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Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing - David Levithan David Levithan does it again with beautiful words and a meaning that is poignant and necessary. The structure and tone of this TWO BOYS KISSING is something that perhaps will not appeal to everyone, but I encourage you to keep on going to find the jewels hidden between the sentences.
VIcious - V.E. Schwab A beautifully phrased novel that will leave you considering what it is to be 'good', 'evil', and the motivating intent behind them both. Full of characters that will stick in your head for weeks, Victor Vale shines through - though readers are left to decide just who is the hero and who is the villain. Fast-paced, full of action and heart, VICIOUS is a must-have.

Tin Star

Tin Star  - Cecil Castellucci This is the book that you didn't know you wanted, but once you begin, know that you are absolutely head over heels for. Babylon 5 meets YA in a page-turning, whirlwind adventure featuring a badass female MC.Which, you know, means I love love loved it and want more ASAP.
Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson Morgan Matson is a genius of threading your heartstrings with beautifully chosen words and delicately crafted characters and then pulling that one dangling string that will pull it all apart.And, sometimes, in the mess you find something hiding, waiting to be discovered. A book of family, friends, and perfectly nostalgic summer days.
All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill I have some issues with it, but overall this book was a complete page-turner.
I See Kitty - Yasmine Surovec Yasmine Surovec + anything kitty = perfection, plain and simple. A treasure to read and look at for children and adults alike.
Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World (Amnesty International Global Ethics Series) - John Broome An easy-to-read discussion of the effects of climate from a handful of different angles. While I am hesitant to agree with a few of the methodologies put forward, I believe that, in the end, it is important to be having this discussion in the first place. To that end, both Broome and I agree.
This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales All I can say is: read this book. You will not regret it.I loved it so much that I'm considering hosting an ARC tour for it.
The Lorax - Dr. Seuss "I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues."Research; quotes will be used as chapter headings for my thesis.
Suddenly Royal - Nichole Chase Though I'm a sucker for THE PRINCESS DIARIES-esque stories, there was really nothing more to take away from the story for me than a romance that felt rushed. To be fair, some of the characters were interesting, but we never really learned enough about them for their stories to go anywhere. The premise has potential, but, for me, needs more development and less smooching.
Wild Awake - Hilary T. Smith There were moments when I thought this book was brilliant and took risks (and by risks, I think I mean that it portrayed more realistically for me the life of a teenager) that I don't often seen in YA contemps. That said, there were also moments that I felt were a stretch and points of phrasing that took me completely out of the story and were distressing.Overall, however, it ends up on the side of me wanting to share it with you. A review will be scheduled for sometime next month.
Reboot - Amy Tintera While the story framing held promise, the incredible focus on romance ended up being detrimentally distracting. The more I read, the more I didn't understand why I was supposed to care that these two characters were coming together due to a loss of development in other areas.A unique idea without the execution for me to become invested.
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell Perfect and heart-rending and compiled with all of the right words. A piece of contemporary writing balanced like Jenga pieces, somehow standing upright and managing to take your breath away at the end.
The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson It's difficult to describe my relationship with this book because I absolutely adored elements of it; this book took risks and some were brilliant and others felt trapped by the novel's construction. (To be fair, the copy I read was an eBook and so the formatting will obviously be different as a finished product, though that was only part of it.) Straight away I could tell that this book pulsed with a beautiful sense of something.You can read the full review at papereader.com (The book is more of a 3.5, but I landed on the higher end of rounding.)
Star Trek: Countdown - Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Mike Johnson, Tim Jones, David Messina, Giovanni Niro, J.J. Abrams Well, crap. If You've seen ST: XI, but haven't read this: READ IT. Also, if you saw Nemesis...you might rather like what happens in this one.
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo Just to get it out of the way - the pacing of SIEGE AND STORM is far different from SHADOW AND BONE. It reads like a different book because, well, it is a different book. I had a similar reaction to reading Ally Condie's CROSSED in comparison with MATCHED. In order for the end to be as insanely compelling - as it is - and "holy crap I did not expect that", there needed to be a spot where we could have some important character interaction and S&S offered this in spades. Yes, the Darkling does not appear in this book to the extent that he does in the previous, but that worked for me. The Darkling, at the end of S&B, is creepy and manipulative and it's completely understandable why Alina would want to avoid him at all costs. The development, however, over the course of S&S balanced this out.A longer review will be written soon to post in June.