Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

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On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

Death is a strange thing. It is a fact of existence, and yet death remains an enigma. Death is present in all our actions, in how it shapes our thinking, and permeates everything around us. But where there is death, there is unequivocally life. Falling into Pieces by Amy Zhang is a dark yet tender exploration of the pair, how death touches the living and the dying, the effect and consequences of life, and how we find life in the crevasses of despair.

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Descent by Katie O’Sullivan

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When a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, fifteen-year-old Shea moves to Cape Cod to live with a grandmother he’s never met. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he meets a girl along the shore who changes his life forever.

Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from drylanders, where bloody war rages between opposing clans. A fragile peace accord hinges on marriage between the royal families, but treachery and magick lurk in every shadow.

With Kae’s help, Shea discovers his true heritage and finds that his destiny lies somewhere far below the ocean’s surface.

I received a copy from Patchwork Press – Cooperative via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

With the ocean covering seventy percent of Earth, the deepest part of the ocean reaching eleven kilometres in depth and most ocean species have yet to be discovered, the ocean is the perfect place to craft an imaginative and mysterious world uniquely different to our own. And mermaids. Everyone knows about mermaids. When I was young, after watching The Little Mermaid, I wanted to be a mermaid. With the palpable absence of mermaids in fiction, Descent by Katie O’Sullivan was a pleasant discovery, and a book I certainly had to read.

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Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

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Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin – a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

There were signs that indicated that Frostfire could be a game-changing book. The characters were trolls, a mythological creature we never see in the YA-fantasy landscape, a determined heroine who is resolute in her goals despite being disadvantaged by her mixed heritage, a forbidden romance, and perhaps a great adventure with a dash of mystery and self-growth. Frostfire seemingly ticked all the boxes of an enjoyable, light-hearted read. As a reader, you learn that some books have these elements that will entice you to read it – ‘strong female characters‘, romances that flourish, a fantastical world that immerses us, a compelling premise – but it does not necessarily make it a good book. A book is like a cake: a cake may appear delicious with its cream-cheese icing and chocolate flakes, but if the cake itself doesn’t taste good, it is not a good cake. Unfortunately, that is the case with Frostfire.

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The Harry Potter Tag

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Hi everyone! I have been tagged to do The Harry Potter Tag! Big, big thank yous to Summer @ Xingsings and Thuong at I Read Therefore I Am for tagging me. They have such lovely blogs; check them out!

I loved Harry Potter when I was growing up, and I owe these books to my love of reading. The Harry Potter books got me into reading; I hated reading before. It was only when a teacher aide read Harry Potter to us during mat time (MAT TIME!), where I clung to every single spoken word, that I started to see the beauty in the written word.

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Have you ever read a book that you loved so much that it made a home somewhere deep inside your heart? Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid became that book for me. And in a time when my future is uncertain and I am faced with a crossroad of life, this book couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed to read this book. I’m so deeply glad that I did.

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