Hiatus (Making It Official, Finally)

Hi everyone! It has now been a month since I did anything on this blog. I figured I would pop in and make a quick announcement before disappearing again for a bit.

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Boston Teen Author Festival 2018 Recap

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Good morning/afternoon/night, everyone! A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 7th annual Boston Teen Author Festival. You may already know this from when I posted about how excited I was to attend. This was my third year attending and was every bit as fun and exciting as the past two years were. Today I wanted to share with you all the things I did throughout the day and my awesome haul of books!

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Boston Teen Author Festival 2018

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Good morning, everyone! Saturday is the 7th annual Boston Teen Author Festival and I am EXCITED. This year is the 3rd time I’ll be attending and it’s sure to be just as amazing as the past two years have been! Admittedly, there are not as many authors attending that I’ve read this year, but that’s probably because I have been seriously slacking with my reading this year. However, that does not mean that I’m not super excited to attend – I definitely am! I figured today I would talk a little bit about the festival ahead of the big day and try to explain to you all why the heck I’m so excited. Be sure to keep an eye out for a wrap-up of the day too – that’ll be posted sometime within the next week or two!

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Why I’m Taking a Step Back from Reviewing

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Hello, my friends! It has been quite some time since I posted anything here. However, I recently finished reading a book and I found myself completely unwilling to write a review. As I started trying to figure out for myself why that was, I figured I might as well make a post about it and share my thoughts with all of you, as well as get some input from my lovely friends and readers, too.

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Review: The One by Kiera Cass

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Published: May 6th, 2014 by HarperTeen | Series: The Selection #3 | Length: 323 pages | Genre: YA dystopian romance | Source: Borrowed from library | Content Warning: intimidation, violence

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Summary from Goodreads:

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

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Review: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

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Published: October 17th, 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers | Series: N/A | Length: 226 pages | Genre: YA contemporary | Source: Bought | Content Warning: racism, violence, police brutality

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Summary from Goodreads:

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. 

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

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