The Future Will Be BS-Free by Will McIntosh (DRC): Lie Detectors, Genius Kids, and a Corrupt Government

3 stars Sam and his friends, after having their high school for the gifted shut down, have been working on a tiny, undetectable, utterly reliable lie detector. They're in it for the money--all of them except Theo, that is. Theo wants to create a better world, a BS-free one where honesty will thrive. But Theo … Continue reading The Future Will Be BS-Free by Will McIntosh (DRC): Lie Detectors, Genius Kids, and a Corrupt Government

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Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie (DRC): Angry Cyborg Girls Here to Kick Chassis

3 stars (but only because I'm honestly undecided and have no idea what my feelings really are about this book) Aisha Un-Haad and Key Tanaka's lives collide after they both convert to become Scela, mechanically enhanced soldiers sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet--the starships their people call home. Aisha converts … Continue reading Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie (DRC): Angry Cyborg Girls Here to Kick Chassis

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall: Another Survival Story

3 stars Jess hasn't seen her off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash kills her mother and leaves Jess injured, she's forced to live with him in the remote Canadian wilderness. But when her dad's past pays a visit, Jess is left stranded with a burned cabin and a murdered father.She … Continue reading I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall: Another Survival Story

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: A Fierce, Feminist Fantasy That Fights Oppression

4.5 stars Sisters Serina and Nomi have very different fates: one in the palace, one in prison. Serina has been groomed her whole life to be a Grace, someone to stand by the heir to the throne as the shining, subjugated example of a perfect woman, while Nomi, her rebellious younger sister, has been groomed … Continue reading Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart: A Fierce, Feminist Fantasy That Fights Oppression

Sanctuary by Caryn Lix (DRC): Corporations, Creepy Aliens, and Captive Guards

4 stars Prison-guard-in-training Kenzie's dedication to the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Omnistellar Concepts, will falter, despite her life of training to become one of their elite guards. She would sacrifice anything to propel herself forward, but a routine drill goes sideways and she is taken hostage by rioting prisoners. At first, she’s … Continue reading Sanctuary by Caryn Lix (DRC): Corporations, Creepy Aliens, and Captive Guards

People Like Us by Dana Mele: Mean Girls–but More Murderous and Queer

3.5 stars Kay Donovan's past is behind her as she's reinvented herself at her new private school as a star soccer player and one of the popular girls. At least, that's until a girl's body is found in the lake, and her carefully constructed life begins to topple when Kay begins to get involved, both … Continue reading People Like Us by Dana Mele: Mean Girls–but More Murderous and Queer

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis (DRC): An Addictive Read with a Refreshingly Honest Narrator

4 stars Tiffany Sly just lost her mom to cancer, and now she finds out she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she’s never known, which is the icing on sixteen-year-old Tiffany's cake. Not. Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters—and a bunch of rules … Continue reading Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis (DRC): An Addictive Read with a Refreshingly Honest Narrator

Waffles (the Dog), Weddings, and Wonderful Books: Save the Date by Morgan Matson Blog Tour (+Giveaway!)

Looking for cute dogs named after food items, ghosts in the ceiling, or awesome family dynamics? Well, you've come to the right place! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Morgan Matson's Save the Date! Matson's a pretty well known author, but if you think you've seen all there is to see from … Continue reading Waffles (the Dog), Weddings, and Wonderful Books: Save the Date by Morgan Matson Blog Tour (+Giveaway!)

The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan (DRC): Teenage Houdini? Heck yeah!

3 stars Mattie has a hidden obsession with escapology, and she's scared of letting anyone know. When Mattie finally seeks out Miyu, the reclusive daughter to a world-renowned escape artist, she begins to secretly transform herself into an escapologist and performance artist. When popular athelte Will discovers Mattie's secret at an underground venue, Mattie's scared … Continue reading The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan (DRC): Teenage Houdini? Heck yeah!