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Book Review: ‘The Poss..

Book Review: ‘The Possibility of Somewhere’ by Julia Day

Oh, where to even begin with Julia Day’s The Possibility of Somewhere? I wanted to like it, I really did. The cover is gorgeous, the summary sounded like every contemporary YA love story that I’ve fallen for repeatedly…it should have been instalove. Instead, I found myself giving The Possibility of Somewhere the stank eye more than once as I was reading, and it left me with a sour taste in my mouth when all was […]

September 6, 2016
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Book Review: ‘The Ones’ by Daniel Sweren-Becker

Who knew that The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker could make genetic engineering and today’s social issues could go hand-in-hand? Not me, and yet that’s exactly what this science fiction read managed to do. And I loved it and loathed it all at once. Let’s take a step back. Sweren-Becker has created a world where the genetic modification of humans, by combining the best DNA of two parents to create a higher-than-average child, is no longer […]

September 6, 2016
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Book Review: ‘The Assassin Game’ by Kirsty McKay

Reading The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay was like experiencing a flashback into my childhood, minus all of the crazy, and I absolutely, without a doubt, loved it. The Assassin Game is set on a remote island in the Irish Sea that houses a private school called Umfraville. And 90 percent if its students are those people everyone always kind of hated as a kid. They’re super smart, super rich, super athletic, or just seemingly […]

August 31, 2016
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Book Review: ‘Five Days in January’ by R.T. Lowe

Five Days in January by R.T. Lowe is just as thrilling and gripping as its predecessor, The Felix Chronicles: Freshman, and it only takes about half the pages to accomplish this. With a much smaller book, Lowe comes back to this second installment with the same enthusiasm and attention to detail that made Freshman so great, a feat that many sequels can’t achieve. It remains fast-paced but detailed fully, never leaving you in the dark, […]

August 1, 2016
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Book Review: ‘Twisted’ by Hannah Jayne

Twisted by Hannah Jayne is one of the most frustrating books I have read this summer, and that makes me really mad. Honestly, this mystery had the potential to be incredibly superb, but instead it fell victim to the infamous serial killer known as The Rushed Ending. On a serious note, Twisted, the story of a girl plagued by her father’s past as an accused serial killer known as the Wife Collector, sounded seriously creepy. […]

July 18, 2016
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Book Review: ‘We Own the Night’ by Ashley Poston

We Own the Night by Ashley Poston is the kind of feel-good YA novel that most young-at-heart readers can get behind. It’s witty, youthful, and chock full of fresh-from-high school drama. But Poston included a lot of heart in her second novel in the Radio Hearts series, and that’s what makes We Own the Night so good. The novel follows Iggy, aka Ingrid North, aka Niteowl, a girl embarking on her summer after high school […]

July 11, 2016
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Book Review: ‘The Memory Book’ by Lara Avery

The Memory Book by Lara Avery was a delightful and heartbreaking surprise of a novel. Going into it, I wasn’t really sure just where I was going to fall on the love-it-or-hate-it scale, especially after my experience with Avery’s other novel A Million Miles Away, but I am totally team LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS now. Avery crafted a real gem with this novel, and I think there are a lot of people who will fall in […]

July 8, 2016
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Book Review: ‘Arena’ by Holly Jennings

Arena by Holly Jennings was a book that, sad to say, deceived me via description. It grew on my once I’d accepted the fact that it was going to be a whole lot less complicated than the back of the book described. There’s not big, dark mystery to unravel, or any dirty secrets to reveal, but Arena does have a good story about empowerment and self-belief in a world controlled by corporations with deep pockets. […]

May 8, 2016
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Book Review: ‘Anything You Want’ by Geoff Herbach

I feel really, really bad that I couldn’t finish Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. Let me explain why. At first, I started reading and thought “Wow, this is not what I signed up for at all.” Taco, the main character, has such a childish, naive air about him that I almost felt like I was reading the narrative of a 10-year-old, not that of a high schooler-turned-soon-to-be-father. I just found his character to be […]

May 6, 2016
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Book Review: ‘My Kind of Crazy’ by Robin Reul

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul is not the kind of book you read if you want to feel happy. This novel, while it has its moments of light-hearted fun, gets seriously dark at times. But those dark moments combine to make a compelling story with characters that you genuinely care about. It’s not a page-turner, by any means, but it’ll be a read you’ll finish. Hank Kirby has one goal in mind when […]

April 21, 2016
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