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Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

“I was a collection of hyphens and bilingual words, always caught in between (…) Never quite right or enought for either”

Title: Don’t Date Rosa Santos

Author: Nina Moreno

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Format: Audiobook

Voice: Almarie Guerra

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

Don't Date Rosa SantosRosa Santos is cursed by the seaat least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat. But Rosa feels more caught than cursedcaught between cultures and choices, between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. She’s constantly caught between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about. As her college decision looms, Rosa collidesliterallywith Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?

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Goalie Interference by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

…fellow goalie-turned-lover-turned-maybe-friend-or-more…

Title: Goalie Interference

Series: Hat Trick #2

Author:  Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Expected publication: September 30th 2019 by Carina Press

Format: Ebook

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

43263028. sy475 It’s goalie vs. goalie in this brand-new enemies-to-lovers hockey romance from Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn… 

Ryu Mori has had a stellar season as goalie for the Atlanta Venom. So when he’s called into management’s office, he’s expecting to hear he’s the new starting goalie for the team, not that some new guy—an incredibly hot, annoyingly bratty rookie—is here to compete for his spot.

Not everyone gets to play in the best league in the world. Emmitt Armstrong knows that, and he’s not about to waste the opportunity after grinding his way from the bottom to the top. If the Venom is looking for a meek, mild-mannered pushover, they’ve got the wrong guy.

Ryu doesn’t want to admit the other goalie’s smart mouth turns him on. Beating Armstrong at practice feels good, sure, but there are other, more fun ways to shut his rival up.

In this league, it’s winner takes all. But there’s more to life than winning, and if Emmitt and Ryu can get past their egos and competitive natures, they might just discover they work better as partners than they ever imagined possible.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!Allie's Little Avenue

Since this is an Arc Review there won't be any spoilers (I think)

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Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

I want you to know that some journeys have ends, but not this one. This one will change you. Irrevocably.

Title: Spin the Dawn

Series: The Blood of Stars #1

Author: Elizabeth Lim 

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: E-Book

Length: 400 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

42747498Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (with giveaway!)

History is a myth shaped by the tongues of conquerors.

Title: The Gilded Wolves

Series: The Gilded Wolves #1

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Format: Hardcover

Length: 388 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

39863498Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“Stories have power,” she says. “So long as you belive them.”

Title:City of Ghosts

Series:Cassidy Blake #1

Author:Victoria Schwab

Publisher:Puck

Format: Spanish Edition Paperback

Length: 256 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Summary:

42077026Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Length: 602 pages

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆

Summary:

Resultado de imagen para illuminae cover gifThis morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Quotes and ranting to: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli

In honor of a fantastic movie I STILL can’t watch in theatres (though there are a lot of countries where the movie won’t get a single showing and I hope things get better for you all out there) I decided to do a little something to spread my love for Love, Simon. What better way than buying another copy of the book, this time with the first emails Jaques and Blue exchanged, and writing a post raving about it?

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Basically I take all of the parts I highlighted and group them according to how they make you feel, then talk a bit about each. For example:

For the next few days at school after that, it felt like I was a character in a movie. I could almost imagine a close-up of my face, projected wide-screen. It’s strange, because in reality, I’m not the leading guy. Maybe I’m the best friend.

I HAVE SOME NEWS FOR YOU SIMON


Disclaimer: Be aware that this post contains spoilers for the book (and probably the movie too I WOULDN’T KNOW)

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Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

I received an Advance Readers Copy in exchange of an honest review.
All thoughts and opinions are my own

Title: Bruja Born

Series Brooklyn Brujas #2

Author: Zoraida Córdova

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Publication date: June 5th 2018

Format: eARC

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Summary:

33918887Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…  Continue reading “Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova”

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I have a future ahead of me that will likely include an Ivy League education, an eventual law degree, and a career in public policy. Sadly, during the wee hours of this morning, literally none of that mattered.

Title: Dear Martin

Author: Nic Stone

Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

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Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. Continue reading “Dear Martin by Nic Stone”

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Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

Title: Chainbreaker

Series: Timekeeper (#2)

Author: Tara Sim

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Format: Kindle

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

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Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path—one from which they may never return. Continue reading “Chainbreaker by Tara Sim”