Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart HemmingsTitle: Juniors
Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: September 22, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Lea Lane has lived in between all her life.

Part Hawaiian, part Mainlander. Perpetual new girl at school. Hanging in the shadow of her actress mother’s spotlight. And now: new resident of the prominent West family’s guest cottage.

Bracing herself for the embarrassment of being her classmates’ latest charity case, Lea is surprised when she starts becoming friends with Will and Whitney West instead—or in the case of gorgeous, unattainable Will, possibly even more than friends. And despite their differences, Whitney and Lea have a lot in common: both are navigating a tangled web of relationships, past disappointments and future hopes. As things heat up with Will, and her friendship with Whitney deepens, Lea has to decide how much she’s willing to change in order to fit into their world.

Lea Lane has lived in between all her life. But it isn’t until her junior year that she learns how to do it on her own terms.

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Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings is the ultimate summer beach read with realistic friendships and a tropical beach setting. Also, the main character is very relatable due to her independence and very strong will, making Juniors a fun and entertaining read. Continue reading

Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Review: Blood and Salt by Kim LiggettTitle: Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1)
Author: Kim Liggett
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: September 22, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

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Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett is one of the creepiest books of the year! The book combines genres like horror and romance, making it horrifyingly beautiful. The plot is so suspenseful, especially since it is set in a cornfield. This is certainly one of my favourite books of 2015! Continue reading

Review: Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Review: Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarcheTitle: Don't Fail Me Now
Author: Una LaMarche
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

From the author of Like No Other, the novel Entertainment Weekly calls "One of the most poignant and star-crossed love stories since The Fault in Our Stars": What if the last hope to save your family is the person who broke it up to begin with?

Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle’s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them.

Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time.

Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle’s mind is: Who will break down first--herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won’t make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it’s never stopped her before....

Una LaMarche triumphs once again with this rare and compassionate look at how racial and social privledge affects one family in crisis in both subtle and astonishing ways.

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Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche is a realistic road trip book with a unique twist. Readers will be both inspired and moved by this novel. This bookhas a perfect mix with its gripping plot line, plucky protagonist and so much diversity. Continue reading

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirTitle: An Ember in the Ashes (Ember Quartet #1)
Author: Sabba Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself. 

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Review: An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is a perfect book if you enjoy a good fantasy or spy novel. Set in a whole new, richly imagined world, this book is tough to put down. This novel’s plot is filled with so many twists and turns, I found myself reading on well after I should have turned out the lights! Continue reading