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Freelance copyeditor to all amazing self-published and independent authors. Check out my editing page for more information. <3 Mickey is the blogger behind I’m A Book Shark. She really wishes there was a better explanation for why she’s a book shark. A new twitter name was needed, and it had to be about her favorite hobby: reading! For whatever reason, sharks also came to mind, and a book shark was born. Besides reading, Mickey is a natural reddish-headed, late-twenties, tattooed, entertainment-of-all-kinds lover, wife of husband, mother of reptiles (and a cat and two puppies, all spoiled), student, employee, boss, and (mostly) raw vegan. Oh yeah, and she likes to blog. www.imabookshark.com

Currently reading

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Jenny Baranick
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Sara Lundberg
The Edge of Never
J.A. Redmerski
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Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry See full review here!

I received this book at ALA 2012. Here's my honest review:

Holy wow. As fast as I read this, I still took my time because I wanted to linger over every word. Echo and Noah have such deep stories to tell. They're troubled by totally different things but find each other in all the chaos. And they have struggles and setbacks, but don't we all? This book really struck a chord with me. I'm so glad Jenny recommended it so highly.

Like I said, I plowed through this one. Each chapter ends in such a way that you just can't put the book down. I just couldn't stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen to Echo and Noah! And I couldn't get over the fact that Echo didn't want to change Noah at all, but he was changing anyway. But this book shouldn't just be about the romance and relationship. Echo and Noah have a lot of difficulties going on in their separate lives. That part is so important to this story! It makes it so complex and unpredictable in a way. Noah is kind of a firecracker, and Echo is so innocent and sad. It all comes together for this great, heartstring-tugging novel. So glad I read it.

As I mentioned above, Echo changes Noah without even trying. To me, this is a bit unrealistic, and I'd hate for teenage girls to read this thinking it may happen to them. Maybe that's just the cynic in me, but all of it seemed like a lot for a high school boy to deal with. Somehow he makes decisions that work, but I couldn't see it happening in real life. Echo changes, too, though. And maybe that helps Noah's transformation as well. Either way, this is a fantastic novel. Can't wait for Beth's story!!