Waiting On Wednesday: Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Pacifica
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publication date: March 6, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genres: Young Adult, Adventure

Synopsis

Marin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she’s meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council’s favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.

Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president’s son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam’s safe return.

When Marin and Ross meet in dangerous Shoreling territory he sees a way to get his friend back and she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could feed her people for years and restore her family’s legacy. But somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate.

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Release Day Launch & Giveaway: SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME by Katie McGarry

From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME is now available at all fine book retailers. Grab your copy today!

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Synopsis:

“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

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EXCERPT:

Hendrix

“Everyone says you have a blank slate.” My brother Axle sits beside me on the ground, arms resting on his bent knees, and he stares at the bonfire I built with my own two hands with only flint and sticks. It’s one of the many tricks I learned over the last three months. That and how to survive on my own in the middle of nowhere.

Trees and bears I can handle. It’s not knowing who I can trust, now that I’m home, that’s the problem. Axle knows this. It’s why he’s next to me as our friends and family walk around the backyard for the impromptu “Welcome Home” party I told Axle I didn’t want.

Someone in this yard is the reason why I spent a year away from home for a crime I didn’t commit.

My neck tenses, and I roll it in an attempt to release the anger. It took me close to eight months to find some Zen, and it has taken less than thirty minutes for some of the old underlying rage that followed me around like a black thunderhead to return.

Across from us, two girls I used to go to school with are roasting marshmallows. They’re waiting for me to talk to them. That’s who I was before: the smooth talker, the guy who made girls laugh and caused them to light up with a few specially chosen words. The right smile dropped at the right time, and panties would be shed. But I don’t feel up for conversation and I don’t feel like manipulating anyone anymore.

Crazy—I used to thrive when surrounded by people. The more, the better. But after being in juvenile detention for seven months and spending three in the wilderness taking part in an Outward Bound program for troubled teens, I’m more at ease by myself in front of a fire.

“They’ve all confirmed you’re walking out of all this with sealed records,” Axle continues.

Hel’s leaving out the part of how those records only remain sealed if I uphold my end of the plea deal—the agreement I made with the district attorney after I was arrested. I agreed to plead guilty, and the DA didn’t charge me as an adult and send me to hard-core prison. Considering we had no money for a lawyer to help prove my innocence, the deal sounded like the better of two bad options.

“You’re getting a massive second chance,” Axle says.

It was rotten luck that got me into this mess, but it happened at the right time. Our governor was searching for screwed-up teens to use for his pilot program. Someone high up in the world thought I stood a chance at turning my life around, but that second chance comes with a price. A price my brother is currently breaking down for me.

“This is a good thing. A blank slate. Not many people get one of those.”

Blank slate. That’s what I’m scared of. I may not have liked parts of the person I was before I was arrested, but at least I knew who I was. This blank slate, this chance to create someone new, scares me. This is a new type of pressure. At least I had a good excuse for being a delinquent before. Now, if I mess up, it’s because I’m truly broke.

The fire crackles then pops, and embers rise into the late May night. My younger sister laughs at the other end of the narrow yard near the aging shotgun house, and the sound is like an eight-eight beat with a high hat cymbal. It’s welcomed, and it’s the first time this feels like home.

She’s sixteen now, grown up faster than I’d prefer, and she’s one of the four people I love more than my own life. She’s also the only reason I’m still out here instead of holed up in my room. According to Axle, it was Holiday’s idea to set up the party.

Old Christmas lights are strung from one towering oak tree to the next, zigzagging green, red and blue across the yard. Most people brought their own chairs and a dish to share. My first meal as a free man and it’s hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad. I don’t have the heart to tell her I would have given my left ball for a slice of thick crust pizza.

“She missed you,” Axle says, catching my train of sight.

“I missed her, too.” Those are my first words since we pulled in the driveway. I used to be the life of the party, but that was before, and as I said, I don’t know who I am anymore, so for now, I’m quiet.

“I missed you,” he says in such a low tone I barely catch it. “We weren’t the same without you.”

I take a deep breath because I’m not sure any of us will be the same again.

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From the Pushing the Limits series, Noah, Beth, Isaiah, West and Logan are all grown up. Catch up with your favorite characters as one of them finally says, I do.

Pigpen, Eli and Addison from the Thunder Road series: Three separate personalities who still needed to find love…and still had someone important to meet.

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About Katie McGarry:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This week’s topic is…

Ten  Books I Can’t Believe I Read
aka books I was “iffy” about reading and I ended up liking them

(Click on the book cover to be linked to its Goodreads’ page)


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What are some books that you cannot believe you read and ended up liking them?

 

Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME releases on January 30, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!


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Title:
Say You’ll Remember Me

Author: Katie McGarry
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: January 30, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Synopsis:

“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Preorder SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME here!
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I adore Katie McGarry’s books, so I was ecstatic when I got an e-arc of Say You’ll Remember Me. Once again, McGarry sets up her storytelling in my favorite setting, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and unleashes a romantic contemporary where two characters from different sides of the track have their lives intertwine. 

I found Say You’ll Remember Me to be one of the more serious and darker books of McGarry’s. Told in two different points of view, Elle’s and Drix’s, we are introduced to the lives of a girl who is the daughter of a well-known politician and a boy with a struggling background with the law. Both characters are vibrantly written and their internal and external dialogue will suck you in. I love that these two main characters have a instant connection with each other and their friendship grows before a relationship blooms. 

One of my favorite things about this book is that McGarry’s portrays the importance of family (traditional and non-traditional)While Drix’s parents are out of the picture, he relies highly on his older brother and younger sister. Although they don’t live in the best part of town, their love for each other shines brighter than money. Elle also comes from a family of love, but her parents are happily married, and their expectations are high for Elle’s future and her living a “pristine” life. Through these two main characters and their familial backgrounds, Say You’ll Remember Me stresses the importance of love, trust, and communication. 

If you are fan of drama and romance, Say You’ll Remember Me is for you. I did find this story to be a bit too dark and angsty for me, mainly with the realistic portrayal of gun violence. A particular part of the ending broke my heart and was a major trigger for me, mainly because I am a dog owner/lover. But overall this story realistically portrays the eyeopening boundaries of social backgrounds and integrates a new dialogue into social status, poverty,  traditional and non-traditional families, and teenage violence and incarceration.

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EXCERPT

~Ellison~

Sean points, and a woman in the back asks, “You never met Mr. Pierce before?”

I shake my head, and Sean gestures to the microphone. “No. I was playing a midway game earlier, and he ended up playing beside me, but then we went our separate ways. I left the game, and these guys started to harass me, and hen Hendrix asked if I needed help. I agreed, and he suggested we talk. He said that if the guys thought we were friends they would eventually lose interest, and they did. Hendrix played a game, and we talked until Andrew showed.”

“Andrew?” someone asks.

“Andrew Morton.” That causes enough of a stir that nervousness leaks into my bloodstream and makes my hands cold and clammy. Why is it that I feel that I said something terribly wrong?

“Are you and Andrew Morton friends?” someone else asks, and the question hits me in a sickening way. I name-dropped the grandson of the most powerful US Senator…the position my father is campaigning for. Sean is going to roast me alive.

“Yes. We’ve been friends for as long as I remember.” Friends, enemies, it’s all semantics at this point.

“Did you and Andrew Morton plan to attend the festival together?” Another reporter.

“Yes.”

“Were you on a date?” a woman asks.

My entire body recoils. “What?”

“Are you and Andrew Morton romantically involved?”

I become one of those bunnies who go still at the slightest sound. “I thought we were talking about Hendrix.”

“Did Mr. Pierce confront the men?”

Finally back on track. “No, he was adamant that there should be no violence.”

More questions and I put my hand in the air as I feel like I’m the one on trial. “Isn’t that the point?  Hendrix went through my dad’s program, and one of the first chances he had to make a good decision, he made one. We’re strangers, and he helped me without violence. That, to me, is success.” A few people nod their head, and because I don’t want to be done yet… “Mr. O’Bryan—grown men shouldn’t be following seventeen-year-old girls. I’m curious why you didn’t step in when I was being harassed. If you saw Hendrix and me together, then you know what happened, and it’s horrifying you didn’t help. Hendrix made the right choice. You did not.”

A rumble of conversation, Sean places a hand on my arm and gently, but firmly pushes me to the side. The raging fire in his eyes says he’s mentally measuring out the room in the basement he’s going to let me rot in for the next ten years.

My father approaches the microphone with an ease I envy. “Any more questions for Ellison can be sent to my press secretary. As you can tell, it’s been a trying day for my daughter, but we are most grateful for Mr. Pierce’s actions. We promised a program that was going to help our state’s youth turn their lives around, and, thanks to Mr. Pierce’s admirable actions, we are proud of our first program’s success.”

He offers Drix his hand again, and Drix accepts.

Lots of pictures and applause, and Dad leans in and whispers something to him. I can’t tell what it is, but I do see the shadow that crosses over Drix’s face, his throat move as he swallow and then the slight nod of his head.

I don’t know what happened, but I don’t like it. The urge is to rush Drix, but Sean has a firm hold on my elbow, keeping me in place, silently berating me for causing problems.

Drix stands behind the podium and drops a bomb so huge the ground shakes beneath my feet. “Because Ellison had enough courage to explain what happened today, I’m going to tell you what I was convicted of…”

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From the Pushing the Limits series, Noah, Beth, Isaiah, West and Logan are all grown up. Catch up with your favorite characters as one of them finally says, I do.

Pigpen, Eli and Addison from the Thunder Road series: Three separate personalities who still needed to find love…and still had someone important to meet.

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Katie McGarry’s SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME – Tour Schedule:

January 22nd

A Book Fanatic Obsession

Books, Coffee & Passion

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Girl Plus Books

Lattes & Paperbacks

Read more sleep less

Sanaa’s Book Blog

Tales of the Ravenous Reader

The book slayer

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Boyfriends

January 23rd

Book Twins Reviews

E-Romance News

Kim’s Reading Nook

Milky Way of Books

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Read. Eat. Love.

Resch Reads and Reviews

The Book Hammock

The Lovely Books

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January 24th

Actin’Up with Books

Binding Addiction

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Ficwishes

Kindle and Me

Literary Misfit

Red Hot + Blue Reads

Star-Crossed Book Blog

The Book Maven

The Start of Something New

January 25th

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Books first work later

Broc’s Bookcase

Dazzled by Books

Eye in Bookland

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Movies, Shows, & Books

Reads and Thoughts

Sister Sister Book Blog

Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World

January 26th

Ali’s Reviews and More

Beneath The Covers Blog

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Collector of book boyfriends

Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

Little Read Riding Hood

MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It Book Reviews

Rad Babes Read

The Bookish Sisters

The Reading Faery

January 27th

An Asian Chick & Her Cat Walk into a Book Blog

Angel Reads

Becky on Books

Book reader addicts

Brittany’s Book Blog

Contagious Reads

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Less Reality More Books

Romancing the Laser Pistol

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January 28th

Book Bitches Blog

Bookishly Yours

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Mary Had a Little Book Blog

Not the Path to Narnia

Reese’s Reviews

Stuck In YA Books

The Butterfly reads

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January 29th

Adventures in Writing

Boundless Bookaholic

Book Boyfriend Reviews

Confessions of a Wordaholic

Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

Reading with Jessica

Roasted Romance

The Heart of a Book Blogger

The Readdicts

Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

January 30th

All Things Dark & Dirty

Book Reader Chronicles

Crazii Bitches Book Blog

Desert Divas Book Addiction

Dirty Girl Romance

Nerdy Soul

The Book Hookup

The Wandering Bookaholic

Total Book Geek

January 31st

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Bookishly Nerdy

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog

Greyland Reviews

Jen’s Reading Obsession

Little Bookworm Reviews

Mundie Moms

Readers Live A Thousand Lives

Recommended Reads

The Cover Contessa

February 1st

A Literary Perusal

Bibliobibuli YA

Book Hoarder Mom

Bookaholics anonymous

Ceres Books World

Dorothy Gale Reviews

In Between The Pages

Katy and Zetti’s Book Ramblings

Miss Riki

Perspective of a Writer

The Bookish Introvert

February 2nd

Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads

Bookalicious Babes Blog

BookCrushin

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales

CJR The Brit

Crazy Chaotic Book Babes

Do You Dog-ear?

Jax’s Book Magic

Mean Girls Luv Books

The Book Avenue

February 3rd

Bookgasms Book Blog

Books & Tea

Chapter by Chapter

Defiantly Deviant

G & T’s Indie Café

Live Read and Breathe

Midnight Book Girl

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The Book Addict’s Reviews

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About Katie McGarry:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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If It’s Not A Rant, It’s A Rave: Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey

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Title:
Love and Other Alien Experiences
Author: Kerry Winfrey 
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: July 11, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health

Synopsis:

I’m never going outside again. 

Mallory hasn’t left the house in sixty-seven days–since the day her dad left. She attends her classes via webcam, rarely leaves her room (much to her brother’s chagrin), and spends most of her time watching The X-Files or chatting with the always obnoxious BeamMeUp on New Mexico’s premier alien message board.

But when she’s shockingly nominated for homecoming queen, her life takes a surprising turn. She slowly begins to open up to the world outside. And maybe if she can get her popular jock neighbor Brad Kirkpatrick to be her homecoming date, her classmates will stop calling her a freak.

In this heartwarming and humorous debut, Mallory discovers first love and the true meaning of home–just by taking one small step outside her house.

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I am a huge romantic comedy fan, so when I discovered Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey at a local author signing, I knew I had to pick it up. Plus I could not say no to a book that mentions the X-Files. This story was one of the funniest, sweetest, and swooniest books I have read in a long time. 

While the main character suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia, Mallory is still determined to complete her high school studies via webcam. And one of her notable pastimes is actively participating on an online alien message board forum. There she is able to be herself and dive into conspiracy theories and her love for the X-Files with like-minded people. Even though Mal struggles to physically go outside, she still challenges herself to face her fears. It is through her determination that she is able to take small steps into a world filled with homecoming prospects, a partnered science project, and a possible dating life.

I adored Love and Other Alien Experiences because it is a delicious morsel that parallels many themes and tropes found in high school rom-com movies. It has the best sarcastic and witty humor, and a romantic relationship that I was hoping (and rooting) for the whole time. I am a sucker for adorable romances and I cannot help but swoon when a guy follows his instincts and gifts a bouquet of Twizzlers to his crush. If you are a fan of 90s rom-com films, swooning, nerdy pop culture references, and a book filled with laughter and so much heart, Love and Other Alien Experiences is your one-way ticket to a very satisfying read. 

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NOTE:  I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in exchange for a review. I bought this book with my own funds, and I reviewed the book at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine. 

Waiting On Wednesday: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Publication date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal 

Synopsis

Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

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