Sep 192016
 
New Release Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

New Release Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton Release Date: September 6, 2016 Book provided by Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Synopsis from Goodreads: Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story’s main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity…it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row. Piper Baird has always dreamed [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 092016
 
Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli Genre: YA Contemporary LGBT Publication Date: April 7th, 2015 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 062016
 
New Release Review: All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills Genre: YA Contemporary (with a dash of Historical) Publication Date: August 9th, 2016 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Synopsis from Goodreads: A haunting and heart-wrenching story of two girls, two time periods, and the one event that changed their lives—and the world—forever. Now: Sixteen-year-old Jesse is used to living with the echoes of the past. Her older brother died in the September 11th attacks, and her dad has filled their home with anger and grief. When Jesse gets caught up with the wrong crowd, one momentary hate-fueled decision turns her life upside down. The [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 262016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | This Lullaby

I am halfway through my ‘A Year of Sarah Dessen,’ and I have to say, this was a great place to start to make sure I get at least one YA read in a month. While I don’t always like everything about her books, I feel like the things I don’t care for are intentional on her part. She has made me rethink my ratings more than once over these six months. I’ve discovered some fantastic books with this feature, and I’m excited to see what the next half of the year of Sarah Dessen brings! This Lullaby by Sarah [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 212016
 
New Release Review: Paper & Fire by Rachel Caine

New Release Review: Paper & Fire by Rachel Caine Release Date: July 5, 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy Book 2 in The Great Library Book provided by: NetGalley and NAL Synopsis from Goodreads:Ink and Bone introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history—continues. . . .With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 142016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Dreamland

I’m still going strong with my Sarah Dessen reads! This month continues with Dreamland. While this book wasn’t able to capture me the way previous ones were, it was a decent read and hasn’t hindered my excitement for my next book from the author! Dreamland by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 11th, 2004 Synopsis from Goodreads:  Wake up, Caitlin Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 112016
 
AH's Mini Reviews

It’s summertime up here in the Great White North and when you live in a wintry climate, you learn to embrace summer and enjoy every precious moment of warmth and sunshine. I never complain when it’s hot and humid – I head out to my outdoor deck, lemonade (or glass of wine) in hand, and my Kobo in the other. Here’s some of my picks for a light summer read: Pick #1 Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton Series: Hudson Valley #2 (can be read as a standalone book) Genre: Contemporary Romance, humor Release date: July 12, 2016 All [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 042016
 
Early Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally Genre: YA Contemporary/Sports Romance Publication Date: July 5th, 2016 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   Synopsis from Goodreads: Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High. Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 292016
 
New Release Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: June 7th, 2016 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Synopsis from Goodreads: Taylor Simmons is screwed. Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip. Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 172016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | The Truth About Forever

So far I’ve had a great experience with Sarah Dessen books. The Truth About Forever really upped the ante. I just can’t help but wonder what took me so long to dive into the Young Adult genre. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 11th, 2004 Synopsis from Goodreads: A long, hot summer… That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 062016
 
Early Review: The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder Genre: YA Contemporary Publication Date: June 7, 2016 Publisher: Simon Pulse   Synopsis from Goodreads: In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up. Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak. Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 312016
 
A Year of Sarah Dessen | Saint Anything

It’s back at it with A Year of Sarah Dessen. This is shaping up to be quite the YA year for me, as I seem to keep adding more and more YA books to my to be read pile and review schedule. Does reading Sarah Dessen have anything to do with it? I can’t say for certain, but her books sure don’t make me want to turn away from YA! These books are filled with emotion and make me want to relive parts of my own teenage years. I’m enjoying every moment of them! Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 242016
 
Re-Release Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson Genre: YA LGBT Realistic Publication Date: May 31, 2016 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux   Synopsis from Goodreads: David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 202016
 
Review: The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis Genre: YA Realistic Publication Date: February 29th, 2016 Publisher: e-Penguin   Synopsis from Goodreads: The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them? Will Kostakis, award-winning author of The First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour. Wendy’s Review The Sidekicks wasn’t a book that was on my [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 182016
 
New Release Review: Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: May 17th 2016 ARC Provided by Harper and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost. Opening with a suicide whose aftermath brings good girl Hannah together with the town’s bad girl, Lacey, the two bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 132016
 
New Release Review: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016 ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 122016
 
Early Review: Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis

Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis The Order of the Krigers #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: May 17th, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons. For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains. Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 102016
 
New Release Review: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Cycle #4 Genre: YA Fantasy/Magical Realism Publication Date: April 26th, 2016 Publisher: Scholastic Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. In a starred review for Blue [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 092016
 
Giveaway! A Badass Read-Along: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter is the final book in our Lunar Chronicles Read-along.  It feels like it went by very fast. Please be advised, as this isn’t a review, that since we’re specifically discussing the aspects of the story it’s very likely there will be spoilers.  If you would like to sign up for the Giveaway without reading the spoilers in the discussion, please scroll down to the bottom of the blog post.  We completely understand.  🙂 Winter by Marissa Meyer #4 The Lunar Chronicles Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: November 10th, 2015 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Synopsis from Goodreads: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 032016
 
April Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

So the month of April kicked my butt reviewing-wise, but I did manage to read a few books.  I’m a little late with this Mini Review installment, but here is  a good sampling of the books I read in the month of April!     Heartsick by Chelsea Cain Read by Carolyn McCormick Book #1 in Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Genre: Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: March 4th 2007 Audiobook Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years [ Read More of this Review ]

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