Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

“Roses, they’re fascinating li’l things. Can handle more than folks think. I’ve had roses in full bloom during an ice storm. They could easily survive without any help.” – Mr Wyatt **Digital ARC received from Net Galley** Synopsis: We return to Garden Heights seventeen years before the events in The Hate U Give take place. Maverick …

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Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala

“Have you ever considered that you can’t be prepared for every future, but all the work you’ve ever done has prepared you for whatever happens in the present?” - May  **Digital ARC received from Edelweiss** Synopsis: Raffy is master at crafting and creating. He can bedazzle, sew, stitch, and design incredible cosplay costumes. Looking to make it big, …

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Review of Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) by L. C. Rosen

"Love, monogamy... they sound like a lot of work. They sound kind of boring, too. I love chocolate, but if I could eat only chocolate the rest of my life, I think it would get tedious. Same goes for one cock." Synopsis: Jack Rothman is 17, enjoys parties, make up, and boys. His very active …

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Review of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

“The show's not over until the mockingjay sings” - Lucy Gray Baird Happy Reaping and may the odds ever be in your favor! It is the morning of the reaping for the 10th annual Hunger Games and an eighteen-year old Coriolanus “Coryo” Snow is waiting anxiously to find out which of the 24 tributes he …

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Review of Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

I received an eARC of Yes No Maybe So through Edelweiss. In the midst of a local state Senate special election, Jamie (Jewish) and Maya (Muslim) pair up to go door-to-door canvassing for their candidate. While they are unsure at first, the more then do the more hopeful they feel about the political climate. And …

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