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Book Review | WHAT IF IT’S US, by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Publish Date:  October 8, 2018 
Published by: HarperAudio/HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Noah Galvin & Froy Gutierrez
Length: 9 hrs 48 min (437 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Romance/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

What if it’s us?


My Review: 

I was sadly unimpressed by this book. I really wanted to like it, and that first chapter really had me hooked and ready to go. But after that, things started to decline.

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Book Review | SPELLCASTER, by Claudia Gray

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Spellcaster (Spellcaster #1), by Claudia Gray

Publish Date: March 1, 2013 (audiobook published March 5, 2013)
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 11 hrs 8 min (389 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town—a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she’s come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.

Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family’s tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia’s family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.


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Book Review | ENDLESSLY, by Kiersten White

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Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3), by Kiersten White

Publish Date: July 24, 2012 
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Eiden
Length: 9 hrs 55 min (385 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

In Endlessly, pink-loving, butt-kicking Evie has way too much on her to-do list. Paranormals are begging her to open a faerie gate so they can leave the human world, something Evie’s not sure she has the power to do. The Dark Queen is torturing humans and must be destroyed.

On top of all that, Evie’s prom is coming up. She’s not sure what to wear, and, oh, yeah, her shape-shifting boyfriend, Lend, has been cursed so that he falls into an enchanted sleep whenever he and Evie are in the same room…and even Evie’s ex-boyfriend, the faerie Reth, can’t reverse the dark magic.

An epic battle is looming, and the choices Evie makes will determine the fate of whole paranormal world—and her own life.


My Review:

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Book Review | SUPERNATURALLY, by Kiersten White

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Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2), by Kiersten White

Publish Date: June 1, 2011 (audiobook published July 26, 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Eiden
Length: 8 hrs 12 min (336 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.


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Book Review | PARANORMALCY, by Kiersten White

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Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1), by Kiersten White

Publish Date: August 31, 2010
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Eiden
Length: 8 hrs 35 min (335 pages)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through supernatural glamours.

She’s also about to find out that she may be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.


My Review:

I listened to this as an audiobook and fell in love with Evie almost immediately. Probably right around the time she kicked a gremlin into someone’s arms and shouted “Goal!” Continue reading “Book Review | PARANORMALCY, by Kiersten White”

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Book Review | STRANGE AND EVER AFTER, by Susan Dennard

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Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3), by Susan Dennard

Publish Date: July 22, 2014 (audiobook published November 6, 2018)
Published by: HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 11 hrs 53 min (387 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life as she knew it in Philadelphia came to an abrupt end. Although the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and Daniel—have helped her survive, Eleanor has lost almost everything.

And now, Jie has been taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get Jie back but to finally end this nightmare. To do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and with Oliver, her demon. But it won’t be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor’s mission.


My Review:

Well this was definitely a conclusion worthy of this trilogy. It was a strong finish, with character arcs coming to strong ends, painful moments and ones of extreme action and suspense, and of course my emotions running all over the place. Continue reading “Book Review | STRANGE AND EVER AFTER, by Susan Dennard”