Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: This Savage Song

This Savage Song This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the future, America has fractured into territories, named after character traits, and values, such irony. Monsters exist in the real world, in cities and towns, brought forth by violent crime. V-City is the setting of our story, and is divided in two, each side run by a different family. The Harker side keeps its own monsters branded, and people pay for protection. The Flynn side fights monsters and patrols the streets to keep crime in check.

Kate Harker has finally come home after getting kicked out of her fifth boarding school; the daughter of the Boss, she just wants to prove herself to her father and be a family again. August Flynn goes undercover at the same school as Kate, to keep an eye on her and get information. August is not a true son, because he is a Sounai, a monster who feeds on souls of the wicked, but he just wants to be human.

So this sounds like a Romeo and Juliet set up doesn’t it? But there is no romance, and Kate and August are enemies., at least at first. It's a series starter that I like very much. I’m curious to see how this plot plays out. The ending is satisfactory but the epilogue sets up the next book nicely.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: Under a Painted Sky

Under a Painted Sky Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

  When her father's shop is burned down and he dies in the fire, Samantha and a runaway slave decide to head to the California gold fields, to make new lives for themselves. But, two girls by themselves will attract a lot of unwanted attention, so they disguise themselves as boys, and make connections with a wagon train.

Lots of luck, action, and adventure., make this a book I'm buying for the library.  I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.  I think that both genders will like it.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: The House

The House The House by Christina Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What would you think if the boy you liked didn't have a parent at home, but had a house that provided for his every need? Food, money, clothing, deliveries of needed items, even a doctor, when he was sick.  House loves him so much that it doesn't want to share, or let you talk about the future.

This book would make a creepy movie. A house that is alive, and caring for a child/teen is an interesting premise. There isn't any killing for a real horror movie, and the ending is highly satisfying, so Hollywood probably wouldn't want it. I don't like creepy books, and I liked this one.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Review: Ruthless

Ruthless Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Ruth gets abducted, so she can be "purified" by her captor, a serial killer who's killed six girls before her, she decides she will fight, and survive. Her captor plays mind games with her, making her realize things she should probably do differently, if/when she makes it back home. Getting away, figuring out where she is, surviving being shot, dehydration, and lack of food and clothing, all make her task harder.

I had a few kids read Ruthless last year at school, and I'm pretty sure it will check out fairly frequently this year, also. There are some hard to believe parts, but I didn't mind them. I think it would make a cool movie.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review: This Raging Light

This Raging Light This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been hoarding this book for myself, at school, knowing I would want the time to really take it in. It's been described at beautiful, and it is, but I was completely taken over by the story. I loved this book. It's going onto my top five list of this year. And there is a sequel! I am so excited!

Lucy's dad went crazy one night and the whole town knows. What they don't know is that Lucy's mother left on "vacation" and hasn't come back; leaving Lucy to take care of her nine year old sister. All she has going for her is a house that is paid for, due to her dead aunt, and a month of paid up bills. Some senior year, huh? Complicating matters even more, is her love for her best friend's twin brother, Digby, who already has a girlfriend.

Lucy is so strong, that she forgets when to ask for help. Her growth from a regular teen to a responsible adult is compelling, and unfortunately, something I think too many kids have to do, when their parents flake out on them.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It had been quite a while since I'd read any urban fantasy, and never in a YA novel, and I really enjoyed it. I like the whole being able to use shadows/spirits in drawings, or paintings, or music to protect people. I liked how Sierra was able to overcome her grandfather's gender prejudice and become powerful herself. Go girl power! It's a series starter, but one could be left happy with the ending in this novel, and not stress about the next one. I can see where the story arc might go, and I've put it on my list to come back to once the series is complete. I'm not feeling it for a Gateway, though. I think maybe because of the genre.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I dislike stories/plotlines that are based on lies and the tension is over whether or not someone will find out. Duh, someone always does. That said, I think my girls will love this one, and I bought it for them.

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