Rule: Arc review (Non-spoliers Review)

Rule  by Ellen Goodlett

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Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 11, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.
Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in the first book of this sensational and striking fantasy duology.

 

My  Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novel and thought it was the prefect mix between three dark crowns and pretty little liars. I found this book to be super fast pace read and also found the three girls to be very compelling. I loved the various POV and also the magic system was so well crafted and really easy to understand. The writing and pacing made this book so fast to read. I thought the world is so rich and can’t wait to see what happens next. I felt equally invested in not only the girls but also the secrets they are holding. I also loved the representation in the novel.

My Extended Thoughts!!

Characters: I was equally invested in the characters in this novel. I thought the secrets and the characters diversity was so well crafted. I think my personal favorite POV was  character was Akeylah. I really enjoyed not only the devious natures but also as they grew as sisters throughout this novel. I also loved the various different backgrounds of the characters. It made the book even more diverse read that really expanded the world.

Plot: I thought the of this story was a prefect mix of TDC and PLL. I really loved all the plot paths the lead to the end. The book had predictable moments but I was really engaged throughout the whole book.

World Building: I adored the magic system that was created and really loved how she built it. I just wanted to go to this world. I thought so much world building occurred but it was such a easy read that world building did not  make the pace less or bog down the story! I really liked this type of magic.

Will I read book 2! Oh for sure!! I am totally there!

let me know in the comments if this book in on your own TBR!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cheerleaders: Blog tour and giveaway!!!

The Cheerleaders  by Kara Thomas

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Published by  Delacorte Press on July 31, 201

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, thriller

Pages: 384

Format: Hardback

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: n/a

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident–two girls dead after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know his reasons. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they’d lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget.

Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow, Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

My Thoughts:

 

I was super invested in this story and the characters from page one. I found this mystery and the characters to be super engaging and it was hard to put down. I loved the various POV we got and how effective the past and present storyline was told as well as how and when we got this POV. I also thought the story was not only unpredictable but also so honest and realistic in the end. I just flew through this book and really loved the how this story occurred. I felt the ending was a tad rushed but i would def read more by this author in the future!

About Kara:

Kara Thomas is a true crime addict and the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, LITTLE MONSTERS, and THE CHEERLEADERS, all published by Delacorte Press. You can find her on Twitter (@karatwrites), Instagram (@kara__thomas), or at http://www.kara-thomas.com.

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The Darkest Legacy: Non-Spoiler Arc Review!!!

The Darkest Legacy  by Alexandra Bracken

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Published by  Disney-Hyperion on July 31, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian

Pages: 576

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/a

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume “Zu” Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.
Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn’t trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country’s recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book alot. I thought it was the prefect way to dive back into this world and give us a whole new story but still respect the other series and give nods to it. I just love the lead character so much and getting inside her head was such a fun experience. I loved the mixed cast of old characters and new and how they all balanced each other out. I thought the book was a fast pace adventure but such a solid mystery. I flew through his book and really hope we get future stories in this world because i just want to see more from these characters and this world.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I loved the balanced between new characters and older characters from the previous series. I loved the new trio we got and this book was also so good at respecting the characters created in the first series but also expanding the characters as well. I grew so invested in these characters and LOVED THEM!

Plot/Pace: I thought this book had such a intense premise but I really enjoyed the plot and was hooked from page one. I really liked the main plot but also the flashbacks we got  throughout he novel. I thought this pace especially the end was so fast pace it was hard to put down. I really loved how this plot expanded the world!

Did we need it???  I really think so. I loved how this book followed Zu and not Ruby so that we made this book even more engaging. I just loved getting inside Zu head and felt that book not only expanded her story but also the world!

Would I want more? Yes! Give me so many books in this world please and thank you 🙂

 

 

DC ICONS: Batman Nightwalker Review and Giveaway!!! USA ONLY!

DC Icons: Batman Nightwalker   by Marie Lu

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers (January 2, 2018)

Genres: YA, Superhero

Pages: 290

Format: Audio book and Arc

Source: NYCC

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Challenge: PSRC: Book someone got you for a gift!

Summary!

FromNew York Timesbestselling author Amie Kaufman comes an electrifying new series about a brother and sister who must harness their powers and find their place in a sharply divided world.

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolvesand scorch dragonsare sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

My Brief Thoughts:

I picked up this audiobook on a whim and I loved it! I flew though this book in like three days and I really loved this version of Bruce. Even though this story was a super short I thought it was so well done. I really loved the “trio” of characters and and also the case the bruce had to solve. I love how he we got nods to real “batman” history and loved all the unexpected twists and turns and it had me so engaged. I loved this listening experience so much and would love to see a follow up book to this. This was my first superhero read and I will def be reading more.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really loved the characters in this book so much especially Bruce. I have like no real background about Batman but his book was super good basic novel about bruce wayne. I was so invested in this novel and all the characters. I really was captured by the lead character and it made me much more invested in learning about the batman world and characters.

Plot: This plot was super fast pace and I was invested from page one. There was so many twists and turns that even I did not see coming. I loved listening to this audiobook and did not want to stop.

Pace: The mystery of this novel made this book so fast pace and gripping. I enjoyed it so much!

MORE!!! This is the first superhero novel I ever picked up and I will def be picking up more as audio. I would love to see more in this world as well. 🙂

 

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The Basque Dragon Blog tour! Review and What Magical creature would I want as a Pet!

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The Basque Dragon  by Adam Gidwitz 

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Published by  Dutton Books for Young Readers on July 10, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Pages: 192

Format: arc

Source: BEA

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Elliot and Uchenna—and Jersey!—have barely recovered from their first adventure with Professor Fauna when he approaches them with an all-new quest. Except this time they’re going to have to cross an ocean. In the mountains of the Basque Country, the Unicorn Rescue Society must track down a missing dragon. But how could someone even kidnap a dragon? And for what evil purpose? And is their newest, fire-breathing rescue more than they can handle?

New challenges await in this second book in the Unicorn Rescue Society series, a brand-new fantasy-adventure from Adam Gidwitz, the beloved bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitors Tale and A Tale Dark & Grimm. Illustrated throughout, it’s the perfect fit for newly independent readers looking for a story full of adventure, fun, and friendship.

What Magical Creature I want as a pet!

So you can totally tell I love Harry potter! But like these young adventures in this story, I also would REALLY REALLY want a dragon!!!

Here are my reasons!

  1. I have always want a pet that is super smart!!
  2. I never love the dark, his/her fire would make a great nightlight and keep me warm if we get lost on our various adventures!
  3. He/she would be able to become invisible so they can join my daily in my life!
  4. He/she could protect me at all costs!
  5. He/she also can sense danger and could save others from danger!

If i did get a dragon, I would want to be green and blue (my two favorite colors) and respond to the name Alext!!

 

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a great follow up to the first book in this series. I loved the adventure in this story and also how the storyline expanded the world. I just found this to a fast pace adventure story and think younger readers will fly throughout. I think the many illustrations will also increase the joy for this series. I really loved the dynamic between the professor and the kids in this novel. I really want to keep on reading this series. It was a def a super fun adventure series with some history tossed in!

AUTHOR BIO

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Timesbestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing his Newbery Honor-winning The Inquisitor’s Tale, including a year living in Europe. Adam lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Find Adam online at adamgidwitz.com or @AdamGidwitz.

Chris Lenox Smith is the Creative Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Chris is a two-time winner of the ADC Young Guns Award for animation and music composition, his work spans across media, from short films and commercial work to musical scores that marry influences from the precomputer era with modern techniques.

Jesse Casey is the Managing Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Drawing from his twin backgrounds in computer programming and printmaking, Jesse’s work embraces contemporary technology as a means to recreate the craft and artistry of classic film and animation.

ILLUSTRATOR BIO

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. He currently lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. Find him online at metahatem.com or @metahatem

Let me know in the comments if you will be picking this book up!

 

Ozland: Non-Spolier Review!!

Ozland  by Wendy Spinale 

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Published by  Scholastic Inc. on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Retelling,

Pages:  288

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4  for a review.

Summary!!!

With Everland and Umberland both destroyed, the survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen’s castle. Doc has found an actual cure for the Horologia virus, while Gwen, Pete, and Alyssa begin plotting the assassination of the queen with the help of Gail, an excellent huntress. But killing the queen won’t be enough. The world has been destroyed and its needs a ruler to set things right again. A ruler who is good, kind, and fair. Someone like the former king of Germany. But he’s dead . . . or is he?

There’s a rumor that the king has been hidden away in a secret land, where only the worthiest can find him. Desperate to end the war, a plan is hatched that could put everything right again. Yet before it’s set in motion, the village is burned to the ground, all survivors taken prisoner to the castle. Except Gail.

But is one girl enough to find a long-dead king, kill the wicked queen, and save the world?

My Brief Thoughts:

I thought this was such a solid conclusion to this series. I love how Wendy crafts these worlds and this once took the characters to OZ. I just really enjoyed how the turned the myth on it head. This story also pay off all the precious characters arcs and it was such a fast pace read. This book we get to finally get inside Doc head and I loved that so much! I wanted more information on some of the deaths that occurred of screen but it was such a good back and can’t wait to see what this author writes next!

My Extended Thoughts (slight vague spoilers afoot)

Characters: I loved the main characters in this book. I loved how she chose the leads in this book but also payed off so much stuff that began in previous books. Doc is def one of favorite characters  and I loved going into his head. I was def caught off guard at the start of this book because we lost many characters off screen and would have loved to have those deaths explored on page! I have always enjoyed how this author created her characters and made then both unique but also reflecting characters in their original story!

World Building: The world building in this story is super well done. It has a great balance of honoring the original world and also making it her own. I just loved how she created this world and it is def a series highlight for me!

Pace: This story had a such a fast pace and the is mostly because of the various locations we were in and also the various characters POV we were reading from!

Let me know your thoughts about this series in the comments!

Bring me their Hearts: Tour review and Giveaway!!!

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

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Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: June 5th 2018

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Summary:

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

 

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About the Author
Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as Lovely Vicious. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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Author Links:
Website: http://sarawolfbooks.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sara_Wolf1
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My Brief Thoughts!

*I gave this book four stars*

I really did enjoy this book. I really did like the lead character and also the world building was so fun to explore this world. I just thought the pacing could have been stronger at points and also some of the “court intrigue” stuff I felt was abandoned in the middle of the novel. I really did love the prince in this story and hope in future books we see the story though his eyes. I liked how a unexpected trio developed towards the end of the book and also the dynamics between all the characters was super fun. I def need book 2 after that ending.

Summer Of Us: Arc Review

Summer of Us  by Cecilia Vines

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Published by  Hachette Book Group on June 5th 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

A swoon-worthy story about five best friends on a whirlwind trip through Europe, perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

American expat Aubrey has only two weeks left in Europe before she leaves for college, and she’s nowhere near ready. Good thing she and her best friend, Rae, have planned one last group trip across the continent. From Paris to Prague, they’re going to explore famous museums, sip champagne in fancy restaurants, and eat as many croissants as possible with their friends Clara, Jonah, and Gabe.

But when old secrets come to light, Aubrey and Rae’s trip goes from a carefree adventure to a complete disaster. For starters, there’s Aubrey and Gabe’s unresolved history, complicated by the fact that Aubrey is dating Jonah, Gabe’s best friend. And then there’s Rae’s hopeless crush on the effortlessly cool Clara. How is Rae supposed to admit her feelings to someone so perfect when they’re moving to different sides of the world in just a few weeks?

Author Cecilia Vinesse delivers a romantic European adventure that embraces the magic of warm summer nights, the thrill of first kisses, and the bittersweet ache of learning to say goodbye to the past while embracing the future.

My Thoughts:

This book was the prefect book to start my summer reading adventures. This book follows a group of five friends on a epic road trip in europe the summer before the venture off to college. I loved the duel POV and how focused on friendship this book was. Also the lead girls were such different type of characters it made the book even more compelling and enjoyable. I def saw myself in the character of aubury. I loved the LGBTQ romance that developed but also the focus on friendship, changing and especially travel and romance. It was a great summer adventure story. I just really enjoyed this book. It would prefect to read on your own summer vacations! If you like the geography of you and me or Isla and the happily ever after you should pick up this book!

The Sweetest Kind of Fate: Non-Spoiler Review!!!

The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari

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Published by  Disney Hyperion on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

GREAT. I’ve somehow found myself tangled up with a siren, a mermaid, and a homicidal wicked witch who once tried to strangle me to death. Way to go, Amber! Amber Sand, legendary matchmaker, couldn’t be more surprised when her archnemesis, Ivy, asks for her help. Ivy’s sister, Iris, is getting married, and Ivy wants to prove her sister is making a huge mistake. But as Amber looks into Iris’s eyes, there doesn’t seem to be a problem—Iris has clearly found her match. It seems happily-ever-after is in the cards, but when Iris seeks out a dangerous, life-altering spell, it’s up to Amber and Ivy to set aside their rivalry and save the day. As Iris puts everything on the line for love, Amber continues to wrestle with her own romantic future. Her boyfriend, Charlie, is still destined for another, and no matter how hard she clings to him, fear over their inevitable breakup shakes her belief system to the core. Because the Fates are never wrong—right?

My Brief  Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this sequel. The highlight of this book series is the amazing world building and the magic world that is developed. I loved all the small nods to knew creatures and also the “case” of mystery that was the heart of this book. I loved the LGTBTQ representation in this story and also the development of all the characters. Amber was dealing with a lot of love related issues in this book, normally struggle with them but this book was just a fun read. The world is so well crafted and I really can’t wait for book 3! It was a such a great sequel! The highlight of this book was def. the world building and also the mermaid mystery!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: The characters in this book minus Amber did expand a lot and I loved all the various development that occurred. Amber I sometimes struggled with because of the aftermath of her MATCH stuff. I think the end of this book made me excited for book 2. The side characters I def really enjoyed their paths in this book.

World Building: I love this world a lot it reminds me of a Buffy like world. It is def. a lighter fantasy book. I think this would also be a great starting YA series for readers that want to venture into YA. The world building is def one the the highlights of this book.

Mystery: I loved the case in this book and also the LGBTQ storyline we got. I also loved how we learned more about Ivy and even grew to like her.

Book 3!!! I will def be checking it out!

 

 

Chemistry Lessons: Arc Review: Non-Spolier Review

Chemistry Lessons  by Meredith Goldstein

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Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers on June 19, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 261

Format: Arc

Source: Blog Bound

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!

From advice columnist Meredith Goldstein, a dazzling, romantic, and emotionally resonant YA debut about a teen science whiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who tries to crack the chemical equation for lasting love and instead wreaks havoc on herself and the boys in her life.

For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue.

Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?

My Brief Thoughts:

* I got this book from the publisher for my honest thoughts*

This was a great book to kick off my summer reads season. I really loved how this book was focused on both grief but also science and experiments with love twist. I really found the self discovery path in this story to be super strong. I also really realated to the female/male friendship dynamics because that was something that defined my high school experience. I also liked how this book tackled grief but in a unique way. I flew through this book and really think that was because the structure of this book made the pacing of this book super well crafted. I also really loved all the side characters and the lead boy made me smile. I would def read more by this author in the future.

My Extended Thoughts

Characters: I thought for a quick summer read, these characters were super well done. I thought the characters were super well done and really grew to love them by the end of the book. This book also had nice cast of side characters. It was super fun read.

Plot:  Any books or plot about girls in Stem always are so compelling to me. This book addressed so many issues including grief, first love, breakups and science and experiments and ethical stuff. I really was fascinated by this story.

Romance: I did enjoy it and did not predict who would be end game but the romance but a smile on my face!

author again? I def will, It was adorable summer read and would love to read more by her in the future!

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