Posts Categorized: Young Adult

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen is the story of a society divided by class and war. Reds are the commoners, the poor, working class who, because of their genetic makeup are forced to live under the rule of the genetically superior Silvers. Reds are forced into conscription when they turn 18 and must fight a war on behalf of the Silvers – a war that has been going on for a hundred years with no end in sight. Silvers are the elite of society. They are born with different powers to control the elements and the mind. Some are more powerful than others but they all rule over the Reds. Mare Borrow is a Red and is destined for war in a few months.

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Review: Velvet by Temple West

Review: Velvet by Temple West

Title: Velvet (Velvet Trilogy #1) Author: Temple West Publication Date: May 12, 2015 Publisher:  Swoon Reads Genre: Young Adult, Romance Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Book Depository Source: review copy from publisher Rating: 4 stars – stay up late First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love. After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire. Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard… Read more »

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Audiobook Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Audiobook Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I am always a little wary going into a popular series that people love. I think the expectation is just sometimes too high and I end up disappointed. It may have helped that I saw the movie first and liked it. The film also gave me a good primer on the world here and it was easy to jump in. There were definitely changes from book to film but the overall spirit and plot of the book remains intact and I didn’t find any huge differences.

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Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Maddy and Ella are identical twins but they could not be more different. Maddy is popular and vivacious. People seem to gravitate towards her. Ella on the other hand, is quiet and is more interested in getting into art school than who’s going with whom to the Snow Ball. Maddy and Ella used to be best friends until high school, when Maddy got a whole new group of friends and there seemed to be no place for Ella in Maddy’s new life.

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Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour – Spotlight on Cecil Castellucci

Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour – Spotlight on Cecil Castellucci

Hi, everyone! I am very excited to be a part of the Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour today. If you don’t know, the Ontario Teen Book Fest is a really fun event that is taking place on March 21, 2015. I went last year and had a really great time mingling with readers and attending some awesome author panels. Check out all of the details below and then check out my author spotlight on Cecil Castellucci, author of Odd Duck, Tin Star, Stone in the Sky and a lot more! When: March 21st, 9 am to 5 pm Where: Colony High… Read more »

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Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth’s father has gone missing. At least she thinks he has. He won’t return her calls and her mom dodges her questions about his whereabouts. When his notebook is found in New York, Laureth decides to take her little brother to New York to find him. I didn’t really know what to expect with this book, but the premise intrigued me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from the point of view of a blind protagonist before. While I thought Laureth was a well written character with a really unique point of view, I found other aspects of her personality to be very frustrating.

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I have so many mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, at the core of it, I think that there are some interesting ideas and the seeds of what could be a really fun world. On the other hand, the execution of this novel left a lot to be desired. There is little world building despite the fact that the book is set in a very different world than ours. Instead of slowly introducing the reader to the history and nuances of this new world in engaging and subtle way, the author crams hundreds of years of history into large sections of info dumping. We barely begin to get to know one world when Paige is suddenly taken away to a completely new world. The excessive use of nicknames and slang was also confusing. There is an extensive glossary at the back of the book to help with this but it makes it hard to read a book when you have to look up a word every few sentences.

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Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I just finished this book and I have to say wow, I really liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Though I’ve heard lots of great things about Jenny Han (I have her Summer series one shelf waiting to be read and have met her and find her think she’s funny and adorable), contemporary YA novels aren’t usually my thing and I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this. However, the pretty pink cover drew me in and I decided to give it a chance, and I’m so glad I did. To All the Boys is fantastically written, with well developed characters and relationships that make for a standout novel. July 9, 2014 Thuy, Young Adult 1

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Review: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Review: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Title: Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1) Author: Veronica RossiPublication Date: January 3, 2012Publisher: Harper CollinsGenre: Young Adult FictionFind It: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Book DepositorySource: ARC Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered.This was worse.Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry…. Read more »

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Review: Obsession

Review: Obsession

Obsession (An Arum Novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Publication date: 31 May 2013 by Entangled Publishing ISBN 13: 978-1-62266-160-2 Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo  Category: Adult Paranormal Romance Keywords: Aliens, romance, Happy Ever After Format:  eBook Source: Purchased Synopsis from GoodReads: This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series. He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For. Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his… Read more »

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