A Lackluster Riverdale | Review: The Cheerleaders

cheerleadersTitle: The Cheerleaders

Author: Kara Thomas

Series: none

Genre: YA mystery, thriller

Pub. Date: July 31st, 2018

Synopsis: There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.
First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.
That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.
There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

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Emmett and His Friends Take an Intergalactic Vacation | Review: Nyxia Unleashed

UnleashedTitle: Nyxia Unleashed

Author: Scott Reintgen

Genre: YA sci-fi

Series: Book two of the Nyxia Triad

Pub. Date: July  17th, 2018

Synopsis: Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octance thriller.”
Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.
Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.
But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?
 

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What Kind of Reader Are You?

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Hi friends! I recently touched on some of the self-realizations I’ve had over the last few months in my “welcome back from hiatus” post, but I’d definitely say the biggest one I’ve had is finally accepting that I’m a slow reader.

While everybody is posting their “Mid-Year Book Freakouts” and talking about all the different books they’ve read in 2018, I’ve been staring dejectedly at the number “17” on my Goodreads tracker. I may or may not be over 4 books behind on my challenge and wondering how the heck I’ll ever catch up, but that’s probably a post for another day. But finally accepting that I’ll never be able to read 100 books in a year sparked an idea for a fun discussion. With such a prolific community of book lovers, I’d say there’s a few different types of readers out there, so I decided to create a (most definitely silly) list of them!

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When One Temperamental Sea Goddess Ruins Your Life | Review: Whisper of the Tide

WhisperTitle: Whisper of the Tide

Author: Sarah Tolcser

Series: Sequel to Song of the Current

Genre: YA, high fantasy

Pub. Date: June 5th, 2018

Synopsis: Caro Oresteia spent her life waiting to be called by the river god, as those in her family had been for generations. But when she’s swept away on an adventure to save the Akhaian royal prince, Markos, her destiny is sealed by the sea god instead.
For now, Caro is landlocked, helping Markos reclaim his throne after nearly his entire family was assassinated in a political coup. Without any financial or military support, Markos is desperate for allies, and Caro has fought off more than one attempt on his life. When a powerful Archon offers his army in exchange for Markos’s marriage to his daughter, Caro must choose: Her love for Markos, or the fate of Akhaia? And more importantly: How much is she willing to risk to defy the sea god’s wishes and chart her own course? 
With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing your fate. 

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What I Learned From an Almost 6-Month, Mostly Unplanned Hiatus

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Wow. Where do I even start? If you’ve been following my blog in the past year or so, you might have realized I dropped off the face of the planet after January.  If you didn’t notice, then just read on for the Valuable Lessons portion of this post and skip the Explanation of Why the Heck I Haven’t Been Posting.

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