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The House by Christina Lauren

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Happy Halloween everyone! There's nothing quite like reading stories with a spooky side to them, and that's exactly what I'm going to be reviewing today. The book on today's agenda is The House by Christina Lauren!






What's The Story?
Delilah Blue is obsessed with all sorts of spooky things. Her second obsession, however, is a boy who goes by the name of Gavin Timothy. He was the reason that Delilah was sent away to boarding school, but Delilah can't stay away now that she's back in town. But a greater force tries to tear the two of them apart. As both Gavin grows closer to Delilah, he shares a secret that brings her both delight and fear. His house is far from ordinary, and it is not pleased with Delilah's presence.








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I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into The House. I know that Christina Lauren is well-known for writing romance novels, but I'll admit that this is the first work I've read of hers. With that being said, this was a gr…

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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Summer might be coming to a close, but the season for reading is all year round! So I'd like to start the month of September off with a charming story. Today's book review is about Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!







What's The Story?
Audrey is on her break from school, trying to recover from a horrible bullying incident that left her with panic attacks. Because of the effect this incident had on her, she no longer feels the urge to venture outside her house or make eye contact with others. Her therapist encourages her to film a documentary, recording the interactions between her and her parents and older brother. Not only does the documentary give Audrey a way to express herself, but it also gives her a chance to talk to Linus, her friend's brother who believes that she can get better.















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This story is a wonderful tale on so many levels! Sophie Kinsella takes the deep topic of social anxiety and puts a heartwarming twist on it. So let's dive right into the things…

We All Looked Up: A Spectacular and Philosophical YA Read!

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WOW! That's about the most accurate word that I can use to start things off: Wow!

I went into this story thinking that it was going to be nothing more than another YA novel, but I was totally wrong! This book ended delivering so much more than I was expecting and overall was just so surprisingly good. I knew immediately after reading that I needed to talk to you all about this author's wonderful work, and that's exactly what I'm doing right now!

So without further ado, I'm going to tell you all about the amazing We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach!









What's The Story?
An asteroid named Ardor has been spotted within space, and now scientists are confirming that it would hit in two months and destroy large swarms of life in its path. Meanwhile, four high school seniors from Seattle are receiving the news about what is about to come. They all end up coming to the conclusion that they have been worrying about things that would be meaningless if there was no more time l…

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

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Hey everybody! Today's review is going to be about The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. I haven't really reviewed many YA contemporary stories, so I thought now would be the right time to do one. So let's go!











What's The Story?
It has been one year since Paige Hancock's boyfriend died in a swimming accident. But after practically shutting out the world for two years, she thinks that it is time to have a second chance at high school. She begins to form a plan, the first objective within it being to get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to go on a date with her. The second of her objectives being to join a club, which in the beginning seems simple. But when Ryan's cousin, Max, comes to town and persuades Paige to join the school's QuizBowl team, the perfect plan totally backfires. 













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While there was a couple things I didn't like as much with this story, I ended up liking The Start of Me and You a lot more than I originally planned to. So let's get starte…

Why I Loved: The Summer I Saved the World... in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

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Hello everybody, and welcome to another installment in my series of "Why I Loved" posts! Along with the fun of summertime, there comes a gigantic amount of stories to add to out reading lists. So with that being said, today I'm going to be sharing with you a cute and fun read that's perfect if you're in need of a happy summertime story. And that book is The Summer I Saved the World... in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz.

Now the funny thing about this book is that I read it for the first time back in January. No kidding! I read it then even though it was a LONG time away from the peak of summer. But to celebrate the season I gave it a second read, and it is just awesome. That's the word I'd use if I was told to describe it in one word: Awesome.

But there's so many others you can use: Cute, sweet, light-hearted, happy, joyful... That list goes on and on.

Alright enough chit-chat from me, let's get into the review!










What's The Story?
Thirteen-yea…

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Awhile back I reviewed The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and ever since I've wanted to try out another one of his works. This time around I'm going to be talking about The Rest of Us Just Live Here, so here we go!









What's The Story?
Mikey is far from being one of The Chosen Ones. The only things on his mind are going to prom, graduating and heading off to college one day. But in his family arises issues as his mother starts a political campaign and his father sinks deeper into alcoholism. Not to mention what is going on with his sisters, and how his best friend is now super secretive. While Mikey guides himself through these issues, he notices that the "indie kids" with superpowers at his school are training for what appears to be some extraordinary event. So now he must witness what will occur in his town of ordinary people, when everything that took place there in the past has been everything but ordinary.












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Picks For Kids: The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote

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Hey everybody, and welcome to the first post in a new segment here called Picks For Kids. Within the time that I've been doing this blog, most of the literature I've talked about has been YA. So it's come to my attention that now would be a good time to review some good children's or middle grade stories. And thus Picks For Kids was born!

There's nothing quite like the gift of good books, and there is great reward when you share the gift of reading with children. It can bring joy to kids of all ages and take them to worlds they never dreamed of. And that's the goal with this new segment: To find great stories for people to share with young ones.

So without further ado, let me talk about a cute and fun adventure story: The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote!









What's The Story?
A Scottish terrier named Max is taking his usual trot around the lake when he hears a voice calling from the reeds, urging him to "follow the fire cloud". Leav…