ARC Review: It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

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Published: May 9th, 2017 by Blink | Series: N/A | Length: 304 pages | Genre: YA contemporary, retelling | Source: Won an ARC in a giveaway | Content Warning: some mentions of racism

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Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way. 

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Blog Tour Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (+ Giveaway!)

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today kicks off the blog tour celebrating the release of Tristina Wright’s debut novel, 27 Hours. This YA sci-fi has an all queer cast which is exactly what drew me to it and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint AT ALL. Check out my review below, as well as the information about the book and author and a giveaway for a pretty awesome bundle!! Be sure to also follow the tour through the following weeks! You can find the full schedule by clicking on the banner above or by clicking here.

Thanks so much to Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter for having me on the tour!

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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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Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Published: February 7th, 2017 by HarperTeen | Series: Red Queen #3 | Length: 507 pages | Genre: YA dystopian fantasy | Source: Bought | Content Warning: violence, torture, ableism, biphobia

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Summary from Goodreads:

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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Representing Queer Identity in Historical Fiction: Blog Tour Guest Post (+ Giveaway!)

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Hello, everyone! Today is the final day of the Chapter by Chapter Blog Tour for Jerico Lenk’s novel, The Missing. I’m really excited to have the chance to help promote this book, a YA historical fantasy. This book releases in about a week and a half on October 10th and it sounds fantastic. Jerico has written a post about writing queer characters within a historical setting which I thought was really interesting to read about and, of course, I have some information about the book and author as well as a giveaway for all of you to enter! Let’s get into it, shall we?

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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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