The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse

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39799540Title: The Summer of Us

Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Publisher:  Hachette Children’s Group

Rating: ★★★★★

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Aubrey has only two weeks left before she leaves for college so she decides to go on a trip around Europe with her friends – Gabe, Clara, Rae, and Jonah. Visting places such as Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Prague they plan to spend two weeks having the times of their lives before they all go their separate ways going to college and university across the world. When secrets are revealed, their carefree adventure turns into a complete disaster. Continue reading “The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse”

All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

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Title: All of This is True

Author: Lygia Day Peñaflor

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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All Of This Is True follows four teens who meet the author of their favourite book Undertow. As the four teens become close with Fatima – best friends, in fact. They start sharing intimate details of their life. Making genuine human connections. Being transparent. What these teens don’t know is that Fatima is manipulating them. Using their lives as the basis for her new novel. The lines between fiction and reality become more and more blurred, and it affects their lives in unimaginable ways.  Continue reading “All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor”

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

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38913384Title: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls follows four sisters for their last summer together as a family before Bea goes off to college. I enjoyed The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls. It is the perfect summer read full of romance, self-discovery, and family. I’ve seen a lot of people say it’s Little Women meets Gilmore Girls and yeah that pretty much sums this one up. It follows four sisters – Des, Bea, Vi, and Kat – through the summer as they meet new people, try new things, discovers new things about themselves, and fall for people they didn’t expect.  Continue reading “The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood”

Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart

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33843362Title: Genuine Fraud

Author: E.Lockhart

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

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Imogen is rich, like really rich. She’s an heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a liar, and an inventor of stories. When Imogen and Jule meet an intense friendship starts. Both are runaways, fleeing from the past. There’s a disappearance, a murder, an ‘accident’. There’s a girl who refuses to be what everyone wants her to be. And there is a girl who wants to be someone else.  Continue reading “Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart”

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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34323570Title: Furyborn

Author: Claire LeGrand

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

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Furyborn follows two women who are living their lives centuries apart, both of whom hold the power to either destroy or save the world in their hands. When assassins come after her best friend, Rielle risks everything to save him and in the process, she exposes herself as one of the prophesied queens; one of light and one of blood. Now Rielle is to be put through seven elemental trials to determine which queen she will be. If she fails, she will be executed. One thousand years later the legend of Queen Rielle is nothing more than a story – a fairy tale. Eliana Ferracora is a bounty hunter for the Undying Empire. She thinks she is invisible and untouchable… until her mother vanishes. Now, she joins a rebel captain to find her mother and discovers that the evil at the heart of the Undying Empire is much worse than she could ever imagine and perhaps all those stories she thought were just fairytales are more real than she thought.  Continue reading “Furyborn by Claire Legrand”

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

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Title: Onyx and Ivory

Author: Mindee Arnett

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Kate Brighton, known as Traitor Kate after her father tried to assassinate the King, has been living as an outcast, spending her days as a Relay rider, the royal courier service. Only the most skilled and fastest riders are members of the Relay, because you don’t want to be outside the city walls once night falls, when the deadly nightdrakes come out to hunt. Kate is also a wilder – a form of forbidden magic – and it allows her to influence the minds of animals, an advantage she must keep secret. One day, Kate happens upon a massacre outside the city walls, and there is only one survivor – Kate’s childhood friend, the first boy she loved…and also the prince of Rime. The two have to put their differences aside as they deal with the threat of drakes that are attacking during the day, a secret conspiracy, and the dark truth of Kate fathers actions that fateful night. Continue reading “Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett”

My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas

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Author: Rachael Lucas

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Holly has a passion for swimming because in the water everyone is the same. No one sticks out for being weird or being poor. Holly lives on a council estate with her mum who also happens to be a hoarder. It doesn’t make her home life ideal. Holly meets Ed at the swimming pool who swims to escape from his home. He used to have money, he was on the swim team, he had known who he was and what he wanted. Now, he lives in a house assigned by the women’s refuge with an uncertain future. An unlikely romance starts between the two and they find a window into each other’s lives. Continue reading “My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas”

Ecosystem by Joshua David Bellin

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Title: Ecosystem

Author: Joshua David Bellin

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Last year I read Freefall (you can read my review here) and was blown away by the excellent world-building and the on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrills, and I am happy to announce that ECOSYSTEM delivers just as well. Continue reading “Ecosystem by Joshua David Bellin”

Skylarks by Karen Gregory

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38078350Title: Skylarks

Author: Karen Gregory

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Rating: ★★★★★

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Joni and her family have been living paycheck to paycheck for as long as she can remember. With a Dad who can’t work due to a back injury, Joni and her family have to pull together and support each other to keep afloat. Then Joni meets Annabel, rich and privileged – everything Joni isn’t. But, there is something undeniable between them. A spark. The closer they become, the more Joni thinks she might be falling in love. However, when Annabel’s parents find out about them, there are some differences that can’t be overcome. The odds are stacked against them.  Continue reading “Skylarks by Karen Gregory”

We Are Young by Cat Clarke

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38352929Title: We Are Young

Author: Cat Clarke

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

Rating: ★★★★★

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Evan’s mother marries the local radio DJ, ‘Breakfast Tim’, and on the same day, they get a call that her brand new step-brother is the sole survivor of a horrific car crash. A media frenzy starts and blame is placed on her step-brother Lewis – a stoner with no friends. Everyone thinks the crash was drugs-related, except Evan. Things don’t quite add up. So with the help of her journalist and recovering alcoholic father, she sets out to find out what really happened that night.  Continue reading “We Are Young by Cat Clarke”