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June 7, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

Rocks Fall Everybody Dies

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar • June 7, 2016 • Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin)
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Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.

Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he’s affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he’ll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they’ll go to keep their secrets safe.

With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won’t see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.

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I received this book for free from Penguin Teen for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Brandy and Theo were about to break up.”

You know what two words convinced me that Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies is everything I need in my life? Twin Peaks. This book is not quite like the delightfully, campy Twin Peaks, but you get that weird supernatural vibe that’s almost familiar.

Welcome to Three Peaks!

Since you’re new to this place, you should expect these good, yet strange things: a small mountain town in upstate New York that resembles Twin Peaks or Gilmore Girls in size; a huge May Day tree with random little presents at the tree’s base; the Quick family who have graciously protected Three Peaks for generations from being crushed by the Cliff that looms over the town; thoughts, feelings, memories suddenly disappearing (but you won’t notice that!); dark family secrets and glorious magic; teenagers trying to enjoy their Summer; and plenty of more things that I won’t say too much about.

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January 30, 2016 • Cee • Letters

Dear Lindsay Ribar and Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies,

Doesn’t this book look magical?

Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.

Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he’s affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he’ll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they’ll go to keep their secrets safe.

With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won’t see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.Goodreads

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March 6, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

art of wishing

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
March 31, 2013
Dial Books For Young Readers
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He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life.

Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else’s hands?

But Oliver is more than just a genie — he’s also a sophomore at Margo’s high school, and he’s on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him.

A whole lot more.

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First Sentence:

The plan was this: I’d get up on that stage, blow them away with the best damn audition they’d ever seen, and walk out knowing the part I wanted was mine.

Looking for genie in a bottle? Well, let me present, The Art of Wishing.

The Art of Wishing follows Margo McKenna in her senior year as she deals with her disappointment of losing one of the lead roles in her high school musical to a sophomore as well as the appearance of a mysterious ring that summons a genie who will grant her three wishes if she so chooses. This genie happens to be a sophomore named Oliver who had been hanging around the high school theater. The two of them begin to confide in each other—secrets that they had kept hidden—and eventually fall in love. However, problems start to pop up with the threat of the impending arrival of the Big Bad, who’s out for Oliver.

Six Things Readers Will Love About The Art of Wishing

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