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”

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”

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”

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”

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani

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33829748Title: Calling My Name

Author: Liara Tamani

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Taja Brown has grown up in a conservative, tight-knit, religious, African-American family. As a result, there are restrictions in her life, and she watches her friends go through their firsts: boyfriends, kisses. When Taja falls in love for the first time, everything shifts and her relationship with God and the Church changes too. Calling My Name is a lyrical, poetic coming of age novel about growing up and navigating a world of firsts.  Continue reading “Calling My Name by Liara Tamani”

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

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29523636Title: Dare Mighty Thing

Author: Heather Kaczynski

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Cassandra Gupta is an Indian-American intern at NASA when an opportunity arises for her to compete in a top secret and exclusive competition to earn a coveted spot on a mission to go into space. She’s up against the best and the brightest, but she is ready for anything they throw at her, including the budding friendships with her competitors. But as the competitors draws on, Cassie begins to fear that they are not being told the true nature of their mission, and when things start to turn deadly, Cassie is more determined than ever to earn that spot into space. Continue reading “Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski”

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake

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Title: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: ★★★★☆

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With the ascension year underway, the three sisters must face off against the deadliest threats yet: each other. But each of the sisters is different: Katharine, once weak and feeble, is stronger than ever. Arsinoe, after discovering her deadly power, must figure out how to use it to her advantage whilst also keeping it a secret. And Mirabella, once thought the strongest of them all, the one destined to be Queen, is facing attacks like never before. But everything is not as it seems. Continue reading “One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake”

The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace

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33830397Title: The Memory Trees

Author: Kali Wallace

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5)

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Sorrow has heard stories of the Lovegood women her entire life who settled on an apple orchard in Vermont long ago; stories of their bravery and resilience, and of the centuries-long feud with the family next door. One cold winters night, eight years ago, Sorrow’s sister Patience was tragically killed, and Sorrow was sent to live with her father in Miami. Now sixteen years old, Patience finds her memory of her childhood hazy, including the night of her sister’s death. In order to learn more about her troubled childhood, she returns to her family orchard for the summer and to discover what happened to her sister eight years ago.  Continue reading “The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace”

Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

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Title: Even The Darkest Stars

Author: Heather Fawcett

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amid several reading slumps, Even the Darkest Stars was a lovely surprise. It follows Kazmin, who has always dreamed of getting out of her little village and becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, responsible for mapping the mountainous empire. And when River, the current royal explorer, arrives and hires Kazmin to climb Raskha, the tallest and deadliest mountain, in search of a rare talisman, it’s Kazmin’s chance to prove she’s the best. After her sister betrays her and sets off in search of the talisman herself with a rival explorer, Kazmin must decide what’s more important: protecting her sister, or beating her to the summit of Rashka.  Continue reading “Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett”

Among The Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz

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Title: Among The Red Stars

Author: Gwen C. Katz

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★★

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With over 100 hours flying a piece of junk, Valka is a fiercely determined pilot. When WWII shatters Valka’s homeland, and an all-female aviation group is created, Valka is adamant to aid the war effort. She has always loved the exhilaration of flying, but behind enemy lines, the war takes its toll on everyone, including Valka’s childhood friend Pasha who is fighting for his life on the front lines. As the war intensifies, and Valka begins to lose those around her, she must decide how much she is willing to risk to defend her homeland. Inspired by the Russian ‘Night Witches’ during World War II, Among The Red Stars is a riveting story of strength and sacrifice and the perils of war. 

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