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I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski ( A Review)

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Genre: Traveling, Romance, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: July 11th 2017
Publisher: by HarperTeen
Pages: 336 pages ( Hardbackback)
My rating: 2.5 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.

I see London, I see France is the first book in a supposedly up coming series. Its about a girl named Sydney and her friend backpacking through Europe while she still tries to monitor her agoraphobic mother’s mental health via text.But the fun doesn’t stop their their trip is crashed when they find out that her friend Leela ex boyfriend, Matt is on the same plane with his tre hot friend Jackson, accompanying him. And well they keep running into each other at different point of the story.

I read this books in one go! Although this is deemed as a Ya story it definitely was NA material for me. Even the cover looks super early teen stories type. Anyway the protagonists in the story are 19 year old college student set loose in Europe. It has drinking, pot, sex, nude beaches and a sex show in Amsterdam. All of these things were a little too on the NA side for me and mature content and it wasn’t the breezy cute ya novel i think it was gonna be.

At the beginning of  their travel of each new city they too their is a basic description of what that city is known for, tips and tidbits. Which make things a little interesting and i loved that part.

They are there for 4 and half weeks and they go through quite a lot of cities. Sydney is okay as a character but i found her a bit contradicting. At one point she is shown to be way too careful and parental like taking care of her mother and doing all the house chore and tasks, at another point she is way to okay with doing raunchy or like wild party  stuff. I didn’t get her? Leela, Sydney’s best friend was very annoying through out the story and a bit too selfish. But in the end she did manage to redeem  herself. The romantic interests Matt and Jackson interested me at first but by the end i didn’t really care for them. Sydney’s romantic story was, i don’t think well evolved and it just ended way to abruptly for me. And i like nothing much happened in between them to be fall in love or like to it be the bases of them being together in the long run. The relationships in this book had a lot of unnecessary drama and cheating involved and nobody cared and kept on getting back together i have no idea why?

I really enjoyed the aspects of traveling and backpacking in this story. And living at different places at different time and experiencing new food and people.

Overall the story isn’t that bad its just not a ya which is cute or fluffy(which i think it is marketed as). Their is a lot of Na weird stuff in it for me to like it that much. If you want a Na with a ya vibe story with romance and traveling involved this ones for you.

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Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter (Review)

IMG_20170325_170340_024Genre: Family, Mental – Health, Realistic Fiction, Middle-Grade, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: April 1st 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pages: 384 pages ( Paperback)
My rating: 4.5 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.

I am so lucky that i was able to get this book. It was so sad and heartbreaking. And i loved this book to the core.

This book is about eleven years old Rosalind, who suffers from Selective Mutism. This story is about her at new secondary school and her dealing with everything that comes with it. Its about friendship , loss,  finding sanctuary and all in all how to be brave.

This story had a pretty realistic portrayal about SM, although i didn’t know about it much prior to this book. But this was heartbreaking to hear from the mind of someone who actually suffer from it. To see their struggle in every day to day life and the frustration that comes up with it.

So as Rosalind changes school and enters the new environment she is met with so many difficulties and hardship. And having SM doesn’t help and children in schools sometimes can be downright mean. Being fed up and out raged by all the treatment and bullying Rosalind is inspired to start a blog “Miss Nobody”.

This book does such a fantastic portrayal of  Rosalind’s mind and their are so many illustrations and beautiful graphic through out the book to show her muddled brain in public when she wants to speak.

Rose’s voice is compelling, she makes you feel so many thing, she makes you laugh. She makes you anxious, she make you angry.  Just by her voice entailing that sense into to you about what she is enduring or thinking.

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“I took  a deep breath, hummed a little bit and said, “Hi!” only it came out really loud and a few people turned around and I felt like the entire world was staring at me and that any moment Friendly Checkout Lady Number Five would ring her bell and announce over the tannoy,  ” Weirdly Loud Voice Girl at till number five!”

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“It was A Disaster On Practically A Global Scale. I could not imagine anything worse than being in the hall in front of everyone not being able to speak about the sugar concentration in orange juice.”
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I tired telling myself that I had Reasons To Be Cheerful, like Mrs Quinney was always going on about, like my family, having enough food, not living in squalor and poverty or having flies feast on my wounds like some of the people she had seen when she worked for God. Bur that night I didn’t feel like I had any reasons To Be Cheerful at all.”
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This books has some really beautiful relations in it and i loved them all so much.  From Mrs Quinney next door, to the parents , to the new best friend this book was packed with  wonderful characters and relationships. Specially Seb , Rose’s brother. They were so heart warming together and it was heart breaking.
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“Just pretend you’re a superhero like Batgirl and the library lady is The Target. Only instead of punching her brains out, you have to speak to her. And once you’ve done it you’ve saved the entire school from her evil plan.”
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Seb is the most pure and good part of this book. His dialogues and story is just so heart wrenching. And the dynamic between rose and him is just too good. Their exchanges through out the book were my favorite parts.
The one or two thing that i didn’t find right or what irked me were:
Some times Rosalind sounded way to mature for a 11 year old voice.
And how nobody no teacher or any other authority figure did anything about it at her school.
Over all this books is amazing. The mental health issues are beautifully written and handled. She delved into  the yes and no’s of therapy and how something some can work out some won’t. And that when they do how helpful they can be towards the betterment and the good of the sufferer.
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Final Verdict:
I would recommend this book to everyone. It one of those book that deals with issues of society and human kinds. While having a much much deeper meaning about standing up to for yourself. Speaking out about wrong and right. To issue everyone can relate to even without being mentally ill. This is a must read.
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (A Review)

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Genre: Family, Realistic Fiction, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: February 28th 2017
Publisher:Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Pages: 464 pages ( Hardback)
My rating: 5 out  of 5 stars.

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“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

Oh Boy do i wish i was a good enough reviewer to do this book justice!!!
This book is a must read for everyone. It was so raw, pure and realistic it makes you feel. This book is done so beautifully, written so flawlessly and emotionally charged unput down able mess.
This book is inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement. And i love that its title name has a literal deep meaning behind tit portraying the wrong in our society.
“Pac said Thug Life stood for ‘ The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody’.”
Like for real hate begins and is rooted into you as a child you grow up as you see whats happening around you learn to hate from seeing hate.
This book is so authentic with such genuine voices that make you so rooted to their story and feeling all the raw emotions.

“It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.”

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”

Plot:
This story is a girl named Starr Carter who is the only witness to seeing Khalil, her unarmed best friend, get shot by a white cop. And Starr has already seen one of her best friends get shot when she was 10, now at 16 she has gone thorough that all over again, and when Khalil dies, it honestly changes her life sooo much. She is the sole witness to the murder and she has to speak out and need to get justice. And stop all the fake and untrue stories spreading.
Characters:
I honestly loved all the character expect the bad ones you obviously are supposed to hate. Starr was mixture of bubbly with a side of bad ass when taken to that level. Her family was so tight knit and close. Their dynamic was amazing. I loved how much the cared for each other. The funny banter between all of them.

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“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

“Funny. Slave masters thought they were making a difference in black people’s lives too. Saving them from their “wild African ways.” Same shit, different century. I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving. One-Fifteen”

“When you fight, you put yourself out there, not caring who you hurt or if you’ll get hurt.”

“This is exactly what They expect you to do,” Momma says.
They with a capital T.
There’s Them and then there’s Us.
Sometimes They look like Us and don’t recognize They are Us.”

“Holy shit. Who the fuck complains about going to Harry Potter World? Or Butter Beer? Or wands? I”

This book is a master piece it manages to break your heart and than also leaves you warm and fuzzy the next page.
I don’t know what else to say but if you wanna be moved, laugh or just be enlighten. Read this book. Its done so well and so beautifully you just end up saying wow as you turn that last page!! Everyone should read this book. It not just about black lives its about humanity and how inclined towards hate we are these days. How killing is such a normal thing now. LIVES MATTER PEOPLE MATTER REGARDLESS OF RACE , GENDER , SKIN COLOR, ETHNICITY .

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You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow (Review)

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Genre: Family,Mystery, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: August 29th 2017
Publisher:   by HarperTeen
Pages: 336 pages ( Hardback)
My rating: 4 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.

    

You Don’t Know Me but I Know You “

This book was really good. I wasn’t expecting to be this likeable. This story is about a seventeen years old girl Audrey who finds herself accidentally pregnant. This story revolves around the process of discovery and the decision than she has to make.
I picked this book up this evening and i manged to finish it by tonight. It was a fast paced read. With diverse characters.
This is a beautiful story of a biracial girl. Her adoptive mom is white and a red head. Their relationship was so beautiful and easy going. She is so supportive of Audrey and her decisions.
This story is about love, friendship, loss and just figuring things out. The bestfriends of Audrey; each has her own personalities and quirk. Rose is complex and sometime came out as cruel sometime. But that was also a part of  their relationship discovery, figuring out and strengthening of those two together.
The biological mother also had an important role in the story and she help or contributed towards Audrey’s decision.

Julian the boyfriend is amazingly so and sometimes was way to perfect. He never panicked or freaked about the situation which i found a bit un realistic, otherwise he was a very nice boyfriend.
The only think I find at fault was the third person narrative perspective of the story like it was being told from the eye of someone else not the mc and i found that weird
The character were very relate able and everyday life like. It was easy to agree with their decisions.
Overall this a very poignant read about an important topic.

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (A Review)

IMG_20170602_103703-01Genre: Family,Mystery, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: June 1st 2017
Publisher:  Penguin.
Pages: 308 pages ( Paperback)
My rating: 4.75 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.


I just finished it and i have no idea how to review it. Actually i always have no idea because i suck at reviews but here goes. But here goes…
I loved this book. As far as Ya contemporaries go this one was perfect. It was fluffy but at the same time heavy and deep. A lot of stuff is going on in the book  dealing with grief, loss and the art of just living afterwards. Added to it all was the mystery of you. This book is funny, smart, moving while dealing with issue of loss, love, friendship and family ties.
First of I loooove our mc’s name Juniper Lemon its such a fun name. She was a nice narrator to follow. She is erratic funny, stubborn and saddening at times. Her quest for you drives into you and you are as frantic and obsessed with finding answers as she is. She is lost after her sister and its riveting to see her find her place in the world after the gaping hole her sister left. Her character development is capturing.
The other side characters are interesting. Brand despite being the usual trope-y bad boy still has a certain depth to him. He has a huge softer side ahrem as usual despite his oh fear me attitude.
I also loved the artist concept woven into the story. The idea of juniper class project or simply the index card was cute, fun and interesting.
This story despite being predictable or having similar ya tropes manages to hook you to the fullest you keep reading more and more because you just cant wait for answers.

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In the end i will say just buy the book. If you are a fan of Ya contemporaries this one will make your day believe me.

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner( A Review)

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Genre: Mystery, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication:March 14th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:  374 pages, Hardcover.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Oh i finished it an hour ago! And i am way too confused about my feeling about it.
First when i went into the story it took way to long to start like forever. The pacing through out this book is very slow. There is a lot of description which made it rather chunky. But well after a while the book did manage to ensnare me. But my ending thoughts about this one are confused. I thought this was gonna be a solid 4.5 book for me but those last few chapters left me confused. I wanted more from the ending and epilogue since the author took forever in the previous chapter i don’t know why this was abrupt for me. What of the princes court and all the people what happened to them? A castle doesn’t go empty like zoom in a flick. I don’t know that part bothered me. Where were the other humans adjacent to the prince that were there pre curse times. I also would have liked to know more at the end.
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Anyway moving on the the other parts than the ending i really really enjoyed the story. The magical element that Spooner bought to this beauty and the beast retelling was different. Although staying true to the main theme of b&b the story did had its own personal touch and elements.
I love the forests and the beautiful elements of the nature described in it. The forest in the winter and snow *_*
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Yava was a fun character to read. She was headstrong, brave and had such a huge wanderlust. She didn’t really fit into the society and she always seemed to be attracted to the wilderness. Her passion for hunting was something.
The beast part of the story, his thoughts were very very interesting, intriguing and peculiar. I loved reading them. And the style they were written in made them much more eye catching.
This book in the deeper sense delves into topics like sacrifices, wants and needs, importance of family and how it’s okay for us to be a little selfish. All the fairy tale-ness and the magic in this book, in the end did have a deeper much rooted meaning.
The side character were also charming and fantastic.
My only problem with this book came at the ending few chapters and it left me confused. Other wise i thoroughly enjoyed this book. In the end i just wanted more and that’s funny because at the start i wanted less because of the pace haha. May a little more world building was needed? Because boy oh boy the beasts world just went way above my head. And also some actual interaction between beauty and beast. Through out the book i don’t think they even had one conversation about random stuff. So over all i don’t know about this story it didn’t satisfy. Anyway these were my thoughts i kinda suck at reviews and sharing my thoughts.

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus( A Review)

IMG_20170602_104210-01.jpegGenre: Mystery, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: June 1st 2017
Publisher:  Penguin.
Pages: 368 Pages ( Paperback)
My rating: 4.5 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own. A huge thank you to Penguin Random House for their kindness!!

When i found out this book was based upon or inspired by The Breakfast Club i was so darn happy *_*

So we have the Brain : Bronwyn, The beauty: Addy, The Jock: Cooper, The bad Boy : Nate, And Simon The Outcast.

I mostly don’t read suspense and thriller novels but this one had me hooked from the start and i bloody loved every minute of it.
The book starts with all the five characters being in detention. But than Simon drops dead and the games begin. Who could be the killer?!?!?!?! Since there where only five people in the room and one of them is dead. The story divulges into chaos and action and grabs your attention by the teeth.
All the characters are so diverse different and all bring their own melodrama and life’s wackiness to the table. Its fun to explore each voice in the multiple point of view .Each main has his or her own secrets that they don’t want the world to know. All of them are relateable, close to reality characters. There’s drama, fun, regrets the usual typical things a teenager experiences. The characters have a lot of depth to them, every character doesn’t fit perfectly into their stereotype. The jock isn’t just the typical jock whose life isn’t more than parties and games: theirs more too Cooper than the typical jock-ness. The brain isn’t just a goody good academic brainiac, the blonde isn’t just the dumb, clueless it girl. Each one of them has more to themselves and all have a in depth background life revolving around them. That’s full of different issues, supporting characters and diversity. The character development in this book was amazing. I love that as story progresses the characters find a way to be together.

Most of the time with books like this the endings always disappoint me but for this one I found that it was wrapped up nicely. The character’s epilogue was also handled nicely and realistically,  not the unrealistic happily driving away into oblivion way.

This book was totally compelling, i was hooked from the start and enjoyed every second of it. Highly Recommended. It is beautifully written and handled. An exciting and gripping  page turner.