chick-lit · Young adult

Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo ★★★★

Blurb; Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

My Review; What a beautiful coming together story after a loss of a loved one. Two different girls. Two different stories. Two narrators. Written in verse it makes it an easy read for me and I love books written in verse. The whole layout of it. A lovely ending and outcome for them both aswell which was a little unexpected.

I enjoyed this one and it will stay with me for how unique it is. The characters. The settings. The relationships within the story. All make it a brilliant read. One I finished quick. One I would recommend. I passed this straight onto a friend and got the authors other two books as well which I look forward to reading.

Supports BLM and the gay community in one. The cover is beautiful and eye catching I don’t see what’s to dislike. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Emotional · Young adult

Extraordinary Means – Robyn Schneider ★★★★

Blurb; When he’s sent to Latham House, a boarding school for sick teens, Lane thinks his life may as well be over.
But when he meets Sadie and her friends – a group of eccentric troublemakers – he realises that maybe getting sick is just the beginning. That illness doesn’t have to define you, and that falling in love is its own cure.

My Review; This cover stood out to me and a friend was dying to read it so I had to sneak this one into my June reads. It’s supposed to be a sadish story but I didn’t cry!

The story focuses on teens in quarantine at Latham house all with tuberculosis. There’s some losses along the way which hit hard. But a goodish ending. For me the story was about the teens enjoying the best of a bad situation. There is a bit of a romance within the story too. A story that makes you realise life is too short. Enjoy it. An eye opening read. I gave it four stars and would highly recommend. Perfect emotional, young adult story. Takes a lot for me too cry over a book.

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mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

Ten – Gretchen McNeil ★★★★

Blurb; It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

My Review; This one caught my eye over on Amazon and now I’ve ended up with most of the authors other books. Can’t beat finding a new author. The simple cover and the short blurb on the front caught my eye. This was brilliantly written a spooky, dark, deadly, twisted, clever and haunting young adult story.

I bloody loved it! I was dragged in. 10 teens on a remote island for a weekend full of parties where noone knows where they are… That was their first mistake noone knew they were there. The second mistake? Ever believing they were there for parties and fun. Straight from the first night wierd things and situations start to happen and from then you’re trapped. 10 soon becomes 9… 9 soon becomes 8… All while a massive storm is happening around them.

Who is doing this? Who is next? Will any of them survive? Seriously gripping, thrilling, tense an edge of your seat read. I don’t want to say much more about the story itself but its very clever, cunning and all planned down to a T. Crafty. The outcome I never saw…

Do you want to know what happened that weekend? Reckon you would survive? Reckon you will figure it out? Dive in and find out… I really enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me. I cannot wait to read the rest of thid authors books now if they’re as good as this. Highly recommend.

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