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“Don’t Let the Haters Get You Down”: Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

            Look, we all have our comfort books—the ones that lift you up when you’re feeling down, help you escape when you need an out, the comfortable world that feels made just for you. Like soaking in a warm bath, a comfort read settles the mind in ways some media just can’t. We all have… Continue reading “Don’t Let the Haters Get You Down”: Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

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“Dead or Alive?”: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

            One of the things I love about the Young Adult genre is how fluid it is—and has to be. While literary fiction and many other genres aimed at adults tend to remain rather rigid in how they deal with contemporary issues, stereotypes, or represent diversity, YA is aglow with change at all times. If… Continue reading “Dead or Alive?”: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

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“Too Clever to Be Naive”: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

*Edit: This post was meant for February 20th. Several years ago, I dedicated my blog to love for the month of February. This is back when I blogged every day and didn’t write as many reviews, and by the end of the month I was absolutely sick of romance. Daring to tempt a repeat and… Continue reading “Too Clever to Be Naive”: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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“Do Not Go Gentle”: Matched by Ally Condie

Several years ago, I dedicated my blog to love for the month of February. This is back when I blogged every day and didn’t write as many reviews, and by the end of the month I was absolutely sick of romance. Daring to tempt a repeat and happy with the moderate success of Octerror, I… Continue reading “Do Not Go Gentle”: Matched by Ally Condie

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“A Hard Question to Answer”: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Several years ago, I dedicated my blog to love for the month of February. This is back when I blogged every day and didn’t write as many reviews, and by the end of the month I was absolutely sick of romance. Daring to tempt a repeat and happy with the moderate success of Octerror, I… Continue reading “A Hard Question to Answer”: The Selection by Kiera Cass

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“They Are Not Dangerous”: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

The one good thing that 2016 did was gift us with two official Harry Potter additions to the universe. The first, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, did well enough as a play but its written format split fans. The second, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, found critical success as both film and… Continue reading “They Are Not Dangerous”: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

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“She Would Not Apologize”: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I’ll admit that this book has been on my To Be Read shelf for several months, but I finally got around to reading it now that I’ve graduated and my serious reading is over. Cinder has been very hyped in the book community and I was worried that it was going to be another The… Continue reading “She Would Not Apologize”: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Slasher Girls & Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

Young adult horror is a unique genre that has to be both more mature than Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark but less intense than a Stephen King novel. It can’t talk down to its readers, but it can’t alienate them by ignoring their own fears. Being a teenager is terrifying enough, throw in… Continue reading Slasher Girls & Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

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“You Betcha”: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Believe you me, I was working this one down to the wire in order to get in my last review for August. I wanted something quick, a page-turner, a young adult novel with some bite and I found it, don’tcha know. Okay, enough of my crappy imitation of a Wisconsin accent, but this slightly sleep-deprived,… Continue reading “You Betcha”: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

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“You’re Not Going to Believe This”: So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld

Who was the first person to wear overalls for fashion and not for work? The first person to braid their hair in a fishtail? The first person to decide that chunky black glasses were back in style? These questions are the basis for Scott Westerfeld’s So Yesterday, a novel about cool and where it comes… Continue reading “You’re Not Going to Believe This”: So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld