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I wanna talk about that Netflix cartoon with gay princesses and a lot of emotional weight that just wrapped up, but thinking about it makes me… kinda tired.

On the one hand, I absolutely love how the themes (abuse, grief, neglect, abandonment, responsibility, love) were all handled from Shadow Weaver reminding me of my mother being the biggest bitch and thankfully dying to Catra not immediately breaking her cycle of abuse but making the actual effort, to Bow wondering why he’s the only one who ever tries to fix friendships, to Glimmer’s initial grief display, to Catra feeling betrayed by Adora because Adora left. All of that is amazing.

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Here are a few simple steps to get your hands on arc books

Number 1:  join a site like goodreads,  tumblr, bookbub or any site that you can post a reviews on you can also post  your reviews on amazon if you want to go that route

Number 2: become a book reviewer i know you are going to ask how do i get started first go to a book store pick out a whole bunch of new releases and review them 

Number 3: post your reviews not all at once give some time between your reviews you could also post about the book or  the covers of the books in between book review posts

Number 4: make a review policy and make sure you have a list of how many books you reviewed and how many followers you have this is important info

Number 5: join some groups about books like ones for book reviewers needed or comment on post about a new book coming out asking if you could review it  you can find groups about book reviewers need on facebook and goodreads

Number 6: cover reveals are also cool because you get to  read a very early copy of the book those you sign up for 

Number 7: authors also like it when you point out typos or miss spelling so you could also use  that as a way to get early copies by saying you will look for typo’s or miss spelling in there book if it has not come out yet

Number 8: read what you want to review don’t feel like you have to review it all it is okay to say no if someone  ask you to review there book 

Number 9: now you are on your way to get ARC’s and early copies so good luck on becoming a book reviewer and don’t forget TAKE EACH DAY ONE BOOK AT A TIME.

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Bro. Broo. Brooo. If any of you who has an arc of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, would ever be so kind as to share it with me. I would cry. I’m so desperate to read it, lol, and I also can’t wait til October when i can own it myself. I’ve been eager for this book for soo long now. VE Schwab is a master writer.

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*Curtsies* Sometimes publishers will send them to reviewers they partner with who have large followings, or they’ll (occasionally) do giveaways. The thing is, ARCs aren’t really intended for the reading public–they’re intended for people in or adjacent to the publishing community who can help publicize the book. (And people really aren’t supposed to sell them, so that’s a red flag. You shouldn’t ever be paying for an ARC.)

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GoodReads Synopsis

A moving story of grief and healing - sure to be a pure joy for any musical theater aficionado.

Nettie Delaney has just been accepted into a prestigious performing arts school–the very same school her superstar mother attended. With her mother’s shadow hanging over her, Nettie has her work cut out for her–and everyone is watching. To make matters worse, Nettie hasn’t been able to sing a single note since her mother died. Whenever she tries, she just clams up. But if Nettie’s going to survive a demanding first year and keep her place in a highly coveted program, she’ll have to work through her grief and deliver a showstopper or face expulsion.

All may not be lost, however, when Nettie stumbles upon a mysterious piano player in an empty studio after class. Masked behind a curtain, can Nettie summon the courage to find her voice? Or will the pressure and anxiety of performing come crashing down?

All about finding and raising your voice, and not throwing away your shot, Vanessa Jones’s well-crafted journey of grief and healing will pull readers along with its strong narrative voice and satisfying sense of mystery.

I want to preface this review that there appears to be two different versions of this book by two different publishers. I was given an ARC of the 2020 edition that does not come out until Sept. 1, 2020 published by Peachtree Publishing. There’s an edition by Macmillan Children’s Books that came out April 2019. The review is for the Sept. 1, 2020 edition with this cover.

Vanessa Jones’ novel, SING (Like No One’s Listening) is a musical theater or musical person’s wet dream. It’s a mixture of FAME!, Center Stage (there’s ballet), one of the many Cinderella Story movies that involves the really hot guy and the girl with the desire to be a singer and has a really great voice, and every other musical movie out there. It can be a bit smaltzy at times, but for the most part, I enjoyed it for what it was; a really cute and breezy YA novel about a singer and her first year at a performing arts college.

Nettie Delaney lost her singing voice after her mother suddenly dies from a long term illness. Her mother was a pretty well known ballerina in her hey day and was a student at Duke’s College of Performing Arts or whatever its actual name was. Nettie botches her audition, but somehow made it, and thinks, after finding out that the director (whose family owns the school) were friends with her mother when they were much much younger. As she struggles to find her voice, she meets new friends, a new boy that captures her interest, as well as a few enemies. Because what book about a performing arts school doesn’t have drama and cattiness.

The great thing about this book is that Vanessa Jones actually did go to a performing arts school and was in musical theater. It’s obvious this woman knows her stuff, and it shines in the novel. The history of ghost singers that becomes a project between Nettie and her crush, Fletch (because why not?) was fascinating. I do wish, however, that there was more focus on that project than a lot of the unnecessary drama that felt shoehorned in for the sake of page count.

Speaking of the unnecessary drama, the two girls that become enemies with Nettie felt almost as if they were caricatures  of actual performing art students. Yes, it is highly competitive and yes, people are looking out for each other, but the drama wasn’t about talent. It was over a boy, and that felt lazy and contrite. I would have believed Jade and Natasha finding Nettie competition regarding talent, but over some dude who has a pretty smile, plays the guitar, and can carry a tune? Oh, and he’s white so now we have White Guy With Guitar happening, and it couldn’t be more cliched if it tried.

WGWG, by the way, is Fletch. Shocking, I know.

The other issue I had with this book is the obvious hand holding that the teachers did with Nettie. Home girl went through almost her entire first term unable to sing a note. She’s awful at ballet, can pass a dance class, but her whole point of being at this school is singing/musical theater. And it isn’t until last maybe 100 pages, possibly less, does she actually belt a tune out and show exactly why she should be at that school in the first place. I did appreciate that Miss Duke basically told her that if she doesn’t show up that her time at the college was through after the summer. But even still, she got far more allowances that actual students would have gotten. Tragic backstory aside.

The other highlight of the story are the secondary characters, Alec, Leon, and Kiki. They were all great, fleshed out, and weren’t just side notes in Nettie’s story. Alec was written almost stereotypical of a gay dancer, but his arrogance and confidence wasn’t really all that out there. Jones probably ran into dancers like Alec all the time. Either way, I really did adore him and Leon and Kiki.

I wanted to give this 4 stars because I really did enjoy the hell out of it, but the lack of resolution about Nettie’s mother’s history really brought it down. There was so much the writer could have done with Nettie finding out who her mother was and why she gave up ballet and cut off ties to that world, but we never got it. Instead we had to have another scene where Nettie was all “bad headspace” over Fletch and that drama. There was so much potential there, and I saw it there, shimmering in the distance, but it never happened. I wanted less smaltz and more history. Because of that, this got stuck at a solid 3 stars for me.

GoodReads Rating: 3 Stars

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they got formulas

tones to hit

melodies to make

registers couplets

keys rhymes

to tear your eyes

lure your ears

pull you into relationship

emotions as targets

all learnt in English lit 101

to be thrown up

hurled on blank walls

& don’t get me started

on character crisis arcs

just please

make what you write

put down on the line

true to you

neil benbow

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Okay so here it goes on Monday i started readibg a book it was 252 pages then  finished it on thursday but on Thursday morning I got sent another book to read which I started to read on Friday I read 99 pages so far i’m hopping i can read the other 92 page tomorrow but that is not 100% also today I got asked to read another book it is just one of those weeks were you get a lot of books at once then there are weeks when you get none.

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*still in the middle of crying* and can we talk about how Roman turned out to be the final enemy to Thomas’ health that we didn’t expect because we spent the episode thinking we’d already clued in to it being Patton and not Janus but at the end of it all it was Patton who opened his arms to Janus and Roman who took it as the final straw that displaced him entirely in the group dynamic because first he didn’t feel valuable or helpful and then he didn’t feel valued or listened to, and it made him break and lash out and make fun of Janus’ name reveal even though Janus was trying so hard and then he realised how un-princely that really was of him but he was too hurt to care and when he sank out it was on the most dissonant note of sheer hurt and betrayal and denial and anger and upset - i swear i’ll be able to word this better tomorrow morning but i’m not o k a y

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❝     𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐓  𝐆𝐈𝐕𝐄  𝐌𝐄  𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓  𝐋𝐎𝐎𝐊 !      ❞     she  hisses  as  to  not  wake  up  the  sleeping  infant  cradled  in  her  arms.     it  had  been  about  an  hour  since  she’d  stepped  into  camp  holding  the  baby  she  found  in  the  woods  and  the  stress  of  the  day  had  finally  caught  up  with  the  poor  child.     clarke  was  a  little  bit  jealous  ;  she  doubted  she’d  get  any  sleep  anytime  soon.     ❝     i  couldn’t  just  leave  him  out  there  ——  clearly  no  one  was  coming  to  get  him.     ❞     when  she’d  heard  the  wailing  she  didn’t  think  twice  before  following  the  sound.     clarke  had  assisted  a  few  births  while  in  the  ark,  meaning  she  was  quite  familiar  with  the  cries  of  a  child.     it  only  took  her  a  few  minutes  to  find  a  baby  boy  wrapped  in  furs,  laying  next  to  a  tree.     it  took  her  less  than  a  handful  of  seconds  to  make  up  her  mind  and  take  him  to  the  dropship.     ❝     he  was  all  alone,  bellamy.     ❞

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It’s 4am by the time Vincent was informed of the break-in and had arrived at the scene. Should Hisoka have been the one to come here? Probably. She’d overseen the build-out, she managed the place as best as she could, but he’d taken over those responsibilities from his daughter. She’d done so much for Invictus, so much for him, she needed to rest. So the alpha found himself at the shattered front doors, glass crunching beneath his shoes as he slipped under the CRIME SCENE tape set up by the police. 

He stepped into the club he’d just begun to know and already felt his stomach tighten as he saw the ruins at his feet. Tables and chairs, the bar, shelves upon shelves— broken, bent, shattered, torn. The pungent scent of alcohol permeated the air having soaked through the hardwood floors. He could see rivers of water coming from the direction of the bathrooms and he didn’t even want to know the damage in there. He took out his phone.

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      guys… it’s not pretty. 

He kept replying as he scanned the place more in depth for damages. He had no idea how much most of this stuff cost, but he knew Sungmin was going to have a hernia when he arrived. Everything was destroyed. He crouched down on the balls of his feet to inspect a nasty gouge in the wood of the bar, and when he came back up his eyes fell on something that felt entirely out of place. He felt his stomach drop as he reached out to pick up the photograph. The edges were warped, but clear as day, the photo was of their medic and his family, and The Crest of The Aegis had been drawn over it. Panic settled in.

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       I need people at Vic’s. Now.

Was he possibly overreacting? Yes. After all, it was Vic himself that had called him and notified him of the break in. Vic was more than likely fine, but this was… specific. This was a calling card. A warning. This was targeted, and Vince didn’t know how or why. He’d have to wait for Chanwoo and Sungmin to arrive before discussing it further. 

Tomorrow’s meeting was going to be interesting. 

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