• The Start Of Me And You by Emery Lord // Book Review
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    The Start Of Me And You by Emery Lord // Book Review

    Title: The Start Of Me And YouAuthor: Emery LordGenre(s): Young Adult, ContemporaryPage Count: 416Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle Synopsis:It’s been one year since it happened… When Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in a swimming accident, she shut out almost everyone. Now Paige has decided it’s finally time to rejoin the world, and she has a plan. First on the list: go out with Ryan Chase, her longtime and newly single crush. And last on the list: swim. Terrifying, yet possible? But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin Max moves to town and recruits Paige for the QuizBowl team (of all things!), her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Starting over…

  • Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky // Book Review
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    Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky // Book Review

    Title: Gracefully GraysonAuthor: Ami PolonskyGenre(s): LGBTQ+, Middle GradePage Count: 243Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle Synopsis:Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Strengthened by an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into…

  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang // Book Review
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    The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang // Book Review

    Title: The Poppy WarSeries: The Poppy War (#1)Author: R.F. KuangGenre(s): FantasyPage Count: 530Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle Synopsis: When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more…

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne // Book Review
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    The Hating Game by Sally Thorne // Book Review

    Title: The Hating GameAuthor: Sally Thorne Genre(s): RomancePage Count: 384Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Book Depository Synopsis: Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.2) A person’s undoing3) Joshua Templeman Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual. Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the…

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    The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu // Book Review

    Title: The Truth About Alice Author: Jennifer Mathieu Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction Page Count: 208 Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle ~ The Book Depository Synopsis: Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car? It’s true. Ask ANYBODY. Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party,…

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    The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon // Book Review

    Title: The Priory Of The Orange Tree Author: Samantha Shannon Genre(s): Fantasy, Adult Page Count: 827 Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Book Depository_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Synopsis: A world divided.A queendom without an heir.An ancient enemy awakens. The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea,…

  • contemporary,  mindy mcginnis,  review

    Heroine by Mindy McGinnis // Book Review

    Title: Heroine Author: Mindy McGinnis Genre(s): Contemporary, Mental Health, Realistic Fiction Page Count: 432 Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Book Depository _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Synopsis: When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she’s ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there. The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good. With a new circle of friends—fellow injured athletes, others with just time to kill—Mickey finds peaceful acceptance,…

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    Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith // Book Review

    Title: Something Like Gravity Author: Amber Smith Genre(s): Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult Page Count: 400 Pre-Order: Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Book Depository _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Synopsis: Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start. A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her. But they’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other. The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the…

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    Ruin And Rising by Leigh Bardugo // Book Review

    Title: Ruin And Rising Author: Leigh Bardugo Series: Shadow And Bone (#3) Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult Page Count: 480 Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Book Depository ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Synopsis: 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…

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    Siege And Storm by Leigh Bardugo

    Title: Siege And Storm Author: Leigh Bardugo Series: Shadow And Bone (#2) Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult Page Count: 496 Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle ~ Book Depository _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Synopsis: 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 can’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…