Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

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Published: November 7th, 2017 by Simon Pulse | Series: This Mortal Coil #1 | Length: 425 pages | Genre: YA post-apocalyptic sci-fi | Source: Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and bought my own copy | Content Warning: torture, death

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Summary from Goodreads:

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

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Review: Play Me a Song by Jessica Kale

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Rating: 3/5 stars

Published: May 3rd, 2017; self-published | Series: Play Me a Song #1 | Length: 138 pages | Genre: new adult romance | Source: Bought | Content Warning: biphobia, homelessness, sexual assault

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Alicia wishes she could be anything other than regular. Living with her mom, attending night classes and working in a diner, her life is what anyone would consider as ‘ordinary.’

That is, until she meets Gabriella.

A shy girl by nature, Alicia never thinks she could be attracted to a woman. Always used to dating guys, the thought of experimenting with a girl had never crossed her mind, let alone a sassy blonde with as much game as all of her exes combined.

When Alicia meets Gabriella, her whole life is turned upside down. She finally decides to pursue music and give ‘extraordinary’ a shot, but it all comes at a price. Disgruntled mother, friends who let her down, drama in her new world, and all of a sudden regular doesn’t seem too bad.

Now Alicia had to choose: to stay behind and remain average, or to venture into the unknown?

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Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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Rating: 4/5

Published: June 2nd, 2015 by Soho Teen | Series: N/A | Length: 300 pages | Genre: YA contemporary (with a speculative fiction element) | Source: Bought | Content Warning: self-harm, suicide, anti-queer hate and violence

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In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Timesbestselling-debut—also called “mandatory reading” and selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

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. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

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Review: Want by Cindy Pon

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: June 13th, 2017 by Simon Pulse | Series: Want #1 | Length: 328 pages | Genre:  YA sci-fi, dystopian | Source: Borrowed from library | Content Warning: violence, death, torture, kidnapping

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Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

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Review: Lillac Town Novellas #1 & 2 by M. Hollis

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Contemporary new adult queer romances

The Melody of You and Me (#1)

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Summary from Goodreads:

After dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, Chris Morrison’s life is now a mind-numbing mess. She doubts that working at the small neighborhood bookstore is going to change that. The rest of her time is spent mostly playing guitar and ignoring the many messages her mother keeps sending her about going back to college.
But one day, an adorable and charming new bookseller waltzes her way into Chris’s life. Josie Navarro is sweet, flirty, and she always has a new book in her hands. The two girls start a fast friendship that, for Chris, holds the promise of something more. But is she reading too much into this or is it possible that Josie feels the same way?

The Paths We Choose (#2)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow. 
Add to that a casual fling with the bright architect Mayte González, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore. 
A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about the past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs. 

Sometimes moving forward is only possible if you have the right people by your side.

FYI: some of the links above are kind of useless right now because the novellas are currently in the process of being re-published by the author.

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Review: Ghostland by Colin Dickey

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Published: October 4th, 2016 by Viking | Series: N/A | Length: 320 pages | Genre: nonfiction, history | Source: Borrowed from library | Content Warning: murder, rape, slavery, torture

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Summary from Goodreads:

An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, Ghostland takes readers on a road trip through some of the country’s most infamously haunted places–and deep into the dark side of our history.

Colin Dickey is on the trail of America’s ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie homes,” Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as “the most haunted mansion in America,” or “the most haunted prison”; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget.     
       With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living–how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made–and why those changes are made–Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we’re most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.

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Blog Tour Review: The November Girl by Lydia King (+ Giveaway!)

The November Girl Tour

Good morning, everyone! I hope all of my American followers had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday and ate lots of good food! I know I did. 🙂 Today I am very excited to tell you a little bit about Lydia Kang’s latest, The November Girl, and share my review. There’s also a giveaway at the bottom, so be sure to enter for your chance to win a swag pack!

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