BOOK REVIEW: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

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Kody Keplinger
Young Adult, Contemporary
Little Brown/Poppy
September 7, 2010
NetGalley

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

BOOK REVIEW: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen #1
Victoria Aveyard
Young Adult, Dystopia
Orion
February 10, 2015
eBook

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

BOOK REVIEW: Crooked by Laura and Tom McNeal

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Laura McNeal, Tom McNeal
Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Knopf Books for Young Readers
1999
Hardbound
Purchased

Clara Wilson has a lot on her mind. Her best friend, Gerri, has started moving in circles that will never in a million years include Clara and her crooked nose. Clara's parents are fighting again, and her mom keeps talking about teaching in France. At least Clara still has Hambone, her loyal dog. And her crush on Amos McKenzie, of course.

Amos McKenzie doesn't much like home these days. His dad's corny questions are bugging him more than usual, and his mom's gone religious for no apparent reason. On top of that, he's starting to fall for a major dink, Clara Wilson. And as it turns out, he's not the only one...

The Tripp Brothers are the biggest delinquents in town. They smash mailboxes, shoplift groceries, and cruise around in their Seduck (half sedan, half truck). They've just turned their sights on the school's newest, cutest couple. And that can only mean one thing for Clara and Amos: danger.

Clara and Amos--their lives turned upside down by each other, their families, and the two meanest brothers in town--discover that honesty may be the answer...but it can be awfully hard to find. In this emotionally compelling and suspenseful young adult novel, Laura and Tom McNeal present a searingly accurate look at life in ninth grade--where thrills, heartbreak, and intimidation can take place at a locker, in the lunchroom, or in a bathroom stall.

BOOK REVIEW: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles #1
Marissa Meyer
Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia
Feiwel & Friends
January 3, 2012
eBook

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

March 2015 TBR

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Just a quick post showing you the books I plan to read this March. I’m so so so excited to read these beauties, I’ve heard great things about most of them. Some of these books I’ve had for a few months so I can’t wait to finally get into them. The first two weeks of March will be stressful for me because of my finals but after that I’ll have summer vacation! I’m so excited! But before that I have to work to pass all my subjects. Good luck to me!
What is your March TBR?
Love,
Angel
(Originally posted on: http://thebookishangel.blogspot.com/2015/02/march-tbr.html last February 28, 2015)

February 2015 Wrap Up

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This month has been stressful for me so I only managed to read four books: two physical books and two e-books. Here are my ratings for each of them:

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas ★★★
21 Proms Edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft ★★★ (read my review here)
My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher ★★★★★
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen ★★★★★

My new favorite book would be My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece, you can read my review about it here. My all-time favorite book which I re-read is The Truth About Forever (read review here).

What did you read last February?

Love,
Angel

(Originally posted on: http://thebookishangel.blogspot.com/2015/03/february-wrap-up.html last March 2, 2015)

BOOK REVIEW: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen
Young Adult, Contemporary
Speak
June 2012
Paperback
Purchased

A long, hot summer...

That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.

Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece Book Cover My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Annabel Pitcher
Young Adult, Contemporary
Galaxy
2012
eBook

Ten-year-old Jamie hasn't cried since it happened. He knows he should have—Jasmine cried, Mum cried, Dad still cries. Roger didn't, but then he is just a cat and didn't know Rose that well, really.

Everyone kept saying it would get better with time, but that's just one of those lies that grown-ups tell in awkward situations. Five years on, it's worse than ever: Dad drinks, Mum's gone and Jamie's left with questions that he must answer for himself.

This is his story, an unflinchingly real yet heart-warming account of a young boy's struggle to make sense of the loss that tore his family apart.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: 21 Proms Edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft

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Several authors
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Sometimes the night of your dreams can be a total nightmare.

The prom. It's supposed to be one of the best nights of your life. Or, at least, you're supposed to have a good time. But what if you'd rather be going with your best friend's date than your own? What if a sinister underground society of students has spiked the punch? What if your date turns out to be more of a frog than a prince? Or what if he's (literally) an ape?

There are ways you can fight it. You can protest the silliness of the regular prom by hosting a backwards prom - also known as a morp. You can throw a prom for fat girls. You can stay at home to watch old teen movies and get your cute neighbor and his cuter brother to join you. You can dance to your own music.

Here, 21 of the funniest, most imaginative writers today create their own kind of prom stories. Some are triumphs. Some are disasters. But each one is a night you'll never forget.