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Review: If Only for the Summer

If Only for the Summer By: Alexandra Warren Synopsis: Nova can’t wait to start summer break to start. When her basketball wife best friend offers Nova her throw-away condo, she jumps at the chance to spend her summer in sunny Miami. (As any human would). The problem? Her best friend’s husband offers the condo to his friend, Guy at the same time. Coincidence? Or set up? With love far from her radar, Nova is inexplicably drawn to Guy. With the summer winding down and her reality looming, Nova must decide if… Read More

Review: Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

Allegedly By: Tiffany Jackson Synopsis: Mary killed a baby when she was nine-years-old. Allegedly. She was put into juvie and now, in a group home, Mary is faced with a decision that could change the trajectory of her whole life. Does she tell the truth and and risk someone else’s freedom for her own? Or has she been living the truth all this time and has been fooling everybody? First Line: Some children are just born bad, plain and simple. Favorite Quotes: “What does it mean when you love and… Read More

The Blackest Book in YA

I’ve followed Angie Thomas on Twitter for a while now. I first heard about her after she shook up the publishing industry when 13 houses basically duked it out (legit, everybody) to get their hands on her debut novel, The Hate U Give (T.H.U.G). If you haven’t made the connection yet it’s just like Tupac’s iconic stomach tattoo, T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. Eventually, Balzer + Bray won the war and acquired the book, and since then there’s been a buzz around this novel that just isn’t going away! The movie adaptation is already… Read More

Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star By: Nicola Yoon Synopsis: Natasha is a girl of facts. Fact: She’s an illegal immigrant and today she is getting deported. Fact #2: There is a small chance she can stop it. Fact #3: She will not fall in love with the cute guy she meets. Fact #4: Fate does not exist. Daniel is a guy of dreams. Poetry is his outlet for his strict upbringing. When he misses his interview for Yale, and runs into a beautiful girl, he considers it fate. Taking… Read More

Game of Fear by Gledé Browne Kabongo

Game of Fear by Gledé Browne Kabongo  Synopsis: A desperate act, an explosive secret, and a diabolical enemy—all part of a treacherous game, with no limits. Overachieving good girl Abbie Cooper has her future all planned out. As senior year at her elite private school kicks off, she has one simple goal: get into the Ivy League. But at St. Matthews Academy, nothing is ever simple. The pressure is overwhelming, the secrets are dirty, and the games are wicked. Abbie has a dirty secret—one that could destroy her chances of… Read More

The Perfect Find by Tia Williams

 The Perfect Find by Tia Williams Synopsis: Jenna Jones can’t even. After public humiliation, breaking up with her very-long-time-boyfriend-slash-fiance, she leaves her prestigious career at a popular magazine and hits the rockiest of bottoms. 40-plus and alone, she decides to get herself together. She begged her arch-nemesis for another job and, armed with new confidence, makes out with a complete stranger one night. That complete stranger turns out to be her new boss’s son. When the two are put together to deliver on a project, Jenna falls hard for baby-faced Eric Combs. He’s literally… Read More

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

A Fierce and Subtle Poison By Samatha Mabry Synopsis:  For all intents and purposes, Lucas is a spoiled, rich, white kid living in Puerto Rico. He’s been living there since he was young because his father is a millionaire who builds lavish hotels. Ever since he was little, Lucas has been hearing different stories about the house on the end of the street. When bodies start showing up, he’s alarmed. But when he the girl he makes out with washes up on shore two days later – all eyes are… Read More

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Synopsis: Ummm…..a lot of stuff happened in the desert. First line: They said the only folks who belonged in Deadshot after dark were the ones who were up to no good. I wasn’t up to no good. Then again, I wasn’t up to no bad either. Favorite Quotes: I was a desert girl. I thought I knew heat. I was wrong. (page 113) “So what do you say, Bandit.” He stuck his hand out. “Stick together?” My hand fit well in his. (page 125)… Read More

The Memory Of Light by Francisco X. Stork (fancy name)

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork (fancy name) Synopsis: Vicky Cruz has everything. Rich dad and stepmom, the ambitious older sister, and a loving caretaker. But she still tried to commit suicide. She was admitted to a psychiatric ward where she meets Dr. Desai, Gabriel, E.M. and Mona. Here she learns to cope with what she discovers is depression and anxiety. The Memory of Light tackles tough issues all while showing how love and a lot of laughter can conquer them all. First line: “Victoria.” I open my… Read More

The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine Synopsis: Elli is a Saadella, second-in-command to the throne. By an old prophecy, she has always been destined to be the next and most powerful Valita, the Queen who wields both ice and fire magic. When the Valita suddenly dies, Elli takes her place. The Queen’s magic enters Elli swiftly…but it doesn’t work. Stunned and disgraced, Elli flees to the Outlands, where banished criminals reside. There she finds that everything she’s learned in the comforts of Kapuri, surrounded by luxury and priests, is called… Read More