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Showing posts with label harperteen. Show all posts

Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera

Monday, April 18, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I have been in a bit of a book rut lately. It’s a problem. So I decided that I would check out Ruined by Amy Tintera. I heard that her Reboot series is great, and when I saw that she tried her hand at fantasy, I knew it was going to be a must read for the new year.

Ruined by Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I've wanted to read this book for quite a while, so when Amanda offered it in exchange for a review, I had to snap it up! I LOVE this cover! I mean look at it! Doodle covers are so adorable in my opinion, and this one takes the cake. The only thing I think I found is that though the cover is cute, it fits the title, but it doesn't fit the content.

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 3rd, 2014
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
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John Green's The Fault in Our Stars  meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world. Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Why I Chose This Book:
I won't lie, I was hesitant when I began this book. Perhaps I am the Patron Saint of bad YA science fiction, but lately it seems I've had a bit of a bad luck streak when it came to books in this genre. I've seen "time travel" done again and again in YA, but alternate dimensions? I couldn't resist. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed! This book was executed perfectly and looks to be a killer beginning to a series of books that I will definitely be reading. 

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarpeTeen 
Publish Date: November 4th, 2014
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure. (Goodreads)

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
I chose this book specifically because I haven’t read a lot of contemporary novels, and I know I need to. This looked like a cute quick read, so I decided to download it from Edelweiss. I was happy that I did, because I think I liked it more than I’m willing to admit. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

On the Fence by  Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: July 1, 2014
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic
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Review: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

Monday, May 19, 2014
Why I Chose this Book:
I have come to the realization that I snub my nose at chick-lit too much. I know that I should be a well-rounded reader, and I chose this month to read at least 2-3 contemporary novels. This was a freebee I got on Edelweiss, so I decided to give it a shot. And dear God, I wish I hadn’t. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen
Publish Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Kindle ARC 
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Realistic
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Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Why I chose this book: This is the second book in Cass’ Selection series, and I while I wasn’t completely thrilled with the first novel, I was going to give the sequel a chance. Occasionally it takes a series to build up steam, yes? Sadly, in this case, there was nary a trace of steam building to be found. Despite this, I am a sucker for pretty dresses, and catty girls being, well, catty. So I figured I would give this book a try. 

The Elite by Kiera Cass  
Publisher: Harper Teen 
Publish Date: April 23, 2013
Format: Kindle
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian
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The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away. (Goodreads)

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Saturday, December 21, 2013
Why I picked up this book:
I've heard a lot of buzz about this book in various YA circles, and read that The CW was even picking it up as a pilot series. Beautiful dresses, a competition, and a post apocalyptic world--what isn't to love? I've been on a slump when it comes to Hunger Games-esque stories, and was craving one that didn't end in a huge flop. So I gave this book a try, and was mildly surprised. 

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Format: Audiobook
Genre: YA, Dystopian
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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. (Goodreads)
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