and love the sound of it. Knowing there is another Arctic Monkeys fangirl out there is awesome. *sigh* Now I want to go listen to all their songs again.

  • I've discovered and added new books to my TBR that I wouldn't normally pick up.
For example, I just got A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness from the library and read All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. Which are two books I wouldn't normally consider getting but Cee's enthusiasm for them made me want to read them. P.S. All Our Yesterdays was AWESOME! 

Enough of my fangirling. Below is an interview with Cee. Where she answers what her book boyfriends are. favorite songs and a book character she would want with her on a deserted island.

Tell us a little about yourself: 

How do I introduce myself? Well, I am Cee. I run The Novel Hermit, where I talk about books and fonts — my two all-time obsessions. I’m generally an introverted person, but once I get to know you, I am the bubbliest person you’d ever met. I like joking around. A LOT. I think that’s all I want you to know about me. I have to maintain a level of intrigue. *hides behind cape*

What are you currently reading?

Avalon by Mindee Arnett! I’m trying to lower my expectations for this one because I know I will be incredibly disappointed when it turns out that it isn’t like Firefly. *cross my fingers that this book is actually good*

What book will you be reading next?
Hopefully, Winger by Andrew Smith will be the next book I read. However, I don’t like to plan in advance what I read unless it’s an ARC I absolutely have to read because I’m a mood reader. I pick my next book depending on how I feel after reading the previous one.

If you were stuck on an island & could only bring ONE book character to keep you company who would it be? Why?

GAHHHH. HARD QUESTION. I want to pick a character that would help me survive on this island and eventually get us out of there, but nobody comes to mind! THIS IS HORRIBLE.

I guess Stephen Leeds from the Legion novella by Brandon Sanderson just because he has so much knowledge (that appears to him in the form of aspects). I’m sure he’ll figure a way out of the island, and if not, he’ll entertain me with knowledge that he gets from Tobias, an aspect of Stephen’s.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which would it be?
My face is literally this — DDDDD:. Why would you ask me this question? REALLY DON’T WANT TO ANSWER THIS. What if I say I refuse to answer it? I don’t understand why I could only read one book. Why is this? What happened to the world? Is this a new law in the future? Tell me! I demand to know!

Okay, fine. *deep sigh* The two books that come to mind are Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler. Those two are my favoruurrittteee books, so I will definitely wail like a banshee if you tell me to pick just one.

Do you have any book boyfriends?
JUST ONE! ADRIAN IVASHKOV! MY DARLING LOVE. I try to like other guys (I really do), but they don’t invoke that love, devotion, and loyalty I feel for Adrian. (I have really high standards. ;D)

Okay, you know what? Scratch the one book boyfriend. I actually have two! (Surprise, surprise!) IT'S WESLEY AYERS. From The Archived + The Unbound! That boy has my heart in the same way that Adrian Ivashkov does. (I’m honestly surprised.) I get all gooey and squeal-y when I read about him (and it’s because of what happens in The Unbound). I don’t want to say anything else (since you should read the books!). :D I officially declare him the second person to reach book boyfriend status.

Favorite book couple?

Hmmm, I will have to go with the couple in Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I would specify who, but it may be a bit spoiler-y to those who have not read the book. (I’m sure those who have read it will know who I’m referring to.) I love them. They are adorable together. I need to read the next book to make sure that everything is okay with them. I NEED THEM TO BE.

A book you recommend to everyone & why?

I don’t recommend a lot of books because I hate getting people disappointed. (It’s a complex of mine.) But recently, I recommended All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill because heyyyy, time travel! And Angelfall by Susan Ee because it’s an amazing take on angels with a sci-fi twist. Angel-haters will be converted to loving them because of this book.

What book release are you most looking forward to this year?
TOO MANY BOOKS. Off the top of my head, I can think of Cress by Marissa Meyer, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Landlineby Rainbow Rowell, and Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. (I’m probably leaving out a lot of books. :\)

Book you can't believe you read & liked?
The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout comes to mind. I read so many well-written YA books that this series no longer falls on my “great” scale. I used to like it, but I outgrew it. I attempted to reread it, but I couldn’t get through it. I was cringing (which is a bad sign).

What two songs are your current favorites?
UGHHHH. NINNNNNAAAAA. I am incapable of picking just two songs because I don’t listen to songs individually (if that makes any sense)? I’ve only been listening to Arctic Monkeys AM album on repeat. All the songs are my favorites! If you force me, then I guess these five will do? —

Do I Wanna Know?                                      Knee Socks

Snap Out of It                                               I Wanna Be Yours

One for the Road

Thanks so much to Cee for letting me interview you! Your answers made me laugh and now I'm listening to the AM album on repeat. (I really like Snap Out Of It) 

Review + Excerpt: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

304 Pages | Harlequin Teen | January 28, 2014


Summary from Goodreads
Life. Death. And...Love?
Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.
But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.
Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.
Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Please note I received this book from the publishers in an exchange for my honest review.

I had originally requested this book on Netgalley but sadly I was denied buuuut then I signed up for the Heartbeat tour and finally got my grubby hands on this book (actually it's e-ARC but still). Once I got it I immediately started reading it. In the story we have seventeen year old Emma. She recently lost her mother but said mother is being kept in a coma to keep the baby inside of her alive. 

Even though in the blurb it talks about the romance between Emma and Caleb I would have to say my favorite aspect of the novel was reading how the grief of losing a loved one affected the ones left in their wake. Emma is angry because her Step-father has decided to keep her mom in a coma to ensure the birth of Emma's baby brother. Reading how hard it was for Emma to see her mother everyday but knowing she wouldn't wake up was so sad. She's still dealing with the death of her mother but has to still see her everyday. 

Although I understood where Emma's grief and anger was coming from I did find her insufferable for a little while there. But that's also what I loved about the book. It showed the different ways grief affects people. For Emma her grief manifested into anger. Anger for the death of her mother and what she feels is the abandonment of her Step-father. For Emma's Step-father his grief manifested in his obsession over the baby. I think they were both so blinded by their grief that they didn't realize they still had each other. 

Surprisingly for me, the romance wasn't my favorite aspect in this novel. Yes I do like Emma and Caleb together but I was so engrossed in Emma and her Step-father's relationship instead.  

Overall, I loved this book because it showed how grief affects people. And how they handled their grief. 

Favorite Quote:  
“I see what grief does, how it strips you bare, shows you all the things you don't want to know. That loss doesn't end, that there isn't a moment where you are done, when you can neatly put it away and move on.” 

“Hey,” Olivia says, and I know it’s her because I would know her voice anywhere. We’ve been friends since fifth grade, and we’ve been through period trauma, boy crap, bad hair, her parents and their ways. And now Dan and his baby.

“Hey,” I say. I wipe my eyes and look at her. “How’s the car?”
Olivia makes a face at me but also wraps an arm around my shoulders, steering me toward our lockers. Her parents gave her a fully loaded convertible when she got her license, one with a built-in music player, phone, navigation system—you name it, the car had it. Could do it, and all at the touch of a button.Olivia sold the car—through the one newspaper left in the area, which is basically just ads—and bought a used car. It’s so old all it has is a CD player and a radio. We bought CDs at yard sales for a while, but all we could get was old music, which we both hate, and the radio is just people telling you that what they think is what you should think, so we mostly just drive around in silence.

It used to bother me sometimes but now I like it. The inside of my head is so full now that silence is…I don’t know. There’s just something about knowing Olivia is there, and that we don’t have to talk. That she gets it. Gets me and what’s going on.Her parents were unhappy about the car, though. Really unhappy, actually, but then there was a big crisis with one of their server farms at work and by the time they surfaced for air they hadn’t slept in four days. And when they said, “Olivia, that car was a gift,” she said, “Yes, it was. A gift, meaning something freely given, for the recipient to use as she wanted to, right?”

As we hit her locker, we pass Anthony, and he says, “Ladies,” bowing in my direction. A real bow too, like it’s the nineteenth century or something.
“Ass,” Olivia says.
“A donkey is actually not as stupid as people believe. However, you are entitled to your own beliefs about asses. And me.” He looks at me. “Hello, Emma.”

I sigh. “Hi, Anthony.”

“If you ever want to talk about your grades, do know that I’m here.”

I can’t believe I ever thought the way he talked was interesting. It’s just stupid, like he’s too good to speak like a normal person. “I know, Anthony.”

“I really would like to be of assistance to you. I believe in helping everyone. I’m talking to Zara Johns later. I think she feels threatened by the fact that I’ve been asked to help her organize the next school blood drive.” Translation: he’s butted in, and Zara’s furious.

“Either that or she just doesn’t like you. Emma, let’s go,” Olivia says, slamming her locker shut, and we head for mine.

“You okay?” she says, and I nod. Anthony doesn’t bother me at all anymore, just like Mom said would happen. I look at him and feel nothing. Well, some annoyance, but then, who wouldn’t after listening to him talk? Of course, I didn’t always think that he was annoying. I open my locker, deciding not to go down the Anthony road, and hear the guy next to me say, “No way! I mean, everyone knows what’ll happen to Caleb if he steals another car.”

Olivia and I glance at each other. If Anthony is the ass end of the smart part of the school, Caleb Harrison is the ass end of the stupid part. He’s a total druggie and three years ago, when we were freshmen, he came to school so high he couldn’t even talk. I heard that stopped last year, but then, as soon as school got out, his parents sent him off to some “tough love camp,” which is rich-people code for boot-camp rehab.He came back seemingly off drugs but newly into stealing cars. He started by grabbing them at the mall and parking them in a different spot, but then he stole a teacher’s car.

And then he graduated to a school bus. It was empty at the time, but still, I heard that got him a couple of weeks in juvie, or would have except for his parents, who intervened. I guess now he’s taken yet another step forward and by lunchtime, I know what Caleb stole. His father’s brand-new, limited-edition Porsche. And he didn’t just steal it. He drove it into the lake over by the park, drove right off the highway and into the 
water. The police found him sitting on the lake’s edge, watching the car sink. They were able to pull it out, but water apparently isn’t good for the inside of a Porsche.

“You think he’ll go to jail this time?” Olivia asks as we sit picking at our lunches. I love that we have lunch together this semester, but it’s the first lunch block, and it’s hard to face food—especially cafeteria food—at 10:20 in the morning.

“I guess it depends on his parents,” I say. “Last time they talked to the judge or whatever. They’ll probably just ship him off again. He must hate them, though.”

“Yeah. To sit by the lake and watch the car sink like that—”


“Even when my parents are sucking their lives away with all their computer crap, I’d never do anything like mess with their stuff,” she says. “How can you hate someone who raised you, who loves you so—” She breaks off.

“Dan didn’t raise me,” I say tightly. “And he doesn’t love me. Or Mom.”

Olivia nods and I think about hate. I understand what can make someone do what Caleb did, although I don’t think a bored, rich druggie really gets hate. Not real hate.