Review of Black Bird of the Gallows

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Review of Glow

 

Glow

Megan E. Bryant

Albert Whitman and Company

September 1, 2017


Blurb: When thrift-store aficionado Julie discovers a series of antique paintings with hidden glowing images that are only visible in the dark, she wants to learn more about the artist. In her search, she uncovers a century-old romance and the haunting true story of the Radium Girls, young women who used radioactive paint to make the world’s first glow-in-the-dark products—and ultimately became radioactive themselves. As Julie’s obsession with the paintings mounts, truths about the Radium Girls—and her own complicated relationships—are revealed. But will she uncover the truth about the luminous paintings before putting herself and everyone she loves at risk? Continue reading

Review of Our Broken Pieces

Our Broken Pieces

Sarah White

 HarperTeen

August 8, 2017


Blurb from GoodreadsFrom Wattpad phenom Sarah White comes a steamy teen romance about one girl’s quest to find herself after a traumatic breakup.

The only thing worse than having your boyfriend dump you is having him dump you for your best friend. For Everly Morgan the betrayal came out of nowhere. One moment she had what seemed like the perfect high school relationship, and the next, she wanted to avoid the two most important people in her life. Every time she sees them kiss in the hallways her heart breaks a little more. Continue reading

Review of Dress Codes for Small Towns

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Dress Codes for Small Towns

Courtney Stevens

HarperTeen

August 22, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads: As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.

But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too. Continue reading

Review of Once and for All

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Once and for All

Sarah Dessen

Viking Books

June 6, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads:

From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning!

Is it really better to have loved and lost?  Louna’s summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically.  But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged now that he’s met the one he really  wants.  Maybe Louna’s second chance is standing right in front of her. Continue reading

Review The Secret History of Us

A few years back I had a bias against young adult books. I thought they were written for, well, young adults and I was so beyond that stage. I had this vision of them being immature and appealing to readers who thrive on a character’s self-piteous meltdowns. However, someone loaned me a ya paranormal and I became engrossed and then my bias vanished.

I realize that there are still some of you readers out there who are unconvinced, but I hope that you might give one a try, especially one of the two (or both) of the books that I’m going to be reviewing this afternoon. Continue reading

Review of Geekerella

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Geekerella

Ashley Poston

Quirk Books

April 4, 2017


Blurb from GoodreadsAnything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true. Continue reading

Review of Artificial Sweethearts

 

Artificial Sweethearts

by Julie Hammerle

July 10, 2017

Entangled Crush


Blurb from Goodreads: It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying student golf coach, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.

So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.

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