Book Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

AlexApproximatelyAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Published by Simon Pulse on April 4, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 391 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

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Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


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ARC Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

NoteworthyNoteworthy by Riley Redgate

Published by Amulet Books on May 2, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+

Pages: 400 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.

Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped … revered … all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.


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ARC Review: Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

coldsummerCold Summer by Gwen Cole

Published by Sky Pony Press on May 2, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel

Pages: 256 Format: eARC Source: EW

3.5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.


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Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

strangedreamerStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 28, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 533 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.


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Book Review: Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller

ShadowRunShadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller

Published by Delacorte Press on March 21, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Space, LGBTQIA+

Pages: 400 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

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Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power–and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.


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ARC Review: The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

edgeoftheabyssThe Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

Published by Flux on April 18, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+

Pages: 320 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart.

But Cas has even bigger problems when she discovers that Bao is not the only monster swimming free. Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against creatures she used to care for and protect?

Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific?


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ARC Review: Magic & Mayhem by S. Usher Evans

MagicMayhemMagic & Mayhem by S. Usher Evans

Published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on April 4, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 280 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

2.5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher for review purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

At the start of her senior year of high school, Lexie Carrigan is focused on two things–getting into the college of her dreams and keeping her sisters safe. But when Gavon’s apprentice, James Riley, appears on the first day of school, all of Lexie’s well-laid plans of having a normal senior year go out the window.


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