Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey | ARC Review

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Title: Love and Other Alien Experiences

Author: Kerry Winfrey

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Published: July 11th, 2017

Format: e-ARC via Netgalley

Rating: 5 stars

 

I’m never going outside again.

Mallory hasn’t left the house in sixty-seven days–since the day her dad left. She attends her classes via webcam, rarely leaves her room (much to her brother’s chagrin), and spends most of her time watching The X-Files or chatting with the always obnoxious BeamMeUp on New Mexico’s premier alien message board.

But when she’s shockingly nominated for homecoming queen, her life takes a surprising turn. She slowly begins to open up to the world outside. And maybe if she can get her popular jock neighbor Brad Kirkpatrick to be her homecoming date, her classmates will stop calling her a freak.

In this heartwarming and humorous debut, Mallory discovers first love and the true meaning of home–just by taking one small step outside her house.

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Mini Reviews: Love and First Sight, The Infinite Moment of Us, Queens of Geek

Happy June! To kick it off, I figured I’d go back and write some mini reviews for books I haven’t gotten to review yet, or don’t feel like doing full-length reviews for.

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston | Nerdy, Relatable, and Deep

 

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Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling

Publisher: Quirk Books

Published: April 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. (source)

My Review Graphic

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

I was expecting nerdiness, and goofiness, and fluffiness from this book. And I got that.

I got more than that.

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Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray DEFIED MY EXPECTATIONS | ARC Review

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Title: Defy the Stars

Author: Claudia Gray

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Published: April 4, 2017

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

 

 

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Synopsis:

She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is a seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true. (source)

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | A Lot of Fangirling

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Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Published: February 28, 2017

Star Rating: 5 stars

 

 

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life. (source)

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies | Book Review

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Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Author: Louise Gornall

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Clarion Books

Published: January 3, 2017

Star Rating: 5 stars

 

 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Disappointing Movie Adaptations | Lots of Raging

As soon as I finished the book, I rushed to go see the movie. Time to analyze what was good, what was bad, and who was good looking (spoiler alert, it’s Asa Butterfield :)).

Fair warning: this post is going to contain a lot of ranting, and a whole lot of spoilers, for both the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children book and the movie.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

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September-ish Mini-ish Reviews

So… 16 days since my last post. I’m… ugh. I’m really sorry, guys. I miss books! And blogging! And bookstagram! I need to pull myself together! So, with Hurricane Matthew making it’s way through Florida, I get a day off from school, and some time to blog!

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A Study in Charlotte| Every Mystery Should Be Like This

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Title: A Study in Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Published: March 1st, 2016

Publisher: Katherine Teagan Books

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

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~ SPOILER-FREE REVIEW ~

I finished this about twenty minutes ago and I’m still just… wow.

I haven’t read a mystery in a really long time mostly because I never find the right one. It’s either too horror-y or too tame. Or it’s the perfect balance, but the murderer is so obvious that I might as well flip to the back just to read the full explanation. Or the murderer is so far-fetched that it really doesn’t even make sense. But this book. This book… Continue reading “A Study in Charlotte| Every Mystery Should Be Like This”