Archive for November, 2016


November 15, 2016 • Cee • Reviews


This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills • October 4, 2016 • Henry Holt & Co BYR (Macmillan)
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Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.


I received this book for free from Macmillan for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “My immediate priority is air.”

Sloane just moved to Florida from New York, and she’s dragged to a party where she’s not interested in mingling with the locals. In comes the twins—Vera and Gabe—and Sloane’s world begins to change. She’s welcomed into their world and gains friends—something she had never experienced so deeply in her life. She navigates this new life of hers with a bit of awkwardness and love.

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November 10, 2016 • Cee • Events


The YA Book Cover Choice Awards (aka YABCCAwards) aim to honor all the wonderful (and not-so wonderful) book covers that were published in the past year. It will be nominated and voted by readers (à la Goodreads Choice Awards and the *Book Shimmy* Awards) for the best cover design in each categories. It’s the only time judging a book by its cover is highly encouraged.

Now, let’s start nominating book covers in the 2016 YA Book Cover Choice Awards!

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November 7, 2016 • Cee • Events


Get your judging hats on because it’s that beautiful time of the year!

The third annual YA Book Cover Choice Awards is back at The Novel Hermit!

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November 4, 2016 • Cee • Reviews


Iron Cast by Destiny Soria • October 11, 2016 • Amulet Books (Harry N. Abrams)
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It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.


I received this book for free from Amulet Books for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Corinne’s first day as a nurse at the Haversham Asylum for Afflictons of the Blood was a frosty Thursday.”

Welcome to the Cast Iron club! It’s 1919 Boston, and it’s not Prohibition these young people are worried about. With this loyal crew of thieves behind your back, you don’t have to worry about the danger that lurks in the shadow—at least not too much.

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November 2, 2016 • Cee • Discussion

too mch tbr november

Uhhhh, November. My “catch up to all the books I didn’t read in October” month. Can you hear the loud sigh coming out of me? I didn’t mean for my TBR to run away from me, but it did.

For those who do not know, Too Much TBR is a way to help me see which books I really need to read and tackle them. Is it effective? Perhaps. It helps a lot seeing a visual of the books on my TBR pile.

Let’s discuss what I read last month, and what I’m reading this month!


Uhhh, my life wasn’t kind to my books or my reading abilities in October. I spent majority of the month in a reading slump because stress refused to let me focus on reading. It felt quite weird to not be reading; it sucked. From the eleven books I wanted to read last month, I’ve finished four of them, and started on three of them.

The four I finished were: Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, Demon Vol. 1Tetris: The Games People Play, and Iron Cast. They were all wonderful! Highly recommend all of them.

The three I started were: This Adventure EndsRebel Genius, and The Infinity Years of Avalon James.

I never got around to reading Crooked KingdomFoxheartor Finding PerfectI’m saving A Monster Calls for closer to when the film comes out.

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