Travels Through Aqua, Green and Blue by Mary E. Gregory–Reviewed by Jerricka Brown

Travels Through Aqua, Green, and Blue: A MemoirTravels Through Aqua, Green, and Blue: A Memoir by Mary E. Gregory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a nice coming of age story. I usually don’t read memoirs, but I am happy I read this one. I was very moved by the heartfelt story. I can relate to the emotion behind it. I am a fan of this author now. I can’t wait to read more.

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Next Door To A Star by Krysten Lyndsay Hager – Review by Crystal Davidson

Next Door to a StarNext Door to a Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Next Door To A Star by Krysten Lyndsay Hager is my first book by this author, as well as the first book in its series. This book represents exactly what I remember my early teenage years to be like. The unsure feelings about where and how you fit into the world. The struggles involved with making and keeping friends, fitting in at school, and crushing on boys. It is definitely age appropriate for the preteen or older audiences. This story has a few ups and a few downs and was really an unputdownable read. I’m anxiously looking forward to reading book 2! 5 stars!

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Bake Believe by Cori Cooper – Review by Colleen Guggenberger

Bake BelieveBake Believe by Cori Cooper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book, and will be looking for more books from this author. I was captivated from the beginning, surprised and delighted! I also was able to have some tasty treats along the way! This was very well written and kept me wanting more, in a very good way throughout the book. I did not want the book to end!

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Nightfall by TK Lawyer – Review by Charlisa Wahtomy-Alba

Tamara has caught the nose of a wolf, but the eye if his human form named Josh. She isn’t up for a relationship since her fiance left her. When a stray dog continuously shows up on her doorstep she decides to take him in. Unbeknownst to her he is not a regular dog. Josh, or Nightfall as Tamara has named him, has other plans to make Tamara fall in love with him. He wants to be more than just her pet, but he must find the right time to reveal the truth. Will Tamara stick around once the truth comes out or will she freak out and run away? Will she be willing to open her heart and love again?

This was an alright read. I have read many shifter/werewolf books and this one was different than what I am used to.

Apocalypse NOPE!! by Deidre Huesmann-Review by Jerricka Brown

Apocalypse NOPE!!Apocalypse NOPE!! by Deidre Huesmann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was positively amazing. I am a fan of young adult/teen books and this one is now in my top ten of favorites. I love how the characters all flowed together and each one still stood out alone. I also love the LGBTQIA+ factor in it also. It is really a great work of art for teens who need to see more representation and know that they are not alone.

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In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series #2) by Krysten Lindsay Hager – Review by Heather Knalls

In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series #2)In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety by Krysten Lindsay Hager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Guys, what a way to end a series. I do hope Krysten decides to maybe write some more in the future so we see where Cecily and Andrew are, if Cecily’s modeling career takes off or even maybe where her grandmother is. But I have to say this book was absolutely amazing. I love Krysten’s writing and the way Cecily is living every girls dream. If you are looking for a dream come true book this is the book and the series to read, it was amazing.

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Genre – Dystopian, Young/New Adult, Romance
Antipodes is a unique work of fiction, set in present-day post-apocalyptic Australia. Aimed at young adults who are disillusioned with our world, and concerned for the ecological future of our planet, Antipodes focuses on the values our society lacks-sustainability, inclusion, community and friendship.
Cam Mackintosh is in his last year of a science degree at Melbourne University when he is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to help establish an entirely sustainable community on an island off the coast of Australia following a deadly outbreak. The community is presented with a clean slate; a completely new eco-village, protected from the outside world, but with much of the knowledge and technology of today. The community on August Island thrives and is established on modern values of gender equality and cultural inclusion.
In their second year, Will overcomes his personal challenges and finds love with Freyja. Life is idyllic until Freyja goes missing. Will follows her to Scotland using Antipodes, an ancient secret, referenced by many cultures throughout history. There he connects with sustainable community on the island of Lewis, much like his own. Strangers become friends, and he realises he has found his forever home, the place where he is genuinely “of the land”. His new friends include Fraser, who shares his passion for sustainable agriculture and Laetitia, a psychologist turned teacher with a challenging past. Despite his contentment, his loyalty and commitment to Freyja continue to haunt him, and Will travels outside the protection of the communities in search of Freyja and other communities like theirs.
This book will appeal to readers who enjoy the environment-centred work of Margaret Atwood such as Oryx and Crake, or work by Piers Torday, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Sarah Crossan’s Breathe.

Wendigo Forest by C.A. King, USA Today Bestselling Author – Review by Carrie Reed

Wendigo ForestWendigo Forest by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!

Yes! I want more! I wasn’t sure how this book was going to play out being so short, or if I would even be able to get in to it, I DID! I was so hooked by the last page I was screaming for more! I’m not sure if I have ever read a story centered around wendigos but I loved this story. Clara seems like an odd one, but I was so hoping she would make some new friends that she could form a long lasting relationship with, but she felt as if she was the odd one out yet again. I am also holding out hope that Hank isn’t a jerk, sometimes he seems like he would be and then other times I am hoping for Clara and Hank to develop something special. Her parents are only in this town to chase down the most current serial killer, an assumed wendigo. There is a nice twist at the end that will change Clara’s life forever. I really need to see what happens next so fingers crossed there is a follow up to this book!

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The Perfect Outcast by Melissa O. Hansen – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur

The Perfect OutcastThe Perfect Outcast by Melissa Ott Hansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very engaging story about Alina, she is a teenager with all the issues that comes with it, hormones, blemishes and imperfect teeth, but she is not as normal as she seems, she lives in a place filled with perfection and being imperfect as she is, makes her stand out in a way she does not want.

We start the journey within this book at school with Alina, in her biology class and this is where we discover where the book is based, in Pria, as well as a bit about the people living there. During this lesson we discover why Pria is known for its perfection and what this means for Alina and the other residents, as well as why Alina is different. Later on in history, more about the leader of Pria is revealed, as well as the repercussions which may happen if someone speaks about him in a less than friendly manner.

It is here that we find out more about Alina and how she is ostracised by the community she lives in, how she experiences life and how this all makes her feel. It also starts to uncover the relationships she has with those she lives with and those whom she hopes to be friends with. These relationships reveal things about herself and Pria which she never expected to hear and would never have believed if she wasn’t the imperfect being she is.

When things start to go wrong for Alina, she has to discover if perfection is all it’s cracked up to be and whether it is worth paying the price demanded for it.

The journey which Alina must now go on means that she has to discover new strengths of character which she didn’t know she possessed, as well as finding the strength to become who she is meant to be, but will all of this newness overwhelm her, or will she be able to step up and stand up for herself and those around her?

Reviewed by @RoxsanneL

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North to Nara (Crimson Sash Book 1) by Amanda Marin – Review by Jonell Collins

North to Nara (Crimson Sash, #1)North to Nara by Amanda Marin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

North to Nara (Crimson Sash #1) by Amanda Marin was a really good book. I think it demonstrates how many of us start out. We think we live in a wonderful world, everything looks perfect, everything seems perfect. Little by little we see the worms in the apple. Neve begins to see the worms in the apple when Micah catches her eye and suddenly nothing is as it seems. This is a great introduction to wonderful series.

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