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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila SalesThis Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last – but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. Then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion – DJ’ing.
But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?

An irresistible novel about hope, heartbreak and the power of music to bring people together.

I picked up This Song Will Save Your Life because I wanted a quick contemporary read, and that’s exactly what I got. TSWSYL is about a girl called Elise who is bullied and ignored by her classmates, and has been her whole life, and it starts off when she tries to kill herself. The book then jumps forward six months or so, when Elise starts going to a 21+ club on Thursday nights and tries her hand at DJ-ing.

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Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered by Jessica BrodyUnremembered by Jessica Brody
Series: Unremembered #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: February 27, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world. Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them. Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget? From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.
I always love a good memory loss plot, whether it’s due to amnesia or something more sinister. That is what initially drew me to Unremembered. I wanted to follow Seraphina as she discovered who she was, where she came from, and how she lost her memory. At the beginning of the novel, all we know about Seraphina is that she was found at sea after a plane crash. She knows nothing about herself, and can’t remember her family, friends, or anything beyond waking up in the ocean. The mystery, while a little predictable if you paid attention to the clues scattered throughout, was intriguing. Unfortunately, it went exactly where I was expecting it to go, and there were very few – if any – surprises. Continue reading

Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Flame by Amy Kathleen RyanFlame by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers #3
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: January 16, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

Waverly and the other members of the Empyrean have been scattered, and their home ship destroyed. The mission to rescue their parents didn't go quite as planned, and now they're at an even greater disadvantage: trapped with their enemies on the New Horizon, trying to find a way to survive. Will Seth's health hold out long enough to help Waverly topple their enemy? And will Waverly find a way to unite her friends before the final battle? Nothing is certain and every second is a risk in this explosive finale.

The wait between the end of Spark, and Flame’s release has been torturous. Spark, the second book in the Sky Chasers series, pretty much broke me. I had a breakdown on Goodreads, cried all over Twitter, and basically didn’t want to go on. I’ve been anticipating Flame for a year now, and I am happy to confirm that it lived up to my expectations.