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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: Roseblood by A.G. Howard

Review: Roseblood by A.G. Howard

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard Published by Amulet Books on January 10th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult Pages: 432 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known. 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.Let me start this review by saying that I have not read […]

Posted January 2, 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: The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Review: The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, romance Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 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 was an amazing book. I went into it apprehensively because Everything, Everything ended up rubbing me the wrong way. I picked this […]

Posted December 19, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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FFBC Review: Flashfall

FFBC Review: Flashfall

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer Published by Henry Holt and Co. on November 15th 2016 Genres: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city. But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it. 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.Flashfall is set in a dystopian world after some sort of nuclear war. Everything is covered in radiation. Orion, Dram and the rest of the people in Outpost Five are all Subpar so they have adapted to have some sort of radiation resistance. Flashfall’s […]

Posted November 15, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 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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FFBC Review: Aftermath by Clara Kensie

FFBC Review: Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath by Clara Kensie Published by Merit Press on November 1st 2016 Genres: Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 288 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad’s a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte’s twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free. 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.Charlotte was kidnapped and and held by a monster for over 4 years. During that time, she held onto the thought that her […]

Posted November 10, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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