olivia decoded.

od-6olivia decoded is the sequel to olivia twisted. and if you plan to read twisted – you should probably just go ahead and pick up decoded as well because you will want to read it immediately.

all of the excitement and tension from book 1 carries right into book 2.

olivia decoded is one of the best follow-ups i’ve read in a long time. the length was perfect, there isn’t an unnecessary retelling of details from the first book, and the characters and their story lines progress exactly like i was seeing in my head!

if you’re looking for a good young adult novel that has all the right ingredients – the olivia books are just that. love, action, tension, heartbreak – they’re all there.

5/5 stars for vivi barnes and olivia decoded!

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about the author

vivibarnesVivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. After college, she convinced her supportive husband to

move with her to be part of the sunshine and magic in Orlando, Florida. On a good day, she manages to divide her time writing, working, reading, goofing off with her three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. Vivi is a proud member of SCBWI and attends conferences whenever she can.

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olivia twisted.

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i always thought it would be super cool to be a hacker like penelope garcia (criminal minds). some brilliant genius hacker that gets caught but ends up being recruited by the fbi vs going to prison. alas, it is a wonder i can write book reviews on a blog – so my dreams of being an fbi computer nerd will have to stay just that.

hence my absolute love and 1 night devouring of olivia twisted – an action filled story with a hacker plotline. i was totally hooked. i love books where i get to do awesome things through well written characters.

vivi barnes has crafted a modern take on dickens’ oliver twist and it is definitely worth picking up. i loved the characters and their stories. z is the bad boy i think every girl has crushed on at one time or another and olivia is the lost soul you want a happy ending for. the relationships olivia develops in this book are very honest and believable. they aren’t syrup-y or pretentious the way teenage relationships can be portrayed in ya novels sometimes.

i look forward putting a copy of this book on my shelf and give it 5/5 stars.

**if  you plan to read book 2, olivia decoded, i highly recommend not reading the epilogue in olivia twisted!**

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about the author

vivibarnesVivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. After college, she convinced her supportive husband to

move with her to be part of the sunshine and magic in Orlando, Florida. On a good day, she manages to divide her time writing, working, reading, goofing off with her three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. Vivi is a proud member of SCBWI and attends conferences whenever she can.

Author Blog: https://4chicks.wordpress.com/

Author Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ViviBarnes

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vivibarnes.author

Author Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6926794.Vivi_Barnes

 

19161835i had no idea what to expect when i checked this book out. i was getting ready to head out on vacation and thought it sounded like a book i could definitely read on a beach with a slushy drink in my hand.

i was not prepared for this book. not one bit. this book was all consuming. i love the premise of this book. one main event described by several of the key or not so key players. though each of the characters were talking about the same series of events their stories were different. the things they cared about, their upbringings, their roles – everything was different.

minato does a fantastic job of making sure you become invested in her characters. you empathize with them, feel their pain and their rage.

read this book. read all the words. the end will leave you reeling. i definitely give this one a 5/5 and look forward to reading more of kanae minato’s work.

one night.

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they say never to judge a book by the cover. i am absolutely guilty of being a cover snob. i don’t think there is anything wrong with being excited about a book because it has a great cover and this cover is the best. it reminds me of travel agency posters and nostalgia.

deanna cabinian has a gem of a book here. i am not sure what exactly i was expecting after first reading about this book, but one night is a charming coming-of-age story told from a very refreshing perspective. the characters are well crafted and thoroughly developed. it was a wonderful escape to follow Thompson and Johnny on their summer adventure.

my favorite thing about this book was the voice it is written in. it was refreshing to read a book in the YA world that was written from a male perspective. deanna expertly crafted a quaint, endearing story line with characters that you will find yourself wanting to hang out with.

4/5 stars for one night! want a copy so you can see for yourself? enter below to win!

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about the authordeanna-cabinian
Deanna Cabinian has worked in radio, television, and magazine publishing, but her greatest passion is writing. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in sport management. She writes from wherever she happens to be, but the majority of her writing is done from Chicago. When she isn’t writing she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and family.

it ends with us.

27362503this book.

i loved this book.

this book was one of those stay up late – read during any free minute you have sort of books.

this book tackles some really intimate, sometimes uncomfortable subject matter. domestic violence, homelessness, gun safety, parenthood, first loves, and great sex.

this book had so many layers and stories all working to build the nuances and details of lily, atlas, and ryle’s lives in the present. i loved and hated the characters in this book – i found myself conflicted at times. the way this book was written my realist type-a side was often warring with my optimistic, maybe this is that one time things will actually work out side.

i had knots in my stomach, and butterflies at times. this book was twisty and surprising and raw and so believably real.

trigger warning though – if you’ve dealt with or are dealing with domestic abuse – there are some pretty tough situations in this book.

5/5 for this one. read it. it is worth the book hangover, i swear!

wake the hollow.

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Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With thehelp of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.

Find the answers.

Unless, of course, the answers find you first.

first of all – i LOVE historical fiction. second – i LOVE the legend of sleepy hollow. (and totally irrelevant to anything i just so happened to attend washington irving middle school as a kid.)

i had pretty high expectations for this book given my aforementioned loves. and i was not disappointed at all! due to my own inability to manage my time very well i literally had a day to read this book to get this review out – i’m fairly certain that even without the deadline i would have finished this book just as quickly.

all of the pieces were there. there is mystery, deception, a love story, history, and a bit of coming-of-age that wove together a very thoughtful cast of characters. gaby masterfully articulates the nuances and mannerisms of each of the major players. her protagonist, mica, is a girl we’ve all known in some ways. i was invested in mica’s story and her story didn’t leave me feeling short-changed or frustrated or lacking closure.

i give this one 5/5. loved it. hope it is book 1 in a series bc i want to read more!

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about the author

gaby-trianaGABY TRIANA is the award-winning author of six YA novels—Wake the Hollow (Aug. 2016, Entangled), Summer of Yesterday, Riding theUniverse, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass, as well as thirteen ghostwritten novels for best-selling authors. Originally a 4th grade teacher with a Master of Science in Elementary Education and ten years teaching experience, Gaby earned Teacher of the Year in 2000, wrote her first novel, Freddie and the Biltmore Ghost, then left teaching to launch a full-time writing career. She went on to publish young adult novels with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, win an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback Award, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008. She spends her time obsessing about Halloween, Christmas, and Disney World, as well as hosting parties, designing mugs, making whimsical cakes, and winning costume contests. When she’s not writing, she might also be watching Jurassic Park movies with her boys, posting excessive food pics on social media, or helping run the Florida region of the SCBWI. Gaby lives in Miami with her three sons, Michael, Noah, and Murphy. She has one dog, Chloe, and two cats—Miss Daisy, and the reformed thug, shooting survivor, Bowie.

Visit her at www.gabytriana.com and @GabyTriana on Twitter.

about the book

Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on August 2nd, 2016

Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller

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