REVIEW: Who R U Really by Margo Kelly

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TITLE: Who R U Really?
AUTHOR:Margo Kelly
PUBLICATION: Published September 18th 2014 by Merit Press
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 239pages (hardcover)
SOURCE: review copy from author
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3 ★★★1/2

 
 
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Thea’s overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She’s living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can’t defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends.
Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really “gets” her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit’s allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a true-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea’s life spins out of control.
 
 
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Who R U Really is an eye opener. A book that should be more talked about not only because of the issue that is tough and popular but also because it was incredibly crafted.

Thea is one of the most realistically written 15 year old girl that I’ve ever read. I won’t lie, she is SO HARD to read. I found myself asking if I was this annoying and irritating when I was her age. One thing we have in common though is our naivety. I admit this because I also felt what Thea is going through in this book.

“I longed for a boyfriend who would confide in me and need me. I wanted him to say the three most beautiful words in the world to me: I love you. A slow sigh escaped my lips, and I rested my chin on my hands.”

Ahh, to be fifteen and.. naive. Thea wants what other girls have. Things that, in her mind, is so important to have. And what better way to find those than the Internet.

We should know this: being a teenager is much much harder these days. Sure, the Internet is a big help when it comes to studies and entertainment but we should be aware that its not a safe place. I’m not saying that the Internet is a place full of bad people because that’s a big fat no, but what I’m telling is this: we must be careful. Internet is helpful, but it has its dangers too.

The Parental aspect in here is so impressive. Both parents present and I love how they were written and portrayed. You can really see how they tried and tried to be in inside their daughters life and prevented this tragedy to happen but.. some things are really just out of our control. Some things needs to happen so that the lesson can be truly learned. Thea learned it in a hard way and I honestly felt bad for her.

I was pretty much disgusted and angry when the creep was reveal. I felt sick that these pervs and sickos truly exist in our world. Margo really made me feel all this emotions which is just a sign on how good the book is. The characters are authentic,the dialogues are believable and the pacing is just perfect! Overall, Who R U Really is a provocative book that I won’t stop recommending. It needs to be read and this topic to be heard. Praise for Margo Kelly!!

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Margo Kelly is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, she is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Who R U Really? is her first novel. Margo welcomes the opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

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TITLE: Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery #1)
AUTHOR: Ellie Alexander
PUBLICATION: Published December 30th 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
GENRE: A > Mystery
PAGES: 320pages (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via publisher
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3 ★★★

 
 
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Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…
After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…
“Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike.”
–Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death
The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…
“Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die
 
 
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Meet Your Baker is a mild and cozy mystery read. I’m a big fan of mystery books and for someone who read A LOT of books in this genre, I can really say that the mystery was neatly done. The tension, the build up, the way the secrets were revealed and the setting really appealed to me.

Juliet or Jules is a wonderful main character. I like how she thinks and even though we are not in the same age group, I surprisingly identified with her. She’s an incredible daughter, she made me laugh and she knows how to ask the right questions which is a great attribute in a character especially in this genre. All the secondary are well done too. I admit that the culprit was unexpected. I did not see it coming.

The way the author described Juliet’s hometown is truly inviting. I have this sudden urge to stop everything and visit the town even though there’s currently a murder that needs to be solved. And also, the recipes!!! Probably one of the many resons I like this book so much. I ended up humgry when i finished Meet Your Baker and I still dint know if that’s a good or bad thimg.

I still want to meet Carlos and I’m excited to what will happen next to Jules. Can’t wait for the next installment!!

 

 

 

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Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

 

 

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