Book Reviews

Book Review: “The New Girl Code: The Launch of a Fashion App” by Niki Smit

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Thank you @kaffienemedia & @thenewgirlcode for my gifted copy of the wonderful book, “The New Girl Code: The Launch of a Fashion App”!

Know of a young girl who loves technology and wants to become a programmer who wants to break the barriers to get into technology? Then this book will inspire her to take the necessary risks to follow her dreams.

“The New Girl Code” tells the story of 15 year old Charlie who discovers her love for coding and most importantly, herself, as she enters her Sophomore year. Charlie lives in Brooklyn. She is a little awkward and a lot uncertain — about her future, friendships, lack of relationships.

This all changes when she discovers, through her love of fashion and friendship, an idea for an app, The Fashionist. As Charlie and her friends grow the app to unimaginable heights of success, they learn to adapt to their new CEO roles. On the rise, Charlie encounters a catfish, betrayals, school gossip, bullying and more. Will she boss up and be the next level?

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What an absolutely inspiring book for STEM-minded or focused girls of any age! I took some website building classes in college & did a little coding, but this was before apps & smart phones became a thing, but it was really neat seeing my codes become something legible. My second oldest son is in IT & does coding & has worked on app creation. It’s so amazing how people takes their ideas & create something others want to download & use (ie: Instagram). 

“The New Girl Code” is female empowering, awe-inspiring, motivating, & insightful. It’s written in journal/diary entry style (which I always love!) & has some fun illustrations & inspirational quotes scattered throughout, which is fab! It’s only like $8 for the hardback on Amazon right now & for every book purchased the profits will go towards supporting underprivileged girls & provide them the book for free. Inspiring Fifty is a non-profit organization that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models in tech more visible..I highly recommend this book for the tweens, teens, & any reader in your life that is interested in coding & STEM!

Hope everyone is hanging in there during this self-isolation! Also, quick reminder to click HERE to go to my current Instagram giveaway (3 winners!). Here’s hoping this week is better than this past one for all of us!

Book Reviews

Book Review: “All Your Twisted Secrets” by Diana Urban

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📖Thank you @dianaurban for my gifted, autographed copy of your newly released YA thriller, ‘All Your Twisted Secrets’!
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💉A thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like ‘One of Us Is Lying’ and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, that will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.
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🍽“Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.”
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💉What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, & music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, & a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill…or else everyone dies.
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💣Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates & herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something.
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⏰And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, & fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?
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💉First off, “confusion turns into fear, & fear morphs into panic”…that about sums up the state of our nation lately, am I right? Moving on…
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💣With a pitch-perfect plot & well written characters, this book will have you guessing until the twisted, shocking ending! This is one pressure-cooker of a debut novel that practically turned me into a nail biter! Compelling, captivating, & utterly satisfying, this is a helluva debut novel! Kudo’s to you @dianaurban!!
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📖”All Your Twisted Secrets” is available now everywhere books are sold, but PLEASE check with your local, independent bookstores first to see if they have it or can get it for you. Many are even doing curbside service or home delivery & with the economy in decline due to Co-Vid, if you’re going to buy a book, support indie sellers. You can use BookStoreLink to look up the book(s) you want and find it at local indie bookstores or order it from one that has that option. They need us readers right now more than ever! (Amazon is doing just fine right now…)
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💉PS: The syringe in photo is real! (empty B12 syringe refilled w/ cherry juice!😉)

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Book Reviews

“Echoes Between Us” by Katie McGarry

Thank you @torteen {#partner} for my gifted copy of “Echoes Between Us” by Katie McGarry!
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“Echoes Between Us” is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.
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Veronica sees ghosts—more specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines that consumes her whole life and keeps Veronica on the fringes. But the haunting makes her wonder if there is something more going on….
Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but this All-American is hiding an adrenaline addiction that could kill him. Drawn to each other after a chance meeting, can they help each other battle the demons that haunt their every step or will they push their luck too far and risk losing it all…including their lives?
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This is not a ghost story. I figured I better let all you “thriller junkies” know that right off. It’s an intriguing, heartfelt, complex, emotional story that deals with some tough, but important issues: depression, addiction, illness and bullying, as well as family relationships. There are also a couple twists you may not see coming.
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Some of the adrenaline junkie stuff that involves Sawyer made my heart rate soar, and I am no stranger to migraines, as I get debilitating ones a couple times a month and have several different meds I have to take for them.
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This book is well-written and is an emotionally charged, heart-breaking, young adult romance/drama. Keep tissues handy for this gem!
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Look for “Echoes Between Us” tomorrow, 1/14, everywhere books are sold! Or even better, use Bookstore Link and order it from and support your local independent book sellers!