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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ARC Review: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Published: July 18th, 2017 by Simon Pulse | Series: Book #1 in The Last Magician duology | Length: 512 pages | Genre: YA historical fantasy | Source: Edelweiss | Possible Triggers: sexual assault, racism

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Summary from Goodreads:

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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Teaser Tuesday (7/4/17)

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Hello, everyone! To all of my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone’s doing something fun for the day. My family and I are headed out for a day trip to Old Sturbridge Village which I’m sure will be very fun. We went there several years ago and had a blast so I’m really looking forward to going again. Anyway, let’s get into today’s Teaser Tuesday post!

I tend to participate much more frequently in Top Ten Tuesday now just because I think they’re more interesting to read/write, but TTT is taking a short break until next month. I think I’ll be using the rest of this month to do some past topics that I never did, but for today, I’m going to share a teaser from The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell which releases in a couple of weeks.

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