Review: Joyride by Anna Banks

Review: Joyride by Anna BanksTitle: Joyride
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: June 2, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Who says opposites don't attract?

It's been several years since Carly Vega's parents were deported. Carly lives with her older brother, studies hard, and works the graveyard shift at a convenience store to earn enough to bring her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He used to date popular blondes and have fun pranking with his older sister. But now all that's changed, and Arden needs a new accomplice. Especially one his father, the town sheriff, will disapprove.

All Carly wants, at first, is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to not do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they've been living according to the wishes of others. Carly and Arden's journey toward their true hearts - and one another-- is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh. Just like real life. 

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Review: Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride by Anna Banks is the perfect book for those looking for excitement. It will keep you on the edge of your seat!  With an inspirarional message and lots of diversity, this book is easily a favourite of mine. Continue reading

Mini Review: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Mini Review: Becoming Jinn by Lori GoldsteinTitle: Becoming Jinn
Author: Lori Goldstein
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: April 21, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. 

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. 

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick. 

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Review: Becoming Jinn

Becoming Jinn, the first book in Lori Goldstein’s Zar Sisterhood series, is such an imaginative young adult fantasy. Azra, the main character, is a genie-in-training and has such an entertaining voice that is so captivating to read. The plot is so incredible with its many twists and turns. You will never be able to guess what will happen next! Another endearing quality to Becoming Jinn is the love triangle that occurs. This adds an extra layer to the novel that pulls the reader in. If you are looking for a new fast-paced fantasy series, consider preordering a copy of Becoming Jinn. The next book in the Zar Sisterhood series is due to be released in 2016!

About Lori Goldstein

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Author of SCREEN QUEENS, coming from Razorbill, June 11, 2019,  about three teen girls who attend a startup incubator in Silicon Valley and learn what it means to compete in the male-dominated world of tech.

My Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy series Becoming Jinn and Circle of Jinn is a modern spin on the traditional tale of wish-granting genies (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan).

Obsessed with books, beach, and Game of Thrones

Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny ThingsTitle: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: April 7, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

 Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again… 

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Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre is an interesting look at the everyday within the walls of your average high school. This book is so enjoyable and sweet. I absolutely loved it and the characters contained inside. Continue reading