Review: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Source: Library
Publisher: Viking Children’s
Publication Date: April 14th, 2011
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Yes

What Sunny Saw in the Flames transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?

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All Aboard the Hype Train!

You’ve probably gotten on the hype train before, haven’t you? You get on thinking this is going to be a fun ride, but then you realize this train ride isn’t fun. In fact the hype train seems to be heading towards a cliff and you can’t get off, but this is your fault, the hype train was too irresistable now you’re going to fall off a cliff because of it.

My little intro may be a little dramatic, but that’s how feel all the time when a book is hyped. I love finding new books, but sometimes a book is waaayyy too hyped.

Over hyping a book can make me not like a book. I’m not a hipster where I hate every book that’s popular, but when everyone is talking about a book it kind of makes me not want to read a book.

Books such as the Throne of Glass series, Harry Potter, and Truthwitch are books that have been way too hyped. I haven’t read HP due to the hype that surrounds the book and it’s been spoiled for me constantly. I actually like ToG, but Truthwitch was way too hyped. There were street teams and everyone kept talking about it on Twitter, but when I read it I didn’t even like the book.

A  book that is over hyped doesn’t make me immediately hate the book, but it does make me want to read the book less.

What do you guys think about over hyped books? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Source: Library
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Series: No

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Source: Library
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 16th, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary
Series: No

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

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