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ARC Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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Published: September 26th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Series: N/A | Length: 464 pages | Genre: YA sci-fi/time travel | Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: violence, sexism (nothing horrendous, but a couple of comments are made)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

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ARC Review: The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Etting Koosed

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Published: September 5th, 2017 by Kids Can Press | Series: N/A | Length: 344 pages | Genre: YA paranormal/fantasy, mystery | Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: suicide, drug use, murder, abuse

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Summary from Goodreads:

They’re the kids that no one knows — or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they’re out of other options. They’re lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal. 

There’s only one problem. She’s not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power. 

Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price. 
Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover. 

But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.

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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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ARC Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Published: September 12th, 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers | Series: Nyxia Triad #1 | Length: 384 pages | Genre: YA sci-fi | Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: violence, torture

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Summary from Goodreads:

Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series called the Nyxia Triad that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they’re willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune.
 
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
 
Forever.
 
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
 
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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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: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Published: April 28th, 2015 by Razorbill | Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1 | Length: 446 pages | Genre: YA fantasy, dystopian | Source: Bought | Content Warning: sexual assault and harassment, violence, abuse (including towards children), death/murder, torture

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Summary from Goodreads:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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