Review: The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

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The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista
Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Publication: June 19th 2018 from Swoon Reads
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 240 pages
Format: ARC from the author
Rating: ★★★★★

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Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to college, this year is her chance to really strike out on her own. Without her overprotective brother and his sidekick around to distract her, she can focus on having all the typical high school experiences that she’s always dreamed of—starting with finding a boyfriend! With the help of her best friend Franklin, she comes up with the perfect plan to have a boyfriend by Christmas: The Boyfriend Bracket.

Or it seems like the perfect plan…right up until Will starts showing up again. How is she supposed to find the perfect boyfriend when none of her dates measure up to the one boy she can never have?

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Top 10 Tuesday Throwback: Top Ten Books We’re Looking Forward to In 2018 (A Remix)

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Okay, so today, in efforts to bring back bookish memes to Book Freak Revelations, I’m listing down the top ten books that I’m looking forward to in (the second half of) 2018, hence the remix. Just like every year, the Fall season’s coming back with yet another amazingly enthralling line-up of diverse titles and I, as your typical YA-obsessed reader/ reviewer, am here for ALL. OF. IT. Let’s get this post started, shall we?

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Review: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold
Genre: YA Contemporary, Fiction
Publication: May 22nd 2018 by Viking Children’s Books for Young Readers
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 432 pages
Format: ARC from Penguin Random House International
Rating: ★★★★★

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No matter how organized I get my room, my records, my books, no matter how precisely I communicate a thing, or how many arrows point to how many objects, in the end I’m floating through space in a most peculiar way.

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.

Then Noah → gets hypnotized.

Now Noah → sees changes: his mother has a scar on her face that wasn’t there before; his old dog, who once walked with a limp, is suddenly lithe; his best friend, a lifelong DC Comics disciple, now rotates in the Marvel universe. Subtle behaviors, bits of history, plans for the future—everything in Noah’s world has been rewritten. Everything except his Strange Fascinations…

A stunning, surrealist portrait, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is a story about all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us.

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Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Genre: YA Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Magic
Publication: May 22nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
Series: Yes. Empirium Trilogy #1.
Length: 512 pages
Format: ARC from Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: ★★★★.5

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Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

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Blog Tour Review: All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

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All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Genre: YA Mystery, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction,
Publication: May 15, 2018 from HarperTeen
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 432 pages
Format: ARC from the author
Rating: ★★★★★

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In this gripping, genre-defying YA novel, four Long Island teens befriend a bestselling YA novelist, only to find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next book—with devastating consequences. Told as a series of interviews, journal entries, and even pages from the book within the book, this recounting of a fictional scandal is a total page-turner.

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined…

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