Book Review: ‘You’re So Dead’

You’re So Dead” by Ash Parson

Source: Penguin Teen in exchange for honest review

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Summary:

Plum Winter has always come in second to her sister, the unbelievably cool, famous influencer Peach Winter. And when Peach is invited to an all-expenses paid trip to a luxurious art and music festival for influencers on a private island in the Caribbean, Plum decides it’s finally her time to shine. So she intercepts the invite–and asks her two best friends Antonia and Marlowe to come along to the fest with her. It’ll be a spring break they’ll never forget.

But when Plum and her friends get to the island, it’s not anything like it seemed in the invite. The island is run-down, creepy, and there doesn’t even seem to be a festival–it’s just seven other quasi-celebrities and influencers, and none of the glitz and glamor she expected. Then people start to die…

Plum and her friends soon realize that someone has lured each of them to the “festival” to kill them. Someone has a vendetta against every person on the island–and no one is supposed to leave the island alive. So, together, Plum, Antonia, and Marlowe will do whatever it takes to unravel the mystery of the killer, and fight to save themselves and as many influencers as they can, before it’s too late.

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Discussion: “Classic” Young Adult Books

For those that don’t know: I work in a library. At my branch, I’m the youth “expert”. When people come in looking for recommendations for youth materials, I’m the go-to woman.

One of our regulars came in needing recommendations for her tween/teen son. He’s been a huge reader for years. He’s aged up enough that they’re looking into the YA books. Starting out, she wanted some recommendations of “classic” Young Adult books. She already had The Hate U Give and Hatchet in hand.

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Book Review: “The Cousins”

The Cousins” by Karen M. McManus

Source: Library

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Summary:

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised… and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

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What’s On My Netgalley Shelf (1)

I’ve been reading and reviewing online for almost a decade now. As much as I love reading, reviewing, & talking online about books, I have to juggle it against a full time job and life not on the computer. Therefore, I’ve always been really selective about accepting books for review.

My friends at PenguinTeen sent me the Spring/Summer catalog for books recently and I selected a few that sounded good. (A few more than I normally would) I just didn’t realize that I’d be approved for all the ARCs at once. Oops! Thankfully, I have more than enough time to read & review before release date but I wanted to highlight what I picked now for you to peruse since it will be a bit before I “officially” post about them.

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Book Review: ‘Unwritten’

Unwritten” by Alicia J. Novo

Source: Author in exchange for an honest review

[Full disclosure: author & I have followed each other on bookstagram for a while now but mainly just liking the occasional picture. No real conversations]

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Summary:

Books whisper to Beatrix Alba. But they aren’t the reason she has never fit in. Bullied at home and school, she keeps a secret—a power of violence and darkness.

When the spell that keeps her hidden fails, she’s catapulted into the Zweeshen, a realm where all tales live, and her dream of meeting her favorite characters comes true. But wishes are tricky, and behind its wonder and whimsy, the Zweeshen is under attack. A character is burning bookworlds in pursuit of a weapon to rule both stories and storytellers. To succeed, he needs a riddle in Beatrix’s keeping.

Now he’s hunting her down.

Joining forces with William, a cursed conjurer, Beatrix must face an enemy who knows her every weakness in a realm where witches play with time, Egyptian gods roam, and Regency heroines lead covert operations. And with her darkness as the only weapon, she may have to sacrifice everything to save a world that rejects her.

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