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Followers by Megan Angelo @meganangelo @HQstories #Followers #MeganAngelo #BookReview

Hello again Book Friends,

I’m so happy to be on the blog tour for this fabulous YA read.

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My Thoughts

Followers, follows 2 characters, Orla and Marlow, we get alternating chapters for both of them, Orla’s is set in 2015, and Marlow’s is set in 2051, both in New York.

In 2015, Orla is working as a blogger, she is desperate to write a book and to become a real author, but currently she works at an office blogging about the latest celebrity handbag or hairstyle, that is until she meets Floss, she is a fame hungry wannabe, and ends up renting a room in Orla’s apartment.

Orla and Floss soon become firm friends, and with Orla knowing just what to say, the two girls manage to place Floss in the right place at the right time, and this as they say is history, and Floss becomes the most famous Instagram girl on the planet.

Marlow, well Marlow is famous, just for being famous, you see, she lives in Constellation, the Truman Show of New York, everyone knows who Marlow is, and everyone can see what she does, says, wears, eats, everything!

The chips that have been planted into everyone’s brains in 2051 after ‘The Spill’ help them tune into the “show” via ‘brainwave’, and even thoughts are pushed through to Marlow, even if it isn’t directly her doing it “I really should drink another litre of water as my skin is dehydrating”

With designer lives, and designer pills to help Marlow be the perfect product that she is, why would anyone want to give-up their millions of ‘followers’ and ‘likes’ to be a nobody?

This book was so cleverly written and had a very ‘Black Mirror’ vibe to it, it shows the price of fame, and what some people will do to gain, or to lose it, and also the power that social media has over people.

For a debut novel, I can see big things for Ms Angelo as it was a fantastic read, I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Enjoy

Vicci๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’›โœจ

**Thank you to HQ Stories and Megan Angelo for sending me a copy of the book

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About the Book

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An electrifying story of two ambitious friends, the dark choices they make and the profound moment that changes the meaning of privacy forever.
Orla Cadden dreams of literary success, but sheโ€™s stuck writing about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Orla has no idea how to change her life until her new roommate, Flossโ€•a striving, wannabe A-listerโ€•comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they so desperately crave. But it’s only when Orla and Floss abandon all pretense of ethics that social media responds with the most terrifying feedback of all: overwhelming success.
Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularityโ€•twelve million loyal followersโ€•Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything, even horrible things, to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.
Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people weโ€™ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.
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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett @Kim_Liggett @PRHAudio #KimLiggett #TheGraceYear #BookReview

Hello book friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful day, I’m here to bring you a review for a new YA Dystopian read that will be coming to the Big Screen near you soon.

Rumour has it that Elizabeth Banks is directing and producing it so it’s sure to be a hit!

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My Thoughts

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๐Ÿ…ผ๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ†ƒ๐Ÿ†‚ ๐Ÿ…ป๐Ÿ…พ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…ณ ๐Ÿ…พ๐Ÿ…ต ๐Ÿ†ƒ๐Ÿ…ท๐Ÿ…ด ๐Ÿ…ต๐Ÿ…ป๐Ÿ…ธ๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ†‚

The Grace Year is a bit like Fight Club, as in, no-one speaks of it, in fact you are not *allowed* to speak about it.

All you know is that when you get to a certain age (16) you start to release your “Magic” and this magic is what lures men to their knees, you at 16 years of age could entrance a grown man from is married bed into yours, just by the smell of your skin! (insert eye roll here)

Because as we all know Men rule the roost and heaven forbid a girl actually grows into a woman and a man can’t keep his hands (and other things) to himself!

And so, these poor girls, in packs have to go and spend a year banished into the woods, so that they can “release their magic” and then come back all purified and shit, to be married off to whomever the men decide.

And this is what happens to our main character Tierney James, she doesn’t want to go, but she has to be seen to be obeying the rules.

But she doesn’t want to go, she’s heard all of the rumours about the poachers out there that hunt the girls, and the last few years some of the girls haven’t even made it back alive!

Escaping poachers is one thing, but what happens when the pack starts to turn on itself?

A really clever YA take on a Dystopian that is in the same vein as The Handmaids Tale and The Hunger Games, it’s sure to be a big hit with many.

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Narrated by Emily Shaffer, who did a great job and has just the right voice for a young teenage girl.

Enjoy

Vicci ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’›โœจ

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About the Book

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The resistance starts here….
No one speaks of the grace year.
It’s forbidden.
We’re told we have the power to lure grown men from their beds, make boys lose their minds, and drive the wives mad with jealousy. That’s why we’re banished for our 16th year, to release our magic into the wild before we’re allowed to return to civilisation. But I don’t feel powerful. I don’t feel magical.
Tierney James lives in an isolated village where girls are banished at 16 to the northern forest to brave the wilderness – and each other – for a year. They must rid themselves of their dangerous magic before returning purified and ready to marry – if they’re lucky.
It is forbidden to speak of the grace year, but even so every girl knows that the coming year will change them – if they survive it….
The Grace Year is The Handmaid’s Tale meets Lord of the Flies – a feminist dystopia about a young woman trapped in an oppressive society, fighting to take control of her own life.

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We Met in December by Rosie Curtis @karamina @avonbooksuk @HarperCollinsUK #WeMetInDecember #RosieCurtis

Hello book friends,

I’m super happy to bring you my review for the audiobook that has been released for this lovely story – if it sounds slightly familiar, it is because Berit reviewed the book a few weeks ago Here.

Thank you to Avon books UK for choosing me for this Audio Tour.

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My Thoughts

This was a lovely slow burn romance book told from the POV of Jess and Alex.

Jess is 29 and has recently moved to London for a new job opportunity, she can’t afford to pay the extortionate rental prices there, so she rents a room in a house with new housemates.

After arriving at the house and being introduced to everyone, she notices Alex, the male nurse who is sharing her floor with her and thinks Yummy!

There wasn’t insta-love so much as an insta-connection, but Jess is fully aware of the house rules that have been set for everyone, and one of those, is NO RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN HOUSEMATES.

So that’s that!

But is isn’t quite, Jess and Alex bond as friends and often go around exploring London and all of it’s hidden gems, but Alex is secretly seeing one of the housemates Emma, much to Jess’s dismay, and because she has been ‘friend-zoned’ decides to try her hand at online dating, to which Alex is a little crestfallen as he secretly likes Jess.

Although this is called We met In December, it is not a Christmassy book as the book spans a whole year between the characters, and throughout gives a will-they-won’t-they vibe.

But I will say that the snippets about Christmas and the way that the author describes London at that time of year, really got me into the Xmas spirit.

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Narrated by Finlay Robertson and Jessica Preddy, who both did fantastic jobs, I was thoroughly entertained throughout the whole book and will definitely look for books narrated by them again.

*Thank you to Avon Books UK and the Author for sending me an audio copy of this book

Enjoy

Vicci ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’›โœจ

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About the Book

Prepare to fall head over heels. The perfect book for fans of Josie Silver, Richard Curtis, and anyone who ever fell in love with the wrong person…

What if you couldn’t get away from the one who got away?

This December, unlucky-in-love Jess is following her dream and moving to Notting Hill. On the first night in her new house-share she meets Alex, the guy in the room next door. They don’t kiss under the mistletoe, but there’s still a spark that leaves Jess imagining how they might spend the year together – never mind the house rule against dating…

But when Jess returns from her Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started seeing Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into the man of her dreams – and, apparently, the woman of his.

Jess is determined to move on and spend the year falling in love with London, not Alex – but what if her heart has other ideas?

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

Swipe Right For Murder by Derek Milman @DerekMilman @jimmy_books @HachetteAudioUK #BookReview #SwipeRightForMurder #DerekMilman

Hello book friends,

I’m super excited to share my review for this awesome thriller, this is one that you should definitely add to your TBR pile, and if it is already on there, bump it up!

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My Thoughts

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As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it.

A YA gay thriller, where the MC wakes up next to a dead guy!!!

I mean…who wouldn’t want to read that??  Sign. Me. Up!

Aidan is our protagonist in this story, he is 17 years old, and is staying the night in a hotel in New York.

As any young red-blooded male would do, Aidan picks up his phone, and logs into his “Dirty Paws” app (think Grindr) to find himself a hookup for the evening.

Except when he wakes up after his little tryst, his partner for the evening is dead!

After looking around the room to find out what the hell is going on, Aidan finds the mans phone, and looking through it, finds pictures, lot and lots of pictures…of him!

After noticing a small hole in the window, and a terrifying call from an unknown person claiming to know what he has done and who he is, Aidan finds himself on the run, from his friends, from the FBI, and what seems to be some kind of Cult.

This is a case of mistaken identity going horribly wrong, and I loved every second of it, and the nod to Hitchcock throughout the book was fantastic.

Aidan is such a great character, he has a very dry sense of humour and is very self deprecating, which I found adorable, It is a very British thing to do, so I instantly connected with him.

Lots of twist and turns in this one, so make sure your head is screwed on tight, otherwise you may just lose it!

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Narrated by Jay Ben Markson, who was just a wonderful voice for Aidan, I absolutely loved his mannerisms and narration style.

Grab this one when you can, you won’t regret it!

Enjoy

Vicci

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About The Book

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An epic case of mistaken identity puts a teen looking for a hookup on the run from both the FBI and a murderous cult in this compulsively listenable thriller.
Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded 17-year-old would do – tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads him to a room with a dead guy and a mysterious flash drive…two things that spark an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run – from the authorities, his friends, his family, the people who are out to kill him – and especially from his own troubled past.
Inspired by a Hitchcock classic, this whirlwind mistaken-identity caper has razor-sharp humor, devastating emotional stakes, and a thrilling storyline with an explosive conclusion to make this the most compelling YA novel of 2019.
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Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart @Erin_N_Stewart @Lovereadinguk @simonkids_UK @hashtagreads #BookReview #ScarsLikeWings #ErinStewart #Netgalley

Hello again book friends,

I am so happy to be able to bring you a review for this gorgeous book coming to you in October

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My Thoughts

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My heart just about broke in half reading this book

Scars Like Wings follows 16 yr old Ava Lee a year after she was horrifically burned in a house fire, that took the life of her parents, and her best friend.

She lost everything that day, her home, her family and even her identity, because now she doesnโ€™t even look like herself, as although Ava was pulled out of the fire, she sustained 60% of burns across her whole body.

After many, many operations (19) her aunt and uncle who she now lives with, decide that it would be best for her to go back to school, to put some โ€œnormalโ€ back into her life.

But Ava doesnโ€™t look normal, she knows this, and so does everyone else that stares at her and call her names.

After nearly giving up on the whole school situation, Ava meets a girl called Piper who is a fellow survivor, and later a boy called Asad, who is a theatre nerd just like her.

But soon Ava discovers that some scars on the inside are not always so easy to see.

I was sobbing reading this book, there were some truly touching moments, and I read the whole book pretty much like this:

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Please, please grab this book when it comes out, you wonโ€™t regret it.

**Many thanks to the Author, Netgalley, and Simon and Schuster UK Children’s for my copy of this book**

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About The Book

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Publish Date: 03 October 2019.
16-year-old Ava Lee is heading back to school one year after a house fire left her severely disfigured. Sheโ€™s used to the names, the stares, the discomfort, but thereโ€™s one name she hates most of all: Survivor. What do you call someone who didnโ€™t mean to survive? Who sometimes wishes she hadnโ€™t?
When she meets a fellow survivor named Piper at therapy, Ava begins to feel like sheโ€™s not facing the nightmare alone. Piper helps Ava reclaim the pieces of Ava Before the Fire, a normal girl who kissed boys and sang on stage. But Piper is fighting her own battle, and when Ava almost loses her best friend, she must decide if the new normal sheโ€™s chasing has more to do with the girl in the mirror โ€” or the people by her side.

 

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Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young @suzanne_young @simonschusterUK #AudiobookReview @Netgalley #GirlsWithSharpSticks #NetGalley

If you like a YA book, then you are going to LOVE this one, I’m super happy to bring you an audiobook review for this great start to a new series.

Why Did You Pick It Up Vicci?

Well I’d actually requested it from Netgalley waaay after it was published, but I didn’t think it would be granted as it was so over the publication date, so I used a credit for it as I’d been reading some great reviews….and then guess who got approved!!

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My Thoughts

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Welcome to Innovations Academy, the boarding school that will help your daughter become her best self.

We will teach her to be a smart young girl, we will teach her lessons of life, and we we absolutely make sure that she will learn to keep her pretty little mouth shut!

Oh, you caught that last bit did you?

You see, here at Innovations Academy, we like to teach our girls, all 12 of them, that they are not important, worthy of anything and also that their opinion doesn’t mean anything at all, they are just girls, and everyone knows that a woman’s voice is so much better when it is not heard!

No, we will teach them how to sew, we will give them proper vitamins every day, we will give them a balanced diet (we don’t want them getting fat) and we will also schedule sports to tone up those flabby muscles!

The Guardians here can sometimes be a little “over-zealous” but don’t you worry about that, I mean who needs to hear about any problems, not us Hahahaha…..no we have a special councillor here that the girls can speak to and make all of their problems disappear!!

Philomena, Mena for short, is one of the 12 lucky girls that have been picked to go to this highly prestigious school, and she loves it here, for the most part, her friends are the best thing about the school, and she loves them fiercely.

They talk about things that normal teenagers do, boys, sex, kissing, but not in front of the teachers, talking about boys is strictly prohibited, they all know that their parents will allocate them a husband when they graduate.

They must learn to be beautiful, respectful, and to obey everything their husbands ask of them.

You are at this academy to become better girlsโ€”the best girls. That means you areโ€โ€”he counts on his fingersโ€”โ€œbeautiful, quiet, and pure. Take the last part away and youโ€™re not special. Youโ€™re a common whore.โ€ Several girls flinch at the statement

I know what you are thinking while reading this review…….am I right?

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Well maybe you are wrong, maybe you need to dip your toe into this mind fu@k of a book and see for yourself!

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Narrated by Caitlin Davies, a new to me narrator who did a fantastic job with this book, I will definitely be looking out for other books that she has narrated.

**Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Netgalley and the Author for a copy of this book**

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Some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.
The girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved – it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their guardian, they receive a well-rounded education that promises to make them better. Obedient girls, free from arrogance or defiance. Free from troublesome opinions or individual interests.
But the girls’ carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there – and who they really are – the girls of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back.
Bringing the trademark plot twists and high-octane drama that made Program a best-selling and award-winning series, Suzanne Young launches a new series that confronts some of today’s most pressing ethical questions.

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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 Thingโ€ฉBy: Hank Greenโ€ฉNarrated by: Hank GreenKristen Siehโ€ฉLength: 9 hrs and 25 minsโ€ฉRelease date: 25-09-18โ€ฉPublisher: 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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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.

๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽง – 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

Scytheโ€ฉBy: Neal Shustermanโ€ฉNarrated by: Greg Tremblayโ€ฉSeries: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1โ€ฉLength: 10 hrs and 32 minsโ€ฉPublisher: 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 lifeโ€”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 scytheโ€”a role that neither wants. These teens must master the โ€œartโ€ of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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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.๐Ÿ’œ

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, Iโ€™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 didnโ€™t work. Also my daughter went off to college and had a boyfriend back home, and that didnโ€™t work either. Now Iโ€™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 didnโ€™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 sheโ€™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 Iโ€™m not sure if she deserves him. The end of this book really threw me for a loop, Iโ€™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 Iโ€™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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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!๐Ÿ’‹

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 Sarahโ€™s plans. Fortunately Sarah has an amazing support system around her. I do have to give major props to Sarahโ€˜s mother and grandmother, not sure I wouldโ€™ve handled the situation quite as well. I mean Iโ€™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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