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SST Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

SST Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup Published by Luminis Books, Inc. on October 1st 2015 Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult Format: Paperback Source: ARC tour Buy on Amazon Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All. High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around. That is, until her brother DannyÂ’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and sheÂ’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her motherÂ’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about DannyÂ’s future. Then she meets Wes. HeÂ’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her. Jasmine canÂ’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her motherÂ’s addiction, not her brotherÂ’s health–not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all. It’s not everyday when  you read a book […]

Posted October 11, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 3 Comments
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Guest Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Guest Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on June 2nd 2015 Pages: 344 Format: Paperback Source: library Buy on Amazon Goodreads In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. MoritzÂ’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine. This entire review is based on one very minor book spoiler that is not in the description. **Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for an exciting update from Audible.com** I was very excited to read Because YouÂ’ll Never Meet Me. It was highly […]

Posted August 5, 2015 by Emily in Review / 8 Comments
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Review: Control by Lydia Kang

Review: Control by Lydia Kang

Control by Lydia Kang Published by Speak on February 5th 2015 Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon “Control blew me away. The twists and turns and suspense made for a thrilling ride . . .  Highly recommended” – James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze RunnerSet in 2150 — in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms — this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it’s not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren’t like any she’s ever seen — teens who, by law, shouldn’t even exist. One of them — an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy — can help Zel reunite with her sister.But only if she is willing to lose him. This book had several things going for it. The main character, Zel, suffers from Ondine’s Curse. This is the nickname for two real disease and could refer to either congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or primary alveolar hypoventilation. Basically, Zel’s brain doesn’t tell her lungs […]

Posted July 14, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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