Rainbow Bookshelf Tour – White Books (2/30)

Welcome to the first shelf of the Rainbow Bookshelf Tour! This is the second part of the White shelf, you can click here if you wish to view the post before this one or you can click here to find the rest of the posts.

My name is Tash and you’ll be witnessing all of the books I love and adore. I’m going to attach descriptions from Goodreads, as well as a link to their Goodreads page. If I have written a review, or even read the book I’ll add a link to the review and/or put the rating out of 5 I gave it. I hope you enjoy!

SHELF 1: White Books (2/2)

 

Mackler - The Universe is Expanding and So Am I

THE UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING AND SO AM I – Carolyn Mackler 
The second book in the Virginia Shreves series. 

The description of the first novel, The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things:
Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking phone call — and a horrifying allegation — about her rugby-star brother changes everything. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.


Lord - When We Collided

WHEN WE COLLIDED– Emery Lord 
A standalone novel.

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…
Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.
In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.
✨Star Rating: 4/5 ✨


Moriarty - The Slightly Alarming Tale

THE SLIGHTLY ALARMING TALE OF THE WHISPERING WARS – Jaclyn Moriarty
The second book in the Kingdoms and Empires series.

The description of the first novel, The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone:
I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. This did not bother me as much as you might think – I hardly knew my parents.
Bronte Mettlestone’s parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her Aunt Isabelle and the Butler. She’s had a perfectly pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons – and no adventures, thank you very much.
But Bronte’s parents have left extremely detailed (and bossy) instructions for Bronte in their will. The instructions must be followed to the letter, or disaster will befall Bronte’s home. She is to travel the kingdoms and empires, perfectly alone, delivering special gifts to her ten other aunts. There is a farmer aunt who owns an orange orchard and a veterinarian aunt who specialises in dragon care, a pair of aunts who captain a cruise ship together and a former rockstar aunt who is now the reigning monarch of a small kingdom.
Now, armed with only her parents’ instructions, a chest full of strange gifts and her own strong will, Bronte must journey forth to face dragons, Chief Detectives and pirates – and the gathering suspicion that there might be something more to her extremely inconvenient quest than meets the eye…

Bloggers Note: The edition I have is the Advanced Reader’s copy and is white. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a photo of that edition online. Sorry!


Sparks - The Longest Ride

THE LONGEST RIDE – Nicholas Sparks
A standalone novel.

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.
A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.
✨Star Rating: 5/5 ✨


Niven - Holding Up The Universe

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE – Jennifer Niven
A standalone novel.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.


Cruz - Something in Between

SOMETHING IN BETWEEN – Melissa De La Cruz
A standalone novel.

Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, she’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.
And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.
For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she’s trying to make sense of her new world, it’s turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she’s not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.


Crichton - Jurassic Park

JURASSIC PARK – Michael Crichton
The first book in the Jurassic Park duology.

The book that became the biggest grossing film of all time.
On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park.
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now, one of mankind’s most thrilling fantasies has come true…
But, as always, there is a dark side to the fantasy…


Crichton - Lost World

THE LOST WORLD – Michael Crichton
The final book in the Jurassic Park duology.

The description of the first novel, Jurassic Park

Refer to the book previous.


Evans - The Horse Whisperer

THE HORSE WHISPERER – Nicholas Evans
A standalone novel.

His name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl’s savage horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her: a reason to believe …


Joyce - The Dead

THE DEAD – James Joyce
A standalone novella.

He asked himself what is a woman standing on the stairs in the shadow, listening to distant music, a symbol of.
Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce’s elegant story details a New Year’s Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist’s wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband—closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is simply unsurpassed in modern literature.
The Art of The Novella Series
Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature’s greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.


Ferris - Found

FOUND – Fleur Ferris
A standalone novel.

What happens when someone else’s past catches up with you? 
Elizabeth Miller had lived in Deni her entire life. In a small rural town, Beth’s biggest problem is telling her protective and fiercely private father that she has a boyfriend.
But when her dad disappears before her and Jonah’s eyes, Beth discovers that he isn’t who she thought he was. Her family’s secret past has caught up with them, and someone wants her dead.
Beth has been unwittingly prepared for this moment her entire life. Can she find a way out before they find her?

📝Review📝 | ✨Star Rating: 4/5 ✨


Hall - The Captive

THE CAPTIVE – Allan Hall
A standalone true crime novel.

In Captive: One House, Three Women and Ten Years of Hell, Allan Hall reconstructs one of the most shocking cases of abuse in modern times.
Hall reveals the dark obsessions that drove the Cleveland Abductor, Ariel Castro, to kidnap and enslave three young women. Using interviews with witnesses, psychologists, family, friends and the police, he shows how these girls remained undetected for ten years in a home just three miles from the block where they all went missing, and the extraordinary moment when they triumphed over their tormentor.
✨Star Rating: 4/5 ✨


 

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