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Let’s face it: Thanks to Lin Manuel Miranda and his Broadway smash hit, Alexander Hamilton is a hot commodity right now. It would be easy to accuse Melissa de la Cruz of jumping on the hype train and riding it all the way to Paycheckville, but after reading Alex & Eliza: A Love Story, but we think you’d be wrong to do that. See, de la Cruz’s story is definitely inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical, but it’s not a rip-off by any means. Alex and Eliza focuses in on the early days of Hamilton’s relationship with his future wife,…

The benefit of putting off reading an amazing story for a decade is that when I finally had a chance to read it, I could immediately watch the Netflix series adaptation. That’s what happened with Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, which has been creating a storm on Netflix, and for good reason. In case you’ve been living under a rock, this is the story about events that led to a teenager’s suicide, after which she leaves tapes behind explaining thirteen reasons (people) that helped her reach this decision. When kind and polite Clay Jensen receives these tapes, meaning he is one…

Welcome to our stop on THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER blog tour! * This title was provided in exchange for an honest review. Spoiler free. As a fan of Ann Brashares’ previous work (hello, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants!), I went into The Whole Thing Together with high expectations. While the book certainly had Brashares’ flair for emotional intensity, it unfortunately failed to meet my expectations on multiple fronts. The story follows an entire family with a complex history and complicated relationships. It puts a spotlight on Ray and Sasha, each children of their respective divorced parents who grew up going back and forth between…

Back in November, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of The End of Our Story by Meg Haston. This is the story of two childhood best friends (Bridge and Wil) that fell in love, but that was all years ago. Since then, they’ve had a big messy breakup and ended up estranged for a year. But when tragedy strikes in Wil’s family, Bridge re-enters his life. As they grow closer once again, they wonder if too much has changed over their time apart– including some big secrets that could change everything. Told in duel perspectives -…

Steeped in adventure and intense sci-fi world building, Claudia Gray’s Defy The Stars takes us to new worlds full of spaceships and robots while adeptly telling a story about the power of humanity. Genesis is one of four planets Earth discovered and colonized many years ago. But despite its scientific advancements, Earth remains wasteful and destructive, taking advantage and quickly depleting the natural resources of its new planets. Genesis fought back and won its independence in the Liberty War, but 30 years later, Earth is back once again. This time, they’re destroying Genesis’ young military with advanced robots known as…

BLOOD ROSE REBELLION brings a magical twist to history! Believe it or not, there are plenty of weird, wild, fascinating moments in history. But that doesn’t mean that history couldn’t use a little extra panache. Take The Hungarian Revolution of 1848, for example. You know what that sucker could use? MAGIC! That’s exactly what we’re getting in Rosalyn Eves’ Blood Rose Rebellion, a historical fantasy retrofitting the Hungarian Revolution into a world where people are not only separated by class but by magical ability. The wealthy upper class known as Luminate have the ability to control magic in its various…

STRANGER THAN FANFICTION is a story about friendship that exceeds expectations. Enter to win it for yourself! Writing this minutes after finishing the book, I can definitely say Stranger Than Fanfiction exceeded my expectations. After reading the initial chapters, I made assumptions about the plot and characters of the book only to be completely shocked and impressed with how each turned out. The story follows a group of friends, Sam, Mo, Topher and Joey, fresh out of high school and going on summer cross-country road trip. They jokingly invite one of their idols, actor Cash Carter along for the ride, only to have him…

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST gets a dark, delightful twist in HUNTED. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Beauty and the Beast is kind of a big deal this week. But it’s not just Disney making a stir with its live-action musical. Part of the hype belongs to Meagan Spooner, co-author of the Starbound series, and her clever, original take on the classic tale. Hunted doesn’t heedlessly take from either the popularized Disney story nor the founding French fairy tale. It takes out the kiddie elements and adds in extra depth for a darker, more riveting story sans dancing…

10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE brings to light the anxiety that teenager Maeve struggles with on a daily basis, especially when it comes to death. If you stopped by the bookstore lately, you might’ve seen this cover around, but you weren’t sure if you should take a chance on it. Well, first of all, 10 Things I Can See From Here is the U.S. debut novel by Canadian award-winning author Carrie Mac. Secondly, the story deals with how mental illness can often debilitate a person. And thirdly, there’s a little romance between the main female character and another teenage girl she…

Last week, Angie Thomas’s debut novel, The Hate U Give was released. The novel tells the story of Starr, a black girl living her life split between two worlds– her gang-run neighborhood and the private school her parents have worked hard to get her and her brothers into. When Starr leaves a party with an old friend, who ends up the newest victim of police violence, Starr has a decision to make. As her home falls into Ferguson-level riots and violence, and with her school friends not quite understanding the big deal, Starr must decide whether she will use her voice…

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