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Monday, January 21
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Georgetown Academy Book 3- Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz
It’s Inaugeration Day and what better way to celebrate than with some fictional political drama. I don’t know about you but the fictional kind is much more palatable to me than the real life political drama these days. That being said, Georgetown Academy Book Three JUST came out on January 15th and this time, we’re hitting the slopes. A few weeks have lapsed since the end of Book Two and the Follow the Stars event and there are quite a few changes to absorb. Brinley is back and practically a different person. I LOVE HER! Her growth is phenomenal. Ellie meanwhile is struggling and making some terrible decisions and at one point I wanted to shake her and say, “LOOK AT YOUR LIFE! LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES!”. We get some great twists and turns but we also get a ski lodge setting. The best part of the Georgetown Academy books—aside from the politics, relationships, fashion—is that every single character is flawed and those flaws make them real, believable, and most of all lovable. The end of Book 3 is a doozy and I NEED Book 4, like yesterday. 
Haven’t read book 1 or 2 yet? No worries! Enter to win BOTH via rafflecopter here! 
Overall: A
Georgetown Academy Book Three is out from Colilquy now. Get your copy here.
e-acr provided gratis via Coliloquy. 

Georgetown Academy Book 3- Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz

It’s Inaugeration Day and what better way to celebrate than with some fictional political drama. I don’t know about you but the fictional kind is much more palatable to me than the real life political drama these days. That being said, Georgetown Academy Book Three JUST came out on January 15th and this time, we’re hitting the slopes. A few weeks have lapsed since the end of Book Two and the Follow the Stars event and there are quite a few changes to absorb. Brinley is back and practically a different person. I LOVE HER! Her growth is phenomenal. Ellie meanwhile is struggling and making some terrible decisions and at one point I wanted to shake her and say, “LOOK AT YOUR LIFE! LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES!”. We get some great twists and turns but we also get a ski lodge setting. The best part of the Georgetown Academy books—aside from the politics, relationships, fashion—is that every single character is flawed and those flaws make them real, believable, and most of all lovable. The end of Book 3 is a doozy and I NEED Book 4, like yesterday. 

Haven’t read book 1 or 2 yet? No worries! Enter to win BOTH via rafflecopter here! 

Overall: A

Georgetown Academy Book Three is out from Colilquy now. Get your copy here.

e-acr provided gratis via Coliloquy. 

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Tuesday, September 21
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Tags:   #link, #i read, #the hunger games, #galleycat #suzanne collins #young adult lit #young adult fiction



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Wednesday, August 25
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Perfect Chemistry

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect chemistry was the perfect book to combat my post-Mockingjay depression.  Often I find it hard to relate to characters who make terrible life decisions like going gangs or doing drugs, but Elkeles does a masterful job of creating complex and dynamic protagonists.  The novel blends harsh realities with a happily ever after romance to find equilibrium.  And it definitely teaches the reader about thermal chemistry: its hot.  Was that joke too nerdy?

Overall: A-

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Tuesday, August 24
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A Review of Mockingjay

Mockingjay-Suzanne Collins

Young adult fiction is full of optimism—passionate romances, bright and shining happiness, fairy tale ever-afters.  Perhaps this is the reason adults are drawn to reading this genre, it renews our belief in the humanity, karma, love; it inspires with its insistence that good triumph over evil.  The third book of The Hunger Games Series, Mockingjay, is a rare book in this genre of lightheartedness and imagination.  It is rare because the book succeeds in taking from the reader as well as giving.

Fire is catching! If we burn, you burn with us.

The story is beyond smart, beyond brilliant.  Genius maybe.  The suffering, the struggle, the fear is real. It’s messy, destructive, emotional and gripping. As a reader you are a rebel, you are of District 12, you are in this with Katniss.  Wars are not and never have been won with kindness; they do not leave you with rainbows and laughter. Nor is the reader left either of these (though the end is a happy one of sorts—and the one I hoped for).

Mockingjay in no small way, rips away the facade that human beings are essentially good; it strips us of our belief in unselfish acts; it forces us to question what is true, what is false, what is right and what is wrong.   The Hunger Games series has demanded its readers look at themselves and the world around them in a critical way. Are you a pawn or a player?  What is the difference?  While in the end it may have erased the facade that there can be pure happiness or a perfect ending, it gave me eyes to see myself, the world and humanity anew in the harsh light of reality but with the ever persistent presence of hope.  

With that I give Mockingjay and the entire Hunger Games series an overall: A++

And may the games be ever in your favor.

Tags:   #i read, #mockingjay #suzanne collins #the hunger games #young adult lit #young adult fiction



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