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ARC Review: Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

ARC Review: Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on January 19th 2016 Genres: Boys & Men, Dystopian Pages: 256 Format: hardcover Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What’s good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They’re not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick – the only one Blaze really trusts. They’re not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random – a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn’t even have a good phone – hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They’ve got a hostage, but don’t really know what they want, or why they’ve done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they – and we […]

Posted February 23, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Buddy Read Review: Ruin and Rising

Buddy Read Review: Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Series: Grisha #3 Published by Henry Holt and Co. on June 17th 2014 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 422 Format: hardcover Buy on Amazon The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future sheÂ’s fighting for. I had the honor of finishing my Buddy Read through the Grishaverse with Ruin and Rising with Jade from Bedtime Bookworm . Then Grishaverse Expert, Brittany, fromBrittanyÂ’s Book Rambles chose our stopping points,  listened in to our twitter […]

Posted January 26, 2016 by Emily in Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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Buddy Read Review: Siege and Storm

Buddy Read Review: Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Series: Grisha #2 Published by Henry Holt and Co. on June 4th 2013 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 435 Format: hardcover Buy on Amazon Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She canÂ’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the DarklingÂ’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. I had the honor of continuing my Buddy read through the Grishaverse with Siege and Storm with Jade from Bedtime Bookworm . Then Grishaverse Expert, Brittany, from BrittanyÂ’s Book Rambles chose our stopping points,  listened in to our twitter conversations and laughed at us good-naturedly. […]

Posted January 20, 2016 by Emily in Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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Review: Lost at Sea by Bryan O’Malley

Review: Lost at Sea by Bryan O’Malley

Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley Published by Oni Press on July 24th 2012 Pages: 160 Format: hardcover Source: library Goodreads Raleigh doesn’t have a soul. A cat stole it or at least that’s what she tells people or at least that’s what she would tell people if she told people anything. But that would mean talking to people, and the mere thought of social interaction is terrifying. How did such a shy teenage girl end up in a car with three of her hooligan classmates on a cross-country road trip? Being forced to interact with kids her own age is a new and alarming proposition for Raleigh, but maybe it’s just what she needs or maybe it can help her find what she needs or maybe it can help her to realize that what she needs has been with her all along.” When I really love an author, I find myself searching out their other books. The first book series I ever read by Bryan O’Malley was Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which is probably his most famous book. However, it didn’t make me go looking for more. Then twitter recommended me Seconds earlier this year. That was the book that hooked me on Bryan O’Malley and I started looking for more. Lost at Sea is his first graphic novel, so I’m late to the party. I don’t […]

Posted January 6, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on July 15th 2014 Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, horror Format: hardcover Source: library Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time. Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our NeighborÂ’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A LadyÂ’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brotherÂ’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page. Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily CarrollÂ’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut. This is the book I’ve been looking for! I love horror and I’ve been looking for something legitimately creepy for a while. […]

Posted December 23, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy Published by Balzer + Bray on September 15th 2015 Genres: Contemporary Pages: 384 Format: hardcover Source: library Buy on Amazon Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always workedÂ…until Will takes a job at HarpyÂ’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isnÂ’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, sheÂ’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—DumplinÂ’ is guaranteed to steal your heart. I had heard a lot about this book before I finally got the chance […]

Posted December 17, 2015 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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Mini Review: George by Alex Gino

Mini Review: George by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino Published by Scholastic Press on August 25th 2015 Genres: LGBT Format: hardcover Source: library Buy on Amazon BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.   With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. I loved this book! I’m so excited to have read it and be able to recommend it to everyone! However, its really difficult for me to review a book like this. I don’t know how to say enough nice things about it. The writing is top notch.  The story is told from George’s perspective. I loved reading about her thoughts and feelings. She knows she is really Melissa inside but she’s afraid that no one will understand. She spends all her time focusing on hiding her true self. while at the same time she hates […]

Posted December 10, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Arc Review: All the Words are Yours

Arc Review: All the Words are Yours

All the Words Are Yours: Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson Published by Perigee Books on October 20th 2015 Genres: nonfiction Pages: 144 Format: hardcover Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Here starts the journey Every day for the past six years, Tyler Knott Gregson has written a simple haiku about love, and posted it online. These heartfelt poems have attracted a large and loyal following around the world. This highly anticipated follow-up to Chasers of the Light, presents TylerÂ’s favorites, some previously unpublished, accompanied by his signature photographs, which capture the rich texture of daily life. This vibrant collection reveals the intimate reflections of one of poetry’s most popular new voices — honest, vulnerable, generous, and truly present in the gift that is each moment. This book is not the kind that I would have picked for myself. It was sent to me free for review and the concept really intrigued me. Oddly enough, I majored in Japanese in college so I’m very familiar with haiku. This is the kind of book that I’m so glad that I took a chance on because it was so beautiful and rewarding to read. Each page is very simple. It has a simple handwritten poem on a notecard or post-it or other small piece of paper. The background is sometimes a drawing, sometimes objects, sometimes plain. Its obvious that each […]

Posted December 9, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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IB Review: Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne

IB Review: Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne

Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne Published by Bloomsbury USA on November 20th 2014 Genres: New Adult, romance Pages: 150 Format: hardcover Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon In Mistletoe and Mr Right, Jessica takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays for Christmas break, sure that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily ever after. But it turns out his family – and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend – donÂ’t feel the same way, and the only person making the trip worthwhile is a hot local, who has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most … and least. The holiday high jinks continue in Sleigh Bells and Second Chances, when JessicaÂ’s best friend makes her own way across the pond! Christina Lake does not want to be away at Christmas, but she has an intern job as publicist for LondonÂ’s hottest band at their last-minute concert on Christmas Eve … even though she had a fling with Cary, the bandÂ’s lead singer, that never officially ended. Now forced to reconnect, Christina is starting to think that maybe London is exactly where sheÂ’s supposed to be to get the perfect New YearÂ’s kiss – at least until she finds out that heÂ’s been lying the whole time. Can Cary find a way to prove himself before the […]

Posted December 8, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Men and Cats

Review: Men and Cats

Men & Cats by Marie-Eva Gatuingt, Alice Chaygneaud Published by Perigee Books on September 1, 2015 Genres: nonfiction Pages: 113 Format: hardcover Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon A brilliant collection of photographs that brings together two of the world’s favorite things: hot men and cute kittens. Based on the chic French Tumblr Des Hommes et des Chatons,  Men & Cats  presents an original collection of 50 pairs of sexy men and adorable cats. Each clever match-up shows a heartthrob posing alongside a cat in a similar pose or with a similar expression. Not sure if you want to look at sexy men or cute cats? With this book, you don’t have to choose. Have you all seen this Tumblr? Basically it pairs a picture of a handsome man with a picture of a cat doing about the same thing. A good friend of mine linked me to it a long while back. Together we ogled the cat pictures and the good looking men with same level of concentration. I mean, cats and hot guys; what’s not to like? Obviously I’m leading up to this book, Men and Cats. It is the Tumblr, except in book form. I like reading books better than I like looking at things on the internet so it has that going for it. Plus again, it’s pictures of dapper men and cats. No arguments from […]

Posted October 24, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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