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A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

A Match Made in High School by Kristin WalkerA Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 4th February 2010
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-stars

When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can't get any worse. Then she marries her "husband": jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona's long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer.

Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes

A Match Made in High School is a book that has been on my TBR for the longest time. I went through a slight phase of buying all the cute contemporary books that I could, because they’re perfect for summer and binge-reading. I’ve been in a contemporary mood this month (the weather is starting to pick up so that’s the probable cause) and so I went for AMMIHS first of all.

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The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

The Unquiet by Mikaela EverettThe Unquiet by Mikaela Everett
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 22nd September 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person.

The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.

This was a weird book, man. Has anyone played Final Fantasy XIII? Remember that thing with the two planets? Yeah, The Unquiet is like that.

weird

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The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Dark Days Club by Alison GoodmanThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Series: Lady Helen #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: 26th January 2016
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

I was so ready to dive into The Dark Days Club and absolutely adore it. Eon has to be one of the earliest hyped fantasy books in the YA community, and I have had it sitting on my shelf unread for years. Everyone loves it, and everyone has recommended it to me. So you can imagine how excited I was to have a month of reading everything by Alison Goodman, right?

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Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Burning Glass by Kathryn PurdieBurning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Series: Burning Glass #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 1st March 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

I’ve been let down by yet another debut fantasy book. This is the third or fourth one this year and I’m seriously regretting requesting all of these books from the publishers. YA fantasy is the next big fad right now, and it makes sense that there are some duds hiding amongst the awesome, but right now I feel like it’s the other way around. I need to find something that kickstarts my reading again in terms of fantasy, because I’m feeling more than a little drained at the moment.

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The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy ParksThe Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Rating: two-stars

Some people might say that Denver had a death wish. Why else would she have dared to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she’d be surrounded by enemies, namely including her ex-BFF Abigail?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he’d ask her out, but who was she to question this miracle of fate? Well, that wasn’t the only surprise fate had in store.

During the party a tsunami hit the coast of California, wiping out everything in its path. Denver and a handful of others escaped death by holding onto the roof of the house and were swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways was none other than Abigail, who could barely stand the sight of her.

Now that she’s floating in the ocean, stuck on a small boat with the most popular kids in school and waiting to be rescued, Denver wonders what might kill her first-dehydration, sunstroke, or the girl she used to think of as a sister?

I read The Lifeboat Clique in just a couple of hours back in August. I wanted a quick read, and it was sitting there staring at me so I picked it up. I got exactly what I was expecting: a fast read without much emotional connection. Continue reading