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(Review) Across the Universe Trilogy

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis Publication Date: 2011 Pages: 398 (hardcover) Genre: Young Adult My Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
Goodreads Synopsis: 
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen co…

(Review) Fearless

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Fearless by Shae Ross Publication Date: August 17, 2015 Pages: 208 (ebook) Genre: New Adult My Goodreads Rating: 3 (2.5) Stars
Goodreads Synopsis:
Every fighter has a weakness...
Devi Dalton won't let anyone hold her back. With the help of her friends, she's taken control of her future and traded her messed-up family life for a new job in Manhattan. Her only obstacle? Ben Winslow, the sexy friend she's desperately trying to resist. If she's going to succeed, she can't afford to be distracted, no matter how hot the chemistry burns between them.

Cage fighter Ben spent six months trying to convince Devi to take a chance on a relationship. Now that they've reunited in New York, he's not letting her push him away again. They're more than friends-always have been-and he'll do whatever it takes to prove it to her. First, he has a few demons of his own to slay...one of which could ruin his chances with her for forever.

But every fighter has a weakness.

Ben's …

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Children's Books

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This week is a FREEBIE Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly feature on from The Broke and the Bookish. I haven't done one in a while simply because they just weren't topics I could really get into...but also because I forgot.

School is back in full swing now and I'm starting to get back to teacher life. Since that's happening I decided to go with my Top Ten Favorite Children's Books for this post.

I love Harry Potter big. Like, way big. There are things in this series that I'll probably never get over and things I still need to know. I also don't believe that Harry Potter is just for kids. It's magic, who doesn't love magic? 
My feelings about Percy Jackson are fairly similar to those of Harry Potter. This series is all about Greek mythology from the point of view of the snarkiest kid on the planet. But seriously, watching Percy grow through all ten (YES, TEN) of the series and companion series books is so, so awesome. 
Skippyjon is my favorite Siamese cat/chi…

(Review) 99 Days

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99 Days by Katie Cotugno Publication Date: June 2, 2015 Pages: 384 (Hardcover) Genre: Young Adult/New Adult My Goodreads Rating: 3 (2.5) Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the …

(Review) Joyride

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Joyride by Anna Banks Publication Date: June 2, 2015 Pages: 288 (Kindle) Genre: Young Adult My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Goodreads Synopsis:
A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their …

(Review) Even in Paradise

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Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot Publication Date: October 14, 2014 Pages: 360 (Hardcover) Genre: Young Adult My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Goodreads Synopsis:
When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden... until now.

My Review:  This book and I went on a short adventure before our time together even started. I requested it from the library …

(Review) Every Last Word

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone Publication Date: June 16, 2015 Pages: 368 (Hardcover) Genre: Young Adult My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly v…