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I will be posting reviews for current, captivating or controversial novels. Posts will also include ongoings within the store, new releases/release dates, and quotes. Being a teenage girl, it is unsuprsing that my favorite genre is young adult. However, I will not limit my posts to this genre, as there are a variety of fascinating novels at Sparta Books! I am very excited for the future of this blog, and I truly hope it will help in your book selection!

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Reviews

The Academy by Katie Sise

My Rating: 3.8/5

Synopsis:

Make Clothes, Not War

Frankie Brooke knows what she wants in life: to become the world’s next great fashion editor. All she needs to do is get into the elite American Fashion Academy in New York City. If she gets in, her life plans will be right on schedule. Anna Wintour, watch out.

But after Frankie messes up one too many times—hey, it’s hard not to prioritize her acclaimed fashion blog above all else—her parents come up with entirely different plans for her future: military school. How is Frankie, the least athletic person in the world, who knows absolutely nothing about the military, going to survive a whole semester at the famed—and feared—Academy?

With classmates who seem to be totally uninterested in her, a course load that’s even more difficult than her old schools, and the weird athletic War Games competition she has to join, Frankie finds that her life is way tougher than it used to be. And no one, including her roommate Joni, seems to understand Frankie at all.

As she learns how to cope with the impossible military drills and intimidating specialized classes and is maybe even falling for superhot and supersmart cadet Jack Wattson, can Frankie prove to everyone that being a fashionista doesn’t mean she cant succeed?

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

The greatest risk is not taking one.

 

Live life in bubble… or risk everything for love?

 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have no left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door, I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean, and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I, Maddy, am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

My rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Middie Daniels calls it the Leaving Season—the time of year when everyone graduates high school, packs up their brand-new suitcases, and leaves home for the first time.

It happens every late August, but this year Middie’s boyfriend, Nate, is the one leaving. Nate, who’s so perfect she can barely believe it. Nate, who makes her better than she is on her own. Nate, who’s promised to come back once he’s finished his gap year volunteering in Central America.

And when he does, it’ll be time for Middie to leave to. With him.

But when tragedy strikes, Middie’s whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she s… except for Nate’s best friend, Lee.

Middie and Lee have never gotten along. She’s always known that she was destined for great things, and Lee acts ike he’s never cared about anything a day in his life. But with the ground ripped out from under her, Middie is finding that up is don—and that Lee Ryan might be just what she needs to find her footing once more.

Cat Jordan’s heartbreaking story proves no matter the season, no matter the obstacles, love can help you find yourself in the mot unexpected of places

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The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Rating: 1.5/5

Synopsis:

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who has found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

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Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

My Rating: 5/5 !!!

Synopsis:

Inertia, force, mass, gravity, velocity, acceleration…cause and effect.

Liz Emerson doesn’t understand any of it.

But I do.

I understand how we fall. Where we fall. Why we fall.

I understand her sadness and loneliness and silence, her shattered heart.

It doesn’t have to be this way, does it?

It wasn’t always this way, was it?

Stay alive, Liz Emerson, stay alive.

Back Cover: (it was too good to not include!)

She would be an object in motion that would stay in motion, even if it meant flattening everything in her path.

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