Tag: young adult

Blacksouls…by Nicole Castroman-Blog Tour

Blacksouls…by Nicole Castroman-Blog Tour

Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: April 11th 2017 Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates, Adventure Synopsis: Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard. Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships. Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that […]

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Everyday Magic…by Emily Albright

Everyday Magic…by Emily Albright

Maggie’s father is a big Hollywood director. He is domineering and loves to have control. Maggie’s father wants her to become an entertainment lawyer. Maggie’s dream is to work in the fashion industry. ‘Everyday Magic’ tells of Maggie’s struggle to be who she wants to be and break free from her father’s grasp. ‘Everyday Magic’ is a companion book to Albright’s first book, ‘The Heir and the Spare’. ‘Everyday Magic’ features Preston, one of the background characters from ‘THATS’. I did not realize this until I was already finished with ‘Everyday Magic.’ You do not necessarily need to read “THATS’ to understand the events in ‘Everyday Magic’. With that being said, there were elements in the story that left me with questions. For example, how did Evie (an American) become a Duchess Suo Juro (in her own right) and why […]

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The Bone Witch..by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch..by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch(#1) byRin Chupeco Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Release Date: March 7, 2017 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Synopsis: The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.  Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human. Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will give by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. […]

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Vigilante…by Kady Cross

Vigilante…by Kady Cross

Hadley’s best friend Magda is sexually assaulted. The boys who did it get away without any consequences. Magda commits suicide. Hadley vows revenge. She dons a pink ski mask and attempts to gain ‘justice’ for Magda. ‘Vigilante’ is a raw look at rape culture, suicide, PTSD and male privilege in our society.  Hadley attempts to take back some of the power that was taken from Magda. Although I didn’t  necessarily agree with how Hadley takes back power, I did love how Cross portrayed Hadley as strong and passionate. I also loved the background characters such as Zoe and Gabe. They gave Hadley the support she needed. I also liked how realistically flawed all the characters were. The pace of the book was definitely fast.  I flew through it. The prose was also well done and easy to read. I do think that the story […]

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Keys to the Sun…by Marcel Feldmar

Keys to the Sun…by Marcel Feldmar

‘Keys to the Sun’ tells the adventures of two brothers, Lucas and Parker Chase. They are in New Orléans to visit a family friend ‘Aunt Ruby’. While there they and a new friend, Nicole(Cole), find a map that leads them on a treasure hunt around the French Quarter. What I loved   I loved the idea of a hidden map that gives clues to a hidden treasure. I also loved that the story incorporated a lot of New Orléans history. An example of this is the haunting story of the casket girls who arrived in the city with casket trunks and then promptly disappeared. I found the prose well done and easy to read. I did also love the characters of Cole, Parker, and Lucas and I loved brother’s interaction with each other.   What Left Me Wanting More   First off, this book read […]

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The You I’ve Never Known…by Ellen Hopkins-Blog Tour

The You I’ve Never Known…by Ellen Hopkins-Blog Tour

  ‘The You I’ve Never Known’ follows two girls Ariel and Maya. Both begin the story struggling to deal with dysfunctional living situations. Ariel’s father moves them from place to place never staying in one spot long. He tells Ariel that her mother left the family and that she doesn’t want anything to do with her. Maya has an abusive mother who keeps strict tabs on her. She later flees from her mother into anther bad situation.   I was super excited when I found out that I would be part of the ‘The You I’ve Never Known’ blog tour. I have heard so many wonderful things about Ellen Hopkins books. Even though I have several of her books on my TBR shelf, I had yet to read one before now. I was in for an amazing surprise. This book is […]

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Teach Me to Forget..by Erica M. Chapman

Teach Me to Forget..by Erica M. Chapman

‘Teach Me to Forget’, follows Ellery, a high school student who was recently involved in a car crash. That car crash fatally kills her little sister, Tate. After the accident Ellery suffers from deep depression. This depression leads her to constantly think about suicide. After one of her suicide attempts, she tries to return the gun to her local k-mart. Once there she is detained by the store security guard who happens to be a boy from one of her classes.   What I Loved… ‘Teach Me to Forget’ really gets inside Ellery’s head and demonstrates how painful and powerful both grief and depression can be. The story slowly (through flashbacks) tells the story of Ellery’s relationship with her sister. The story also tells what loosing Tate did to both Ellery and her family. I did love the characters of Colter and Janie.  I also thought the romance element […]

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Aftermath…by Clara Kensie

Aftermath…by Clara Kensie

Each second of my four years, two months, and seven days in the attic dragged on forever, and nothing ever changed. We don’t have a Dream Book anymore. But we don’t need one. ‘Aftermath’ is a young adult novel about Charlotte. She is kidnapped from a football game when she is eleven and is held in her kidnapper’s attic for over four years. She survives by imagining that her twin sister, mother, and father are leading a wonderful life without her. She imagines that her twin sister is living everything ‘double’ for Charlotte.  Her kidnapper has a stroke and falls down falls down the stairs. The EMT’s then find Charlotte in a cage in the attic. When Charlotte is released, she is reunited with her family but soon finds out that they have not been leading the life that Charlotte dreamed. I […]

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A Monster Calls…by Patrick Ness (Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd)

A Monster Calls…by Patrick Ness (Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd)

‘I have had as many names as there are years to time itself! roared the monster. I am Herne the Hunter! I am Cernunnos! I am the eternal Green Man!’ ‘Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreck?’ ‘You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is the only important you do.’   The story behind the writing of ‘A Monster Calls’ is one of grief and loss. Irish author Siobhan Dowd originally conceived of the idea of ‘A Monster Calls’. Tragically she passed away from breast cancer before she could write the story. Patrick Ness later wrote the novel based on her ideas. This novel focuses on the most painful issues a young […]

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The Great American Whatever…by Tim Federle

The Great American Whatever…by Tim Federle

Quinn Roberts is a high school student who wants to be a movie director. His sister has recently been killed in a car crash. His dad has left. His mother is depressed, and Quinn wants to come out to family and friends. I will admit, that I had instant cover love for this book. I really didn’t know much about this book before I started reading it.   What I Loved   The whole plot is that Quinn needs to get over his sister’s death and his father’s leaving. He is struggling in life and doesn’t know how to move forward and explore his sexuality.  To me it basically was a better, deeper, more well written, ‘Me Earl and the Dying Girl’. The prose was well written. The emotions were there for me when it came to his depression. I could […]

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