Book Review #43: When We Collided- Emery Lord

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Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Publication: April 5th 2016, Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1619638452 / 9781619638457

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We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.


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“But the point is that trying to make things better sometimes makes us better, too. The point is I’m trying to create good things in the midst of the bad. Grief or no grief. And in my case, it’s still somewhere in between.”

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Book Review #42: The Girl with All the Gifts- M.R. Carey

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Title: The Girl with All the Gifts
Author: M.R. Carey
Publication: June 19th 2014, Orbit (first published January 14th 2014)
Genre: Horror, Fiction, Science Fiction
Pages: 460
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0356500152 / 9780356500157

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Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.


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“It’s not just Pandora who had that inescapable flaw. It seems like everyone has been built in a way that sometimes makes them do wrong and stupid things.”

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Book Review #41: A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

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Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication: March 12th 2013, Candlewick Press (first published 2011)
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror
Pages: 206
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0763660655 / 9780763660659

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At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.


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“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”

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Book Review #40: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)- Rick Riordan

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Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication: May 3rd 2016, Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult, Children
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 148473274X / 9781484732748

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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.


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“Nothing is more tragic than loving someone to the depths of your soul and knowing they cannot and will not ever love you back.”

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Book Review #39: Milk and Honey- Rupi Kaur

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Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Publication: November 4th 2014, Createspace
Genre: Poetry, Feminism
Pages: 204
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1502784270 / 9781502784278

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Milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. Milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.


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“you might not have been my first love
but you were the love that made
all other loves seem
irrelevant”

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Book Review #38: I Wrote this for You- Pleasefindthis and Iain S. Thomas

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Title: I Wrote This For You
Author: Pleasefindthis and Iain S. Thomas
Publication: December 20th 2011 by Central Avenue Publishing
Genre: Poetry, Romance
Pages: 194
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1926760689 / 9781926760681

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I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn’t get it. They may think they get it, but they don’t. This is the sign you’ve been looking for. You were meant to read these words.


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“And then my soul saw you and it kind of went “Oh there you are. I’ve been looking for you.”

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Book Review #37: Just Friends- Billy Taylor

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Title: Just Friends
Author: Billy Taylor
Publication: March 11th 2016, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Romance
Pages: 302
Format: E-book
ISBN: 1530511518 / 9781530511518

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August and Ethan have been best friends since the day they met at Ethan’s seventh birthday party. And now, twelve years on, their friendship continues to grow. But after magic, fame, money and an unexplainable miracle in a car accident, August realises maybe she wants to be more than just friends.


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“Life would be so much easier if we had the courage to ask the questions we fear the most.”

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