August 2020 Mini-Reviews

*We received both of these books in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: The Bad Boy and The Tomboy by Nicole Nwosu

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Macy Anderson’s life revolves around school and soccer. She has a great group of friends and a close relationship with her dad and younger brother.

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Review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

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Maddie’s childhood was perfect. As the daughter a U.S. Secret Service Agent, Maddie spent a lot of time at the White House. Her best friend happened to be the U.S. President’s son. 

After a failed kidnapping attempt of the first lady by a Russian organization, leaving Maddie’s dad shot in the process, he packs them up and moves to Alaska. He retires from the service and wants to keep Maddie safe from dangerous criminals.

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Blog Tour: Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

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Welcome to Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. Liliana Cruz thought her life was fairly ordinary. She went to school and came home to her parents and little brothers. Except, her dad hasn’t been home in a month and her mom won’t say where he is. Then she gets accepted into METCO, a program where inner city students get bused to high-rated suburban schools. Seemingly overnight, Liliana’s world goes upside down. She misses her dad, her best friend and not being a minority at school.

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Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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We enjoyed our first virtual book club with Bards Alley! It was so much fun talking about A Very Large Expanse of Sea with fellow YA readers. So, we’re going to do our review a bit differently this time. Instead of just telling you our thoughts, we’re going to mention a few of our discussion questions and the reactions.

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Review: Majesty by Katharine McGee

Majesty (American Royals, #2) by Katharine McGee

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Picking up a few weeks after American Royals left off, Beatrice is now the Queen of the United States of America…and she’s only in her early 20s. As she returns to D.C. after the family drama, she’s expected to get married right away– and not to the guy she wants to be with.

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Review: Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

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Audrey Lee has finally achieved her life-long dream of making the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. After suffering a devastating spine injury and defying odds by returning to training, Audrey is hoping to go out with a bang in Tokyo. With her best friend, Emma, on the team, Audrey finally feels like her hard work has paid off. The world expects the U.S. team to win gold, and the girls expect to leave Tokyo Olympic champions. 

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Review: Westcott High by Sarah Mello

Westcott High

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At the prestigious and cut-throat Westcott High, you’re either a Violet or a Cobalt. Violets are wealthy socialites from the Hills; Cobalts are scholarship students from the Valleys. Sonny Carter, a Violet, wants to make it through her junior year of high school in one piece after her older sister was involved in a scandal that rocked Westcott to its core. With the dream of attending an Ivy League and pursuing her writing, Sonny knows her best shot at standing out amongst her over-achieving classmates is to secure a spot as one of the Chosen Ten– a group of students competing for a prestigious award. 

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June 2020 Mini-Reviews

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

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Anna wanted to get away from Brooklyn, so the summer before she starts college, she goes to the Hamptons to work as a nanny for a rich family. Herron Mills is nothing like Bay Ridge. Everyone has large estates and the town is so clean and picture perfect. However, as soon as Anna arrives to spend the summer taking care of Paisley, strange things start happening.

People stare at Anna on the street. For some reason, she feels she has been here before. But, that’s impossible. Her mom never had the money to bring Anna to a place so upscale. 

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