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What?? A Book Review?! | Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

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Random Quote of the Day: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

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Title: Anya’s Ghost

Author(s): Vera Brosgol

Genre: Graphic Novel, YA, Fantasy

Page Count: 221

Published: June 7th, 2011

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

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“Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part.

Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.

Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.

Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.”

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So, yes, I am too surprised that I am actually typing up a review post, but here I am! However, I was hoping this GN was going to get me out of my slump and influence me to read, but it didn’t. Anyways, here’s the review.

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|| The Feels: 1/5 || Characters: 2.5/5 || Character Development: 2/5 ||Plot: 3.5/5 || Interest: 3.85/5 || Writing: 3.5/5 || Narration: 3/5 || Flow of Reading: 5/5 ||Ending: 4/5

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Book Review | Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

bi-weekly-wrap-up-21Random Quote of the Day: “First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.” – Thomas a Kempis

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Title: Girl in Pieces

Author(s): Kathleen Glasgow

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Page Count: 416

Published: August 30th, 2016

Format: Hardback

Source: Sent in Exchange for Honest Review via Blogging for Books

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Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.”

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I was really excited to read GIP because I had heard pretty good things about it, and how it has been compared with Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (a novel I thoroughly enjoyed). So when I saw it on BFB I had to request it! (:

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|| The Feels: 4/5 || Characters: 3.5/5 || Character Development: 4/5 || Plot: 3.5/5 || Interest: 3.85/5 || Writing: 4.5/5 || Narration: 4/5 || Flow of Reading: 4.5/5 ||Ending: 4/5

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Book Review | The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

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Random Fact of the Day: Over one million stray dogs live in the New York City metropolitan area.

Title: The Wolf Road

Author(s): Beth Lewis

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Page Count: 352

Published: July 5th, 2016

Format: Hardback

Source: Sent in Exchange for Honest Review via Blogging for Books

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Image resultTrue Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller–narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer, and that she may be his next victim.

In the remote wilds of a ravaged land, Elka has been raised by a man who isn’t her father. Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven, he has taught her how to hunt, shoot, set snares and start fires–everything she needs to survive. All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles, leaving men at the mercy of the elements–and each other.

Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret. Armed with nothing but her knife and her wiles, she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents.

But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path, Elka realizes that daddy won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, she’ll have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about what he’s turned her into.”

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I was honestly a little hesitant, but I haven’t read a mystery/thriller in a LONG time, so I was excited to get to it.

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|| The Feels: 3/5 || Emotions: Excited, Thrilled, Bored || Characters: 4/5 || Character Development: 4/5 || Plot: 4/5 || Interest: 3.5/5 || Writing: 4/5 || Narration: 4/5 || Flow of Reading: 4.5/5 ||Ending: 4/5

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Disease & Comedy? | Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by J. Andrews

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Random Fact of the Day: Diet Pepsi was originally called Patio Diet Cola.

Title: Me And Earl and the Dying Girl

Author(s): Jesse Andrews

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Page Count: 295

Published: March 1st, 2012

Format: Hardback

Source: Purchased

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“Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.”

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I don’t even remember where I discovered this book (it was probably from Booktube), but I randomly decided to read it this month because I was in need of a good laugh! If there’s one thing about this book that I’ve heard continuously, it’s the fact that it’s hilarious (which it was!!!).

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|| The Feels: 2.5/5 || Emotions: Humour, Bored, Confused || Characters: 3/5 || Character Development: 2/5 || Plot: 3/5 || Interest: 4/5 || Writing: 4/5 || Narration: 4/5 || Flow of Reading: 4.5/5 ||Ending: 3/5

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Realistic and Cry-Worthy? | Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher

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Random Fact of the Day: Walt Disney World generates about 120,000 pounds of garbage every day.

*REVIEW MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS. READ AT OWN RISK*

Title: Gracie’s Song

Author(s): Michelle Schlicher

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Page Count: 223

Published: 2016

Format: Paperback

Source: Sent in exchange for an honest review

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“Everything can be undone.” That’s what someone tells Gracie Brannen, but she’s doubtful. After graduation, she walked away from everyone she knew with barely a word. Ten years later, she’s back. Even as familiar places and faces bring back old pain, Gracie finds hope in rebuilding old ties and forging new ones. Maybe everything can’t be undone, but perhaps everything can be overcome.

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One day, I was on GR just scrolling through, and I saw this novel on my recommendations list. So, always looking for recommendations, I clicked on the novel, read the synopsis, and of course some of the reviews. I thought it sounded really intriguing, so yes, I added it to my TBR. But then I kept reading more and more reviews, and I stopped and asked myself, “Should I contact this author and request a review copy???” I hesitated, but then (I guess I was feeling REALLY rebellious) I did!! Keep in mind this is my first time actually ASKING for a review copy from an author, so the fact that Schlicher was SO kind and was able to send me a signed copy was such a huge win for me 🙂 THANK YOU, MICHELLE!! ☺️

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|| The Feels: 4/5 || Emotions: Angst, Humour, Love || Characters: 4/5 || Character Development: 4.5/5 || Plot: 4/5 || Interest: 4/5 || Writing: 4/5 || Narration: 4/5 || Flow of Reading: 4.5/5 ||Ending: 4/5

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My First NA Read! | This Is Me by C.E. Wilson

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Random Fact of the Day: Slugs have 4 tentacles.

Title: This Is Me

Author(s): C.E. Wilson

Genre: NA, Romance, Sci-Fi

Page Count: 310

Published: August 11th, 2016 (today!!!)

Format: Kindle Edition

Source: Sent in exchange for an honest review

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Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket.

One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel?

As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant.

With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming?

What really makes a person a person?
Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?”


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I’ve already read several novels by Wilson, so I was pleasantly grateful & excited to be able to read yet another novel by this author! Not only that, but this is my first New Adult read of the year, so I was pretty stoked to read & review it!

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|| The Feels: 4/5 || Emotions: Suspense, Humour || Characters: 4/5 || Character Development: 4/5 || Plot: 4/5 || Interest: 4/5 || Writing: 4/5 || Narration: 4/5 || Flow of Reading: 4.5/5 || Ending: 4/5

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Haunted By Your Ex(es) | The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza

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Random Fact of the Day: Left-handed people are better at sports that require good spatial judgment and fast reaction.

*REVIEW MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS. READ AT OWN RISK*

Title: The Boyfriend Backtrack

Author(s): Dawn Lanuza

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Page Count: 292

Published: October 3rd, 2014

Format: ePub

Source: Sent in exchange for an honest review

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“If they say that life flashes right before your eyes when you die, do you also get a flashback of your exes when your perfect boyfriend is proposing to you? At least that’s the case for Regina Cortez. There’s her dramatic high school boyfriend, her first college crush, the irresistible heart breaker, and the ever elusive one. By backtracking to her past, will Regina make it to ‘I Do’? Or will she just keep running away?”


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|| The Feels: 4/5 || Emotions: Occasionally bored, Excited, YAASSS *heart eyes* || Characters: 2.85/5 || Character Development: 2.85/5 || Plot: 2/5 || Interest: 3.5/5 ||Writing: 3/5 || Narration: 3/5 || Flow of Reading: 5/5 || Ending: 4/5

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