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Book Review: To Best the Boys – Mary Weber

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

In Caldon, women are viewed as inferior and supposed to just do girly things like cook, clean, or be pretty. Cue in my eye-roll. They don’t go to universities and get a higher education. Every year, a mysterious man in power, Mr. Holm, holds a Harry-Potter style contest in a labyrinth for eligible boys to compete for the scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University while the girls stay behind and cheer them on. The feminist in me really wanted to go Hulk on all those bigots who tried to cage girls into a limited space with only their ideas of the way women should be. Continue reading “Book Review: To Best the Boys – Mary Weber”

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Book Review: Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen

Rating: 4/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

Sydney is a seventeen-year-old girl, stuck in the shadow of her perfect brother, Peyton, and always starving for the attention of her parents. Her mother only sees her brother and her father is barely ever there. When Peyton’s troublemaking causes him to drive drunk and cause an accident, landing him in jail, Sydney’s family is blown to smithereens. Continue reading “Book Review: Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen”

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Book Review: Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen

Rating: 4/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

With scholars as parents, Auden’s entire life has always been mired in academia, to the point where she never had a chance to be a normal teen. She saw herself as an academic and that appeared to be her sole identity. When her parents’ marriage failed, she began to stay up later and later, till sleep became impossible. Dissatisfaction in her life sends her spending her last summer before college with her father at the beach town where he now lived with his new family. Continue reading “Book Review: Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen”

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Book Review: The Rest of the Story – Sarah Dessen

Rating: 5/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

Emma’s mother, who died when she was a child, came from a working class family, whereas her father came from a wealthier background. Other than a summer spent with her mother’s family when she was very little, Emma didn’t have any contact with them. When unexpected circumstances send her living with them for the summer, it dawns on just how different their world is. Continue reading “Book Review: The Rest of the Story – Sarah Dessen”

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Book Review: Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) – Kat Cho

Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

When I first saw the amazing cover of this book, I was super excited to read it. A Korean YA Fantasy story? How could I resist it? At first when I started it, the slow pace of the story and the details were quite charming but it got old pretty fast.

The female main character, Miyoung, started out strong at first but her hot and cold behavior got annoying very quickly. I get it why she was hostile in the beginning but there was no character growth at all. I hated how she was whiny and cowardly and all she did was run away and be hostile.

The male lead character, Jihoon, however, showed a character growth that endeared me to him. I emphasized with him over his troubles.

The writing was too slow-paced and draggy. Even the scenes with some action were not dynamic. The emotions of the characters felt blunt, detached.

What I enjoyed were the Korean references and the back story of the origin of Gumihos. The plot-line was an interesting one with a clever twist at the end and overall, this story could have been amazing if not for the slow pace and blunt writing style.

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Blurb: Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt. But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process. Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway. With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
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Book Review: One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying #1) by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Review:

“I don’t know why it’s so hard for people to admit that sometimes they’re just assholes who screw up because they don’t expect to get caught.”

That line. That line right there is what gripped me and hit all my “I-want-this-book” triggers. I’m so often surrounded by people who refuse to admit their mistakes and they lie and manipulate and act the victim to cover it up. It’s so frustrating that I wish I could hit them with a truth spell so they could blurt out just what horrible people they are instead of acting like they’re good. Continue reading “Book Review: One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying #1) by Karen M. McManus”

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Book Review: The Quiet You Carry – Nikki Barthelmess

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Review:

The Quiet You Carry was another nice gem from Netgalley. This author is a new one for me and her writing did not disappoint. This story is one that needs to be told, especially in a world where the majority don’t even know that things like these happen in real life. Continue reading “Book Review: The Quiet You Carry – Nikki Barthelmess”

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Book Review: You’d Be Mine – Erin Hahn

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary RomanceYoung Adult

Review:

I enjoy country music a lot and I’m a big fan of Faith Hill, Rascall Flatts, Lady Antebellum so when I saw this YA Contemporary story centered on country music, I was quite intrigued. I’ve read YA stories featuring rock stars but this is my first time reading a YA story centering on country music. Continue reading “Book Review: You’d Be Mine – Erin Hahn”

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Book Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) – Brigid Kemmerer

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

This is the second fairy tale retelling I’ve read. Who wouldn’t want to read this book with that fantastic cover and amazing title? I had a lot of expectations going in, but sadly, it was kind of disappointing halfway through.

What I liked
— I enjoyed Brigid Kemmerer’s writing. It was really good and kept my attention. The characters were intriguing and they each had a lot to add to the story.
— The story itself showed a lot of promise for a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Continue reading “Book Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) – Brigid Kemmerer”

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Book Review: King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) – Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

I tried not to have a lot of expectations when I started this long-anticipated book. Back to the Grisha world – Nikolai’s story at last. From the first chapter, I was taken in by Nikolai and his troubles. A king fighting to save his people, from poverty, from enemy countries. Fighting to find ways to make Ravka persevere, especially after the destruction the Darkling caused to it. Continue reading “Book Review: King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) – Leigh Bardugo”