To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

“You should pay less mind to fairy tales, Elian, or that’s all you’ll become.” When he leaves, I think about if that would be awful, or beautiful. Could it really be such a bad thing, to become a story whispered to children in the dead of night? A song they sing to one another while they play. While the writing in this book wasn’t exactly my cup of tea at first (I felt like there was a lot more telling…

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Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Pride takes Jane Austen’s most popular novel “Pride and Prejudice” and places it in modern day Brooklyn. Instead of Elizabeth Bennett, we have Zuri Benitez. Zuri is a smart, no nonsense teenager with Afro-Latin roots. She has dreams of getting a college education, and doesn’t intend to let romance or boys get in her way. But when the wealthy Darcy brothers move into her “hood”, and her sister Janae starts to fall for one of them, Zuri’s pride and patience…

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Serious Moonlight – Jenn Bennett

Serious Moonlight – Jenn Bennett

When I first found out that there was a new YA contemporary coming out from Jenn Bennett, I was ecstatic. I’ve found that in my old age, (har har) I’m not drawn to young adult contemporaries like I used to be. This is so annoying but I’ve gotten to the point where instead of sympathizing with the main characters and their problems, I tend to side with their parents now (or what their parents would/should say if they ever were…

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Wife of the Gods – Kwei Quartey

Wife of the Gods – Kwei Quartey

This book was both familiar and completely fresh to me. I love a good mystery and author Kwei Quartey really delivered that!  When a promising young medial student is murdered in the small town of Ketanu, Ghana, there is only one man who can solve her murder – Detective Inspector Darko Dawson. Dawson is a talented detective, but in order to solve the case he must face down local police interference, a dangerous religious practice, and his own painful past….

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Semple)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Semple)

Bernadette Fox was a brilliant architect, but when things don’t quite go her way in L.A., she persuades her husband to take a job with Microsoft and moves her family to Seattle.  But Bernadette doesn’t really like Seattle, she doesn’t seem to really like much about life … she tries to avoid contact with people at all costs.  Bernadette dislikes dealing with people so much, that when their daughter Bee requests a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for…

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back – Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back – Adrienne Young

Ohhhhh boy that ending. Of all of the books to have an open ending WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE THIS ONE?!?! Even though it actually makes perfect sense with how the rest of the book was set up, that doesn’t mean I have to like it!!! Okay, soooo I only recently, and yes, finally, got around to reading Sky in the Deep. I obviously LOVED it and immediately ran to request this ARC. The cover is SO gorgeous and I…

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Say You Still Love Me – K. A. Tucker

Say You Still Love Me – K. A. Tucker

It seems crazy to me that reading about summer camp will elicit a feeling of nostalgia within me when I’ve never actually even been to a summer camp before. Books like this get me every. Single. Time. AND make me want to go back in time and experience these things for myself! This is a book about Piper and Kyle and flashes back and forth between the present and the summer they met at Camp Wawa as teens. While at…

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Rage (Stormheart #2) – Cora Carmack

Rage (Stormheart #2) – Cora Carmack

I always appreciate when books start out just about where the previous one in the series left off and that’s exactly what this one did. The group of hunters had made it back to Pavan only to find out that Aurora’s kingdom is now in complete disarray. It’s easy to tell that something just isn’t right and Aurora knows she needs to do whatever necessary to get into that castle. This book, to me, felt quite a bit different than…

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Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

You know you’ve read an exceptionally good book when you relish the idea of writing your review as soon as you’re done because you want to impress upon everyone the exact emotions you were feeling as soon as you’ve reached the last page. Guys. I know we’re only a quarter of the way through 2019 but I’ve read some good books so far. This….is one of the best. As much as I loved Finale (Stephanie Garber) this might honestly have been better….

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Walk on Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson

Historical Fiction meets Western meets Magical Realism in this fantastic YA tale about Leah Westfall, a girl who can sense gold in the ground. Leah is a hardworking and adventures protagonist, who is forced run way from all she’s ever know, when her sinister uncle murders her parents and becomes her legal guardian. Lucky for Leah, she is living during the California gold rush. So she disguises herself as a boy (Lee) and heads for California; Gold or bust! For…

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