Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review: Tokoyo, The Samurai's Daughter by Faith L. Justice & Illustrated by Kayla Gilliam


Book: Tokoyo, The Samurai's Daughter
Author: Faith L. Justice
Illustrator: Kayla Gilliam
Publisher: Raggedy Moon Books
Publication Date: May 28, 2017
Genre: MG Fantasy; Historical Fiction; Illustrated Chapter Book
Format: Paperback
Pages: 122
Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | Kobo | TheBookDepository | Audible |RaggedyMoonBooks 









About The Book: 

An adventurous girl!

Most noble-born girls of Tokoyo’s age learn to sing, paint, and write poetry.

Not Tokoyo.

She’s the daughter of a samurai in fourteenth century Japan, Tokoyo’s father trains her in the martial arts. When he is away, she escapes to the sea where she works with the Ama—a society of women and girls who dive in the deep waters for food and treasure. But disaster strikes her family. Can Tokoyo save her father using the lessons she learned and the skills she mastered to overcome corrupt officials, her own doubts, and a nasty sea demon?



Book Preview:

Tokoyo Sample Chapters 1-5
Take some time to look through the sample of chapters and illustrations in the book! If you like what you read, feel free to look at the purchase links above!



About The Author:



FAITH L. JUSTICE got her degrees in Education from Ohio State University. Kiddie Lit was her favorite course because she got to re-read all her favorite childhood stories. She currently writes award-winning fiction in Brooklyn, New York. For fun, she likes to dig in the dirt - her garden and various archaeologicial sites. Sample her work, check out her blog or ask Faith a question at her WEBSITE.

Connect with Faith L. Justice!
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About The Illustrator:

KAYLA GILLIAM is an independent cartoonist living in the dense suburban forests of North Carolina. When she is not juggling her five dogs (Oreo, Domino, Max, Chewy, and Baby) she enjoys researching Japanese culture.





My Review: 

You are immersed in a sea of Japanese culture in the fourteenth century, through a story inspired by the Japanese folktale called "The Tale Of The Oki Islands." Tokoyo, The Samurai's Daughter goes into more depth than the original folktale by really capturing the essence of the Ama, Japanese pearl divers who are usually women, by incorporating them into the story in a way that makes them more prominent. Even the traditional Japanese clothing worn by the Ama is showcased, such as the fundoshi, a loincloth, and a tenugui, a blessed bandana. Tokoyo learns the skillful yet difficult art of diving for pearls and food with the Ama, and thus the ability to hold her breath for a prolonged period of time, which she ultimately utililizes later in the story for a different purpose. 

Tokoyo isn't the typical dainty, young Japanese girl who learns to paint and write poetry. She is the daughter of a noble samurai and is trained in martial arts. She is fierce. She is brave. She is extremely capable as a female. So when her father, samurai Oribe Shima, is banished to the Oki islands for a suspected curse against the Regent Hojo Takatoki, Tokoyo eventually goes on an incredibly dangerous adventure in search of her father, even encountering a sea demon, to try to save him and his honor. Her skills as a samurai's daughter and as an Ama prepare her for her journey. I really adored this book! The whole story was fascinating and such a delight to read. And I was very pleased with the ending. 

It was nice to see such a strong female lead with a strong backbone, especially in fourteenth century Japan. Even in the face of hardships, Tokoyo, as a young girl, does not lose hope, and has such immense courage and fearlessness, that even a samurai would be impressed by and proud of. I also loved that in this story, a daughter is treated no differently than a son would be in terms of honor and being taught the ways of the samurai and martial arts. There is a strong sense of prestige to be a samurai and for one's kin/descendants. In an Asian culture where a son is highly prized, this book takes a refreshingly liberal take, by a samurai holding his daughter in the same esteem as he would a son. This was very endearing and even though the book displayed a moment where this was deemed unacceptable by a Japanese guard, Tokoyo and her father overlooked this. Tokoyo's samurai father was very encouraging and loving to her. I also liked how Tokoyo had so much freedom during this time period to do something for herself, in order to seek out her definition of happiness. For Tokoyo, that was diving for pearls among the Ama. 

In terms of the nature of the Japanese culture, I felt that Faith L. Justice did a wonderful job displaying the utmost respect that Japanese people have towards their elders, as shown in the well-mannered dialogue. Also, meditation is practiced in the story, which is also a well-known technique in Japan. In addition, the samurai's prominence and noble nature in fourteenth century Japan, as well as the honorable duties of the Ama were well demonstrated. Japanese folktales are also a fascinating part of Japanese culture and I loved how this story was inspired by one. I also liked that a cultural notes page was added to the back of the book, which provided definitions to the Japanese terms that were mentioned in the book.

The beautiful black-and-white illustrations in the book really bring the story to life and are brilliantly done. They are not only aesthetically pleasing, showing fine craftsmanship and artistic talent, but also grasp intense emotion. The message they evoke is powerful and meaningful. Kayla Gilliam did a marvelous job! 

Faith L. Justice created an intriguing tale that was even better than the original Japanese folktale it was inspired by. It was outstanding! You are swept away not only by the beautiful storytelling, but also the wonderful illustrations. Tokoyo, The Samurai's Daughter is a remarkable illustrated middle-grade book that is incredibly inspiring and touching. I highly recommend reading it!


My Rating: 5 STARS














Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ARC Review: Beneath The Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Happy Book Birthday to Beneath The Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer, which releases today, January 9, 2018! Check out the gorgeous cover! It's truly spectacular!


Book: Beneath The Haunting Sea
Author: Joanna Ruth Meyer
Publisher: Page Street 
Publication Date: Jan 9, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Source: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Indiebound










About The Book:

Sixteen-year-old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world. But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.

It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen-Dahr, that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision of her future, and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star. On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea is stronger than ever, revealing long-forgotten tales of the Goddess Rahn. The more dark truths that Talia unravels about the gods’ history—and her own—the more the waves call to her, and it may be her destiny to answer.



About The Author:




Joanna Ruth Meyer wrote her very first story at the age of seven—it starred four female "mystery-solvers" and a villain in a gorilla suit, and remains unfinished to this day.


Since then, she’s grown up (reluctantly), earned a bachelor of music in piano performance, taught approximately one billion piano lessons, and written eight novels, many of them during National Novel Writing Month, an online writing challenge held every November. Beneath the Haunting Sea was first drafted during NaNoWriMo 2006.

Joanna hails from Mesa, Arizona, where she lives with her dear husband and son, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano named Prince Imrahil. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to convince her students that Bach is actually awesome, or plotting her escape from the desert. She loves good music, thick books, loose-leaf tea, rainstorms, and staring out of windows. One day, she aspires to own an old Victorian house with creaky wooden floors and a tower (for writing in, of course!).

Connect with Joanna Ruth Meyer on social media! 
Twitter: @gamwyn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gamwyn 
Website: http://joannaruthmeyer.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16278742.Joanna_Ruth_Meyer


My Review:

Joanna Ruth Meyer is a 2018 YA debut author who has blown me away by her book, Beneath The Haunting Sea, which may very well be the fantasy debut book of the year, it was that PHENOMENAL!! Beneath The Haunting Sea was superb, exquisite, and complete perfection! This novel marks the launch of the YA division at Page Street Publishing and it was exemplary! If this is any indication of the level of YA books that Page Street is going to keep publishing, then it sets the bar very high and is definitely a great start to much success in the future. 

The caliber of Meyer's writing is extraordinary and she sweeps you away with prose that is so beautiful and sophisticated, that you are just in awe. Not only do the words entrance you like a sweet symphony, but the storytelling does as well, as it is breathtaking, utterly mesmerizing, and masterfully done. This is storytelling at its finest. I am tremendously moved by Meyer's work, a rare gem that only comes by every once in a while. 

Extremely impressive for a YA debut author, Meyer creates an extraordinary fantasy world that seamlessly weaves fascinating tales of mythology that include the Gods, the immortal Tree, the Star, and Rahn and the Hall, among others, into the incredible storytelling of Talia's journey to the Ruen-Dahr after being banished with her mother, her adventures there, and beyond into the sea. It is at the Ruen-Dahr that Talia finds her purpose, after being robbed of her destined status as Empress of Enduena by Eda. Her time here is filled with new discoveries that are relevant, as well as honest reflections. She must decide whether to accept fate or control her destiny, all while the sea is calling to her. Meyer brings the sea to life in a magical way with remarkable sea creatures and divine beings, such as the Billow Maidens, or Waves, who sing alluring, melodious music. It is said that the seductive and enchanting songs of the sea call to its listeners and beguile sailors into its depths, and those who cannot resist its charm. Music pertinently immerses itself into the plot in other ways as well, and provides a solid theme to bind the story together, in addition to the tales of mythology. 

Talia is a dauntless, resourceful, and compelling heroine full of willpower and the supporting characters are just as captivating. The character names are noteworthy as well, as they are unique and striking. The romantic elements of the story range from fervid affection to subtle, underlying love. 

The story ends beautifully and leaves enough freedom to continue the adventures among the other lands of the Enduenan Empire. I really hope we get the honor of a sequel or companion novel to Beneath The Haunting Sea, because it was beyond magnificent and a pure delight to read! One of the most stunning YA novels I have ever read, let alone the fact that it is a YA debut. That just makes it that much more special. This is a MUST read for all, and is definitely my new favorite YA debut. So BRAVO to Meyers! You receive a standing ovation from Bookish Delights!

My Rating: 5+ Stars




ARC Review: A Taxonomy Of Love by Rachael Allen

Happy Book Birthday to A Taxonomy Of Love by Rachael Allen!! This book releases today, January 9, 2018, so be sure to check out this book!




Book: A Taxonomy Of Love
Author: Rachael Allen
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: Jan 9, 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Source: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase Links: Abrams Books Website | Amazon | Barnes&Noble







ABOUT THE BOOK:

The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette's syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Rachael Allen is a mad scientist by day and YA writer by night. She lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. She loves homemade peach ice cream, having adventures all over the world, and stories that make her feel like she's been poured inside another person. Visit Allen at rachaelallenwrites.blogspot.com, You can also find her on twitter @rachael_allen. Also follow her on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7326808.Rachael_Allen







My Review:

A Taxonomy Of Love was an enjoyable story to read! What made this book unique was its inclusion of Taxonomy, a scientific classification system for organisms. I liked how things were broken down into Taxonomy flowcharts. Spencer applies Taxonomy to aspects of his life and his relationships and looks at things in terms of classifications charts, which were so interesting to dissect! This was such a fascinating idea to revolve the story around and it made for a fun read, since I love Science! I liked how you got to go into Spencer's mind and see how he thinks. He loves Science so he tries to apply this to his love life, especially with Hope, his next-door neighbor, and it's interesting how it all unfolds.

The story is told in different formats of conversing, such as in person, through letters by mail, taxonomy flowcharts, notes passed around in class, texts, and postcards, which further personalized and externalized the characters' thoughts, so that was very refreshing and made for a captivating dynamic. It was a nice break from the norm.

What I liked was the portrayal of someone with Tourette's syndrome with honesty and humor. I liked that the author took a chance on creating a character with a medical disability that isn't the obvious protagonist that everyone is introduced to in many YA novels. I grew to love Spencer and was rooting for him the whole time. The book was realistic in terms of the insecurities of dealing with Tourette's syndrome as a young adult, which can be difficult to navigate, and the inevitable bullying one endures. Hope becomes an anti-bullying rock for Spencer since the beginning, and their genuine friendship blossoms from that. So this novel not only showed the downside, but also the upside where some people have enough patience, acceptance, and understanding of someone with Tourette's syndrome in order to become a good friend to them and stick up for them. This was very encouraging.

The romantic elements of the story were a mixture between cute and sweet, as well as more mature and experienced. The purity and innocence of Spencer liking Hope in middle school and then onto high school was adorable to read despite some not so peachy moments. Also, I forgot how fleeting romantic relationships can be in high school and even onto college-aged adults, as in the case with Hope's sister Janie, so it's interesting to see how it all plays out for each character. I think patience and perserverence is a key part of this book, and it goes beyond dating, and infiltrates into all aspects of one's life and goals. Even if things don't go your way at first, just stick with it because you never know how things will turn out.

Relationships among siblings, significant others, or parents in this story are not without heartache, grief, struggles, or setbacks. You get to see how certain characters cope and try to heal. But the courage to keep living and keep fighting for what you want is evident in this book. Hope, overcoming grief, self-discovery, and self-fulfillment are pertinent to this novel.

My only critique was the timeline of the book being too spread out, since each additional part/section of the novel continued the story one year later, so I felt I had to fill in the gaps and play catch up at times. This happens from the time Spencer is 13 years old through 19 years old. So this book can feel a bit jumpy at times and it disrupts the flow of the novel somewhat, but regardless of this, it does not affect the heart of the story.

Overall, I liked A Taxonomy Of Love. It had a lot of intriguing aspects to it, especially Taxonomy. And I liked how a young adult with Tourette's syndrome was highlighted in this novel. This story showed the ups and downs of friendships, relationships, family happenings, and trying to fit in when people categorize you as different. It also shows what a determined person is capable of despite limitations. This story was full of heart and told with a sincerity that was very endearing. It had an uplifting message and a nice ending. A Taxonomy Of Love is an inspiring read that you'll want to pick up.


My Rating: 4 Stars


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Spotlight Blog Tour: Busted by Gina Ciocca (Excerpt, Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway)

Hi! Welcome to my blog Bookish Delights! I am so excited to kick off the Busted Spotlight Blog Tour by Sourcebooks, which will be running from today, December 27 - January 12, 2018! Busted by Gina Ciocca is a highly anticipated YA novel that will be released on January 2, 2018. This Spotlight Blog Tour stop will include an excerpt, a guest post, a review, and a Rafflecopter giveaway of two copies of the book Busted! I really enjoyed reading Busted and I am glad to be able to share some awesome things with you to on this Spotlight Tour. I hope you enjoy it all! And below is the cover to Busted. Looks amazing doesn't it! I think it captures the essence of the novel perfectly!






Book: Busted
Author: Gina Ciocca
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: Jan 2, 2018
ISBN: 9781492654292
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Source: I received an e-ARC of Busted from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


ABOUT THE BOOK:


Catching cheaters and liars is a lucrative hobby―until you fall for one of the suspects. Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, this new novel from the author of Last Year's Mistake will steal your heart!
Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. It wasn't like she wanted to catch her best friend's boyfriend making out with another girl. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.
And her next case? It's for ex-frenemy Kendall. She's convinced her boyfriend, TJ, has feelings for someone else and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know sincere and artistic TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Worse yet, the feelings seem to be mutual. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation―and the spoken-for guy who may just be the love of her life. Then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take "cheater" to a whole new level...

Buy Links: 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English, but in her mind, she never left high school. She relocated from Connecticut to Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son. When she's not reading or writing, you can find her taking long walks around the lake in her neighborhood. Gina can also be found online at writersblog-gina.blogspot.com, on Instagram as @gmciocca, and Twitter as @gmc511. 










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Check out this lovely excerpt from Busted by Gina Ciocca below! Dive right into the book! I hope you enjoy it!

EXCERPT:

My eyes darted from TJ’s dark, furrowed eyebrows to the logo on the left breast of his shirt and I sat up straighter. 
“Um, where’d you get the Maple Acres shirt?”  
His expression didn’t change. “Maple Acres.” 
I fought the urge to roll my eyes. “Right. I meant, do you work there?” 
“Yup.” He sat back in his chair and pulled at the logo, stretching the white cotton away from his chest before turning his attention back to the computer screen. “Long time now.” 
As soon as he said it, my memory was triggered. I’d always thought he looked familiar but could never quite place where I’d seen him. As I thought back to every trip I’d taken to Maple Acres, twice a year since I was two years old, the image of a boy with dark curls stuffed beneath a knit cap and a heavy flannel coat that made him look like Paul Bunyan clicked into place. The farm stretched over two hundred and fifty acres, selling pumpkins and cider and offering hayrides and a corn maze in a fall, then Christmas trees that you cut down yourself in the winter. The place had a storybook quality to it that I loved, and I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to figure out TJ was a part of it. 
“We go there for our tree every year. I think I’ve seen you.” 
TJ kept his eyes on the screen. “Probably. I’m usually bundling the trees or in the checkout area. Sometimes I drive the tractor for the hayrides.” He glanced over long enough to shoot me a half smile. “Maybe you’ve seen the back of my head.”  
That would’ve been an occasion I definitely hadn’t noticed him. The one and only time I’d taken a hayride had been the lone trip I’d made without Charlie or my dad, both of whom are allergic to hay. I’d gone with Jordan. Superman himself could’ve been driving the tractor and I would’ve been too busy drooling over Jordan in his plaid button-down with the sleeves rolled up around his gorgeous forearms to notice.  
Vomvomvom. I pushed the chunks down and forged ahead. “So, that thing you didn’t want to do the last time we talked, is that… still an issue?” 
“Uh, no. That fell through, so my article should be good to go on Monday.” 
He’s not making this easy for me, that’s for sure. 
“Take your time, really. I hope you didn’t cancel your plans because of me.” 
He glanced over and gave me a wry smile. “No.” 
 “So, um, the tree farm. I go all the time.” I mentally slapped myself. Twice a year is all the time? “Do you live nearby?” 
“You know the green colonial across the street behind the barn?” 
“Uh huh.” 
He smiled again. “That’s my house.” 
“Wait, I thought the owners lived there.”  
“They do. We have for my whole life.” 
“Your family owns Maple Acres?” I blinked a few times, dumbfounded by my own dumbness. 
“Well, co-owns. Have you seen the guy with the white hair who sneaks free gourds to all the little kids at Halloween? That’s my Uncle Roger. He’s there all the time, but my dad does more of the financial stuff.” 
My face lit up. “That’s awesome! I love that place! I took a picture of the white barn from the top of the hill once and tried to sketch it. All the trees had snow on them, the sky was this amazing gray color and the pond was reflecting it” – I remembered mid-babble that I’d veered off course and reigned myself back in – “anyway, let’s just say it was magical, but drawing isn’t my strong suit. So, um, if you didn’t move, then why did you switch schools?” 
TJ’s eyes slid back to the computer screen and his shoulder tensed ever so slightly, as if I’d brought up something he didn’t really want to talk about. Now I was getting somewhere. 
“Our property is right at the intersection of three town lines. Technically, I could’ve gone to any one of the high schools.” He stabbed a few keys with his pointer finger, eliciting three clipped clicks. Maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me, but I swore his jaw tightened. “I left Templeton because it was time for a change of scenery.” 
“It must’ve been hard, though, transferring for your senior year.” And pretty odd, in my opinion. “I’m sure you had a lot of ties there.”  
TJ’s fingers paused in mid-air over the keyboard and he looked at me. “Not that many.” 
This time when he turned his attention back to the screen, I knew our conversation had ended. He ran a hand through his hair in a gesture that had a definite undertone of irritation. Whether it related to my question or some memory pertaining to the school, I couldn’t tell. But when I caught sight of the leather bracelet on his wrist, my desire to exclaim OMG THAT’S GORGEOUS WHERE DID YOU GET IT almost overruled my desire to ask what the hell his comment was supposed to mean. I’d been baiting him to say, “Yeah, my girlfriend goes there.” He hadn’t. What did that mean? 
Maybe nothing.  
But damn it all to hell, I suddenly had to know for sure. 


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How awesome that you all get to hear from Marisa, the main character from Busted! Check out her amazing tips!

GUEST POST:

Marisa’s Top 5 Tips For Sleuthing: 
Hey there. Marisa Palmera, Private Eye here. Okay, so I don’t actually call myself that, and neither does anyone else. In fact, I never meant to become a sleuth-for-hire. But spend one night scaling your best-friend’s boyfriend’s house to take incriminating pictures, and suddenly everyone wants you to be something you’re not…and when they’re willing to line your sadly lacking pockets for it, it doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.  
So, should you find yourself an unwitting Girl Friday (or even a witting one... Is “witting” a thing?) like I did, here are some tips that just may save your butt: 
    1. 1. Always have a camera handy. Whether it’s your cell phone, or the fancy camera you borrowed from your school’s yearbook club, you never know when you’ll need to snap an evidence shot. Just, um, make sure you turn off the flash if said camera is aimed through a window into a dark living room. I may have learned this the hard way. 
    1. 2. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Sounds ominous and dramatic, I know. But if someone gives you the vibe that they shouldn’t be let out of your sight? GO WITH IT. 
    1. 3. Think fast. Suck at lying? Me too. Get over it, because you’ll be fudging the truth a lot.  
    1. 4. But know when to say no. Weave enough white lies, and suddenly they’re a sticky, tangled web with you trapped inside. Know when it’s time to run, and do it like the flames of hell are licking your feet.
    2. 5. Don’t fall for the person you’re investigating. Yeah. You’re just gonna have to do as I say and not as I do on this one. Oops. 


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Here is my review of Busted! It was such an interesting read!

  MY REVIEW:


Marisa is a High Schooler who becomes known for busting cheaters. It all started when she caught Jason, the boyfriend of her best friend Charlie, cheating with another girl. The way she catches him is by spying on him in a daring and gutsy way. Then Marisa's ex-frenemy Kendall moves back into town from being away in Arizona for a while. She suspects that her boyfriend TJ may be cheating, so she enlists the help of Marisa to spy on him to find out. Then word gets around about Marisa's work catching cheaters and then other girls want her help as well. Then Marisa starts to have feelings for TJ, one of the guys she is spying on, which complicates everything. So things get really crazy after this, and it is soooo entertaining!

The phrase "busting cheaters" also has a double meaning, and without giving too much away, there is another story that intertwines with the main storyline, which is just as juicy. The storyline becomes so incredibly complex and so full of drama, that you are just in awe of how it all comes together and plays out. And important revelations are delicately sprinkled throughout the novel and are slowly revealed as the story progresses. You will definitely be surprised and shocked. This feels like a smartly outlined and planned novel by the author, and it shows by the richness of the story. Busted is an intricately woven web of deceit, lies, betrayal, and backstabbing. You get to see the lengths some people will go to to get what they want and see the effects that their actions have on other people. There are also twists and turns, which throw you for a loop. I was intrigued by the drama from beginning to end and the storyline just kept getting better and better. There was never a dull moment. Busted brings the saying, "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer" to a whole other level, which will blow your mind!

While a lot of the romantic relationships revolved around drama, I liked how there was also romance included in the novel that was cute, simple, and seemingly effortless. I liked how the relationship among students towards each other included a lot of the pettiness that actually goes on in High School so it brings a realistic feel to it. You also get to see some characters that show growth and maturity by the end of the novel, and others that learned their lesson. I was satisfied with the ending, which is always very rewarding as a reader. Busted was a fun and enjoyable read that I would highly recommend to everyone! I really loved it! Busted is definitely one of my favorite drama-filled YA novels of 2018! I can't wait to read Gina Ciocca's next YA novel, A Kiss In The Dark, which comes out in March of 2018!


MY RATING: 5 STARS





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I hope you all enjoyed this Spotlight on Busted by Gina Ciocca! It included a lot of interesting things, such as an awesome excerpt and a unique guest post by the main character Marisa from the novel Busted! I also hope you enjoyed reading my review. I loved reading Busted and I know you will to. Be sure to pre-order Busted if you haven't already (order links are above in this page) and spread the word about this wonderful book on social media! Also be sure to add it on goodreads as a TBR!