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Dreamology by Lucy Keating

“I MADE HIM up. At least that’s what I always told myself. The combination of all my childhood adoration’s, combined into one perfect guy. The trouble is, I was wrong.”

Alice is a new student at Bennet Academy, having moved from New York. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to focus lately because of what she has been dreaming of at night. A completely made up boy named Max. Made up? Nope. That’s not the case when on the first day of school, she walks into Psych 201 and the boy of her dreams coincidentally named “Max” is sitting there in the classroom. Not only that but more of her dreams begin to seep into her reality.

I was really pleasantly surprised how the author flawlessly crafted many different characters and their perspectives, breaking apart high school cliques and stereotypes. I can’t stand when authors have to make every other character a bully toward the protagonist. We are lucky enough to not have that in this book! Celeste, who would normally end up being our main characters arch enemy, ended up being one of my favorite characters! Who woulda thunk?

Honestly, I loved these characters and the dynamic between them. I think Alice and Max are all the more powerful because it feels so real and honest. The only thing I didn’t understand was there whole reason for not being able to be together. They apparently missed too much of each others lives?

“Max experienced a whole life without me”

They’re only 16. Trust me kids, you haven’t missed a thing. Other than that, the people in this book feel both unique and universal at the same time.

Alice is a very quirky character full of metaphors about life that make you laugh. She’s super cool and you can’t help but relate to her. Especially the part about her bedroom being eggshell white with twinkling lights.. My bedroom. Also the part where they go to the alpaca farm.. My favorite animal is a llama. ❤

I’m really excited for any future releases by Lucy Keating. I’ll be keeping an eye out!

4 out of 5 stars

Release date: April 12th 2016

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Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

“At 2:46 on Friday, March 11, 2016, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Tohoku region of Honshu, Japan. It was the strongest temblor ever to hit that quake-prone country, and the fourth largest in the world. It lasted six minutes. After the quake struck, a massive tsunami followed. Waves reaching up to 133 feet.”

11,106 aftershocks
Approximately 15,889 deaths
6,152 injured
2,601 still missing
127,290 buildings destroyed

This is Up From the Sea. We follow a young boy by the name of Kai living in a coastal village in Japan. We relive his whole devastating experience while he loses everyone he loves.

“At 2:46 p.m., when I’m sitting in Math, waiting for the bell to ring, and the earth starts to shake.”

Throughout the story we do get glimpses of Kai’s normal life before the tragic event which adds a blend of light and dark, happiness and not-happiness, and it’s incredibly effective.

I wasn’t planning on reading this book for another few days. I simply grabbed it from my shelf just to read the first sentence. A normal routine I do with every new book I receive. I read that one sentence. Sit down and found myself completely immersed and changing it from TBR to Currently Reading almost immediately. Which lead to me finishing the entire thing in one sitting.

The entirety of this book is written in verse and I thought “is that going to take the emotion away from this tragic eventful story?” NO. In all honesty, I wouldn’t want this book written any other way.

It’s heartbreaking, terrifying, disturbing, and oh so very important.

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you Leza for sending me a copy to review.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

A brand new book to add to my slowly building Contemporary shelf! This book sounds super cute and full of fun and adventure. This book releases on April 12.

Synopsis:

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and ever herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

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