#Antisocial by Jillian Blake

antisocialAntisocial by Jillian Blake is a young adult novel about teens dealing with social issues after their phones and social media accounts get hacked. Every photo, internet search and message on their phones are made public creating a lot of gossip at first but then it all turns crazy.  Anna Soler is a senior at Alexandria Prep High School. She just lost her boyfriend, Palmer Meade, who is also the star basketball player and none of her friends wants anything to do with her mainly because she ditched them for Palmer. Blake does a great job creating characters and settings that are modern day and current with today’s teens. I felt like the plot line was very believable and extremely interesting. While there were moments that I felt where cringe worthy, I still felt like I had to know what was going to happen next. This book as an element of rawness and vulnerability that young people today possess. I really felt like this book was a really fun read that I could not put down.   ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can purchase your copy HERE. 

Synopsis: What if your greatest secrets became public? For the students at Alexandria Prep, a series of hacks leads to a scandalous firestorm—and the students are left wondering whose private photos and messages will be exposed next. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets WikiLeaks. Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.  But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public.  Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives: Sometimes we share too much.

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Being a Witch, and Other Things I Didn’t Ask For by Sara Pascoe

being a witchI found that Being a Witch, and Other Things I Didn’t Ask For by Sara Pascoe was a very fun book to read! Raya is a teenage girl that is in foster care and does not realize that she is a witch.  She and her cat Oscar go on a series of adventures all while learning and adapting to her new found powers. Being a Witch is written with amazing characters and plot line. The setting for this book in unreal. Pascoe does an outstanding job in creating and writing about the settings so that you feel as if you are really there enjoying the fun Raya and Oscar. The story time travels back to the witch trials and teaches you a little about the history of the trials.  I found this book fast paced and very exciting to read.  You really do not want to miss out on this young adult read. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) When you’re fourteen and life has been nothing but hurt and disappointment, Raya decides it’s time to strike out on her own. She leaves the boring village and what she’s determined will be her last foster placement, for the excitement of London. But it turns out she’s a witch, with the annoying habit of time-travelling — by accident. And a sarcastic witch’s cat Oscar tags along for the ride. Why would she fling herself into the midst of the Essex Witch Trials in 1645 England? After being arrested by one of history’s most notorious witch hunters, her social worker and witch mentor Bryony goes back to try to save them from the gallows. But returning to present day London remains out of reach when they find themselves in 1645 stanbul/Constantinople. There, life is more amazing than she ever dreamed. Can she stay? And at what cost?

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The It Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

the it girlThe It Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar is the first book in the It Girl series. I honestly did not know these were a series, but then again I binged watched Gossip Girl on Netflix. I usually am late to the party on watching television series. When I found this book I was surprised because I honestly did not know there was a series of books that are a spin off of Jenny. Jenny was not one of my favorite characters but the books makes it easier to fall in love with her character. These books are quick, fun reads that will make you laugh and smile a lot. I found reading the first book in this series makes me want to read more. I really miss Gossip Girl and these books are a great find for me. So loves if you are like me and miss Gossip Girl, then check out this series.

Synopsis: Popular Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard to attend Waverly Academy, an elite boarding school in New York horse country where glamorous rich kids don’t let the rules get in the way of an excellent time. Determined to leave her Manhattan past behind her, Jenny sets off to Waverly with big plans of reinventing herself. She’ll be a goddess–she’s a sophisticated city girl, after all!–and will find a boy who can properly worship her. But that’s going to be a little tricky since her self-absorbed new roommates, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt, aren’t exactly there to help–unless there’s something in it for them. Hot guys, new intrigue, and more delicious gossip all add up to more trouble than ever for Jenny. But if getting caught with boys and going up against the Disciplinary Committee is what it takes, Jenny’s ready. She’ll do all that and more to be The It Girl.

Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy

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I recently got the opportunity to read Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy. I fell in love with the characters and story line from the very beginning. Purdy does an outstanding job creating the characters, settings and plot line. The story has two points of views, one from Ayla Hawkins and another from Luke Pressier. Ayla is what some might say a geek. She is involved with the drama club, editor of the school paper and a huge comic/video game geek. She has an ongoing dislike for Jenna and decides to run against her for class president to try to save the school clubs she loves so much from losing their funding. Jenna is the typical high school popular girl who only cares about the in crowd. This feud makes for a great deal of drama and heated arguments. While Luke is one of the popular kids, a basketball star and loved by everyone, he has a dark secret that he has only told his best friend Brady. Ayla stumbles upon a way to blackmail Luke into being her pretend boyfriend hoping this would help her get enough votes to win the election. Luke has no choice but to go along with this plan or lose his full ride scholarship. Little do they both know they are more alike then they thought and fall for each other. I really felt like this story relates to a lot of teens and high school in general. I look forward to reading more of Rebekah L. Purdy’s books. **Thank you so much to Entangled Publishing for providing me an Advanced Readers Copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review!**

About this book: Ayla Hawkins is ready to stand up for change in her high school. But winning the election for class president against popular Jenna Lee will be impossible without a miracle. When she stumbles upon Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler defacing public property and catches it on camera: cue miracle. Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on Team Ayla—in the form of her new fake boyfriend. One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The pressure of maintaining the perfect facade when his reality was crumbling around him had become too much, and next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. Opinionated. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the election is over, their fauxmance will be, too. (Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.)

About the author: Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids), she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

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Happy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise

happy pretty messHappy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise was released in February 2017. I have heard many wonderful things about this book! So, when I got the chance to read it for myself I was beyond excited. I am a huge fan of self help books. I found that reading this book was a pure joy. Wise does a great job making this a very uplifting read. Her writing style is careful and thought. She makes this book the perfect resource to read again and again. I think this would be a great gift for the women in your life. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Ever felt like you needed a refresher course on how to be happy in life? Happy Pretty Messy is a modern-day inspirational guidebook for women of all ages seeking to live with beauty and bravery. As a modern lifestyle philosopher, Natalie Wise brings her trademark poetic prose to finding and cultivating balance, joy, and depth of self in daily life. Filled with wit and fresh insights for the heart and home, you’ll learn how to: Thrive through tragedy, Turn off your inner monologue, and Get “back to brave”.
You’ll also learn Wise’s secrets to enjoying the “everyday arts”—such as keeping home, keeping in touch, and creating memories. Wise writes, “Sometimes we don’t even realize our hearts are broken. We are fragile creatures, really. A heart has to search to set itself aright just about every moment. That is, unless there is an equilibrium we choose. A balancing point, a weight transfer where things even out and we decide to call life in all of its gutsandglory: Enough. What I have is enough. Life is tenuous and precious. I say that with certainty. And I say with even more certainty: that is why I celebrate the every day.” From cultivating your inner self to creating community and the perfect homemade latte, Happy Pretty Messy inspires a life that flourishes with charm, color, caffeine and, most importantly, courage. Finding value in these things might be the most important thing you do, so grab this book and dig in today.

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Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

future leadersFuture Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne was released March 2017 by Ylva Publishing. This is the first book that I have read from author Emily O’Beirne. I find her writing style to be different than most young adult authors because it as a real naturalness or freshness. This book is really relatable and has a warm, loving overall feel. I found myself laughing a lot as I read this book. O’Beirne does an outstanding job in creating the setting and story line for this novel. She has created a group of characters that you can relate to or they remind you of someone you know. I found this book to be a very good read and well written. This book does have diversity and shows how teens deal with such issues. I look forward to reading more of Emily O’Beirne’s works in the future. **I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** If you would like to read this amazing book, you can get a copy HERE.

Synopsis: Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor. Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you. Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone. Soon they both realize that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

carve the markCarve the Mark by Veronica Roth was released January 2017 and after reading the Divergent Series I knew I wanted to read more from the author. I really like Roth’s writing style. Carve the Mark is a science-fiction novel told from Akos and Cyra points of view. Akos from Thuvhe, the ruling half of the planet and Cyra is from Shotet, the half that has not been recognized. When the children on this planet each a certain age they gain abilities. While Cyra’s ability is to harness the current, her counter balance is in Akos because his ability is to disrupt the current. Akos can touch Cyra without hurting himself and his touch seems to lessen the pain on Cyra. This creates a problem because even though they are from the same planet, they were raised differently. However, this does not stop them from being curious and kind to each other. While I found that it took me a few chapters to truly understand what Roth was creating, I started to get drawn in wanting to know more. I highly recommend this to any reader who loves science fiction books. This is definitely a journey worth taking with the characters, they will always make you wonder what will happen next. It is another great series for Veronica Roth and I can’t wait to see where she takes us. You can keep you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

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