04 November 2016

Review - Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 1, 2015
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 310
Synopsis: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


My Review:
I borrowed Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon from work and this is my honest review.

The thought of being so sick that you cannot even go outside for fear that you’ll die of an allergic reaction to anything, is scary. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon is about 18 year old Madeline who has been sick since she was a newborn. Anything could trigger an allergic reaction for her and because of this, she is only allowed in her air locked house, and nowhere else. Maddy is fine with her life; she's used to it, until she meets Oliver.

I have heard of these types of sickness’ before but I have never been able to read a book that centers around that sort of thing. But boy am I glad I picked this one up. I can honestly say I read this book in almost one sitting, less than 24 hours. There are so many things I just adore about this book. I love how it was set up, there were drawings, diagrams, IM’s, etc. There was so much to hold my interest along with the exciting story.

For a girl who had been locked up pretty much her entire life, and had not seen any of the real world or had the chance to have any outside of her house real world experiences, Maddy is extremely mature. Most of her thoughts were witty and made a lot of sense. I feel that if I was in her shoes I would not have been able to live life as happily as she was living hers. But then again, she grew up with this from infancy so I guess it's easier if it's all she's ever known.

Many people do not enjoy love at first sight books, and I can tell you this is not one. The way Madeline and Oliver meet is totally normal but not at the same time. He moves in next door, must notice that she's always watching for some sort of entertainment. After some persistence they start emailing and IMing and the rest is history. I was able to connect a lot with Maddy my first relationship was a long distance one so much of my time was spent texting and up all night talking because of the time distance. This may not be the same situation, but because nothing could contaminate her house, her relationship with Olly was long distance even though he was just next door.

The end was a shock, but I was severely satisfied. I had to keep reading from page 1 to the end. Everything kept getting increasingly more interesting and I could not stop. All the characters were very real to me, I was able to picture everything I read in my head and that's the kind of book I love to read. I could honestly see this book turning into a 5 star movie, from one person to another. I would recommend this to anyone just looking to check out of reality for almost 24 hours.  

 

31 October 2016

Review - The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls by Emma Cline
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: June 14, 2016
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 355
Synopsis: 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.


My Review:  
 I received an ARC copy of The Girls by Emma Cline from work and this is my honest review.


The Girls tells the story of a teenage girl named Evie in 1969 who gets herself involved with a cult of girls all following one man. Evie has many problems at home, her parents have divorced and since then her mother has changed a lot. They start to butt heads which causes Evie to adventure on her own.


Before Cline’s book I had never read anything else based on this time period. I had never been drawn to it before, but I have always been interested in serial killers and cults. So with the mention of this novel being loosely based on the Manson cult, I knew it was going to be a book for me.


Going back and forth between past Elise at about 14 years old and to present 40 year old Elise was interesting to read. Both of these time periods gave readers a look into how the past had changed Elise as a person. As a young girl she followed a lot. She met Suzanne, and almost immediately Elise became immersed into their cult.


Cline is so descriptive with her writing, it was fun to picture the place where Russell and his girls were living throughout the book. I obviously didn’t grow up in the late 60’s early 70’s but I have seen enough pictures, and movies to get a sense of what farms would look like.


I know the whole point of the novel is that it is based around the girl apart of Manson’s cult who was not apart of the murders and did not get involved. But I found myself disappointed at the end of the novel. Most of the book Evie became one of the cult members, she was fully involved with them so by the end when she was all of the sudden talking about what was going on, or what happened from a far. I do understand why that happened but I guess I just wanted her to be completely with them until the last page.


I could not stop turning pages while reading. I had to know what was going on with Evie and the girls, I found myself increasingly intrigued by the scenes Evie had with the men. I don’t read those kinds of things often, but the description and Evie’s reaction had me thinking I was a fly on the wall and that is the kind of feeling I like to have while reading. I enjoy feeling like everything I’m reading is happening right next to me.
 

 

07 September 2016

Blog Tour: Tales from a Redheaded Sea-Witch by


Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch by J.E. Hunter
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: April 2014
Summary: Death, power, transformation....  When Nessa's dad dies, the last thing she's expecting isto lose everything else too. But when her hair suddenly turns electric red, and her estranged grandma turns up on her doorstep ready tohaul her off toan isolated island, that's exactly what happens. In one day, Nessa losses her mother and her friends, and learns that she's a redheaded sea-witch with magical powers. She's one of many Neptunians—magical beings blessed by the sea, including selkies, mermaids, pirates, and sea nymphs. Nessa doesn't want to live onan island, she doesn't want tobe a sea-witch, and she certainly doesn't want tobe hunted by humans who harvest Neptunians for their magical powers. But if Nessa wants to live, she'll have to accept her new life and everything that comes with it including a witty pirate named Caesar, who just might break her heart.  Challenges arise at home and at school. Nessa struggles with her lessons, her friendships, and her burgeoning romance. She has no idea who she is, where she belongs, orthat the danger lurking in the shadows is about to tear apart her world all over again... 
Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch is the first book of the Black Depths series. This stunning series of books follow Nessa, a sea-witch. The second and third books, Broken Tide and Dark Shores, are also available on Amazon, as well a Black Depths novella, Windbound, which features the siren, Amynta, from the Black Depths series.

Meet J.E.
 J.E. Hunter lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and began writing at a young age asanexcuse to stay indoors during the cold winters. Several trips to the Pacific coast brought the inspiration for the Black Depths series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, book 1, was published in 2014. Book 2, Broken Tide, was released in November 2015. Book 3 will be released inMarch 2016. J.E. Hunter has spent many years working in the field of environmental engineering and protection, a common theme in her works. When not reading, writing, orworking, J.E. Hunter is often planning future adventures or busy living them.


Author Links:
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Goodreads
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03 September 2016

Review: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 240
Synopsis: This groundbreaking new middle grade series follows DC Comics' most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains . . . as high schoolers. At Super Hero High, the galaxy's most powerful teens nurture their powers and master the fundamentals of what it means to be a hero.





My Review:
I received Wonder Woman at Super Hero High from the publisher and this is my honest review.

When asked to review this cute little DC SuperHero Girls series I said yes immediately for a few different reasons. My boyfriend is a huge fan of Super Heroes and I thought it would be cute to read these and start learning about these things to keep up with him. I have seen this series at work before and it just looks so cute.

The first book in this series is about Wonder Woman learning of Super Hero High and deciding to apply and attend this interesting school for kids with strange talents and super powers. She shows up and immediately gets a reaction from the school. Some of the other super heroes love and want to be her friend. But there are a few that are already her sworn enemy.

It was interesting reading this book, I do not have a whole lot of Super Hero background knowledge, so the entire time I was reading I would stop to ask my boyfriend if so and so was a real SuperHero from comics, tv shows, movies, etc. Most of the Super Heroes mentioned in the books did happen to be real. I enjoyed the aspect that the characters in the book connected with how they really were in comics and what not. For example, Wonder Woman had a crush on Steve Trevor in the book, and after a little research it turns out Wonder Woman's lover in much of the old comics, etc was also known as Steve Trevor. Those little things that I connected here and there really excited me while reading.

The only aspect that bothered me while reading was the way the author portrayed Wonder Woman. I realize Wonder Woman comes from a different place than most of the other super heroes so it is normal for her to be a little more ignorant to some things than others. But there were multiple times throughout the book where Wonder Woman was oblivious to common sense things. I just did not enjoy how stupid her character seemed to be, and I do not mean that in any other way other than the fact that she actually seemed quite dumb, which I know was not true with everything she accomplished in the book and in other comics, movies, etc. So why the author chose to make her seem a little gone in some chapters is beyond me.

Other than that little blip for me, the rest of the book was fantastic. I loved meeting all of the different super heroes and seeing their relationships with Wonder Woman. I loved looking up those characters online and seeing if the relationship they had with her in the book matched up to ones they might have had in other media forms. I would definitely recommend this to young readers who are Superhero fans!

22 August 2016

Cover Reveal: A Fabrication of the Truth by Katie Kaleski


A Fabrication of the Truth
Katie Kaleski
Publication date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
The last time Lexie Stein saw Dalton Reyes he lay in a pool of blood, hovering somewhere between life and death. Now, five years later, he’s the new guy in her high school.
What happened between then and now is a mystery Lexie is afraid to explore. Just one lie uncovered from her past can cause the house of cards she’s so carefully constructed to come crashing down around her. And Dalton is the key to that past.
She doesn’t need her grandmother’s warnings to convince her that Dalton means trouble. But the bond they shared as kids seems to have only gotten stronger, transforming into something wonderful and powerful.
When Dalton opens up about the intervening years and what they mean for his future, Lexie is determined not to let him get away a second time.

Author Bio:
Katie Kaleski is a young adult author that hails from the midwest. A Fabrication of the Truth is her debut novel, but she will have plenty more books coming very soon.
Her favorite food is cereal with milk, she holds cookies in high regard, and she loves all things cute and fuzzy.
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19 August 2016

Review: Strike by Delilah S. Dawson

Strike by Delilah S. Dawson 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 12, 2016
# of Pages: 480
Synopsis: The hit list was just the beginning.

Time to strike back.

After faking her own death to escape her term as an indentured assassin for Valor Savings Bank, Patsy is on the run with her boyfriend, Wyatt. All she wants to do is go home, but that’s never going to happen—not as long as Valor’s out to get her and the people she loves.

Left with no good choices, Patsy’s only option is to meet with a mysterious group that calls itself the Citizens for Freedom.

Led by the charismatic Leon Crane, the CFF seem like just what Patsy has been looking for. Leon promises that if she joins, she’ll finally get revenge on Valor for everything they’ve done to her—and for everything they’ve made her do.

But Patsy knows the CFF has a few secrets of their own. One thing is certain: they’ll do absolutely anything to complete their mission, no matter who’s standing in their way. Even if it’s Patsy herself.

Delilah S. Dawson brings anarchy and high-octane drama to the next explosive level in this sequel to the “practically movie-ready” (Kirkus Reviews) novel, Hit.


My Review:
 I borrowed Strike by Delilah S. Dawson from work and this is my honest review.

To give a little recap the first book in this duo follows the main character Patsy while she is forced to either be an assassin for Valor Savings Bank or be killed by them for her mother's outstanding debt. Near the end of the book things prove to be hard, Patsy runs away from her duties with her last victim's brother and she has no idea where things are going to go from there.

Strike starts off on shaky ground, there is a lot of recap given to us by Patsy’s thoughts to herself. Readers do not really know where the book is headed for awhile. Patsy and Wyatt our main characters from book one do not even know where they are going to end up quite yet. But when they do end up somewhere with a group of people they met along the way each chapter starts to get more and more interesting.

I enjoyed the second book for so many reasons, Dawson did a great job giving readers recap from the first book. It was pretty creative most of the time using Patys thoughts. It was not just paragraphs or chapters of recap it was spread out evenly each time a memory was triggered for Patsy. I also liked the fact that many relationships, as well as characters developed during the pages of these books. We got to see the continuation of Wyatt and Patsy’s relationship which we did not get to see much of in book one. I also liked following along while Patsy’s character developed, it was very slow but she did end up opening up to the people I wanted her to open up to.

The end was full of surprises for me. Obviously I cannot disclose those surprises without spoilers. But I must say Dawson did a good job of giving us a good balance of good and bad surprises. I felt a lot of different emotions throughout the course of this book, which is great. I love when books make me feel things, and I also love when books are so beautifully written I can almost watch it play out in my head while reading! Definitely check out these books if you love dangerous assassin adventure books!

 

18 August 2016

Cover Reveal: Fear Me, Fear Me Not by Elodie Nowodazkij


Fear Me, Fear Me Not
Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Supernatural
SCREAM meets FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS in this new young adult romantic suspense novel by Elodie Nowodazkij.
Fear is power. They fear me. They don’t fear me enough. Every year a girl disappears in Gavert County, Texas. Their bodies are found days, sometimes months, later with an angel wing carved on their face. They call me “the Angel Killer” and I’m on the hunt again. But this time, it’s personal.
Seventeen-year-old cheerleader Erin Hortz has been warned about the Angel Killer all her life. She never walks alone in the dark. She doesn’t talk to strangers. She doesn’t accept drinks at parties. All she wants is to finish her senior year with a win at the Miss Junior Queen of Hearts pageant, capture the perfect light over the lake with her new camera, and finally catch the attention of her best friend Nadia’s brother—former football star Dimitri Kuklev. Since his injury, they’ve been spending a lot of time together. And getting to know the real Dimitri—not the one she put on a pedestal in her diary is better than she could ever have imagined. And she’s falling hard.
Nineteen-year-old Dimitri’s injury brought him from football superstar with universities from all around the country knocking at his door to not knowing what he wants to do with his life. Taking classes at the local community college is supposed to get him back on track, but all he wants is to be on the field again. The only person who seems to understand him is the one he swore to keep in the friend zone: Erin. His sister Nadia’s best friend and the reason why he can’t keep a girlfriend. Between their early morning jogs, their time spent at the lake laughing, and their late night conversations, he’s having a hard time remembering why it’s such a bad idea.
But when Nadia doesn’t come home after a party, Dimitri and Erin know they must find her before it’s too late—even if that means risking their own lives and everything Erin’s ever known.
Because the main suspect is Erin’s father.
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Author Bio:
Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat.
She's also a serial smiley user.

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