This book Y’all....

Is amazing. Maddie Flynn sees the day people are going to die. There’s mystery, intrigue, murder, and a clock that is ten minutes too fast. You should read this!!! I read  in two days because I couldn’t put it down. READ THIS BOOK!!!

The appearance of the photo threw me. This didn’t seem to be about Ma at all, but what could the photo of a kid in a baseball outfit possibly have to do with me? I leaned forward to look, and at first all my attention was focused on the kid’s numbers, which were hard to read given the cap. I finally made them out, though: 10-29-2014. Yesterday. And then I looked again at the kid’s face because that date was familiar, and I realized this was Tevon Tibbolt. I could feel the blood drain from my face, and I could also see that the agents had noticed my reaction. I’d watched enough TV to know that the FBI doesn’t come around asking questions about dead kids unless they believe you had something to do with it.

from When by Victoria Laurie

Maddie has always been able to see when everyone around her is going to die. The date of their demise is written clearly on their forehead. But it isn’t until her father’s untimely death that Maddie knew what those numbers meant. Now, her mother exploits her ability and makes her do “readings” for “clients”. But when Maddie tells a woman that her son is going to die the following week, and he does, it sparks an investigation by the FBI… for they believe Maddie may be the killer.

When is a thrilling mystery with twists and turns. An excellent read for fans of books such as Dear Killer or the Darkest Powers trilogy. Or for anyone who likes thrillers and mysteries!

When, by Victoria Laurie

 Okay so I’ll admit that going into this book I was expecting a whole lot of boy drama(If the book was narrated by a guy or the girl liked a girl I would say girl drama)- You know, when the romance factor in the book is overwhelming and there is sometimes a lot of jealousy thus overshadowing the actual intended plot of the story and making it into just another YA romance?- So I was pleasantly surprised when this book turned out to have almost zero romance factor or boy drama.  

Maddie Fynn has an alcoholic mother, (This is one of the parts that I found heart warming, especially towards the end of the book) Is labeled a witch,  and is burdened with the  special ability to see death-dates. Her only bright spot are those few times a year when she -Creepily- watches Aiden-I totally saw the whole Aiden thing coming- play against their high school team.   She never talks to him…just watches him obsessively and caresses his name -She wrote it in her death-book- to make herself feel better.

She reads people their death-date for money but  after reading the deathdate for a woman’s child her whole world changes.  

Maddie’s now the number one suspect for the murder of said woman’s child -Who woulda thought?-

Um…let’s see…..ME!

Can Maddie prove her innocence and maybe become something other than the bearer of bad news along the way?

Okay so I just want to say that this book nearly tripped me up but sadly did not succeed.  My favorite part of reading mysteries is cracking the case before the heroine even gets close-And I have done it yet again- I have yet to find a mystery novel with a case that I could not crack.

This book was very well written, and will most likely become one of my all time favorites. 

 A +


It’s that time again! “To remember the Alamo? To get a rabies shot? To learn today’s lesson by spinning the Wheel of Morality?” Nice guesses, but it’s actually time for this week’s list of new YA titles at PWPLS:

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana–or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft

Seventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family. Adios, Nirvana author Conrad Wesselhoeft, takes readers from the skies over war-torn Pakistan to the dusty arroyos of New Mexico’s outback in this young adult novel about daring to live in the wake of unbearable loss.

Keep reading

Waiting on Wednesday #67: When by Victoria Laurie

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where bloggers can rant and rave about any upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. For my addition, I will be spotlighting an upcoming book AND sometimes I will throw in a video game release that I am dying to get my hands on!


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This week in WoW, I’m waiting on a novel with a girl who can see exactly when someone will die. Check out my top pick this week…




This Week’s Pick:



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Title: When
Author: Victoria Laurie
Expected publication: 1/13/2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 336
Add it: Goodreads
Grab It: Amazon

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client’s young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie’s whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it’s too late?



Hummmmmmmm… I’m intrigued. Thoughts?




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Previously on WoW:
Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie

Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie

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Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie Obsidian July 7, 2015 As a consultant for the FBI, psychic Abby Cooper has helped convict more than her fair share of criminals. When a series of unfortunate events conspires to land her in a jail cell with Skylar Miller, though, she finds herself desperate to do just the opposite. Ten years ago, Skylar was given the death penalty for murdering her…

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From my experience as a medium I can tell you that most of the souls I’ve connected with all suggest that the only judgment we face when we cross over is one of our own creation. We judge ourselves and we aren’t able to take with us the veil of denial, so we see ourselves as we truly are, warts and all.
—  Victoria Laurie
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The Ghoul Next Door: A Ghost Hunter Mystery
(Via Colleen Criswell)