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**WARNING: Minor Spoilers**

Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)

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“What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.”

Well, I am glad I read this. Did I love it? No, but I liked it. It was a nice flip on the books I usually read about “the Chosen One”. This was my first Patrick Ness read and I really enjoyed the idea of exploring the lives of the kids who are surrounded by the monster fighting, magic wielding characters that in basically every other book are the protagonist.

The diverse element comes in with Mikey being OCD and possibly bi (though he does not yet identify that way in the book).

I probably wouldn’t have even seen this to be able to acquire, because this is so different than what I usually read. It was nice book, but I have no idea how I would have even begun thinking about editing it.

Picture Perfect Review

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**WARNING: Minor Spoilers**

Title: Picture Perfect (Geek Girl)

Author: Holly Smale

Publisher: HarperTEEN (HarperCollins)

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“Geek Girl is coming to America! The internationally bestselling series takes on the Big Apple in this third hilarious, high-fashion adventure.

When Harriet’s dad gets a job in New York City, Harriet is beyond excited to move to the land of skyscrapers, museums, and taxicabs—especially since she’ll get to see her dreamy supermodel boyfriend, Nick. Except . . . when her parents said New York, they meant a tiny, boring town two hours from the city by train. Diving back into modeling should be just the right distraction. But can a geek girl stand out in the fashion capital of America?”

Y’all know how much I love this series! This is the next generation’s Meg Cabot. Harriet is literally my favorite and I could not love this series more! I highly recommend this for anyone who need a pick me up, or an escape from everyday.  I’m ready for the next one.

I do wish there had been more modeling in this, but since Harriet has been let go from her modeling agency, it made sense that there was not as much modeling. I am wondering how she is going to get more modeling going forward though.

Also there is a major development in her relationship with Lion Boy!

Sword and Verse Review

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**WARNING: Minor Spoiler**

Title: Sword and Verse

Author: Kathy MacMillan

Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)

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“Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.

Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that’s been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance–an underground rebel army–to help liberate the city’s slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries–one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.”

I had high hopes for this book. The cover looks amazing and it sounds good right?

Unfortunately, I did not love it. The beginning felt very rushed, almost like it was originally planned to be a series or a much longer book and had to be shortened. The pacing just did not match the ending at all.

Once I got to the middle to end of the book, I enjoyed it. But 3 years in the beginning had to be condensed to make room to linger on the a few months in the end.

Not sure what happened during the editorial process, but I think this book could have been much better.

I don’t think I would have acquired this. I suspect a lot of work went into the editorial process and while that wouldn’t have stopped me (since I am in the beginning of my career, I probably will have to acquire projects that need a lot of work), I am not sure it would be strong enough to get passed my editorial team.

Blog Shout Out: Around the World in 80 Books

Shout out to the ladies at Around the World in 80 Books! These women are so dedicated to this whole blogging and have really created the beginning of a a potential business (I totally said it!), Also Heather also goes on this blog by the name “my blog manager (who works for guacamole)”.

Their focus is slightly different than my blog, but if you’re human (har har, my lame joke skills), you should head over and give them a look.