Review: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

13453868The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Publication Date:
August 14th 2012 by Candlewick Press
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre:
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca – but five years have passed, and now it’s Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget.
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Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

23276983The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Publication Date:
March 12th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s (UK)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
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Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust …

While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

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Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

keepsake-amazonKeepsake (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen
Publication Date:
October 25th 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre:
New Adult, Romance, Contemporary.
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Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much. Continue reading

Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

29845906Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff
Publication Date:
August 11th 2016 by Harper Voyager
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre:
Fantasy, Adult.
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Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult. Continue reading

Review: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

82434Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Publication Date:
 May 9th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre:
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
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Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastian’s, a boys’ school that pretends it’s coed by giving the girls their own bathroom. Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an impossibly dorky accordion player. The boys are no better, from Thomas, who specializes in musical burping, to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can’t seem to stop thinking about. Continue reading

Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

24920901The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: 
February 24th 2015
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre:
New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sport – Ice Hockey
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Goodreads Summary
She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good. Continue reading

Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

26236898More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Publication Date: April 26th 2016 by Soho Teen (Paperback)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, GLBT
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In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.  Continue reading