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Review: Beast by Brie Spangler

Beast Brie Spangler

by Brie Spangler

published October 11th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
young adult | contemporary | lgbt

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Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

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Why I Haven’t Blogged for Almost a Year

Like I said in my first post this year, I would be explaining my blogging absence in another post, and here it is! (Can I get some kind of drumroll or something?)

*awkward silence*

Okay then. I could probably go on about how school’s the main reason why I haven’t had the time/motivation to read, but there’s actually sort of a real story to it. So let’s get down to business. To defeat the Huns.

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Mini Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands
by Alwyn Hamilton

published March 8th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
young adult | fantasy | romance

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She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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New Year, New Blog | Blog Revamp


Well, this is embarrassing. It’s been almost a year since I last posted, and I do have some slightly legitimate reasons for that (which I will explain in some other post some other time), but basically I haven’t done a lot of reading. Like all my motivation for reading WENT COMPLETELY DOWN THE DRAIN just fell flat this year. And that sucks.


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Review: The Girl with the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Girl with the Blue Coat
by Monica Hesse

published April 5th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
young adult | historical fiction

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Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days finding and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the German army invaded. Her illegal work keeps her family afloat, and Hanneke also likes to think of it as a small act of rebellion against the Nazis.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person: a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such a dangerous task but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations—where the only way out is through.

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Review: What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass

What’s Broken Between Us
by Alexis Bass

published December 29th 2015 by HarperCollins
young adult | contemporary | romance

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A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart’s brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he’s coming home from prison.

Amanda’s been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother’s recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he’s a monster. Still, she loves him. It’s her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again–whose sister is paralyzed from the accident.

A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she’ll let his choice destroy hers.

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Review: “Denton Little’s Deathdate” by Lance Rubin

Denton Little’s Deathdate
by Lance Rubin

published April 14th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
young adult | alternate reality

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Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that’s tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.

Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle. His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

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