Book Review | Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

TitleRules for Vanishing

By: Kate Alice Marshall

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Pages: 416

PublishedSeptember 24th, 2019

By: Viking Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA – Horror – Mystery/Thriller- Paranormal (LGBT+)

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In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister–at all costs.

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.
 

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Book Review | Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

TitleBurn Our Bodies Down

By: Rory Power

SeriesNO

Pages: 352

PublishedJuly 7th, 2020

By: Delacorte Press

Genre: YA – Horror – Mystery/Thriller- Contemporary (LGBT+)

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery—until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself.

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

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Book Review | Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Title: Clap When You Land

By: Elizabeth Acevedo

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Pages: 417

Published: May 5th, 2020

By: Hot Key Books

Genre: YA | Contemporary | Poetry | LGBT+

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Synopsis

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

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ARC Review | Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

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Title: Each of Us a Desert

By: Mark Oshiro

Series: NO

Pages: 432

Publication: September 15th, 2020 

By: Tor Teen

Genre: YA | Fantasy | LGBT+ Characters

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Synopsis


From the award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.

Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enimagic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous mayor. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

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Book Review | Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Title: Red, White & Royal Blue

By: Casey McQuiston

Series: NO

Pages: 421

Published: May 14th, 2019

By: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: NA | Contemporary | Romance | LGBT+

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Synopsis


What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic. 

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Double ARC Review | The Unspoken Name & What the Other Three Don’t Know

🌿 Hi guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day ❤️, here I bring you another edition of my double book reviews and this time I have a super popular book at the time that I enjoyed a lot, even more than I expected and another that unfortunately was a bit disappointing in execution, but it has a great diverse aspect that’s worth highlighting. I thank NetGalley and publishers such as Tor Books & Shadow Mountain for providing me with copies of these books in exchange for honest reviews. It’s really a blessing and I know that I’m fortunate to have these kinds of opportunities, so very grateful  🥰  & finally, I hope you enjoy the reviews and let me know everything you think about these books in the comments! 🌿Read More »

Book Review || Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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Title: Wilder Girls

By: Rory Power

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Pages: 353

Published: July 9th, 2019

By: Delacorte Press

Genre: YA | Horror | Mystery | LGBT+

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Synopsis


It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

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Double Book Review || Heart-Stopper Stories || Orpheus Girl & The Grace Year

 🌿 Hi guys!! I hope you’re having a great day and that you’re enjoying your current reading.❤️ 
I’m SO grateful because I’ve been approved with two ARCs that I really wanted and today I bring you my reviews for both of them. I have many thoughts to share with you about both books, stories quite different from each other, but they share a point and it is that both are VERY shocking & heartbreaking.
I hope you like both reviews, they’re a bit long this time, but I had a lot of feelings to put out there so I hope it doesn’t bother you. I’m super excited to share my thoughts with you, since I’ve also found one of my favorite books of the year and that’s INCREDIBLE, so without further ado, let’s start! and I hope you have the most incredible day 🌿


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Book Review || With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Title: With the Fire on High

By: Elizabeth Acevedo

Series: NO

Pages: 392

Published: May 7th, 2019

By: HarperTeen

Genre: YA | Contemporary |  LGBT+

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Synopsis


From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award longlist title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

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Book Review || The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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Title: The Devouring Gray

By: Christine Lynn Herman

Series: The Devouring Gray #1

Pages: 360

Publication: April 2nd, 2019

By: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: YA | Fantasy | Paranormal | LGBT+

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Synopsis


Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all. 

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