Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Two Nights

Two Nights Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sunday Night has survived a lot and has the scars to prove it. When a girl turns up missing after a school is bombed, she agrees that the family needs her help. No one knows if the girl is dead or if she was taken, but Sunnie is willing to face her own demons in order to discover the truth.

Two Nights is a stand-alone novel that will not disappoint readers of Reichs' other novels. Sunnie is not shy about using her fists or her weapon and readers will quickly find themselves flying through the pages. Most readers will think they know where the story is going and then be pleasantly surprised when the plot twists and turns into unexpected paths. Two Nights is a great escape read.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: We Come Apart

We Come Apart We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nicu has recently emigrated to the United States and is having trouble adjusting to life away from Romania. Jess is trying to deal with her mother's abusive boyfriend. After Nicu and Jess become friends, neither one expected a romance to bloom. Unfortunately, Nicu's parents have arranged a marriage for him and both are unsure where their lives will lead them next.

We Come Apart is a stand-alone novel in verse that is told in the alternating voices of Nicu and Jess. Conaghan and Crossan have developed a story that is easy to relate to and quick to finish. Since the book is so short, it would be a good opportunity for readers who have yet to try reading a novel in verse. A good read that can be completed in a short evening on the couch.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review: Now I Rise

Now I Rise Now I Rise by Kiersten White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lada has her band of men and her friend Bogdan, but she does not have her throne. Since she wasn’t able to take over the Wallachian throne, she is traveling the countryside and inflicting her own type of force on those she encounters. Radu is Lada’s brother and he has been sent to Constantinople as a spy. He can use Lada’s confidence and she can use Radu’s subtlety, yet both are on their own and questioning the paths placed before them. These siblings must figure out what they are willing to sacrifice to complete their destinies.

Now I Rise is the second book in The Conqueror’s Saga. Events pick up quickly without many pages being given to the backstory. The battles are fierce and the emotions run deep as these opposite characters traverse their barbaric world. White has used this historic time period and infused it with characters that many young adults will be able to relate to. A good read for those who have read the first book and enjoyed it.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Review: The Fallen Kingdom

The Fallen Kingdom The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aileana has been brought back to life through fae magic, but she didn’t return with her memories. She wants to break the cycle of fighting between the fae, especially since the results will affect both the human and fae worlds. In order to resolve this conflict, she must find a hidden magical book that is guarded by Morrigan. Aileana must use her new dark powers, but will this darkness overtake her? Will Aileana have to give up the faery she loves to save everyone else?

The Fallen Kingdom is the final book in The Falconer trilogy. This third installment starts out with a complete story already underway, so readers are highly encouraged to read the first two books before beginning this novel. May has weaved some standard faery lore with some newly created ideas for a fresh take on a wonderful world. The ending was unexpected and most readers will be satisfied with its conclusion. The Fallen Kingdom is a must read for those who have read the previous books.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been years since Rachel moved away from the city and the boy she had been crushing on. Before she left, she wrote him a love letter and placed it inside his favorite book and he never responded to her declaration of love. Rachel has now returned to the city and has been hired to work alongside Henry at his family’s bookstore. She knows it will be tough, but she needs something to take her mind off her brother’s death. Will Henry and Rachel finally become more than friends?

Words in Deep Blue is a stand-alone romance without all of the romance. The story is told with intermittent letters left inside novels and these letters add depth and insight into the characters and the various relationships explored within. Crowley has created an interesting platform for the characters to interact in and readers will enjoy hearing a variety of book titles that they might want to pick up themselves. Words in Deep Blue will satisfy all realistic fiction reader’s desires.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: The Possible

The Possible The Possible by Tara Altebrando
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kaylee has lived with her adoptive parents since her birth mother was sentenced to life in prison for killing her brother. She doesn’t dwell on that portion of her life, but when a podcast producer appears on her doorstep and lets her know that she will be basing her next series of episodes on her mother’s telekinetic powers, Kaylee’s life is turned upside down. Are all of the unexplainable events from her past clues to her own powers? Will Kaylee’s friendships survive her new celebrity status?

The Possible is a new stand-alone novel that is easy to fall into and quick to finish. The short length of the book will encourage reluctant readers to give it a try and it will also allow voracious readers to finish it in one sitting. Altebrando leads the reader along an exploratory storyline that keeps everyone guessing until the last few pages. A fun read that will appeal to most readers.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Once and for All

Once and for All Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Louna is preparing for her senior year of high school and is looking forward to getting a real job. She helps her mother with her wedding planning business and has experienced every type of wedding. Since she has grown up around weddings and knows that many people have more than one, she is very cynical about love and everything that goes with it. It doesn't help that her one experience with love ended in a tragic way. In walks Ambrose and he is not willing to take no for an answer. Will Louna find love again?

Once and for All is the newest stand-alone novel by Sarah Dessen. The story is slow to take off, but if readers hang on for a few pages, the overall story is worth it. Louna has a secret that isn't completely explained until the end and readers will try and pull it out alongside Ambrose. The flashback storyline took some getting used to, but overall it wasn't a complete distraction. Once and for All is a good escape into a romance.

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