Book Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

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Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks (2017)
Author: Emily Barr
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 320 pages
Release Date: January 12, 2017
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories.

That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again.

So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

Review

So… I wanted to read this book because I not-so-recently watched Finding Dory, where the ever-forgetful Dory searches for her parents. The blurb for The One Memory of Flora Banks reminds me of that, except with this, we get to be inside the amnesiac’s mind instead of watching her as she embarks on a life-changing journey. It’s an interesting premise for sure.

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Book Review: Twisted Palace – Erin Watt

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Title: Twisted Palace (2016)
Series: The Royals – Book 3
Author: Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick)
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 370 pages
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all. They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

Review

So… The Royals is one of those New Adult series that I actually follow quite closely. I read the first two books in two days, thought they were super addictive, and couldn’t wait to get into this one, especially because of that deadly cliffhanger at the end of Broken Prince. This review will contain spoilers for both Paper Princess and Broken Prince, so please tread with caution. 🙂

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Book Review: Something in Between – Melissa de la Cruz

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Title: Something in Between (2016)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 384 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, she’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.

And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.

For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she’s trying to make sense of her new world, it’s turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she’s not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.

Review

Somewhere in Between was originally on my TBR because of its very cute, summery cover, but once I read the blurb I knew I had to fast-track it. This book surprised me with its unexpected depth and exploration of very relevant issues! In a way, it kind of reminds me of Randa Abdel-Fattah’s When Michael Met Mina, though both books deal with the immigrant story in very, very different ways.

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Book Review: The Score – Elle Kennedy

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Title: The Score (2016)
Series: The Off-Campus Series – Book 3
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genre: New Adult
Extent: 361 pages
Release Date: January 11, 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls… he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring… and shoot for love.

Review

I’ve been kind of in a New Adult kick lately, and unsurprisingly, Elle Kennedy’s very popular Off-Campus series is my drug of choice. The Score is the third book in the series, following The Deal and The Mistake, and while I didn’t love it as much as those two, I still stand behind my statement that this series as a whole is really entertaining and addictive. Let’s get to it. 🙂

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ARC/Book Review: Timekeeper – Tara Sim

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Title: Timekeeper (2016)
Author: Tara Sim
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 368 pages
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads Description

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

Review

Steampunk isn’t a popular subgenre within YA fiction, so imagine my excitement when I discovered Timekeeper. A Victorian world controlled by clocks, where the protagonist is a mechanic who falls in love with a clock spirit! It sounds like my kind of thing, so I jumped at the chance to read it with The Fanboy Book Club .

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