Review: This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

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34964921This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

Published February 27th, 2018 by Wednesday Books.

YA > Contemporary Romance

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A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living took more courage than dying?

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Book & Movie Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (+ a visit to the set?!)

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After reading and enjoying Everything, Everything a long long while ago, I added The Sun is Also a Star to my TBR almost immediately. But like many books, it got lost in the list, and I didn’t get around to it until fate stepped in a pushed it to the very top.

As I previously mentioned, I was in NYC last summer for an internship. It just so happened that I was walking to work one day when I noticed these funny little yellow paper signs posted on all of the parking meters. Upon closer inspection, they were notices that street parking would be unavailable for the next two days for the filming of The Sun is Also a Star.

Being the book nerd I am, the name was immediately familiar. What incredible luck that a YA book-to-movie adaptation would be filming on the street I work on?! Crazy! So, of course, I was outside on every break I had, went to work crazy early just to catch a glimpse of filming, and I even got up the courage to talk to the incredible Yara Shahidi while she was on a break! She was so kind and genuine and inspiring to chat with, even for only a few minutes. Charles Melton was too intimidating to go up to because I mean, have you seen him? Heartthrob status!

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Am I Moving on from YA?

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This is a question I’ve been trying to answer for myself for a while now. The less I’ve been reading, the more apparent my tastes are becoming, however strange that may seem. But this question came to light again when I heard about Leigh Bardugo’s upcoming book, Ninth House.

I don’t know much about the book, but from what I can tell it follows a college-aged protagonist and confronts some heavier and darker issues than YA often does.

My busy schedule has made me be much more choosey with the books I decide to pick up for pleasure, and I’ve noticed a lot of influences from school coursework and my surroundings being integrated into my new interests. I’ve been reading a lot more non-fiction lately, which I never thought I’d ever say. I’ve also been discovering an interest in philosophy, politics, and bigger (maybe even existential) issues than I had before.

Not that YA doesn’t have its share of books about these topics, but as I’ve grown into an adult, I’m starting to become more interested in books that deal with characters, or perspectives, that I can relate to on a more one to one basis. Continue reading “Am I Moving on from YA?”

It’s Been a Year…but I’m working at Penguin Random House?!

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Long time, no see! Yep, hello, it’s Emily! How are ya?

It’s crazy to pull up my blog and see that my last post was April 23rd, 2018. It’s crazy to look back and think about how much my life has changed, and how much I’ve accomplished since then.

Every now and then I get a recurring sense of guilt for leaving this blog in a state of uncertainty and mysterious disappearance. I’ve been missing blogging and reading more now than ever, which is why I decided to come back and write this post.

Let’s take it all the way back to Spring of 2018.

As you may know, I am a graphic design student at RISD, with an incredibly taxing workload. In Spring of 2018, I was still a Sophomore, but I was also a Sophomore on the incredibly stressful internship hunt. Every ounce of my being went into my design work, perfecting it and trying to develop a style and direction for my making. Of course, this meant books and blogging (what I considered to be my hobbies) had to take a backseat. While this “hobby” designation I would later realize was not the right designation, my hard work paid off, and I got an internship position in NYC for the summer.

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Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

343235701Furyborn (Empirium, #1) by Claire Legrand

To be published May 22, 2018, by Sourcebooks Fire.

YA > Fantasy

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The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

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