Monday, April 23, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday(55): Frequently Used Phrases In Young Adult Blurbs...

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Top Ten Frequently Used Phrases Used In Young Adult Blurbs...
(We decided to change the topic just a little this week...we did not like the previous version...also this is way more #spicy.)

Melissa's Top Five
  1. This is the story of THAT SUMMER... books with a phrase like this or similar phrases like "this was going to be a summer to remember" are honestly my jam.
  2. Heartbroken over the tragic death of..lover,mother,brother,dog Usually means books like this will start tragic as hell and end super uplifting and leaves you with all the feels.
  3. Apparently I live here now..This usually means the book will be about the main character reluctantly moving somewhere and the having a grand old time.
  4.  Nothing ever happens here..After uttering this phrase some person/event/magical being enters the story and shakes up the main characters forever.
  5. Crown Princess/Prince wants vengeance Someones whole family was murdered or close friend betrayed them in books with this phase. They are always bloody and filled with intrigue. 
    Jessica's Top Five
    1. The two develop an unlikely bond....Currently laughing as I type this, bro I don't even know. Umm this is one of those #spicy books where the love is forbidden or the characters obliviously hate each other but realize they might love each other....
    2. Can the bad boy stay bad forever?..I have read plenty of books with this in the blurb, and I love it...Typically these are motorcycle club series books  or series about the brothers who have troubled lives, and love with conditions...
    3. Strange things have always happened...until now..Usually means fantasy or paranormal books with SECRET POWERS that no one knows about...(yes, I did whisper the last part.)
    4. Soon everything she thought she knew about herself and her life will be challenged...This is one of those my husband left me for the nanny/housekeeper, and I was a homemaker. Now she is contemplating life and trying to reinvent herself with....A MAN! but don't worry she now knows that she needs to be independent,and have her own life.
    5. If only she could love me for me...Yes, this is a reformed bad boy who values the love he no longer has....And will spend the rest of the book forcing his love onto said woman...until A.) she takes him or B.) makes him understand their time has is gone...option B rarely happens but it would be nice..
    These are the books that  have we found with hilarious phrases in the Blurbs. 

    Spotlight/ Author Interview: Julia Lynn Rubin


    About The Author

    Julia Lynn Rubin lives the writer's life in Brooklyn, where she has recently finished an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at The New School. She received her BA in Anthropology & Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. 

    She currently serves as a writing mentor for Girls Write Now, New York City's premiere writing program for high school girls.
    She has been writing books, poems, and stories since first grade, and loves reading about everything from film analysis to psychology. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as the North American ReviewSierra Nevada Review, and The Lascaux Review, and she has written for a variety of online publications, including The Content Strategist, Wetpaint Entertainment and AllDay.com.

    Julia is passionate about realism and diversity in teen literature. She hopes to one day own a French bulldog, pug, Boston terrier, or perhaps a mix of all three.



    She is represented by Saritza Hernandez at Corvisiero Literary Agency.

    Twitter: @julialynnrubin
    Tumblr: Julia Lynn's Thoughts on Things
    Personal Tumblr: SwissBeauty

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    About The Book

    Title: Burro Hills
    Author: Julia Lynn Rubin

    In a town like Burro Hills, you either figure out who you are or die trying.

    Seventeen-year-old Jack has lived in the troubled California town his entire life. He hides the truth about his sexuality from everyone, including his best friend Jess and his childhood rival and drug dealing partner, Toby. Keeping your head down, Jack knows, is the best way to survive.

    But when Connor, a fearless new arrival, enrolls at school, he sees right through Jack’s fa├žade. Jack finds himself falling for Connor, and the feeling is mutual―but their relationship will set into a motion a series of events with lasting consequences. After a falling out with Jess, Jack is worried to see her growing close to the manipulative Toby. To make matters worse, Jack is becoming increasingly paranoid that Toby will expose his relationship with Connor.

    As tensions rise and more secrets come to a head, Jack cuts off ties with Toby. Hungry for revenge, Toby comes after Jack, jeopardizing his budding romance with Connor and the life he’s tried so hard to salvage in Burro Hills.

    Be sure to check out Julia Lynn Rubin astounding books!!! 
    Also don't forget to get a copy of Burro Hills available for purchase on Amazon.
    reviewed Burro Hill not to long ago and you can check out my review HERE!!!

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    Author Interview 
    1. To start off this interview I'm going to ask you the age old question, what inspired you to write Burro Hills? 
    It wasn't one thing in particular, but I had this vision of a lonely, rundown Southern California town, and this mosaic of voices of all these teens who lived there. It sort of evolved from there. The book began as a multi-POV, changed to dual-POV, and eventually became Jack's story. At the time I was starting the book, I was also re-reading Janet Fitch's WHITE OLEANDER quite a bit, so I was fascinated with the way she described the climate and culture of Southern California.

    2.  Diversity in books and the publishing industry is a huge topic so I'm curious  about your thoughts on it. Whose voices do we see? Whose voices do we need more of? How can authors address that? 
    Teens absolutely want and need to see themselves represented in books, and written in honest, authentic ways. We definitely need more #OwnVoices books of all kinds, and they need to be given more push and support from the publishing industry. And when authors do  write outside of their lanes, they should do their due diligence and research and get sensitivity readers and second opinions. It's sort of like if you were writing a period novel, you wouldn't want to get the historical facts wrong or misrepresent a major event. So you'd do your research and talk to historians and read a variety of different texts on the subject to ensure you were being as accurate and nuanced as possible. Teens and young adult readers in general can tell when something is written inauthentically.

    3.If you could spend a day with any fictional character from either a movie or a book who would it be and Why?
     I would definitely spend the day with Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks! He'd be hilarious and I'd love to pick his brain about dreams, the supernatural, and how it all relates to solving crimes. And we'd drink damn good coffee and eat cherry pie, of course.

    4. Best advice you have received as a writer or just in general? 
    Everyone is on their own journey in publishing, and there's no rush to the finish line. Focus on your own goals and path and worry less about what other writers are doing. It's a tough business, and envy and self-doubt can prevent you from moving forward.

    5.What is your favorite childhood book? 
    Two trilogies, if you'd call them that: Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (with the original illustrations by Stephen Gammell, of course).

    6. We have come to the end of the interview so my last question to you is, If you had to describe your book in 3 words what would it be?
     I'll cheat and borrow from Rebecca Christiansen, who did a blurb for me, and say: dark, dangerous, and beautiful.

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Blog Tour: Forsaken Norse Wind


    About The Book

    Forsaken Norse Wind
                                             by Ciara Lake

    A troll, a mortal, and a love hot enough to melt ice.

    Trapped in a vicious life, Breanna Devion survives only by the strength of her heart. Determined to have more than what her abusive stepfather has planned for her, she's willing to risk everything to be free.

    Axel Venrick is a troll who has spent centuries alone, isolated in his castle in Iceland. At the insistence of others, Axel crafts the ultimate tool to find his soul mate. He creates a beautiful ring which is bespelled, blessed by a god, and sent forth to locate Axel's other half.

    The ring finds Breanna just in time to prevent her stepfather's disastrous plan from taking place. But angry gods, vengeful parents, and an evil lurking in the immortal world all conspire to destroy the love of the jaded troll and his innocent mortal. Can their love free them or will the evil spreading from the bowels of the earth destroy them first?


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    About The Author

    Welcome to Ciara Lake's World. Meet Gorgeous Werewolves, Vampires, Dragons, Mermaids, Wizards, Witches, Mythological Gods and Goddesses, Mere Mortals And More! Fiction has always been a passion of mine. Creating worlds and developing characters is a great way for me to relieve the stress and strain of my everyday world.

     In fantasy (paranormal) and sci-fi stories, the author has the unique ability to invent wonderfully exotic places and people. I do that in my books. These fantastic genres provide a limitless ability to be creative and inventive. My stories provide an escape into a special world filled with unique and otherworldly things. And there is always a happy ending.



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    Sexy Excerpt 

    She ran her hand through his hair, playing with his braid. “I like your braids. They’re very attractive.”     
    His eyes  opened, watching her. “They’re warrior braids.”
    “They’re nice,” she said, and then his lips were on hers. She put her leg up over his, pressing
    against him. “Take your trousers off.” She kissed his earlobe. Her hand sought his hardness. Axel
    inhaled sharply. “I want to see what you have for me. It felt so big.” She pressed into him. Her
    hand caressed his cock. “Can it get big again?”
    “Yes, it can.” Axel rolled her on her back.
    Her legs spread, and he lay between her thighs. The short gown rose to the top of her thighs, exposing her mound. His trousers were gone. Breanna stroked his back, then allowed her hands to travel over his firm buttocks. His powerful body felt wonderful. His thickening cock pressed against her thigh.
    “You want me?” He kissed behind her ear. “Will you join with me in every way? Will you be my mate, the mate to a troll? Will you stay with me as mine forever?”
    “Yes.” She kissed his shoulder. “Will you love me?” She gazed into his eyes. “Yes.” He nibbled at her neck. “I’ll love you, cherish you like no other.”
    She rubbed her hands over his backside, enjoying the feel of his muscles. His large hands were all over her, caressing. His muscles tensed beneath her hands briefly before relaxing. He moved his hips against her. Then her gown was gone.
    He cupped one of her breasts in his hands as he tenderly massaged it. “You have beautiful, full breasts.” He kissed the valley in between, up to the other breast’s nipple. “You taste marvelous.”
    His lips found hers. They kissed passionately, making her feel lightheaded. Wrapping her legs around his, she gripped him tight and pressed against him. Dampness escaped her pussy, wetting the sheets beneath her.
    “So wet for me,” he growled near her ear. “I like it.”
    “Axel, I want you,” Breanna said breathlessly.
    Axel kissed her again, making her see stars. He pressed the head of his cock into her. His fit was tight, uncomfortable at first. She clenched her legs and vaginal muscles, again hesitant to allow him. With loving patience, he stilled, kissing her neck and shoulders. He pressed more into her. Relaxing under his tender ministrations, she allowed him full entrance.
    “Axel.” She whispered his name in breathless surrender as he deflowered her.
    Holding her, he stilled. Rising up on his arms, he looked down at her. His eyes were warm, deeper blue, full of unspoken emotions. Leaning down, he kissed her lips sweetly.
    “You feel so good.” His voice was full of emotion. He moved his hips forward then pulled back, repeating the motion in a rhythmic way.
    “Oh, Axel.” Breanna squeezed her pussy muscles around his cock, milking it. His hardness filled her, his length throbbing within her. The pleasure was intensely breathtaking.
    Axel moaned next to her ear. “Oh, sweetheart, I like it.”
    Pushing harder, he increased his pace. The bed groaned under their passionate dance.
    Breanna lifted up to meet him. Her hips worked in a rhythmic pattern. Wrapping her legs around his back, she arched her pussy for his access. Fully opened to him, she held onto him as he pushed in and out of her.
    “Oh,” she moaned. “It feels wonderful, Axel.”
    Her body shook, overcome with sensation. Tears rolled down her cheeks. He kissed them away. She shut her eyes to endure the overwhelming pleasure as it climaxed within her. The bliss, so powerful, like lightening, struck her core, filling her with its force, nearly causing her to pass out. Hanging on to consciousness, she yelled his name. She clung to him, her nails dug into his back as he held on. Axel moved powerfully against her, until his body tensed, then stilled.
    The candles in the room flared brighter, and the fire roared loud, as if a beast was within the flames. The entire castle quaked, making the bed move. She was engulfed with the sensation of power pulsing through her, dazing her. The ring on her hand pulsed too. The pleasure ran up her arm, directly to her heart and down to her pussy, making her soak them both with wetness.



    You looking for a sensational book to read, check out The Forsaken Norse Wind!!

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Waiting on Wednesday(88): The Brightsiders & Sky in the Deep


    This lovely picture is borrowed from Thoughts on Tomes, you should check out her page!

    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

    Melissa's Pick

    Title: The Brightsiders 
    Author:   Jen Wilde
    Publisher: Swoon Reads
    Release Date: May 22nd 2018 

    A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde's quirky and utterly relatable novel. 

    As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck. 

    Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

    Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?


    Not going to lie books about rockstars are my jam! I also dig that cover and have mad hair envy. It's so pretty and vibrant.I cant wait to read Brightsiders!!!

    Jessica's Pick

    Title: Sky in the Deep
    Author:  Adrienne Young
    Publisher: Wednesday Books
    Release Date: April 24th, 2018

    OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

    Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

    Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

    She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
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    Vikings, Romance!?!?! Say no more, you have my attention! Look at that cover, it's a very nice ax, and Eelyn looks so bad***!!

    These are the books we're excited for, drop a comment below and let us know what you're waiting for!! 

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Review: Devils Within

    Title: Devils Within
    Author: S.F. Henson
    Publisher: Sky Pony Press
    Release Date: October 31st, 2017

    Killing isn’t supposed to be easy. But it is. It’s the after that’s hard to deal with. 

    Nate was eight the first time he stabbed someone; he was eleven when he earned his red laces—a prize for spilling blood for “the cause.” And he was fourteen when he murdered his father (and the leader of The Fort, a notorious white supremacist compound) in self-defense, landing in a treatment center while the state searched for his next of kin. Now, in the custody of an uncle he never knew existed, who wants nothing to do with him, Nate just wants to disappear.

    Enrolled in a new school under a false name, so no one from The Fort can find him, he struggles to forge a new life, trying to learn how to navigate a world where people of different races interact without enmity. But he can’t stop awful thoughts from popping into his head, or help the way he shivers with a desire to commit violence. He wants to be different—he just doesn’t know where to start.

    Then he meets Brandon, a person The Fort conditioned Nate to despise on sight. But Brandon’s also the first person to treat him like a human instead of a monster. Brandon could never understand Nate’s dark past, so Nate keeps quiet. And it works for a while. But all too soon, Nate’s worlds crash together, and he must decide between his own survival and standing for what’s right, even if it isn’t easy. Even if society will never be able to forgive him for his sins.

    Like a teen American History X, S.F. Henson’s Devils Within is gut-wrenching, thought-provoking, no-holds-barred look at the plague of white supremacy in contemporary American culture that may have you examining your own soul.
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    I just knew this book was about Angels, and Demons but I was wrong. I was so conflicted reading this book...I found myself wanting to embrace Nate, you can't help the family or life your born into. Nate is the prime example of this, he life is not great by any means but he lives the life that so many of us have lived and or are living. Our parents teach us what they know or what they were taught, and sometimes like Nate's case it is not ideal. While reading this book, I had many debates with my roommates on if they would feel sorry for Nate...

    Nate is trying to escape the neo-nazi compound "Fort" he was born and raised, along with the white supremacy teachings he was taught. Nate is able to escape this nightmare life by murdering his father (the Fort Leader). We meet Nate, in juvie, where he is battling the white supremacy teachings he was born, and raised in. While also dealing with PTSD, and having blackouts. Nate is trying to reinsert himself in the world again, even though he feels that he should just spend the rest of his life locked away. Nate is a young man with anger, and rage inside of him from what he was taught, and the things he was forced to do. Now Nate is not innocent at all he has done things that are shameful, he has hurt people but it's all he knows. Nate is now attending high school with people of all races, and ethnicities, people Nate was taught to hate. Now he's learning to talk these people, interact with them, and possibly become friends with them. 

    As of now this book is DNF, I am having a really hard time reading this. I find myself sympathizing with Nate, and I do not like it at all. I was so uncomfortable reading this book, I mean it's so easy to read a twitter thread/ tumblr post about these things, hell even a blog post but an entire book...I found myself wondering should I sympathize with Nate? The answer is yes, and no. I will not fault Nate for how was raised but it is well within his responsibility to take ownership of his life, and not be ignorant any more. I was talking to my roommate saying we cannot help the family/lives we are born into but we can change our outlook/feelings/opinions. It is not Nate's fault that he was raised this way, this is a hard concept for Nate to understand. I do not like when authors tend to use Black characters as bridges or the "accepting/welcoming character". For example the first person to be nice to Nate, and become his friend is the Brandon the Black guy who shows Nate how to open his locker....Nate has issues with two different white girls at school and both rebuff him/are mean to him. Hell one even  as far as to get his school records, and tells everyone that he was in juvie...But there were no consequences for her actions. Eventually she is nice to Nate, after she sees other being nice to him...This book just wasn't for me it was very triggering with all the violence but I encourage you to read it and let me know if you liked it. I'm also not going to rate this book as stated the book was DNF for me.



    Bottom line you should check this book out, and let me know if you liked.


    Thank you Sky Pony Press for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Top Ten Tuesday(54): Top Ten Books I'd give a theme song too!!

    Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


    Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a FREEBIE!!! So we decided to combine our favorite things music, and books meaning we've chosen to do...

    Top Ten Books we'd give a theme song too!! 
    (and please tell us the song and why you'd pick it for the book!)

    Melissa's Top Five
    1. Burro Hills by Julia Lynn Rubin In Burro Hills Jake is torn between a lot of things like his feelings for Conner, his family, and his future, and etc So one song that I thought fit his family issues was Unsteady by X Ambassadors, "Mother, I know That you're tired of being alone Dad, I know you're trying To fight when you feel like flying if you love me, don't let go If you love me, don't let go" and the song about him and Conner is Danny Avila, The Vamps - Too Good to Be True  ft. Machine Gun Kelly,  "Oh no baby don't lie When you say that you'll be mine I can't look in your eyes Cus I fall a thousand times And all I want is you to testify oooh Oh so baby don't lie when you say that you'll be mine"
    2. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West This is a story all about Abby Turner trying to find her "heart" and complete a list meant to help her find it...I picked a song that reminds me of Abby's relationship with Cooper her unrequited crush on him.Saved by Khalid, "The hard part always seems to last forever Sometimes I forget that we aren't together Deep down in my heart, I hope you're doing alright But from time to time I often think of why you aren't mine But I'll keep your number saved 'Cause I hope one day you'll get the sense to call me"
    3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black This book is intense and full of faeries!!! The man character Jude is a human trying to survive the beautiful but treacherous world of the fey and the first song that came to mind is Ruelle - Monsters, "One misstep, you're mine And you better stay clever if you wanna survive Once you cross the line You'll be wishing you would listen when you meet your demise" I can easily see this song playing in all of Jude's badass moments.
    4.  Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr Picking a song for this book was tough but I decided to go with Sweet Creature by Harry Styles for a song from Seth to Aislinn, "Sweet creature We're running through the garden Where nothing bothered us But we're still young I always think about you and how we don't speak enough" and the song to Seth from Aislinn is ,"Heavy words are hard to take Under pressure precious things can break And how we feel is hard to fake So let's not give the game away Just please don't say you love me'Cause I might not say it back"
    5. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland This book was amazing and I know I'm  cheating by  picking two songs, but I can't help it!!!  The first is "If I Loved You" (Ft. Lindsey Buckingham) by Delta Rae the reason is obvious if you read the book, " and AJR-Bud Like You for the awesome friendship seen in Our Chemical Hearts, "Kicking in the basement, kicking in the basement Hating all the same things too If I need a pick me up, would you come and pick me up I could really use a bud like you"
    Jessica's Top Five
    1. The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds- This story follows 17 yo Matt who wears a black suit everyday, because his new job is at the local funeral home. Matt is dealing with losing his mother, and his father not coping well, also meeting the girl of his dreams...First song I thought of was Long Live the Chief by Jidenna, "Now they say "Jidenna why you dressing so classic?"I don’t want my best dressed day in a casket You can either lead, follow or get out the way"
    2. House of Furies by Madeleine Roux -  Let The Bodies Hit The Floor by Drowning Pool...people died in every chapter??? This song is haunting, creepy, and so is House of Furies.. "Let the bodies hit the floor, Let the bodies hit the floor, Let the bodies hit the floor,Let the bodies hit the floor."
    3. Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu- The song I chose is Teenagers by My Chemical Romance- "They're gonna clean up your looks, With all the lies in the books, To make a citizen out of you, Because they sleep with a gun, And keep an eye on you, son, So they can watch all the things you do". Legend follows Day as he has "failed" his Trials which everyone does when you're ten. The trial consists of written, oral, and a physical examination, a high score mans a life of privilege and service, and a failing grade means a life sentenced to labor camps, never to be seen again. Except Day lives somehow, and tries to take on the Republic anyway he can - enter love interest...and of course teenagers fighting back using what they were taught.  
    4. All Rights Reserved (Word$ #1) by Gregory Scott Katsoulis...It was pretty hard looking for a song that matched the book or shared a similar message to the book. But I found  Silent Revolution by My Excuse "In time, I've come to terms with absence, Of sense in all I witness, I quietly standby, I've reached a compromise with weakness, Behind the scenes I wait, But neutral is accomplice, When everything's at stake." This song is perfect because it has the same message that Speth was fighting for unknowing, and unwillingly, starting a silent revolution.
    5.  Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds- Just Another Day by Queen Latifah..."Just Another Day, living in the hood, Just another day around the way, Feelin good today, feelin lovely-yay, Just another day, living in the hood, Just another day around the way, Feelin good today, I hear the(gunshot), but I'm here to stay." For those of you who do not know, Mr.Reynolds is a huge fan of The Queen Latifah, and he should be rightfully so...She is a lyricist who made amazing music that doesn't get enough recognition. I imagine that Just Another Day would play in the beginning of the film and switch to "My Mind Playing Tricks On Me by Geto Boys"..."At night I can't sleep, I toss and turn, Candlesticks in the dark, visions of bodies being burned"...You have to read the book, and then listen to the song..
    These are the books that we'd give a theme song to. What books did you like, and wouldn't read again??

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Review:Sophomore Year is Greek to Me

     Title:Sophomore Year is  Greek to Me
     Author:
     Release Date :April 21st 2015         
     Publisher:G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 

    A laugh-out-loud high school adventure set in Greece, perfect for fans of Meg Cabot 
     
    High school sophomore Zona Lowell has lived in New York City her whole life, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her renowned-journalist father. But when he announces they’re moving to Athens for six months so he can work on an important new story, she's devastated— he must have an ulterior motive. 

    See, when Zona's mother married an American, her huge Greek family cut off contact. But Zona never knew her mom, and now she’s supposed to uproot her entire life and meet possibly hostile relatives on their turf? Thanks... but no thanks.

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    I adored Freshman year and other Natural Disasters it cracked me up from start to finish so I couldn't wait to read Sophomore Year is  Greek to Me when I first hear it was coming out way back when. I read this book a few years ago and I have no idea why it took me so long to write this review... The reason I am finally doing this review is  because I just reread both Freshman year and other Natural Disasters and Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me.

    Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me emphasizes the importance of family & of finding your place in the world This book was literally lovely as hell. Just like Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters this book was full of nonstop laughter and some series sweet moment.  Zona always seems to be getting into some ridiculous situation or another... Whether she's being attacked by birds or stranded with inappropriate footwear, there is never a dull moment. The characters especially Zona and her dad really were well written and I loved the relationships between the two.

    The cover fits this book perfectly.I think it's simple but fun and evokes that summer feel.The vibrant cover plus title will lure you in especially if your one of those people who picks up a book based on it cover. This book a great read and it talks about stuff that you can relate too. I highly recommend  this book!!! 4/5

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