REVIEW: GLASS SWORD BY VICTORIA AVEYARD

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Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Date read: May 28-29, 2016

My rating: ★★★★✩

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If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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REVIEW: ALMOST PERFECT BY BRIAN KATCHER

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Title: Almost Perfect

Author: Brian Katcher

Publication Date: October 13th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, LGBT

No. of pages: 368 pages

Date read: May 21-22, 2016

My rating: 3.4/★★★✩✩

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Logan Witherspoon befriends Sage Hendricks at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. As time goes on, he finds himself drawn to Sage, pulled in by her deep, but sexy feminine voice and her constant smile. Eventually Logan’s feelings for Sage grow so strong that he can’t resist kissing her. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she was born a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage. Once his anger has cooled, however, his regrets lead him to attempt to rekindle their friendship. But it’s hard to replace something that’s been broken—and it’s even harder to find your way back to friendship when you began with love.

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REVIEW: LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD BY AVA DELLAIRA

18140047Title: Love Letters to the Dead

Author: Ava Dellaira

Publication Date: Published April 1st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

No. of pages: 336 pages

Date read: May 17-19, 2016

My rating★★★★✩

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Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven?

It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.

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REVIEW: THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE BY CYNTHIA HAND

17285330Title: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publication Date: Published February 10th 2015 by Harper Teen

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

No. of pages: 386 pages

Date read: May 7-9, 2016

My rating★★★✩✩

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There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

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REVIEW: RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)22328546

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: Published February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Dystopian

Date read: April 20-21, 2016

My rating: 3.4/★★★✩✩

 

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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REVIEW: SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE BY MORGAN MATSON

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Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Publication Date: May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance

No. of pages: 449 pages

Date read: April 2-4, 2016

My rating: 4.5/★★★★★

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

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REVIEW: ILLUMINAE BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND JAY KRISTOFF

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Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publication Date: Published October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books

Genres: YA, Fiction, Thriller

No. of pages: 599 pages

Date read: March 14-18, 2016

My rating★★★★✩

 

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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REVIEW: THE SWAP BY MEGAN SHULL

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Title: The Swap (Standalone)

Author: Megan Shull

Publication Date: Published August 26th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy

No. of pages: 400 pages

Date read: February 28-29, 2016

My rating: 4.8/★★★★★

 

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“YOU BE ME…AND I’LL BE YOU.”

ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they’re both ready for a change. And just as Jack’s thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie’s wishing she could be anyone but herself.

Then, BAM! They swap lives—and bodies!

Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow—Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else.

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REVIEW: THE AGE OF MIRACLES BY KAREN THOMPSON WALKER

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Title: The Age of Miracles

Author: Karen Thompson Walker

Publication Date: Published June 26th 2012 by Random House

Genres: YA, Dystopia

No. of pages: 294 pages

Date read: February 26-27, 2016

My rating★★✩✩✩

 

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On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life–the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

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REVIEW: HOW TO LOVE BY KATIE COTUGNO

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Title: How To Love (Standalone)

Author: Katie Cotugno

Publication Date: Published October 1st 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, New Adult

No. of pages: 400 pages

Date read: February 23-25, 2016

My rating★★✩✩✩

 

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BEFORE. Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he’s never noticed that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. Then Sawyer disappears without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

AFTER. Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter. Reena’s gotten used to life without Sawyer, but just as suddenly as he disappeared, he turns up again. Reena wants nothing to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said his being back wasn’t stirring something in her.

After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

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