The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

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28147258Title: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls

Author: Lauren Karcz

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: July 25th 2017

Rating: ★★★★★

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

I absolutely adored The Gallery of Unfinished Girls. It follows Mercedes Moreno, an artist lacking inspiration and struggling to follow up her award winning Food Poisoning #1. Her lack of inspiration could be because her Abuela is lying in a coma in Puerto Rico after suffering from a stroke, or because she’s hopelessly in love with her best friend Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her feelings. But then art begins to appear in mysterious ways, from an abandoned piano on their front lawn, to a new neighbour who unexpectedly invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate. There, Mercedes creates things she could never have dreamed of. She is brimming with creativity and inspiration. But the paintings she creates there, cannot leave there, including her new found creativity and clarity. As her life continues to crumble around her, Mercedes finds comfort in the Red Mangrove Estate, but she must, sooner or later, decide between the perfect world in the Red Mangrove Estate, or a much chaotic reality.

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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34705195Title: Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Trilogy)

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lada Dracul is desperate for the throne and the crown she believes is hers. After already failing to seize it in the past, she’s angry. She storms the countryside with the few men who follow her and terrorises anyone she comes across. She has no allies, no strategic positioning, and she is no good with politics, which is a stark reminder of her separation from her brother, Radu. Lada is desperate for her brother’s skills, but Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople, to be his inside man when he decides to take the city.  Continue reading “Now I Rise by Kiersten White”

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

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32614919Title: The Disappearances

Author: Emily Bain Murphy

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always kept her secrets guarded. She was a vibrant mystery. When her mother dies Aila is sent to live in Sterling, her mother’s hometown, while her father fights in the war. It turns out Sterling is a place with many secrets of its own. Aila and her brother aren’t welcomed by the whole community, and she is starting to notice that things aren’t exactly normal. For example, the flowers have no scents, she can’t see her reflection, and she no longer dreams. Apparently, they are called the disappearances and something vanishes every seven years. No one knows what caused these occurrences but the town suspects Juliet, which puts Aila in an uncomfortable situation where she has to take the brunt of the blame in the place of her mother. Aila is determined to find out exactly what caused the disappearances and how to stop them.  Continue reading “The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy”

Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield

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34208318Title: Flight of a Starling

Author: Lisa Heathfield

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Rita and Lo are inseparable – sisters and best friends. Always on the move, and always flying through the air, holding on to each other for support for their trapeze act. Fearless and weightless, they find the magic in everything. Behind the act they put on, they know that the true magic in their family, not the circus. However, in one insignificant town, Lo meets a boy and decides she wants to be on the ground and stood still. Rita can’t understand, and suddenly their close-knit circus community is under threat when secrets are revealed. Continue reading “Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield”

Freefall by Joshua David Bellin (Review)

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Title: Freefall

Author: Joshua David Bellin

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley for review purposes.

Freefall follows the journey of Cam, a privileged member of the elite, also known as the Upperworld. They’re getting ready to abandon the devastated planet Earth, leaving the Lowerworld to die along with the planet. A 1,000 year long deep sleep and the privileged Upperworld can colonize a new planet. But when Cam sees prohibited footage of the Lowerworld protests, he feels a connection to a girl named Sofie. When the chance arises to join Sofie’s cause for Lowerworld rights, Cam begins to see the unfairness of the world they live in. Cam begins to fall in love with Sofie, but she has her own battles to fight, and Cam has no choice but to board the spaceship to a new life alone. 1,000 years later, and Cam wakes to find himself and his crew-mates far off course, stranded on a hostile, uninhabitable planet. Who sabotaged their ship? And does Cam, Sofie and his past actions to have anything to do with it?
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Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

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35438883Title: Shattered Minds

Author: Laura Lam

Publisher:  Pan MacMillan

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Carina is an ex-neuroscientist, and she was pretty damn good. Until she got addicted to a drug that takes her into a virtual reality. A virtual reality where she doesn’t have to fight her conscience and her urge to kill, she can give into it without hurting anyone. She’s on the path to self-destruction, caused in part by Sudice, the company she used to work for. When she starts seeing a dead girl in her virtual reality, a dead girl she didn’t create, she finally discovers what Sudice did to her, and how she can stop them. But she can’t do it alone. She teams up with a group of hackers to finally take down the mega-corporation. Continue reading “Shattered Minds by Laura Lam”

This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes (Review)

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Title: This Is How It Happened

Author: Paula Stokes

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

This Is How It Happened follows Genevieve as she wakes up from a coma to find her boyfriend dead. She can’t remember the car crash that put her in the hospital and killed her boyfriend, Dallas, an up and coming singer who had just released his first album. Another driver was also involved in the crash, named Brad Freeman, who everyone already assumes is guilty. But slowly, Genevieve starts to retrieve her memories and is startled by the realisation that maybe she had something to do with what happened. As Brad Freeman is condemned through social media and in the court of public opinion, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house in Utah. Volunteering at the beautiful Zion National Part, and getting closer to another volunteer, Genevieve realises that hiding from the truth is having devastating consequences. Continue reading “This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes (Review)”