Badass Protags · Edelweiss · Five Stars

Pride by by Ibi Zoboi

Image result for PrideSummary: Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

Review

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Expected Pub Date: September 18th 2018 

 I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Five Stars!!

Before I finally write this review of this wonderful book before it comes out ( while juggling my memory since it’s been four months since I read it while being sick)I have a confession to make.

Confession : I never read Pride and Prejudice. I have been meaning too cause I have like this nice annoted paperback version of it that my sister bough for me in high school for my Lit class but we never did. We just ending up watching the Keira Knightley version which I told my whole class what was going on.  I mean when you have a sister who loves Jane Austen   and was exposed to other versions early. lol

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1 Star · DNF · Edelweiss · Whinny Protags

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

Heart of ThornsSummary:In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

Expected Pub Date: July 31st,2018

Review

1 Star

DNF @30%

I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Spoilers Somewhat

Yep I’m gone. I’m bailing quickly

After it started off with such premise I found myself being disinterested by 25% in.

Let me give a run down of the plot.

It’s about a 17 year girl Mia, who is an arranged marriage with Prince Quinn which is the last thing she wants to do. She wants to be a hunter who hunts Gwyrachs, magical beings who are witches who can kill people by touch. When her mother was killed by one when she was younger, she was determined to become a hunter so she can revenge her death. When a life or death situation arises, her life turns upside down when it’s reveal that she’s a Gwyrach herself. Now she’s on a journey with the prince in order to uncover the secrets of her mom’s journal and the truth about her new-found discovery on herself.

Sounds good right?

That’s what I thought too for at least 20% of the book..

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Badass Protags · Edelweiss · Faves · Five Stars

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

33294200Summary: A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

 

 

Review

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Received this arc from Edelweiss in exchanged for an honest review.

5 Stars!

My first official review/ book of  2018 and doesn’t disappoint at all!

The Poet X is about a 15 year girl Xiomara, a young poet growing up in Harlem, dealing with so many different things in her young life. From a very religious mother who would probably send her to convent before giving her permission to go to a party , the growing pains of being a Afro-Latina girl who is getting curves which guys can’t stop looking which she have to use her fist instead of her words, being a twin who feels like she’s invisible and the only way she can be heard is though her poetry she writes in her notebook, to falling in love and kissing a boy for the first time which is treated like a sin instead of a part of life.

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