The Hate U Give – By Angie Thomas

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Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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I don’t even know where to start with how good this book is.   It’s been awhile since I read a book that made me care this much.  The Hate U Give will break your heart, you will care about every character in the story, if there’s one book that you must read this year it’s this one.

Though Starr is the main character, the story focuses a lot on her family, which I thought was really awesome. Starr’s family is so wonderful and supportive, her parents are adorable.  I was so glad to see this book did not suffer from non-existent parents, both her mom and dad are great characters.

This book can be hard to read at times, but in a good way.  It’s very emotional, very raw and full of truth.  There were times when I would have to stop reading because I was crying. The injustice of what happened to Khalil, and of what actually happens to too many black people today is never shied away from in this book. The message is strong, but never preachy.

I’m not sure what else I can say about this book. Please read it, read it as soon as you can. Buy the book, buy it for your friends.
I gave The Hate U Give 5 stars on Goodreads.

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It’s been awhile since I’ve fangirled over Rainbow Rowell, so today I get to do again! I can not wait for the comic she’s working on titled Runaways.

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Find on Goodreads and Amazon.   Publish Date: April 17th 2018.

Goodreads Synopsis: GET READY TO RUN! The IT-book of the early 2000s is back! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart!

This will be the collected volume of issues 1-6. I’ll probably wait until I can get this, I just don’t like collecting issues. They are hard to keep nice, hard to find space for on my bookshelves and are just generally a hassle.  But that means waiting for this comic will be agonizing. It will all be worth it in the end though because Rainbow Rowell is a genius writer, I love all of her works with all my heart.  I mean she’s getting me to read a marvel comic of my own free will. I hardly ever read superhero comics! Next April can’t get here soon enough. 🙂

What are you waiting on these days?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – By Mackenzie Lee

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Goodreads Synopsis: Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores. 

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I really wanted to get a copy of this book, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy it. Thankfully I got a copy in one of my OwlCrate boxes!  Also I have to say, I like the cover for the OwlCrate box way better than the original cover.

It was hard not to have high hopes for this book, it is Historical Fiction (my favorite genre) and has a male bisexual main character.  And let me say, this book does not disappoint.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is such a fun read. From the very beginning I fell in love with the main character Monty. He’s selfish, but he’s always amusing, and relatable.  The secondary characters are also great. Monty’s sister is brilliant, she’s kickass and I can’t wait to read Lee’s book about her.  Monty’s crush Percy is selfless and practically Monty’s opposite in every way, but he doesn’t come off as know-it-all.  I shipped Percy and Monty so hard. 😀

At times I thought I was able to predict where the plot was going, but I was usually surprised. Which is awesome for me, I really like it when I’m surprised, it keeps me interested.

I don’t want to give too much away for this story. I just want to say that you should definitely read it.  I gave it four stars on Goodreads and I will probably be rereading this book sometime next year.

The Red Abbey Chronicles: Maresi – By Maria Turtschaninoff

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Goodreads Synopsis: Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Thirteen-year-old novice Maresi arrived at the Abbey four years ago, during the hunger winter, and now lives a happy life under the protection of the Mother. Maresi spends her days reading in the Knowledge House, caring for the younger novices, and contentedly waiting for the moment when she will be called to serve one of the Houses of the Abbey.

This idyllic existence is threatened by the arrival of Jai, a girl whose dark past has followed her into the Abbey’s sacred spaces. In order to protect her new sister and her own way of life, Maresi must emerge from the safety of her books and her childish world and become one who acts.

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I picked this book up on a whim, just because I liked the cover, and it was such a good choice!  You know that feeling when you just accidentally stumble on a gem of a book and feel in your heart that the book gods are smiling on you? Yeah that’s the feeling I have right now. 😀

The Red Abbey Chronicles toes the line between middle grade and YA, our main character is after all only 13.  Maresi is a delightful character, and I fell in love with her right away. Actually I fell in love with everything right away.  The way the story is written is simple and easy to read. The world of the Abbey is magical. Maresi’s connection to her fellow novices was beautiful. I loved how they all worked together so well.  And this book has the added bonus of having amazing food descriptions!

If you’re looking for a fast read, with powerful female leads, this book is for you. I gave it four stars on Goodreads and I can’t wait to read the next book in this duology.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One – By Amanda Lovelace

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

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repeat after me:
you owe
no one
your forgiveness.

– except maybe yourself.

Yes, this book did live up to every bit of the hype. The Princess Saves Herself in This One was an emotional read for me. I didn’t expect it to be so much about surviving abuse and death and grief.  At times it was hard to read, but I loved it from page one.  The rawness spoke to me so deeply.  Sick & Bone was one of my favorite of the poems in this collection.

I loved this book so much, and I’m not sure what else there is to say about it. It’s beautiful, it’s full of truth, it’s a roar of defiance and self-love.  Definitely read it, buy it, give it your best friends.  I gave this book four stars on Goodreads.

Song For A Funeral – By Abigail Pearson

Song For A Funeral

 

I know the song that I’ll play at your funeral

I heard it on my walk home today

It had the sounds of a simple guitar

The sort of thing I could play if I tried

But the words summed up everything I felt about you

The humdrum, the everyday, the sight of your hair askew in the morning

The nights of making love, the words we wrote together, the hands we held. 

 

We’ve been together for two years

And yesterday we went to my grandmother’s funeral

I wonder

Did you think of my death when we first fell in love?

I know I thought of your face

And what it would look like in forty years

Maybe it’s not romantic to say

But…

 

It’s hard to think of you growing old

Of your eyesight going – maybe I’ll make fun of you for that like I make fun of you now

Of your hands becoming soft and wrinkled – and I’ll play with the veins

Like I did to my parent’s older friends when I was a kid

Will you still touch me with those hands?

It’s hard to think of living on after you

Promise me

That you’ll let me go first.