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Book Title:
Just Under the Clouds
Book Author:
Melissa Sarno
Page Count:
240
Publishing Date:
June 5th, 2018
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
September 28th, 2018
Source:
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Can you still have a home if you don't have a house?

Always think in threes and you'll never fall, Cora's father told her when she was a little girl. Two feet, one hand. Two hands, one foot. That was all Cora needed to know to climb the trees of Brooklyn.

But now Cora is a middle schooler, a big sister, and homeless. Her mother is trying to hold the family together after her father's death, and Cora must look after her sister, Adare, who's just different, their mother insists. Quick to smile, Adare hates wearing shoes, rarely speaks, and appears untroubled by the question Cora can't help but ask: How will she find a place to call home?

After their room at the shelter is ransacked, Cora's mother looks to an old friend for help, and Cora finally finds what she has been looking for: Ailanthus altissima, the "tree of heaven," which can grow in even the worst conditions. It sets her on a path to discover a deeper truth about where she really belongs.

My Review

Just Under the Clouds is a heartwarming and sweet middle grade novel that instills the message of home being wherever your family is. This is one of those books that I think would be amazing for all middle graders to … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Me and Me
Book Author:
Alice Kuipers
Page Count:
248
Publishing Date:
October 2nd, 2018
Publisher:
Kids Can Press
Date Read:
September 25th, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

It's a perfect day for Lark's dream date with Alec from school. Blue skies, clear water, a canoe on the lake. Alec even brought flowers for Lark's birthday. Everything is just right ... until they hear screams from the edge of the water. Annabelle, a little girl Lark used to babysit, is struggling in the reeds. When Lark and Alec dive in to help her, Alec hits his head on a rock. Now Annabelle and Alec are both in trouble, and Lark can only save one of them. With that split-second decision, Lark's world is torn in two, leaving her to cope with the consequences of both choices. She lives two lives, two selves. But which is the right life, and which is the real Lark? Me and Me is about how it feels to be torn in pieces, and how to make two halves whole again. This mind-bending novel from Alice Kuipers, expert chronicler of the teenage heart, explores loss and love, music and parkour, all while navigating the narrow space between fantasy and reality.

My Review

I want to start out by saying that I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Me and Me. I hadn’t read anything by this author prior to going into this book, but once I started reading it, … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Speechless
Book Author:
Hannah Harrington
Page Count:
304
Publishing Date:
January 26th, 2016
Publisher:
Harlequin Teen
Date Read:
July 30th, 2018
Source:
Purchased

Synopsis

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret.

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way. People she never noticed before. A boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself.

My Review

Speechless was actually published a few years back, but I haven’t even known about it until recently, when I got it from Harlequin on one of their big sale days. Curious, I added it to my order, and it sat … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
A Room Away From the Wolves
Book Author:
Nova Ren Suma
Page Count:
315
Publisher:
Algonquin Young Readers
Date Read:
September 2nd, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave...

My Review

Not having read The Walls Around Us (but I promise – I do own a copy!), I wasn’t prepared for the very amazing way that Nova Ren Suma can tell a story. Wow. I’m completely blown away by her almost … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Fresh Ink
Book Author:
Lamar Giles, Nicola Yoon, Malinda Lo, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Eric Gansworth, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Sharon G. Flake, Schuyler Bailar, Aminah Mae Safi
Page Count:
208
Publishing Date:
August 14th, 2018
Publisher:
Crown Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
August 4th, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA anthology from thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. This collection features ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. It will give readers the opportunity to discover how the next chapter is up to them.

Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written--whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

My Review

I’m not all that big on anthologies, and it takes a truly special one to really grab my attention.  When I heard about Fresh Ink and had the chance to read the general synopsis regarding it, I knew I needed … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Spill Zone: The Broken Vow
Book Author:
Scott Westerfeld
Book Illustrator:
Alex Puvilland
Book Series:
Spillzone, #2
Page Count:
240
Publishing Date:
July 10th, 2018
Publisher:
First Second
Date Read:
July 10th, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

All hell breaks loose in the second volume of New York Times–bestselling author Scott Westerfeld's visionary graphic novel duology.

Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Strange manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. Addison got close enough to the Spill Zone to touch it, literally. She survived the encounter, but came back changed.

It turns out she's not alone. North Korea has its own Spill Zone, and a young man named Don Jae is the only one who made it out alive. Alive, but changed. Now Addison, Don Jae, and, curiously, a rag doll named Vespertine, share an unholy bond and uncanny powers.

From Scott Westerfeld, the inspired imagination behind the New York Times bestsellers Uglies and Leviathan, comes The Broken Vow, the second volume of our highly anticipated new graphic novel series.

My Review

Last year I read and reviewed the first book in this amazingly fun duolog, Spill Zone.  It was one of the first graphic novels that I had really gotten into, and truth be told, it sparked my obsession with graphic … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast
Book Author:
Samantha M. Clark
Page Count:
256
Publishing Date:
June 26th, 2018
Publisher:
Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Date Read:
July 5th, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

The Graveyard Book meets Hatchet in this eerie novel about a boy who is stranded on a mysterious beach, from debut author Samantha M. Clark.

A boy washes up on a mysterious, seemingly uninhabited beach. Who is he? How did he get there? The boy can’t remember. When he sees a light shining over the foreboding wall of trees that surrounds the shore, he decides to follow it, in the hopes that it will lead him to answers. The boy’s journey is a struggle for survival and a search for the truth—a terrifying truth that once uncovered, will force him to face his greatest fear of all if he is to go home.

This gripping adventure will have readers hooked until its jaw-dropping and moving conclusion. Samantha M. Clark’s first novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice.

My Review

The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast has a premise that sounded incredibly unique and interesting to me, and I knew as soon as I saw that stunning cover and read the synopsis that I was going to have to … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Your One & Only
Book Author:
Adrianne Finlay
Page Count:
320
Publishing Date:
February 6th, 2018
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
February 5th, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?

While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

My Review

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a dystopian novel.  I kind of stopped reading them because I felt like I read the same story over and over a few times, and I needed to branch out to a … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Fade to Us
Book Author:
Julia Day
Page Count:
320
Publishing Date:
February 6th, 2018
Publisher:
Wednesday Books
Date Read:
January 29th, 2018
Source:
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Fade To Us is a story about found families, the bond of sisterhood, and the agony and awe of first love.

Brooke’s summer is going to be EPIC--having fun with her friends and a job that lets her buy a car. Then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she’s excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she worries, too. Natalie has Asperger’s--and Brooke’s not sure how to be the big sister that Natalie needs.

After Natalie joins a musical theater program, Brooke sacrifices her job to volunteer for the backstage crew. She’s mostly there for Natalie, but Brooke soon discovers how much she enjoys being part of the show. Especially sweet is the chance to work closely with charming and fascinating Micah--the production’s stage manager. If only he wasn’t Natalie’s mentor…

When summer comes to an end, will Brooke finally have the family she so desperately wants–and the love she’s only dreamed about?

My Review

Fade to Us is a moving novel about family, first love, and what it means to be a great sister, even when circumstances make it difficult to be your best. I went into Fade to Us wondering just how much … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Flower Moon
Book Author:
Gina Linko
Page Count:
256
Publishing Date:
January 2nd, 2018
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Date Read:
January 14th, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins—so alike they were almost born the same person—and they've been inseparable since birth. But it's the summer they turn thirteen, and it seems like everyone can tell something is changing between them. Pa Charlie, whose traveling carnival is the best part of every summer, is watching them closer than ever. Digger, who sneaks poor kids onto the carnival rides for free and smiles faster than anyone, seems to be fixing for a fight. Even Mama is acting different, refusing to travel with the carnival this year even though her own twin, who she hasn't seen since childhood, will be there.

And Tally and Tempest are the most different of all. There's a strangeness between them, a thickness to the air, an unseen push and pull, and it's getting stronger. It starts as a feeling, but soon it's sputtering and sparking, hurling them backwards, threatening to explode.

When Tally learns that she and Tempest may not be the first twins in their family to be separated by whatever this force is, she realizes she'll have to find a way to stop it—or she might lose not only her sister, but everyone she loves.

My Review

The first thing that I noticed and fell in love with about Flower Moon was the gorgeous cover on the book.  From that beautiful text the title is written in to the purple cover with the moon, Ferris wheel, and … Continue reading

4 stars
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