Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

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Title: Heart of Iron

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Heart of Iron is an action-packed, science fiction story inspired by Anastasia (literally my favourite), with space pirates, a lost princess, princes and royalty, found family, romance and lots of adventure. Ana, found drifting through space as a child with only an android called D09 for company, she is saved by the fearsome captain of a pirate crew that she now calls family. But her closest friend, D09, has been glitching, and Ana’s desperate attempt to save him leads her on a dangerous quest to find a lost ship that might have the answers she’s looking for. But an Ironblood named Robb beats her to the coordinates first, and as everything falls apart, Ana and Robb end up on the run, putting Ana and her friends in danger, and along the way she unearths deadly secrets which force Ana to make a choice: save a kingdom that is bent on her destruction, or save the android D09 that she loves?  Continue reading “Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston”

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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34518216Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing

Rating: ★★★★★

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‘The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.’

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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36120821Title: To Kill a Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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Lira is a princess and in line to take the Sea Queen’s throne. She is a siren, and every year a siren takes a heart on her birthday. Lira has a taste for royal blood. So every year, she takes the heart of a prince. In a twist of fate, she is forced to kill a mermaid, protecting the heart of a prince. Her punishment? she is turned into something that Sirens hate above all – a human. Prince Elain, heir to the most powerful and most golden kingdom in the world, but also a siren hunter. He saves a drowning woman in the middle of the sea, unknowing her true heritage. She bargains her life for information, the key to destroying the Sea Queen and the sirens who hunt them. But, can he trust her? Continue reading “To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo”

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Trianges by Natalie C. Parker

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26837046Title: Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles

Author: Edited by Natalie C. Parker. Contributors: Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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I will be completely honest and say that this anthology, overall, was a little disappointing. I don’t mind a good love triangle every now and then, but I’m not a huge fan so maybe the rating is a little biased. A lot of the stories did have a unique spin on love triangles so that was a positive. But some of the stories were very hit and miss. I’m starting to think maybe anthologies aren’t for me.  Continue reading “Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Trianges by Natalie C. Parker”

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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34281321Title: We Are Okay

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis: You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. Continue reading “We Are Okay by Nina LaCour”

Shadow Girl by Liani Liu

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33913889Title: Shadow Girl

Author: Liani Liu

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Shadow Girl follows Mei is hired as an academic tutor for the Morison’s over the summer, staying in their fancy mansion on Arrow Island, when strange things keep her up at night. Though Mei enjoys the time away from her delinquent brother and her clingy mother, she gets caught up in the Morison’s family drama, and then there are the unexplained noises at night: screaming, crying, unexplained quakes. Mei isn’t superstitious, but even she can’t shake the feeling that there is something very wrong with the house, and something very wrong with the family.  Continue reading “Shadow Girl by Liani Liu”

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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35997403Title: The Hazel Wood

Author: Melissa Albert

Publisher: Penguin

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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For seventeen years Alice and her mother Ella have moved from state to state, school to school, and home to home. They’ve been on the road for as long as Alice can remember, trying to stay ahead of the bad luck clipping at their heels. Then they get a letter about Alice’s reclusive grandmother, the author of a rare book of fairytales The Hinterland, who has passed away and left them her estate, The Hazel Wood. Believing they are now safe they stop moving. However, for Alice, her luck doesn’t change. Her mother gets kidnapped and she meets the fairytale characters from her grandmother’s book. Her mother had just one message for her: stay away from The Hazel WoodContinue reading “The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert”

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

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33913902Title: Here We Are Now

Author: Jasmine Warga

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Taliah Sahar Abdallat loves music. It helps ease the pain of never having known her father. Her secretive mother, who was born in Jordan, won’t say a word about her past and who Taliah’s father is. When Taliah finds an old shoebox filled with letters from rock star Julian Oliver to her mother, she pieces it together. Her father in Julian Oliver. Rockstar. She attempts to contact him, but she hears nothing for three years until one day, out of the blue, he shows up at her front door. He asks her to meet her estranged family, including a dying grandfather who she has never met, and he wants her to meet him before he passes. As Taliah spends time with a family she never knew she had, she begins to untangle her parents’ complicated history, and in the meantime learns things she never knew about herself.  Continue reading “Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga”

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

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35658909Title: I Am Thunder

Author: Muhammad Khan

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem is passionate about writing. She struggles with Maths and Science but her parents want her to become a doctor. After her best friend is shamed by a scandal, her parents force her to cut off contact and she is moved to a new school. Having to face the world alone is a scary concept for Muzna, as she has always had her friend by her side. At her new school, she finds her voice and pushes back against prejudice she sees everywhere she goes. She meets Arif, the gorgeous and confident boy who takes an interest in Muzna. But Arif has secrets, and his brother Jameel starts to influence Muzna with his views of the world. Muzna starts to question everything she’s heard as her freedom starts to disappear.  Continue reading “I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan”

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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33843251Title: The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase follows Holly, a previous Scrooge of A Christmas Carol who failed to change her ways and, tragically, died. Now, five years later, she’s doomed to live out her afterlife as the current Ghost of Christmas Past at a top-secret organization called Project Scrooge. Every year, a different, miserable Scrooge. Every year, still seventeen years old as her family move on. But this year, the Scrooge is different. This year, everything changes.  Continue reading “The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand”