Review: “Rebel” by Marie Lu

Heavens me, I can’t believe this is really the end! I was absolutely thrilled to return to the world of Legend and see what Day and June were up to. Now we also have Eden in the picture, and I found the dynamic quite interesting.

This review is long overdue! I actually finished it a couple of months ago and have been meaning to post a full review about it but… Life got in the way, along with the business of the holidays!

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ARC Review: “Frankly in Love” by David Yoon

huge thank you to PenguinTeen for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review! I received this book as part of a promotion.

Y’all, how little did I know what I was getting myself into when I read this book. I knew it was going to be good, and I expected a cute, fluffy romance but it was so much more than that. In the best way possible.

All quotes are taken from the ARC and may change in the finished copy.

Content warning: death of a loved one, racism

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Review: “Our Chemical Hearts” by Krystal Sutherland

This book has been on my radar since it first came out last year. It sounded cute, but I think I just missed some major, glaring signs that this book wasn’t at all what I thought it would be. I thought it would be a book that explored mental illness, or maybe that’s just my interpretation of the synopsis?

Anyway, I was disappointed and glad I checked it out from the library instead of buying it.

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Review: “The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon

You know how we have those books sitting our shelves for months and months at a time before we actually get to them? I mean, I can’t be the only one, right?

Right?

Well, I hope so.

When I heard that Nicola Yoon was going to be at the North Texas Teen Book Festival this weekend, I knew I had to read her books. I felt obligated, too, because I felt strange meeting an author while I haven’t read their books. Anyways, that has been remedied! lol

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Review: “Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard

I listened to this via audiobook, and while I enjoyed it, I wondered if I would have liked it better had I physically read it. I think mainly because the narrator added accents to all of the characters, and I couldn’t quite decipher what accent she imitated. I was getting a Middle Eastern vibe, but I’m just not sure. It’s a bit frustrating because I don’t want there to be any sort of false representation despite this book being fiction.

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Review: “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

Wow, what a quick read. I seriously didn’t expect to finish this book as quick as I did, but alas, here I am, lol. Truthfully, this book has been on my radar since I first heard rave reviews a few months back. I saw it everywhere on #bookstagram, and then to see that it’s being turned into a movie (check out the trailer!), and the author will also be at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. I decided it was time to finally pick up this book.

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Review: “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare

Here’s the thing, I read all of The Mortal Instrument series and thought, “Hey, these are good.” I kept hearing that this series, The Infernal Devices, was a lot better, and while I thought TMI should have ended way earlier than it did, I stuck with it, and have finally been able go read this prequel series. Frankly, I am glad to dive into it. Victorian England is one of my favorite periods of history and I like the Shadowhunter world enough to keep go even further and come back to it again.

Saying that, I’m getting the vibe that this series might just be an overhyped one for me. Okay, maybe not this series since it’s a prequel and it’s a bit too early to tell, but I’m not as obsessed with this world as I am with, say, Harry Potter, or other popular YA series. I mean, I did enjoy the book but–well, let me start the actual review.

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Review: “Prodigy” by Marie Lu

You can check out my review of Legend before you read this (scroll to the bottom). Unless you’ve already read this series then go forth!

I really enjoyed Lu’s The Young Elites trilogy and it became one of my favorite series. While TYE is her 2nd series, Legend is her first so of course I had to read it and I’m actually enjoying it. I’m not a huge fan of dystopian novels–it’s not the genre I pick above all else but dystopians seem to be a big hit now and we’re seeing more and more of them in YA literature.

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