Posted in Audiobook Review, Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green @hankgreen @orionbooks @audibleuk #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult

Hello book-lovers,

I’m so happy to be sharing my review for this wonderful, absolutely remarkable read!

Oh how I loved this book!

Why did you pick it up Vicci?? 

I’d seen it here and there all over BookTube and people seemed to be loving it, so I thought “what the Hell” and watched my new credit fly away….sob!

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My Thoughts

How many times have you thought to yourself I wish I was famous? How many times have you thought that all of your troubles would go away if you were?

How about being famous by accident?

This story is being told by our main MC 23 year old April May, who while wandering through NYC one night spies something that she doesn’t remember seeing there before.
Being super quirky and arty, she does the only thing she can think of at this time in the morning, and excitedly calls her best friend Andy.

Andy isn’t too happy about being woken up at 3am, but of course he goes along to see what April May is so excited about, and when he gets there, so is he.

A huge statue has appeared in the middle of New York, and no-one seems to be paying it much attention, April May is astounded about how much work has gone into this statue, and there is no artist name attached to it to give any credit.

Andy has his own YouTube channel where he uploads random videos, the natural response is for them to make a silly video of this, so April “interviews” the statue, names him Carl, and Andy later uploads the video.

The next morning, it seems that the video has gone viral, and April May is hot-stuff due to there not being just one Carl, oh no, that one is just New York Carl, there are also Carl’s in cities all over the world, and it also seems that they all appeared at the same time, and Carl seems to be the name of choice, i.e Beijing Carl, Buenos Aires Carl, Tokyo Carl etc.

But April and Andy are the original Carl discoverers, and fame is instant for them.

April has to deal with fame with the whole world watching, and I really do mean the whole wide world!

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Narrated by Kristen Sieh with a cameo by the author, who both did a fantastic job, I will definitely be looking out for book 2 and more by Kristen.

Until I was about 2 or 3 hours into this book I had no idea that Hank is the brother of the super duper famous John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars!

Comparing both authors is inevitable, but Hank held his own, and dare I say it, even manages for me to slightly outshine his brother **ducks the flying objects**

Happy Reading

Vicci

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About the book 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
By: Hank Green
Narrated by: Hank GreenKristen Sieh
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Release date: 25-09-18
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship – like a 10-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor – April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life.

News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world – everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires – and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the centre of an intense international media spotlight. Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are but what they want from us.

Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social Internet is changing fame, rhetoric and radicalisation; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanisation that follows a life in the public eye.

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Scythe by Neal Shusterman @NealShusterman @audibleuk #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult #SciFi

Hello literary lovers!

I’m super pleased to bring you a review for this fantastic YA book, from the master himself.

Why did you pick it up Vicci? –  Neal Shusterman always seems to write the best books, it always has a little ‘what if’ in there, and he always makes you sit back and think, could this really happen?

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My Thoughts 

Another brilliant read by Mr Shusterman, who is becoming one of my favourite YA authors, his stories are always new, unique and interesting.

Set place in the future, us humans have managed to eradicate disease, ageing and even suicide, they have even put a stopper in death itself!

Obviously if you cannot die then the world would become over populated, this is where the Scythes come in.

Scythes are death, they are trained in the art of death, you don’t know when it will be, but one day while you are sitting around the table having your evening meal with your family, or on the way to work on the bus, or driving your car, you will be met, and killed by a Scythe!

But who chooses who is going to die?, well the world is now being run by an AI called The Thunderhead, the Scythes are instructed and they will find you to “Gleen” you, the only way that you can actually die, or they can randomly choose someone, after all they do have targets to meet!

Because of this the Scythes are treated as celebrities, they will never have to wait in line, or pay for their meals, they are waited on hand and foot, presumably to try and get a pardon from them.

After finding a couple of teenagers that Scythe Faraday deem to be suitable for apprenticeships, Rowan and Citre have big decisions to make, do they take the job, do they want to be killers? If they do then they can get immunity for their family, but it is a big gamble to take, because only one of them can be a Scythe, so what happens to the loser?

I loved the world building in this story, and Shusterman always plants the ‘What if’ seed into all of his stories, they make great BookClub reads.

🎧🎧 – Brilliantly narrated by Greg Tremblay, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series

Happy Reading

Vicci x

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About the Book

Scythe
By: Neal Shusterman
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
Publisher: Audible Studios

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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Posted in Young Adult

Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid @InkyardPress #bookreview

Happy Sunday!

This is my second young adult review for you today. This was a sweet fluffy story about first love, I think this will appeal to teenagers a little more than us adults. The main character will probably be more frustrating the older you are, just saying.💜

My Thoughts

A sweet story about first love, moving on, and growing up. Nobody ever forgets their first love, but some people have a much harder time getting over them. Lu is dumped by her first love Leo, his reason seems to be because they are going to different colleges. Personally I think this is a mature decision, I’m not a huge advocate of going off to college with a boyfriend/girlfriend back home. Now of course I say this and I had a long distance relationship when I was in college, but that didn’t work. Also my daughter went off to college and had a boyfriend back home, and that didn’t work either. Now I’m certain this works for some people, just nobody that I know. Lu is so distraught and cannot function like she needs to. She is going to lose her scholarship to NYU if she cannot quickly write an article for the online magazine that she works for, her scholarship is contingent upon her working for this magazine.

Lu was pretty frustrating. I wanted to sit down and have a chat with the girl, and explain to her that she certainly didn’t want to throw away her future over some boy. Then Lu happens upon a couple that are planning to break up at the end of summer because they are going to different colleges. However in the meantime they are going to make the best of their summer together. Lu becomes obsessed with this couple or the idea of this couple. She decides she’s going to write an article about them, and even though the couple refuses, she keeps persisting.

Lu was definitely a self-centered teen who liked to throw herself an occasional pity party. She had this great friend Pete who quite frankly she did not deserve. He was such a good friend so supportive with Great wise words. I was hoping they would end up together, and then I thought I’m not sure if she deserves him. The end of this book really threw me for a loop, I’m still not quite sure what to think of it. This was a good book, but probably could have been great. There was just a little something missing, and I’m not even certain what that was. Simply put a sweet fluffy story about first love.

*** thanks so much to Harlequin/Inkyard Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Dumped by her boyfriend the summer after senior year, teen love and relationship columnist Lu Charles has hit a wall with her writing. The words just won’t come to her like they used to and if she doesn’t find a topic for her column, she’ll lose her gig at hip online magazine Misnomer, and the college scholarship that goes along with it. 
Her best friend, Pete, thinks she should write through her own pain, but when Lu overhears another couple planning a precollege breakup just like hers, she becomes convinced that they’re the answer to cracking her writer’s block. And when she meets them – super-practical Iris and cute, sweet Cal – and discovers they’re postponing their breakup until the end of the summer, she has to know more. 
Have Cal and Iris prolonged their own misery by staying together, knowing the end is in sight? Or does the secret to figuring out all this love business – and getting over it – lie with them? One thing is certain – if Lu can’t make a breakthrough before summer is over, she can kiss her future goodbye. 
From the acclaimed author of
 Let’s Get Lost and North of Happy comes a touching exploration of love, relationships, and the pain of breaking up.

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Posted in Young Adult

Belly Up by Eva Darrows @InkyardPress @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #BellyUp

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

I have a couple of young adult books to share with you today and this is the first! I thought this was sweet and diverse a clean read that I would let my younger teen read, a book I enjoyed as an adult!💋

My Thoughts

A diverse lighthearted story. A bit of a mash up of Juno and The Gilmore Girls. Sarah is smart and snarky with her future all planned out. But you know what they say about the best made plans… and getting pregnant the summer before her senior year by a stranger was not part of Sarah’s plans. Fortunately Sarah has an amazing support system around her. I do have to give major props to Sarah‘s mother and grandmother, not sure I would’ve handled the situation quite as well. I mean I’d be supportive, but probably after I lost my temper a few times. Sarah also had an amazing BFF in Devi. Seriously we all need a Devi in our lives.

Not only is Sarah pregnant, but she also has to start at a new school her senior year. Something that would not be easy even under the best of circumstances. Sarah is lucky enough however to find a diverse group of supportive friends at the new school as well. Even a boy named Leaf. This boy was so sweet, so kind, so supportive, and best of all he could cook! The only tiny problem I had with this book I thought things worked out a little too perfectly for Sarah. I know the girl got pregnant and she was going to have to deal with that, but… I thought it was all a bit sugarcoated, however they do say good things happen to good people and Sarah was truly a good person. Simply put this was a sweet diverse story filled with friendship, family, and love!7/10

*** many thanks to Harlequin/Inkyard Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

There’s a first time for everything. 
First time playing quarters. 
First time spinning the bottle. 
First totally hot consensual truck hookup with a super-hot boy whose digits I forgot to get. 
First time getting pregnant. Surprised you with that one, didn’t I? 
Surprised me, too. I’d planned to spend senior year with my bestie-slash-wifey, Devi Abrams, graduating at the top of my class and getting into an Ivy League college. Instead, Mom and I are moving in with my battle-ax of a grandmother and I’m about to start a new school and a whole new life. 
Know what’s more fun than being the new girl for your senior year? Being the pregnant new girl. It isn’t awesome. There is one upside, though – a boy named Leaf Leon. He’s cute, an amazing cook and he’s flirting me up, hard-core. Too bad I’m knocked up with a stranger’s baby. I should probably mention that to him at some point. 
But how? 
It seems I’ve got a lot more firsts to go.

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Posted in #Dark, Audiobook Review, New Releases, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis @MindyMcGinnis @harperteen @brit_pressley #AudiobookReview #YA

Hello book lovers,

I’m so pleased to bring you my review of this very deep, dark, but riveting audio book!

Why did you pick it up Vicci? – Because it is a pretty new release there has been a lot of talk about this book, especially on Goodreads, most of it was shouting TRIGGERS and BE CAREFUL warnings, so naturally it made me want to pick it up…I’m a bit of a rebel like that LOL.

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My Thoughts

When I wake up, all my friends are dead.

The first line of the book…….makes you want to read it right??

Be warned that this is, and has very graphic detail on drug addiction, if you are a recovering addict then this book could be extremely triggering for you, and you would be best to stay away from it until you are in a better mindset.

If you are OK reading this sort of thing, then this one is well worth a credit.

The story follows our MC Mickey Catalan, the narrator of this story, a young high school student that has a pretty good life, she is the star catcher in her Softball team and they are probably going to make it to the local history books with a win in a large tournament in the upcoming season.

We meet Mickey in the months before that hard hitting first line of the book, her and her friend are involved in a car crash as she is driving home from Softball practice, her friend damages her arm, and Mickey badly damages her leg.

She is obviously not able to play softball until her leg has healed properly and she is given a timescale for this, 12 weeks, but this is just before the new Softball season starts and she doesn’t want to be sidelined.

She is given medication (Oxy) for the obvious pain that she is in, but Mickey realises quite soon that if she takes more, then she can push herself a little bit harder, and will therefore be fit in time for the new season.

Unfortunately her problems are only just beginning, unbeknown to her, Oxy is is highly addictive, she is taking it for the pain, but she is soon not in so much pain, but still taking the tablets.

She begins to up her dosage as she becomes more and more addicted to the high, when she runs out of her medication she needs more, immediately!  but her prescription shows that she should still have at least 2 weeks supply left, what is she to do?

This is where things start to go more and more downhill for Mickey, she buys them from someone, who then becomes friends with her, and introduces her to other people that can ‘help’

This book doesn’t pull any punches, it is brutal and dark, you see the slow downward spiral of Mickey, how she becomes disengaged with her other life and starts to slowly become a shadow of her former self.

This is a Young Adult book, but it really didn’t read that way to me, yes it is about young adults, but that is as far as the YA went for me. I think that it is an extremely important book, it shows that drug addicts don’t always look like the images that you see on TV, they don’t always end up laying in a park or a back-street somewhere, that can look quite normal and function just as well as you and me, and you would never know. It is only when the addiction starts to get out of hand, that the red flags and the warning signs start showing.

🎧🎧 – Brilliantly narrated by Brittany Pressley a new to me narrator, but one I will definitely be looking out for again.

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About the book

Heroine
By: Mindy McGinnis
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Release date: 03-12-19



A captivating and powerful exploration of the opioid crisis – the deadliest drug epidemic in American history – through the eyes of a college-bound softball star. Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope.

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 and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue.

But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Romance, Young Adult

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon @NicolaYoon @LLAudiobooks @TheRealBahniT @PRHAudio #RaymondLee #DominicHoffman #AudiobookReview

Hello book lovers,

Happy to bring you this review for a book that has been out for quite a while, but still worth a read.

Why did you pick it up Vicci? – Well 1. it was an Audible Daily deal, 2. I loved Everything Everything which was the authors previous book, and 3. Bahni Turpin, as I’ve said before she is an instant 1 click for me, so this one was a special bonus.

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My Thoughts

I love a YA love story, yes they can be a little Insta-love, but they are great, you can get lost in a fabulous book for a few hours, and when you look up, all is right with the world!

This story is about a girl called Natasha, who is basically living in NYC illegally, her parents moved to America from Jamaica and never returned, they have been working, but a silly mistake by her father has now brought the authorities aware of their situation and the family are now being deported back to Jamaica.

Natasha is obviously very upset by this, she came to America when she was very young so she thinks of it as home, she has never even been to Jamaica and has no desire to go there again, her school and friends are here, and she is looking forward to going to college, so she finds the one person that she thinks may be able to help her stay, a lawyer.

Daniel is our other MC in this book, he is a Korean American boy, who is legal. His parents moved to the US many years before he was born. His parents are very strict and like him to be as Korean as he can.

Daniel is about to go for an interview for a place in Yale, somewhere he doesn’t particularly want to go, but his parents (mainly his father) have pushed him into it, Daniel wants to be a poet.

A ‘meet-cute’ happens, and the two meet and decide to spend the day together, Daniel does not know about Natasha’s situation.

I loved the fact that this was not only told in dual POV, but it also goes into the background of some of the other characters so that you can see why they are the way that they are (if that makes sense)

Because Natasha is Black and Daniel is Korean I loved the way that they explain their different cultures etc to each other, and that it wasn’t just fluffy ‘I love You’s’ in fact Natasha doesn’t believe in all that, she is a science geek, it is actually Daniel that is a hopeless romantic.

I LOVED the ending, it was done so perfectly, i’m not sure if I would have liked it any other way!

🎧🎧 – Narrated as always beautifully by Bahni Turpin with Raymond Lee and Dominic Hoffman who are 2 new narrators for me, but made this book sound so good.

This is also a new movie, being released in May 2019.

You can listen to a little snippet here:

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About the book

The Sun Is Also a Star
By: Nicola Yoon
Narrated by: Bahni TurpinRaymond LeeDominic Hoffman
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins

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 12 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?

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Posted in Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn @erinhahn_author @StMartinsPress @WednesdayBooks #bookreview #youdbemine

TGIF!

Excited to share with you my review for this sweet young adult romance that made me smile!😍

My Thoughts

A sweet love story lively with swoon and swagger!

Erin Hahn’s debut is a lively heart warming contemporary YA romance. The kind of book that puts a BIG smile on your face! The thing I really like about young adult romance is how innocent it is; how everything is just so exaggerated, because it is the first time these characters have ever felt this way. I guess I appreciate that the characters have not been jaded yet and I can forgive them their naïveté because they are young. Perhaps I long for the days when I was a little more naïve and a little less jaded.

Annie and Clay are up-and-coming country stars. Clay has a bit of a bad boy reputation, his label insists he gets Annie to tour with him to help repair his image. Annie is the daughter of two major country legends who died tragically, determined not to follow in her parents footsteps she is extremely hesitant to step into the spotlight. The two end up touring together and what follows is a Sweet relationship, that I am sure every reader and fan was rooting for. Of course as in all good teen romances this book had plenty of drama, angst, and emotion. I believe Miss Hahn did a wonderful job handling the drama, and the ending… perfect!

Annie and Clay were great characters and I loved the relationship between them. Annie had such a quiet confidence and a sweetness about her. Clay was really a good guy in and boy clothing. The two of them together were quite magical, especially when it came to the music. Erin Hahn brought such strong voices to these characters that I feel as though I’ve heard them sing.

A lovely little gem of a book, perfect for readers of all ages who love the love.💕

*** many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

“Witty and charming, with an off-the-charts, irresistible blend of romance, humor, and characters who steal your heart from page one. Erin Hahn is an author to watch.” (Karen M. McManus, New York Times best-selling author of One of Us Is Lying)
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.   
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad-boy image turns into bad-boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.   
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start, fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front-row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head-over-heels-inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.   
Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut,
 You’d Be Mine, asks: Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas @angiecthomas @TheRealBahniT @HarperAudio #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult

Hello from a sunny UK!!

I’m not sure how it happened, but we have an orange ball of fire in the sky, and the sky is blue!

I’m super happy to tell you about a fantastic book that I listened to, from the author of The Hate U Give.

Why did you pick it up Vicci? –  I LOVED The Hate U Give so I knew that I wanted to read this one, also it is narrated by one of my favourite ever narrators Bahni Turpin, I would literally listen to her read an instruction manual if she released it haha.

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My Thoughts

Sixteen-year-old Bri is an OK student, she is easily distracted though and the teachers are noticing it more and more, Bri is also black.

She lives in Garden Heights, yes that Garden Heights where THUG was based, and although you don’t meet any of the old characters from the other book, it certainly references the riots etc that it held.

The school is still taking no chances because of the riots, and have installed metal detectors and security guards at the entrance, but they seem to have a problem with a few of the kids, especially the black ones.

Brianna, Bri for short lives in a poor part of the neighbourhood, her family is poor and her single mother raised her and her brother after her father, who was a famous up-and-coming rapper was murdered, her mother has now lost her job.

Her auntie is part of a gang, and drugs and guns are pretty much every day things, but Bri doesn’t want to be part of this, her auntie is her music manager,  not her life coach.

You see, Bri is a rapper, just like her father, and her dream is to make it big, so school isn’t a huge part of her life, but rapping, that is everything!

After finally getting her chance to perform her stuff at the local “ring” Bri nails-it, and makes a bit of a local name for herself, unfortunately for her, this isn’t always a good thing.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by the incredibly talented Bahni Turpin, this book is well worth a credit…..”But wait, does she rap?” OF COURSE SHE DOES, and she does it brilliantly!

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About the book

On the Come Up
By: Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
Release date: 07-02-19

Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC.

And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it – she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense, Young Adult

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus @writerkmc @PenguinUKBooks #AudiobookReview #YA #Mystery #Thriller

Hi Book lovers! Vicci again,

I love a good YA read, but I also love to get my teeth into a good Thriller, so this one was killing two birds with one stone.

Why did I pick it up? – This is the author of One of Us is Lying, a great YA book that I really enjoyed last year, so I grabbed this one as soon as I could.

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Two Can Keep a Secret
By: Karen McManus
Narrated by: Sophie AmossKirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 10-01-19
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

My Thoughts

This was a great little Thriller that kept me on my toes, and thinking “It was him…NO it was her…NO it was them..NO, who the hell is it?”

Ellery and her twin brother Ezra are going to live with their grandmother, while their mother is away in Rehab, Echo Ridge is their mothers hometown and this is the twins first time there.

The twins soon find that the town is seeped in secrets and lies, and it also seems that girls seem to go missing.  5 years ago a girl went missing and was found murdered, this is not the first time this has happened int this town, and it seems like history is going to start repeating itself again!

Ellery is a True Crime nut, and things just don’t seem right to her.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by Sophie Amoss, and Kirby Heyborne,

They did a fantastic job narrating this book and kept me on my toes throughout.

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About the Book

Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age 16, never to return. Where a homecoming queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the homecoming queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother – and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them wants to believe.

And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Poetry Verse, Young Adult

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo @AcevedoWrites @HarperAudio #AudiobookReview #Poetry #Verse #YA

 

Hello book buddies, Vicci Here,

Sorry for being away for a while, real life got in the way for a spell.

Anyhoo, it hasn’t stopped me from reading some great books, and this one was just stunning!

This book is written all in verse, but it wasn’t the “Roses are red” type of thing, oh no, it is done Slam Poetry style!

Why did i pick it up? – I stumbled across Slam Poetry after reading Colleen Hoover’s Slammed a few years ago, I wanted to see what else was out there so I went to the go-to place, YouTube! While there I discovered so many wonderful video’s, some made me laugh, and some made me cry, while some just made me sit and hold my breath, if you haven’t seen any I would really recommend it, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.

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The Poet X
By: Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Publisher: HarperAudio

My Thoughts

I listened to the audiobook, which was OUTSTANDING, the narrator Elizabeth Acevedo is also the author of the book, and her words, her voice, it is just B-E-A-Utiful!

I am going to purchase a copy of the book just to be able to highlight the whole thing!

The story is from the POV of Xiomara Batista (pronounced C O Mara), a pretty young Dominican girl living in Harlem, daughter to a very religious mother who is desperate for her to be confirmed.

Xiomara is a believer, but also questions her religion much to her dismay, she is scared to tell this to her mother.

The only way she feels that she can release her thoughts is to write them down in a notebook that was gifted to her by her brother.

That’s when I feel like a fake.
Because I nod, and clap, and “Amen” and Aleluya,”
all the while feeling like this house his house
is no longer one I want to rent.

She is also a young girl, getting thoughts about boys and sex, normal young girl thoughts, but it also shows the other side of this and the unwanted attention that young girls get.

When I’m told to have faith in the father, the son, in men – and men are the first ones to make me feel so small.

Her teacher introduces her to slam poetry, and it is like a lightbulb has been switched on in her mind, all of her thoughts, and feelings can now make a kind of sense to her when she writes them down and performs them.

She tells me words give people permission to be their fullest self and aren’t these the poems I most needed to hear?

This is an incredibly powerful book, a few times I cried listening to it, and most of the time I was just in awe of the beautiful way she writes.

I would recommend listening to the book, but i would also tell any young girl to read it, it has some brilliant and very powerful messages in it.

I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn’t that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo the author of the book, her voice is so wonderful, I can not recommend this book highly enough, it is just so stunning!

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About the book

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers – especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, whom her family can never know about.

With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

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