Tag Archives: YA

Book Review: All the Wind In the World

11 Oct

11.jpgSynopsis: Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt live in a near future America where much of the land has become harsh desert-like conditions and the only work available is back-breaking harvesting in fields. But, Sarah Jac and James have a plan – they’ll work until they save enough money to purchase their own home near the ocean, but it’s not as easy as it looks when everyone’s out to save themselves at whatever the cost. Sarah Jac and James have to keep their love a secret and when an accident occurs they must run to a ranch that most steer clear of.. Real Marvelous.

It’s here where their dreams are challenged by the possibly cursed ranch and their love might not be strong enough to save them.

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Book Review: Love, Hate and Other Filters

14 Sep

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Have you ever read a book that you liked, but it just took you forever to get through? Well, this isn’t one of those books. I read this book in about a 12 hour period and loved every minute of it even when it was tearing out my heart and stomping on it.

An #OwnVoices young adult novel about an Indian-American, Muslim teen facing growing up in the face of Islamophobia. Maya’s wish is to attend film school in New York, while her parents expect her to go to school closer to home and marry a nice Indian boy, settle down and start a family.

But what happens when a terrorist attack occurs by a suspect who happens to have the same last name as Maya? How will her community react to the news and to her family as the only Muslim family in her small town? This story is an important read for teens in today’s world where being different is feared rather than celebrated, where teens have to worry about things far bigger than choosing a college and getting their first kiss. If you read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and it stuck with you, this is a must read.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Indian-American Muslim teen Maya wants to go to NYC for film school & is ready to tell her family when a terrorist attack changes everything

Title: Love, Hate and Other Filters
Author: Samira Ahmed
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Page Number: 288 pgs.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/11/17

11 Sep

This list will look familiar from last week, because I’m on vacation and typing up my posts in advance, so these are the titles I have with me on vacation! With sightseeing and traveling, I’m not sure how much time I’ll actually have to read, but I love having options to pick from and I’m so excited to read these titles!

  • Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden (graphic novel!)
  • Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Elsie Mae Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
  • More Girls Who Rocked the World by Michelle Roehm McCann
  • Her Book Boyfriend by KR Grace
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • All the Wind In the World by Samantha Mabry
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon
  • Tell Me That You’re My Mine by Victoria De La O

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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

VACATION TIME

6 Sep

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I’m on vacation! I’ve got a bunch of posts that will be published while I’m away, but I won’t be on social media too much – too much to see and do! My boyfriend and I are heading to London, Paris and Venice for two weeks on our first true vacation in a long time! Our vacation time is usually spent visiting family and friends, going to weddings, etc. Not that any of those things aren’t super awesome, but they’re not usually relaxing. We’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, visiting museums and eating a ton of great food!

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  5. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  7. One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
  8. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  9. Venom by Fiona Paul
  10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/28/17

28 Aug

This week I got a chance to read The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris and  Sparrow by Sarah Moon and started reading Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork, which I can’t wait to finish because only a few chapters in, I’m already invested in the story and can’t wait to see what happens. Sparrow was a powerful story of mental illness and what it looks like when a person agrees to seeking the help they needs. It’s a truly powerful story that I’m hoping will reach out and grab a lot of readers! I’m prepping for a trip to my parents’ house for Labor Day weekend and then a vacation right afterward, so I’m not sure how much time will be spent reading this week, but it’s the only thing that keeps me somewhat relaxed and calm, so I’ve got to find some time to read this week, even for just a few minutes a day.

This week I’m going to finish Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork, which when I picked it up, I thought it would be dystopian fiction, but in fact it’s a story of immigration, family, friendship and so much more. I’m also going to try to read The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen – it’s a rough ARC, but I enjoy Nielsen’s writing and have high hopes for this story.


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

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