Blog Tour: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

 

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The Square Root of Summer releases today, and I’m geeked to be part of the blog tour. 

The Square Root of Summer focuses mainly on change.  How Gottie changed from one day to the next because of the loss of her grandfather, and how she changed from one summer to the next because of all of the other losses in her life.  The loss of her first love, her best friend, her ability to communicate.  Unfortunately, some of Gottie’s losses are self-inflicted.  Her grief is so intense that she doesn’t know how to deal with it, and it morphs into grief over other losses, so she doesn’t even know what she’s grieving for.  She also has all of this guilt to reconcile herself with, and she understandably has a difficult time processing all of the emotions and changes in her life.

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Blog Tour: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen releases today, and to celebrate, I have a quick Q&A with Roshani Chokshi!

What’s one thing you won’t leave home without? My eyebrows.

If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be? Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat.

What is the most exciting part about publishing your first novel? Interacting with readers. Talking to the YA community gives me so much life.

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Review: Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon

May Contain Spoilers

Here is another series I love in premise, but not execution.  Bryn and her dragon friends are recovering from the attacks from the traitorous dragons.  Parts of the school have been destroyed, and many of the students have been injured.  Because a damaged dragon is a social embarrassment to the snobby blues, those students with life altering injuries are asked to stay home and be home schooled.  Bryn isn’t having any of that, so she and her grandmother plan a party to entice all the students back to campus, with mixed success. 

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Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

May Contain Spoilers

What a cool concept!  Cas is a Reckoner trainer-in-training.  She’s been surrounded by the humongous sea monsters since she was a baby.  The Reckoners are commissioned by large corporations to protect ships from the pirates that infest the NeoPacific.  When Cas’ first solo job ends in disaster, she is captured by pirates and forced to train their secret weapon: a stolen baby Reckoner that will help the crew attack bigger, better protected ships. 

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Mini Review: Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

May Contain Spoilers

Up From the Sea is a moving story of a boy who survived the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. The account of his fear during the quake and flight from the deadly ocean surge is suspenseful and very scary. I can’t imagine experiencing it myself. His worries about the fate of his family is also very emotional. Kai has lost everything, and his helplessness and hopelessness resonate through the author’s use of free verse. How can he go on, knowing that his mother, grandmother, and grandfather have all died? Everything he loved and took for granted is gone. His family, his friends, his school, even his soccer ball – gone.

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Review: How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Poor Willa.  She gets the most unpleasant shock of her life when her father returns from a movie shoot with a fiancée.  And not just any fiancée. No!  He has to get engaged to one of the most famous actresses on the planet!  Add in Finn, her obnoxious but cuter than heck and soon to be stepbrother, and Willa’s future is so bright that she has to wear shades.  So why is she so unhappy?

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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I loved this book. Lee is forced to flee her home after her parents are murdered. Disguising herself as a boy, she heads west during the Gold Rush. Keeping her ability to sense gold a secret, as well as her true identity, she begins a dangerous, life changing adventure that teaches the meaning of trust, friendship, and courage. Lee is a wonderful, empowering character who learns to take charge of her own destiny, and works selflessly to ensure the survival of everyone in her wagon train to California.

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