8.30.2014

Review: DROWNED

DROWNED

by Nichola Reilly

published on June 24, 2014
by Harlequin Teen

                       

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam — but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

                       


8.28.2014

Review: SUBLIME

SUBLIME

by Christina Lauren

to be published on October 14
by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

                        

True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read."

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed...

                    


8.24.2014

Teaser Review: THE WALLS AROUND US

THE WALLS AROUND US
(TEASER REVIEW)

by Nova Ren Suma

to be published March 23, 2015
by Algonquin Young Readers

319 pages

                        

5 owls (and then some!)

Nova Ren Suma's next book is a ways off, but I was given the privilege of reading it early (thanks bunches to Algonquin Young Readers).

And here I am, months upon months before it will be released, about to rave to you all about how awesome it is.

This is no surprise to fans of Suma's other books, who expect nothing less than greatness from her next title. Trust me, folks: greatness is what you're going to get. And then some. Suma's fourth published title is her best by miles. I loved it so, so much.

The Walls Around Us is a journey. It is a beautiful adventure, from the first page to the last and long after. It lies to you and it reveals scary truths. And I can't wait to read it again.

8.22.2014

FEATURE AND FOLLOW FRIDAY: 8/22





This Week's Question:
What book/series do you think would make a better TV show than a movie?
Back when the House of Night series was actually good, I thought it would make an excellent TV show. Now, I'm not so sure, but with some good writers, I think it would be passable! Definitely better than a 12-part film franchise (assuming it made it past the first).
I would definitely binge-watch it on Netflix.
What about you? Be sure to comment so I can follow you back!

8.20.2014

Review: 17 & GONE

17 & GONE

by Nova Ren Suma

published by Dutton (hardcover) on March 21, 2013 // Speak (paperback) on March 6, 2014

                        

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these visions, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And . . . is she next? Through Lauren’s search for clues, things begin to unravel, and when a brush with death lands Lauren in the hospital, a shocking truth changes everything.


With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautifully visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

                        

8.16.2014

Review: BRUTAL YOUTH

BRUTAL YOUTH

by Anthony Breznican

Published by St. Martin's Press // Thomas Dunne Books
on June 10, 2014

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Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in Anthony Breznican's Brutal Youth

With a plunging reputation and enrollment rate, Saint Michael’s has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delinquents and a haven for the stridently religious when incoming freshman Peter Davidek signs up. On his first day, tensions are clearly on the rise as a picked-upon upperclassmen finally snaps, unleashing a violent attack on both the students who tormented him for so long, and the corrupt, petty faculty that let it happen. But within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal —so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.

To even stand a chance at surviving their freshmen year, the trio must join forces as they navigate a bullying culture dominated by administrators like the once popular Ms. Bromine, their embittered guidance counselor, and Father Mercedes, the parish priest who plans to scapegoat the students as he makes off with church finances. A coming-of-age tale reversed, Brutal Youth follows these students as they discover that instead of growing older and wiser, going bad may be the only way to survive.



4.08.2014

Review: KISS OF BROKEN GLASS

KISS OF BROKEN GLASS
by Madeleine Kuderick

-published by HarperTeen
-releases 9.4.2014
-read as an eARC

synopsis:


Kenna has seventy-two hours of mandatory psych evaluation to think about that one cut—the one she needed to feel alive and that began her downward spiral. Told in searingly powerful verse, these are the most harrowing and moving seventy-two hours you’ll read about.To Kenna, everything is a potential tool for self-harm: a razor blade, a safety pin, a pencil eraser rubbed fast against her skin.When Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom—with the blade from her pencil sharpener—she’s put under a psychiatric watch for seventy-two hours. In the facility Kenna meets other kids like her: her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems…for a moment.In this dark, haunting debut, Madeleine Kuderick creates a vivid world with beautiful, sparse verse that draws you in from page one and stays with you long after you put it down.


MY LORD, I HAVEN'T POSTED IN A LONG WHILE

Hello, everyone!

I have returned from the Cave of Anti-Blogging Solitude and Desolation. It's senior year, people; I mean, what do you expect? I am in 6 AP classes, and my run in the musical AIDA just ended. I'm back!



I plan to start adding reviews again like I used to in the coming months. I have lots of new, shiny books to read and review, and I can't wait to share my opinions with you all!

Let's celebrate my return with:

1) a smexy new blog theme, and

2) a review!

Shall we?

6.14.2013

Review: CHARM & STRANGE


CHARM & STRANGE
by Stephanie Kuehn


When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . . 
Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself. 
He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.
He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable. 
Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present. 
Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.


5.19.2013

Review: Mystic by Alyson Noel

MYSTIC
by Alyson Noel

320 pages

published by St. Martin's Griffin

published May 7, 2013

read as an ARC

rating: 4 of 5 owls

Summary


Since arriving in Enchantment, New Mexico, everything in Daire Santos life has changed. And not all for the better. While she’s come to accept and embrace her new powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire struggles with the responsibility she holds navigating between the worlds of the living and the dead. And with the fate of her boyfriend Dace in the balance, Daire must put aside her personal feelings and focus on defeating Cade, whose evil plans threaten everyone she loves and the world as she knows it.


Don’t miss book three in Alyson Noël’s pulse-pounding Soul Seekers series!


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