Book Review · Contemporary

Identical by Ellen Hopkins: Book Review

2241059Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family — on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that’s where their differences begin.

For Kaeleigh, she’s the misplaced focus of Daddy’s love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites — and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.

Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept — from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it’s obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is — who?

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Book Review · Contemporary

Current Read: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

22822858The tail end of this year has been a horrible one in terms of reading- I’ve been in a perpetual slump since September, so much so that I’ve completely given up on TBRs. And to think I was ambitious enough to try for 120 books this year!

With my recent Book Outlet purchase- I’m planning a haul post soon!-, I bought A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Continue reading “Current Read: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara”

Book Review · Contemporary · YA Fiction

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle: Mini Review

17290266*I’m going to be starting a new segment on Book Savant: Mini Reviews! In these short bursts, I’ll be summarizing the book, commenting on what I liked and disliked about it, and if I would recommend it to a friend. Short, sweet, and perfect if a fellow reader wants to know whether to pick up a certain book or not. And we’ll be starting Mini Reviews with The Infinite Moment of us by Lauren Myracle!*

Summary: Wren Gray graduates high school, ready for whatever life has next for her. She deferred university for a year in favor for travelling to Guatemala for a volunteer project. Enter Charlie Parker: a poor and underprivileged kid who falls for Wren over the summer. The Infinite Moment of Us is a young adult contemporary between a girl and a boy who couldn’t be any more different. Continue reading “The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle: Mini Review”

Book Review · Contemporary

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander: Review

17296690He says: Omar “T-Diddy” Smalls has got it made—a full football ride to UMiami, hero-worship status at school, and pick of any girl at West Charleston High. She says: Football, shmootball. Here’s what Claudia Clarke cares about: Harvard, the poor, the disenfranchised, the hungry, the staggering teen pregnancy rate, investigative journalism . . . the list goes on. She does not have a minute to waste on Mr. T-Diddy Smalls and his harem of bimbos.

He Said, She Said is a fun and fresh novel from Kwame Alexander that throws these two high school seniors together when they unexpectedly end up leading the biggest social protest this side of the Mississippi—with a lot of help from Facebook and Twitter. The stakes are high, the romance is hot, and when these worlds collide, watch out! Continue reading “He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander: Review”

Book Review · Fantasy · YA Fiction

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Book Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I’m sure that for all Harry Potter fans, Cursed Child was the most anticipated book of 2016, whether we had high hopes for it or not. Personally, I was excited to learn about the kids of our beloved main characters and delve into a modern wizarding world.

I dived into this book without knowing what the plot was, completely blindsided. It starts immediately where the epilogue of Deathy Hallows begins, sweeping you in from the very beginning. In Cursed Child, angsty Albus decides that he needs to go back in time and save Cedric Diggory from his death in the final round of the Triwizard Tournament after eavesdropping on a conversation between an old Amos Diggory and his father. With the help of his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy (I truly didn’t expect that), they go on multiple risky journeys through time.

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