|Book review: Girls on the verge ★★★★★|

A powerful, timely coming-of-age story about a young woman from Texas who goes on a road trip with two friends to get an abortion, from award-winning author Sharon Biggs Waller.

Camille couldn’t be having a better summer. But on the very night she learns she got into a prestigious theater program, she also finds out she’s pregnant. She definitely can’t tell her parents. And her best friend, Bea, doesn’t agree with the decision Camille has made.

Camille is forced to try to solve her problem alone . . . and the system is very much working against her. At her most vulnerable, Camille reaches out to Annabelle Ponsonby, a girl she only barely knows from the theater. Happily, Annabelle agrees to drive her wherever she needs to go. And in a last-minute change of heart, Bea decides to come with.

Girls on the Verge is an incredibly timely novel about a woman’s right to choose. Sharon Biggs Waller brings to life a narrative that has to continue to fight for its right to be told, and honored.

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Girls on the Verge by Shannon Biggs Waller is a coming of age story about a young girl and her journey to get an abortion on a road trip with her two best friends.

I really enjoyed this book and the topics it covers. It covers a character who is abstinence and two who have sex. It talks about how some girls just want to lose their virginity. I love that the overwhelming theme is girls supporting girls even when their beliefs don’t match up and looking past it to support one another. This was a fun story to read even though it tackles heavy topics. It shows us what women and girls go through to get an abortion. It made me feel a lot of things, and wish that us as women go through. I really enjoyed that when Bea didn’t understand something or anyone else didn’t she would say “I’ll Google it!” or even if they were curious. Even when they just needed to research some things too. The exchanges between the three girls Camillie, Annabelle, and Bea felt so real, made me feel like I wasn’t reading a work of fiction. I read this as an ebook but I want to get myself a physical copy.

“I look like I’ve been through a battle and I lived to talk about it.”


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|Book Review: You Brought Me The Ocean |

Jake Hyde doesn’t swim––not since his father drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But his best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to make a home in the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages him to always play it safe.
There’s nothing “safe” about Jake’s future—not when he’s attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he secretly applies to Miami University. Jake’s life begins to outpace his small town’s namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier to come out to his mom, or Maria, or the world.
But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?

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I gave this a four out of five stars. I really enjoyed the art style of You Brought Me The Ocean. I really enjoyed the story, I liked the friendship between Jake and Maria. I also like the relationship between Jake and Kenny. I like the story of Jake accepting his sexuality. I liked the mention of superman and Aquaman. There wasn’t a lot of action in the plot but I still loved this. I want to get more into the new DC Comics. I have read a couple and I have really enjoyed them.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC copy for me to review.

This book features two queer characters and POC.


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Book Review: Small Town Hearts

Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy.

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

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The first three times reading this book I didn’t continue reading it. This time I around I finished it in less then 48 hours. I gave this a four out of five stars. I really enjoyed it. In the beginning I really didn’t like Penny and Chad, and I didn’t like them for most of the book. I’m not even sure I liked them in the end. I hope they work on being a good friend towards Babe. I felt like Lucy was being a better friend to Babe. I really like the chemistry and connection between Babe and Levi. I liked their story. I loved the atmosphere and vibe of the small sea side town in Maine. It made me want to live somewhere like that. It seemed like the perfect place.


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|Book Review: House of Earth and Blood Extract|

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Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.


m so thankful that I got to read and excerpt of the first five chapters! I really like the characters and I’m feeling so many things! I can’t wait to get and read the rest of this, it’s already so good! I need the rest now! The book is coming in only a couple more weeks and I can’t wait. I keep thinking about what’s going to happen next.




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|Blog Tour: Six Goodbye’s We Never Said|

Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go
Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her.
Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It’s causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects.
Candace Ganger’s Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publish for an eARC of this book. I really enjoyed reading this Six Goodbye’s We Never Said by Candace Ganger. At first I got confused on how it was written and when it changed the point of views. I thought there were just typo’s happening but apparently it was the change of point of views. I liked the voicemail and email aspect to the book. I found it funny that Naima named her plant after her step mom. I loved how Namia was for Equality rights. There was a line I loved she said to another character, “Equality isn’t a phase,” I’d challenge. “It’s a basic human right.” – Naima I liked the way she said that. Six Goodbye’s We Never Said had a lot to do with grief for a couple of characters. I get that Naima was dealing with grief but I felt bad for how she treated Dew when he wanted a friend. There was a lot of other parts I liked but I don’t want to be too spoilery. I do recommend this book and think you should pick it up. 


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  • His Hideous Heart arc
  • Six Goodbyes We Never Said arc
  • Dead Letters [is the book this month for Tiffany and I’s bookclub]

I would like to read more book but I don’t think I will have enough time with work and school. This weekend I do because I have a three day weekend. I don’t have classes or work tomorrow. I’m trying to get ahead on some school work today so I can read tomorrow but I also have to do some school stuff tomorrow. I’m working on balancing everything.


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Hiding till Dawn by E.M. Rinaldi

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Destiny is unrelenting. It will come for you, and when it does there is no escaping it; something Casey knows firsthand. On the run from the dean and his ever loyal Imperial Guardians; Casey, Cedric, and Falon must put their trust in the most unlikely of allies. Their search for help will lead them across the country, into enemy territories and mystical kingdoms alike.

With a prophecy over her head, it is ultimately up to Casey to bring her world back to order. But for that to happen, the corrupted officials who govern her world must be stopped. New friends and old will align to bring back the peace, by force if necessary. And first on their list? The dean.

Casey hasn’t forgotten the torment she suffered at his hand, and the nightmares are far from over. Can she eradicate this threat and help save her world? Or will she fall to the pressure of her fate?

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Hiding till Dawn by E. M. Rinaldi is the second book in The Cross Chronicles series. I really enjoyed reading this and I enjoyed a lot of the characters. There are some characters I didn’t like as well, which I think is expected. There’s trigger warning for sexual assault, revenge, and violence. There were parts that made me laugh and love I tabbed a few times. I also highlighted bits too. There was a plot I guessed but I still loved every part of it. I’m excited for book three, which comes out soon. I absolutely recommend this, you should pick up this book up and if you haven’t picked up the first book Evading the Dark up you definitely should.


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Evading the Dark by E.M. Rinaldi

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High school sucks. It doesn’t matter who you ask; jock, cheerleader, computer nerd, or band geek, they will all say the same thing: It’s a nightmare. But Casey is still wondering how she got the short end of the stick. Just a Sophomore at the prestigious Luthos Academy for Magical Beings, Casey already knows more about heartache and fear than any almost-sixteen-year-old should. Orphaned and left to be raised by the Academy, she spends her days training to become a Guardian, but that dream is looking dimmer with every day that passes.Unlike the wand-waving heroines in all her favorite books, Witches in her world don’t cast spells, they are born wielding the power of nature: water, fire, earth, or air; powers Casey never developed. She’ll be lucky if they even allow her to take her final exams.

She is top of her training class, but that doesn’t keep her from being looked down upon by every other being at her school. All Casey wants is to be given a chance, instead she finds the only life she’s ever known targeted by an unfathomable evil. Thrust into the center of an age-old prophecy, a war is coming with Casey at the reins.

Will relying on her hard earned training be enough for her to make it out alive?

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I really enjoyed this first book in the series Evading the Dark by E.M. Rinaldi. This story shows how important how friends are to one. This was a fun paranormal book. One of the settings was a magical school, which we all love. The bullying scenes seemed so real and accurate also it reminded me of junior high and high school. There is a prophecy in Evading the Dark which I enjoyed which made me think of Harry Potter. Which I loved the Harry Potter references mentioned. I liked the friendships that Casey has. I gave Evading the Dark a four out of five star. I definitely recommend this book, you should pick it up.


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The Dome Survivor

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Author: Lindsey Murphy

Release Date: 03 February 2019

 

 

 

 

Cambree wishes she could be anywhere but her twenty-fifth birthday party when her old friend, Finn, makes an appearance. They are forced to embrace their past and seek refuge from their awkward encounter by doing what they both know and love, surfing the Pacific. Their newly rekindled friendship is quickly tested when an unearthly dome rises from the ocean, threatening thousands, before landing on the beach closing them inside. The unlikely duo must now work together to find a way out of the horror they are forced to endure. Upon their escape, they find that the world is not what it used to be.


Thank you to the author Lindsey Murphy for sending me a copy of this so I can review. This was a short read. I really liked the storyline. I figured out a part of the ending but I thought it’d be slightly different. The complete end surprised me and I need to know more. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read book two. I recommend you to pick this up and read it. I gave this a four out five stars.


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