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review 2018-04-12 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - The Rules Of Rebellion




About The Rules of Rebellion:

1. Skinny dip (her idea)
2. Prank someone (his idea)
3. Stargaze (her idea)
4. Kiss someone (his idea)


Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy best friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so When he discovers the girl with a flair for baking has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than a self-proclaimed rebel like himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?


Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “kiss a boy” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.

But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.

Buylinks: https://entangledpublishing.com/the-rules-of-rebellion.html





Her dimples popped into place, her smile so bright it about knocked me senseless. She bounced a bit on her tiptoes, and for one hopeful second I thought she’d maybe hug me. Unfortunately, she reined in her enthusiasm.

“That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me,” she said. “I’ve got to run. My sister is probably pacing in front of my car by now. See you later.”

She scurried off, and I was disappointed the conversation had ended so quickly. I didn’t mind watching her walk away, though. I loved how the girl filled out a pair of jeans. She had more bounce in her step than most of the cheerleaders. Kylie was just plain…perky. She always seemed to be happy and smiling. I’d suspected Kylie was one of those rare people who was always fun to be around. Spending time with her these past few months had proven I wasn’t wrong.

She finally rounded the corner, slipping from my view. As I twisted back around, something crinkled beneath my foot. On the floor, directly where we’d been talking, was a pink slip of paper. It looked suspiciously similar to the one that had been sticking out of Kylie’s notebook earlier today.

I swiped it off the floor as I cast another glance down the hallway. It was too late to call after her. I’d have to give it back to her later. I reflexively glanced at the page, assuming it was a recipe, but wanting to be sure it wasn’t something important. Something she might need immediately.


Senior Checklist.


I glanced down the hallway again, confirming that she was out of sight and that she hadn’t realized she dropped the paper and was coming back. The hallway was clearing out, most of us anxious to get out of here at the end of the day.


With no sign of Kylie, I leaned against my locker and glanced at the sheet in my hand again. I was expecting to see items like Choose date and time for graduation party. Or Tour college campus.


I did not expect to see the items that were actually listed.


  • Senior Checklist
    Skinny dip (sort of)
    Sneak out (but don’t get caught)
    Prank someone (nothing destructive)
    Go to a party (no drinking)
    Kiss a boy (finally!)
    Watch a sunset (so romantic)

If I’d had any idea her list was going to be so private, I wouldn’t have read it. But once I’d seen it, I couldn’t exactly un-see it.

So I read it again.





The Rules of RebellionThe Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leo has been in love with Kylie since they were younger. He is afraid to bring it up but knows he must do it soon. She has her eye on someone else and he could miss his chance.

Kylie is really put on the spot when her sister infers to her friend that they should go out. She is not sure what to do now. All she thinks about is Leo. Where to go from here?

This was an amazing story that I could not put down. I loved it all. The humor, the banter, the friendships.... it was just so good. I am new to this author, but you can bet I will be catching up.

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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About Amity Hope:

Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.


She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.


Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon's Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon's Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.


If she's not writing or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading.


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review 2015-03-17 12:01
Review: Magonia - Maria Dahvana Headley

Release Date: April 28, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Published by: HarperCollins



Magonia - Maria Dahvana Headley | Goodreads

Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman's Stardust meets John Green'sThe Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies.

Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who's always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza's hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

You can see my original thoughts on this book in this post.

Magonia is different from most YA (urban) fantasies when you consider how the story is told: through alternating first person present perspectives. Both the voices of Asa and Jason, the main characters, feel fresh -- I know, this is a common compliment for any story with a hint of contemporary realism, but I can't tell you how many novels where I've learned about random facts from the teenager MCs. Probably very few aside from Magonia. These two characters have the super intelligencethat reminds me of a John Green novel; they're fascinated with knowledge and their banter is witty to boot, though they still feel realistic and down-to-earth, probably because of Asa's sickness and impending death. Both voices also have their own self-deprecating and quirky humor to liven the story, which is much appreciated with a storyline that, at least as a subplot, focuses on the main character's sickness. The writing complements the character voices because the story is told in a lyrical, easy to read style that matches Aza and Jason's quirks, and the intricacies of their friendship-maybe-romance.

Although this story is more a blend of contemporary realism and elements of high fantasy than urban fantasy, I have still dubbed it YA urban fantasy because there are pockets of the fantastical intruding upon on the real; and the plotline reminds me a lot of The Mortal Instruments in that sense, where things are not quite what they seem and the MC will have to charge through to understand her unique powers and destiny in a whole new world even while we still get to see *our* world. The very sick storyline and the self-deprecating and quirky humor remind me of The Fault in Our Stars as well as the nature of Aza and Jason's characters and their romance, which the blurb hints at. I haven't read anything by Neil Gaiman yet, so I can't comment on that comparison, but I've heard about Stardust as a film, and I'd agree that this book would look as visually stunning on film as it is to read aloud. This is, in part, due to the original world that Maria Headley has created.

If you've ever been tired of the same concepts being used (e.g. retellings of the same story, like Beauty and the Beast, without editing much of it; or paranormal creatures without an extensive backstory), Magonia is your novel. Magonia is based off a French Medieval myth about sky sailors. There are a lot of medieval myths about hybrid creatures, so there are a lot of new creatures that you'll get to read about in Magonia, too, as Maria Headley has her fun creating them. It's a really awesome world to get to picture, full of song and sky pirates and creatures like sky sharks, all of which, as I said earlier, would make for a rather cinematic movie. So, ask yourself this question: does sky pirates + lyrical writing + the plotting of Mortal Instruments/a YA urban fantasy novel + the sick storyline, humor, and intelligent, quirky characters of The Fault in Our Stars appeal to you? If yes, check out Magonia ASAP.

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