LINK | REVIEW + AUTHOR INFO

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Title: LINK
Author: Summer Wier
First Published: 2015
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
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Rating: ★★★★★

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**I received an eARC of LINK from REUTS Publications, in exchange for an honest review.**

      “For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.

Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.

Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.”

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ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES | REVIEW

Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
First Published: 2015
Genre: Young adult
Length:388 pages
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Rating: ★★★★★

** Trigger-warning: mental illness, undiagnosed mental illness, bipolar disorder, suicide attempts, survivor’s guilt. **

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“Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.”

ANGELFALL | REVIEW

Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
First Published: 2011
Genre: Dystopian, fantasy, young adult
Length: 288 pages
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Rating: ★★★★★

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“It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…”

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WINTERGIRLS | REVIEW

Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
First Published: 2009
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Length: 278 pages
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Rating: ★★★★★

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*** Trigger-warning: self-harming, eating disorders, suicide, mental health issues. Please take caution whilst reading the book, and this review.

     “Dead girl walking”, the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret”, the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

     Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

     In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.”

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WHY DOGS ARE… | REVIEW

Title: Why Dogs Are…
Author: Tana Thompson
First Published: 2014
Genre: Children’s, Christian
Length: 32 pages
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Rating: ★★★★★

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**I received an eARC of Why Dogs Are, from Carpenter’s Son Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.**

     “Why Dogs Are tells the story of how a dog teaches some life lessons to a very special child. It seeks to explore the concept of God’s unconditional love and how someone without the ability to see or hear can comprehend its scope and His impact in our lives.”
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SHARP OBJECTS | REVIEW

Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
First Published: 2006
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 272 pages
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Rating: ★★★★★

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*** Trigger-warning: self-harming, eating disorders, mental health issues. Please take caution whilst reading the book, and this review.

Possible spoilers!

     “WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart 

     Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

     NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg 
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

     HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle 
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

     With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.”

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS | REVIEW

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
First Published: 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 313 pages
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Rating: ★★★★★

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“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
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