Review: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Review: Seven Days of You by Cecilia VinesseTitle: Seven Days of You
Author: Cecelia Vinesse
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: March 7, 2017

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

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Review: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Seven Days of You by Cecelia Vinesse is a cute contemporary about moving away. I loved the Japanese setting and all the culture in the book. I did find the main character to be annoying, but I still really enjoyed the book and would recommend it. Continue reading

Review: The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Review: The Lucy Variations by Sara ZarrTitle: The Lucy Variations
Author: Sara Zarr
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 27, 2014

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. But without music in her life, Lucy's not sure who she is, or who she wants to be. Then she meets Will, her brother's new piano teacher, who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy find her way back to piano-not for an audience, but on her own terms.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr takes readers inside one girl's struggle to reclaim her love of music, life, and herself in this stunning novel about finding joy in unexpected places.

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Review: The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr is such an emotional rollercoaster. This book about grief and self-discovery has so many layers. The main character is a piano prodigy who quits and struggles to figure out who she is. I found the writing absolutely beautiful and recommend this book to everyone. Continue reading

Book Review: The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

Book Review: The King Slayer by Virginia BoeckerTitle: The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter #2)
Series: The Witch Hunter #2
Author: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: June 14, 2016

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

An action-packed and suspenseful sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

"I think, in time, you'll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory."

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule--namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves.

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Book Review: The King SLayer

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker is such a different book than The Witch Hunter. This sequel seems to be even more thrilling than the first with its epic battle scenes and the introduction of new powers. What is really intriguing is Elizabeth’s character, as she really transforms after losing her stigma. Continue reading

Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia BoeckerTitle: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1)
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Author: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: June 2, 2015

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

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Book Review: The Witch Hunter

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker surprised me in the best way possible. This fantasy book is so action-packed and incorporates prophecies and curses. The main character is also very determined and brave. I definitely wish that I had gotten the chance to read this book sooner. Continue reading

Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

Review: My Best Everything by Sarah TompTitle: My Best Everything
Author: Sarah Tomp
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: March 3, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate.

Maybe if you were here to tell me again, to explain it one more time, then maybe I wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.

Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.

Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (definitely illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends, Roni and Bucky. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, Lulu turns to Mason: a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything – including her heart?

The summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating. My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason – though is it an apology, a good-bye, or a love letter? 

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Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp is unlike anything I’ve ever read. When I read the first page, I had some doubts, because the ingredients for moonshine are listed right there on the page. I actually read somewhere that this book is Breaking Bad for teenagers. However, as I continued reading, I discovered that My Best Everything is quite an engaging read. The book isn’t all about moonshine, it’s about a small-town girl whose father loses her college fund while gambling. The story line is very unique! Continue reading