Book Review: The Summer of Jordi Perez (ARC)

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Rating: 4/5

What it’s about:  Abby Ives is pretty sure she’s the sassy best friend in the romcom of her best friend Maliah’s life—and she’s okay with that, honestly! The only girl she’s ever crushed on has a boyfriend, so she’ll just stay sort of happily single until she moves to New York to start her fashion career, thank you very much. But then she starts her summer internship at Lemonberry, her all-time favorite store, and is stuck sharing it—and the possibility of a job there come fall—with Jordi Perez, a quiet photographer who may or may not have committed arson according to Maliah. Unfortunately she’s also very cute and passionate, and, oh no, Abby’s definitely falling for her. Even better? It seems like Jordi’s falling for her, too. Between that and the fact that she’s helping total dudebro Jax, her “friend-in-law,” look for the best burgers in LA and learning that he’s actually maybe pretty okay… Well, let’s just say it’s shaping up to be a pretty interesting summer.

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Book Review: Big Water (ARC)

Book Review: Big Water | rachelbrittain.comBook: Big Water

Author: Andrea Curtis

Genre: YA / historical fiction

Rating: 4/5

What it’s about: Traveling the Great Lakes was a dangerous proposition through the early part of the twentieth century—especially on the Georgia Bay in Canada. Many ships and lives were lost on the uncharted and unpredictable waters. In 1882, the SS Asia, a converted river steamship, set out from the Georgia Bay in Lake Huron, overloaded and top heavy, heading straight into a storm. Equipped only with life vests and flimsy lifeboats unfit for the dangerous waters, the passengers and crew were entirely unprepared when the ship sank. One hundred and twenty three lives were lost, the sole survivors two teenagers. This fictional account of a real historical tragedy explores the circumstances that led those two teenagers onto the Asia and how they managed to survive freezing water, treacherous conditions, and several days among dying men on a lifeboat, adrift in the middle of the Georgia Bay.

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Book Review: The Boat People (ARC)

Book Review: The Boat People | rachelbrittain.comBook: The Boat People

Author: Sharon Bala

Genre: realistic fiction

Rating: 4.5/5

What it’s about: When a boat of Tamil refugees arrives in Canada they think they’ve finally found a place of peace and safety–but fear, intolerance, and bureaucratic political systems get in the way. The five hundred odd refugees fleeing torture, death or forcible conscription in Sri Lanka find themselves imprisoned and stuck as they sit through hearing after hearing to determine if they can even qualify for refugee status.

Mahindan, a single father whose wife died back in Sri Lanka, mourns his separation from his seven-year old son who is put in the women’s prison. Priya, a second generation immigrant and law student, finds herself getting invested in the cases of the refugees even though she always wanted to go into corporate law (and is pretty sure she was only selected for this assignment because of her own Tamil heritage). Grace is an adjudicator overseeing the cases of the refugees and struggling against the fear that she might let a terrorist into the country–despite the fact that her mother keeps comparing their plight to that of Grace’s grandparents, Japanese immigrants who lost everything to the government in World War II. Their stories intertwine in heart wrenching ways as we slowly begin to see that nothing is quite as simple as it seems.

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Book Review: A Guide for Murdered Children (ARC)

Book: A Guide for Murdered Children

Author: Sarah Sparrow

Genre: fiction / speculative /thriller

Rating: 4/5

What it’s about: What if the children murdered before their time came back to hunt down their killers? That’s the insane situation Detective Willow Wylde finds himself in when he returns home after rehab and a failed stint as an NYPD detective. And a gift Willow’s been suppressing for years– a certain knack for sensing the supernatural– may mean he is destined to help those lost and wandering souls, two of which may be the very children whose murder haunted and confounded him so many years ago.

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Book Review: Nyxia (ARC)

Book: Nyxia

Author: Scott Reintgen

Genre: sci-fi / ya

Rating: 2/5

What it’s about: Emmett is one of ten teenagers chosen to compete for the honor (and unimaginable riches) of traveling to the newly discovered Earth-like planet, Eden, courtesy of Babel Communications. The catch? Well, there are a lot of them. Like the fact that their year-long trip will really be a competition to determine which of the ten participants will qualify for the task. And the fact that the planet is inhabited by dangerous aliens called “Adamites.” And the fact that people keep getting hurt in the competition. And the fact that Babel Communications  is definitely not telling them everything. With any luck, Emmett and the others will survive long enough to find out what it is they’re hiding, and whether those secrets are worth fighting–and maybe dying–for.

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