Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

Genre: Contemporary
Type: Stand-Alone, Young Adult
Date Published: June 9, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Summary: Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.
She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

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Review: Being a K-Drama and KPop lover myself, I was really excited to read this book, but this was just a big disappointment. It reminded me more of a fanfiction instead and I just couldn't read through it.

I find Grace to be freaking annoying. She is a spoiled rich kid who gets on my nerves. She moves to Korea to get away from her terrible past, but doesn't understand anything about Korea and their language. Grace experienced some culture shock in this book and it just pissed me off. Jason is not a very likable person at all, he is obnoxious and just ugh! Even at the end I could't even like him.

This book is constantly being compared to Anna and the French Kiss, but I don't see what they have in common except with it taking place in a different country. The characters are so different and are polar opposites.

Overall, big disappointment and I just want to bang my head against the wall. I just couldn't handle the characters and how they portrayed Korea.

My Rating: 1/5

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Genre: Dystopian
Type: Duology
Date Published: June 10, 2014
Greenwillow Books

Summary: Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.
The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

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Review: Honestly, I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I haven't read a lot of dystopian books right now, so I thought this book would get me in the mood for more dystopian. When it was first released, there was a lot of hype surrounding it that it made me excited to want to read it, so when I finally get to pick it up, I was so disappointed. 

I find it hard to get into the world and I find that it wasn't really well explained. I find the world to be kind of absurd so I was confused some times. It was an interesting concept though, but it did not appeal to me as much as it appeal to others. 

The romance just felt like instalove. When Zephyr (what a weird name) first saw Meadow, he was instantly attracted to her. I get that part, but he hardly even knew her, but he just feels safe whenever he thinks about her? Just no.

Because the book was told in alternating point of views between Meadow and Zephyr so we get to see how they view the world in their eyes. I cannot connect to the characters. They are naive and stubborn and I just couldn't like them at all. 

Overall, I was kind of disappointed in this book. The romance sucked and the world was not well developed. I get why some people would like this book, but in my opinion, I felt like there would be better dystopians out there.

My Rating: 2/5

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

Genre: Historical Fiction
Type: Series
Date Published: May 7, 2013
Sequel: Maid of Deception (August 26, 2014)
Publisher: Simon&Schuster

Summary: Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.
Meg’s natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to be. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?

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Review: I haven't read a lot of historical fiction book, but I really enjoyed this! It was very intriguing and every time I read this, I keep on thinking about Reign (the TV series). The politics, mystery and drama all tied in together to make a very enjoyable book.

Maid of Secrets follows Meg, an orphan taken to the palace to become a spy for the queen, which got me hooked in the first place. Meg is a very interesting character; she is a very dangerous spy but she could be unsure sometimes. The other spies: Beatrice, Sophia, Jane, and Anna are also fun characters to read about. They have very different personalities and have their own differences, but they seem to be same and would stick by each other even though they do seem like they hate each other. There weren't a lot of times when the character would interact with the Queen, but judging her from Meg's perspective, she is a very confident queen and a little bitchy. 

I love the political aspect of the book. It intriguing to read about and I love how everyone in the court acted. This book is both educational and entertaining for me with the historical and fiction aspect of the book.

However, I do get confused as to most of the historical events and who married who, etc. Those are very annoying and I don't get it at all, The Spanairds are hard to remember. Their names would be Da Quadra, De Martine, De Ortiz...

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I find it Meg to be a very strong character and a independent person despite what everyone says about her. I hope to get the next book soon and read more about Beatrice.

My Rating: 4/5

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Genre: Young-Adult, Paranormal
Type: Trilogy
Date Published: June 10, 2014
Sequel: Charmed (May 26, 2015)
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Summary: If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?
Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.
Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

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Review: Did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I really wanted to read a good witch book, but I was kind of disappointed with this book. Indigo is just annoying and snobby which is very typical since she is a cheerleader. The story was kind of flat and there seems to be a lot of major plots missing. The world is very cliché especially with the high school scenes with all the underage drinking, mean cheerleaders, and backstabbing friends. 

I also did not like the romance in the book; it was not very well-developedjust like the world of witches. It is said in the book that she is very smart but she showed no signs of it since she can't stay out of trouble and kept on making stupid choices. Bishop, A.K.A bad boy , is not a very likable character at all. He is the usual bad boy stereotype and everything he does is just too much. I feel like the author is trying really hard for him to be the bad boy here and it is just annoying.

The wit

My Rating: 2/5

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Genre: Fantasy
Type: Duology
Date Published: March 10, 2015
Sequel: The Mirror King (April 5, 2016)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Summary: Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

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Review: This book was really fast-paced and very entertaining to read. The Orphan Queen follows Wilhelmina, the lost princess of a conquered kingdom, as she tries to retake her throne. A lot of stuff happens in the book such as drama, mysterious murders, forbidden magic, suspicious best friends, etc... 

There was a lot of character development with the characters in the book especially with Wil. She begins out with this weight of pressure for her and she is used to being controlled, but then she began to become her own person and began She was very well driven and very courageous if not stubborn. My favorite character would be James because he is so funny and easy going for a bodyguard. Black Knife was a really interesting character; he is very mysterious and it didn't take long for me to figure out who he was.

It was kind of hard to get into because the world wasn't very well explained and I had no idea what was going on, but as you continue on, things begin to unfold and it became clear and it made the book more enjoyable. There was a lot of action taking place and it kept me on edge. Howeover, there are still some elements of the book that still confused me as to the magical aspect and the wraith. I kept on reading the parts where they explained them, but I just can't wrap my head around it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to for the next one. It ended in quite a cliffhanger, so I want to find out what happens. The romance was very moderate and there wasn't much of it. It mostly focused on Wil's journey to reclaiming her throne. I am kind of sad that it there is only going to be two books though; it makes it seem like it would end very quickly which is kind of sad because I really enjoyed this book.

My Rating: 4/5

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Genre: Fantasy
Type: Stand-Alone
Date Published: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Summary: When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.
   Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?
   Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.
   (This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)

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Review: I really enjoy Rosamund Hodge's writing. I loved how she was able to take one of our favorite fairy tales and change into something dark and twisted.

Rachelle was being apprenticed by her aunt to be a goodwife, someone who weave charms to protect the village from the dangers of the Great Forest, however, due to her carelessness, she was marked by the very creature she was supposed to protect the village from and became a bloodbound when she killed someone she love

Rachelle escaped from her village and was taken in by the king to kill the very creatures that she has become, but the Great Forest has gotten stronger and soon it will destroy everything in its way.

The world is well-developed and I do enjoy reading about it. There were also these parts between some chapters about the world and how the Devourer was destroyed. I find those parts to be one of my favorite aspects of the book. There are some twists that I did not expect which makes it hard to predict what will happen in the end.

I love the romance in the book. Rachelle, Erec and Armand are all wonderful characters. I find it fun to see how all the characters are connected to each other. Rachel was unlike any female protagonists that I have read. She does not seem like the hero in the story, but in the end, she does live up to the expectations of what heroines are supposed to be.

Overall, I think this is one of the best retelling that I have read. It was quite enjoyable and I just find it to be quite a fun read. The world was well imaginative and there are some comical relief in the book if not many.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Genre: Contemporary
Type: Stand-Alone
Date Published: June 16, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary: Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.
But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

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Review: Cute and entertaining read. It was fast-paced and very light. Ella attends a party where they meet Matt again and they relive their one night together before he left. The story wasn't very heavy, but it doesn't hold my attention that well. 

I love how the book was told in alternating days between the then and now, which makes it a whole lot interesting than if it was told in chronological order. Ella and Matt would visit a place they've been to and in the next chapter would show the past in which they went there as well. I find it pretty interesting because it would show how they were before and after the turn of events.

Overall, I really enjoyable even though it didn't really catch my attention as much as I thought it would. It was a very fun summer-y read and bonus for a happy ending which I haven't read a lot of in a while.

My Rating: 4/5

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Genre: Adventure
Type: Graphic Novel
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins

Summary: Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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Review: I freakin love this graphic novel! It was fun and humorous and just absolutely amazing. The artwork was also amazing as well.

Nimona is very funny and very childish, but at the same time, she has some sort of maturity to her. I love how Nimona and Ballister began to develop this kind of relationship where they began to care for each other even though they don't show it too much. The rivalry between Ballister and Goldenloin was very hilarious and cute. It reminded me a lot of the relationship of Perry and Dr. Doof from Phineas and Ferb.

It was really short, but for some reason, I kept on putting it down since I was kind of busy. The plot was kind of confusing and complicated and it would help a lot if it was longer.

My Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Genre: Fantasy
Type: Duology
Date Published: April 28, 2015
Sequel: Untitled (2016)
Publisher: Razorbill

Summary: Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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Review: I really, really, really enjoy this book. It was very entertaining and very hard for me to put down. 

The plot was really interesting and I love how the author build the world without making it very slow or boring. The story was very adventurous and kind of unexpected for me. There were a lot of times where I thought someone was going to die, but then that didn't happen which left me tense. There were also a lot of twists and turns that I did not see happen and that took be by surprise. 

Reading from both perspectives of Laia and Elias was very entertaining. We get to see how they thought of each other and see how much they have developed from the very beginning of the book. There are also a lot of characters that played a major role in the book that kept the story moving along. Most of these side characters are very mysterious and they are also very entertaining, especially the Commandant who I know will play a much bigger role later on.

There were many deaths in the book and the battles are very intriguing. I thought this was going to be a stand-alone book, but it just doesn't seem like it. There were so many questions unanswered and there are definitely space for more books added in. I want to see more of Laia and Elias and how their adventure is going to be.

Overall, this is by far the best book I have read this year. Sabaa Tahir has a way of drawing readers into her writing and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us.

My Rating: 5/5

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Paranormal
Type: Series
Date Published: May 8, 2012
Sequel: Onyx (August 14, 2012)
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Summary: Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Review: I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read a lot of books about alien, and  have no idea why, but this book got me in the mood to read more about. Obsidian follows Katy, a book blogger, who moved to WV and became neighbors with aliens which causes a lot of trouble for her.

She is a very normal teenager with a spunky attitude which makes her a very likable person. Daemon and Dee have a very nice sibling relationship. They are complete opposites of each other; Dee being the happy sunshine and Daemon the gloomy storm. Daemon is so infuriating in the book. He has a lot of mood swing being nice and then turning cold. 

Not a lot happened in the beginning, though, it was kind of slow. It mostly follows Katy as she begins to adjust to her new life and getting to know her new neighbor. However, things began to happen later on and it became way more interesting.

Overall, I find this to be an amazing take on aliens. I find it to be a fun read and it did reach my expectation of what I initially thought about it.

My Rating: 4/5

Friday, June 12, 2015

Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Type: Series
Date Published: May 1, 2008- September 17, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Summary: Cammie is a spy in training at the Gallagher Academy, which seems like the typical all-girls private school to outsiders. She has been training her entire life to be what she wants to be, but she begins to experience things a normal teenager would feel such as falling in love.

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Review: I really enjoy reading this series. I have been following it for a long time now and I just fall in love with everything about. All of the books are very fast-paced and very entertaining for any one of all ages.  Ally Carter is a wonderful writer and I just love the way she describe everything that is going on and it is just so easy to read.

All the characters are just wonderful and well-developed. Cammie and her group of friends are the definition of best friends. They have each other's back and Cammie is such a wonderful character and I just love her. She is smart being a spy and all, but she also seems kind of different compared to other teenagers since she doesn't really have any experience with it so she is relatable to most girls who are just beginning to fall in love and don't know what to do. I also love Liz because not only is she ismart, as in nerd smart, she is also not really good at field work which I could most definitely relate to. 

In each book, there is a main conflict that is going on, but there are also some clues to a bigger issue which will occur in the later books. I also love the romance in the series, because unlike most love interests, Cammie doesn't really get hung over by a guy. One thing I disliked about the series are the long titles. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the series a lot and I would reccomend it to anyone who wants to read a good series that isn't heavy, but still entertaining.

1.I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You
2.Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy
3.Don't Just a Girl By Her Cover
4.Only The Good Spy Young
5.Out of Sight, Out of Time
6.United We Spy

My Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Best Books of 2015 So Far

As of right now, I have read about 70 books so far which is a great thing and most of them are new releases. I really enjoyed most of the book so here is my list of books that I have read so far that I really enjoy. Lately, I have been reading a lot of fantasy this year, so this list would include a lot of that.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I really enjoyed this series a lot and it made me question why I did not pick it up earlier. The world is just so wonderful and I can see what all the hype is about. 

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Great revenge story and wonderful writing style. I read Jenny Han's other book, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and I really enjoyed it so I wanted to pick up her other works and I was not disappointed at all. Because of this book, I wanted to pick out more revenge stories to read and I also want to read more of Siobhan Vivian's other works seeing as I enjoyed this trilogy a lot.

Ensnared by A.G. Howard
The conclusion to the Splintered trilogy and it was so amazing. I loved how everything turned out at the end and it was just wonderful.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Of course this book was going to make it into this list. This was a really good fairy tale retelling and I just love the fact that it deals with fae which is soo Sarah J. Maas.

The Wrath and the  Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I just fell in love with this story and it was just amazing. Although, I do have trouble pronouncing the names in the book and also the terms they use.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
One of the best contemporary novel that I have read so far. It just gave me all the feels and just wow. I love E. Lockharts writing style and it just made me cry. It is also very short so I flew by it really quickly.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
The concept of this book is so unique and the characters are just well developed. It was just a very fun and interesting read that I really enjoy.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Also a very interesting concept in the fantasy world and I just love it! This book takes a darker turn in the fantasy world and the female protagonist isn't a very nice character to read about, but it was still very exciting.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
War between dragons and birds and a human girl trying to look for a mystical creature... just wow.

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Very descriptive and creates a very vivid picture in my mind. This book just made me fall in love with Scotland and all its glory.

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
The sequel to Stolen Songbird and it did not disappoint at all!

Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton
I was a little hesistant to pick this book up because I haven't heard much about it and to be honest, I was't really a fan of the cover art, but it appeared in my reccomendations on Goodread so whatever. I didn't really like the development of the characters  as the writing was kid of bland, but the plot was really interesting and I enjoyed it.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Genre: Contemporary
Type: Companion Book to The DUFF
Date Published: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic

Summary: Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.
Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with— secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand—a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy? 

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Review: LOL follows Sonny, who is best friends with Amy Rush A.K.A Wesley's little sister, as she begins to fall in love with a guy name Ryder, pretending to be Amy. 

I did not really enjoy this as much as I did with The Duff. I think it was because I expected too much from it. However, it was still an enjoyable read. The first half of the book kind of dragged on for me and I find it uneccesary, but the second half redeemed most of my enjoyment for it.

I got so annoyed with Sonny with all her lies and it was hard to keep up with her that I just couldn't deal with it anymore. Ryder wasn't so bad, but like what the summary said, he was kind of a snob and I get why he was acting that way. However, I still couldn't like him.

 I love that Kody included Madison (from the movie, not the book) in a short cameo and I find that kind of funny. Also, another plus is the fact that Bianca and Wesley is in it. It lets us see how they turned out from the previous book. I just wish that Bianca and Sonny interacted more, because they seem to have a lot in common.

I love reading about Sonny and Amy's friendship, because I think it focused mostly on friendship and how your friends will stick by you no matter what. I believe that was the most important aspect of the entire book. It also focused on the romance, but not as much as the friendship and family part which is one of the reason why I enjoyed it.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and I find it to be a quick read. I would definitely reccomend this book for anyone that just wants a light read. Also, unlike The Duff, this book doesn't contain a lot of sexual content, but there are still a few cuss words in it so it seem more like a young adult book for me.

My Rating: 3/5

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Genre: Fantasy
Type: Series
Date Published: March 3, 2015
Sequel: ??? (2016)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Summary: Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.
The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.
With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything. Click Here-> Goodreads

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Type: Trilogy
Date Published: April 28, 2015
Sequel: The Shadow Hour (2016)
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Summary: Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire. 

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