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Review : NOWHERE NEAR YOU : Leah Thomas

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Title: Nowhere Near You

Author: Leah Thomas

Release Date:February 7th 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Page Count : 400

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, contemparey, Scifi, LGBTQ

Reviewer : Taylor

 

 

Synopsis Via goodreads

Following up her acclaimed debut, Because You’ll Never Meet Me, Leah Thomas continues the stories of Ollie and Moritz in another heart-warming story of unique friendship.

Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods–no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity–and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone.

Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can’t escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they’ve made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them?

Thank you  Netgalley and Bloomsbury publishing! Can I give this ten stars? Is that maybe a thing? GUYS this book blew me away. This is the follow up to Because you’ll never meet me which was fantastic. When it comes to books with more the one sometimes the second book ends up dragging. This did not happen.

Nowhere near you had me hooked from start to finish. It still follows the letters between our favorite boys Ollie and Moritz. This installment brings us some new scenery and along with it some new characters. Author was my most favorite new character to meet he was so down to earth I just loved him so much!  Molly and Klaus were just fabulous! We also meet Bridgett, Brian, and some adult characters. I loved them all! These characters brought so much to the story I couldn’t imagine Ollie and Moritz journey without them.

Let’s talk plot, OH MY FREAKING LANTA, I was on a rollercoaster of emotions. First I was happy, hopeful, sad, scared, ALIVE, loving, torn to pieces because nothings right in the world, to hopeful. I would not have had it any other way. This was dare I say it even better than the first which I did not think was possible. I can begin to explain the weight this book holds in my heart now. I need more time with this characters so PLEASE say there will more because that ending. If I am being honest I finished this book and sat in my chair a cried my eyes out. I cried of sadness for a moment but mostly I cried with hope. I could live with this being the end but I hope, pray, and dream there will be more because so many questions are still open.

This was a fantastic read. Everyone needs to get their hands on these books. My heart may never be the same. 5 fluffing  stars

 

Favorite Quote

“I thought of you calling me good. I thought of you, just you—“

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Hey guys! I am so excited to announce that my friend Denia and I have started a booktube channel. I am so excited to start posting videos. We will be talking anything YA bookish. Reviews, games, book to film, unboxings, you name it we will be doing it. Please check us out. Let me know if any of you all booktube we would love to subscribe. We are also totally open to doing some mash ups with other booktubers. Any feedback is welcome feedback! 

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Review: City of Saints & Thieves : Natalie C. Anderson

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Title: City of Saints & Thieves

Author: Natalie C. Anderson

Release Date: January 24th 2017

Format: Arc

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers & Penguin Random House

Page Count : 432

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller, culture

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.
 
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

Thank you to Penguin Group. I had not heard of this book until it showed up on my doorstep but let me tell you how blessed I feel that I received it! Natalie C. Anderson has done a spectacular job on her debut novel.  I was hooked from page one!

YAY FOR DIVERSE READS!

Tiny girl is the most bad ass character I have read in a long time. She The story is centered around her being hell bent on her revenge plan Dirt. Money. Blood. She is a master thief in the goondas gang being a part of them is part of her plan. Now this isn’t one of those books that tell you she is a master thief but never show you. Tiny girl goes as far as dislocating limbs to get her jobs done!

I loved every character even the badies! Michael was swoon worthy that is all! Boyboy was FANTASTIC I loved him his attitude and his banter with tiny girl. There is scene where he is talking about a designer bag that had me laughing so much.

The plot had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I felt like we learned so much about all the characters that while the plot remained the same it also kept changing in ways that we could not see until the end. I had to drop the book occasionally in shock.

THE WORLD BUILDING! I cannot stress enough how real this felt to me. It did not matter if she was describing a room, the woods, a car, a person, everything was vibrant.

So much happens in this story that anything specific may spoil so I am going to end with City of Saints & Thieves is the best book I have read this year and one of the best books I have ever read! There was not bad part about this. PUT THIS ON YOUR TBR! You won’t be sorry

EASIEST 5 stars I will ever give. 

                                                                              ★★★★★

  Favorite quote

“we hardly ever get to choose where our souls find their home.”

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Review : The edge of everything : Jeff Giles

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Title: The edge of everything

Author: Jeff Giles

Release Date: January 31st 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Page Count : 368

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy,

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis Via Goodreads 

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.

Thank you to Bloomsbury USA Childrens Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for a honest review! 

WOW WOW WOW! I am not sure where to start. This book was fantastic in so many different ways. I was very excited to read this as there has been a bunch of buzz going on for it lately. I am a tiny bit conflicted so I apologize if my review is scattered. I am going to start with everything I loved.

The characters are off the charts wonderful. Our male lead X is our brooding supernatural character, however cliché it sounds he has his uniqueness. I love the way he speaks, he was raised by one of our other side characters Ripper who was alive in the 1800s so you can imagine how lovely he sounds.  Zoe is our bad ass female lead. She is sarcastic, fierce, and real. She has her issues that she is working through but does her best to look strong. Val is Zoe best friend. She is a diverse fun character that I am DYING to see more of! Between the two of them the dialogue feels so authentic. They  talk about tumblr, instagram, and social media in general. It is really great to see that in a book because teens and adults are using these things on a regular bases in real life. It makes the characters seem very real. This is something to makes a fantasy world for possible.

Her mother and little brother give me life! The relationship with her mom is well done. She is struggling to hold the balance of being close to her mom especially since the death of her father but also the anger she finds herself stuck with as she learns more and more throughout the series that her mother was holding back secrets. Sweet Jonah our little bug! I just loved the relationships everyone built with him. He is like the glue to everything. Okay okay I could go on forever about all of them Dallas, Ripper, Banger, Brian, EVERYONE!

The story line was great it is split perspectives so for the better part of the book it was almost like having two stories in one. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going on. I could not put the book down because I was so invested in the plot and how things were unraveling.

NOW there is some SUPER insta love going on. I do not hate or like insta love. Sometimes the romance is so heady and great that I do not care if it makes since. With this story it seems like it comes out of absolutely no where. Yes he saved Zoe and Jonah but that is not enough in my opinion. I needed more development. We had such little time with them that I feel like I didn’t see them develop  the chemistry I was looking for.

All that being said I still loved the book and cannot wait for the next one. PLEASE LET THERE BE A NEXT ONE! This book would have been five stars if it had just a little more relationship development. Four stars! 

  ★★★★

Favorite quote

“There had been a wall separating two worlds–a wall that stood there for a reason. He had burned it down.

  

 

 

 

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Review : The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett : Chelsea Sedoti

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Title: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Author: Chelsea Sedoti

Release Date: January 3rd 2017

Format: eArc

Publisher:  Sourcebooks

Page Count : 398

Genre : Young Adult,  contemporary, Mystery, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Reviewer : Taylor

 

Synopsis via Goodreads

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

I received this eArc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to get this book, I was very intrigued after reading the blurb. I was not too far into the book when I started to feel disappointed. Hawthorn Creely is our main character for this ride and it was not fun being in her head… at first. I was pretty sure she was a sociopath for the first few chapters. She is searching into the disappearance of one of the popular mean girls who use to go to school with her. She becomes very obsessed with Lizzie to the point of taking over aspects of her life. According to Hawthorne someone as popular and charmed as Lizzie could never ever have any thing bad happen to her.
As the story continued I found myself more and more immersed in it. I wanted to understand, yell, tell her to stop, go with her on the adventures and all kinds of other things. As she tries to uncover the mystery of Lizzie we get to see her relationship with change with all the people in her life from her crazy hippie mom, more logical father, and former joke brother as well. We also see her fall out with a best friend and fall in with some boys.
The true story begins in the end really. This was a great read. It means so much more than you realize in the beginning. Everyone needs to head to the bookstore and grab this today! Its a true coming of age showing brilliantly that awkward transition from teenager to young adult. How growing up happens in ways you may not see coming. I am so glad I kept reading this is an easy four stars!

                                                                                ★★★★

Favorite quote

“Do you know about the hawthorn tree? They’re tough, sturdy. Thy can outlast storms. Hawthorn trees provide food and shelter for animals and insects. They nourish the world around them. Its a name anyone would be honored to have”