Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

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Title: The Girls
Author: Emma Cline
Release Date: June 14th 2016
Publisher: Random House
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★1/2
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Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

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Author Interview: Jeanne Ryan

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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 Jeanne Ryan! 



Travel Adventures: The Best Art Museum Ever

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Traveling is a passion of mine, I love the idea of hopping on a plane and in a few hours be in an entirely different world. Now, it's easier than ever to travel, and I wanted to share with you my new and favorite places, so it might inspire you to go somewhere you've never been before. 

Nerve Book + Movie Comparison Review

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Title: Nerve
Director: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Screenplay by: Jessica Sharzer
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★★★★ (9/10)

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A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers."



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Book Review: Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

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Title: Nerve
Author:  Jeanne Ryan
Release Date: September 13th 2012
Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin)
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.

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