*GIVEAWAY CLOSED* – YA Diverse 2017 release Giveaway!

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Yes, I am doing another giveaway! Why? Well, I don’t actually know! I was planning on doing this giveaway just on my Instagram but I wanted one of the entry options to be to join my bookish facebook group The YA Book Nerds and there was no easy way to do that on Instagram! So here it is!



Prize:

The choice of any 2017 YA Diverse release up to the value of $20 AUD.

Here are some examples!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!?

This giveaway is international as long as Book Depository ships to you!

This giveaway runs from today 24th of October until the 31st of October! So that is a week!



RULES!

I will keep this short and sweet.

– Click the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this post to find out how to enter

– You MUST follow me on either Instagram or Twitter as that is where I will be contacting the winner! *See those entry sections in RaffleCopter*

– Entrants must be 18+ years or have parental permission as I will need your address!

–  Please understand that once I have purchased the item I am no longer responsible for it, the shipping process will be up to Book Depository. I will send a screen capture of the receipt to you once it is purchased as proof, as  Book Depository doesn’t offer tracked free shipping.



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The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: 
Mackenzi Lee
Series Name: Guide
Genre: YA Diverse Historical Fiction
Publication Date: June 27th, 2017
Pages: 513 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating:
4 and a half Star

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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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I received this book in the July OwlCrate box. The book in the OwlCrate box had an exclusive OwlCrate cover. In the edition, I own the text on the cover is orange with everything that is yellow on the cover above is blue.

Trigger Warnings & Issues in this book: Abuse, Homophobia, Racism & Sexism. There is also somewhat of a negative view on Epilepsy, but understand that this book was set in the 1700s and Epilepsy was simply not understood at this time. 

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So I don’t particularly like covers with people on them but this one doesn’t bother me too much. I like all the little drawings on the front and on the spine. And I really enjoy the colouring of the OwlCrate exclusive edition a bit more than the original cover. Overall I really enjoy the cover of this book.

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I really enjoyed the writing of this book. It was easy to read and always flowed really well. The pacing was also really good as well. There is also a map!

I really enjoyed that at the back of the book there were authors notes and the author went into some detail about things like The Grand Tour, Politics, Race Relations in 18th century Europe, Epilepsy & Queer culture. I found the Queer Culture bit really interesting and would never have guessed some of the info that was mentioned.

This is something that is just personal preference.
I didn’t love how long some of the chapters were. I am someone who will only put a book down at the end of a chapter, not half way through and though a lot of the chapters were fairly short there was a couple that were ridiculously long and could have been broken up into 3 chapters or maybe even 4.

Okay, so this isn’t really about the writing it is just something I wanted to discuss. I have been seeing this book labeled as fantasy a fair bit, yet it is not. This book does take our real world a little step further, but it is still not fantasy. Alchemy is obviously something that was studied in the real world with the main focus being the Philosopher’s Stone. In this book there is a lot about Panacea, the word itself means a cure to all problems but in alchemy, it is a sort of medicine. Alchemist sort after a cure-all that would be a connection to the elixir of life. This Panacea would cure any illness and prolong life indefinitely. So, yes it sounds unrealistic, as does the Philosopher’s Stone but there are legends about certain Native America tribes using red sap of the elephant tree as a Panacea. So this is a real thing but like I said at the start of this paragraph this book does stretch reality a bit as I couldn’t find any info on the discovery of Panacea in Europe by the means that were used in this book. But either way, I still don’t think this book should be considered fantasy.

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This plot was definitely action packed! There was always something going on in this book! Even though this book was mostly fun and cute there was also a bit of a more serious side to it when it came to some factors in the book. I did find some parts of the plot a tiny bit predictable but most of the times I only guess the thing two or three pages before it actually happened or was discovered.

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I love that we have such a diverse range of characters in this book. Especially for a book set in the 1700s where a fair few of these things were considered illegal, unnatural or just simply degraded. In this book, we have a female who defies the limits of being a female in the 1700s. Gay character who could have been imprisoned or even killed because they were gay, we have a character with epilepsy that at that time was not understood and was just going to be shipped off to an asylum for it and lastly we have characters of colour, which at that time were used as slaves, treated like scum and weren’t even allowed a lot of places like Inns and such. Oh, and did I mention there are pirates in this book? Well kinda.

So firstly we have Monty (Henry Montague). Monty is an interested character, he has a lot going on and is kinda selfish and has a rather large ego. But throughout the book, he develops a lot! He discovers a lot through all the stuff he has to go through in this book!
Percy was the more sensible character but of course, has his own struggles. I wouldn’t exactly say he developed much in this book as he fairly well had his head screwed on the right way from the beginning but we do see his struggles and how he works through them. He is strong and he never lets the struggles get him down because he knows there is nothing he can do about them.
Felicity is another interesting character. Even though she is always considered less than and is held back from doing what she really wants because she is female she never lets it get to her and fights back in her own way. She is intelligent and badass and always knows what to do in difficult situations. I’m assuming the next book in the duology will be from her POV by looking at the name of it and I can’t wait!

There are other characters but I won’t talk too much about them. Monty’s father is a hypocrite and pathetic excuse for a man. The Duke is a selfish power hungry ass. Scipio is a funny character but I really liked him in the book. Lockwood is a little bit of a pain but he is just doing his job after all so he didn’t bother me too much. Dante is a very indecisive character and never knows whose side he should be on. Helena even though is a bit annoying she is loyal and would do anything for the people she loves.

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I really enjoyed this book! It was funny, cute and adventurous but it also covered some heavy topics. It was also educational as we learn how certain people were treated at that time. I don’t believe I have read a book set that far back before as usually the Historical Fiction books I read are about World War 2 so it was interesting to see all of this in a different era!



Well, that is all for this review! I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy to come out in 2018! It will most likely be about a year till it releases, which sucks but it will give me an excuse to reread this book when the next comes out!

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – Mini Spoiler Free Audiobook Review

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Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: 
Adam Silvera
Narrator: Ramon de Ocampo
Genre: YA GLBT Contemporary
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Pages: 300 (Paperback)
Publishers: Soho Teen
Rating:
3 and a half star

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Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.

When it first gets announced, the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto—miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor, how his friends all seem to shrug him off, and how his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. He has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession over the Scorpius Hawthorne books and has a sweet movie set-up on his roof. There are nicknames. Aaron’s not only able to be himself, but happiness feels easy with Thomas. The love Aaron discovers may cost him what’s left of his life, but since Aaron can’t suddenly stop being gay Leteo may be the only way out.

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So I read this book via Audiobook but I want to reread it in physical form. This will be a kinda mini review as I will post a full review when I read the book.

So these mini reviews I occasional write will be set up differently to my normal reviews. Usually, I split my reviews up into the following sections: Cover Art, Writing, Plot, Characters & Overall. But these ones I’m going to separate into Likes & Dislikes and for this one, I’ll also add an Audiobook category.

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So I didn’t love the audiobook itself. For one thing, it sounded like the MC’s name was Erin but it is actually Aaron. So for the entire book, I thought it was Erin until adding the synopsis at the top of this review. So yeah I just thought that the MC was Erin and his brother was Eric.

Also, the narrator puts on different voices for each of the characters which all narrators do. But I had real trouble distinguishing between Aaron & Thomas’s voices when it was direct back and forth conversation where it didn’t say ‘……. said’ or similar. Which was really annoying.

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So in the synopsis, it says that Aaron is gay so there will be no actual spoilers.

Firstly the main thing that stood out to me was when Aaron was coming to terms with being gay and also when he was admitting it the first time. Every thought was shown that was going through his head and you see the actual struggle going on with himself which I liked because I have never read that before, most of the LGBTQIA+ books I have read weren’t coming out stories, so this was interesting.

I also loved all the little jokes that both Aaron & Thomas told, I actually loved out loud a fair few times!

I also really enjoyed how Thomas reacted to finding out about Aaron being gay. Especially the nickname they gave to ‘gay’ because Aaron still didn’t know how he felt about the label.

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Okay so I won’t say any names, but there is cheating in this book and it’s basically just there and no one makes a big deal about cheating. Personally, cheating is something I will not stand for in the slightest and I hated this part of the book!

I also strongly disagree with a certain person allowing the procedure when there were so many things that could go wrong. Risking the person’s life like that I do not agree with. If it had no possible side effects or ones that weren’t lasting damage then sure in that situation then sure but not with all those possible side effects.

There is no way I can say this next bit without spoilers! So don’t continue if you haven’t read it.
I also really disliked Aarons reaction to Thomas not being gay. Just because Thomas was understanding and didn’t automatically hate Aaron when he admitted he was gay doesn’t automatically mean he is gay too. And how Aaron kept trying to convince himself that Thomas was just lying to himself about being gay.  Even right at the end he still had this in his head. That really annoyed me.

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So I didn’t enjoy this but I had a few small issues with this. I do still want to give it another go by actually reading it eventually as I didn’t love the audiobook and I also found myself not 100% paying attention at times when the book was going a bit slow.



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