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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July Releases I’m Excited For

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It’s surprisingly been quite awhile since I’ve done one of these posts and even though we’re halfway through July already, I really wanted to get this up anyway. I love taking a look at new releases and bringing attention to some of those lesser raved about books! Some of these you’ve probably heard of, but my hope is that at least one or two will be books you’re hearing about for the first time now. If any of you have already read any of the books on this list, let me know what you thought of them! 🙂

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Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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Published: May 15th, 2018 by HarperTeen | Series: Red Queen #4 | Length: 662 pages | Genre: YA dystopian fantasy | Source: Bought | Content Warning: war, violence, kidnapping, homophobia, parental manipulation of children

Rating: 5/5

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Summary from Goodreads:

Victory comes at a price.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

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