Book Review – Juliet Takes a Breath

Title:Juliet Takes a Breath
Author: Gabby Rivera
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Genre: Graphic novel | YA | LGBT
Length: 176 pages
Published:  Nov 25th 2020
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Synopsis:
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But don’t worry, Juliet has something kinda resembling a plan that’ll help her figure out what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian and out. See, she’s going to intern with Harlowe Brisbane – her favorite feminist author, someone’s who’s the last work on feminism, self-love and lots of of ther things that will help Juliet find her ever elusive epiphany. There’s just one problem – Harlowe’s white, not from the Bronx and doesn’t have the answers. Okay, maybe that’s more than one problem but Juliet never said it was a perfect plan…

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Book Review – Cinderella is dead

Title:Cinderella is dead
Author: Kalynn Bayron
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Genre: Fantasy | YA | LGBT
Length: 400 pages
Published:  July 7th 2020
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Synopsis:
It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.
Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

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Book review – You Should See Me in a Crown

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Title:You should see me in a crown
Author: Leah Johnson
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Genre: Fiction|Contemporary |Young Adut|LGBT
Length: 328 pages
Published: June 2nd 2020
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Synopsis:
Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
     But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.
      The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

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Book Review – A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

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Title: A song of Wraiths and Ruin Author:  Roseanne A. Brown
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Series: A song of Wraiths and Ruin #1
Genre: Young Adut |Fantasy
Length: 480 pages
Published:  June 2nd 2020
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    Synopsis:
 For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, he strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
      But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
         When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other.

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June Book Haul

As this is my first book haul I would like to offer I small disclaimer (?!) What I want to do for my book hauls is to present to you the books that I buy, why I bought them, and what I remember about the story. No cheating by reading synopses or Goodreads.

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So I went a little overboard with me June book buying. Just a little… In my defense, I was left unsupervised and … yeah. I got nothing. I just bought a ton of books because I have no self-control, so let’s get going!

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Book Review – Norse Mythology

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Title:Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
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Genre: Fantasy|Mythology
Length: 301 pages
Published: February 7th 2017
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Synopsis:
Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

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Book Review – The Near Witch

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Title: The Near Witch
Author: V.E. Schwab
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Genre: Fiction
Length: 284 pages
Published: August 2nd 2011
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Synopsis:
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

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Book Review – Kingdom of Souls

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Title:Kingdom of Souls
Author: Rena Barron
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Series: Kingdom of Souls #1
Genre: Fantasy|Young Adult
Length: 496 pages
Published: September 3rd 2019
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Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.
There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

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