The Program by Suzanne Young Book Review!

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Title: The Program (The Program #1)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 30th 2013 
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★


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In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
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The Circle by Dave Eggers Book Review

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Title: The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
Release Date: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Knopf
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★1/2
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The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.


When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

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Author Interview: Sara Benincasa

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Here at Reads By Amanda, we love authors. How could you not? From our favorite series, books, moments, scenes and characters, there's a writer who created all those moments and decided it had to be written down and shared with the world. 

Click on to read my interview with Sara Benincasa!


Great by Sara Benincasa Book Review!

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Title: Great

Author:  Sara Benincasa
Release Date: April 8th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★
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In Sara Benincasa's contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle, only to be implicated in a tragedy that shakes the summer community.


Everyone loves a good scandal.


Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But Jacinta's carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.


Based on a beloved classic and steeped in Sara Benincasa's darkly comic voice, Great has all the drama, glitz, and romance with a terrific modern (and scandalous) twist to enthrall readers

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Author Spotlight + Interview: Melissa Pearl!

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Here at Reads By Amanda, we love authors. How could you not? From our favorite series, books, moments, scenes and characters, there's a writer who created all those moments and decided it had to be written down and shared with the world. 

Hopefully, there will be more of these author spotlights in the future since it's important that we support and rally behind the creators that work so hard to create such amazing stories. I present, Melissa Pearl. 




The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Book + Movie Comparison Review

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Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 

Director:  Stephen Norrington 
Screenplay by: James Robinson
Release Date: July 11, 2003
Rating: ★★ (2/10)

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In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.


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The movie adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic is widely panned as being generally terrible, not just as an adaptation but as a movie. I haven't sat down and seen the complete movie before, only clips of it when it would play on tv.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 Graphic Novel Review

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Title: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
Author:  Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill (Illustrator)
Release Date:  October 1st 2002
Publisher: America's Best Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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London, 1898. The Victorian Era draws to a close and the twentieth century approaches. It is a time of great change and an age of stagnation, a period of chaste order and ignoble chaos. It is an era in need of champions.


In this amazingly imaginative tale, literary figures from throughout time and various bodies of work are brought together to face any and all threats to Britain. Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde and Hawley Griffin ( the Invisible Man) form a remarkable legion of intellectual aptitude and physical prowess: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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Spring DIY: Mason Jar Flower Vase!

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My first DIY post, thanks for reading! I was really nervous to make this post since I'm not the most savvy with arts and crafts. Being left handed and surrounded by right handed scissors will do that to you, but I am getting better! (I think.)

May TBR!

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Happy May everyone! They say that April showers bring May flowers, and while the flowers are blooming somewhere in the world, here in Miami it is horrifyingly hot and I am not excited for July and August weather, which are the hottest months of the year. I might just look like a burnt steak by the end of summer if I make it

Book Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins!

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Title: Rebel Belle

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 8th 2014
Publisher:  Putnam Juvenile
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.


Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.


With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

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