With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevado

41154268Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages:  400
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb:

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

Slay by Brittney Morris

43723509._SY475_Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 336
Publisher: Hodder
Source: Publisher
Format: Proof
Rating: 4 stars
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By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

40139193Genre: Middle Grade
Pages: 288
Publisher: Harper 360
Source: Publisher
Format: Proof
Rating: 4 stars
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Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?”

Dividing her time between two homes is not easy. And it doesn’t help that at school, Sweet Pea is now sitting right next to her ex–best friend, Kiera, a daily reminder of the friendship that once was. Things might be unbearable if Sweet Pea didn’t have Oscar—her new best friend—and her fifteen-pound cat, Cheese.

Then one day Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column. And Sweet Pea happens to recognize the handwriting on one of the envelopes.

What she decides to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Sweet Pea DiMarco, her family, and many of the readers of “Miss Flora Mae I?”

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

43876229._SY475_Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 272
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 stars
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Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

August Wrap Up

August was a weird month. I feel like I did nothing but it’s probably because I’ve been working a lot. I also did a whole week at the Usborne Academy in London which was fantastic. I came away with a lot of books from that week so my TBR is growing. Whilst my reading pace has slowed down, I am happy with how much I read this month because it was more than I was expecting to read.

September TBR

Even though I’m in a reading slump so I’m not reading as much as I used to, I still like to set myself a monthly TBR just because I find that it’s a very useful thing to follow to ensure that I actually read. I’m trying to keep this habit up so let’s see if it happens.

Frankly In Love by David Yoon

43533060._SY475_Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 432
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Publisher/YALC
Format: Proof
Rating: 3 stars
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High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

American Royals by Katharine McGee

46128300._SY475_Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 448
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Netgalley
Format: E-book
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb:

What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha.

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart.
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

July Book Haul

I got a lot of books in July. I blame most of it on YALC and my impulse desire to buy books whenever I see a book that I want. This will however be a brief book haul as I did a whole YALC book haul with more information about the books I acquired there.

July Wrap Up

So July was a month. This was the worst reading month of the year for me which makes me sad but I’m hoping that I will get back on track with my reading in August. I struggled in July because I am just learning how to balance having a job along with keeping up with reading and blogging. I also went to YALC this month which affected my reading but go check out my YALC experience and haul post to read more about how that went.