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Freshmen by Tom Ellen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524701819
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Published: Ember - June 18th, 2019

Phoebe Bennet has had a crush on Luke Taylor since the dawn of time it seems; Luke just broke up with his long-term high school sweetheart. When the two attend the same college together, love and school get very complicated. Sweet and funny, this novel is an adorable YA romance perfect for a quick weekend read. It goes through the struggles of making friends and family in a new and unfamiliar place as well as learning to let go of those hurting you. ~ Reviewed by Adelia Callear


King's Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062310705
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Published: HarperTeen - March 5th, 2019

The third addition to her famous Red Queen series, Aveyard keeps her fans on their toes. Mare is captured by King Maven and his array of followers, trapped behind his walls and locked in his twisted hold. While she observes the tested alliances and a couple assassination attempts, her band of rebels, the Scarlet Guard, grows in size and strength. Constantly moving plot, you won't want to put this book down. True character personalities are shown and betrayal becomes something of a pastime. Will Mare escape Maven’s possessive grip and gain back her powers or will the king finally overthrow the force threatening to destroy his world? Not for the faint of heart or the youngins out there, things can get a bit saucy. ~ Reviewed by Adelia Callear


Quarantine: A Love Story by Katie Cicatelli-Kuc - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338724318
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 4th, 2020

No, this book is not about the infamous COVID-19, but the story is still worth the read. Flora and Oliver meet on a plane trip back from the Dominican Republic where there has been a reported case of “Tropical Mono.” The whole flight must go into a 24 hour quarantine, which is where Flora and Oliver connect and become friends. Driven by the desire not to go home yet, Flora fakes a fever then kisses Oliver, sending them both into a 30-day quarantine together. Filled with bad yet still funny dad jokes, flirting, love triangles, and parts where I was ripping my hair out (the dramatic irony is strong and lovably frustrating), this novel is a fast yet heartwarming read. ~ Reviewed by Adelia Callear


Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062310675
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Published: HarperTeen - April 3rd, 2018

The thrilling sequel to Aveyard’s mind-blowing novel Red Queen. Mare Barrow is an anomaly to the Silver world; her blood is red yet she possesses unique abilities not even the most powerful Silver can go up against. We last left off with her fleeing the Prince whom she thought she could trust until his true intentions and malice were revealed. Now her and her gang of rebels are on the run and in search of others like her--those that they call “newbloods.” Very exciting ending, Aveyard definitely wanted to make her readers suffer just a little bit with some ending plot twists and cliffhangers. Couldn't jump to the next book quick enough! ~ Reviewed by Adelia Callear


I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen - Book Review

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By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

Adorable picture book about a bear who lost his precious hat and has to travel through the forest and question each creature he meets about the whereabouts of his hat. Goofy, humorous, and a little sassy, this book will leave you chuckling like a father after making a dad joke. ~ Reviewed by Adelia Callear


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