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Monday, June 24
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Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)- Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han
I thought I knew what was coming in Fire with Fire. I did NOT know what was coming in this book. Wow. Just wow. The bulk of the plot of this story builds on the first book’s revenge plot. Only now there’s aftermath—-consequences to the revenge enacted at the end of Burn for Burn. Oh don’t worry, there’s still plenty more revenge to be had and lots of drama in the process. I love that we continue to explore Kat, Lillia and Mary both as individuals and within their friendships. Their emotional growth is staggering in this book and yet they continue to make foolish mistakes. Alas, such is high school and hormones. We see more of the boys too and in a new light, Alex and Reeve in particular get lots of exploration. An the ending? I cannot get over it. Impressive. Frankly, I’m a little bit terrified for book 3! IT’S AWESOME!
Overall: A
Fire with Fire is due out from Simon and Schuster September 3rd. Pre-order your copy here or find book 1  Burn for Burn here.
ARC provided gratis by Simon and Schuster via BEA

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)- Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

I thought I knew what was coming in Fire with Fire. I did NOT know what was coming in this book. Wow. Just wow. The bulk of the plot of this story builds on the first book’s revenge plot. Only now there’s aftermath—-consequences to the revenge enacted at the end of Burn for Burn. Oh don’t worry, there’s still plenty more revenge to be had and lots of drama in the process. I love that we continue to explore Kat, Lillia and Mary both as individuals and within their friendships. Their emotional growth is staggering in this book and yet they continue to make foolish mistakes. Alas, such is high school and hormones. We see more of the boys too and in a new light, Alex and Reeve in particular get lots of exploration. An the ending? I cannot get over it. Impressive. Frankly, I’m a little bit terrified for book 3! IT’S AWESOME!

Overall: A

Fire with Fire is due out from Simon and Schuster September 3rd. Pre-order your copy here or find book 1  Burn for Burn here.

ARC provided gratis by Simon and Schuster via BEA

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #fiction #publishing #siobhan vivian #jenny han #burn for burn #paranormal #contemporary #revenge #fire with fire #simon and schuster #BEA



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Wednesday, June 19
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Just One Day - Gayle Forman
There is something unique and wonderful about travel. It forces you to take risks, to appreciate the “accidents.” When traveling, you cannot help but be the best version of yourself. And so it is unsurprising that travel is a perfect setting for a story like Just One Day. In Just One Day, we follow the blossoming of Allyson from childhood to adulthood over the course of a year proceeding from what might as well be called “dronehood” to self-actualization. To say I enjoyed the backdrop of Paris is an understatement. Unlike other contemporaries this book is much more about Allyson than it is about the boy, Willem, and I appreciated that. This standalone continues to build Forman’s reputation for analyzing the growth, struggles and depth of her characters in a way that reflects the unique problems of modern life while addressing age old questions. But beware, Just One Day is sure to leave you with a case of wanderlust. Trip to Paris anyone?
Overall: A-
Just One Day is out now. Get your copy here. 
ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E! 

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

There is something unique and wonderful about travel. It forces you to take risks, to appreciate the “accidents.” When traveling, you cannot help but be the best version of yourself. And so it is unsurprising that travel is a perfect setting for a story like Just One Day. In Just One Day, we follow the blossoming of Allyson from childhood to adulthood over the course of a year proceeding from what might as well be called “dronehood” to self-actualization. To say I enjoyed the backdrop of Paris is an understatement. Unlike other contemporaries this book is much more about Allyson than it is about the boy, Willem, and I appreciated that. This standalone continues to build Forman’s reputation for analyzing the growth, struggles and depth of her characters in a way that reflects the unique problems of modern life while addressing age old questions. But beware, Just One Day is sure to leave you with a case of wanderlust. Trip to Paris anyone?

Overall: A-

Just One Day is out now. Get your copy here

ARC given to me by Erica of The Book Cellar! Thanks E! 

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #books #gayle forman #just one day #contemporary #fiction #travel #paris



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Thursday, June 13
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Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini
What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don’t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there’s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that’s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I’m glad it’s with a book like Goddess.
Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods—clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well—her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.
For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don’t ever need to say goodbye, so I’ll just say, “till we read again old friend.”
Overall: A+
Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

Goddess (Starcrossed #3)- Josephine Angelini

What do you say when a series you love comes to an end? Are there words for it that I just don’t know? Perhaps in Greek or another foreign tongue, there’s a word that can say what it means to be overjoyed and bereft, fulfilled and hollowed all at once. Whatever that word is, that’s how I feel now that Starcrossed series has ended. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Helen and her band of demigod heroes blueprinted by the heroes of Troy. But if I do have to say goodbye I’m glad it’s with a book like Goddess.

Angelini culminates her brilliant series with smart twists and turns, emotional turmoil that rivals ancient Greek tragedies, and with stunning starcrossed lovers. I am particularly fond of how she addresses the battles both among the scions and with the gods—clever tricksy author that she is. Any day you get to yell “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” is fundamentally a good day in my book. The lovers plot line has expanded even more with nearly every character finding their counterpoint. Each of those loves are different and wonderful and reflect the characters personalities while exploring the various forms that true love can take; I was fascinated by the Cassandra experience in particular book as well—her disturbing coldness as Oracle allowing for a different kind of love.

For me this series has been a bright star in the night, an oasis in the desert, an ever-fixed island in a sea of change; So thank you, Josephine, for this series, for giving me this world to revel in and enjoy. The best thing about loving books, you don’t ever need to say goodbye, so I’ll just say, “till we read again old friend.”

Overall: A+

Goddess is out now from Harper Teen. Get your copy here!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult fiction #ya lit #young adult #fiction #goddess #starcrossed #dreamless #josephine angelini #publishing #harper teen #mythology #greek myths #troy #trojan war



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Friday, June 7
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Getting Dumped Part 2- Tawna Fenske
Getting Dumped Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off and BOY was that a cliffhanger. I have to say I’m quite pleased with the plot arc of the book and here we solve not one but 2 mysteries. There’s something absurdly delightful about characters who fancy themselves detectives and throw themselves headfirst into danger and mayhem to solve a crime. It’s indulgent and escapist and totally unlike reality (where at least I’d run screaming in the other direction). It’s wonderful! The relationship between the sisters is particularly enjoyable and I find the constant food references hilarious if not hunger inducing.  I was slightly miffed at the end that she hasn’t chosen at man yet, but that’s mostly for a reader’s benefit so we can choose who she pursues in the course of the future books in the series.  And given the ending of part 2, we can be fairly certain there are more adventures in our future. I know I’ll be choosing a certain sexy Brit at all the active fiction choice points. AHEM. But in short, Getting Dumped (pt 1 and 2) is a perfect read for an easy sunny beach day.
Overall A-
Getting Dumped Parts 1 and 2 are out now from Coliloquy! Get your copies here.

Getting Dumped Part 2- Tawna Fenske

Getting Dumped Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off and BOY was that a cliffhanger. I have to say I’m quite pleased with the plot arc of the book and here we solve not one but 2 mysteries. There’s something absurdly delightful about characters who fancy themselves detectives and throw themselves headfirst into danger and mayhem to solve a crime. It’s indulgent and escapist and totally unlike reality (where at least I’d run screaming in the other direction). It’s wonderful! The relationship between the sisters is particularly enjoyable and I find the constant food references hilarious if not hunger inducing.  I was slightly miffed at the end that she hasn’t chosen at man yet, but that’s mostly for a reader’s benefit so we can choose who she pursues in the course of the future books in the series.  And given the ending of part 2, we can be fairly certain there are more adventures in our future. I know I’ll be choosing a certain sexy Brit at all the active fiction choice points. AHEM. But in short, Getting Dumped (pt 1 and 2) is a perfect read for an easy sunny beach day.

Overall A-

Getting Dumped Parts 1 and 2 are out now from Coliloquy! Get your copies here.

Tags:   #i read #books #adult fiction #fiction #getting dumped #tawna fenske #coliloquy #active fiction #kindle #mystery



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Tuesday, May 21
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WIth summer at our door it’s the perfect time to read about skinny dipping right? I’m so happy to be taking part in The Hazards of Skinny Dipping blog tour! Below we have a great Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Reed post from Alyssa herself. Be sure to click the link and enter the rafflecopter to win your own copy too! 

xoxo,

V.V.

10 Things You Don’t Know About Reed

1)    His room is a total mess, but he tries to keep his truck clean. Juliet gets on his back about that difference.

2)    He’s only been skinny dipping once, and it didn’t last long. What happened afterward was much more enjoyable then the dip in the pool.

3)    He’s from the north, but never wants to leave the south. When he first moved to Charleston, he wouldn’t have believed it.

4)    He really likes to cook. He probably got the interest from his Uncle Al, and he still doesn’t understand why Al doesn’t open a place that serves decent food.

5)    He can function well on very little sleep. He’s the opposite of Juliet who gets cranky if she doesn’t get enough.

6)    His favorite movies are action flicks, but he still wants to keep the Halloween horror movie tradition alive.

7)    He’s a history major and kind of wants to become a professor. He just isn’t sure yet.

8)    His favorite part about Juliet is her smile. He swears she has a special one that she only uses for him.

9)    He has a newfound love of pizza sauce. It brings back good memories.

10) He’s going to convince Juliet to become a regular on his paintball team.

Synopsis:

This isn’t a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I’d be happy to recommend one, but I don’t have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It’s the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it’s also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.


Author Bio:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand. Follow Alyssa on Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and her website.

Enter to win the Hazards Beach Bag giveaway including a tote bag, shot glass, drink koozies and of course the book!

You can get your copy of The Hazards of Skinny Dipping on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles now!

e-ARC provided gratis by InkSlinger PR 

Tags:   #i read #books #na #new adult #the hazards of skinny dipping #blog tour #inkslinger pr #alyssa rose ivy #contemporary #romance #fiction



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Wednesday, April 17
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House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7)- Chloe Neill
Well, well, well Cadogan House is in a bit of a pickle. This is surprising to no one who reads the Chicagoland series. House Rules focuses around the consequences of Cadogan’s decision to leave the GP, but also includes the larger themes of racism, the question of oversight, questions of corruption and power, and so much more. Once again, Merit saves the day with her combination of reckless bravery, Nancy Drew style sleuthing skills, and general bad-assery. She is honestly my favorite heroine of the moment and her sharp tongue and keen intelligence are definitely part of the reason why. And while Ethan and Merit have their rocky moments, DEAR GOD, it is so good to have them back. I will never, ever, ever take them for granted again after what Neill pulled in Hard Bitten. I also like how Mallory and her relationship with Merit is realistic after the previous events have all but destroyed their friendship. I am growing more concerned about the political situation which I’m sure will be a big part of the next book. I just want a shirt or something that says "I stand Sentinel for Cadogan House" just to wear around on weekend. Bonus if it comes with the sword.
Overall: A 
House Rules is out now. Get your copy here.

House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7)- Chloe Neill

Well, well, well Cadogan House is in a bit of a pickle. This is surprising to no one who reads the Chicagoland series. House Rules focuses around the consequences of Cadogan’s decision to leave the GP, but also includes the larger themes of racism, the question of oversight, questions of corruption and power, and so much more. Once again, Merit saves the day with her combination of reckless bravery, Nancy Drew style sleuthing skills, and general bad-assery. She is honestly my favorite heroine of the moment and her sharp tongue and keen intelligence are definitely part of the reason why. And while Ethan and Merit have their rocky moments, DEAR GOD, it is so good to have them back. I will never, ever, ever take them for granted again after what Neill pulled in Hard Bitten. I also like how Mallory and her relationship with Merit is realistic after the previous events have all but destroyed their friendship. I am growing more concerned about the political situation which I’m sure will be a big part of the next book. I just want a shirt or something that says "I stand Sentinel for Cadogan House" just to wear around on weekend. Bonus if it comes with the sword.

Overall: A 

House Rules is out now. Get your copy here.

Tags:   #i read #books #adult #paranormal #fiction #vampires #chicago #chicagoland vampires #chloe neill


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Thursday, March 28
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All the lovely book ladies. 

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Wednesday, March 13
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COVER REVEAL: SILENT ORCHIDS By Morgan Wylie
Isn’t that just a stunning cover? Don’t worry, there’s going to be a stunning fantasy story to go along with it. 

ABOUT SILENT ORCHIDS:
A dying realm.
 
The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed.
The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long? 
Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.

Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.
 
ABOUT MORGAN WYLIE:
Morgan Wylie has been writing on and off throughout her growing up years, but started seriously working on her first novel in the Spring of 2009. 7 months pregnant with her first child, she didn’t start off with a lot of focused writing time. But Morgan had an epiphany, if you will, and the story flashed before her so she began to write. And she’s still writing. Her debut Young Adult fantasy, SILENT ORCHIDS, will be out this summer.
LINKS:
Twitter: MWylieBooks
Blog:www.morganwylie.blogpost.com
Web: morganwylie.net
Friend Morgan on Facebook or Goodreads

SILENT ORCHIDS Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17340090-silent-orchids?ac=1

COVER REVEAL: SILENT ORCHIDS By Morgan Wylie

Isn’t that just a stunning cover? Don’t worry, there’s going to be a stunning fantasy story to go along with it. 

ABOUT SILENT ORCHIDS:

A dying realm.

 

The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed.

The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long? 

Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.

Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.

 

ABOUT MORGAN WYLIE:

Morgan Wylie has been writing on and off throughout her growing up years, but started seriously working on her first novel in the Spring of 2009. 7 months pregnant with her first child, she didn’t start off with a lot of focused writing time. But Morgan had an epiphany, if you will, and the story flashed before her so she began to write. And she’s still writing. Her debut Young Adult fantasy, SILENT ORCHIDS, will be out this summer.

LINKS:

Twitter: MWylieBooks

Blog:www.morganwylie.blogpost.com

Web: morganwylie.net

Friend Morgan on Facebook or Goodreads


SILENT ORCHIDS Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17340090-silent-orchids?ac=1

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Friday, October 26
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The Gleaning

The Gleaning- Heidi R. Kling

Witch’s Brew (Spellspinner’s 1) left us with a steamy and heart-wrenching cliffhanger. Well, The Gleaning picks up right where we left off. And thank goodness for that because things are getting SERIOUSLY questionable in Melas County. On the eve of the gleaning, Logan and Lily struggle to not only trust each other but to figure out their parts in the world around them and this fated prophesy. Kling does a great job of endearing Logan and Lily to the reader and frankly her breathtaking romance scenes can’t be beat. This book is full of treachery and betrayals, which balances the romantic passion perfectly. There is something magic about their story, and not in a witchy way. I find myself bespelled with a compulsion here to read: to find out what happens to them, to see them safe and together, to see witches and warlocks brought back together. With more twists and turns than Witch’s Brew, The Gleaning had me on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen next. I still totally love the reader choice options that is the foundation of a Coliloquy title. The book is perfectly timed for Halloween too since we could all use some sexy magic as the witching hour approaches. The Gleaning has finally arrived and just like last time, we are left with a cliffhanger ending. I don’t know what will happen to Lily and Logan, but I know one thing for sure, I’m going to keep reading.
Overall: A
Be sure to check out Heidi Kling and Coliloquy and pre-order your copy of The Gleaning here.
e-Galley provided gratis by Coliloquy, http://www.coliloquy.com/. 

Tags:   #books #fiction #i read #spellspinners of melas county #the gleaning #witch's brew #ya #young adult #coliloquy



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Tuesday, August 28
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Two and Twenty Dark Tales

Two and Twenty Dark Tales- Edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes

I was raised on nursery rhymes so when I saw that there was an anthology of stories based on Mother Goose I practically lost my mind. Not only does Two and Twenty Dark Tales have a great premise, there are so many amazing contributing writers who’s work I already love—-Gretchen McNeil, Lisa Mantchev, Karen Mahoney to name a few. The anthology is full of creepy unsettling stories, dark imaginings and disturbing endings. You will never look at nursery rhymes the same way again after reading this, nor should you want to. There’s something particularly Grimm (pun intended) about this collection; it’s closer to what original fairy tales and nursery rhymes were intended to do—-to warn and ward the dark things in the world. It is an anthology I cannot wait to have on my shelves!

Overall: A+

Two and Twenty Dark Tales is due out from Month9Books on October 16th. Pre-order your copy here.

e-galley provided gratis via Netgalley

Tags:   #i read #books #anthology #short stories #mother goose #nursery rhymes #two and twenty dark tales #netgalley #ya lit #young adult #fiction


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Wednesday, October 12
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For young readers, dystopia isn’t a future to be averted; it’s a version of what’s already happening in the world they inhabit.

Suzanne Collins : The New Yorker

A sobering thought indeed.

Futurismo

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Tags:   #future #dystopian #young adult literature #fiction #new yorker #hunger games #suzanne collins #zeitgeist


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Wednesday, September 7
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Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here

Abandon-Meg Cabot

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)

So we all know how excited I am about the influx of Greek mythology in YA lit. Meg Cabot’s Abandon is based off the Persephone/Hades myth and I thought: oh good, some death, some kidnapping, there’s no way this can fail. Kinda wrong.  The story is good; the writing is good, but it’s not really focused on the Hades/Persephone plot.  I found it was more about Pierce’s life and her acclimation to a new place and school. Yes, the plot is scattered with Greek myth references which I adored.  There’s even an awesome jewelry story woven in. However, it just didn’t live up to the expectation I had, and that’s no one’s fault but my own. On it’s own, it’s a good re-imagining and modernization of the Hades/Persephone tale.  All in all, I have mixed feelings on this one.

Overall: B+/A-

You can get your copy here.

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #fiction #ya lit #young adult fiction #mythology #greek myths #gods #goddesses #meg cabot #books


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Saturday, March 12
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Never Was There A Story of More Woe

Juliet- by Anne Fortier

At this point you could probably put something Shakespeare in just about any book and it would make me like it, but Juliet surpassed this by miles as stunning tale of the origins of the Romeo and Julietstory and it’s modern day impact on descendants of the families. Set in Sienna rather than Verona, and with an interesting twist in the family feuds, I loved everything about this re-imagined tale.  Full of much more intrigue than the first, Juliet melds historical fiction, modern romance, a bit of the paranormal, gangsters, two sets of star-crossed lovers, and at least 4 plot twists. Fortier kept me turning pages late into the evening because I couldn’t go to sleep not knowing how it ended. 

Overall: A

Note: This is not a YA book review, because sometimes I need to read adult things too.

Tags:   #i read, #historical fiction, #fiction #anne fortier #juliet #romeo and juliet #shakespeare



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Friday, December 31
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Anyway, according to gossip I’m this champagne bubble of a girl about town - New York being the only town that cares about having girls about it - living the perfect party-girl life, if that’s what you think a perfect life is
— Plum Sykes, Bergdorf Blondes

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