The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

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34593693Title: The Pearl Thief

Author: Elizabeth Wein

RATING: ★★★★★

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Before Verity, and before Queenie, there was Julie Beaufort-Stuart. It’s 1938 and Julie Beaufort-Stuart is heading back to her family’s ancestral home, the Strathfearn estate, in Perthshire. Her grandfather’s death and debts have led to the forced sale of the estate, all the belongings, and Julie’s childhood goes with it. But not just that, the McEwens family, a Scottish Traveller family, have been a part of the landscape for as long as Julie remembers. Their families and the estate go back generations. However, a man is missing and presumed murdered, and it’s the McEwens, who are loathed by all but her family, that are assumed to be the culprits. But Julie is determined to prove her friends innocent, as well as figuring out where her family’s missing pearls have gone… Continue reading “The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein”

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (Review)

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Title: Ramona Blue

Author: Julie Murphy

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★★☆

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

Ramona was just a child when Hurricane Katrina uprooted her life. Ever since, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Being one of the only two lesbians in her small town, standing over six feet tall, and with bright blue hair, Ramona feels like she’s outgrowing the trailer she’s come to call home. But with a flaky mom and an overworked father, and between juggling her two jobs, Ramona feels the weight of responsibility. Especially now that her sister Hattie has fallen pregnant. The return of a childhood friend, Freddie, is a welcome distraction. As Ramona’s love for swimming grows, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift.
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That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim (Review)

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Title: That Thing We Call A Heart

Author: Sheba Karim

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★★

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

Shabnam is a Pakistani-American teen, just finishing up high school when her friendship with her feisty BFF Farah begins to unravel when Farah starts to wear a headscarf without consulting Shabnam. Shabnam starts to make some kind of bad decisions – from kissing the most racist boy in school to telling a huge lie about her family and the partition of India. The end of her school year is really starting to suck; but now Shabnam needs to get through the summer before college. Things start looking up when she meets the charming and romantic Jamie who gets her a job at his Aunt’s pie shack for the summer. Shabnam starts discovering her first love, Urdu poetry, and begins to repair her friendship with Farah – and with Farah’s help, Shabnam discovers the truth about Jamie, and in turn, learns about the important of friendship and love in all it’s forms.
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Girlhood by Cat Clarke

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26224552Title: Girlhood

Author: Cat Clarke

RATING: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

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Harper can’t escape the guilt she carries over her twin sister’s Jenna death. She has even tried to run away to and expensive boarding school, Duncraggan Academy, to try and forget her past. She hasn’t yet met anyone who understands what she’s going through. That is, until Kirsty arrives. Kirsty understands exactly what she’s going through because she lost a sister too. The two become close, but Kirsty erratic and manipulative behaviour puts Harpers current friendships at risk. Continue reading “Girlhood by Cat Clarke”

The Opposite of You by Lou Morgan

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34338745Title: The Opposite of You

Author: Lou Morgan

RATING: ★★☆☆☆

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Bex and Naomi used to be really close, as close as twins can be. However, something changed between them and they grew apart. Bex didn’t really notice this change until it was too late. Until Naomi missed her last GCSE exam and no one could find her. Bex had to dive into Naomi’s double life and their shared memories trying to find her. She realises that she didn’t really know Naomi as well as the thought she did. Continue reading “The Opposite of You by Lou Morgan”

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

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32933947Title: Noteworthy

Author: Riley Redgate

RATING: ★★★★☆

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Jordan Sun is a Junior at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. However, she’s just been rejected from the fall musical – for the third year running. Apparently, it’s something to do with her voice, she’s Alto 2 and it’s just not a good fit for the roles. The school then get’s a mass email about auditions for the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite acapella group. However, there is a problem. The Sharpshooters is an all male group steeped in tradition that is hard to change. Desperate to prove herself in the competitive world, Jordan dresses up as a boy and auditions, and it turns out, Jordan’s voice is exactly what they were looking for. Continue reading “Noteworthy by Riley Redgate”

Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

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34640168Title: Future Leaders of Nowhere

Author: Emily O’Beirne

RATING: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

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Willa and Finn have been sent to future leader camp with a select few from their respective schools. Both have been picked for the leaders of their groups while participating in the camp game. Finn, who is usually confident, has been thrown off her game. And highly competitive and serious Willa is having a hard time opening up to people. When the two girls meet, they have a hard time getting along, especially concerning the game, but they both have to learn to put their conflicting ideals to the side and still win. Continue reading “Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne”

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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26626118Title: How to Make a Wish

Author: Ashley Herring Blake

RATING: ★★★★★

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Grace Glasser has spent her entire live moving from one stranger’s house to another, dragged along by her unreliable mother from one failed relationship to another. Grace feels trapped, emotionally, because she feels like she has to stay by her mother’s side, rescue and save her, because she isn’t capable of doing it herself. But Grace has dreams – she wants to live her own life, she wants to be a pianist, and to attend a top music school in New York. But she has to survive her mum’s latest boyfriend, who also happens to be the father of her ex-boyfriend. While she attempts to lie low, she meets Eva, who drags her into midnight adventures and feelings she was unprepared for. Continue reading “How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake”

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

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33226621Title: Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura Silverman

RATING: ★★★☆☆

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Anise Sawyer is a surfer and a great one at that. She plans to spend her summer on the beach and the waves of Santa Cruz with her group of friends. However, her plans change suddenly when her aunt gets into a serious car accident which forces herself and her father to Nebraska to care for her aunt and her three children. Spending the summer in her mother’s childhood home bring up memories, questions and fears. Her mother has been a wild figure in her life since birth – flying in and out of her life with a moments notice and she starts to ask herself the question, what if she’s just like her? Continue reading “Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman”

Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel (Review)

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Title: Lucky Girl

Author: Amanda Maciel

RATING: ★★☆☆☆

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

TW: sexual assault

Rosie is pretty. She likes being pretty. She likes getting boys attention. But she also wants to be more than that. She wants to be a better best friend to Maddie who has just returned home from summer camp in Europe a different girl. But also deep down, Rosie is jealous. Rosie was always the prettier one. She’s especially jealous when Maddie starts getting closer to the football player Rosie has been hanging out with over the summer. When Maddie’s new footballer boyfriend assaults Rosie at a party during a storm, Rosie and Maddie’s friendship falls apart. Rosie blames herself, feeling guilty for catching his attention. Lucky Girl examines rape culture, slut-shaming, and misogyny. Continue reading “Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel (Review)”