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{Review} Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 400 pages

Published 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

~Review~

Cinder is an ambitious retelling of one my favorite fairytales Cinderella. In this modern fairytale set in futuristic New Beijing, hundred years after World War IV, we are introduced to the main heroine: Cinder. A deadly and contagious disease is ravaging the Earth and killing its people, not to mention an imminent war against the people who live on the Moon (Luna), the Lunars. Cinder will soon discover that that the peace and safety of Earthens might possibly lie in her hands. I have to praise the book for its originality. I mean, a cyborg Cinderella in a dystopian world? You gotta give Marissa Meyer props for coming up with that. I personally loved the world she built. It is a very fun read. I enjoyed reading it and I was interested enough to continue flipping through its pages eagerly. The writing is clean and very descriptive. I love Prince Kai and Cinder’s cyborg slash bestfriend: Iko.

Cinder was an awesome protagonist and very like-able. She is in an awful living situation with her evil step-mother Adri and her equally evil step-sister Pearl. But at least she has her nice step-sister Peony and the family android, Iko, there to help her cope. Cinder is a Cyborg which is part human part robot. She is looked down upon for this reason and is treated like a slave in her home. Adri blames Cinder for all of their troubles insisting she is the cause for everything and anything bad that has happened to her family. She can’t cry or blush, and that helps. Like, she literally can’t do both of those things. She wasn’t programmed to. I also love that she’s so strong and determined. There was no fairy godmother here to help her go to the ball. She did shit herself and refused to back down.

Prince Kai. Even mentioning his name makes me swoon. Prince Kai was surprisingly down to Earth for being a prince. When I began this novel I expected him to be shallow and sheltered. Instead he was a prince of the people and I liked that he was willing to do anything to save New Beijing.

Overall, I think Meyer did a terrific job with this retelling of a beloved classic. Likable, believable characters paired with a compelling story that had the right amount of tension and suspense made for a winning combination. The ending has me itching for the next book in the series, and I’m eager to find out what happens to Cinder and Kai, and the fate of Earth and Luna.

I strongly recommend this book to you if you want an awesome dystopian fairy tale retelling with great characters. And you might even have as much fun reading it as I did. :] Now, on to the next book in this series!

 

 

 

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~Author Bio~

Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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{Review} The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson


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The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Hardcover, 261 pages

Published July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen

~Rating: 3/5 stars~

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~Description~

Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I’m tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I’m tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don’t know why. I think it’s because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.

~Review~

This was not quite what I expected. I was expecting more mystery and intrigue and less typical contemporary vibes. The only moments there is anything paranormal is during the ghost POV sections. The rest is about Maggie and her growing as a person and adjusting to a new life.

This is the first book I read by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I did liked the plot, although I didn’t connect with the main characters, so I felt that I might hadn’t enjoyed it as much as expected. I really wanted to love this book, but I honestly don’t know how I feel.

The Vanishing Season a book a thriller with a paranormal twist, about a girl who has just moved to a small town where girls are disappearing to later to be found dead floating in the lake. The book is told from two POVs,Maggie’s and a spirit that observes the trio; but it’s most in Maggie’s POV.

Maggie has moved from the bustle of Chicago to a very isolated small town called, Door Country because her mom lost her job. It’s a difficult move, but Maggie has a neighbor, Pauline, who she easily makes friends with. Pauline is a beautiful and rich girl and somewhat eccentric. Maggie also meets, Pauline’s best friend Liam. Liam also Maggie’s neighbor who is madly in love with Pauline. But Pauline doesn’t see Liam that way. Maggie finds a friendship that she didn’t expect to find and had good and funny moments with them, but they’re always aware of the disappearances.  

It was well written, but not exactly my style. I just didn’t get very excited about The Vanishing Season. It felt like it took me a year to read… The murders, which were supposed to cramp their style, didn’t really seem to hold them back much. The romance was kinda predictable. I may or may not read more of this author, I’m not entirely sure yet. It was alright though.

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~Author Bio~

Jodi Lynn AndersonJodi Lynn Anderson is The New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, Love and Peaches, Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Washington, C., with her husband and an endless parade of stray pets

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{Review} Erected by Desiree Holt


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Erected by Desiree Holt

ebook, 80 pages

Published January 2012 by Ellora’s Cave

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Who can resist a pint-sized female with luscious curves stranded in a parking lot? Not Josh McMann. It’s his pleasure to save Ness Bowen, especially given the instant sensual chemistry that explodes between them. When she wrecks her car on the way to meet him for dinner, he saves her once again. And dinner at home takes on a whole new meaning as the sexual pull becomes too strong for either to ignore. The more they see each other, the more intense and erotic the sex becomes.

But Ness sees Josh as a player, and she’s been dumped by men like him who were always looking for the next conquest. Josh has his own trust issues, having been burned by women interested only in his money and power.

When a breakfast date goes awry and Ness thinks she’s been dumped once again, it takes a lot of fancy maneuvering from Josh to make amends.

~Review~

*a copy was provided via Netgalley*

Erected by Desiree Holt is a captivating and fun erotic romance. It’s well-written and the characters stole my heart. Ness & Josh seem like normal average people that you might know in real life, BUT they have each had a string of bad relationshops and have decided to close themselves off so they won’t get hurt again…

Josh McMann is literally sex on a stick, tall, gorgeous, rich and fun. But all those attributes are his downfall, too. He feels destined to never know what is truly in a woman’s heart, because he believes all they ever see is his pretty face and especially his thick wallet. He’s forever the gentleman and ever one to help those in need. He’s a true white knight.

Vanessa (Ness) Bowen is a very successful, intelligent beautiful business woman that has been sorely used by her last several relationships. And much like Josh she is sooo done with the opposite sex. No more arrogant self serving men for her. She would rather go without then deal with men like that anymore.

Ness didn’t have the best first impression on Josh, she was hysterical, I mean who would blame her? She’s been through a lot recently, she was in an accident and has a broken ankle, she has a cast on and everything, but having her car ‘stolen’ (towed), really made her go crazy. Josh’s first impression of her was he knew how to handle crazy, and throughout the book, he seems pretty confident when pursuing her.

A very quick read, with a ton of hot, hot sex! I love the emotional connection between the characters. they are strong willed and explosive when they come together. There were moments of laughter and anguish, but all-in-all it’s a story about finding love and holding on to it. I wish it was longer! I can’t wait to read more from this author~ 

When you want a romance that will singe your fingers, Erected is the book for you! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Desiree HoltA multi-published, award winning, Amazon and USA Today best-selling author, Desiree Holt has produced more than 200 titles and won many awards. She has received an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many others including Author After Dark’s Author of the Year. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail. She lives in Florida with her cats who insist they help her write her books, and is addicted to football.

“Get out the ice water and fan…Desiree Holt delivers smoking hot alpha heroes and red hot romances.” Lea Franczak, USA Today Happy Ever After blog.

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{Review} We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean


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We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

Paperback, 279 pages

Published October 6th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Murder.

Fire.

Revenge.

That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.

Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.

~Review~

We’ll Never Be Apart is a riveting psychological thriller from page one. It’s a mystery…a thinker…and full of suspense. From the first time I saw the wickedly amazing cover… I knew I had to read this book. The cover just grabs you and doesn’t let go.

The story revolves around Alice who is now in a mental facility after surviving a fire that her twin sister, Celia, started in an attempt to kill her and her boyfriend Jason, whom sadly did not survive. Alice is recovering and trying to get answers about her life and the events that led up to the fire. Alice is determined to find her twin sister and get revenge for Jason. She tries to come to terms with what her sister Celia did by writing her memories of her bad childhood in a journal.  When she realizes that Cellie is in a different ward at the hospital, Alice makes it her mission to find a way to get to her and make her pay by killing her.

A piece of Alice’s plan just happens to be a boy she meets in her ward, Chase. He has some demons of his own and as he and Alice become closer, his story is revealed a bit more and he happens to be more than just the cocky troublemaker he presents himself as. Honestly, Alice is the perfect level of sarcastic which I love and her interactions with Chase made me smile. I mean the romance? (Kind of romance-y) between Alice and Chase was cute, but Alice’s constant moaning over Jason kind of ruined it. But when they first met Alice really tried to win him over to help her out with her plan, are some of my favorite interactions between them. I loved seeing their characters develop.

Emiko Jean is a great writer. Her words were quite poetic and beautiful even with the grittiness of the story. The whole book had this dark, almost spooky feel to it.  I had a lot of fun with this and the characters were both engaging and well fleshed out. I would pick up another book by this author without hesitation in the future, in fact I can’t wait to read more of her work!

I recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Emiko Jean

When she’s not writing, she’s reading. Before becoming a writer she was an entomologist, a candle maker, a florist and most recently a teacher. Emiko Jean’s work with children in foster care inspired We’ll Nevery Be Apart. ) She Lives with her husband in Seatle, Washington and very large dog, and she loves the rain.

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{Review} Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Paperback, 310 pages

Published September 3rd 2015 by Corgi Childrens (first published September 1st 2015)

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

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.

~Review~

Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about this book.,. It was very much flat and that ‘plot twist’ was so poorly executed. I expected to LOVE this book.  The reviews were all positive, and it sounded so different… all these reasons added up…

This book was fast paced and had a great plot.  The first half was very enjoyable and I loved the two main characters.

It started quite beautifully written with diverse characters. Madeline is the main character, and she has this rare condition.

I did think that things were a bit rushed and the story went in all weird directions towards the second half and would have been better if it was flushed out a bit more. But as I read the second half of the book, and got more information I realized the book wasn’t as unique as I had hoped it would be. But I did find myself enjoying this book. It was more cheesy than sweet but I still enjoyed the emphasis on the human need for more.  I loved Maddy’s positive outlook on life, despite her illness and that she’s never been outside of her house. She’s so smart and witty. One of my favorite things that she does is every time she gets a new book, she writes a list of rewards if found.  I thought Madeline was incredibly selfish at times, but this offered complexity to her character and her yearning was palpable.
I’ve read a lot of reviews of this book and people have mentioned this “plot twist”, but in my opinion, I thought it was very predictable.  I mean, Maddy’s father and brother died, and her mother was DEVISTATED, which lead to her mother doing everything in her power to keep her daughter safe and all to herself, because after all, Maddy was all she has. The way Maddy’s mother acted towards Maddy when Maddy didn’t spend time with her as often was really why it was predictable, because you could just feel her pain, that her baby girl was changing and drifting apart, and then she proceeded to take everything away from Maddy (electronics, not being able to invite Olly over). This was when I realized, her mother essentially made it up to protect her and keep her in the house after her dad and brother died (her mother isn’t evil, just mentally ill).
I feel like it’s so cheap because the author built up this beautiful romance around the concept of one person having an illness that doesn’t allow them to leave the house, a very interesting idea I might add, and then just when they’re really in love, the author totally crushes the concept with and it crumbles into a story about two somewhat normal teens in love.

I feel like there are so many unanswered questions… Her mom is a doctor… but Maddy never really had an official diagnosis… I just don’t know….

As I said, at the beginning… it was poorly executed… I’m really disappointed at the ending..

I don’t know if I recommend it… Maybe I’m just thinking too in depth of the plot/character actions. Well, the romance part was really CUTE! I recommend it to those who want to read a typical YA Romance.

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~Author Bio~

Nicola YoonNicola Yoon is the #1 NYT bestselling author of Everything, Everything, which is now a major motion picture, and The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her family. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

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{Review} V Games by Caroline Peckham


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V Games by Caroline Peckham

Kindle, 336 pages

Published: October 30th 2017

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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LAST ONE TO THE GRAVE, WINS.

Being a killer wasn’t what eighteen year old Selena Grey ever expected she’d become. But with her stepfather’s blood fresh on her hands, she finds herself walking into an eight by six prison cell where she’ll live out the next twenty five years of her life.

Or so she thought…

When a man as beautiful as he is terrifying walks into the prison, Selena is the only one seemingly unaffected by his charms. But Varick’s impossibly dark eyes are trained on her and her alone, frightening Selena of what his presence forewarns. It’s not long before she finds out as she wakes on a ship in the dead of night, a captive of the forbidding Varick who seems more beast than man.

But when she arrives at a barren and isolated island in the stormy north sea, she soon realizes that the obnoxious Varick may be her only hope of survival. Because, in a place where polar night reigns for the next six months, a powerful and cruel family are about to start this year’s season of the V Games. And Selena is marked to participate in the blood sport, hunted by ravenous vampires and surviving the harsh terrain of the bleak island. And, not only that, but Selena just became the highest bid on contestant in a century…Find out why in Book 1 of the V Games Trilogy – 0.99 release price for a limited time only!

~Review~

*a copy was provided by the author*

Wow! I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, I mean I’ve read a lot of vampire books in the past and they’re all pretty similar. But this, this was quiet a surprise; this is a very unique vampire book! And I can’t wait for what the author has in store for the rest of this series!

I felt like the first few chapters were kind of slow, but I’m happy I continued.

Selena – our main character is a convicted murderer. She finds herself kidnaped along with her cellmate and 22 other young female prisoners, (24 in total) to take part in the V Games. These games are an age-old tradition, that hunters created. Years after the hunter/vampire wars, vampires were weakened. And now instead of the Helsings just hunting vampires, they torture them; they are kept hungry and controlled with capsules of silver imbedded in their necks and then are released when the Helsings allow it, (the Helsings? Oh yeah, we are definitely thinking of the same Helsings, the Van Helssings.) and put on the island with the prisoners. The V Games is a twisted game of survival against abused and starving vampires. They have to survive a week on an island, with challenges and hungry vampires that hunt them. The winner of the games gets to go home with a clean record.

The V Games was a riveting read, the whole aspect of the book was really amazing; I loved the different challenges and such. Although, this story is similar to The Hunger Games, it is different and the whole concept is very distinct. I thought it was well-written and Caroline Peckham did a great job at making it her own.

Fast pace, action, vampires, romance, what more could you want? This book is perfect and I highly recommend it.

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~Author Bio~

Image may contain: 1 person, smilingCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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{Review} Other Broken Things by Chista Desir


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Other Broken Things by Chista Desir

Hardcover, 256 pages

Published January 12th 2016 by Simon Pulse

~Rating: 3/5 stars~

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~Description~

Nat’s not an alcoholic. She doesn’t have a problem. Everybody parties, everybody does stupid things, like get in their car when they can barely see. Still, with six months of court-ordered AA meetings required, her days of vodka-filled water bottles are over.

Unfortunately her old friends want the party girl or nothing. Even her up-for-anything ex seems more interested in rehashing the past than actually helping Nat.

But then a recovering alcoholic named Joe inserts himself into Nat’s life and things start looking up. Joe is funny, smart, and calls her out in a way no one ever has.

He’s also older. A lot older.

Nat’s connection to Joe is overwhelming but so are her attempts to fit back into her old world, all while battling the constant urge to crack a bottle and blur that one thing she’s been desperate to forget.

Now in order to make a different kind of life, Natalie must pull together her broken parts and learn to fight for herself.

~Review~

Not the type of book I would usually read, but it was a good, I actually enjoyed it. As you probably read from the book description, Other Broken Things is about teenaged alcoholism. I felt like the author did a great job at describing alcoholism and how addiction is a disease. The writing was good and the characters were written well.

Natalie was a boxer, and when her parents got her to stop boxing, she filled a hole inside of herself with alcohol. She befriends some other partiers and slips into a hole of drinking to fill up the anger inside of her. Some bad stuff happens, and here we are. Natalie is just out of rehab and now in court-ordered AA after a DUI. She’s not really sure why all this has happened to her — she just likes to party like everyone else! At AA she meets Joe, an older man who shows an interest in her and hopes to get her off the booze and on track, but their relationship goes from friends to having feelings for each other.

Yes, she likes to party but she doesn’t realize that alcohol is her go-to everyday; in the mornings, at school, at night. Natalie is an alcoholic and she doesn’t want to admit it at first.

As the story progresses you get a feel for the life she lives and you get to know her really well; Natalie is unlikable at times; she isn’t a very nice person to anyone in her life. Natalie character was flawed and so imperfect that she was actually believable.

Other Broken Things was a powerful, young adult novel that recognizes the damage that alcoholism can cause. I wasn’t impressed with the ending….. But it’s as real as it gets. Other Broken Things by Christa Desir wasn’t one of those books that I absolutely loved, but it was a good book, and you should pick up if you want a change in a different kind of YA.

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~Author Bio~

Christa Desir

Christa Desir writes contemporary fiction for young adults. She’s an avid reader, roller derby enthusiast, Sunday school teacher, romance editor, and podcaster. She lives with her husband, three children, and overly enthusiastic dog outside of Chicago. She has volunteered as a rape victim activist for more than ten years, including providing direct service as an advocate in hospital ERs. She is a founding member of the Voices and Faces Project, a nonprofit organization for rape survivors that conducts an international survivor-based testimonial writing workshop.

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