The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse

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39799540Title: The Summer of Us

Author: Cecilia Vinesse

Publisher:  Hachette Children’s Group

Rating: ★★★★★

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Aubrey has only two weeks left before she leaves for college so she decides to go on a trip around Europe with her friends – Gabe, Clara, Rae, and Jonah. Visting places such as Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Prague they plan to spend two weeks having the times of their lives before they all go their separate ways going to college and university across the world. When secrets are revealed, their carefree adventure turns into a complete disaster. Continue reading “The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse”

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

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38913384Title: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls follows four sisters for their last summer together as a family before Bea goes off to college. I enjoyed The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls. It is the perfect summer read full of romance, self-discovery, and family. I’ve seen a lot of people say it’s Little Women meets Gilmore Girls and yeah that pretty much sums this one up. It follows four sisters – Des, Bea, Vi, and Kat – through the summer as they meet new people, try new things, discovers new things about themselves, and fall for people they didn’t expect.  Continue reading “The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood”

Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart

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33843362Title: Genuine Fraud

Author: E.Lockhart

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

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Imogen is rich, like really rich. She’s an heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a liar, and an inventor of stories. When Imogen and Jule meet an intense friendship starts. Both are runaways, fleeing from the past. There’s a disappearance, a murder, an ‘accident’. There’s a girl who refuses to be what everyone wants her to be. And there is a girl who wants to be someone else.  Continue reading “Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart”

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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34323570Title: Furyborn

Author: Claire LeGrand

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

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Furyborn follows two women who are living their lives centuries apart, both of whom hold the power to either destroy or save the world in their hands. When assassins come after her best friend, Rielle risks everything to save him and in the process, she exposes herself as one of the prophesied queens; one of light and one of blood. Now Rielle is to be put through seven elemental trials to determine which queen she will be. If she fails, she will be executed. One thousand years later the legend of Queen Rielle is nothing more than a story – a fairy tale. Eliana Ferracora is a bounty hunter for the Undying Empire. She thinks she is invisible and untouchable… until her mother vanishes. Now, she joins a rebel captain to find her mother and discovers that the evil at the heart of the Undying Empire is much worse than she could ever imagine and perhaps all those stories she thought were just fairytales are more real than she thought.  Continue reading “Furyborn by Claire Legrand”

My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas

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9781509839582my box-shaped heart_3Title: My Box-Shaped Heart

Author: Rachael Lucas

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Holly has a passion for swimming because in the water everyone is the same. No one sticks out for being weird or being poor. Holly lives on a council estate with her mum who also happens to be a hoarder. It doesn’t make her home life ideal. Holly meets Ed at the swimming pool who swims to escape from his home. He used to have money, he was on the swim team, he had known who he was and what he wanted. Now, he lives in a house assigned by the women’s refuge with an uncertain future. An unlikely romance starts between the two and they find a window into each other’s lives. Continue reading “My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas”

We Are Young by Cat Clarke

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38352929Title: We Are Young

Author: Cat Clarke

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

Rating: ★★★★★

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Evan’s mother marries the local radio DJ, ‘Breakfast Tim’, and on the same day, they get a call that her brand new step-brother is the sole survivor of a horrific car crash. A media frenzy starts and blame is placed on her step-brother Lewis – a stoner with no friends. Everyone thinks the crash was drugs-related, except Evan. Things don’t quite add up. So with the help of her journalist and recovering alcoholic father, she sets out to find out what really happened that night.  Continue reading “We Are Young by Cat Clarke”

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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34726469Title: Sky in the Deep

Author: Adrienne Young

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Eelyn has been raised to be a warrior. She fights alongside her Aska clansmen in a war with the Riki clan that has been going on for generations because of an ancient rivalry. Her life is simple, she fights and she survives to fight in the next battle. One day on the battlefield, she sees something she thinks is impossible. She sees her brother. Except her brother died on the same battlefield five years ago and now he is fighting with the enemy. Now she’s been captured by the Riki clan and is forced into servitude, she is now faced with her brother betrayal of his clan and she must survive the harsh winter in an enemy village. Continue reading “Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young”

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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36445279Title: Renegades

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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The Renegades are a group of prodigies – people with superpowers. The Renegades was established to fight a society where chaos reigned and they established a relatively peaceful society. They remain a symbol of hope. However, the villains that they overthrew do not see them in such a positive light. Nova’s hate for the renegades is personal and she is out for vengeance. She goes undercover as a Renegade and meets Adrian – a Renegade who believes in justice and who believes in her.  Continue reading “Renegades by Marissa Meyer”

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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37758969Title: The Astonishing Colour of After

Author: Emily X.R Pan

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Leigh Chen Sanders comes home one day to find her mother has committed suicide, leaving only a note that says: ‘I want you to remember’. Leigh doesn’t understand what the message means. However, one night she sees a red bird who appears with a message. She then finds herself travelling to Taiwan to meet her grandparents for the first time. Leigh is overwhelmed by grief but driven to fulfil her mother’s wish and determined to find out what it is she is supposed to remember. Leigh finds comfort in her art and she finds answers in her memories she didn’t know she had and the rules of reality are broken.  Continue reading “The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan”

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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38721121Title: Starfish

Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman

Publisher: Ink Road Publishing

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Kiko Himura has never been able to say exactly what she’s thinking, especially when it comes to her mother. A mother who isn’t there for her emotionally, a mother who makes her feel like a burden, and a mother who doesn’t understand her half-Japanese heritage. Kiko dreams of getting into Prism, her dream art school, which also helps her get away from her mother. But Kiko doesn’t get into Prism and she never had a backup plan. So when an old childhood friend gives her a place to stay on the West Coast so she can tour some art schools, she jumps at the chance. Kiko meets some new people, learns about her culture and heritage, and discovers a new self-confidence.

Trigger warning for parental abuse, emotional abuse, suicide attempt, sexual abuse, and racism, anxiety.  Continue reading “Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman”