ARC Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

tloaTitle: The Last of August

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date: February 14

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Source: HarperCollins Children on Edelweiss (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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4 stars

In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: A List of Cage by Robin Roe

alocTitle: A List of Cages

Author: Robin Roe

Release Date: January 10 (today!)

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Source: Disney Book Group on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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3 stars

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: D4VE by Ryan Ferrier

d4veTitle: D4VE

Author: Ryan Ferrier

Publisher: IDW

Source: Diamond Book Distributors on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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1 star

Primetime TV; mortgages; traffic jams. The robots conquered earth, wiping out all life in the galaxy, but nothing changed. Meet D4VE, the greatest robot war hero, now trapped behind a desk at a soul-sucking day job. Can something, somewhere snap him out of this slump? Will a new presence on 34RTH ignite his long-lost spark for battle? (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: Come This Way by Michelle Schlicher

ctwTitle: Come This Way

Author: Michelle Schlicher

Release Date: October 21

Publisher: Self Published

Source: A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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3 stars

A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can’t imagine spending her time doing anything else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister’s illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities—by letting go and moving forward.

Eighty-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: In the Land of Broken Time by Max Evan and Maria Evan

itlobtTitle: In the Land of Broken Time

Author: Max Evan and Maria Evan

Publisher: Self Published

Source: A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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1 star

This book is about the adventures of the boy named Christopher, the girl named Sophia and retriever Duke. By chance they found themselves in a balloon, that took them into a fairyland, where mysterious events happen. Children wanted to find the way home. The heroeshad to solve a lot of mysteries.They learned interesting ways of time measuring and found a time machine. (Source: Goodreads)

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Review: Now and Zen by Linda Gerber

nazTitle: Now and Zen

Author: Linda Gerber

Publisher: Speak

Source: Purchased

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2 stars

Nori Tanaka is thrilled to be studying abroad in Tokyo, Japan, but it isn’t exactly what she had imagined. She expected tranquil gardens and swoopy-roofed houses, not concrete and neon. And everyone assumes that, with her traditional Japanese features, she’s a native instead of the naïve Japanese-American that she really is. Even Erik, a gorgeous German student, mistakes Nori for Japanese, and treats her like a personal tour guide. Nori is sure that he’ll like her for who she is once he gets to know her, so what harm can come of temporarily pretending to be Japanese? It doesn’t take long to realize that she has a lot to learn about Japan, and about herself, before she can pass for a native. But after exploring the karaoke clubs in Tokyo, the peaceful temples in Kyoto, and the tranquil heights of Mt. Fuji, Nori knows she has a good chance of finding the hidden Japanese spirit and Zen mindset within herself. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Mini-Review: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

narwhalTitle: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Author: Ben Clanton

Release Date: October 4

Publisher: Tundra Books

Source: Penguin Random House on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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5 stars copy

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three stories. In the first, Jelly learns that Narwhal is a really good friend. Then Narwhal and Jelly form their own pod of awesomeness with their ocean friends. And finally, Narwhal and Jelly read the best book ever — even though it doesn’t have any words…or pictures! (Source: Goodreads)

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