4.5
Dry
By Jarrod Shusterman

I wanted to say that (Neal) Shusterman is the king of – incredibly realistic – dystopian stories, but then I realised there are two of them now, so I’ll just let them reign over the fandom the way they like. After all, I’m only here to rave about this story, another gem I was delighted to read. Dry is what …

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4.5
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Montague Siblings
By Mackenzi Lee

This was such a delightful story and it had me laughing SO much! “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” had an incredible pack of characters (I can’t name a favourite), it was filled with action and I deeply enjoyed each step in their “tour”. The potatoes scene might need mentioning because it had me laughing out loud. What started …

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4.5
Eliza and Her Monsters
By Francesca Zappia

Last year I’ve read “Made You Up” by the same author and I enjoyed it deeply (I should reread it one of these days and write a review for it too). So I was eager to get my hands on this beauty! There are many things I loved about “Eliza and Her Monsters”. The cover is STUNNING, I love it to …

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4.5
Our Chemical Hearts
By Krystal Sutherland

A bittersweet story.. like a tender, distant memory that lingers. I read “Inimi Chimice” (“Our Chemical Hearts”) at the end of 2016 and it’s the first international YA book I actually read in Romanian . It is also one of my favourites of the year, not as much because of the love story (quite a bit strange unusual …

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4.5
Encore
Book #2 in Amplified Series
By Tara Kelly

Some books feel real. Fun and raw, with every nuance in between. That’s just how Encore felt like. And it’s more than just a book, it’s an entire experience. I don’t know what to do about this review. No matter where I try to start and where I want to finish, it all feels way too personal. Don’t …

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4.5
Building Better Humans
By David Davoust

We spend so much time learning – kindergarten, school, college, master degree.. well, you name it, years and years of study – and they teach us so many useful (along with useless) stuff, but what it’s really important they miss to teach us Every. Single. Time: how to be better humans, how to be better parents, how to simply be. And I …

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4.5
If I lie
By Corrine Jackson

Oh, dear… How much can you sacrifice in your life for a promisse that you’ve made and you don’t want to break? How much are you willing to lose, when do you start living your own life & leave the past behind? The feelings: “IF I LIE” was a deeply emotional story, I’ve heard that here and there, but never truly believe it. Until I …

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4.5
Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Book #5 in Hundred Oaks Series
By Miranda Kenneally

After all this time, reading a book by Miranda Kenneally feels like coming back home… As you might know, there are many stories in this “series”, though they are more like companions. All of them are stand-alone stories, vaguely related, and they can be read separately without trouble. I for one have only read the first book, Catching Jordan, a …

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4.5
Remember
By Eileen Cook

I find the human mind to be fascinating, in so many ways. There’s a whole universe hidden inside such a tiny little thing, and as much as we like to think that we are starting to conquer the actual Universe (though by that I kind of mean observe it from a distance), we still know close to nothing about …

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4.5
The Night We Said Yes
By Lauren Gibaldi

There’s something magical about the books that happen during one night and all the possibilities they are filled with. There’s something magical about first loves: the spark of a first touch, the uncertainty of a first kiss, the blush on the lover’s cheeks. And there’s so much magic in a night when you would only say ‘yes’ – yes to …

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4.5
The Unbound
Book #2 in The Archived Series
By Victoria Schwab

Surreal, that’s how this story is. Question time: when dreams and nightmares and life align together, how do you break free, how do you tell real from unreal? How do you find the force to move on when you are breaking apart? PROs: Victoria Schwab writes exquisitely, there’s such a vivid world created, so complex and dark and full of mystery …

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4.5
One & Only
By Viv Daniels

Such a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL story! NA is not a genre that I easily enjoy, but every now and then I find a captivating story, that keeps me interested and it makes me love the characters so much that I wish I could befriend them just to spend more time with them.. A lot more even. “One & Only” is a …

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4.5
Tabula Rasa
By Kristen Lippert-Martin

I like stories about memory loss. Stories that feel like a puzzle I have to work on in order to see the final picture. Stories that make me wonder how did things get to be the way they are now, which are the secrets behind all the appearances and what are the characters actually made of. I won …

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4.5
The Body Electric
By Beth Revis

I am at a loss for words Because this book really took my breath away, but I need to tell you more… I need to tell you how beautifully written this story is, what an amazingly vivid world Beth has created, how incredible and fleshed out the characters are, how mind-blowing and breathtaking the plot is, how unreliable but relatable Ella seems, …

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4.5
When
By Victoria Laurie

Oh, what a feast for my senses! My verdict: Incredible, addictive and absolutely well done (in terms of writing style, characters, plot, suspense, even that cute ending)! “When” (formerly called “Death Date”) is an amazing paranormal story full of mystery and turnarounds. It has a gripping plot, great character development.. and for some reason I simply can’t get it …

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4.5
The Art of Lainey
By Paula Stokes

Beautiful, adorable, unexpectedly cute The Art of Lainey has the right amount of fluff matching the perfect amount of emotion. I read this book quite a while ago, but didn’t get the chance to fully review it, which is actually a shame because it is such an amazingly fun story and it deserves all the attention it gets (many of …

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4.5
Of Beast and Beauty
By Stacey Jay

I didn’t know I was into retellings Well… stop that thought right there, because if I think better about it, I am actually not. As what I liked the most about this book is that it has almost nothing in common with the original story. It feels incredibly fresh, it stands out on its own; Isra is not quite a …

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4.5
Plus One
By Elizabeth Fama

Simply as beautiful as the cover …Which actually takes my breath away! Isn’t it refreshing to read something that doesn’t resemble anything (or ‘everything’) you’ve read before? To meet characters that seem new in many ways, but as close to you as your best friends; to witness action that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time; …

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4.5
Run of the Mill
By Dave Patten

Hidden gems are really hard to find. Lucky me, this one has found me, on its own! After so many years of reading I still can’t put my finger on the things that make me love a book… It probably starts with the tone of the ‘voice’ that tells the story – it has to be open, to …

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4.5
Allegiant
Book #3 in Divergent Series
By Veronica Roth

Note: The review itself does not contain actual spoilers, but the feel of it and the graphics & media might spoil it for you quite a bit. Please don’t read it if you haven’t read the book yet.  To say that this book is my favourite in the series is an understatement. It took my breath away, …

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4.5
World After
Book #2 in Penryn & the End of Days Series
By Susan Ee

Angelfall has been one of my very favorite books in 2012 – the beautiful writing, the awesome characters and the engaging action made me ‘breathe in’ every word in the story and I couldn‘t put it down (not even for one second) until I reached the last page. The ending was dark and –now that I think …

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4.5
Alienated
Book #1 in Alienated Series
By Melissa Landers

From time to time I fall in love with a cover – hard, instantly – and I never recover from it. You don’t know how much I just love the Alienated cover and how perfect it is for the story! The story: We’ve all imagine how it would feel like to be found by other alien species.

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4.5
The Distance Between Us
By Kasie West

I am not much into rich vs poor stories. It’s that I don’t get them fully, I don’t understand the characters’ struggle and it’s hard to believe the resolutions presented. Still, some stories are meant to be fun, they offer a nice ride toward a happy ending and their only purpose is to entertain you. This is the …

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4.5
Shades of Earth
Book #3 in Across the Universe Series
By Beth Revis

As you know, Across the Universe is one of my favorite series, so I felt pretty sad to see it end. More when the cover has changed and it doesn’t fit the other 2 books *sigh* But this doesn’t mean that I enjoyed it less for that. It was still full of action, suspense and pure awesomeness. We finally get …

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4.5
Time After Time
Book #2 in Time Between Us Series
By Tamara Ireland Stone

So this is how heroes are born… From the need to do something good with their abilities, from the pressure that comes from seeing what sorts of bad things happen to the people around them, from the need to rewrite a story that does not end happily… We met Bennett in Time Between Us. He was …

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4.5
Audrey, Wait!
By Robin Benway

I am afraid I won’t be able to make justice to the cuteness of this book or to put into words how amazingly fun this story has been, so I will leave the proof below for everyone to see it. Even my t-shirt was laughing-out-loud while I read this book: Oh well, I …

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4.5
Flat-Out Matt (novella)
Book #1.5 in Flat-Out Love Series
By Jessica Park

“Julie Seagle just ‘checked in’ to your heart”. In fact that was Matt.. and I’m talking pretty much about my heart here ;)) I didn’t quite acknowledge my deep feelings for “Flat-Out Love”, not until I picked up this tiny book and realized how much I loved the characters, how much I missed them all. It was always …

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4.5
Dare You To
Book #2 in Pushing the Limits Series
By Katie McGarry

From time to time I like to read love stories. I like to read stories that make me smile, stories about first love and hope and innocence. I like to read stories about opposite people, from very different backgrounds, that discover that there is something that can bind their worlds. From time to time I like to forget about …

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4.5
UnWholly
Book #2 in Unwind Dystology Series
By Neal Shusterman

A few years ago I read my first dystopian book (Unwind) and it really blew my mind. The world settling, the characters, the storyline, everything was perfect and in that moment I wished for the book to be part of a series. My wish came true:  a sequel (for one of the most emotional stories) …

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4.5
The Raven Boys
Book #1 in The Raven Cycle Series
By Maggie Stiefvater

This is one of those books that you need to read half way through in order to enjoy the other half.. And so I did – enjoyed and loved it. From the beginning there was something eerie about the action, the characters, all their secrets, the magic binding them all and the prophecies that threatened to tear them …

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4.5
Seraphina
Book #1 in Seraphina Series
By Rachel Hartman

In all the stories I’ve read or heard about, I don’t remember ever reading about dragons and humans living together. So, to say that I was intrigued about this book it’s quite an understandment. The good: The world setling in Seraphina is wonderful, rich and captivating. The reader is able to understand everything step by step, to see the world …

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4.5
Shadows
Book #1 in The Rephaim Series
By Paula Weston

I’m telling you, I’ve been breathing this book, not just reading it. You might know that I love to read in one sitting, so when I like a book I take it in my hands and don’t let it go until I reach the very last page. I finished this one in the morning, and you can bet that …

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4.5
Spark
Book #2 in Elemental Series
By Brigid Kemmerer

For some reason I couldn’t put this series down and if i had the next one too, I would definitely go for it this very moment. Yes you can see a whole new star over there, this means that I loved this better and that I agree with all the people that told me this story was worth reading. WHY DID …

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4.5
My Life Next Door
By Huntley Fitzpatrick

This is why I read YA books – to get this feeling of joy, of happiness, of love.. Because I simply LOVE feeling my head so light and having my heart skip a beat remembering how it felt to fall in love for the first time (and every time after that). I really like stories like this, that …

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4.5
Easy
Contours of the Heart
By Tammara Webber

Easy.. yes, so easy to like, so easy to get lost into the story, so easy to get to the last page and wish for more. Sometimes you don’t really think if a book is good or not, it just works for you. You simply start reading it and the action feels so natural that you don’t stop until you …

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4.5
Blackout
Book #3 in Newsflesh Series
By Mira Grant

And so the story ends.. I've never missed some characters the way I miss these guys, and yeah - I already miss them like crazy. What you’re reading now is my heart bleeding all over my keyboard, because this is how it feels letting this story go.

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4.5
A Million Suns
Book #2 in Across the Universe Series
By Beth Revis

“And here we are, in the middle, surrounded by a sea of stars. A million stars.” What an intriguing story.. in a way, even intriguingly sad. This book finds us right where the first one left us. Somewhere between Sol-Earth and Centauri-Earth, suspended in time and space. There is no more Phydus to control the people …

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4.5
Everneath
Book #1 in Everneath Series
By Brodi Ashton

There might be times in your life when you feel that you’ve hit the very bottom and that you can’t take it anymore. Try to imagine for a moment that you have lost everything you care about. That someone would tell you that it’s in his power to take all your pain away.. What would you do? Would you …

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4.5
Bittersweet
By Sarah Ockler

There is something so sweet about falling in love for the first time. About all those insecurities you might have, about not knowing what to choose, what is best for you. About wanting to risk it all but fearing that you will lose everything, about dreaming with your eyes wide open, about waiting for a ...

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4.5
Deadly Cool
Book #1 in Deadly Cool Series
By Gemma Halliday

Hartley is definitely one of my favorite characters. I love her ‘excellent sarcastic wit’, I like how she is so stubborn in trying to find the real killer and save her ex-boyfriend from jail, even though she does it mostly because she thinks it’s her right (and only hers) to kick his ass and she would gladly do that. “I …

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4.5
Incarnate
Book #1 in Newsoul Series
By Jodi Meadows

As beautiful as the cover! These days I’m a bit out of sync when it comes to the books I read.. I like some books that others don’t, and I don’t like the books the others love, I feel like I’m missing something. This books is one of the books I loved, while some of my book fellows didn’t.. I …

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4.5
Feed
Book #1 in Newsflesh Series
By Mira Grant

I am used by now to read books that are great in the beginning, ok by the middle, and surprise the hell out of me all through the ending. Feed is that kind of book and even more. I loved how it started (with such a great adventure), and I loved that feeling I got through the story, like …

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4.5
Blood Song
Book #1 in Lharmell Series
By Rhiannon Hart

Another Aussie book on my shelf full of awesome ;)) To be honest, it’s more like 4.5 because the last part of it was so-and-so, but anyways it’s hard to tell how much I loved this book. It’s great. This is one of those books that you take in your hands and then you can’t put down. I …

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4.5
The Piper’s Son
By Melina Marchetta

“Maybe she’d always been there. Maybe strangers enter your heart first and then you spent the rest of your life searching for them. “ This was such a beautiful story (as usual). I am a Marchetta fan – she is simply amazing, she knows how to rip your heart out and then to put it back in place.

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4.5
North of Beautiful
By Justina Chen Headley

“Beauty–real everlasting beauty–lives not on our faces, but in our attitude and our actions. It lives in what we do for ourselves and for others.” I am glad that I read this book after reading Stay. If “Stay” is a book that deals with a young relationship between a teenager and her obsessive-possessive boyfriend, …

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4.5
Stay
By Deb Caletti

At some point it was exactly like this: “I tried to read that book again before I went to sleep. I didn’t like that book, but I kept going for all the reasons a person hangs in with something that isn’t good – you feel bad about not giving it a chance, you’ve already come too far to give up …

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4.5
Angelfire
Book #1 in Angelfire Series
By Courtney Allison Moulton

Wait!!! No whiny female character? No “I see you and I know that you are my soul mate”? No “you want to kill me and you treat me like crap but I am still madly in love with you”?.. No obsessing?!? God, what’s ‘wrong’ with this book?! … yeah, I’m being ironic.. In fact I mean.. what’s right with …

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4.5
Winter Longing
By Tricia Mills

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” I love the cover and I loved the book itself. This was such an emotional story. The beginning was light and somehow funny, introducing the characters which I found really enjoyable , then it was just heart breaking to see how death can change …

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4.5
Mockingjay
Book #3 in The Hunger Games Series
By Suzanne Collins

NOTE: This review contains some spoilers, if you haven’t read the book yet, you might not want to click on them. I should divide it in two: the first 2 parts and the last one because I really loved the first 2 parts, but I don’t know about the last one. Even though some people didn’t like Katniss’s …

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4.5
Love at First Click
By Elizabeth Chandler

I didn’t have time to write much about this book after reading it, but today it just popped into my mind and I had to get done with it. So.. I have this rule (I’m not a ‘rule person’ but this is really important, believe me) don’t try to steal your best friend’s boyfriend (or your sister’s in this case) …

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4.5
Rules of Attraction
Book #2 in Perfect Chemistry Series
By Simone Elkeles

Sometimes I wish I would have started by reading this book before “Perfect chemistry” because I am sure I would have liked this one a lot better.. and indeed this book is great. I must confess that I fell in love with “Perfect Chemistry” and now it’s so damn hard not to compare them, but I’ll give it a try.

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