Review: Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

“I was ashamed, Mama, I can see that now. I don’t feel that way anymore. We will do the best we can with what we have.”

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Title: Everlasting Nora
Author: Marie Miranda Cruz
Genres: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
Format: eARC
Publication: Starscape, 2 October 2018
Read: December 2018
Rating:
5-stars-small

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An uplifting middle-grade debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz’s debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ North Manila Cemetery.

After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shanty town of its kind in the Philippines today.

When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone.

With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places.

Content warning: violence, child abuse, classism, extreme poverty and hunger, kidnapping, descriptions of blood and other serious injuries


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Review + Giveaway: Reign of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

“We were not put on this realm to make apologies, only to make change.”

Reign of Mist

Title: Reign of Mist
Series: The Oremere Chronicles, Book 2
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Publication: Talem Press, 13 September 2018
Read: August 2018
Rating:
5-stars-small

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The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.

But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is the second installment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles.


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Review: Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

Heart of Mist

Title: Heart of Mist
Series: The Oremere Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Publication: Talem Press, 31 August 2017
Read: January 2018, July 2018
Rating:
5-stars-small

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In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.

Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.


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Blog Tour Review: Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger + GIVEAWAY!!

I thought Eric was paranoid, but Tessa takes the cake. Talk about a match made in heaven.

Tell Me No Lies

Title: Tell Me No Lies
Series: Follow Me Back, Book 2
Author: A.V. Geiger
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Format: eARC
Publication: Sourcebooks Fire, 5 June 2018
Read: May 2018
Rating:
4-stars-small

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Love. Obsession. Jealousy. Murder.

No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow.

Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she’s finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But Snapchat… That’s safer, right?

After months of living under the radar, Tessa emerges from hiding, forced to face the deadly consequences of her past. But in the interrogation room, answers only lead to more questions in the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology.


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Blog Tour Review: Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth

“Well, do you feel ready?”
“No. But that won’t stop me.”

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Title: Secondhand Origin Stories
Series: Second Sentinels, Book 1
Author: Lee Blauersouth
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: eARC
Publication: Createspace Independent Publishing, 15 March 2018
Read: April 2018
Rating:
4-stars-small

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Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.

But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?


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