The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

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31371503Title: The Authentics

Author: Abdi Nazemian

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: August 8th 2017

Rating: ★★★★☆

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

The Authentics follows fifteen-year-old Daria Esfandyar, an Iranian-American who is proud of her heritage. Daria and her group of friends call themselves the Authentics because they pride themselves on keeping it real, unlike Daria’s former best friend’s clique called the “Nose Jobs” by the Authentics. But during a genealogy project at school, Daria uncovers a shocking revelation, which launches Daria on a journey of self-discovery during which she uncovers new things about her friends, her family, and even her former best friend.  Continue reading “The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian”

July Monthly Wrap-Up

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I’ve had a couple weeks off this month – but still managed to be in a reading and blogging slump. I did manage to get caught up with my ARC reviews, which is always a positive.

→ Overall # of books read between the two of us: 14

→ We have also actively trying to read comic books

→ Currently reading: Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence & Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic  Continue reading “July Monthly Wrap-Up”

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.

Continue reading “The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz”

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

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

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”