An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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Title: An Enchantment of Ravens

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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

Isobel is an incredibly talented portrait artist. And her clients? The fair folk. Immortal. Dangerous. But they crave the human craft, and Isobel’s paintings are prized among them. Then she receives her first royal patron – the Autumn Prince, Rook. But Isobel makes a terribly dangerous mistake. She paints sorrow. A human emotion, and a weakness that could cost him his life. Rook, furious and devastated, Rook takes her to the autumn-lands to stand trial for her crime. On their way, they face dangerous hurdles, and they rely on each other for survival. Soon, their alliance blossoms into friendship and trust, and then to love, which is forbidden. Their only way to survive is for Isobel to drink from the Green Well which will transform her into a fair one – but at the cost of her Craft. Her only way to save them both is to sacrifice her art, or arm herself with a paintbrush and a canvas and do the one thing that threatens the fair folk – make them feel.  Continue reading “An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson”

Release by Patrick Ness

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33640498Title: Release

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Release follows Adam Thorn through a single, eventful day in his life. During this one day, Adam’s life is thrown into chaos. His relationships are tested, he is subject to an incredibly disturbing incident at work, he has a confrontation with his preacher father, and he is still trying to unravel his unrequited feelings for his ex-boyfriend. And alongside this one day, something magical is happening in his small, quiet town.  Continue reading “Release by Patrick Ness”

You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

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32711720Title: You Don’t Know Me But I Know You

Author: Rebecca Barrow

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Audrey has always known she was adopted, and in the back of her closet is a box. Inside is a seventeen-year-old letter from her birth mother, given to her by the woman she’s called Mom her entire life. But when Audrey finds out that she’s pregnant, she’s faced with a similar decision as her birth mother was seventeen years ago. Terrified by her possible choices, and the growing distance with the people closest to her, Audrey weighs her options and starts to wonder who Audrey Spencer really is. You Don’t Know Me But I Know You is an unflinchingly honest book about choice, love, and creating the future that you want.  Continue reading “You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow”

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

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33640512Title: Speak Easy, Speak Love

Author: McKelle George

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Speak Easy, Speak Love is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. After getting kicked out of her boarding school, Beatrice is sent to her Uncle’s place in Long Island; Hey Nonny Nonny. Speak Easy, Speak Love follows the lives of the residents of Hey Nonny Nonny – Hero, Beatrice, Prince, Benedick, and Maggie as they navigate their dreams and wishes, love, prohibition, and the mafia.  Continue reading “Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George”

Dress Codes For Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

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33295690Title: Dress Codes For Small Towns

Author: Courtney Stevens

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Billie McCaffrey is the tomboy daughter of the town preacher. She finds it difficult to fit the mold of what a preacher’s daughter should be, and she feels like she is forever disappointing her father. She would much rather be building furniture, wearing sweats, and hanging out with her group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee. But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that’s she’s in love with Woods, Billie finds out that she’s also in love with Woods, and that maybe she’s also a little bit in love with Janie Lee. Billie has always been considered “one of the guys”, and she doesn’t want to label herself, or ruin their friendship dynamic, and so she keeps her conflicting feelings secret. Dress Codes For Small Towns is about finding love on your own terms, and learning it’s not as simple as boy and girl falling in love and living happily ever after.  Continue reading “Dress Codes For Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens”

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic

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32051569Title: Wicked Like A Wildfire

Author: Lana Popovic

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Release Date: August 15th 2017

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Wicked Like A Wildfire is an enchanting novel about twin sisters fighting against the bargain that binds their fates to a force larger than life. The women in Iris and Malina’s family have always had a gift – a magical gleam that allows them to manipulate beauty. Malina has the gift of seeing flowers as fractals and turning her kaleidoscopic visions into glasswork art. Her twin sister Iris has the gift of interpreting feelings and mood into beautiful music. But they’ve had to keep their secret hidden from the world, at their mother’s request. They’re not even allowed to fall in love. But when their mother is attacked, Malina and Iris uncover the truth of their quiet, secluded life, and the curse that haunts their ancestors.  Continue reading “Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic”

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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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.

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Freefall by Joshua David Bellin (Review)

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Title: Freefall

Author: Joshua David Bellin

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley for review purposes.

Freefall follows the journey of Cam, a privileged member of the elite, also known as the Upperworld. They’re getting ready to abandon the devastated planet Earth, leaving the Lowerworld to die along with the planet. A 1,000 year long deep sleep and the privileged Upperworld can colonize a new planet. But when Cam sees prohibited footage of the Lowerworld protests, he feels a connection to a girl named Sofie. When the chance arises to join Sofie’s cause for Lowerworld rights, Cam begins to see the unfairness of the world they live in. Cam begins to fall in love with Sofie, but she has her own battles to fight, and Cam has no choice but to board the spaceship to a new life alone. 1,000 years later, and Cam wakes to find himself and his crew-mates far off course, stranded on a hostile, uninhabitable planet. Who sabotaged their ship? And does Cam, Sofie and his past actions to have anything to do with it?
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This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes (Review)

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Title: This Is How It Happened

Author: Paula Stokes

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

This Is How It Happened follows Genevieve as she wakes up from a coma to find her boyfriend dead. She can’t remember the car crash that put her in the hospital and killed her boyfriend, Dallas, an up and coming singer who had just released his first album. Another driver was also involved in the crash, named Brad Freeman, who everyone already assumes is guilty. But slowly, Genevieve starts to retrieve her memories and is startled by the realisation that maybe she had something to do with what happened. As Brad Freeman is condemned through social media and in the court of public opinion, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house in Utah. Volunteering at the beautiful Zion National Part, and getting closer to another volunteer, Genevieve realises that hiding from the truth is having devastating consequences. Continue reading “This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes (Review)”

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Review)

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Title: The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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After thoroughly enjoying This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee last year, it was a given I was going to enjoy this, especially because I was hearing nothing but fantastic things. Continue reading “The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Review)”