Sunday, May 19, 2019

Review: Breaking Bailey

Breaking Bailey Breaking Bailey by Anonymous
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bailey is trying to keep her mind off her mother’s death as she begins her life at a new school. Her dad has moved on and even has a new wife to go with his new life. She knew this boarding school would be hard, but she did not expect to be taken in by a group of students calling themselves the “Science Club.” Although they are very smart students, they don’t study when they are together. They are using their brains to make drugs and sell them in the local community. Now Bailey has money and a boyfriend, but it seems her academics cannot keep up with this highly demanding extracurricular activity. Will Bailey follow the crowd in order to stay accepted? Is there a line that Bailey is not willing to cross?

Breaking Bailey is a stand-alone novel about the slippery slope that comes with drugs. Whether the person is a drug manufacturer, drug seller or drug user … there are issues that get murkier as time continues on. Readers who enjoyed Go Ask Alice will be drawn to this title, yet the story in these pages is not as heart gripping as the other story. I haven’t read too many books about the people who actually make the drugs, so that was different, but overall it was just a good read. Many readers will enjoy it, but it won’t be as popular as Go Ask Alice.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: Storm and Fury

Storm and Fury Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Trinity Marrow has many secrets, the least of which is the fact that she can see and talk to ghosts. Since she was a child, she has been hiding in a compound guarded by Wardens who protect humans from demon attacks. Humans have recently learned about these gargoyle shape-shifters, but they don’t truly understand the dangers the world holds over them. After a group of Wardens from D.C. arrives asking for help, Trinity learns that there have been more demon attacks than she thought. Will Trinity’s secret come to light with these increased attacks? Who should she trust in this world gone wild?

Storm and Fury is the first book in The Harbinger series. This is the type of book that I normally love, but for some reason, there was just something missing. It had a full and creative backstory, a supernatural element, lots of action and a little bit of romance … yet I couldn’t fall into the story. It isn’t an extremely long book, yet it seemed to drag in sections which made it seem about 200 pages longer than it was. Since Armentrout had to do some character development, I will definitely be looking for the next book to see if the storyline moves a little more smoothly. I still recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good supernatural read.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review: Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale

Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Selina’s mom has had a series of bad boyfriends that treat both of them like trash. After a tragic event pushes Selina out of the house, the future Catwoman finds herself on the street fending for herself. She creates a system where she only needs to count on her own wits and is content … or is she? Selina may have taken on the name Catwoman, but she has a lot to learn about herself and the people of Gotham. Will Selina find anyone she can trust?

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale is a graphic novel with a new take on the origins of Catwoman. I was a little disheartened with some of the cuss words that were included, even though they weren’t excessive. There is a scene about self-harm and Myracle did a wonderful job ensuring that readers will understand that it is not to be glorified and asking for help should always be an option. Overall it was an enjoyable read, yet there just seems to be something missing. I hope that there will be more graphic novels about this strong female character so that I can learn how she overcomes her own demons.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Review: That Night

That Night That Night by Cyn Balog
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hailey has a lot of questions. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her boyfriend’s suicide, yet she can’t shake the feeling that he would not have done it. Her best friend, Kane, is also Declan’s stepbrother and he wants everyone to move on with their lives, not sit around and try to remember. As Hailey looks for answers, she begins to remember more and more. Did Declan really kill himself? What truths will Hailey find out along the way?

That Night is a stand-alone mystery with only a few twists and turns throughout the pages. Balog has created a story that readers will easily be able to relate to, they just need to pay attention to the timeline since this story is not told chronologically. That Night is not a very long book and can easily be finished in just a couple of sittings. Although it is not a drop-everything-and-read book, it was an enjoyable read with a satisfying ending. I recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy mystery to relax the time away.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Review: Road Tripped

Road Tripped Road Tripped by Pete Hautman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stiggy’s life seems to be in a downward spiral and he just feels the need to get out town. His father committed suicide a few months before, his mother is walking around in a fog and his girlfriend has left to stay with a friend. Stiggy takes his mom’s credit card and his father’s Mustang and decides to drive the Great River Road. He quickly finds out that life on his own is not any better than life at home and his road trip changes in ways he never expected.

Road Tripped is a stand-alone coming of age novel with a little bit of humor included. Stiggy runs into a variety of characters that challenge his way of thinking and encourages him to reassess why he isn’t at home. Hautman has taken the classic road trip story and given readers a new spin on teen issues. Road Tripped is a fun escape read that doesn’t take too long to finish.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tyler Jones is in the top of the class and is looking forward to draft day. That is when he will be able to pick his dream squad and start a great career. Unfortunately, his inner heroism gets in his way and because he takes the time to save a girl who has been in cryo-sleep for over two hundred years, he is now stuck with the leftovers from the academy. Having a crappy team isn’t his only issue, though. It turns out that the girl he saved, Aurora, could be the very person to start a war that has been in process before humans were even started. Is this group of misfits the team that will save the galaxy? Is there a connection between Tyler and Aurora that runs deeper than usual?

Aurora Rising is the first book in the Aurora Cycle and is a wonderful science fiction adventure with a dash of comedy. Overall the story is serious and great, yet the characters have a comedic side that will have readers chuckling throughout the book. Kristoff has created a variety of characters that I truly enjoyed spending time with and the ending of this book left many future books available for publication. I highly recommend Aurora Rising and will personally be looking for the next book when it is released.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: Finale

Finale Finale by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two months have passed since the final Caraval was completed. Legend has claimed the empire’s throne and the Fates have been freed from the cards. Tella does not believe that Legend is the rightful heir to the throne and will risk more than she imagined to see her plans through. Scarlett has not gotten over Julian and is ready to meet with her former fiancĂ© or is she? Scarlett has decided to have her own game where the winner gets to marry her. Is Scarlett in control of her destiny or are larger powers at work? Will Tella be able to stop Legend or is his fate part of her destiny?

Finale is the third and final book in the Caraval trilogy. The sisters have learned a lot about love and magic over these last few months and now they must determine what their own hearts desires are. Garber’s world is a wonderful place to escape into and readers who invested time in Scarlett and Tella during the first two books will not be disappointed to learn their fate. I am glad I was able to read all three books in a short amount of time because this trilogy is definitely devour worthy.

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