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”

Waiting on Wednesday (24/01/2018)

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The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

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From a New York Times bestselling author, a fresh, female-centered take on “Robin Hood” in which a young noblewoman, like the legendary hero, becomes an outlaw fighting for social justice.

When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen. Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings or anyone who loves a strong female lead, this gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood tale goes beyond the original’s focus on economic justice to explore love, gender, the healing power of nature, and what it means to be a family.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Release Date: August 7th 2018  | Pre-order at Book Depository

Female centred take on Robin Hood? Yes, please!

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

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”

Waiting on Wednesday (17/01/2018)

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People Like Us by Dana Mele

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Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

Publisher:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers | Release Date: February 27th 2018  | Pre-order at Book Depository

I heard this was gay Mean Girls and I’m totally down for that.

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”

Waiting on Wednesday (10/01/2018)

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Publisher: Balzer + Bray | Release Date: April 24th, 2018  | Pre-order at Book Depository

I absolutely adored Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited earlier this year, and I have Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda waiting on my shelf so it’s safe to say I’m more than excited for this!

 

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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36329508Title: Love, Hate & Other Filters

Author: Samira Ahmed

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Maya Aziz wants to be a filmmaker. She doesn’t go anywhere without her camera, it acts as a shield and it is her passion. However, her family doesn’t understand it and they have already planned her future out for her. They want her to be dutiful, to be married, and to be a doctor. But that is far from what Maya wants. Fighting against parental expectations and fighting her feelings for the guy she likes, but who she shouldn’t like. However, Maya’s life is rocked when a suicide bomber apparently shares her last name, and she comes face to face with racism and Islamophobia.  Continue reading “Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed”