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Showing posts with label putnam juvenile. Show all posts

Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Why I chose this book: 
When I skimmed over the synopsis, the words "secret society" and "conspiracy" made clutch this book to my chest. If you want me to read a book with no questions asked, drop those three words. I swear in another life I was a member of some elite family that ran western Europe with a sinister hand. Deciphering codes and unraveling mysteries is totally my thing.

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publish Date: January 13th, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
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Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle--beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose bot only between freedom and family--but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she's falling in love with. (Goodreads)

Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
Back when I was officially on the blogging team here at Of Spectacles and Books (by the way, HI GUYS -Addison here!), I noticed this book on several blogger’s lists. I’m all about two things: I’m all about that base (no treble), AND I am all about private school intrigue. Throw that in with a mystery illness? You had me at hello. The one thing I was hesitant about was the incorporation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, but dang, it was done masterfully.

Conversion by Katherine Howe
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publish Date: July 1st, 2014
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Paranormal

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .(Goodreads)

Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
This book has been waiting on my audiobook shelf for months. I have an increasingly bad habit of finishing the first two books in a trilogy but never finishing out the final book. I chalk it up to not wanting the adventure to end, but honestly it’s also part laziness. I went through a painting craze lately and so I decided to finish up this series while listening to this gorgeous audiobook.

Champion by Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publish Date: November 5th, 2013
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
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He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion? 

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. 

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything. (Goodreads)

Mini Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I listened to Legend on audiobook, and I immediately had to have the next one. I loved her writing and world building, so I was ready for round 2.

Publisher: Putnam Juvenal
Publish Date: January 29, 2013
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games? (Goodreads)

Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Why I chose this book:

I work in a library, so I get to drool over a lot of books on my average work day. This particular one taunted me for quite a while before I finally picked it up. I’m not unaware of the hype for this series, so I figured it was worth a read just to find out. After all, the back cover touted that if I liked the Hunger Games I would enjoy Legend. I find that comparison ridiculously overused; generally, I feel like I’m being recommended Fifty Shades of Gray because I enjoyed Hamlet. In any case, I indulged. And I’m not sorry I did. 

Legend by Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publish Date: November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback 
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
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