Category Archives: YA Series

The Graces by Laure Eve

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The Graces by Laure Eve

Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident.

SOURCE:  ARC provided by publisher for review

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Let’s see what I’m waiting on this week. . .

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Book Avengers: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Hello and welcome to our July Book Avengers post!  Today we are featuring The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.  This one has been on my TBR list for quite some time and I don’t know if you guys know this but this is Sarah’s FIRST Stiefvater.  So what are you waiting for?!  Find out what we thought!

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The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can–and cannot–be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover first-hand that power always comes with a price.

Source:  ARC received from publisher

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Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromley (Trouble #1)

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Of course I didn’t like Digby when I first met him. No one does.

The first time Philip Digby shows up on Zoe Webster’s doorstep, he’s rude and he treats her like a book he’s already read and knows the ending to.

But before she knows it, Zoe’s allowed Digby—annoying, brilliant, and somehow…attractive? Digby—to drag her into a series of hilarious, dangerous, and only vaguely legal schemes all related to the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that might be connected to the tragic disappearance of his little sister eight years ago. When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can’t say no.

But is Digby a hero? Or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exorcize his own obsessive-compulsive tendencies? And does she really care anyway?
This is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and a dynamic duo you won’t soon forget. (Goodreads)

Source: library

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Let’s see what I’m waiting on this week. . .

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 

SOURCE:  ARC picked up at ALA

Character Highlights:

Hope – I have opinions on this one and though some are great some are not so much.  I love that she has an eidetic memory and how useful that can be but her phobias are where I had the issue.  I feel like her phobias were only there at times to drive the story when she needed to have a panic attack. When she was kicking ass as part of her team?  YES!  She’s alone for 2 minutes and all of a sudden is panic city?  NO!  By the end of the book she definitely grew on me and I was more comfortable where we left so I feel confident whenever I will go into book two my opinions will shift.

Bran – I’m both surprised and not at Bran.  He keeps you on your toes for a bit but in the end I felt I knew what would happen with him and I was right.  Vindication FTW!  In a time traveling book I think it is a small accomplishment to figure out part of the plan.

Overall Thoughts:

GUYS.  My name is in a book and I don’t mean my first name.  Though the spelling of my first it isn’t as common I mean my last name.  There aren’t many with my name outside of my area of the U.S. so to see it in a book mainly set in another country?  LOVE.  ITD was a fun story to read and kept me very interested while reading because I was able to into a part of history I’m not as familiar with.  The idea to be able to go back and witness some of the greatest events in history is a powerful draw and I look forward to continuing this story further!  I loved how Ms Taylor tied in past innovators and left so much open for the story to continue in any direction that there are so many possibilities.  Also, I’m hopeful and anxious that we will get more of the past story from when her mother traveled as a younger woman.

Though a bit on the larger side for a YA it does read quickly and this is an absolute must for any history and Outlander fans!

 

4/5

kristina