Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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Feb 02
{Review} The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

{Review} The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest is a book that I have been dying to read for a long time. And a lot of that had to do with the cover. I still sometimes get lost just looking at it. I love it that much. Plus, I was really loving the fact that this book is a standalone. And I did end up liking the book…just…not as much as I thought I would. Now, I haven’t read too many reviews for the Darkest Part of the Forest so I have no idea whether I will be in the minority or majority, but I will attempt to convey my kind of confused relationship with this book. I absolutely LOVED the way the book started and the way the book ended. In kind of an anonymous third person narrative that felt like the start of a fairy tale narration. “deep in the middle of the forest, there was a boy…” That kind of thing. But it was very well done at grabbing… Read more »

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Sep 16
{Review+Giveaway} A Blind Spot for Boys by @JustinaYChen

{Review+Giveaway} A Blind Spot for Boys by @JustinaYChen

A Blind Spot for Boys is so much more than just a cute young adult contemporary romance. It is about finding yourself, and experiencing new things, and family, and relationships and really so much more. There is also a really cute romance. :p I felt like I was discovering the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu right along with all of the hikers in the story. The beauty in Justina Chen’s book is the writing. It was elegant and detailed. The story flowed along beautifully and I could vividly picture all of the scenes, even feel the horror of the mudslide. Shana and Quattro have each experienced too much sadness for people their age. Quattro has lost his mother and Shana’s father is suddenly going blind. They are each on this journey, or dream walk hike to Machu Picchu for different reasons. Neither of them are looking for a relationship, and they ended up each finding each other, but for me that was secondary to the whole storyline. It really wasn’t but… Read more »

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Jul 28
{Review+Giveaway} #HomeroomDiaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou

{Review+Giveaway} #HomeroomDiaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou

The Homeroom Diaries is a hilarious story told in the form of a teens diary, complete with tons of awesome illustrations. It is hard for me to decide which I enjoyed more- the story through Margaret, or  “Cuckoo” as she has everyone call her, entries or her pictures to go along with the entries. It was a close call, both were equally awesome and both totally hilarious. The Homeroom Diaries is told from Cuckoo’s point of view, but because it is her diaries it is told in a kind of easily accessible stream of consciousness. I loved every page of this book, even the sad ones. Cuckoo does not have it easy. She has had more than her fair share of crappy things happen to her, but still through it all she is holding it together remarkably. I know the counselors at her school don’t think so, but I do. I admired the heck out of her. And I loved seeing her with her friends. Check out how they describe themselves… Read more »

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