Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Oct 04
{Guest Post+Review+Giveaway} First & Then by Emma Mills @MacKidsBooks @elmify

{Guest Post+Review+Giveaway} First & Then by Emma Mills @MacKidsBooks @elmify

First & Then is one of my favorite high school reads of 2015. I loved the premise of First & Then because I think that First & Then will mean many different things to different readers. For me it was all about finding yourself in high school. It is such an important time in your life, and such a scary time if you have no idea what you want to do next. There is so much pressure to have your whole life planned out when you are 16 years old, that I totally got the main character Devon. She is surrounded by people that have obvious talents, and passions and she didn’t think that hers was quite as obvious. She didn’t know what she wanted to do next. And I just wanted to hug her and tell her that was ok. But that was the beauty in her journey in First & Then. First & Then is full of classic high school moments that took me down my own memory… Read more »

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Jul 10
{Review+Giveaway} #ForeverForAYear by @CrazyGottfred @HenryHolt

{Review+Giveaway} #ForeverForAYear by @CrazyGottfred @HenryHolt

There needs to be more books like Forever For a Year. This book is so good, that I am sure my review will not do it justice. It is a story of first love, and the realization that even if we really want it to, that it may not last forever. I heart the heck out of this book. It made me feel every range of emotion, and I had to put it down multiple times just because I didn’t want to finish it. I wanted to savor Forever for a Year. Forever For a Year is told in dual perspective between Trevor and Carolina. It starts off right at the tender age of 14, where everything changes because they are starting high school. But Trevor and Carolina each approach the new school year with their own set of baggage and their own unique perspective to things and to life. I love Trevor and Carolina. My very favorite part of the book was their oh so unique voices. The writing… Read more »

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Mar 30
{#Review } Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark @jaypatrickclark @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt

{#Review } Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark @jaypatrickclark @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt

Finding Mr. Brightside is the sweetest story about two quirky teenagers that have (completely different) problems of their own, each stemming from a singular incident that affected them both. Abram and Juliette are neighbors and they each had their own little average nuclear family, until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad decided to have an affair together. And then they both died in a car crash while they were away together. So it is kind of a gossip worthy and messed up situation. Finding Mr. Brightside is told in alternating points of views between Abram and Juliette and these two kids could not be more different. Juliette is as type A as they come, popping more than her already too high dosage of adderall just to keep up with everything self imposed thing she wants to do. The funny thing about Juliette is that she had all the makings of someone that would be queen bee in high school, but she was almost as much of a loner as Abram was…. Read more »

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Jul 05
{ARC Review} The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson @marypearson @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt

{ARC Review} The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson @marypearson @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt

The Kiss of Deception is high fantasy at its’ finest! Oh, how I loved it so. This book is almost 500 pages and I could not put it down. I finished it in one night. It was that good. I was that person that brought my book everywhere with me. I read at the gym, I read while people were talking around me, I became a hermit just so I could keep reading. You get the picture. Mary E. Pearson did a fantastic job. I loved how she set up the chapters. This is what we know when we start the story. A princess runs away right before her arranged marriage. There is an assassin sent out to kill her, and the prince sets off to find her as well. The chapters are are told from different points of view titled Lia (the princess), the assassin and the prince. When Princess Lia gets to a town far enough away she acts as a barmaid, when two different guys come into… Read more »

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