The Lure by Lynne Ewing
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Pages: 288 (Hardcover)
 

Fifteen-year-old Blaise Montgomery lives in the gritty outskirts of Washington, DC, where a stray bullet can steal a life on the way to school. Drugs and violence are the only ways to survive, so Blaise and her friends turn to gangs for safety, money, and love. When Blaise is invited to join Core 9, one of the most infamous crews, she jumps at the chance. Though her best guy friends, Rico and Satch, warn her about the danger, she agrees to be beaten for a minute straight as part of the gang’s initiation ritual.
Now Blaise is finally part of a crew. A family.
But things get only more dangerous when she becomes a member of Core 9 and tensions with a rival gang heat up. Trek, the head of Core 9, asks Blaise to be his “lure,” the sexy bait he’ll use to track down enemy gang members and exact revenge. Rico and Satch tell her it’s a death sentence, but Blaise can’t resist the money and unparalleled power. As Trek puts Blaise in increasingly dangerous situations, she begins to see that there’s more to lose than she ever realized-including Satch, the one person who has the power to get under her skin. With death lurking around every corner, should Blaise continue to follow the only path she’s ever known, or cut and run?

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

Imagine you live in the worst part of your city/town (for me that would be the Jane and Finch area) where there are multiple gangs, constant drive-bys that leave many innocent people killed just by going to the park, and drug addicts and criminals are everywhere you turn. Pretty freaky stuff, right? Well, Lynn Ewing thinks that it’s too scary because she adds such unrealistic stupidity that this novel turns into a complete joke.
How, You might ask? Well, I’ll break this review up and go through everything that makes this novel so horribly stupid.
The setting: Whenever you see people who live in said neighbourhood they most likely talk differently with improper grammar and made up words, Ya nah’ I mean? So, of course when I started this novel I thought I would be getting some of this ghetto slang and tons of action, but everyone speaks perfect English and not very many people die and the action is limited and boring.
Characters: Everyone is stupid. Everyone is boring. Even with the setting and how unrealistic it all is, the things many characters do are out of stupidity. Rico has to be one of the dumbest characters in The Lure after Blaise because of the fact that he lets his emotions get the best of him. I don’t want to spoil anything but his whole act of ‘sacrifice’ is too dramatic and frankly, too late for me to change my impression of him. Oh, did I mention that they’re all beautiful? Because they are. Every single one and Blaise is the smoking hot gun that everyone wants.
Now, onto Blaise.

Blaise wants to be loved. She wants to get out of the ghetto but doubts she ever will so she joins a gang. She’s a great fighter because she never backs down. She goes around with her two best friends (who are absolutely gorgeous) Satch and Rico to do everything. She’s beautiful, a real show stopper which is why she’s chosen to be the gang’s new ‘lure’. Which is just someone who lures enemies into their territory/let their guard down so that her gang (Core 9) can beat the shit out of them. Again, she’s beautiful. But she really is an idiot who makes Bella Swan and Luce fucking Price seem bearable. Just reading about her made me want to scream and yell. She does many things that could jeopardize the relationship between her friends, yet she doesn’t even care. At all.
Not only are all of the characters beautiful and more boring than watching cement dry, but the whole gang in general felt very forced to me. I had expected more of a ‘family’ because Blaise keeps throwing this word around yet, only once is the whole gang together. Some people randomly meet with Blaise and Rico and Satch but not for long.
The romance: After the first chapter, I knew that the romance was going to get on my nerves. The whole love triangle is confusing, stupid, and unnecessary. There are many times where it could have been improved and things could have been clear. The Lure is probably the only novel that I’ve read where the choice between whom the girl likes more or whom she’ll end up with is annoyingly unclear and I stopped caring very quickly.
The Lure is just really bad. Nothing is explained properly, the characters are boring, and just because of the setting readers are forced to believe something that isn’t realistic nor is it engaging. I understand that gangs and living in the Ghetto are horrible and even though I will never live there, I have spoken and met people from bad neighbourhoods, and just… THIS IS SO UNREALISTIC AND I’M PISSED.

1 Lonely Cloud
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The Lure by Lynne Ewing

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: February 11, 2014

Pages: 288 (Hardcover)

good good

Fifteen-year-old Blaise Montgomery lives in the gritty outskirts of Washington, DC, where a stray bullet can steal a life on the way to school. Drugs and violence are the only ways to survive, so Blaise and her friends turn to gangs for safety, money, and love. When Blaise is invited to join Core 9, one of the most infamous crews, she jumps at the chance. Though her best guy friends, Rico and Satch, warn her about the danger, she agrees to be beaten for a minute straight as part of the gang’s initiation ritual.

Now Blaise is finally part of a crew. A family.

But things get only more dangerous when she becomes a member of Core 9 and tensions with a rival gang heat up. Trek, the head of Core 9, asks Blaise to be his “lure,” the sexy bait he’ll use to track down enemy gang members and exact revenge. Rico and Satch tell her it’s a death sentence, but Blaise can’t resist the money and unparalleled power. As Trek puts Blaise in increasingly dangerous situations, she begins to see that there’s more to lose than she ever realized-including Satch, the one person who has the power to get under her skin. With death lurking around every corner, should Blaise continue to follow the only path she’s ever known, or cut and run?

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinion

Imagine you live in the worst part of your city/town (for me that would be the Jane and Finch area) where there are multiple gangs, constant drive-bys that leave many innocent people killed just by going to the park, and drug addicts and criminals are everywhere you turn. Pretty freaky stuff, right? Well, Lynn Ewing thinks that it’s too scary because she adds such unrealistic stupidity that this novel turns into a complete joke.

How, You might ask? Well, I’ll break this review up and go through everything that makes this novel so horribly stupid.

The setting: Whenever you see people who live in said neighbourhood they most likely talk differently with improper grammar and made up words, Ya nah’ I mean? So, of course when I started this novel I thought I would be getting some of this ghetto slang and tons of action, but everyone speaks perfect English and not very many people die and the action is limited and boring.

Characters: Everyone is stupid. Everyone is boring. Even with the setting and how unrealistic it all is, the things many characters do are out of stupidity. Rico has to be one of the dumbest characters in The Lure after Blaise because of the fact that he lets his emotions get the best of him. I don’t want to spoil anything but his whole act of ‘sacrifice’ is too dramatic and frankly, too late for me to change my impression of him. Oh, did I mention that they’re all beautiful? Because they are. Every single one and Blaise is the smoking hot gun that everyone wants.

Now, onto Blaise.

Blaise wants to be loved. She wants to get out of the ghetto but doubts she ever will so she joins a gang. She’s a great fighter because she never backs down. She goes around with her two best friends (who are absolutely gorgeous) Satch and Rico to do everything. She’s beautiful, a real show stopper which is why she’s chosen to be the gang’s new ‘lure’. Which is just someone who lures enemies into their territory/let their guard down so that her gang (Core 9) can beat the shit out of them. Again, she’s beautiful. But she really is an idiot who makes Bella Swan and Luce fucking Price seem bearable. Just reading about her made me want to scream and yell. She does many things that could jeopardize the relationship between her friends, yet she doesn’t even care. At all.

Not only are all of the characters beautiful and more boring than watching cement dry, but the whole gang in general felt very forced to me. I had expected more of a ‘family’ because Blaise keeps throwing this word around yet, only once is the whole gang together. Some people randomly meet with Blaise and Rico and Satch but not for long.

The romance: After the first chapter, I knew that the romance was going to get on my nerves. The whole love triangle is confusing, stupid, and unnecessary. There are many times where it could have been improved and things could have been clear. The Lure is probably the only novel that I’ve read where the choice between whom the girl likes more or whom she’ll end up with is annoyingly unclear and I stopped caring very quickly.

The Lure is just really bad. Nothing is explained properly, the characters are boring, and just because of the setting readers are forced to believe something that isn’t realistic nor is it engaging. I understand that gangs and living in the Ghetto are horrible and even though I will never live there, I have spoken and met people from bad neighbourhoods, and just… THIS IS SO UNREALISTIC AND I’M PISSED.

1 Lonely Cloud1 Lonely Cloud

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Book Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Book Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

18051349Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: April 8, 2014

Pages: 342 (Hardcover)

good good

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a…

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: Fairy Tales (Retelling), Mythology and Young Adult
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
 

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

If someone told me that I would love this book as much as I did after reading the first chapter, I would have laughed. I thought, because of me attachment to the original fairy tale that I would find every flaw and compare this book to the classic. But before I knew it, I couldn’t do that because I fell hard into the world of Arcadia and fell even harder for The Gentle Lord.
However, I did find some things that drove me a little crazy. So let’s talk about those things first. Nyx has been training to defeat The Gentle Lord (mmmm) for roughly eight years, ever since her father has told her about her arranged marriage she has allowed resentment and hatred fill her heart. With that being said she must have a lot of anger and killer skills to defeat this guy, right? No. Besides her petty attempts to kill him, whenever these two are near each other there’s a lot of planning and even more kissing. On top of that, Nyx has a lot of trust issues because of the fact that her father is so willing to give her up yet, the first night at the castle, she’s already kissing and trusting this other guy! Who tells her ‘not to trust him too much’. Come on, Nyx! I thought you were better than that!
Cruel Beauty is still beautiful. The idea behind it is nicely planned out, as well as setting, the castle that Nyx stays in is described throughout the book with gorgeous detail that I felt as if I were right there in the house. The mythology is creatively woven into the story with a few different tales other than The Beauty and the Beast like French Tale, Bluebeard for one. For the most part, characters a very well-developed. I especially liked Nyx because she’s so very flawed yet she finds ways around it and accepts them as a part of her. My favourite character though, has to be The Gentle Lord because well, he’s amazing. He’s a realistic character in the sense that he’s very flawed, yet readers see both sides of him, he’s complex and super sexy and…I fell for him hard.
And by fell for him, I mean,

Plus

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And then times it by a gazillion.
Rosamund Hodge was an author I was very skeptical about. I was afraid that she would  majorly mess this up because Beauty and the Beast is my favourite ever. Like, I got a set of Disney Princess, and I painted on all of them except for Belle so that she could be the prettiest (I was only ten!), but I’m happy to say that her story has satisfied me, and I’m excited to see what she comes out with next. I recommend this to everyone who likes mythology and retellings.
3.5 Dreamy Clouds
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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Genre: Fairy Tales (Retelling), Mythology and Young Adult

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Pages: 352 (Hardcover)

good good

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinion

If someone told me that I would love this book as much as I did after reading the first chapter, I would have laughed. I thought, because of me attachment to the original fairy tale that I would find every flaw and compare this book to the classic. But before I knew it, I couldn’t do that because I fell hard into the world of Arcadia and fell even harder for The Gentle Lord.

However, I did find some things that drove me a little crazy. So let’s talk about those things first. Nyx has been training to defeat The Gentle Lord (mmmm) for roughly eight years, ever since her father has told her about her arranged marriage she has allowed resentment and hatred fill her heart. With that being said she must have a lot of anger and killer skills to defeat this guy, right? No. Besides her petty attempts to kill him, whenever these two are near each other there’s a lot of planning and even more kissing. On top of that, Nyx has a lot of trust issues because of the fact that her father is so willing to give her up yet, the first night at the castle, she’s already kissing and trusting this other guy! Who tells her ‘not to trust him too much’. Come on, Nyx! I thought you were better than that!

Cruel Beauty is still beautiful. The idea behind it is nicely planned out, as well as setting, the castle that Nyx stays in is described throughout the book with gorgeous detail that I felt as if I were right there in the house. The mythology is creatively woven into the story with a few different tales other than The Beauty and the Beast like French Tale, Bluebeard for one. For the most part, characters a very well-developed. I especially liked Nyx because she’s so very flawed yet she finds ways around it and accepts them as a part of her. My favourite character though, has to be The Gentle Lord because well, he’s amazing. He’s a realistic character in the sense that he’s very flawed, yet readers see both sides of him, he’s complex and super sexy and…I fell for him hard.

And by fell for him, I mean,

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Plus

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And then times it by a gazillion.

Rosamund Hodge was an author I was very skeptical about. I was afraid that she would  majorly mess this up because Beauty and the Beast is my favourite ever. Like, I got a set of Disney Princess, and I painted on all of them except for Belle so that she could be the prettiest (I was only ten!), but I’m happy to say that her story has satisfied me, and I’m excited to see what she comes out with next. I recommend this to everyone who likes mythology and retellings.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds3.5 Dreamy Clouds

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Book Review: The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De La Cruz

18296016The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De La Cruz

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Historical Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

good good

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of…

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Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie
Publisher: Merit Press
Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Pages: 256 (Hardcover)
 

Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent her life on airplanes with her flight attendant parents. When her father dies in a crash, April’s mom marries a pilot who turns out to be an abusive jerk, and gets Mom confined to a psychiatric hospital. So April takes off, literally, living on airplanes, using her mother’s flight benefits, relying on the flight crews who know she’s been shuttling between divorcing parents for a year. Then, there’s a hijacking, but why is April’s “dad” on board? April flees to the cargo hold with another unaccompanied minor she’s met before, and they fight to thwart the hijackers, faking a fire, making weapons from things they find in luggage. At last, locked in the cockpit with a wounded police officer, the boy, and his service dog, April tries to remember everything her parents said to do in a crisis above the clouds. But she knows it won’t be enough.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Merit Press for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

This book is just annoying. April Manning is a Nancy Drew like character, only worse because she’s boring and unrealistic. 

You know those kids that you have to babysit, the ones that just never shut up even if they’re right about something? That kid is April, and for the life of me, I could not stop picturing her as a seven year old tugging on my arm. I get it, you have a plan, and you’re smart. Shut up. Like I said above, there is a lot of forced humour. And I’m not over exaggerating. There are a few deaths, and they’re played off as jokes. The bad guys (if they can even be called that) are complete jokes that barely ever make sense. There’s quite a bit of info-dumping, and the story is very disorganized.
Airports are such a fun place, and the idea and the setting for it was what saved Unaccompanied Minor for me. They are very loud and chaotic which is why April got by so easily unnoticed. There are a few surprises though, so that was fun.
Overall, unless you’re looking for a Nancy Drew/Scooby Doo and the Gang kind of story then skip this. I felt as if I were reading about a crazy mystery that had too much forced humour and too little seriousness.
2 Clouds

Unaccompanied Minor by Hollis Gillespie

Publisher: Merit Press

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Pages: 256 (Hardcover)

good good

Fourteen-year-old April May Manning spent her life on airplanes with her flight attendant parents. When her father dies in a crash, April’s mom marries a pilot who turns out to be an abusive jerk, and gets Mom confined to a psychiatric hospital. So April takes off, literally, living on airplanes, using her mother’s flight benefits, relying on the flight crews who know she’s been shuttling between divorcing parents for a year. Then, there’s a hijacking, but why is April’s “dad” on board? April flees to the cargo hold with another unaccompanied minor she’s met before, and they fight to thwart the hijackers, faking a fire, making weapons from things they find in luggage. At last, locked in the cockpit with a wounded police officer, the boy, and his service dog, April tries to remember everything her parents said to do in a crisis above the clouds. But she knows it won’t be enough.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Merit Press for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinion

This book is just annoying. April Manning is a Nancy Drew like character, only worse because she’s boring and unrealistic. 

You know those kids that you have to babysit, the ones that just never shut up even if they’re right about something? That kid is April, and for the life of me, I could not stop picturing her as a seven year old tugging on my arm. I get it, you have a plan, and you’re smart. Shut up. Like I said above, there is a lot of forced humour. And I’m not over exaggerating. There are a few deaths, and they’re played off as jokes. The bad guys (if they can even be called that) are complete jokes that barely ever make sense. There’s quite a bit of info-dumping, and the story is very disorganized.

Airports are such a fun place, and the idea and the setting for it was what saved Unaccompanied Minor for me. They are very loud and chaotic which is why April got by so easily unnoticed. There are a few surprises though, so that was fun.

Overall, unless you’re looking for a Nancy Drew/Scooby Doo and the Gang kind of story then skip this. I felt as if I were reading about a crazy mystery that had too much forced humour and too little seriousness.

2 Clouds2 Clouds

Book Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

17934493Book Review: Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: April 8, 2014

Pages: 373 (Hardcover)

good good

 Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law…

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Avalon (Avalon#1) by Mindee Arnett
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: Science Fiction and Young Adult
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Pages: 432 (Hardcover)
 

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.
Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

I have always had a hard time with sci-fi novels, and this one is no different. The book starts off beautifully and kept my attention, but during the middle, the whole story falters and becomes very boring. This also happens for most, if not all of the characters. Their sneaky ways come to a screeching halt, and they are so bland that I would’ve rather eat original oatmeal. And I hate original oatmeal.
The Malleus Shades are known as one of the best thieves in the galaxy, but all I pictured while reading about them was this:

The Malleus Shades fall again and again fall for traps that logical people (me! For crying out loud I am so oblivious, but I saw all of those traps from miles away!) would easily spot. The fact that they’re teenagers shouldn’t be an excuse since they’ve been doing this shit for years. Their leader, Jeth, reminds me of this guy:
They have some many things in common. 1. They both have an intense, menacing aura around them. 2. They both like someone they shouldn’t. 3. THEY NEVER TALK. THEY SAY A FEW FUCKING LINES AND THEN THAT’S FUCKING IT. UGH. The dialogue is a bit tough since Jeth NEVER talks and most things are just in his head. There are certain parts in the novel where there are long information-dumps (near the end, don’t worry) that, albeit better done than other books, is still annoying.
But, I have to give Mindee Arnett props for the amazing world building. The planets that the crew visit are described in lovely detail that left just the right amount to readers to imagine. I have a hard time connecting with sci-fi books and even worse time when they’re written in the third person yet Arnett is talented. She writes beautifully in both first and third person, and I had almost no problems with the writing.
All in all, Avalon is a good book. The romance doesn’t take over the story (though it is a bit annoying), and there’s a nice twist in the book that had me eagerly flipping the pages. I recommend this book to anyone who loves sci-fi stories that’s a bit different and don’t mind bland characters. I can’t wait to read the next book mostly because of Cora and hopefully the characters get better. Especially Jeth because that boy says like, two lines per chapter. I’m not even kidding.
2.5 Mess Up Clouds
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Avalon (Avalon#1) by Mindee Arnett

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Genre: Science Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: January 21, 2014

Pages: 432 (Hardcover)

good good

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinion

I have always had a hard time with sci-fi novels, and this one is no different. The book starts off beautifully and kept my attention, but during the middle, the whole story falters and becomes very boring. This also happens for most, if not all of the characters. Their sneaky ways come to a screeching halt, and they are so bland that I would’ve rather eat original oatmeal. And I hate original oatmeal.

The Malleus Shades are known as one of the best thieves in the galaxy, but all I pictured while reading about them was this:

The Malleus Shades fall again and again fall for traps that logical people (me! For crying out loud I am so oblivious, but I saw all of those traps from miles away!) would easily spot. The fact that they’re teenagers shouldn’t be an excuse since they’ve been doing this shit for years. Their leader, Jeth, reminds me of this guy:

They have some many things in common. 1. They both have an intense, menacing aura around them. 2. They both like someone they shouldn’t. 3. THEY NEVER TALK. THEY SAY A FEW FUCKING LINES AND THEN THAT’S FUCKING IT. UGH. The dialogue is a bit tough since Jeth NEVER talks and most things are just in his head. There are certain parts in the novel where there are long information-dumps (near the end, don’t worry) that, albeit better done than other books, is still annoying.

But, I have to give Mindee Arnett props for the amazing world building. The planets that the crew visit are described in lovely detail that left just the right amount to readers to imagine. I have a hard time connecting with sci-fi books and even worse time when they’re written in the third person yet Arnett is talented. She writes beautifully in both first and third person, and I had almost no problems with the writing.

All in all, Avalon is a good book. The romance doesn’t take over the story (though it is a bit annoying), and there’s a nice twist in the book that had me eagerly flipping the pages. I recommend this book to anyone who loves sci-fi stories that’s a bit different and don’t mind bland characters. I can’t wait to read the next book mostly because of Cora and hopefully the characters get better. Especially Jeth because that boy says like, two lines per chapter. I’m not even kidding.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds2.5 Mess Up Clouds

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Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
 

Nick Pearson is hiding in plain sight…
My name isn’t really Nick Pearson.
I shouldn’t tell you where I’m from or why my family moved to Stepton, Virginia.
I shouldn’t tell you who I really am, or my hair, eye, and skin color.
And I definitely shouldn’t tell you about my friend Eli Cruz and the major conspiracy he was about to uncover when he died—right after I moved to town. About how I had to choose between solving his murder with his hot sister, Reya, and “staying low-key” like the Program has taught me. About how moving to Stepon changed my life forever.
But I’m going to.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

Fake ID kind of just swept me off of my feet and blew me away. I was expecting a darker story and for it to be a lot slower but I got something a bit different. Lamar Giles has written a story about family, romance, and above all, trust. Which has earned him a respected place among my favourite authors.
I had a hard time connecting with some characters since their  back stories and histories are told too late in the story for me to actually care about them. I wished that more of a reaction was shown when people found out about Nick and his family instead of what I got. Everyone seems too calm about it, even Reya who I was expecting to go bat shit crazy didn’t satisfy me.
Giles jumps right into the action and never stopped entertaining me. There’s a lot of it and a romance but I loved how it takes the backseat throughout the whole novel. A really big part of the story is the witness protection program that Nick’s family is in and I thought that it’s very well done. It’s woven into he story form the beginning to the end of it.
Overall, this is a great story that I really enjoyed. I loved how race doesn’t add in a lot of the typical stereotypes. I recommend Fake ID to everyone, especially people who like mystery stories with quite a bit of action in them.
4 Dreamy Clouds

Fake ID by Lamar Giles

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: January 21, 2014

Pages: 320 (Hardcover)

good good

Nick Pearson is hiding in plain sight…

My name isn’t really Nick Pearson.

I shouldn’t tell you where I’m from or why my family moved to Stepton, Virginia.

I shouldn’t tell you who I really am, or my hair, eye, and skin color.

And I definitely shouldn’t tell you about my friend Eli Cruz and the major conspiracy he was about to uncover when he died—right after I moved to town. About how I had to choose between solving his murder with his hot sister, Reya, and “staying low-key” like the Program has taught me. About how moving to Stepon changed my life forever.

But I’m going to.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinion

Fake ID kind of just swept me off of my feet and blew me away. I was expecting a darker story and for it to be a lot slower but I got something a bit different. Lamar Giles has written a story about family, romance, and above all, trust. Which has earned him a respected place among my favourite authors.

I had a hard time connecting with some characters since their  back stories and histories are told too late in the story for me to actually care about them. I wished that more of a reaction was shown when people found out about Nick and his family instead of what I got. Everyone seems too calm about it, even Reya who I was expecting to go bat shit crazy didn’t satisfy me.

Giles jumps right into the action and never stopped entertaining me. There’s a lot of it and a romance but I loved how it takes the backseat throughout the whole novel. A really big part of the story is the witness protection program that Nick’s family is in and I thought that it’s very well done. It’s woven into he story form the beginning to the end of it.

Overall, this is a great story that I really enjoyed. I loved how race doesn’t add in a lot of the typical stereotypes. I recommend Fake ID to everyone, especially people who like mystery stories with quite a bit of action in them.

4 Dreamy Clouds4 Dreamy Clouds

Book Review: This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

Book Review: This Side of Salvation by @simonpulseca

18038539This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

good good

Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s…

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No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale Publisher: HarperTeen Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult Release Date: January 7, 2014 Pages: 384 (Hardcover)  
Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield. Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.  My reaction to this book from beginning to end.  Was reading this book worth my time? Nope, not at all. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve read a stream of serious topic books lately that I had high hopes for this one but it fell so flat. Flat on its ass. I can’t count how many times I’ve fallen asleep while reading this. The writing style feels too forced and awkward which made Kippy too awkward to even try to like. Readers are constantly told that she watches many TV shows and journalists yet she’ s constantly making childish mistakes while investigating crime scenes. I felt like the author was trying too hard to make the killer mysterious that she didn’t care that kippy is a horrible character who leaves her car in front of crime scenes, gloats about all the secrets she knows to suspects, and leaves evidence where people can just take it. I mean, come on! Did I mention that she treats her super nice dad like shit? Because she does every time she’s around him. In the story, there are a few eyebrow raising scenes because of the way they’re handed as jokes, whether it was Hale’s intention or not, it’s angering and disgusting the way abuse and mental illness es are treated in the book. The cover is so creepy! I love it. That’s all I liked about this book. No One Else Can Have You feels like a complete stupidly boring joke that’s more awkward satire than gritty and dark. I don’t recommend this to anyone unless you enjoy boring stories with a pretty predictable killer. Mystery novels should never be read one after another or else trends are easy to spot. I have learned my lesson. [caption id=”attachment_658” align=”aligncenter” width=”90”] 1 Lonely Cloud[/caption] For quotes from this book, click here.

18052934No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale Publisher: HarperTeen Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult Release Date: January 7, 2014 Pages: 384 (Hardcover) good good

Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield. Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review. opinion My reaction to this book from beginning to end. Was reading this book worth my time? Nope, not at all. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve read a stream of serious topic books lately that I had high hopes for this one but it fell so flat. Flat on its ass. I can’t count how many times I’ve fallen asleep while reading this. The writing style feels too forced and awkward which made Kippy too awkward to even try to like. Readers are constantly told that she watches many TV shows and journalists yet she’ s constantly making childish mistakes while investigating crime scenes. I felt like the author was trying too hard to make the killer mysterious that she didn’t care that kippy is a horrible character who leaves her car in front of crime scenes, gloats about all the secrets she knows to suspects, and leaves evidence where people can just take it. I mean, come on! Did I mention that she treats her super nice dad like shit? Because she does every time she’s around him. In the story, there are a few eyebrow raising scenes because of the way they’re handed as jokes, whether it was Hale’s intention or not, it’s angering and disgusting the way abuse and mental illness es are treated in the book. The cover is so creepy! I love it. That’s all I liked about this book. No One Else Can Have You feels like a complete stupidly boring joke that’s more awkward satire than gritty and dark. I don’t recommend this to anyone unless you enjoy boring stories with a pretty predictable killer. Mystery novels should never be read one after another or else trends are easy to spot. I have learned my lesson. [caption id=”attachment_658” align=”aligncenter” width=”90”]1 Lonely Cloud 1 Lonely Cloud[/caption] For quotes from this book, click here.