Review: love, and you by Gretchen Gomez

love, and you


one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

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love, and you is the debut published collection of poetry by Gretchen Gomez and it was beautiful. So, so beautiful. I read through it within hours and I tabbed so many poems that I absolutely loved and adored. I think that this was an amazing debut by Gretchen and I can’t wait to read whatever she releases in the future!

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Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds


When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

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The Darkest Minds is yet another series that has been near the top of my TBR-list for a long time. A very long time. I was finally able to pick up the first book in this series and, as usual, I was extremely mad at myself for not reading this book sooner. The Darkest Minds was a really great read and it had action, romance, twists and turns, and basically everything that I love seeing in young adult dystopian novels. But, with that being said, it also had elements to it that made it original and definitely thrilling. While this book did have its flaws every now and then, I think The Darkest Minds was a really great first book in a series that left me wanting to read the next book as soon as possible.

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