Review: Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

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Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves
Series:
 n/a
Genre: YA Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Publication: May 15th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC (thank you, the Novl!)
Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny’s life. She’s failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is.

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Review: Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider

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Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider
Series: n/a
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication:   June 5th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Format: ARC (thank you, Harper!)

Rose Asher believes in ghosts. She should, since she has one for a best friend: Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at fifteen. But Rose is growing up, and when an old friend moves back to Laguna Canyon and appears in her drama class, things get complicated.

Jamie Aldridge is charming, confident, and a painful reminder of the life Rose has been missing out on since her brother’s death. She watches as Jamie easily rejoins their former friends–a group of magnificently silly theater nerds–while avoiding her so intensely that it must be deliberate.

Yet when the two of them unexpectedly cross paths, Rose learns that Jamie has a secret of his own, one that changes everything. Rose finds herself drawn back into her old life–and to Jamie. But she quickly starts to suspect that he isn’t telling her the whole truth.

All Rose knows is that it’s becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn’t ready to lose.

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Review: Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

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Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
Series: n/a
Genre: YA Zombies, Post-Apocalyptic
Publication:  April 10th 2018 by Greenwillow
Format: ARC (thank you, Harper!)

Ten years ago, a horrifying disease began spreading across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attacked the living and created havoc and destruction. No one has ever survived the infection. Daisy Wilcox, known as Willie, has been protecting her siblings within the relatively safe walls of Glory, Texas. When Willie’s good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most dangerous shake-hunters in town, she finds herself on the hook for his debt. With two hunters, including the gruff and handsome Ben, to accompany her, she sets out across the desert in search of her father. But the desert is not kind to travelers, and not everyone will pass through alive.

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JM’s #YAPromToRemember

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Hiya! Prom season’s here and I’ve been tapped on by my friends from Swoon Reads / Fierce Reads to share with y’all what my dream prom looks like! (At least inside my head) I’m a huge hopeless romantic and I’m all for the traditional prom basics: a dapper suit, an amazing venue, good food, and a special someone to share the night with. (Although having a date is something I have NEVER experienced. Back when I was in high school, I always went to prom with my friends!)

So yeah, check out what JM’s prom looks like in my head down below!

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What’s New & Things That Have Changed: College, Blogging, etc!

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Hi everyone! It’s been a fucking hot minute since I’ve sat down and pulled up WordPress to write a post. I’m sure you’ve noticed. I had a bunch of posts scheduled throughout the months I was at school, but they weren’t enough to keep Arctic Books running, in my opinion. But I’m back now, and I’ll be blogging throughout the summer, and hopefully throughout the fall as well.

So, what’s new?

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Review: Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

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Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
Series: n/a
Genre: YA Contemporary, Magic
Publication:  June 5th 2018 by HarperTeen
Format: ARC (thank you, Katrina!)

A magic passed down through generations . . .

Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

An island where strange things happen . . .

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.

No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.

No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.

A summer that will become legend . . .

When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

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JM’s Recap + Book Haul: May 2018

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Okay, so… Hi, y’all! I know the Arctic Books team has been unexpectedly quiet this past month. As much as we wanted to avoid a hiatus, we couldn’t help but take a short break to take better care of ourselves. Some of us went to school to focus on studies, while the others, myself included, had to work hard to maintain a day job—one that can sustain my expensive book addiction. *laughs*

So anyway, let’s get this recap started!

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Review: Anger Is A Gift by Mark Oshiro

Anger Is A Gift by Mark Oshiro
Genre: YA Contemporary, Fiction, Mental Health, LGBTQIA+, #ownvoices
Publication: May 22nd 2018 by Tor Teen
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 384 pages
Format: eARC from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★★

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A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro’s Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression.

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.

Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

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Review: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
Genre: YA Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, #ownvoices
Publication: May 22nd 2018 by Simon Pulse
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 336 pages
Format: eARC from the author
Rating: ★★★★★

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Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

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