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How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao

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Thank you so much to Bloomsbury and Edelweiss for the e-ARC!

When Nancy Luo’s former best friend Jamie Ruan, the top ranked junior at Sinclair Prep, goes missing, Nancy is shocked. She’s even more shocked when Jamie is found dead. The police suspect murder, and Nancy and her three friends become the prime suspects-thanks to The Proctor, someone set on publicly incriminating them via the school’s social media app. The quartet used to be Jamie’s closest friends – and she knew dangerous secrets about each of them that could ruin their reputations as the other top- ranking students. For Nancy, the stakes are even higher, because unlike her wealthy friends, she could lose her full ride scholarship, too. As the group struggles to dear their names while maintaining their perfect GPAS, they race to uncover Jamie’s true killer-before the Proctor exposes al of their darkest secrets. But Nancy can’t help but suspect that one of her friends is lying. Or is there a missing piece in her own memory that could expose the truth-not just about Jamie’s fate, but also about herself?

I don’t know how long I’ve been excited for this book, but it has to have been for a very long time. Maybe even since the deal announcement? The point is, I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile. Katie is a gem and it sounded incredible. A group of four friends tries to uncover the true murderer of their former friend, while trying to keep their own secrets safe and maintain their perfect GPAs. It sounded like it would be a thrill of a thriller, and I couldn’t wait to read it! Trigger warnings: abuse, self-harm, violence, parental neglect, panic attacks, drug use, mental illness, an inappropriate student/teacher relationship, racism, suicidal thoughts

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Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

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Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

After finishing Allegedly, I was ready to read every single Tiffany D. Jackson novel that’s out. I had stumbled across Monday’s Not Coming back right before it came out/right after it came out and put it on my list of books I was interested in reading eventually. So, that, and the fact that it sounded like it would be horrifying and fascinating, made it seem like a great book to follow up Allegedly. Trigger warnings: physical abuse, alcohol, grief, mentions of miscarriages

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Namesake by Adrienne Young

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Thank you so much to WednesdayBooks and Edelweiss for the e-ARC!

Trader. Fighter. Survivor. With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems. As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.

 

After reading Fable, I was interested in reading Namesake. Fable had such a unique and cool feel to it, with diving for gems, gorgeous writing, and an interesting take on found family. I wasn’t sure when I would to try Namesake, since I didn’t fall head over heels for Fable. But, one of my friends did fall head over feels for Fable and was excited to read Namesake. I was craving more of Young’s writing, so I decided to kind of buddy read with her!

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Agnes At The End Of The World by Kelly McWilliams

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Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet. Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek? As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn’t safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

I found out that this book was about cults and was ready to give it a try. After reading and loving The Project, I was ready to see how this cult book could terrify or horrify me or make me feel any other kind of emotion. Then, I found out one my friends had absolutely loved it and that made me even more eager to read it. Trigger warnings: blood, sexism, gore, cults

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles: Blog Tour + Interview!

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I am so thrilled to be apart of the Where Dreams Descend blog tour. This book is one that I love so much, that I pretty much flipped out when I got the email inviting me to sign up for the blog tour. And then when I found out I got to interview the author? Yeah, I’m so thrilled to be apart of this tour for this captivating book, this book that left me breathless, a book where danger lurks just behind the curtain. It’s truly amazing and getting to interview the author was just as amazing. Alright, let’s move on because I’m sure I could ramble for a long time!

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Beyond The Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

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Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. In her most ambitious move yet, she’s about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn’t care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn’t want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she’ll have it all. But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In the city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has given themselves up for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She’s kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years. When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back…and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea’s magic and find a way to save their people-no matter what it takes.

A world where water is made from blood, where only one person can create that water. And that one person dies. Yes, from the very second I learned what this book is about I was extremely eager to read it. I was lucky enough to win a copy from CouchFest, which was run by NOVL! I was very ready to devour this book. Trigger warnings: cannibalism, eye horror, blood, gore

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