Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Review

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber
Publication: 2nd of August 2018
Publisher: Walker Books
Synopsis: Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colours of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can’t give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you.
Rating: 1/5 stars
My review on Sarah’s blog

Book content warnings: past-death, underage drinking, cheating.

There are spoilers for this book below the cut

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77 Saturday – Red, White and Royal Blue

Red, White and Royal Blue

In conjunction with AusYABloggers, who have an awesome new Saturday prompt meme thingy going on over on their blog, I bring you 77 Saturday!

Seventy-Seven Saturday Rules:

  1. Pick up a book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77
  3. Find a snippet, sentence or paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your blog or Twitter or Instagram and link back to us (AusYABloggers) and use #77Saturday

 

Title: Red, White and Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Released: 14 May 2019
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
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He drops onto the edge of his bed. He’s grown accustomed to texting with Henry almost every day; the time difference doesn’t matter, since they’re both awake at all ungodly hours of the day and night. Henry will send a snap from a seven a.m. polo practice and promptly receive one of Alex at two a.m., glasses on and coffee in hand, in bed with a pile of notes. Alex doesn’t know why Henry never responds to his selfies from bed. His selfies from bed are always hilarious.

 

Even before turning to page 77, I was like “ack, spoilers!” because this book has been probably the most talked about book on Instagram. I’m so reluctant to go into this book, though, which is why it’s probably still on my TBR.

 

What about you? Grab the book closest to you, or whatever you might be reading, turn to page 77, and share a passage with me! Or over on the AusYABloggers page.

 

Call Down The Hawk – A Love Letter

Owlcrate Box

Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (The Dreamer Trilogy book #1)
Publication: 05 November 2019
Synopsis: The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.
And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.
Format: Hardback (special Owlcrate edition)
Rating: 6/5 stars

Picture spoilers for the Owlcrate Call Down The Hawk book box below the cut.

 

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Beautiful Mess – Review

Beautiful Mess

Title: Beautiful Mess
Author: Claire Christian
Publication: 28th of August 2017
Synopsis: Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven’t been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there’s the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab.
Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other.
Format: Paperback
Rating: 2/5 stars

Book content warnings: suicide, self-harm mentions, depression, mental health issues, non-graphic violence.

This is not a spoiler-free review.

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77 Saturday – A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble

In conjunction with AusYABloggers, who have an awesome new Saturday prompt meme thingy going on over on their blog, I bring you 77 Saturday!

Seventy-Seven Saturday Rules:

  1. Pick up a book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77
  3. Find a snippet, sentence or paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your blog or Twitter or Instagram and link back to us (AusYABloggers) and use #77Saturday

 

Title: A Good Kind of Trouble
Author: Lisa Moore Ramée
Released: 12 March 2019
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Angie has long eyelashes that she makes even longer with mascara. She has on cute spandex track shorts, and although she isn’t very tall, she has long, strong legs. Her hair is braided in a complicated pattern that she must’ve sat for hours to get. We are both Black, but we don’t look anything alike. Although if I was allowed to wear mascara, I could at least have long eyelashes like hers, and that would be something.

 

This is a middle grade book that I think is going to be awesome. I love that middle grade books are tackling heavy (ish) issues, because I am of the firm belief that kids do need to know the things that are going on in the world.

What about you? Grab the book closest to you, or whatever you might be reading, turn to page 77, and share a passage with me! Or over on the AusYABloggers page.

 

Weapon – Book Review & Tour Stop

Weapon

If you have not read Whisper, this entire book is a spoiler.

Title: Weapon
Author: Lynette Noni
Publication: 05 November 2019
Publisher: Pantera Press
Source: Publisher – thank you so much for the copy!
Synopsis:
After escaping Lengard and finding sanctuary with the Remnants, Alyssa Scott is desperate to save those she left behind ─ and the rest of the world ─ from the power-hungry scientist, Kendall Vanik. But secrets and lies block her at every turn, and soon Lyss is left questioning everything she has ever believed.
When long-lost memories begin to surface and the mysteries of her past continue to grow, Lyss battles to retain her hard-won control. Allies become enemies and enemies become allies, leaving her certain about only two things: when it comes to Speakers, nothing is ever as it seems… and the only person she can trust is herself.
Format: Paperback
Price: $19.99
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Book content warnings: manipulation, powered mental manipulation, murder.

 

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77 Saturday – The Truth About Keeping Secrets

The Truth About Keeping Secrets

In conjunction with AusYABloggers, who have an awesome new Saturday prompt meme thingy going on over on their blog, I bring you 77 Saturday!

Seventy-Seven Saturday Rules:

  1. Pick up a book (your current read, or the closest book to you, or your next read, etc)
  2. Turn to page 77
  3. Find a snippet, sentence or paragraph you like.
  4. Share it on your blog or Twitter or Instagram and link back to us (AusYABloggers) and use #77Saturday

 

Title: The Truth About Keeping Secrets
Author: Savannah Brown
Released: 07 March 2019
Publisher: Penguin
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I smiled again. There was a lot of smiling. “I don’t know, I like different stuff at different times, I guess, OK, what stuff do you like? Let me judge you for that.”
We laughed. “I’m not judging you!” she said. “Oh, man. Books! Yeah. Books. Music. And I actually like, um, robots.”

 

My first thought is please be flirting, please be flirting. Which, I am pretty sure is happening because I know the main character of this book is a lesbian. And I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet since the synopsis looks so good. I need to get on that.

 

What about you? Grab the book closest to you, or whatever you might be reading, turn to page 77, and share a passage with me! Or over on the AusYABloggers page.