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Jenryland

Jenryland

Joined June 2016

Blog at bitly.com/JenRyland - also find me on Instagram - bitly.com/JenRInsta - on Goodreads - bitly.com/JenGR - and Twitter - bitly.com/JenTweet
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Action-packed and hilarious, this was like Buffy for the 2010s. High school student Genie Lo has to battle Chinese demons and run the college admissions gauntlet. I'm a sucker for a funny book! 😂📘👹#summerreads #yarreads #jenryland #amuletbooks

[DELETED] 4272432186 Oh this sound right up my alley! Thanks for the rec. 😁 2y
Jenryland Hope you 😍 it 2y
Astoria_Malfoy This book is so pretty 2y
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The Authentics | Abdi Nazemian
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A diverse YA coming age story -I've read a few this spring and enjoyed them all. This one tackles family, friendship and fitting in. The protagonist is Iranian- American, with a close knit family and eclectic group of friends. #yareads #contemporary #summerrreading

[DELETED] 4272432186 Sounds like a good read. I might just have to add it to my huge growing summer reading list. 📚 2y
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Another YA amnesia book? Yep. But I enjoyed this one all the same. The ending was a bit rushed but the rear was really well done. 📚👍🏻

BookHoarder32 The rear? 2y
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Lucky in Love | Kasie West
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Kasie West is a dependable source of cute PG rated YA contemporaries. This book is no exception. It looks at a girl whose entire life changes - for both the + and the - -- when she wins the lottery. I wished there had been more of a romantic spark between Maddie and her love interest but all in all a good summer read. #summerreads #summerromance #yalit

Astoria_Malfoy I always love her books. They make for nice, happy reads. Planning to see her the 26th. 2y
Jenryland Hope it was fun! 2y
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What Goes Up | Katie Kennedy
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If you love books about space travel and parallel universes 👽then this is for you. If, like me, you're a little hazy on astrophysics, this book is also hilarious and has a lot of ❤️ #sci-fi #aliens #paralleluniverse

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What Goes Up | Katie Kennedy
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Once and for All | Sarah Dessen
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Geekerella | Ashley Poston
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Adorable! Thought I was so over fairy tale retellings but I thought this was clever and charming! Food trucks, cosplay, and a reluctant prince all make a really fun story!

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I wasn't sure about this book at first - another YA amnesia story?! - but in the end I really liked it. It tackles a lot of topics, including the internet and how it both connects us and torments us!
Have you read this? Tell me what you thought. Also loved the National Park setting 🌲🌿🐾🍃

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Summer Unscripted | Jen Klein
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On the plus side Summer Unscripted featured a main character who showed real growth and a nice subplot about friendship. On the minus side, there wasn't a lot of plot besides the boy drama, so this isn't the meatier kind of YA contemporary I prefer.
#summerreading #yareads #contemporary #romance ❤️☀️

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"My name is Gen," I say, hoping he'll assume it's J-E-N as in Jennifer. That's got to be one of the most common names ever"
lol tell me about it!!!

BookBabe Yup 3y
Jenryland Sigh. Thank you fellow Jen 3y
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Hello, Sunshine | Laura Dave
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Weird that there are two July books with the same title and similar covers. On the left hand, women's fiction about a famous food personality who is outed as a fraud. On the right, a YA about a girl trying to make it in LA. I've read one and want to read the other. Have you??

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Hello, Sunshine | Leila Howland
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This is a cute YA contemporary about a girl following her dreams in LA - and finding a lot of bumps in the road along the way. 😎☀️🤸‍♂️👙🏄‍♀️ Perfect summer read! #bookish #yareads #summerreads #hellosunshine #disneyhyperion

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The Bakersville Dozen | Kristina McBride
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Thought this was a suspenseful and twisty YA thriller with even a bit of romance 🔎👻❤️. Check out my full thoughts on my blog but definitely one to try if you're sad about the end of #prettylittleliars! #yareads #thrillers #summerreading

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Aftercare Instructions | Bonnie Pipkin
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This is my cover of the week! Looked up the book on Goodreads and it tackles some difficult topics but got great reviews. What are you reading today?
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Coming Up for Air | Miranda Kenneally
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Really enjoyed this YA read about swimming, a friendship turned to love, and female frenemies. Part of a set of companion books that tackle a lot of issues that other YAs shy away from.
Have you read any of these? You can check out my full review on the blog!
🥇🏊🏻🎊👍🏻😀❤️ #summerreading #romance #sourcebooks

BookBriefs Her books are always such feel good reads for me 3y
Jenryland @BookBriefs Agree- great to be back in that world ❤️ 3y
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Such a Good Girl | Amanda K. Morgan
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Today on the blog I'm featuring all the new YA releases - here is my Cover of the Week. Photo taken for my Instagram - same username 😀 What do you think of the pink? @RivetedLit #newreleases #coveroftheweek

BookBriefs Hey! So happy to see you here too! I just found out about litsy and I was super excited about it. 😀 3y
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Saints and Misfits | S. K. Ali
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Funny/sad YA coming of age story about a Muslim girl trying to find her place the her community and the world.

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One Of Us Is Lying | Karen McManus
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A fun locked room YA mystery with a Breakfast Club vibe. A group of kids walks into detention and one ends up dead. Whodunnit?

ReadingEnvy I just heard about this on the "The Librarian is In" podcast 3y
Jenryland @ReadingEnvy love podcasts and will have to check that one out!! 3y
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More of Me | Kathryn Evans
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Light sci-fi story perfect for Orphan Black fans - full review on the blog!

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Want | Cindy Pon
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Page-turning, futuristic romantic suspense! Giving away a copy on my blog - ends midnight on 6/19!

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Be True to Me | Adele Griffin
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Literary, love triangle, historical fiction, coming of age. A beautiful and tragic story set in the 70s

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Trope-y though it may be I do love a good romance!

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Metaltown | Kristen Simmons
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Mehso-so

Loved the inventive and well written gritty story world but wasn't feeling the romance.

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I Let You Go | Clare Mackintosh
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Mehso-so

I can see that others have liked this. I'm a lifelong fan of thrillers and a picky reader of them. I thought this had a lot of flaws but am willing to give the author's next book a chance!

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All Kat Spears books feel old-school to me - in a good way, like watching Stand By Me. In this book, a preacher's kid stands up to a small town bully with surprising results...

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Afterward: A Novel | Jennifer Mathieu
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Story of two families connected in a tragic way -- each of them had a son who was kidnapped and then returned. One of the kidnapping victims forms a tentative bond with the sister of the other victim, who blames herself. Really moving!

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Weight of Zero | Karen Fortunati
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Moving and thought-provoking story of a teen girl diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Recommended for fans of Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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We Are Unprepared | Meg Little Reilly
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Didn't love the writing or the main characters so taking a pass for now.

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Been Here All Along | Sandy Hall
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Cute LGBT love story. I wasn't a fan of having four first person POVs in a romance and found the extreme supportiveness of the gay characters ideal but perhaps unrealistic. Not as adorable as Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda but charming in its own way.

Purrfectpages Did you ever read Sandy Hall's A Little Something Different? It's a fun book! 3y
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Enter Title Here | Rahul Kanakia
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Enter Plot Here? This book wasn't funny enough to be a black comedy like Perrotta's Election, wasn't serious enough to be an issue book, and didn't commit fully to being meta (as a book written by a character who is writing a book.) Would try this author's future books but this one was a miss for me

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Eerily similar to The Nest in premise, setting, and characters. WCBB's Catherine is more ... Basic than TN's Beatrice but I thought WCBB was better written and had some nice suspense (think a yuppie Patricia Highsmith novel.) Warning: whiny rich characters of both books may drive readers up a wall

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Girl in Pieces | Kathleen Glasgow
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Super dark and possibly triggering for readers who are sensitive to reading about addiction, self-harm and abuse. But a moving and well-written story about a girl learning how to put her pieces back together.

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A sweet going back into the closet story about a girl who agrees to tone her "out and proud" self down when she moves to a conservative Southern town. It's not perfect but has a lot to say about tolerance, religion and family.

BookishMarginalia Sounds great! I'm going to look for it. 3y
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Diplomatic Immunity | Brodi Ashton
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Based on the cover and title I was expecting a political thriller. But this was more like a rich boy/poor girl romance set in a DC private a school. The romance had its moments but I was missing the thrills I'd been hoping for!

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Three Truths and a Lie | Brent Hartinger
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This was a mixed reading experience. Page-turning suspense but characters that felt a little flat to me. I wanted more psychological depth but if you're looking for a quick summer read, give this a try

misswendyd Thanks to you, I passed on the review option. 😁 3y
Jenryland Yeah not sure if this would be up to your thriller standards! 3y
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If, like me, you read a lot of chick lit back in the day, you may find this story of a high school intern at a NYC fashion magazine a bit BTDT. If you loved The Devil Wears Prada and How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, you might want to give this YA version a trial subscription.

MrBook Good review. Nice pic! 4y
BookBabe What @MrBook said ☝🏻️ 4y
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The Thousandth Floor | Katharine McGee
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Love this cover but found the inside (think a futuristic Gossip Girl) underwhelming. A huge cast of teenagers in love with people who are, of course, in love with someone else. Saw that this Alloy title has been optioned for TV - maybe it will make a better show. Except there's no Chuck or Blair 😭

LivinginaLibrary Too bad it was underwhelming. The cover is so eye catching. 4y
Jenryland I know! Hoping it works better as a TV show. Sometimes that happens *cough* The 100 *cough* 4y
ReadingRover Too bad it was ehh. I was excited for this one. 4y
Jenryland Maybe you'll enjoy it more. For me it was too many characters I didn't care about... 4y
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Safest Lies | Megan Miranda
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Good suspense but not all the dots connected at the end. Liked the question about whether fear could be inherited but it wasn't explored as much as I hoped.

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With Malice | Eileen Cook
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I'm a bit over YA amnesia books but this one uses the plot device cleverly and effectively. Jill wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the accident that landed her there. Though her memory's shaky, the book includes blog posts and police interviews that slowly fill in details. Fun summer read!

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This pre-apocalyptic fish-out-of water story definitely had its charms. Loved the protagonist, though the love interest was a bit too MPDG for my taste. Overall a fun read if you don't mind a story with quirk.

misswendyd Good to hear your feedback. It's been on my shelf for awhile. 4y
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The Long Game: A Fixer Novel | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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I'm a thriller fan but am seriously underwhelmed with most YA thrillers. This second installment of The Fixer series was awesome, veering a bit away from the Olivia Pope-inspired shenanigans of book one and zooming into political thriller category. Highly recommend!

misswendyd Same, I was just saying this on GoodReads! I have heard good things about this series, though. I need to find time to read it. 4y
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Think John Green (witty nerd banter) meets Shakespeare (this is a Much Ado retelling) meets Rajnbow Rowell (fandom). For me this took a bit of time to get going (and YA contemporary books should NOT be 450 pages) but enjoyed the retelling choices and can't resist a good hate-to-love romance

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Run | Kody Keplinger
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Just wasn't feeling this!

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I love psychological thrillers and thought this was a fun summer read. It had a fantastic claustrophobic setting (a small luxury yacht cruising the North Sea) a slightly off-balance heroine who sees a murder and then can't convince her fellow passengers to take her seriously.

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American Girls | Alison Umminger
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While this book isn't for readers who crave a strong plot, I liked the drifty feel and LA setting. Anna is young for a YA protagonist and her takeaway of the Manson girls as regular girls who made bad choices is questionable. Overall a book I enjoyed.

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