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By: Larissa | July 20, 2015 | (50) Comments

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Discussion Review by Melanie and Larissa *this review is spoiler-free*  Growing up, I believed in miracles. I guess I don’t anymore. Larissa: The author’s ability to immerse me in this story was incredible. I could definitely feel the claustrophobic nature of both the cult and prison setting. For me it elevated the novel in a way that can only be described as harrowing. Melanie: Yes!! I absolutely adored Oakes’ writing. I read it in one sitting because it’s one of those books that suck […]

By: Larissa | July 4, 2015 | (48) Comments

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Horror is a genre within YA that I personally believe brims with unexplored possibility. As a bit of a horror buff myself, I do love the genre itself but even more so the impact it can have on the reader. From personal experience I’ve felt the aftereffects of well done horror far past the credits of a movie or the closing words of a novel. I suppose my personal definition of a successful horror then would be if it elicited undeniable long-lasting fear. I […]

By: Larissa | March 9, 2015 | (86) Comments

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It’s no big secret that I’m totally enamored with  the historical fiction sub-genre within YA. I have read nearly all of the historical fiction out there within the YA demographic and have seen equal parts good and bad. With this in mind, consider the weighting of what I say next: Under a Painted Sky brings a diversity to the genre I haven’t seen before. As much as I adore the genre, I’ve read my share of rich white debutantes/duchesses/whatever but there really is a noticeable […]

By: Larissa | February 26, 2015 | (40) Comments

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This is a  novel that came as a surprise to me, I didn’t except to love it as much as I did. It’s been a couple months and it’s inarguable that this achingly true to life tale has has wormed its way deep, deep, deeeeep into my heart. Even now, I can still remember details about the novel and recall that truly captivating pleasure I gained while reading Mosquitoland. Mosquitoland: the thorn in my side, the rock in my shoe, the poison […]

By: Larissa | October 9, 2014 | (53) Comments

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I wasn’t the hugest fan of Condie’s matched series, so I was a little dubious with Atlantia. However, I must now admit: I was really impressed and taken aback by how much I really enjoyed Atlantia. One of the best parts of Atlantia  was the world building. I thought it was very well explained and coupled with Condie’s beautiful prose it just flowed naturally. You get descriptions of both the ‘Above’ and the ‘Below.’ I felt as if by the end of […]

By: Larissa | August 28, 2014 | (40) Comments

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I’ve just finished this book and I feel as if I’m floating high on cloud nine. I’ll try my best to make this review coherent and not just endless gushing, but it’s quite difficult when Perkins writes these stories that just have such  an emotional impact on my mood. I went from having a semi bad day to feeling completely ecstatic while reading this novel. I think it really says something when an author can create such palpable and real emotions from words. It’s […]

By: Larissa | July 30, 2014 | (12) Comments

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I got this one unsolicited, so going into The Art of Getting Stared At I wasn’t sure what to except. I certainly hadn’t read anything before regarding  autoimmune diseases and their effects in YA before, so this was a very enlightening and refreshing read for me. I had a lot of difficult mixed feelings towards the main character, and at first had a lot of trouble connecting with her. She felt pretentious at times and very judgmental, she was the type to […]

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