Review: Illuminae

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Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
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Genre: Science Fiction, YA
MVP: Aidan
Rating: ★★★★★/ 5

Book Description:
The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the space ships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ships protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth its clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him. A fantastically original, heart-stopping adventure where everything is definitely more dangerous than it seems.
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Review: Uglies

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Author: Scott Westerfeld
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Genre: Science Fiction, YA
MVP: Tally Youngblood
Rating: ★★★ / 5

Book Description:

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license – for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. Continue reading

Review: Chasing Atlantis

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 Author: Kelly Coughlin
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Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
MVP: Ty
Rating: ★★★ / 5

Book Description:
Chasing Atlantis is riveting, and exciting until the very end. A story that keeps you guessing and questioning the very framework of humanity. One girl’s courage to face the truth about her family and her past will reveal the truth about what Atlantis really represents. Amy believes her yearly pilgrimage to the beach will be just like every other time but she is wrong–dead wrong. As she comes of age she finds herself surrounded by people who want to use her, but for what purpose is still undecided. Who can she trust? Her family friend since childhood? Or this strange mystery boy who can drown her with his eyes?Only time will tell.

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Book Review: Matched

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Author:
Ally Condie
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Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA
MVP: Ky Markham
Rating: ★★ / 5

Book Description:

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

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Review: Ghost Huntress; the awakening (#1)

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Author: Marley Gibson
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Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Rating: ★★★★ / 5

Book Description:
The first in a trilogy. Get out your tape recorders, crystals, and extra batteries you re about to go where our world meets the spirit world. Psychic Kids, Paranormal State, Haunting Evidence these and countless other television shows are making believers out of millions of people: Ghosts exist, and they re living right beside us. For centuries, individuals have been trying to prove the existence of ghosts. But without hard evidence, its been difficult to make the case. But now as science and technology have progressed, ghost hunters have been able to use scientific means, along with more traditional psychic tools, to make their case. Photographs, video recordings, and sound recordings are all producing some amazing results.

In this new series, Ghost Huntress, meet Kendall Moorehead, a seemingly typical teen. When her family moves from Chicago to the small historical town of Radisson, Georgia, her psychic abilities awaken. She’s hearing, feeling, and seeing things that seem unbelievable at first, but with the help of the town psychic, Kendall is able to come to terms with her newly emerging gift. So, together with her new BFF, Celia, Kendall forms a ghost hunting team. They’ve got all the latest technology. They’ve got Kendall for their psychic. Now they re going to clean up Radisson of its less savory spirits. The story is fiction. The science is real. Welcome to a new reality. Continue reading

Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe

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Author: Lauren Graham
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Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
MVP: Franny Banks
Rating: ★★★★★ / 5

Book Description:
Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three-year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates – Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material – and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.

Meanwhile, she dreams of doing “important” work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It’s hard to tell if she’ll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won’t call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job. Continue reading

getting to know me

13572541-girl-at-the-computer-printsnew blog. new year. same me.

For years I have lurked when it came to blogs; I follow hundreds of people and I have played around occasionally with blogs of my own. Mostly it was to post random photos/gifs/recipes and links to my fanfic. (Yes, I write fanfic – some of the best writing i’ve read over the years has been fanfic). Recently however, my fellow timtam enthusiast and psych bff, Rozzie ,suggested I use the blog space to track my progress through my Bach degree and use a blog as a tool to help reinforce my learning. She’s one pretty smart chick, so I figured she must be on to something here.

So here is my first post…. Continue reading