Color Me in by: Natasha Diaz

Published: 8/20/2019

Genre: YA

Rated: 4 Stars

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Goodreads Synopsis: Debut YA author Natasha Díaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds.

Who is Nevaeh Levitz?

Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom’s family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.

Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but one of her cousins can’t stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh’s dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she’s always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent.

It’s only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom’s past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?

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I requested this book from NetGalley because I knew I was going to love this story and just look at that cover. It’s stunning.

We are introduced to a 16 year old girl name Neveah who is biracial,  Jewish and African American. Her parents  are divorced and forced to moved to Harlem from her suburb home in NYC. She moves in with her extended family only to have her cousins dislike her because they think she privileged and looks more white than black with perfect hair ( I can remember kids not liking me in school because (in their words) I have “white people hair”. Which really did bother me. I guess as an African American your hair is only to look a certain way). Her father also wants her to have a belated  Bar Mitzvah and start attending  Temple. To educate her and be more connected with their heritage, and because of all this  she now struggles with her identity.

One Day Neveah travels up to her attic and finds her mothers diary and discovers reasons as to why her parents got divorced and more about her mother’s struggles in her marriage.

I really enjoyed this coming of age debut novel. I loved character development, it was beautifully written and feel like many can relate to this story.  I would so recommend this book.

And if you’re wanting to know how pronounce Neveah it’s Nuh-vay-uh.

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Dare you to Lie

Rating: 5 Stars

Author: Amber Lynn Natusch

Published: 9/4/2019

Pages: 351

Goodreads Synopsis: When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.

All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.

Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

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So, Everyone in my my book group has been raving about this book and just had to know what it was all about. They were not wrong when they say it was really good. This book had me from the start. Is such a great mystery story and just sucked me right in. I thought for sure I knew who did it but was completely wrong at the end.

It’s about a girl name Ky who’s dad was convicted  of murdering another cop and because of that she is forced to move back to her old town where everyone has heard the news of her father and has to relive her past.  She moved originally to due photos her being leaked while at a party. Now that she has moved back she finds all intentions on finding out who did it. Needless to say no one is going to stop her on finding out who did it no matter what the cost.

I really enjoyed the friendship between Ky and Tabby they kept me entertained throughout the entire book , and there were some characters in this book I really wanted to just grab and choke. There was a slight romance in the book but nothing major which I did like because I did’t want it to take away from the story. I don’t want to say too much to ruin it, but it was faced paced and a page turner.

Just like the synopsis says; “They messed withe the wrong girl.” Ky the MC  is sassy, sarcastic, funny and just and overall bomb ass character.  If you’re looking for a feisty MC and a good mystery this is the book. I’m really excited to start the next book Don’t Say A Word that releases this September.

100 Days of Sunlight

 

Rating: 5 Star

Pages: 311

Published: 8/7/2019

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Goodreads Synopsis: When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. 

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.

This was an easy 5 star for me. OMG Weston is so romantic and is now my new book boyfriend.

We are introduced to a girl name Tessa who was in a car accident with her grandparents which cause her her sight. Her doctor’s told her that within 100 days she will get a sight back. With loosing her sight she has lost all motivation in writing and just living life. Her Grandparents thought it would be a good idea to have someone assist her in writing her blog and placed an ad in a newspaper for an assistant position.

This is where we meet Weston who decides to show up to her house even though she asked for the ad the be removed. When he shows up the first couple of times she resist his help and is rude towards him because she feels that no one can relate to her and her situation. Little does she know Weston lost both his legs. Even though she is crude he actually likes it. He enjoys someone treating him like a real person instead of instantly showing pity because of his missing legs. Weston lost both legs skateboarding off a roof, and even with his disability; he is strong willed and very determined and doesn’t let his impairment hold him back, which he wanted to show Tessa.

At some point Tessa gives in and accepts his help. His assistance insists of writing her blog and helping her appreciate her other senses, He starts of with scent and brings her flowers each day without telling her he brought them and having her identify each one. With Taste he makes her waffles and brings her chocolates. With hearing he finally took her outside for walk and even an adventurous trip to a fair. With all the help that Weston is giving he still doesn’t admit that he is also disabled. With time spent with each other on a daily they both grow feeling for each other.

On the 100th day Tessa get her sight back and Weston refuses to see her, return her calls until she threatens to just pop up to his house like he did. He finally confesses that he is disabled and despite all that she still loves him.

I rated this book a 5 star and wish I could give it more. Even though I don’t live with a disability, but she made me feel everything Tessa was feeling. I felt the hurt, the sadness, when she felt joy. This is everything I look for in a book.
Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy Continue reading “100 Days of Sunlight”

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

a curseTitle: A Curse so Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1)

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: Published January 29th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA

Page Length: 484 pages

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

“True love is not about romance. True love requires sacrifice. A willingness to place another’s life above your own.”

I honestly went into this book blind, and I couldn’t be more happier.  This is by far my favorite  retelling on Beauty and the Beast.

We are introduced to  a girl name Harper a girl who has cerebral pasly  and from Washington D.C.  before being swept away and thrown into a the world of  Emberfall that is soon to be doomed.  I love this character, not only does she have a disability, but she does not let that hold her back as she’s a fighter. She leaves behind her sick mother who has cancer, her brother Jack who is in trouble because he finding ways to pay back his father’s debt. We find out Jack is queer. I mean yes. More queer.

Rhen is the Beast.  He has been cursed and set to repeat seasons. He must also find someone to love him in order to break the curse.  He has sent his royal commander Grey (whom is my favorite character) to find a women to fall in love with him. Each time he fails the seasons repeat and he turns into a monster that destroys everything  including his own family. Not only does Rhen have to worry about breaking this curse to help his people, he must also fight others who know of his fallen kingdom.

The more Harper spends in Emberfall the more she gets use to the world and the more she wants help despite her family needing her.

Without giving too much away this book has grabbed me from the beginning till the very end and cannot wait till A Heart So Fierce and Broken which will be  release date 1/7/2020.

Trigger warnings:  Thoughts of suicide, torture and  death.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken 

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Author: Stephanie Garber

Page Length: 407 pages

Published: January 31st 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.

 

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.” 

 

If I’m going to be completely honest when I first started this book it was just so hard for me to get into. I think it took too long to get to the jaw dropping moments. After some time I decided to pick it back up (unfinished books doesn’t sit well with me) and I was super please. This book was enchanting, magical, and just such a please to read. Stephanie write in such a poetic way that i just love. Once you step into this world you don’t want to leave.

I enjoyed these characters, and the twists and honestly cannot wait to read Legendary.