Castle of Lies by Kiersi Burkhart

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Book: Castle of Lies

 

Author: Kiersi Burkhart

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 1/5

 

Diversity: LGBT, but possibly problematic. Nonbinary elf, demisexual, bisexual.

 

Recommended For…: Court Intrigue

 

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

 

Publisher: Carolrhoda

 

Pages: 352

 

Synopsis: Thelia isn’t in line to inherit the crown, but she’s been raised to take power however she can. She’s been friends with Princess Corene her whole life, and she’s scheming to marry Bayled, the heir to the throne. But her plans must change when an army of elves invades the kingdom. Thelia, her cousin Parsival, and Corene become trapped in the castle. An elf warrior, Sapphire, may be Thelia’s only hope of escape, but Sapphire has plans of their own. Meanwhile, an ancient magic is awakening within the castle, with the power to destroy the whole kingdom. Can Thelia find a way to protect her future–and her life?

 

Review: Uhhhhh I had to DNF this at 34%. This was just pretty bad and from what I’ve read on Goodreads it doesn’t do well with accurate LGBT+ portrayals. The book also just had a lack of character development and world building.

 

Verdict: Not for me and might be harmful to LGBT+

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

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Book: Court of Lions

 

Author: Somaiya Daud

 

Book Series: Mirage Book 2

 

Diversity: Moroccan based characters

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Recommended For…: kidnapping, switching places tales, Moroccan characters

 

Publication Date: August 6, 2020

 

Publisher: Hodder

 

Pages: 336

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, some sexual content, violence, slight gore)

 

Synopsis: After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

 

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

 

Review: Overall, I thought the series greatly improved from the first series. I loved the whole series and I love how much more developed the characters became in this book, especially Maram. I loved the duel POV and loved Maram’s scenes the best in the book. The world building continued to be grand and I loved the plot of this book.

 

However, the book is incredibly slow and the book does tend to slow down even more at random times, especially during Amani and Idris’ scenes.

 

Verdict: It’s a great duology! Definitely one that’s unique and will be rememberable.

How To Live On The Edge by Sarah Lynn Scheerger

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Book: How To Live on the Edge

Author: Sarah Lynn Scheerger

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommended For…: contemporary

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, very dangerous activities that can get you killed, language, cancer TW)

Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab

Pages: 312

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she’ll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like dodging trains and jumping off cliffs with her boyfriend.

When Cayenne receives a series of video messages her mother made for her before dying, she isn’t sure she wants them. Her aunt Tee has been her true mother figure. But then Aunt Tee tests positive for a BRCA gene mutation–the one that doomed Cayenne’s mom–and decides to get a mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing cancer. As Cayenne helps her aunt prepare for the surgery, she finds herself drawn to her mother’s messages, with their musings on life, love, and perseverance. For the first time, Cayenne starts to question what it truly means to live life to the fullest, even when death might be written into her DNA.

Review: For the most part this was a well done book. The book has a very interesting story and it’s very informational. You can tell the author is very informed and passionate about learning and teaching about the BRCA gene, which is the gene that causes cancer. The book has great pacing as well.

However, I don’t think the characters are well developed in this book and it was really hard to understand the motives of Cayenne. The book also doesn’t have great world building.

Verdict: It was a good book!

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Title: HOW TO LIVE LIFE ON THE EDGE

Author: Sarah Lynn Scheerger

Pub. Date: August 4, 2020

Publisher: Lerner/Carolrhoda

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 312

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Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she’ll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like dodging trains and jumping off cliffs with her boyfriend.
When Cayenne receives a series of video messages her mother made for her before dying, she isn’t sure she wants them. Her aunt Tee has been her true mother figure. But then Aunt Tee tests positive for a BRCA gene mutation–the one that doomed Cayenne’s mom–and decides to get a mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing cancer. As Cayenne helps her aunt prepare for the surgery, she finds herself drawn to her mother’s messages, with their musings on life, love, and perseverance. For the first time, Cayenne starts to question what it truly means to live life to the fullest, even when death might be written into her DNA.

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This Is My America by Kim Johnson

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Book: This Is My America

 

Author: Kim Johnson

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Diversity: BIPOC main character and side characters

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Recommended For…: BIPOC books, ownvoice novels, social justice books

 

Publication Date: July 28, 2020

 

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

 

Pages: 416

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (language, violence, police brutality TW, slight gore)

 

Synopsis: Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?

 

Fans of Nic Stone and Jason Reynolds won’t want to miss this provocative and gripping debut.

 

Review: This book was so fantastic! There’s a lot of components that are amazing about this book and I think that this should be taught in schools. The book did well to breakdown racism and how White people, across all mediums, do racist things subconsciously and intentionally. There was a news segment in which the main character broke down how the segment was racist in how it portrayed her brother. The news segment used a photo that made the brother look like a criminal rather than what news media uses for White people, which is usually a family photo or graduation photo, even if the White person did an unspeakable act and they don’t contest their guilt. The book also showed the bias reporting of media, showing that while Jackson Ridges was murdered by police when he resisted arrest, the news reported it as just that he died, implying he died by means other than police brutality. The book also showed trial bias and presented facts that Black Americans do not get a fair trial the majority of the time. The book showed her father being sentenced by an all-white jury, which should not have happened but unfortunately does, and shows how the court will unfavorably treat Black people in terms of the amount of evidence needed to be presented to concluded that a person is guilty. The book also had very accurate facts about prison systems, especially about private or for-profit prison systems and how they operate. Many prison systems have staff that will retaliate against an inmate’s family for things the inmate has done or the things that the family has spoken out about. The book was not only factual, but also gut wrenching. The scenes with police brutality, especially when Tracy, our main character, has a gun pointed at her when she is in an area the police are investigating, and with the racist actions of the towns people are devastating and hard to read, but are very important to read about. The author doesn’t shy away from the hard truths of what being Black in America really means in this book. This is a hard read, but a worthy read and should be taught in schools.

 

If I had to point out an issue, I’d say that, while not an issue, I would like to see the aftermath of what happens when an inmate is released from confinement and I would have liked to see how the family planned to sue the county for retribution from the grievance caused to them.

 

Verdict: A must read.

Quintessence by Jess Redman

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Book: Quintessence

Author: Jess Redman

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: anxiety/panic attack rep!

Recommended For…: middle graders, anxiety/panic attack rep

Publication Date: July 28, 2020

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 10+ (some slightly scary moments, isolation, anxiety, panic attacks)

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Three months ago, twelve-year-old Alma moved to the town of Four Points. Her panic attacks started a week later, and they haven’t stopped—even though she told her parents that they did. Every day she feels less and less like herself.

Then Alma meets the ShopKeeper in the town’s junk shop, The Fifth Point. The ShopKeeper gives her a telescope and this message:

Find the Elements.
Grow the Light.
Save the Starling.

That night, Alma watches as a star—a star that looks like a child—falls from the sky and into her backyard. Alma knows what it’s like to be lost and afraid, to long for home, and with the help of some unlikely new friends from the Astronomy Club, she sets out on a quest that will take a little bit of astronomy, a little bit of alchemy, and her whole self.

Review: I really liked this book overall. The character development was well done and the book is so sweet. The main character has anxiety, has panic attacks, and feels isolated and it makes you love her and want to hug her. The book also has great world building and the pacing is well done.

The only issue I really had with the book is that the fantasy aspect of the book took a bit for me to understand and get. It’s a little out there, but overall great.

Verdict: A well done novel!

 

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Title: QUINTESSENCE

Author: Jess Redman

Pub. Date: July 28, 2020

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 384

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Three months ago, twelve-year-old Alma moved to the town of Four Points. Her panic attacks started a week later, and they haven’t stopped—even though she told her parents that they did. Every day she feels less and less like herself.

 

Then Alma meets the ShopKeeper in the town’s junk shop, The Fifth Point. The ShopKeeper gives her a telescope and this message:

Find the Elements.

Grow the Light.

Save the Starling.

That night, Alma watches as a star—a star that looks like a child—falls from the sky and into her backyard. Alma knows what it’s like to be lost and afraid, to long for home, and with the help of some unlikely new friends from the Astronomy Club, she sets out on a quest that will take a little bit of astronomy, a little bit of alchemy, and her whole self.

 

QUINTESSENCE is a stunning story of friendship, self-discovery, interconnectedness, and the inexplicable elements that make you you.

 

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Someone’s Listening by Seraphina Nova Glass

598-02-HTP-Summer-Reads-Blog-Tour---MYSTERY-&-THRILLER-2020---640x247Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Someone’s Listening Author: Seraphina Nova Glass Book Series: Standalone Rating: 3/5 Recommended For…: mystery, thriller Publication Date: July 28, 2020 Genre: Mystery Thriller Recommended Age: 16+ (stalking TW, kidnapping, gaslighting, slight violence and gore) Publisher: Graydon House Pages: 336 Synopsis: Faith Finley has it all: she’s a talented psychologist with a flourishing career, a bestselling author and the host of a popular local radio program, Someone’s Listening, with Dr. Faith Finley. She’s married to the perfect man, Liam Finley, a respected food critic.Until the night everything goes horribly wrong, and Faith’s life is shattered forever.Liam is missing—gone without a trace—and the police are suspicious of everything Faith says. They either think she has something to hide, or that she’s lost her mind.And then the notes begin to arrive. Notes that are ripped from Faith’s own book, the one that helps victims leave their abusers. Notes like “Lock your windows. Consider investing in a steel door.”As the threats escalate, the mystery behind Liam’s disappearance intensifies. And Faith’s very life will depend on finding answers. Review: Overall, the book is pretty good. The character development was pretty well done and the book had a lot of promise for the story. However, the book was really slow pacing wise. I felt like the book just dragged on and on throughout and it took a long time (52% for me) for the plot to pick up and get interesting. Verdict: It’s ok, maybe it was me.SOMEONE’S LISTENINGAuthor: Seraphina Nova GlassISBN: 9781525836749Publication Date: July 28, 2020Publisher: Graydon House Books Buy Links: Harlequin Barnes & NobleAmazonBooks-A-MillionPowell’s Social Links:Author WebsiteTwitter: @SeraphinaNovaInstagram: @SeraphinaNovaGlassFacebook: @SeraphinaNovaGlassGoodreadsSeraphina Nova Headshots Jan 2019Author Bio: Seraphina Nova Glass is a professor and Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Texas-Arlington, where she teaches Film Studies and Playwriting. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Smith College, and has optioned multiple screenplays to Hallmark and Lifetime. Someone’s Listening is her first novel. Book Summary: You’re not alone. Someone’s waiting. Someone’s watching…Someone’s listening. In SOMEONE’S LISTENING (Graydon House Books; July 28; $16.99) Dr. Faith Finley has everything she’s ever wanted: she’s a renowned psychologist, a radio personality—host of the wildly popular “Someone’s Listening with Dr. Faith Finley”—and a soon-to-be bestselling author. She’s young, beautiful, and married to the perfect man, Liam. Of course Liam was at Faith’s book launch with her. But after her car crashes on the way home and she’s pulled from the wreckage, nobody can confirm that Liam was with her at the party. The police claim she was alone in car, and they don’t believe her when she says otherwise. Perhaps that’s understandable, given the horrible thing Faith was accused of doing a few weeks ago. And then the notes start arriving—the ones literally ripped from the pages of Faith’s own self-help book on leaving an abusive relationship. Ones like “Secure your new home. Consider new window and door locks, an alarm system, and steel doors…” Where is Liam? Is his disappearance connected to the scandal that ruined Faith’s life? Who is sending the notes? Faith’s very life will depend on finding the answers.

My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

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Book: My Summer of Love and Misfortune

 

Author: Lindsay Wong

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 1/5

 

Diversity: Chinese American main character!

 

Recommended For…: Chinese American main and finding yourself

 

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

 

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

 

Publisher: Simon Pulse

 

Pages: 384

 

Synopsis: Iris Wang is having a bit of a rough start to her summer. In an attempt to snap her out of her funk, Iris’s parents send her away to visit family in Beijing, with the hopes that Iris will “reconnect with her culture” and “find herself.” Iris resents her parents’ high-handedness, but even she admits that this might be a good opportunity to hit the reset button.

Iris expects to eat a few dumplings, meet some of her family, and visit a tourist hotspot or two. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a handsome Mandarin-language tutor named Frank and to be swept up in the ridiculous, opulent world of Beijing’s wealthy elite, leading her to unexpected and extraordinary discoveries about her family, her future, and herself.

 

Review: I had to DNF this read. I loved seeing a Chinese American main character, but I didn’t like a lot of things about her. In short, she’s a brat and while the author tries to redeem her, this character wasn’t redeemed at all. She blew through credit cards like nothing, she lives off of excuses, she ran away from home, and she has no character growth. It’s very unflattering and by 62% (the part I got to before putting the book down) I would have expected the author to have made the character redeemable. I think the book is salvageable, I think the character could be rewritten and saved (and truthfully I want it to be saved! I hardly see Chinese American YA Contemporaries and I would love to enjoy this one too), but until then it’s hard to read about her when I’m swimming in debt and would love the opportunities she has.

 

Verdict: Not for me.

A Girl in Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel

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Book: A Girl in Three Parts

 

Author: Suzanne Daniel

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Recommended For…: feminism reads and Australian novels!

 

Publication Date: April 14, 2020 (USA release)

 

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (sexism and domestic violence TW)

 

Publisher: Knopf

 

Pages: 320

 

Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn’t be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor. Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women’s movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her ‘true essence’. Rick lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He’s trying to be a good parent to Al Pal, while grieving the woman linking them all but whose absence tears them apart.

Allegra is left to orbit these three adult worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that’s created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.

 

Review: For the most part, the book was really good! The character development was well done and the world building was amazing. I liked the setting and the time period this was set in. I think the author did well to bring in themes of feminism and women’s rights into the story. The book was also well paced.

 

However, I did get a little bored with the plot in some respects and I felt like the main character was a bit older sounding than what she was meant to be.

 

Verdict: It was really good!

Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks

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Book: Lies Lies Lies

 

Author: Adele Parks

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: thrill seekers

 

Publication Date: September 5, 2019

 

Genre: Thriller

 

Recommended Age: 18+ (alcoholism, sexual abuse TW, animal death and abuse TW)

 

Publisher: HQ

 

Pages: 448

 

Synopsis: Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

 

Review: This book was ok. The book had a lot of good character development and the book had a great atmosphere around it.

 

However, this book was really slow paced and really hard to get into. The book was confusing and the twist was… impossible? The book also felt like it used the shock factor of the sexual abuse and the kitten death instead of spending the time to build the suspense.

 

Verdict: It wasn’t that good for me, but it might be for you!

LIES LIES LIES

Author: Adele Parks

ISBN: 9780778360889

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

Publisher: MIRA Books

 

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Adele Parks was born in Teesside, North-East England. Her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000 and since then she’s had seventeen international bestsellers, translated into twenty-six languages, including I Invited Her In. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa. She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband, teenage son and cat.

 

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LIES LIES LIES (MIRA Trade Paperback; August 4, 2020; $17.99) centers on the story of Simon and Daisy Barnes. To the outside world, Simon and Daisy look like they have a perfect life. They have jobs they love, an angelic, talented daughter, a tight group of friends… and they have secrets too. Secrets that will find their way to the light, one way or the other.

Daisy and Simon spent almost a decade hoping for the child that fate cruelly seemed to keep from them. It wasn’t until, with their marriage nearly in shambles and Daisy driven to desperation, little Millie was born. Perfect in every way, healing the Barnes family into a happy unit of three. Ever indulgent Simon hopes for one more miracle, one more baby. But his doctor’s visit shatters the illusion of the family he holds so dear.

Now, Simon has turned to the bottle to deal with his revelation and Daisy is trying to keep both of their secrets from spilling outside of their home. But Daisy’s silence and Simon’s habit begin to build until they set off a catastrophic chain of events that will destroy life as they know it. 

Moonlit Dreams/Moonlit Nightmares by Laura Seeber

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Book: Moonlit Dreams/Moonlit Nightmares

 

Author: Laura Seeber

 

Book Series: Short Stories

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Recommended For…: horror fans, short story lovers

 

Publication Date: April 19, 2020

 

Genre: Horror Short Stories

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (horror elements, some language, some death, some gore, some violence)

 

Publisher: Antimony and Elder Lace Press

 

Pages: 232

 

Synopsis: In this book, you’ll find a collection of thirteen individual stories. All of them written by master storytellers, with a very simple theme: the moon. The moon has always affects us on an almost instinctual level, and that effect, either subtle or profound is explored in these pages. We hope, that you, dear reader will enjoy these stories as much as we enjoyed compiling them.

 

Review: Overall, I thought this was well done. I generally liked all of the short stories aside from pacing issues and some editing issues in various stories. I thought the stories were compelling and I loved the connection each had to the moon.

 

However, I did think that the book needs a little more editing and faster pacing on a few of the stories, but overall I thought this was a fun horror read!

 

Verdict: It was a good short story collection.