Showing posts with label young adult. Show all posts
Showing posts with label young adult. Show all posts

Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Why I Chose This Book:

I had been looking forward to this book for months. It’s not very often that we get historical fiction books in YA, not to mention LGBTQ+ books in YA historical fiction. So when this book finally hit the shelves, I was there ready to hand over my life savings just so I could own this book.


by Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+


Synopsis:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores. (Goodreads)


Review: Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Why I Chose this Book:

If any of you truly know me, you know my undying love for poetry—particularly Victorian poetry. So when I heard about this book being a retelling of Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, I was already all over it. I have always struggled with retellings, because most of the time they feel contrived or one-dimensional, but I was so ready to love this book! I really was.



Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling

Synopsis:   

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world. (Goodreads)

Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why I chose this book: 

I’ll be honest, I’m totally a “judge a book by its cover” girl, and that cover art is gorgeous. Also, as a person who has a strong interest in European mythologies, particularly Irish, Celtic, and Scottish myths, I was not about to pass this book up.


An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: 

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel. (Goodreads)

Review: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I love Rosamund Hodge. I generally love everything about her. Cruel Beauty was wonderful and Crimson Bound was something that shredded my heart in my chest and had me begging for more, so I expected nothing less from Bright Smoke, Cold Fire.


Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling

Synopsis:
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara. Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it.

Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . (Goodreads)

Review for ACOMAF... and the havoc this book has wreaked on my life.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Why I Chose This Book:
I think it is very clear why I chose to read this book. Most of you know I am a huge fangirl of anything SJM writes, so I was painfully waiting for this book to hit the shelves. I got it on my Kindle so I could start reading it IMMEDIATELY, then I got the Target edition that featured the extra Cassian and Nesta scene, and then I bought the audiobook… because why the hell not?

Be prepared, this review will contain MAJOR spoilers, so if you haven’t read the book, I would not read the rest of this review, just know that it is one of the best books I have ever read and you should own a copy for yourself because it is so beyond worth it. Also, I’m sorry in advance for how long it is… I just have a lot of emotions and words, okay?


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis:
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Why I chose this book:
Hello readers! I am guest posting for the lovely Amanda over the upcoming book The Crown’s Game. I picked up this arc because I have been in awe of Russian history since I was in junior high, and having read the first two books in the firebird trilogy recently, I was enamored with it all over again. It’s also being heralded as one of the fantasy breakouts of the year so I’m kind of thinking it could be the next Red Queen in terms of popularity.


The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
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Synopsis:
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. (Goodreads)

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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Synopsis:
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)

Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Monday, April 11, 2016
Why I chose this book:
This book was actually given to me by a coworker for my birthday. I have really been trying my hand at reading more graphic novels, and he decided that not only was he going to give me a graphic novel, but he was going to give me one in the horror genre, because he knows how much I don’t like horror. Despite this, he was intent on picking out one that I would enjoy, and so he gave this book to me.


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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: July 15th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Horror


Synopsis:
'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there... (Goodreads).

Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I read Wendy Higgin’s first book in her Sweet trilogy, and I read it when I needed a fast no-nonsense flimsy read. And it was a decent book… I guess you could call it a rebound book. While I was doing a run through of Edelweiss, I saw that this one was an instant download, and I though to myself this would be a cool one to try out since she was trying her hand at the Fantasy genre, of which I am a huge fan. So I decided to give this one a shot.


The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis:
When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger…until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom. (Goodreads)

Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Why I chose this book: 
A Thousand Pieces of You was one of my most favorite reads of last year, so when this book came out, I immediately bought it on audible and enjoyed the adventure!




Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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Synopsis:
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared. (Goodreads)

Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Monday, March 14, 2016
Why I chose this book:
When I first heard of this book, the idea of a picture book for young adults really intrigued me. I enjoy Neil Gaiman, so I really wanted to check it out. And I’m glad I did, because I eventually ended up writing a paper over it for my feminist lit class.



The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Release Date: October 23rd, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Picture Books, Fantasy
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Synopsis:
A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift. (Goodreads)

Graphic Novel Reviews: Wytches, and Amulet: The Stonekeeper

Thursday, March 10, 2016






Wytches by Scott Snyder, Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, Clem Robbins

So I am convinced that I have not read enough graphic novels in my life, and I’m really trying to fix that. I told a coworker of mine that I needed to read more, but I almost had no idea where to even start. So he gave me this graphic novel. That night, after closing at 11pm, I went home and devoured it in one sitting.

This book is utterly terrifying and yet fascinating. I am not a horror fan most of the time, but when it is done well, I love it. This was one of those moments. The art was fantastic, though sometimes a little difficult to discern exactly what was going on…though that may have been the choice of the artist and writers.

The storyline was fantastic, and I’ve never read a book where the girl is a teenager, but the relationship in focus isn’t about her relationship with a boy she likes, or your normal love triangle. This is about the relationship she has with her family, and more specifically, her dad. That facet made this book even more intriguing and exciting.

If you like horror and graphic novels, this is a must! It’s intriguing in a morality perspective as well as just good story writing.

I gave this book 5 stars.

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Monday, March 7, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I have heard so many great things about Alexandra Bracken and her work. Though I will admit, I had never previously read anything by her, I chose to read Passenger because it was one of my selections from my Uppercase box in February.



Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy/Science Fiction
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Synopsis:
Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever. (Goodreads)

Meh Chronicles: Shadow Queen, A Flame in the Mist, A New Darkness

Friday, February 26, 2016






Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Though I’ve heard some not so great things about Redwine’s writing, I thought I would give this a chance. I have been recently getting into a lot of retellings and even writing academic papers over them (you can check those out here), so I figured this one would be a good start for me. And can we talk about that cover? AMAZING!

I feel like I need to start off with the fact that I DNF’d this book at 17%. I just couldn’t do it guys. The writing was not what I had expected. There was such a large fissure between me, the reader, and the main character. I did not care about her, and I tried… I really really tried.

I felt like she could do so much more with her characters and some of the experiences they have endured. She had ample opportunity to make me care for her characters, but at every turn everything felt so very flat… and eerily similar to Snow White and the Huntsman movie, but I won’t get into that.

Overall, I sadly didn’t enjoy it so I have to give it a low rating.
I received this book 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.

I gave this book 1 star.

Review: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Why I chose this book:
Beyond the Red seemed like it was right up my alley, I mean epic science fiction, alien races, and a love story to match? Count me in! I couldn’t wait to read this debut! I received this book 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.



Beyond the Red by Ava Jae
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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Synopsis:
Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide. (Goodreads)

Guest Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I actually didn't choose this book specifically, it was included from Amanda along with other books I requested to review for her. When I first pulled it out of the box my face fell, I'm not much into mushy romance or witches. However, I'm so glad I gave it a chance. This book is seriously one of the most addicting books I've read in a while. After I finished it, I immediately went to Amazon to order the next two books!



Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: January 25th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship--or an early grave.

Before her mother died. Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months lefts to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word...especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood--not even from each other.

Guest Review: Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

Monday, January 18, 2016
Why I chose this book:
After reading the first book, Rot & Ruin, I had to know what happens next. Warning this review contains spoilers for Rot & Ruin.


Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 30th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Science Fiction, Dystopia
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Synopsis:
Now, after months of rigorous training with Tom, Benny's zombie-hunter brother, Benny, Nix, Lilah the Lost Girl, and Chong are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future.

But from the start, everything goes wrong. They are pursues by the living dead, wild animals, and insane murderers, and are faced with the horrors of a rebuilt Gameland, where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all...could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?

Guest Review: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Friday, January 15, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I chose to read this book because the zombie craze is still going strong and I have not gotten into it yet. I haven't read anything or watched TV shows zombie related. I have watched numerous movies. I thought this book would be a good introduction to zombie lit.


Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 14th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Science Fiction, Dystopia
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Synopsis:
In the zombie-infested world Benny has grown up in, teenagers must work once they turn fifteen-or they’ll lose their food rations. Benny isn’t interested in taking on the family business, but he reluctantly agrees to train as a zombie killer with his boring big brother, Tom. He expects a dull job, whacking zombies for cash. What he discovers is a vocation that will teach him what it really means to be human.

As his worldview is challenged again and again by the lessons he learns from Tom, Benny is forced to confront another horrifying reality: Sometimes the most terrible monsters are human.

Guest Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Friday, January 8, 2016
Why I chose this book:
Delirium is one of those books that has been on my radar since it came out (back in 2012), but quickly got buried amongst other books on my TBR list and then, unfortunately, forgotten. That is until I read Amanda’s post asking for volunteers to write some reviews for her. I knew right away that I wanted to participate and so when I spotted Delirium on the list I jumped at the opportunity to finally try reading it. So another huge thank you to Amanda for putting this whole thing together and giving me the book!


Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
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Synopsis:
Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't. (Goodreads)

Review: Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Why I chose this book:
Is there really a reason not to read this series? I mean it has gorgeous covers, swoon-worthy romance, and entrancing writing. It’s a complete win, and this book was no difference.

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis:
A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide. (Goodreads)

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