Friday, March 22, 2019

Crush (Awkward #3) by Svetlana Chmakova

Crush (Awkward, #3)Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this graphic novel (award winner of Top 10 Amelia Bloomer and Great Graphic Novels) as part of the 2019 HUB Reading Challenge. Such a great middle school graphic novel from awesome Svetlana Chmakova in the 3rd book of the Awkward series. Jorge is a big, nice kid who will not hurt anyone but stands up for those who are being bullied and oh yeah, he really likes Jazmine but doesn't really know how to talk to her. There is conflict, friendship and bullies---you will root for Jorge and Jazmine and the others in their middle school!

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On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

On A Sunbeam: A WebcomicOn A Sunbeam: A Webcomic by Tillie Walden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this webcomic (Amelia Bloomer Top 10, Great Graphic Novels) as part of the 2019 HUB Reading Challenge. Telling a story of past and present---Mia is in the present working on a dig in outer space and as she becomes friendly with the crew she tells them of her past- falling in love in boarding school with Grace and then losing her. She asks her family/crew to help her find Grace in the outer reaches of space known as the Staircase. You will love the cast and crew and root for them. Wonderfully illustrated, beautifully told by Tillie Walden, teens will love this space opera.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Best Laid Plans by Brenda Jackson

Best Laid PlansBest Laid Plans by Brenda Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this Brand-New Madaris Family Novel; Noel Madaris was a favorite for me- techie, nerd, man about town and even better was Ivy Chapman- owning her own hacking firm, nerd, and happily single. When Nolan's grandmother decides to marry off Nolan to Ivy; she begins a storm of annoyance that has Nolan and Ivy making up a scenario where they are lovers but then break up---but their attraction is strong and reading about their relationship was steamy and awesome. The perfect romance for me!

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The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Dan Brown

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian RefugeesThe Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this Great Graphic Novel Award Winner and Nonfiction Award Winner as part of the 2019 HUB Reading Challenge. Brown's illustrations and accompanying words/stories of the Syrian Refugees was horror filled with immigrants suffering death, beatings, and racism as they flee because of the reign of terror of the Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad. Neighboring countries extend aid but it becomes too much for many and they stop allowing the refugees to enter and extend them aid. A must read as this crisis continues to unfold.

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The Revenge of Seven (The Lorien Legacies #5) by Pittacus Lore

The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, #5)The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series, listening to the awesome narrators continues to have me hanging by the edge of a ledge as things are ramping up for the Garde. With 5 killing 8 and Setracus Ra kidnapping Ella; things have gotten out of hand as separated again they try to stop Earth's destruction. OMG!!!

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Home After Dark by David Small

Home After DarkHome After Dark by David Small
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this Alex Award winner as part of the 2019 HUB Reading Challenge and since David Small is one of my favorite authors I totally loved this graphic novel including issues of divorce, abuse, bullying, abandonment and adolescence as teen Russell struggles to adapt when his parents divorce and his father takes him across the US, then stops coming home one day. In addition- Russell has a tough time with friends- early friend, Warren pays Russell to lay with him effectively making sure he stays away from Warren. He becomes friends with bullies, Kurt and Chris, and his life continues to plummet. I ached for Russell---Small's illustrations are masterful, chaotic and sorrowful. A must read!

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by JJennifer L. Armentrout

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1)Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada) and Inkyard Press for the advance reader copy Storm and Fury by one of my favorite romance authors, Jennifer L. Armentrout, in exchange for an honest review. I plunged into this new series and did not want to stop reading!!! I loved Trinity; she was such a strong, positive female protagonist; she was a warrior to be reckoned with when her clan let her fight yet she was also struggling with lessening eyesight and being over-protected by her gargoyle warden family since it is imperative (she is the last of her kind) she be kept hidden from the world. When demons are turning up killed, a group from the DC clan comes and asks her clan for help. Trinity’s life is totally upended with the arrival of Zayne, Dez and Nikolai. Without going into too much more detail; Trinity and Zayne were steamy and swoon worthy; I can’t wait to see what happens to them in the next book of this series. This a paranormal fantasy romance you do not want to miss!!!

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