Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

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In a community that isn’t always understanding, an HIV-positive teen must navigate fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love–and lust–for the first time. Powerful and uplifting, Full Disclosure will speak to fans of Angie Thomas and Nicola Yoon.

Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She’s making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she’s HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.

Keeping her viral load under control is easy, but keeping her diagnosis under wraps is not so simple. As Simone and Miles start going out for real–shy kisses escalating into much more–she feels an uneasiness that goes beyond butterflies. She knows she has to tell him that she’s positive, especially if sex is a possibility, but she’s terrified of how he’ll react! And then she finds an anonymous note in her locker: I know you have HIV. You have until Thanksgiving to stop hanging out with Miles. Or everyone else will know too.

Simone’s first instinct is to protect her secret at all costs, but as she gains a deeper understanding of the prejudice and fear in her community, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on.

I got this ARC at Book Con 2019.

I am a bit torn about my feelings for this book. I really liked the message it sent to teens and young adults to educate yourself and take responsibility when it comes to sex and HIV. Simone takes her condition seriously and asks her doctors questions. And that is a really good example to set.

The novel did have some flaws that I will address with spoiler tags.

Well this one is not much of a spoiler but something that Camryn Garrett can learn not to do. The teens roll their eyes way too much. It felt like it happened on every page and it would irate me to no end. There are many different ways to express a teenager being annoyed. The side eye, the stink eye, the squint eye; as well as verbal sounds: “Ugh,” “Ew,” and “Pfft,” just to name a few.

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A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

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Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her. He implodes on the basketball court, even though no one cares about the JV team. And the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’s English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about cantankerous candy-cane lumberjacks.

If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt’s madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain.

But that’s not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse.

After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, spiraling out of control and in danger of losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

Even though this book came out in September 2017, the copy I read was an ARC I had on my TBR pile since Book Con 2017.

I was so surprised by how much I really loved it. I thought it would just be another YA novel about unrequited love and it would get put in the donate pile when I was done.

At first I thought it was ok, and the basketball lingo went over my head, but I really grew to like the characters. Especially Tabby, Matt’s mom and his grandpa. Oh, and I love that Matt, his dad and Tabby love Star Wars.

Jared Reck is an 8th grade teacher and that really helped with setting the tone of what teenagers are like. I felt like I was thrown back into high school.

The book takes a dramatic turn and I found myself unexpectedly bawling my eyes out. But the story ends with hope and I really liked the message.

So, I am not going to put this in the donate pile. It’s book with a lot of heart, some humor, and it’s got short chapters (which was a relief after the last book I read). It’s a quick 2-3 day read.

5 out of 5 Nerds.

ABC Book Challenge ✰ Y & Z

Last post for this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with Y ✰
I wouldn’t call it memorable, but it’s the only Y book I have read:
1) Year Zero by Rob Reid

✰ Books on my TBR starting with Y ✰
1)Yes Please by Amy Poehler

✰ Memorable books starting with Z ✰
1)Zombies Vs. Unicorns Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
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✰ Books on my TBR starting with Z ✰
I have no Z books on my TBR.

ABC Book Challenge ✰ X

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with X ✰

The only books I consider memorable that have an X in their title is the X-Wing Series from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I am not calling it Legends.

1) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 1: Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole
2) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 2: Wedge’s Gamble by Michael A. Stackpole
3) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 3: The Krytos Trap by Michael A. Stackpole
4) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 4: The Bacta War by Michael A. Stackpole
5) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 5: Wraith Squadrom by Aaron Allston
6) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 6: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston
7) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 7: Solo Command by Aaron Allston
8) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 8: Isard’s Revenge by Michael A. Stackpole
9) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 9: Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston

✰ Books on my TBR starting with X ✰

10) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 10: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston

ABC Book Challenge ✰ W

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with W ✰

1) The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
2) Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
3) Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
4) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
5) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
6) Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn
7) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

✰ Books on my TBR starting with W ✰

1) The Waking Land by Callie Bates
2) We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
3) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
4) The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker
5) The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones
6) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
7) The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (Goodreads Author), Claire Baldwin (Contributor), Colleen Madden (Illustrator), Lisa Halttunen (Contributor), Jill Hough (Contributor)

ABC Book Challenge ✰ U and V

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with U ✰

Unfortunately, this list is empty.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with U ✰
1) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
2) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
3) Useless Magic by Florence Welch

✰ Memorable books starting with V ✰

Unfortunately, this list is empty. The one book I read staring with a V was not too memorable.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with V ✰
1) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
2) Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, narrated by Kathleen Gati

Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the best-selling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers – and for someone to blame.

Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The grand prince is in a rage, choosing allies who will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders.

Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

The Winter of the Witch was a wonderful conclusion to the Winternight Trilogy. Katherine said in the Author’s Note that from the earliest drafts of The Bear and the Nightingale that she knew where she wanted it to end but the path had varied.

I feel I know what she means because I read the ARC for the second book, The Girl in the Tower, and the very end was changed when I listened to the audiobook. I think the change was wise.

I also loved learning from the Author’s Note what was historically accurate and what was imagined for a story with magic. I loved the balance of powers at the end. It was so perfect and so carefully orchestrated.

Vasya’s development and growth was so well done. It’s a true coming of age story for a witch finding her place in the world and learning to accept some outcomes.

4.5 out of 5 Mushrooms.

There are some details that I want to address and for that I am issuing a SPOILER WARNING!

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