ARC Review: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

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Published: October 17th, 2017 by Berkley | Series: N/A | Length: 368 pages | Genre: Adult contemporary fiction | Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: biphobia, cancer, mentions of dieting & weight loss, homophobia, disease, death

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Summary from Goodreads:

A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays…

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems. 

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down. 

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive…

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Blog Tour Review: The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass (+Giveaway!)

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Hi, everyone! I’m very happy to have a review for you today as part of the blog tour celebrating the paperback release of The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass. Make sure you keep up with all of the posts for the tour which you can find here or by clicking on the banner above. I’ll first tell you a little bit about the book, then there’s my review, some info about Wass, and a giveaway!

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Blog Tour Review: The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield (+ Giveaway!)

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Today starts the blog tour for The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield. This is a young adult contemporary novel about a small village that gets put under quarantine after an unknown deadly virus breaks out. I have a review for you, but please be sure to check in with the other tour stops throughout the week! A big thank you to Xpresso book tours for having me on the tour. 🙂

Make sure you also enter the giveaway at the bottom – you have the chance to win a copy of the book and a $50 Amazon gift card!

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Blog Tour Review: The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin (+ Giveaway!)

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Hello, everyone! Today is officially the LAST day of the blog tour for The Big F by debut author, Maggie Ann Martin. I was thrilled to have the chance to participate in this tour and review the book. If you’ve missed the other posts in the tour, you can always click here and check them out.

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ARC Review: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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Published: September 26th, 2017 by Simon Pulse | Series: N/A | Length: 320 pages | Genre: YA contemporary | Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: child abuse (sexual and emotional), racism, attempted suicide

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Summary from Goodreads:

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.

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Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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Published: February 14th, 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers | Series: N/A | Length: 234 pages | Genre: YA contemporary | Source: Borrowed from library | Possible Triggers: death, depression

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You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

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Review: No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace

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Published: September 8th, 2014 by Flux | Series: N/A | Length: 229 pages | Genre: YA contemporary romance | Source: Library | Possible Triggers: bullying

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Summary from Goodreads:

Sometimes, the cost of love is too steep

Olivia’s twin brother, Liam, has been her best friend her whole life. But when he starts dating, Olivia is left feeling alone, so she tries to drive away Liam’s girlfriends in an effort to get her best friend back.

But she meets her match in Zoey, Liam’s latest fling. A call-it-like-she-sees-it kind of girl, Zoey sees right through Olivia’s tricks. What starts as verbal sparring between the two changes into something different, however, as they share their deepest insecurities and learn they have a lot in common. Olivia falls for Zoey, believing her brother could never get serious with her. But when Liam confesses that he’s in love with Zoey, Olivia has to decide who deserves happiness more: her brother or herself?

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