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High school Queens by Zachary Ryan
Ya/ contemporary fiction/LGBT
4 out of 5 stakes!
I originally picked to read this book because honestly it had the same things I liked about Pretty Little Liars ( the original show). It just was the same type of vibe from that show and maybe a little of Scream Queens. So I was very intrigued with this.
I mean the snobby mean popular people getting a taste of their own medicine. What’s not to like right?
Well I honestly can say this person who was stalking them and knowing everything they did away from school was like wow. I kept guessing it was one person and then another person. And just when I thought I guessed right, I was wrong. It was actually who I thought well maybe it could be this person.
I can’t say if I liked one character over the other in this book, I kinda liked them all I think about the same. I liked Tucker more then the rest though.
I mean I wanted to like Calvin but he became to pushy and I get what he wanted, but I could see both sides. Then I liked Danielle she seemed a little more likeable. And I just felt bad for the others. Because the stalker was really plain cruel.
But by exposing the secrets the characters learned where they stand with the others and opened their eyes some.
I feel the villain of this story was just way to damn mean, even went way over board with it. They could have toned a little bit down. Ha.
But I guess when you get sick of Queen B’s and jocks and stuff I can see having to be a real jerk to show them how they really are. Especially when it didn’t seem like to many were actually friends.
That ending though?????
Can’t leave me with that!!!
But seriously pick this book up if you like PLL or you like seeing the rich snobby mean kids get taken down a peg or two.
High School Queens by Zachary Ryan Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/LGBT Release Date:
March 21st 2019
They all thought they did a masterful job of keeping their secrets close to their chest. These stupid foolsthought theywere the high court of this kingdom, but they had no clue who was really pulling the strings.
You might wonder to yourself, who would be that heartless to make them backstab their friends, expose other’ssecrets, and lose their morals? You don’t need to know who I am, but you better remember my name, TheMarked Queen.
Danielle, Andrew, Delilah, Aman, and Jasmine all are now faced with a mysterious villainwhose one goal is to ruin each of their lives.
They must protect their secrets at all cost, or they’llbe the nextvictim on Marked Day.
They know what’s at stake, and they’ll stop at nothing to continue being: the richspoiled girl, the normal teenager, the girl who isn’t banging the principle, the straight vlogger, and the girl whoisn’t her dad’s punching bag.
What happens when The Marked Queen changes up the game just in time forprom? Will each of our favorite puppets survive? Or are they willing to backstab each other just to keep uptheir personas? The only thing lost at this prom wasn’t going to be their virginity. Sex,
Lies, and High SchoolQueens explores the major theme of self-acceptance. Can they learn to accept all their flaws or pray victim toThe Marked Queen?
Each chapter continues to fill your sweet tooth until the climactic moment at the promwhere you get to have that final bite of the bitch cake you’ve been dying to consume.
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About the Author:
Zachary Ryan grew up in a black-and-white box in Maryland, before moving to Chicago to start a new life.There, he found that he was accepted for his misfit status—and learned that it’s perfectly normal to spend yourtwenties feeling lost and confused.After a disastrous sexual encounter, Ryan stumbled on a group of true friends, or “soul cluster,” that heconnected with. Through his writing, he hopes to help other broken souls out there find comfort amid thechaos.Social Media Links:
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5 out 5 Stakes!
Wow and I do mean wow. This book kept me guessing and I didn’t want to put it down.
Let me tell you from the first paragraph I was hooked.
I finished in a day because well this book is just that great.
We have spies in this book and also you don’t know who is on Sophie’s side or not.
Everything changes for her and not just cause she is the president’s daughter either.
People are working from everywhere on the inside and what Sophie finds is the only people she can truly trust to try and seek the truth is her friends.
But when her brother and girlfriend go missing things really go crazy..
Finding out more to the reasons as to why things are going down. Secrets will be revealed.
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Excerpts from T-Minus by Shannon Greenland
I squint to the man squeezing my arm. “I’ll walk without the vice grip. Plus, I’m sure no one is going to like the fact you’re squeezing my arm so hard you’re leaving a bruise. Especially the president.”
With an annoyed look, he lessens his grip. “There, Princess.”
And if I was determined before, that condescending “Princess” just sent me over the edge. Without another second, I yank my left arm from his grip, spin, and I punch the man on my right in the Adam’s apple. Thrusting my right hand into his jacket, I grab his weapon and whip back to sidekick the man on my left in his groin.
Like an electrical prod jabs me, I take off in a full sprint down the hall toward the door. I have no clue what the men are doing behind me, and I’m not pausing to see.
With my fist, I punch the red button twice, and like it did last time, the door clanks up and stops with a one-foot gap. I drop and roll under and come to my feet.
Quickly, I survey the area. There’s a dark car parked right next to a dumpster, presumably the car they were going to put me into. A small red box sitting on the hood catches my attention. There’s a white card taped to the top with SOPHIE printed in bold black marker. The shock of seeing my name curls terror through me, and with shaking hands I grab it, and I go.
I make a demon dash through the daylight and down the alley, away from the National Mall. I don’t know what I’m going to do next, but I have to run.
I could jump in a cab or hop the Metro, but I don’t have any money, and frankly my identity is more of an issue. Someone will recognize me, and my picture will be all over social media within seconds.
I sprint down Ninth Street, my senses heightened, trying to develop a plan. And then I spy this little old lady getting into her car.
She closes her front door at the exact second I open her back door and dive in. She screams, and I do the first thing that comes to mind, I point the barrel of the gun at her head.
Her eyes go wide, her hands up, and she violently shakes.
Fighting the urge to comfort her, I snap out, “Drive.” But even I can hear the rawness and the panic in my own voice.
With fumbling fingers, she pushes her key fob into place and starts her car. As she does, I poke my head up and make sure we’re clear.
“Wh-wh-where?” she stutters out before catching a breath that transitions into a sob.
The sound of her distress clenches through me. My God, I hope I don’t give this lady a heart attack. “I don’t care. J-just go away from here. I have to think.”
I look down at the tiny sliver where he cut my forearm, but other than that I’m fine. When I look back up, he’s smiling.
I laugh. “That wasn’t funny.”
Zeke reaches over and takes my wrist. He rotates my arm, studying the slight nick, and apparently appeased that it is, indeed, a surface wound, lets his smile turn into a chuckle.
“What?” I laugh some more, trying to ignore his warm and rough fingers on my skin.
Shaking his head, he reaches behind the seat and brings out a first aid kit. “Nothing, just…you are something else.”
You are something else. I hope that’s a good thing.
He finds a Band-Aid, and I totally expect him to hand it to me, but he shocks the hell out of me when he strips the plastic lining, takes my arm again, and smooths the Band-Aid in place. His fingers linger on my forearm, and all the air in my lungs suspends as I wait for, well, I’m not sure what.
Then he blinks, and still with his smile, he climbs back into the front, puts the Rover in gear, and says, “Let’s do this.”
T-Minus by Shannon Greenland
Genre: YA Suspense Release Date: August 6th 2019 Entangled Teen Summary: I am the daughter of the first female POTUS, and today is about to become the longestday of my life…24 hours—that’s how much time I have to save my mother before terrorists assassinate her. But now my fatherand brother are missing, too. This goes deeper than anyone thinks. Only someone on the inside would knowhow to pull this off—howto make the entire First Family disappear.I can’t trust anyone, so it’s up to me to uncover the conspiracy and stop these madmen. Because little do theyknow, they picked the wrong person to terrorize.My name is Sophie Washington, and I will not be a victim. No one, I repeat no one, is taking me or my familydown. But the clock is ticking…Add to GoodreadsPurchase Links can be foundHERE!About the
Shannon Greenland, or S. E. Green, is the award winning author of the teen thriller, Killer Instinct, a YALSAQuick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the teen spy series, The Specialists, an ALA Popular Paperback and aNational Reader’s Choice recipient; and theYA romance, The Summer My Life Began, winner of the BeverlyHills Book Award. Her books have been translated into several languages and are currently on numerous statereading lists. Shadow of a Girl is her latest novel and due out 9.19.16.
Shannon has participated in and servedas a guest speaker at festivals and conferences around the country to include but not limited to the LA TimesBook Festival, American Library Association, Book Expo of America, Bouchercon, Romance Writers ofAmerica, RT Book Convention, Young Adult Keller Book Festival, Southern Festival of Books, and manymore. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even readher first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, sheworks as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog.Author Links:Website|Goodreads|Twitter|Facebook
5 out of 5 Stakes!
First I want to say this, I have never read a self help sort of book before. Some of my friends love reading these self help books. I for one find them well non helpful in a way. Nothing against the authors who write them by any means. What I mean is maybe it’s not the books they are reading, maybe it’s the person reading them I suppose. Because it seems so many read them and never apply what they have read to be useful. Like these are my questions Do you write down key points about what you liked about the book? Your takeaway from the book? Do you apply what you have learned from the book?
Now with this book I feel like Rachel has made some great points that I’m first sure going to write down and keep in mind. Now whether after a week I keep up with it I have no idea. The whole out of sight out of mind comes into play there. But I gave this book five stakes/Stars because I did learn quite a bit and I enjoyed that she was honest about things and wasn’t some perfect person and also said it is hard to do this and do that. Whether all authors do this with these types of books I have no freaking idea. But what I can say is maybe I enjoyed this book a little much because I had no idea who she is and also the things she talked about with writing goals spoke to me. Because my fear is sending my books out there for self publishing is scary as hell. But she mentioned just do it whether someone dislikes it or not. Just do it for me because it is my dream.
Looking to read her next book. I have it reserved at my library now.