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Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

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A cappella just got a makeover.

Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.

In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.

Source: I received a finished copy from the publisher, Amulet Books. Thank you so much!

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2017 Reading Goals

2017 Reading Goals

Guys.  Not only was 2016 a garbage fire for all sorts of things out in the world but in my own little corner of the world it wasn’t the best for reading.  I dropped my goal and still didn’t make it.  In fact, it pains me to say this but as I write this post I haven’t read a book in over a month.  OVER A MONTH.  Believe me it’s not because I didn’t want to, it is just life kind of got in the way and took over all my free time.  2017 though?  I’m hoping to change all of that and get myself back to reading and reviewing like normal.

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The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

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Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

Source: egalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2 by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Source: purchased

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Reading Without Walls Blog Tour

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Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor Blog Tour

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On sale August 23, 2016

Roaring Brook Press

Source: ARC from the publisher for review purposes

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A Week of Mondays Blog Tour: Best and Worst Mondays

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Happy Monday, guys! I am pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Jessica Brody’s upcoming book, A Week of Mondays, presented by MacMillan. Today we’re talking about what our hypothetical best and worst Mondays would be.

Just to recap:

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