The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian (ARC Review)

y648Title: The Authentics
Author: Abdi Nazemian
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: August 8, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 299
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SynopsisThe Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.
Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

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The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember (Blog Tour: Review)

35527728Title: The Tiger’s Watch
Author: Julia Ember
Type: Fiction, Novella
Genre: YA, Fantasy, GLBT
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Date published: August 22, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 180
Source: Author, publisher, and blog tour host.

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A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, author, and blog tour hosts in exchange for an honest review.

SummarySixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (ARC Review)

30312855Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical
Imprint: Simon Pulse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date published: July 18, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 499
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SynopsisStop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

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Monthly Wrap-Up (July 2017)

051c03bf81b3211f4a67222f665a6e5aacfce467_hq.gifJin and his kisses were such a hint last month that I decided to let him send you more kisses with this July wrap-up! Wow, it’s August already! I don’t know if I feel as if July went by quickly or slowly…it seems to change for me depending on the day. But I feel like it’s the former more than the latter. Summers usually fly by for me because I’m a lot more busy with friends and family while we’re enjoying the (usually) nicer weather here in Canada. Winter has all of us feeling a lot more lethargic, which is fine since that means more reading and blogging time for me. But anyways, here is what’s been going on on Flavia the Bibliophile in the past month!

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The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Blog Tour: Review)

perf5.500x8.500.inddTitle: The Dragons of Nova
Author: Elise Kova
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, NA, Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Date published: July 11, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 488
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, and a digital copy was provided by the blog tour host through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryCvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

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Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn (Blog Tour: Q&A & Review)

31145064Title: Wesley James Ruined My Life
Author: Jennifer Honeybourn
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Date published: July 18, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 256
Source: Book distributor
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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the book distributor, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (Review)

exorcism-final-web-largeTitle: My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Author: Grady Hendrix
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal, Humor,
Imprint: Quirk Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: July 11, 2017 (originally published on May 17, 2016)
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 336
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SynopsisA heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries–and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The ExorcistMy Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller. 

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White (Review)

now-i-riseTitle: Now I Rise
Author: Kiersten White
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy
Imprint: Delacorte Press
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: June 27, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 496
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SynopsisShe has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

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Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (Review)

31423196Title: Defy the Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopia
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Date published: April 4, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 503
Source: Publisher

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SynopsisShe’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

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Snotgirl #6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie Hung, and Rachel Cohen (Mini Review)

35438878Title: Snotgirl #6
Contributors: Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie Hung (Illustrator), Rachael Cohen (Illustrator)
Type: Comic / Graphic Novel (Chapter)
Genre: Sequential Art
Publisher: Image Comics
Date published: July 5, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 32
Source: Publisher

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SummaryNEW STORY ARC!: From the creator of Scott Pilgrim! Lottie Person is a glamorous fashion blogger living her best life—at least that’s what she wants you to think. The truth is, she’s an allergy-ridden mess who may or may not have killed somebody! THIS MONTH: Spring is the season for mystery, madness & mucus as Lottie meets her adoring public, Coolgirl has a change of heart, and we learn more than we ever wanted to know about Cutegirl!

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