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Prodigy Prince by Natasha Sapienza – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Prodigy Prince
Author: 
Natasha Sapienza
Series Name: The Seven Covenant Trilogy
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 19th, 2017
Pages: 345 (eBook)
Publishers: Unknown
Rating:
4 star

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At seventeen, all Prince Nuelle had ever known was safety and peace while living in the Supreme Palace of Zephoris.

But one night, his older brother, Tane, defies their father by traveling to a cursed land. Now Nuelle holds the signet-ring and carries more responsibility than even Tane bore. Thrust from the palace and sent to a knight-building academy, Nuelle must discover his purpose for the entire kingdom’s sake.

From his place of banishment, Prince Antikai has been exacting revenge through fear and rebellions. Nuelle has the potential to defeat him, but he needs the help of a powerful book and six gifted youths.

Summoned by Antikai, shape-shifting beasts and other enemies hunt Nuelle and the Acumen. If either is destroyed, the faithful citizens in Zephoris will perish, and darkness will rule forever.

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I actually really like this cover art even though it has people on it, which I usually don’t like. But the people don’t take up the whole cover and it also the eye-catching image in the middle along with the Academy (I’m assuming) at the top. Also the monsters behind Nuelle & Elisena are a cool extra touch.

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The writing was alright. It was always easy to understand. Some of the monsters and such could have used a little more description but that’s nothing to really complain about. Also, some of the characters could have used a bit more developing. They felt a little 2 dimensional and I wish I knew them a bit better but all we know is the basics. The book flowed really well too.

I liked how unique the powers are. Like there were basic ones like healing & wind but most of them were really unique!!

Also, no romance. YAY!!!! There is one slight romance but it’s not dragged out or talked about much, it’s just kinda there.

I do wish there was a map! But I want all fantasy books to have a map!

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To be completely honest main kind of plot has been done before. The chosen one type story, it’s been done obviously but I did enjoy this version of it. I don’t have an issue with repeating the main plotline as long as there is something interesting to drag me in and this book had that with the other aspects of this book.

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Nuelle was an interesting character. There aren’t as many male MCs in YA Fantasy as females so I enjoyed that this was from a male POV. Nuelle was strong and caring and a really good character.

As I said in the ‘writing’ section the characters could have been developed a bit more. Because of that I don’t really have fully developed feelings about all of them, so some of them my view will be like ‘I like them’ as I need more from them!

I enjoyed Ave, he was loyal to Nuelle and the others. Elisena could have used a bit more development, I enjoyed her but she felt a little closed off. Her brother Javin I just don’t like, I don’t feel like I know anything about him and he just kinda popped up. I don’t think he is loyal to anyone but his sister and the whole book I waited for him to slip up. Sophana I simply didn’t like. She acted stuck up and better than others and that is the type of person in real life that I hate. Also did not like that romance, it was insta lovey and not developed well. Surta, also wasn’t well developed but I enjoyed her alright. Riff was just kinda there. He came in when they needed someone with brute force but it didn’t feel like he had any other purpose. He came off as the dum tough one which I didn’t enjoy (Like Crabbe and Goyle but less evil).

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Overall I enjoyed the plot of the book. My favourite thing was definitely the powers of the characters. The characters need more development as I haven’t been able to connect with any of them as I just feel like I barely know them. The book was always action packed and that meant there was barely any slower times that allow us to get to know the characters and the world. I love action, but there needs to be a balance. That’s the reason I gave the book 4 stars! I really hope that book 2, Promised Princess, will be better with the characters as the world is really interesting and I want to continue the series.



Thank you so much to Natasha for reaching out to me! I recieved an eBook for free in exchange for an honest review.

At no point is my opinion swayed due to receiving a book for free. No fake bitches here!

You can purchase this book for yourself!

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October 2017 Wrap-Up

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Okay, so I read 16 books! 5 audiobooks, 4 graphic novels & 9 physical books!! I am really happy with what I read, let’s jump in!



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You can find my spoiler free review of The Dead of the Night HERE!

You can find my spoiler free review of The Girl from Munich HERE!

You can find my spoiler free review of Zero Repeat forever HERE!

You can find my spoiler free review of Before She Ignites HERE!

You can find my spoiler free review of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding HERE!

You can find my spoiler free review of In Time & Never Fade HERE!

You can find my spoiler free review of In Time & Never Fade HERE!

You can find my spoiler free review of Queens of Geek HERE!

You can find my spoiler free review of One of Us us Lying HERE!

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That is all for my wrap up!

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August, September & October 2017 Haul

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Okay, so I don’t know what the hell is going on! But I just meant to look up my last Haul and my last one was in JULY!!!! What have I been doing with my life?! I honestly have no idea why I didn’t do an August or September haul! Anyway, here is my August, September & October TBR. These probably won’t be in order…

This is going to be huge so I will only be adding pictures.



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I also got a Penguin Teen Tote bag, but it’s in my car so I couldn’t take a pic.



That is all for my massive haul! I have no idea how I missed doing hauls for the last 2 months but I will keep on it for now on as this was just too crazy trying to figure out what I got in the last 3 months!

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ScallyWagAThon TBR

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Okay, so I am utterly fucking crazy! This will be ReadAThon number 4 in November. You can find my #HouseCupReadingChallenge TBR HERE & Read-A-Thin HERE if you wanted to know about those. My TBR for Duodecathon will be up closer to the dates of it.

Okay, so as this was a late announcement and it didn’t make it onto my November Reading Guide till about half an hour ago I am going to put all the info below. I’ll just copy and paste it straight from my guide! If you already know then just skip the the ‘My TBR’ header.



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Okay, so this is a really fun looking ReadAThon and I’m thinking about adding it into my crazy November!!

This ReadAThon starts at midnight on the 5th of November & ends at 11:59 on the 11th of November. There is alsoa Pirates of the Caribbean WatchALong happening from the 12th to the 18th.

You can watch Ali’s video HERE for a whole in depth desrciption of the ReadAThon along with an example TBR but I am going to try and explain it!

Firstly, the map!

*This was taken from the link in Ali’s video.*

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Okay, so how this map works is firstly you pick a number between 1 & 5. Once you pick your starting point you follow the corresponding coloured line to the next challenge. Most of them have more than one option you can choose from. Then when you get to your first stop you then follow that number or letter’s correspoding coloured line to the next challenge until you get to the treasure chest. All of the tracks you take will have 4 challenges but if you finish those 4 in the week you are welcome to continue onto any of the other challenges you wish.
So, here is an example of how to navigate the map. I am going to start at 1, from there I will follow the dark purple line to 6, from there I will follow the orange line to A and then from A I will follow the dark blue line to 9 and then to the treasure! Hopefully that makes sense.

When you complete the 4 challenges you can enter your email in the link on Ali’s video to get some free printables from Ali!

Okay, next is the Pirates of the Caribbean WatchALong. Here is a calendar that can be downloaded from the link in Ali’s video. It has the dates on the sides for each of the movie WatchALongs. However follow Ali on Twitter as she will be announcing closer to the date the times that they will be watching each movie.

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And finally she is holding a giveaway! All you have to do is post your TBR to either YouTube, Blog or Tumblr and leave the link in the comments of Ali’s video. Also make sure you leave a way for Ali to contact you in your TBR post.



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So the path I am following is:

5 > 8 > A > 9

5: Open Waters – Blue on the cover

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8: Tell it to the parrot – Over hyped book

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A: Marooned – A standalone

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9: Clear the deck – From your owned TBR

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I own both a physical copy and the audiobook of this but I will be listening to the audiobook for the challenge.

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7: Crow’s Nest – New release you’ve had your eye on

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Well that is all for my TBR! And as for the giveaway part, on the off chance I win, you can contact me on Twitter or Instagram @duskangelreads

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November Read-A-Thin TBR

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I have decided to participate in Read-A-Thin! This ReadAThon goes for the whole of November and concentrates on thinning out your TBR pile!

The only rule is that you have to use books you already own or have already borrowed from the library. You can’t buy or borrow a book for the challenge.

Find the Read-A-Thon Goodreads group HERE!

You can use 1 book for up to 2 challenges! I have done that a bit as you will see.



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1. Read a 2017 Release

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2. Read a diverse book

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3. Read a book that is related to your favourite Emoji

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4. Read a book with a fall themed cover

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5. Start and finish a series

Am I starting and finishing the same series? No! Do I care? Also no!

6. Read a book in 24 hours

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7. Read a new to you author

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8. Buddy Read a Book

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This is the The Most Popular Reads BOTM for November. So I will be buddy reading with a lot of people.

9. Read a horror/thriller

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10. Read a book outside your favourite genre

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11. Read an eBook

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12. Listen to an audiobook of a book your own

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13. Read a book that counts toward another ReadAThon

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14. Read a book that is due back to the library the soonest

I’m not doing this as I don’t borrow books from my library as it’s hopeless.

15. Read a book you ended up putting down previously

I’m not doing this one either. I have only DNFd two books and I put them down as I hated me. I’m not picking them back up…

16. Read a book you got from a subscription box

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17. Read a book you got for free (gift, ARC, giveaway, etc.)

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18. Read 4 books

Well if I read all of those, then that will be more than 4 books.



As this ReadAThon crosses over with 12 days of the House Cup Reading Challenge so of these books also count for that. Those include Gemina, And I Darken, Warcross and Mask of Shadows. Well, that is all for my TBR.

Let me know if you are participating! What’s on your TBR?!

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November 2017 TBR

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Here is my November TBR. In November I have 3 ReadAThons going. Firstly the #HouseCupReadingChallenge which started in October but doesn’t finish till the 12th of November. I also have Read-A-Thin which goes for the whole month of November & lastly Duodecathon which goes from 22nd to 28th of November.

So you will see TBRs for Read-A-Thin & Duodecathon to show the challenges & the @HouseCupReadingChallenge one is already up but obviously, they will all be the same as the books shown here.

So here they are!



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This is the BOTM for my facebook group The YA Book Nerds. This hasn’t actually been announced as the voting doesn’t end for a little while yet but as it has more than double the amount of votes that the other options, I would say it’s going to win!

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This is the Life & Lit BOTM!

This is the only 2 BOTMs I am doing so far out of the ones I know about. Life & Lit has said their second book too but I read that book in October and that was Stalking Jack the Ripper. YA Book Club and Book Talk also has said theirs too but it’s a book I’m not interested in.

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These are the books that if I finish the BOTMs & the books in the ‘Other Reads’ section I will pick up some of these.

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Beastly is kind of an extra read too, the other three will have a preference but if I finish them I will start it.



That is it for my ridiculous TBR! Not included my ‘extra reads’  I will be reading 9 books and 3 audiobooks. In total it is 15 books and 4 audiobooks! Wish me luck!

What is on your November TBR?!

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – Mini Spoiler Free Review

Title: One of Us is Lying
Author: 
Karen M. McManus
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 358 (Paperback)
Publishers: Delacorte Press
Rating:

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. From the Hardcover edition.

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So this is just going to be a short spoiler free review. I 100% think this is a book that you just need to jump into and figure out on your own, so that is why I this is just a mini review.

As for the writing, it was so well written. The entire time you were left guessing with absolutely no clues as to who is the real bad guy until the Bayview Four start doing their own investigating and start bringing up clues. This book hooked me so much, it was so suspenseful when it came to finding out who killed Simon! I didn’t want to put it down.

The plot is really good too! Not predictable at all! When you start suspecting one person there is something that pops up that changes your mind. The whole time you are just shuffling around in your mind who it could be. Very well done mystery book! And also, that bloody ending!!!!

Overall, I loved it! It was so well written and I never wanted to put it down! It was suspenseful and mysterious and just an amazing debut from Karen M. McManus and I can’t wait to see what she does next!!


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November 2017 Anticipated Releases

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This will be another short anticipated releases post as again I only have 2!



Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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 Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 576 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 7th November, 2017
Publishers: Feiwel & Friends

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From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

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 Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 14th November, 2017
Publishers: Dutton Books for Young Readers

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A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.



Well, that is it! What release are you anticipating in November?! Let me know in the comments.

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#LoveOzYABloggers – Spring Reads

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#LoveOzYABloggers is hosted by #LoveOzYA, a community led organisation dedicated to promoting Australian young adult literature. Keep up to date with all new Aussie YA releases with their monthly newsletter, or find out what’s happening with News and Events, or submit your own!

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So honestly I don’t really get what a ‘spring read’ is. I have never got on board with reading to the seasons.. So these will be books that I want to read or have read that has a cover that reminds me of spring.



Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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This was the last book I finished and the review went up a little while ago.

Draekora by Lynette Noni

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Book 3 of one of my favourite series! Highly recommend the Medoran Chronicles

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Queens of Geek
Author: 
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Genre: YA Diverse Contemporary
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 288 (Paperback)
Publishers: Swoon Reads
Rating:
4 star

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When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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Absolutely love it! I have had hair a very similar colour so as soon as I saw this cover back at the start of the year I wanted to pick it up.

This was the only photo I could find when I had full pick hair. So, yes is it a pretty crappy photo, but oh well. Also, when I sent it from my phone to my mac the colouring went kinda off too, on the mac it makes it look really bright and it kinda lost the actual strands of my hair and just looks like a big pink blob. Hopefully, that is just my computer doing that and it looks normal to you guys.. Gotta love technology.

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Okay, so I have one major issue with this book. I am Aussie and so is the author. Also, so is 2 of the main characters and the third is a former American that now lives in Aus.
But it is clear that this book was written to appeal to the American audience. Why do I say that you aks?? Well while I was reading I came across a couple things that are not accurate to Australians. For one thing, the spelling of COLOUR! They used the American spelling COLOR in this book, which really irritated me.
The second major thing is the word FRIES! I have never heard any Aussie call them Fries, we call them CHIPS! So please explain to me why exactly does in the book Charlie walk into the room and say “Do I smell fries?” and also in Taylor’s head she calls them fries. I would understand if it was Jamie calling them fries, as I said he is a former American. But why would the two girls that are meant to be born and raised in Aus? It just doesn’t make sense and it frustrated the hell out of me. As an Aussie myself I don’t agree with using words that suit another country when you are trying to represent your own! I would have let it slide if it was a non-Aussie author, but come on!

I was so annoyed with this that I was actually putting it on my insta story. Here are 2 of those pics.

Anyway, that little rant over. Besides that, I did enjoy the rest of the writing. This book was honestly one of my quickest reads, I feel like. It took me a total of 4hrs and 15mins to read this book. Which just felt crazy, I literally read it overnight!

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I  enjoyed the plot of this book even if it was a little predictable, but to me the majority of contemporaries I have read are predictable. So I don’t really judge them on that.
But still, I enjoyed it and I really enjoyed the whole Queen Firestone thing. Skyler Atkins is definitely the J.K. Rowling of that world.

There isn’t much I can say as like I said it’s kinda predictable and fairly standard for a YA contemporary.

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I love the diversity in this book! Charlie is an Asian-Australia Bisexual and Taylor has social anxiety and is on the autism spectrum. I can’t speak about the rep for autism and anxiety as I don’t have either of those things. However, as a bisexual, I did enjoy the bisexual rep and thought it was really well done.
I especially liked when Charlie had an argument with her ex-boyfriend when he said he doesn’t believe in bisexuals as I have literally had the same conversation with my best friends mum when discussing the Marriage Equality vote that is happening in Aus atm. #voteyes

As for Taylor, I can’t speak of the rep as I already said but I did really enjoy her. It was good seeing her develop and come to accept the things she has to deal with and trying new things.

I also really liked Jamie, he was interesting, fun, flirty and obviously paid a lot of attention to his best friends as he could read them really well and knew when something was off.

Charlie was really cool too. She a bit more bold but was kinda struggling too and again it was really good seeing her develop and adapt to what has been happening in her life.

Reese was an ass! It’s as simple as that. Cheating is never okay! I don’t give a damn what excuses you try and swing. He was up himself and a jerk. If I had of been Tay in that scene at the party I would have kicked him in the balls and punched him in the nose. Give him an actual reason to call me her a ‘bitch’. But that’s just me haha.

I really enjoyed Mandy, at first I thought she might have played the annoying manager roll but that was not the case. She was pretty fun really.

Brianna was a really interesting character too. It was good seeing that even someone who usually doesn’t suffer from any of those issues can have it sneak up on them. I really liked how Taylor dealt with it and help her out and they basically instantly became friends purely because they both liked Queen Firestone.

Josie was also a nice addition to the story and another diverse character. I’m pretty sure she suffered from the same things as Taylor, anxiety & on the Autism spectrum. Having a character come in that has the same issues and is overcoming them and could give Taylor some good advice was a great addition and really helped Taylor develop.

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I really enjoyed the book. It was a fun and easy read and also a cute diverse contemporary. Besides that big issue I had I really enjoyed the writing. The plot was a bit predictable, but I find most contemporaries predictable so it didn’t really bother me. I love the characters, they were all written really well and I even enjoyed Reese as a character as he was written well and represents a large group of people even if he wasn’t nice, he was necessary.
Overall a really good book.



HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT?!
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