On Rating Diverse Books Higher: The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

The Secret Science of MagicThe Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil 

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Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont


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Summary:

The unsolvable problem: If Sophia is a genius, why can’t she crack the puzzle of what to do with her life?

Fact: Sophia is smart. As in, certified-child-prodigy, breezing-through-uni-subjects-even-though-she’s-only-in-year-twelve smart. This terrifies her, because geniuses have a tendency to end up as recluses and weirdos – and with her current social ineptness, she’s halfway there already.

Truth: Joshua is good at magic tricks, ignoring most things about year twelve, and not thinking at all about life after high school.
Fact: Sophia can’t even talk to her best friend Elsie about her anxieties, because Elsie is firmly focused on her own future – and on plans that will mean leaving Sophia behind.
Truth: Joshua has had a secret crush on Sophia since forever, but he doesn’t have forever to act on it.
Fact: There are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for … and the messiness of the real world is one of them.
Truth: Timing is everything.

The long-awaited YA novel from the award-winning author of Life in Outer Space and The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl.

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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Walker Books Australia


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Summary:

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

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Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

This Adventure EndsThis Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

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Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Henry Holt Books (Imprint of Pan Macmillian Australia)


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Summary:

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

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Seasonal Anticipated Releases #1 (March – May 2017)

I know all of you in the Northern Hemisphere are gearing up to finally feel some warmth against your skin again but you would not believe how ready I am for Summer to be over. Sydney was pretty horrid this year and I cannot, for the life of me, take another 40*C day. Aside from the weather, I’m also super excited for all the wonderful book releases that are coming up in the next three months!

Below I have 20 books that I’m looking forward to over the next season and even that list isn’t exhaustive. So while I’m going to be a happy reader, my bank account is probably going to be a little less excited. But hey, you need to spend your money on something right *she says as she spends her money on everything*?

Anyway, make sure you let me know what books you’re looking forward to this season (because I could always be persuaded to do more damage to me TBR ;)). Withou further ado, on to the list!

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Author Q&A + Book Review: Ida by Alison Evans

IdaIda by Alison Evans

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Genre: YA SFF, #LoveOzYA

Publisher: Echo Publishing


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Summary

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?

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February Wrap Up + March TBR

Hi friends!

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So, as you may have gathered by that weirdly appropriate Moriarty gif, I’ve been gone for quite a while. In a bit of a life update, I was interning from the beginning of the year until mid-Feb and let me tell you, blogging with a full-time job is so much harder than I ever thought it could be. And by the lack of blogging, you can probably tell that I did not adjust well. But I’m back to being a full time student (*cough* sleeping most of the day *cough*) so we should be returning to our usual scheduled posting now! For what it’s worth I MISSED YOU GUYS HEAPS!

Anyway, onto the wrap up and to be read!

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