Book Review: (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

18599667(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Pages: 336 (Hardcover)

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Welcome to Gardnerville.

A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

Except…
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a…

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Book Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

13590919The Young World by Chris Weitz

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: July 29, 2014

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

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After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with,…

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Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall#2) by Shannon Messenger
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
 
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.
But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.
With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Simon Pulse for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

Shannon Messenger chooses the prettiest titles and has some amazing covers that go well with her Let the Sky Fall series. And as a reviewer, I try my best (and mostly fail) to never judge a book by its cover and with Let the Storm Break I completely disregarded just how lovey dovey the cover is and hoped for a shit ton of action and great main characters unlike what happened in the first book. Did I get the kick-ass main characters I was hoping for?

When a book is four hundred pages, I expect a lot to happen. I expect a shit ton of action and character development and some romance. Let the Storm Break could have been cut down at least by a quarter because most of the book is just romance and nothing more. I was expecting a lot more character development and a LOT less Romance. Everything just focuses on the relationship between Audra and Vane and how much they love each other and need each other. I’ve never read such a love-sick guy in my life. Honestly, Vane, grow a pair before I slap you. His humour is also very contrived, I had a hard time believing a word that he said with his crappy sarcasm. Everything is still predictable, I knew what would happen in the end after only reading about a quarter of the novel which is sad because I was hoping that Messenger would still have a few tricks up her sleeve.
This series has very short chapters as well as smooth writing that helps makes the characters more bearable to read about. I enjoyed reading about the new characters that Messenger brings into Let the Storm Break especially Gus, who’s good-natured humour. There isn’t very much information on the different winds except for what we were told in the first book but I stilled loved this aspect of it. The Westerly language is amazing, their hope and faith and just heritage is so lovely and I felt whenever a westerly wind helps out Vane or Audra, that I was really excited.
Overall, Let the Storm Break is a disappointment. Rarely does a second novel beat out the first one for me, but I had really low expectations for this one. Honestly, all I wanted was less romance not more of it. However if you’re a fan of the romance taking over the plot then you will really like this novel. The idea of it is so captivating with the winds and how they’re all different yet so connected is the only reason why I’ll read the next book. Honestly.
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Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall#2) by Shannon Messenger

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Pages: 400 (Hardcover)

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Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

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

opinion

Shannon Messenger chooses the prettiest titles and has some amazing covers that go well with her Let the Sky Fall series. And as a reviewer, I try my best (and mostly fail) to never judge a book by its cover and with Let the Storm Break I completely disregarded just how lovey dovey the cover is and hoped for a shit ton of action and great main characters unlike what happened in the first book. Did I get the kick-ass main characters I was hoping for?

When a book is four hundred pages, I expect a lot to happen. I expect a shit ton of action and character development and some romance. Let the Storm Break could have been cut down at least by a quarter because most of the book is just romance and nothing more. I was expecting a lot more character development and a LOT less Romance. Everything just focuses on the relationship between Audra and Vane and how much they love each other and need each other. I’ve never read such a love-sick guy in my life. Honestly, Vane, grow a pair before I slap you. His humour is also very contrived, I had a hard time believing a word that he said with his crappy sarcasm. Everything is still predictable, I knew what would happen in the end after only reading about a quarter of the novel which is sad because I was hoping that Messenger would still have a few tricks up her sleeve.

This series has very short chapters as well as smooth writing that helps makes the characters more bearable to read about. I enjoyed reading about the new characters that Messenger brings into Let the Storm Break especially Gus, who’s good-natured humour. There isn’t very much information on the different winds except for what we were told in the first book but I stilled loved this aspect of it. The Westerly language is amazing, their hope and faith and just heritage is so lovely and I felt whenever a westerly wind helps out Vane or Audra, that I was really excited.

Overall, Let the Storm Break is a disappointment. Rarely does a second novel beat out the first one for me, but I had really low expectations for this one. Honestly, all I wanted was less romance not more of it. However if you’re a fan of the romance taking over the plot then you will really like this novel. The idea of it is so captivating with the winds and how they’re all different yet so connected is the only reason why I’ll read the next book. Honestly.

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Book Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

18812437Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: July 29, 2014

Pages: 352 (Hardcover)

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Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There’s HUDSON,…

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Book Review: Linked (Linked#1) by Imogen Howson

14999965Linked (Linked#1) by Imogen Howson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Genre: Science Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: June 11, 2013

Pages: 368 (Hardcover)

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Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

Finally,…

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Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

18170549The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Publisher: Scribner

Genre: Essays, Fiction, and Non-Fiction

Release Date: April 8, 2014

Pages: 240 (Hardcover)

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 Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five…

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Book Review: 17 First Kisses by Rachel Allen

1859977017 First Kisses by Rachel Allen

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 352 (Hardcover)

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No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone…

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Dissonance (Dissonance#1) by Erica O’Rourke

Dissonance (Dissonance#1) by Erica O’Rourke @simonpulseca

17334538Dissonance (Dissonance#1) by Erica O’Rourke

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: July 22, 2014

Pages: 496 (Hardcover)

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Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left…

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The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters#1) by  Michelle Madow 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Pages: 382 (Paperback)
 

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

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

I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless. More so because I had to take multiple naps while reading this (or trying to) before I finished it. The Secret Diamond Sisters could have been an amazing novel that’s light-hearted and fun but instead what I got was mindless crap that either didn’t make sense or was too boring for me to care about.
The characters are so very flat and annoying. The say the same things over again and they all seem to share one stupid brain. I couldn’t stand any of them and what made everything worse are the romances which, for the life of me I could not give two fucks about. They’re so boring, and the love interests are so one-sided and are only there to compliment the girls and they’re just worse than a brick wall. I also really disliked the writing because it felt too simple to me and I couldn’t connect to it or anything.
I’m giving this book .5 because I really liked the idea of it. I hated everything else which is sad because this could have been a fun novel. The Secret Diamond Sisters is a huge disappointment for me. I pretty much disliked everything about it yet this novel could have been really good. I don’t recommend this one to anyone, it’s boring, annoying, and predictable.
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The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters#1) by  Michelle Madow 

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Pages: 382 (Paperback)

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Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen 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 don’t know what to say. I’m speechless. More so because I had to take multiple naps while reading this (or trying to) before I finished it. The Secret Diamond Sisters could have been an amazing novel that’s light-hearted and fun but instead what I got was mindless crap that either didn’t make sense or was too boring for me to care about.

The characters are so very flat and annoying. The say the same things over again and they all seem to share one stupid brain. I couldn’t stand any of them and what made everything worse are the romances which, for the life of me I could not give two fucks about. They’re so boring, and the love interests are so one-sided and are only there to compliment the girls and they’re just worse than a brick wall. I also really disliked the writing because it felt too simple to me and I couldn’t connect to it or anything.

I’m giving this book .5 because I really liked the idea of it. I hated everything else which is sad because this could have been a fun novel. The Secret Diamond Sisters is a huge disappointment for me. I pretty much disliked everything about it yet this novel could have been really good. I don’t recommend this one to anyone, it’s boring, annoying, and predictable.

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White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements#1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Pages: 400 (Paperback)
 

One kiss could be the last.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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

I know that I can be mean in my reviews. I tend to get angry, especially with characters and settings and believe me, sometimes I actually do feel a bit bad about it. There’s so much hype revolving a story that so may bloggers have already read and loved that I start to fall in love with the idea that I’ll fall in love with it also.
White Hot Kiss is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Maybe it was the hype, my fellow bookworm consistently telling me that all her (or most) books are golden and that I would for sure love her too. And I was starting to like her too, I really was but starting the boos and the more I read the more I realized something—Layla’s doesn’t get any better. All she does throughout the story is whine and complain about Zayne and how he’s getting on with his life. I had a hard time giving a damn about her misfortunes and disliked her even more for her petty attempts to get away from Roth upon first meeting him. Honey, you better be using those skills Zayne taught you on a demon no matter how hot he is.
Despite the forced humour, the writing isn’t that bad. It’s light, and really smooth and made the characters  a little more bearable. There’s a lot of action that unfortunately doesn’t start until about halfway through the book however it’s enticing and I was flipping through the pages to know what was going to happen next. Roth and Zayne aren’t horrible characters, they were pretty fun to read about and I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes too much whenever they do something. Also, that ending! It’s intense and I wasn’t really expecting it, I was told that Armentrout knows how to end a book but I wasn’t expecting that.
Jennifer L. Armentrout is a very hyped-up author which she should be. I could see why so many people love her stories, they’re enchanting and light. And even though I didn’t like it as much as I was expecting it, I think that a lot of people will, especially those who have read and loved her other series. I’m just hoping that once I start reading her other series that I’ll get used to her style and like it more and that Stone Cold Touch resides a lot better with me.
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White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements#1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: February 25, 2014

Pages: 400 (Paperback)

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One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen 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 know that I can be mean in my reviews. I tend to get angry, especially with characters and settings and believe me, sometimes I actually do feel a bit bad about it. There’s so much hype revolving a story that so may bloggers have already read and loved that I start to fall in love with the idea that I’ll fall in love with it also.

White Hot Kiss is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Maybe it was the hype, my fellow bookworm consistently telling me that all her (or most) books are golden and that I would for sure love her too. And I was starting to like her too, I really was but starting the boos and the more I read the more I realized something—Layla’s doesn’t get any better. All she does throughout the story is whine and complain about Zayne and how he’s getting on with his life. I had a hard time giving a damn about her misfortunes and disliked her even more for her petty attempts to get away from Roth upon first meeting him. Honey, you better be using those skills Zayne taught you on a demon no matter how hot he is.

Despite the forced humour, the writing isn’t that bad. It’s light, and really smooth and made the characters  a little more bearable. There’s a lot of action that unfortunately doesn’t start until about halfway through the book however it’s enticing and I was flipping through the pages to know what was going to happen next. Roth and Zayne aren’t horrible characters, they were pretty fun to read about and I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes too much whenever they do something. Also, that ending! It’s intense and I wasn’t really expecting it, I was told that Armentrout knows how to end a book but I wasn’t expecting that.

Jennifer L. Armentrout is a very hyped-up author which she should be. I could see why so many people love her stories, they’re enchanting and light. And even though I didn’t like it as much as I was expecting it, I think that a lot of people will, especially those who have read and loved her other series. I’m just hoping that once I start reading her other series that I’ll get used to her style and like it more and that Stone Cold Touch resides a lot better with me.

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