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Review: The Nutcracker Curse by Margo Ryerkerk (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Nutcracker Curse (Cursed Fairy Tale #1)

Author: Margo Ryerkerk

Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling

Publication Date: December 1, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

12 days.
4 realms.
Break the curse.
Or turn into a nutcracker.

Princess Clara thought she knew the main threat to her freedom.

She was wrong.

At seventeen years old, Clara isn’t ready to marry, and yet that’s what she must do as the crown princess of Austria.

However, getting to know the foreign princes visiting her kingdom becomes the least of Clara’s worries when she picks up a bespelled nutcracker and unleashes a deadly curse. She has twelve days to find and feed the nutcracker the magical nut Crackatook. If she fails, her soul will be trapped inside the toy for all eternity and her body will turn to wood.

Instead of relying on her suitors or the king’s men to find the cure, Clara saddles her unicorn and sneaks out of the palace. Her childhood friend Philip notices her leaving and makes her choose between returning to the castle or allowing him to come along.

Reluctantly, Clara agrees to him joining her, and soon, they are off to lands filled with mythical creatures.

Will they survive all trials and find the Crackatook in time? Or will Clara’s soul become trapped in the nutcracker and her body turn to wood?

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Review: Pulp by Robin Talley (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Pulp

Author: Robin Talley

Genre: YA LGBT Historical Fiction/Contemporary

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.

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Blog Tour/Review: Toxic by Lydia Kang (Spoiler Free)

Hey everyone!

I’m here today to help kick off the blog tour for Toxic by Lydia Kang, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. You can find the schedule here. Be sure to check out the content that the other awesome blogs are sharing. I’m sharing my review, and there’s a giveaway at the end of this post if you stick around. Let’s jump in.

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Review: Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Illusions

Author: Madeline J. Reynolds

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Thomas Pendelton was born into wealth and prestige. He has a sensitive heart and wants nothing more than to write poetry. Instead, he is apprenticing for Neville Wighton the Great, an aging magician who has become somewhat crazed over the years in his pursuit of fame. With Thomas’ help, Wighton is about to premiere the greatest illusion seen by man, for Thomas possesses something no other illusionist has: real magic. Many in the theatrical world are desperate to learn Wighton’s big secret. One such magician is Paolo il Magnifico. His apprentice, Saverio Moretti, is also seeking the answer. He has a scheme to get close to Wighton by seducing Thomas but seduction turns to real feelings. Now the young men must struggle to keep the secret of their romance, as well as the secret of Thomas’ magic, as both of these things could cost Thomas his life. Through journal entries, posters, letters, and other documents, ILLUSIONS is a story of love, betrayal, and of course, magic.

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Review: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Darkest Star (Origin #1)

Author: Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Romance

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

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Review: Home and Away by Candice Montgomery (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Home and Away

Author: Candice Montgomery

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

Tasia Quirk is young, Black, and fabulous. She’s a senior, she’s got great friends, and a supportive and wealthy family. She even plays football as the only girl on her private high school’s team.

But when she catches her mamma trying to stuff a mysterious box in the closet, her identity is suddenly called into question. Now Tasia’s determined to unravel the lies that have overtaken her life. Along the way, she discovers what family and forgiveness really mean, and that her answers don’t come without a fee. An artsy bisexual boy from the Valley could help her find them—but only if she stops fighting who she is, beyond the color of her skin.

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Review: Raging Rival Hearts by Olivia Wildenstein (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Raging Rival Hearts (The Lost Clan Series #4)

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I WAS A PRINCESS. I WAS ENGAGED. I WAS ALMOST IMMORTAL.

Breaking my engagement to the man I had loved my entire life was a dangerous move, one that got me expelled from the faerie isle. I’d known the risks, though. I’d known that if Cruz, Cat or my brother didn’t find a way to get me home, the fire in my veins would dwindle until it was gone, and with it my life.

Months slid by, and still nothing. With mere weeks left to live, I set out on a last adventure: discover if more Daneelies had survived the massacre, the same way Catori’s ancestor had. Although I’d decided to go alone, Kajika insisted on accompanying me.

I wanted to believe he was coming because he liked me. But I was still the enemy…the mute girl whom he could hear speak when no one else could…the one person who could track him when he didn’t want to be found.

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Review: Salt & Venom by Amy McNulty (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Salt & Venom (Blood, Bloom, & Water #2)

Author: Amy McNulty

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

An emboldened merman. The daring girl who agreed to be his champion. The upcoming battle that threatens to change everything they believe in.

Ivy Sheppard never wanted the ability to turn into a mermaid—though her wicked ice powers are nothing to sneeze at. Now her step-sister is her enemy, the fairy she once trusted may not be the ally she hoped for, and her new boyfriend wants her to transfer schools to avoid the vampires taking over Union High. Between dodging parents’ concerns, pretending she can stand to even look at the step-sister who sided with the bloodsuckers, and still aiming to end it all without violence, Ivy is in over her head. Unfortunately, these ancient enemies are itching to get the conflict started and Ivy may have no choice but to become the warrior the merfolk need her to be.

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Review: Freedom Trials by Meredith Tate (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Freedom Trials

Author: Meredith Tate

Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Evelyn Summers is imprisoned for a crime that was wiped from her memory.

In order for Evelyn to be released, she―along with other “reformed” prisoners―must pass seven mental, physical, and virtual challenges known as the Freedom Trials. One mistake means execution and, with her history of being a snitch, her fellow inmates will do everything they can to get revenge.

When new prisoner Alex Martinez arrives, armed with secrets about Evelyn’s missing memories, she must make a choice. She can follow the rules to win and walk free, or covertly uncover details of the crime that sent her there. But competing in the trials and dredging up her erased past may cost Evelyn the one thing more valuable than freedom: her life.

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