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Bookish Academy Award Tag

I’ve been wanting to do a book tag post for a few months, and thought this would be the perfect first one when I saw it at Step Into A Book World. You can check out Amber’s tag post here.

For the purposes of narrowing down my options for these categories, I only included books I read in 2017. And with the exception of one book, I did not to use any title more than once.

What do you think of my picks? Chime in with your thoughts in the comments, and try out the post on your blog!

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Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone

If you dabble in reading YA books, you know about this book. It’s the next big thing. I attended the NOVA Teen Book Festival a earlier this month and was so lucky to hear her speak. And to meet her during a book signing! I’ve never been this excited for a book before, during and after reading it. Since I picked it up, I’ve been praising it to everyone I meet, who I may usually recommend books to. If YA is your thing, if fantasy is your thing, you need to read this book ASAP. Stop reading this review and get a copy of this book from your local bookstore or library.

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Unravel Me

Unravel Me is the second book in the Shatter Me series by Tahreh Mafi & it’s got a lot going on. A secret underground compound, new allies, & possibly more people like Juliette… Not to mention the fact that we still have the Restablishment trying to thwart our heroes the only way they know how, destruction. A war is looming on the horizon, are you prepared?

The Summary

This will not be spoiler free, sorry! But I will bold before a spoiler pops up so look out!!

Juliette, Adam, James & Kenji have made it safely to the underground compound known as Omega Point. It’s a safe haven for those who want to fight against the rebellion & spoiler… those that are a little different like Juliette. So Jules isn’t a fluke or freak of nature, there are others that have abilities like her, only less lethal & killer.

Adam’s all healed up, James is enjoying a change of scenery & Kenji is hilarious & actually seems to know what he’s doing. Oh & spoiler… Warner’s still alive.

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Book Review: Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl is a book that I really wanted to like, but had…cautious…expectations for it. Despite my caution, it ended up being quite a disappointment.

The Summary

Serendipity “Pity” Jones escapes her horrible father and their restrictive dystopian commune. She ends up in the Las Vegas of her country, and finds a job as a performing gunslinger at an acclaimed theater. As she tries to find her way in this strange society, a lot of sinister forces are hiding in the shadows…
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Book Review: Love, Hate & Other Filters

Since I missed last Friday’s post, have a happy three-post blog week! Friday’s post was intended to be on this book. It wasn’t on my radar, but a coworker gave me access to her ARC collection and I picked this one up out of the stack. By the time I read it, the book had already been published.

The Summary

American-Indian Muslim teen Maya Aziz is living out what you might expect from any teen…choosing between what her parents want for her, and what Maya actually wants. The tumultuous nature of Maya’s life, and the conflict with her parents, falls even more apart when a horrible crime is committed by someone with her family’s last name.
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Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5)

Destroy Me is a Shatter Me novella set in Warner’s POV. It’s less than 100 pages and certainly worth the read if you’re into the series. It’s a great insight as to how Warner feels after Juliette leaves & his thought process as to what to do next. Plus it explains why he’s so obsessed with her.

The Summary

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Book Review: Nice Try, Jane Sinner

An unexplainable force drew me to this book. And clearly that force knew what it was doing because Nice Try, Jane Sinner was a surprising delight. It’s a book I needed, even if I didn’t know I needed it until I was reading it.

The Summary

A personal incident sends Jane’s life spiraling out of control. When Jane decides not to finish high school, the only acceptable course of action as dictated by her parents is to attend the nearby community college. She agrees to do it…as long as she may move out. What she doesn’t share is that she is moving into the home of the college’s low budget YouTube reality series. Jane is all in to win it.

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Book Review: The Belles

I find that my opinion falls in the same camp as everyone else. This book is beautiful on the outside, both in physical nature and in summary, but dark and twisted and rotten on the inside. And I mean that in a good way. The Belles is a book that makes you think. Then think some more. It’s been a few weeks since I read this and I am still thinking about it.

The Summary

Camellia is a Belle in the world of Orléans. Belles are beloved above all else because they control the beauty in Orléans. It’s not just enough for Camellia to be one of the Belles, however, she wants to be the Favorite Belle…the one who has most say in beauty standards created in Orléans. As Camellia gets closer to the royals, and to the role of Favorite, she discovers that a lot of sinister happenings are hidden behind the happily portrayed world of the Belles. It’s part fantasy, part mystery, and all social commentary, as I’ll discuss below the cut.

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Book Review: Heart of Iron

I first watched the Anastasia movie a few years ago. The story, after all, sounds amazing. The movie, however, bored me. I could hardly focus on it. Despite my movie boredom, my appreciation of the story made me eager to read Heart of Iron. Unfortunately, this led to yet another Anastasia disappointment. Maybe I’m not as enamored by the story as I thought I was.

The Summary

Criminal Ana is on a mission with metal (robot) D09 (Di) and alien (by our standards) Jax to find coordinates that lead to a long forgotten ship that could save D09 from a memory core glitch fatality. This mission puts them in the path of Robb, of semi-royal blood, who needs the coordinates to find his long missing father. After a lot of sci-fi intrigue and some royal revelations, I’m still not sure how I feel about this book.

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Book Review: The Hazel Wood

If this book is in fact adapted to film, I have high demands. It must start in black and white, and have dated costumes and lots of drinking and smoking and an excess of pressed suits and trench coats. If the pre-Hinterland action is styled to fit in with the rest of film noir history, then the adaptation is a failure. I don’t want it to be a failure. This eerie, film noir fairy tale book was impressive and unique and would make such a great movie if stylistically it is done accurately.

The Summary

Alice and her mother have been on the move their entire lives, cursed with bad luck hitting them at every place they live. When Alice’s grandmother dies, it seems like the curse may lift. After an unwelcome coffee shop visit from a deranged fan of a book Alice’s grandmother wrote, however, Alice isn’t so sure the curse is gone. Then her mother is kidnapped…by the very people her absentee grandmother once wrote about.

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