Sunday, January 20, 2019

Review: Courting Darkness

Courting Darkness Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sybella is one of Death’s daughters and a trained assassin. Her current mission is to attend the duchess to France where she is to marry the king. She quickly discovers that she has enemy’s everywhere, but all isn’t over. She is also told that two fellow novitiates were placed in the French court many years ago, now she just needs to find them. Genevieve has been in the French court for so long she no longer believes she will ever be contacted. When she discovers a hidden prisoner, she befriends him and hopes they can help each other. Will Sybella be able to contact Genevieve in time? What are they willing to lose in order to complete their missions?

Courting Darkness is the first book in the Courting Darkness Duology. It is set in the world of the His Fair Assassin trilogy, but readers do not need to have read the first series to enjoy this book. LaFevers has outdone herself with strong female protagonists in a historically tremulous time. This is an action-packed novel told in alternating voices that will leave readers breathless after each chapter. Courting Darkness should be added to most reader’s TBR list, whether they like action, adventure or historical fiction.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Review: Warcross

Warcross Warcross by Marie Lu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emika Chen was caught hacking into the most popular online game and was expecting to be arrested. She did not expect to be offered a job by the creator of Warcross. Now she is using her bounty hunter skills to catch another hacker of the game. Warcross is the first book in a new series on par with Ready Player One. Readers will enjoy the adventure and gaming, even if they are not gamers themselves. As the book came to a close I realized that the next book would be a necessary read; I'm just glad it is already out. Time to get it and find out what happens next.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Review: The Truth About Leaving

The Truth About Leaving The Truth About Leaving by Natalie Blitt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lucy’s boyfriend doesn’t want a long distance relationship, so he breaks up with her and then leaves for college. She is now starting her senior year alone when she meets the new Israeli transfer student entering the school on their first day. It doesn’t help that her world is completely out of control; her mother is teaching in California and her guidance counselor has her questioning her college choices. Will Lucy take a chance on a relationship that may not be long term? Will her post-high school choices be her own or what her parents want?

The Truth About Leaving is a stand-alone novel that explores how choices in high school may affect more than just a teen’s day to day life. Blitt has developed a story and characters that are captivating and simple at the same time. Lucy must struggle with relationship questions, family responsibilities, and college choices while also learning who she wants to become. The Truth About Leaving is a wonderful coming of age story that will please readers without all the tragic angst that seems to be in many young adult novels recently.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Review: Goodbye, Perfect

Goodbye, Perfect Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bonnie and Eden have been preparing for their GCSEs, well Bonnie’s been preparing and Eden has been trying to study. See, Bonnie is a straight-A student and Eden’s best friend. They know everything about each other or so Eden believes. When she wakes up to a text telling her that Bonnie has run away with her secret boyfriend, Eden must decide if she is willing to keep secret that she is still in contact with Bonnie. As the days progress and Bonnie is still not willing to come home, Eden must face the fact that she may not have really known Bonnie after all.

Goodbye, Perfect is a stand-alone realistic fiction story straight out of current headlines. Young people can love fiercely and sometimes that love is abused by those who should know better. Barnard has created a storyline that readers will be able to relate to, even if they have never had these experiences themselves. All of the events transpire in about a week, so readers will become fully vested in the outcome of the story. Goodbye, Perfect is a fun, yet thought-provoking read.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Review: Imprison the Sky

Imprison the Sky Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aspasia might have been a slave as a child, but she has earned the right to be the captain of her own ship, even if she isn’t truly free. One of her goals is to free as many women and children from slavery, yet she also tries to free Elementae when she can. Aspasia needs to keep her Elementa powers a secret and she must also not let Cyrus know she is searching for her family. These secrets can be used against her and then she would never be free. As war seems imminent, Aspasia must face her own demons and determine which lines she is unwilling to cross. Will she find her siblings? Will her powers be enough to save those she loves?

Imprison the Sky is the second book in The Elementae series. This fantasy novel has all the components of a good read: adventure, magical powers, internal conflict and a little bit of romance. Although the main character is a strong teen female, this series will appeal to readers of both genders and all age groups. It has been a while since I read the first book, yet I quickly fell into this story and was able to become completely emerged and vested. Some small storylines have been completed, but this series is far from finished and I look forward to the next installment to be released.

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Review: Only a Breath Apart

Only a Breath Apart Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jesse’s grandmother has recently died, but she had a stipulation in her will. In order for him to inherit the land, he must get the approval of a few people, including a childhood friend he hasn’t spoken to in years. Scarlett is dealing with a troubled home life and the need to leave her family to go to college. Her father has always been controlling, but as she approaches high school graduation, these fears are escalating. Scarlett might be able to follow her dreams and go away for college, but in order for this to happen, she will need to trust Jesse again. Will Jesse and Scarlett be able to help each other achieve their dreams? What obstacles will they need to overcome along the way?

Only a Breath Apart is a stand-alone novel told in the alternating voices of Jesse and Scarlett. Readers will easily discover that this story must be told and will enjoy the connection between these two teens. McGarry has designed an overarching story that is easy to relate to but has also included several smaller tangents that will keep the reader deeply involved. The supporting characters are just as vital as the two protagonists and this gives the story, even more, meaning and worth. I recommend Only a Breath Apart to everyone who enjoys a good coming of age story.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review: Station Zero

Station Zero Station Zero by Philip Reeve
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zen is now living a relaxed life with everything he could want, except for the adventure he craves. He also would like to see Nova, but she is in a different part of the universe and out of reach. After Zen receives a crazy message, he gets his heart’s desire with another adventure traveling the rails. Station Zero is the end of the Railhead trilogy and readers will be excited to see some returning characters. As with most series, please don’t read this book if you haven’t read the first two. You will just be completely confused and not get as much enjoyment out of the story. This finale is one wild adventure followed by another and readers will be pulled along as the pages almost turn themselves.

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