Book Review by Nicole: Future Leaders of Nowhere, by Emily O’Beirne

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Future Leaders of Nowhere, by Emily O’Beirne
Series: Future Leaders of Nowhere #1
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Release Date: March 15, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: The Sum of These Things, by Emily O’Beirne

obeirne-the-sum-of-these-thingsThe Sum of These Things, by Emily O’Beirne
Series: A Story of Now, Book 2
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Release Date: December 16, 2015

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy Link: Publisher / Amazon
Review of Book One: A Story of Now (4 out of 5 stars)

I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Blurb:

In the sequel to A Story of Now, Claire Pearson has already learned a few things this summer. Like falling for a girl is easy. Well, it is if that girl is Mia.  What Claire hasn’t learned yet is that now comes the hard part: learning to trust in this new relationship. And that isn’t easy when no one has ever given you a reason to trust before.

Then there’s the pressing question of what to do with her life. Claire’s new volunteer job working with kids offers a glimpse of a potential future, but it definitely isn’t something her pushy mother is going to like.

Still, everything feels hopeful as she embarks on the next chapter of her life, armed with new friends and the warm and funny Mia. But Claire quickly discovers that negotiating this new terrain of adulthood isn’t easy. Over the rest of this momentous summer, the biggest lesson Claire must learn is how not to let anything get in the way of her happiness. Especially herself.

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Review: A Story of Now, by Emily O’Beirne (Rating: 4/5)

A Story of Now, by Emily O’Beirne
Publisher: Ylva Publishing (July 10, 2015)
Page Count: 405 pages
Genre: Lesbian (F/F) YA Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics

Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics

Summary: Nineteen-year-old Claire Pearson knows she needs a life. And some new friends. But brittle, beautiful, and just a little bit too sassy for her own good sometimes, she no longer makes friends easily. And she has no clue where to start on the whole finding a life front, either. Not after a confidence-shattering year dogged by bad break-ups, friends who have become strangers, and her constant failure to meet her parents sky-high expectations.

When Robbie and Mia walk into Claire’s work they seem the least likely people to help her find a life. But despite Claire’s initial attempts to alienate them, an unexpected new friendship develops. And it’s the warm, brilliant Mia who seems to get Claire like no one has before. Soon, Claire begins to question her feelings for her new friend.

My Thoughts: I would call this a bildungsroman for the university student. A Story of Now follows Claire, who is not the most easily liked person you’ll ever meet, as she starts to grow and become her own woman. So far, she’s spent her life doing everything her parents don’t want her to do, rather than doing the things that she wants to do, and at age nineteen has no idea what she’s really doing with her life.

A warning in advance: this is the first in a series, with the second novel out in December 2015. I didn’t realize that when I’d started. But the novel does conclude satisfactorily, with no cliff-hanger.

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