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Review: The Hate U Give by A

Review: The Hate U Give by A

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Going into this, I want it to be known that I doubt my ability to put into words the greatness that is this book. I also want to preface this with saying that I am white and I have lived in a mostly white community growing up. My life changed in that aspect when I began teaching six years ago where I became the only white person in the […]

Posted January 23, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Diabolic by SJ Kincaid

Review: Diabolic by SJ Kincaid

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 1st 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire… I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book is intense! There were a few times that I had to close the […]

Posted January 16, 2017 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 24th 2017 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say. Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home. There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary? In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness […]

Posted January 10, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Pick Me Up by Adam Kurtz

Review: Pick Me Up by Adam Kurtz

Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later by Adam J. Kurtz Published by TarcherPerigee on October 4th 2016 Genres: nonfiction Pages: 176 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads A quirky, creative companion that offers a pick-me-up on every page   On the heels of his internationally successful first book, 1 Page at a Time, graphic designer and illustrator Adam J. Kurtz delivers another intimate and engaging journal for anyone who loves to explore ideas, record thoughts and feelings, and capture those fleeting but amazing moments of everyday life.   Unlike a linear journal, this book can be opened up to any page, encouraging and engaging readers time and time again through continued use. Rather than simply complete tasks and turn pages, users are encouraged to leave their mark, and if they land on the same page days or weeks later, they can review, reflect, and revise their previous response.   Feeling lonely? Pensive? Peeved? Questioning? This deceptively simple book offers perspective, hope, and a twist of existential metaphor – and is perfect to pick up again and again. This book reminds me of a grown up version of a Wreck this Notebook. It’s designed to make you really think about your goals and what you want out of life. Each page has a way for you to creatively engage with the book by […]

Posted January 5, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1 Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 27th 2016 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review, the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads I received this book for free from Free for Review, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The story is fun and engaging. I read it in a single sitting and just tore through it. Erin Summerill’s writing is easy to read and her characters make the story easy to connect to. I liked Britta and Cohen for their shared history. The supporting characters were some of my favorites. Captain Omar and Leif kept me guessing the whole book. I didn’t know whether to cry or cheer half the time. Enta was easy because who doesn’t love a grumpy old grandmother. She was probably my favorite. I loved the culture of Malam. For instance, the entire conflict stems from a cultural traditon. Britta is in mourning for her father and mourners are forbidden from leaving their house. Typically, the town brings the mourner food. However, Britta is an outcast. No one takes care of her in these terrible circumstances. If she wants to survive, she has to leave to find food. Otherwise, she will starve.  I liked this book […]

Posted December 23, 2016 by Emily in Review, Uncategorized / 3 Comments
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Review: Holding Up the Universe

Review: Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 4th 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 400 Buy on Amazon Goodreads 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 […]

Posted November 17, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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WoW: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

WoW: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

What I Love So this one is a little bit of a cheat. I admit, I’ve already read this but it doesn’t come out for months and I haven’t been hearing much about it. I will post my review in December but I wanted to start talking about it now. This book is really special. If you haven’t thought about it up until now, I’m urging you to take another look. It has bounty hunters and love and grief and truth. It’s one of the truest books I’ve read this year. I can’t wait to buy my finished copy. If this one isn’t on your radar, it needs to be!

Posted November 16, 2016 by Emily in WoW / 2 Comments
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Review: Three Dark Crowns

Review: Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Series: Three Dark Crowns #1 Published by HarperTeen on September 20th 2016 Genres: Fantasy, horror, Young Adult Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown. If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless […]

Posted November 14, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

Review Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen Published by Delacorte Press on October 11th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 304 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher, Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads Jae is a slave in a dying desert world. Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free. Lord Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well. But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn. Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the kingdom’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave […]

Posted November 7, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Espresso tour ARC review: Spells & Sorcery

Espresso tour ARC review: Spells & Sorcery

Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans Series: Lexie Carrigan Chronicles #1 Published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on October 4th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic Pages: 386 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads You have magic. One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing. Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical. Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her. Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath. I read a few reviews (when will I learn?!?) and I talked to a few people. It made me a little concerned. I really wanted to like this book. Now that I’ve read […]

Posted October 21, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 3 Comments
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