Olivia Folmar Ard

Book Reviews

Here, I will share with you my 3.5, 4- and 5-star reads. Let's fangirl together! 

Note: Unfortunately, I am no longer able to accept review requests. Between writing, working full-time, attending courses for my second bachelor's degree,  and freelance projects, I just don't have the time. Once I finish reading and reviewing the ARCs I've already received, I will be reviewing personal library items only.

Posts tagged young adult
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of his homeland, Subhi has only ever known life behind the fences. But his world is far bigger than that--every night, the magical Night Sea from his mother's stories brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories. And as he grows, his imagination threatens to burst beyond the limits of his containment. 

The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie--a scruffy, impatient girl who appears on the other side of the wire fence and brings with her a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it herself, she relies on Subhi to unravel her family's love songs and tragedies. 

Subhi and Jimmie might both find comfort--and maybe even freedom--as their tales unfold. But not until each has been braver than ever before. 

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We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

It's the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change.

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been friends for most of their lives. Now they've graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard. 

Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it's through their letters that they survive heartarche, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they've ever wanted to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should think about being more than friends? One thing is clear: Change is an inescapable part of growing up, and we share unbreakable bonds with the friends who help us navigate it. 

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My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

Sometimes love stories go off script.

Another sultry Georgia summer is about to get a lot hotter. Dee Wilkie is still licking her wounds after getting rejected by the precollege fine arts program of her dreams. But if she'd gone away, she wouldn't have been around to say yes to an unbelievable opportunity: working on the set of a movie filming in her small Southern town that just happens to be starring Milo Ritter, the famous pop star Dee (along with the rest of the world) has had a crush on since eighth grade. 

It's not like Dee will be sharing any screen time with Milo
--she's just a lowly PA. And Milo is so disappointingly rude that Dee is eager to stay far away from him. Except after a few chance meetings, she begins to wonder if just maybe there's a reason for his offensive attitude, and if there's more to Milo than his good looks and above-it-all Hollywood pedigree. Can a relationship with a guy like Milo ever work out for a girl like Dee? Never say never . . .

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Vanished (The Memoirs of Jane E, Friendless Orphan #3) by Erin McCole Cupp

Born not in a past of corsets and bonnets but into a future of cloning and bioterror, could Jane Eyre survive? In this final book of Jane E's memoirs, Jane has finally found the love she's always wanted, but can her love for Thorne survive the deepest of betrayals? Celebrate and reexamine the continued relevance  of a literary classic, as Jane E shows the Dear Reader that self-respect and honest love are worth a fight, regardless of where--or when--we live.

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Nameless (The Memoirs of Jane E, Friendless Orphan #2) by Erin McCole Cupp

Born not in a past of corsets and bonnets but into a future of cloning and bioterror, could Jane Eyre survive? In this final book of Jane E's memoirs, Jane has finally found the love she's always wanted, but can her love for Thorne survive the deepest of betrayals? Celebrate and reexamine the continued relevance  of a literary classic, as Jane E shows the Dear Reader that self-respect and honest love are worth a fight, regardless of where--or when--we live.

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Unclaimed (The Memoirs of Jane E, Friendless Orphan #1) by Erin McCole Cupp

After I finished Jane Eyre for the first time in January, I thought what better time than now to finally read Unclaimed? It had been sitting in my Kindle queue since its release last summer, but I wanted to wait until after I'd read the original story before diving into a retelling. 

Unclaimed introduces us to Jane E, an unclaimed embryo being raised as a foster child by the VanDeer family. Mrs. VanDeer is fairly wealthy and her three biological children receive the best she can afford, but she loathes Jane and supplies her with only the bare minimum. After Jane snaps under the abuse of her foster siblings and fights back, Mrs. VanDeer essentially sells her to the Naomi Foundation, a mysterious organization located in India, where she becomes a data mule. 

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