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Book Review | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (WORD$ #1), by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

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All Rights Reserved (Word$#1)by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Publish Date: August 29, 2017 
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC at BookCon 2017 in return for an honest review.**

Trigger Warnings (No Spoilers): suicide, implied/attempted rape

Synopsis:

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech – rather than say anything at all – she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them. Continue reading “Book Review | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (WORD$ #1), by Gregory Scott Katsoulis”

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Actually Reading the Sequel: The Struggle is Real (for me at least)

I don’t know how many other people do this, but I’ve been looking at my TBR pile a lot lately and seeing just how many of the books on it are sequels that I just haven’t gotten to yet.  This includes A Torch Against the Night, Gemina, and Lord of Shadows to name the ones that keep silently yelling at me to read them already in that way that books do.  I don’t know what it is, but for some reason this keeps happening to me – I will read a book, fall in love, know for a fact that I will buy the second in the series, do just that, and then let it sit and gather dust on my shelf instead of actually reading it. Continue reading “Actually Reading the Sequel: The Struggle is Real (for me at least)”

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An unboxing | ShelfLoveCrate August 2017

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Okay, I am officially obsessed with this book box subscription.  I mean, I already knew what the book was going to be for this month’s theme (Wild Heart) – okay so it was really just a good guess – and I read an egalley of it and was disappointed in it but this box still blew me away.  Not only does ShelfLoveCrate do an amazing job of sticking to the themes they choose as well as the book, they also just make everything so aesthetically pleasing. ❤

Alright, spoilers ahead for what was inside the box:

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Book Review | THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING, by Alexandra Bracken

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)by Alexandra Bracken

Publish Date: September 5, 2017 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 362
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

Synopsis:

“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type. 

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host. 

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

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