What I like about you (arc review)

What I like about you  by Marisa Kanter

Published by   Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 7, 2020

Genres: young adult , contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: arc

Source: ALA publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, its more complicated. In this debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, Marisa Kanter hilariously and poignantly explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.

My Thoughts:

Overall I loved the concept of this novel so much. As book lover and someone involved in the world of books, reviews and supporting books that part of the book I adored. I thought that part was so true to my own life and really loved that part of the book. I also really loved the used of emailing and social media as a source of friendship and communication. I also really liked how Marisa explored how her main character tackled anxiety. I thought this book was super fast pace read. It is def a book I would re-read again in the future. I loved how this book also talked about the book industry in a honest way. I thought some elements of the books were not wrapped up nicely as I would like and also thought this book had some predicable moments but overall I loved this read. If you are booklover, this might be the perfect read for you and the romance was so cute overall but online and off!!

The Mystery of the Moon Tower (Arc Review) finish

The Mystery of the Moon Tower (The Pathfinders Society) by Francesco Sedita,  Prescott Seraydarian and  Steve Hamaker 

Published by   Viking Books for Young Readers on April 21, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , Graphic Novel

Pages: 176

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Summer camp just became a whole lot more interesting when five curious kids accept a mysterious project: work together as a team to uncover a series of strange clues, reveal a secret path–and follow its twists and turns to a legendary treasure! 

Join in the fun in this lively, clever debut graphic novel sure to appeal to fans of the Last Kids on Earth and Lumberjanes series.

Kyle is a new kid in town who likes to draw. Vic is a cool cheerleader who’s secretly a math whiz. Quiet Beth is a history buff, while goofball Harry likes performing magic tricks, with the help of his patient wingman, Nate. Five kids unlikely to form a team, for sure. 

But then they’re thrown together at summer camp, where they watch a grainy old movie about the history of their town, Windrose, and one of its illustrious citizens of a bygone era: the intrepid explorer-inventor Henry Merriweather. He’s the one who established their camp. Merriweather’s Camp Pathfinders’ motto? Plus Ultra: more beyond!

The five kids soon find there is indeed “more beyond” in their pokey town with its weird weather and sudden geysers of smelly air. Deciphering a route of historical markers leads them to Merriweather’s old castle, which is lined with ornate, beautiful tiles in hallways that lead to secret rooms full of odd objects–and where time itself is warped

Kyle, Vic, Beth, Harry, and Nate witness scenes from Merriweather’s past and realize his experiments and eccentricities are pointing toward a path–that could lead to the rumored lost treasure of Windrose. 

This is the path our heroes are meant to follow, on a journey that will take them back and forth through time, through woods, and across waterways revealed by moonlight, right up to the looming Moon Tower itself–which holds Merriweather’s secret . . . and the treasure!

My Thoughts:

I found this to such a fast pace read. I really enjoyed the wide cast of characters and also the setting the the mystery that was at the heart of this novel. I really think that the finished copy of this book will have such a fun and easy to read/ and love art style. I think the plot had some pacing issues, but I am hopeful the future books in this series will get stronger and stronger. I think if your enjoy fast pace adventure stories, this would be the prefect read for you!

Wicked as you wish (Arc Review)!!

Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco

Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 3, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, fairytale

Pages: 400

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends. 

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

My Thoughts:

This book was such a welcome surprise. I loved both the set up of this book and also how this book was structured. I really was impressed and captured by the world building throughout the whole novel. I thought the main characters were super easy to become invested in and also really loved the “rag tag bunch of heroes”. I also really enjoyed the various fairy tale characters that used to that filled this world . I really loved the pace of this novel and found this book to be both super heartfelt but also really funny read. I thought some moments the world building could of been clearer but I think because this world was so vast, it was understandable. I really am excited for more books in this series eventually!

Echoes Between us (Arc Review)

Echoes Between Us  by Katie McGarry

Published by   Tor Teen on January 14, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge: 2020 release

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts―more specifically, her mother’s ghost, thanks to the blinding migraines that consume her whole life and keep Veronica on the fringes. But the haunting afterimages make her wonder if there is something more going on….

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but this All-American is hiding an adrenaline addiction that could kill him. Drawn to each other after a chance meeting, can they help each other battle the demons that haunt their every step or will they push their luck too far and risk losing it
all…including their lives?

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book as the sequel book in this series. I loved sawyer and veronica as a characters. I though this book had so many mini elements or mysteries that so nicely came together at the end. I also liked how we saw the previous couple, I wish we saw them a bit more but I loved seeing some of the smaller characters again. The lives of of these two teens also addressed so many different topics like believing in ghosts, deaths, illness and addiction and so many different facets of them both. I liked how the end of this book was structured because I felt like like the pacing helped the audience get more closure about this story. I really enjoyed this read!! I hope we get another book set in this world soon! 

Fireborne (Non-Spoiler Review)

Fireborne  by Rosaria Munda

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on October 15, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fantsay

Pages: 448

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone–even the lowborn–a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this russian inspired dragon themed novel. This book was such a strong read. I really loved the duel POV in this story and loved how their realtionship developed throughout the novel, Lee and Annie realtionship was unique and was such a strength of the novel. I also found the structure of this book to be so fun. I also really loved the dragons in this novel and it was such a fun book to read. I thought the ending could have been more expanded one, but this book was such a strong political fantsay novel that I really enjoyed.

The Mystwick School of Musicraft (arc) (Non-spolier Review)

The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury 

Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers on January 21, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantsay

Pages: 368

Format: Audibook

Source: Audible

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Amelia Jones always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create magic. So when Amelia botches her audition, she thinks her dream has met an abrupt and humiliating end—until the school agrees to give her a trial period. Amelia is determined to prove herself, vowing to do whatever it takes to become the perfect musician. Even if it means pretending to be someone she isn’t. Meanwhile, a mysterious storm is brewing that no one, not even the maestros at Mystwick, is prepared to contain. Can Amelia find the courage to be true to herself in time to save her beloved school from certain destruction?

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this audiobook so much. I loved how the music was actually included. This book had such a fun magic system that I really loved it. I found it to be such a fast pace read the kept my on my toes. I really did like the whole magic school setting and also the large cast of characters as well. The highlight of this book was the world building and the cast of characters. I really did like the trio of characters that we had. This book was such a charming read and I really hope we get another book in this series!

Adorkable (Non-Spoiler Review)

Adorkable  by Cookie O’Gorman

Published by   Entangled: Teen on December 3, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 340

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge:Arc 2019

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

Her solution: She needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal―even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life―and he’s completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, one special-edition Yoda Snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses, and begs the question:

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?

My Thoughts:

I found this read to be a rather fun read. I enjoyed how “fandom” heavy this book was. I really did like the love intreats in this book. I wish this book had also had duel POV and flew through this read. I like sally as a main character and really enjoyed the fake dating group and best friends to maybe something more themes. I really loved the soccor elements as well. I would read more by this author in the future.

The Map From here to there (Arc Review)

The Map from Here to There  by Emery Lord

Published by   Bloomsbury YA on January 7, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2020 challenge: New Release

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Acclaimed author Emery Lord crafts a gorgeous story of friendship and identity, daring to ask: What happens after happily ever after?

It’s senior year, and Paige Hancock is finally living her best life. She has a fun summer job, great friends, and a super charming boyfriend who totally gets her. But senior year also means big decisions. Weighing “the rest of her life,” Paige feels her anxiety begin to pervade every decision she makes. Everything is exactly how she always wanted it to be–how can she leave it all behind next year? In her head, she knows there is so much more to experience after high school. But in her heart, is it so terrible to want everything to stay the same forever? 

Emery Lord’s award-winning storytelling shines with lovable characters and heartfelt exploration of life’s most important questions. 

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a solid standalone novel to the first book in this series the start of me and you. I loved how this book was again set along almost a whole year of their life and took place directly after book 1. I hoped this book would have took us to the the end of summer but it only went to spring break. I am secretly hoping we get a third book to complete this series. I really loved the main characters in this book and the topics that were discussed. I loved the pace of this novel and really flew through it. I did not love the opening ending, but I am hoping we get a concluding novel. I really did loved the dynamics of this characters in this novel and how they changed from the start of this series. It was a great read!

Mind Games (Arc Review)

Mind Games  by Shanna Silver

Published by  Swoon Reads on August 27, 201

Genere: Young Adult, Mystery, Science Fiction

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

A teen programmer at a school for geniuses must join forces with a boy she can’t remember to stop a hacker from deleting their memories in Shana Silver’s action-packed YA debut, Mind Games.

Arden sells memories. Whether it’s becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing fifteen minutes of her life and all her memories of the boy across the school yard. The boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.

Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared… they’ve been removed. And she’s not the only one: her mysterious crush, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone who has the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?

My Thoughts:

I really loved how this was science fiction inspired thriller. I grew to love the main character throughout the novel. I really did like the world building and the the start of this read was super strong. I loved how memory was a major element in this story. I really did enjoy the romance and thought this book was such a solid stand alone. I thought the ending was a tad rushed at points but I would def. read more by this author in the future.

Sam Saves The Night (Arc Review)

Sam Saves the Night  by Shari Simpson

Published by  Disney-Hyperion on October 1, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure,

Pages: 256

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

What would you do if you could stay out all night and not get in trouble?
Thirteen-year-old Sam has no friends, but you can’t really blame her. She lives her life in a state of chronic exhaustion thanks to her nightly sleepwalking jaunts, which include trips to the store, treehouse-building projects, and breaking-and-entering escapades-none of which she remembers in the morning. Her condition is taking its toll on her family (and her life), so when her mom takes her to see a wacky strip-mall sleep specialist, Sam is wary, but 100 percent in.
The night after the doc works his mojo, Sam wakes up outside her body, watching herself sleep. FREAKY! But once she gets over the panic attack, she realizes there’s a whole world of detached-souls out there, called SleepWakers-cliques of kids like the Achieves, who use their sleep time to learn new things; the Numbs, who eat junk food and play video games all night long, and the OCDeeds who search for missing things and organize other people’s stuff. And then there are the Mean Dreams, led by Madalynn Sucret, the nicest girl in Sam’s school, who shows Sam that she can use her power to get back at a bully who’s been tormenting her. Sam is intrigued-until it becomes clear that Madalynn is the real bully and the “tormentor” is just, well… sad. Now Sam is faced with uniting the various tribes of SleepWakers to fight back against Madalynn and the Mean Dreams in the most epic battle the night has ever seen.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was such a fun and fast pace adventure story. This book has percy jackson vibes that i actually really wound up enjoying. I really did like the world building as well and liked how “sleepwalking” was given elements of powers. I also thought this book tackled issues that so often come up in middle school like friendship and bullying. I though the end was a tad rushed, but I really hope we get more books in this series in the future.