*Arc Review* That’s Not What I Heard- Stephanie Kate Strohm

39983680    What did you hear?

Kimberly Landis-Lilley and Teddy Lin are over. Yes, the Kim and Teddy broke up.

At least that’s what Phil Spooner thinks he overheard and then told Jess Howard, Kim’s best friend. Something about Teddy not liking Kim’s Instas? Or was it that Teddy is moving to Italy and didn’t want to do long distance? Or that Kim slid into someone else’s DMs?

Jess told her boyfriend, Elvis, that he needs to be on Kim’s side. Especially if he wants to keep her as his girlfriend. But Elvis is also Teddy’s best friend.

Now, Kim’s run out of school for the day. Jess is furious. Elvis is confused. And half the lunch period won’t talk to Teddy. Even the teachers have taken sides.

William Henry Harrison High will never be the same again!

My Review:

“But maybe that was part of saying goodbye- you were never really ready.”

William Henry Harrison High is in total disarray. The “IT” couple has split up and everyone is losing their minds. But how did it happen? And why? I’ve heard that it was…. and she heard it was because….. As rumors start to fly and people start taking sides, will the school will never get back on track?

This book is the high school version of the telephone game. Someone tells a secret and it spreads to someone else with something else added to it and by the time it comes back to you, it’s not even what you said. That game is this book.

It was an interesting concept but kind of dull. I was hoping for more laugh out loud moments instead of eye-rolling hijinks. Some of the characters were quirky and absolutely hilarious, while others were just painful. I’m also kind of confused at why the entire school cared that two people broke up? It’s just a high school relationship, move on with your day!

Teens/tweens will resonate with this and enjoy the banter between the many points of view. As an adult, I found it exhausting. It just goes to show that you can’t believe everything you hear.

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*Review* Cadaver & Queen- Alisa Kwitney

35140600    When Lizzie Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she’ll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-mechanical–one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school–she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.

Only this Bio-mechanical isn’t like the others. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, this one seems to have thoughts, feelings… and self-awareness.

Soon Lizzie realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein–a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Victor, it seems, still has a spark of human intelligence inside him, along with memories of things he discovered before his untimely death.. .and a suspicion that he was murdered to keep that information from getting out. Suddenly Lizzie finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that put her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Lizzie’s determined to succeed–even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire.

My Review:

“Arrogance is what thick people call the truth when they don’t like it.”

This is Tales from the Crypt meets Stalking Jack the Ripper with deeper and darker secrets. I love Tales from the Crypt and it’s still one of my favorite shows to watch. Stalking Jack the Ripper was one of those books I hated and it drove me crazy. So this got stuck right in the middle for me.

The cover and spine for this book are stunning. It definitely is the draw to capturing your attention. The synopsis hits you because of the feminist retelling. Even though it doesn’t read like a retelling of Frankenstein much but of another book and tv show.

Elizabeth, Victor, and Henry do make their appearances and the banter between them was great but the story in between could get kind of stuffy. I felt bored with some of this and the twists really didn’t shock me. I expected more but got mediocre.

Cadaver & Queen was an okay read but I don’t see myself reading it again. It definitely doesn’t need a second book and I’m probably going to skip that one.

Beware of the beautiful cover!!

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*First Line Friday* On The Come Up- Angie Thomas (Arc)

35887567     Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be, and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

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“I might have to kill somebody tonight.”

 

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First Line Friday- The Wicked King- Holly Black

Today I’m going to do something a tad bit different. We usually do the first line in a book but I’m going to give you the first line in Chapter one and bypassing the Prologue.

I think this first sentence gives you a little more sustenance than the other line.

Our book this week is The Wicked King by Holly Black!!

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“The new High King of Faerie lounges on his throne, his crown resting at an insouciant angle, his long villainously scarlet cloak pinned at his shoulders and sweeping the floor.”

*swoon* Who doesn’t love King Cardan!?

Synopsis:

The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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Happy Reading!!

Kill The Boy Band- Goldy Moldavsky

“Because the truth is, it isn’t worth loving something if you aren’t going to love it all the way.” 

Received from my good friend Jennifer. Thanks, Girl!!

We all can admit that we are or were fangirls at one point. I’ll admit it, I was a total nerdy, obsessed fangirl. With the cutting out of pictures, buying everything that I could get my hands on and even pretending that they were beside me at all times. 

When it comes to fangirling, we have all thought about taking things a little too far. Maybe cut a lock of his hair, steal his possessions and even try to kidnap the one you “love”. And this book makes all of those dreams com true. It goes from Sweet Mother of God to Holy S**t Holy S**T at the scratch of a record. 

The Ruperts are coming!! And the crowd goes wild. Sloane (if that is your real name), Apple, Erin, and Isobel are obsessed. I mean, let me sleep outside for days to get concert tickets obsessed. They are coming back to New York and the luck has run out. The can’t come up with tickets. The next best thing to get to them, get a hotel room at the same hotel as them. 

It starts off with overly obsessing to all these hidden agendas and back stabbing. Isobel getting hot tips on where and when the Ruperts will make an appearance. 

Apple spots her man and runs full force at him, knocking him unconscious. Instead of looking for help, she drags him back to the hotel room and things starts to get tricky from there. 

Arguments, name calling and back stabbing make all for one great night as freaking out turns into kidnapping. All that ends up into something unmanageable. Better watch out!

Will these girls schemes ruin their chances of being with the ones they love? Or will they land up in jail with the rest of the stalking fan girls?

This book was one hell of a hilarious adventure. I hope the author adds onto this story because it was very true to how girls who are on a mission act. This lets you have your cake and eat it too without all the calories and without spending a night in jail and having to do some questionable things for a quick smoke. 

Be careful what you wish for ladies! Sometimes these famous men aren’t as great as they seem to be.

4/5