Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Published: April 24th, 2018 by Balzer + Bray | Series: Creekwood #2 | Length: 343 pages | Genre: YA LGBT (f/f – both bisexual) contemporary romance | Source: Purchased | Content Warning: homophobia, racism

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

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ARC Review: Welcome Home edited by Eric Smith

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Published: September 5th, 2017 by Flux | Series: N/A | Length: 352 pages | Genre: YA anthology (various genres) | Source: Received a free copy from editor | See individual story reviews for content warnings (too many to list all of them here). Themes like adoption, abandonment, and feeling out of place are common throughout.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times bestselling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres, like Adi Alsaid, Lauren Gibaldi, Sangu Mandanna, Karen Akins, and many more.

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Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Rating: 5/5 stars

Published: April 7th, 2015 by Balzer + Bray | Series: Creekwood #1 | Length: 303 pages | Genre: YA LGBTQIAP contemporary | Source: Bought | Content Warning: blackmail, MC is outed by another person, homophobic bullying

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Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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ARC Review: Everywhere You Want To Be by Christina June

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Published: May 1st, 2018 by Blink | Series: N/A (but it is a companion novel to It Started With Goodbye) | Length: 288 pages | Genre: YA contemporary, fairytale retelling | Source: Received an ARC from author | TW: bullying, emotional abuse from parent

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Summary from Goodreads:

From author Christina June comes Everywhere You Want to Be, a modern tale inspired by the classic Red Riding Hood.

Matilda Castillo has always done what she was told, but when she gets injured senior years, she watches her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer slip away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes–not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.

Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.

As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s path to Georgetown or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.

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Blog Tour Review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (+ Giveaway!)

 

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Today’s my review stop for the Ace of Shades blog tour and I am so excited to share my review with you all! This book was amazing and I’m thrilled to have a chance to celebrate its release as a part of the tour. Seriously, if this book interests you at all, you definitely need to pick up a copy ASAP. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter the giveaway – you could win one of five copies of the book!

Before we get into my post, I wanted to give a big thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for having me on the tour!

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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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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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