Review || Red Rising


Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Digital
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Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generation ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow – and Reds like him – are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

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Review || Aaru


Title: Aaru
Author: David Meredith
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Paperback
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How much would our history and current understanding of the world change if Isaac Newton or Rosalind Franklin lived a couple more decades? If creative minds like Vincent van Gogh or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were able to produce much more of their art? Imagine a world where the essence of the most brilliant of minds can be preserved in a virtual reality that stretches indefinitely. Imagine a world impervious to death.

This is exactly the premise that the Elysian Industries dedicated itself to as they worked to develop Aaru, a virtual arcadian paradise where people can live forever without worrying about pain, illness, or death. It is through 16-year-old cancer patient Rose Johnson’s participation that the Aaru system is finally perfected and ready to be deployed for public consumption.

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Review || You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone


Title: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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With their Israeli mother falling victim to the rare, gradually deteriorative Huntington’s disease, 18-year-old fraternal twin sisters Adina and Tovah – who share practically nothing but the same DNA – take a genetic test to determine whether they’ve inherited it. Two results come back – one negative for Huntington’s, the other being positive. This turn of events creates additional tension on their already strained relationship as both twins face their own set of internal struggles and fears of the unknown.

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is a heartbreaking, poignantly written tale that touches familial relationships, Jewish culture and religious practices, and the exhilarating thrill of first loves, while simultaneously addressing physical illnesses and mental health. It should be noted, however, that the novel also contains heavy content such as self-harm and suicidal ideation. A trigger warning has been provided by the author herself.

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Review || It Only Happens in the Movies (+ giveaway!)


Title: It Only Happens in the Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Paperback
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Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe filmmaker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichĂ©s. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

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Review || Ghost of a Feeling


Title: Ghost of a Feeling
Author: Celestine Trinidad
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.

So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.

She is stopped from jumping by Emilio, the ghost of a young man who haunts her building, who also committed suicide there many years ago. Eventually, Cris finds herself opening up to him, in a way she had never before, with anyone living or dead.

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Review || You Out of Nowhere


Title: You Out of Nowhere
Author: Jay E. Tria
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Real quick: I received a digital review copy of You Out of Nowhere as part of my participation in a blog tour. This neither affects my opinion nor the content of my review. Many thanks to the #romanceclass authors for this fantastic opportunity!

You Out of Nowhere is the first of many upcoming steamy, contemporary, Filipino romance novels from the #romanceclassFlair project. The story begins with 31-year-old Kris Jimenez taking notice of a gorgeous stranger on a train, who happens to be holding a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Said stranger turns out to be Ringo de Dios, a 24-year-old workaholic trying to climb up the corporate ladder. Sparks fly, but their flirtation doesn’t end in the train. Somewhere along the way, they find themselves on the same flight to Seoul, Korea.

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Review || Making It Complicated


Title: Making It Complicated
Author: Clarisse David
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Quick disclosure – I received a digital Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of this novel from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. Many, many thanks to Clarisse David for this fabulous opportunity!

Weighed down by the emotional baggage that has been haunting her ever since her parents’ marriage had imploded, nineteen-year-old Camille Velasco finds herself fleeing to the exquisite white beaches of Boracay for a quick summer getaway. As she tries to lose herself in the exotic chaos of the island, Cam encounters Hunter Alvarez, the resident drummer of a local band called The Integers.

Hunter may be her best friend’s childhood sweetheart, but for just one night in what is perhaps one of the most magical of places, he is all hers.

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