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November 2016

Book Review: The Sister by Louise Jensen-3 Stars

Grace lost her father a young age and blames herself. At a new school she meets Charlie, and the pair instantly become best friends. But when they turn 18, Charlie disappears and then dies, leaving Grace emotionally distraught and left with secrets. Charlie always wanted to find her dad, so Grace is determined to do so after her death. When she meets a girl named Anna who claims to be Charlie’s step sister, crazy things start to happen. Grace takes sleeping medication and drinks regularly to numb her pain, and mixed with secrets and her stupidity and naivete , what can possibly go wrong? 

Definitely scary and thrilling, with a twist I honestly wasn’t expecting. Really loving psychological thrillers lately!

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Book Review: Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker-5 Stars

This book is hilarious. Full of sad but sometimes comical facts about all different kinds of animals, complete with that particular animal’s feeling about their issue! I was cracking up the whole time while reading.  Some of my favorites were:

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There’s also an appendix at the end giving more detail and explanation on each specific sad animal fact!

Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover- 5 Stars

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This is my second Hoover book and I’m already hooked. Her novels are like a Lifetime movie which I LOVE! They’re a little dark, raw, real, gritty, and sexy.

When Sky and Holder meet for the first time, Sky’s taken aback by Holder’s intense and scary personality. After spending more and more time together, the chemistry becomes more and more obvious, but rumors, pasts, and secrets can turn everything they know upside down. Will the truth about who Sky really is tear them apart? This book is SO powerful and it makes my heart utterly hurt, but I think it’s a must read!

Book Review: The Hunt by Megan Shepherd-4 Stars

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Possible spoilers if you haven’t read the first book, “The Cage”.

Wow!!! I think this was even better than the first book! After trying and failing to escape the Cage, Cora is betrayed by Cassian, Warden of the Kindred. Now, she’s placed in a menagerie, called The Hunt, a safari-like simulated world where humans are held to take Kindred on hunts, as well as perform for them. It’s really creepy!

Cassian wants Cora to participate in The Gauntlet to prove that humans are an intelligent species. After his stinging betrayal, she agrees-but on her terms. New characters are introduced and it’s unclear who’s trustworthy.

Complete with forbidden romance, twisted games, telekinetic powers, and a shocking ending, I really recommend “The Hunt!” I can’t wait for book three, “The Gauntlet.”

Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover-4 Stars

There’s not a lot I can say about this book without giving spoilers but it is a very emotional, raw, real-life book. My heart and emotions were so invested in this book. The characters seem SO REAL that you will feel everything Lily feels! Full of heartache, abuse, first love, tough decisions, and finding out how strong one can be, this book is honest and powerful. It’s hard to read, and I have an ache in my soul now, but I highly recommend.

These lyrics were stuck in my head throughout the book:

“Do you feel like a man
When you push her around?
Do you feel better now, as she falls to the ground?
Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s got to end
As your lies crumble down, a new life she has found.”

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Book Review: Srsly Hamlet by Courtney Carbone (and William Shakespeare)-4 stars

As a self proclaimed “Shakespeare Purist,” when I first saw this online I thought it was blasphemous! Making a mockery of Hamlet?! But it is hilarious! “Srsly Hamlet” is the tragedy of Hamlet told in text message format with emojis and modern day acronyms! If you love Shakespeare and also constantly talk in emojis, you need to read this. I think it will be especially great for teens in school, after they’ve read the original play, to read this as a follow up. I love how emotions were conveyed with specific emojis! I knocked off one star because no mention was made to poor Yorick in the cemetery scene. Overall, a really funny and up-to-date take on Hamlet.

Book Review: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson-5 Stars

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I’ll Give You the Sun is a beautiful, magical story told from the point of views of twins Jude and Noah. Noah’s story is mostly their younger years, while Jude’s is in the present, at 16 years old. The two were so close and inseparable they were simply NoahandJude. But when tragedy strikes, secrets are kept, and lies are told, the world as they knew it completely changes.

This book is simply a work of art. The writing style is different and unique (an abundance of metaphors) but I believe it fits the feel of the novel. It’s powerful, romantic, and thought-provoking, with a hint of magic. I’m so glad my friend Rainey recommend (demand) I read it!

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