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TTT Thursday: Cuddly but Deadly

TTT Thursday: Cuddly but Deadly

Did you like Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races? If you did, you are in the majority. That book has inspired serious loyalty in it’s fans. I enjoyed it immensely, but perhaps not to the degree everyone else has. You can check out my review and see for yourself.  Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In The Scorpio races, the Cappail Uisce come on land every November and the bravest Thisby Islanders catch them for the race. The luckiest racers live through it, other die trying. Puck Connolly never wanted to race, but this year, due to circumstances beyond her control, she has to. Sean Kendrick races every year and wishes he didn’t. What I really loved about the book was the Water Horses and how deadly they were. I really enjoyed how the author took a much loved animal and turned it on its head. She turned horses, a beautiful, noble animal that every little girl loves into something to be feared. The Cappail Uisce are wild and uncontrollable. They are both magical and horrifying. If you liked The Scorpio Races, then you might like… Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In Rampant, unicorns are real. However, everything you think you know about them is wrong. Unicorns aren’t beautiful, peaceful, magical creatures. No, they are ravenous, indiscriminate killers who love human flesh. Luckily, there is a secret sect of girls uniquely suited […]

Posted June 25, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

ARC Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the outer realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe. Thoughts: I posted the actual book summary from the back of the book, because in my […]

Posted June 23, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Demons are real and the only thing standing between people and demon possession is the Church. In exchange for this protection the church now rules the country with complete control.  Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom  long  ago. Nina has spent her whole life determined to keep Mellie safe and in school but a change in circumstance upsets her carefully balanced world. Suddenly, instead of trying to find work to pay for school uniforms, she is trying to find a place to hide. Nina is forced to trust in Finn, a boy she just met to keep her safe but she hasn’t trusted anyone in longer than she can remember. Luckily Finn needs her just as much as she needs him.   Thoughts Rachel Vincent’s book My Soul to Take was the first ARC I ever received. I’ve been a huge fan of Rachel Vincent’s writing ever since reading that first book. Her newest novel is no exception. The writing style focuses on the action, not the possibility of romance between the characters and that’s exactly the way it should  be. This […]

Posted June 9, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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TTT Thursday: Live

TTT Thursday: Live

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenLibrarything | Goodreads | Amazon Now there’s a movie. Everyone has heard of The Fault in our Stars. Still, I loved this book. I read it before the movie came out and I didn’t know much about it. Since I didn’t know much about it I was finishing it up on an airplane. If you’ve read this book, then you know. If you don’t, I will just tell you. I bawled. I unabashedly cried my eyes out while I kept getting sideways glances from the people sitting around me. Be warned, read this book in the comfort of your own home. The main theme in The Fault in our Stars is living every day as if its your last. For Hazel Lancaster, any day might actually be her last. She has Thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs and she is dying. She has given up, she knows she is going to die but don’t know when so she just continues on waiting for the inevitable. Forced by her parents to attend a support group for cancer survivors at a local church, she meets Augustus Waters. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, you might like: Every Day by David Levithan Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In Every Day by David Levithan, every day is always different for A. Every single day, […]

Posted June 4, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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Review: Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Review: Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Title: Drowning Is Inevitable Author: Shalanda Stanley Genre: YA Format: Paperrback, 288 Pages Publishing Information: 9/8/15 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Source: Free ARC from TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Olivia has spent her whole live trying to escape from out from under her dead mother’s shadow. She lives with her grandmother, who regularly calls her by her mothers name, “Lillian”. She sleeps in her mother’s perfectly preserved bedroom.  Even when she tries to rebel the entire town thinks she is just acting like her mother. The only people that understand are her best friend, Jamie, her on-again off-again boyfriend, Max, and their friend Maggie. Everything changes when Jamie has a final, horrible fight with his abuse father. Without options, Olivia draws her friends close and runs. Thoughts I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction so this was a a little bit of a stretch for me. I’m really enjoying reading through all the different books I got at TLA, because I’m reading books that I wouldn’t normally pick up. Even if it wasn’t the kind of book I would choose for myself, I’m glad I read it. Olivia really struggled in this book. Every decision that she makes is colored by her mother’s short life and death. Her grandmother, who she lives with, has dementia and thinks that she is her mother. Her father can’t bear to look at her because […]

Posted June 2, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything Author: Nicola Yoon Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information: 9/1/15 by Delacourte Books Source: received free ARC at TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis  Nicola Yoon’s first novel tells the story of a girl who is literally allergic to the outside world. Maddy has a rare disease, SCID or Bubble Boy disease. It means that her immune system doesn’t work the way it should and any small germ can make her seriously ill. A new family moves in next door and Maddy’s entire world changes. She begins a complicated and often wordless friendship with Olly, the boy next door. This book has  diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. Thoughts I loved this book and I can’t say enough good things about it. It sucked me in right from the beginning. I actually read it all in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what happened next. I found the characters to be both likable and believable. When the book opens, Maddy is happy with her life. Its all she’s ever known. She wakes up, chats with her private nurse while doing homework, has her vitals checked every hour like clockwork and never thinks to complain. Then when her mother gets home from work they have dinner together and play a board game before going to bed. Maddy has her mother, her nurse, […]

Posted May 26, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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Review: We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Review: We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Title: We are All Made of Molecules Author: Susin Nielsen Genre: YA Format: Paperback,`336 pages Publishing Information: 4/30/15 by Andersen Press Ltd Source: ARC for Review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Stewart and his dad are doing OK after his mother’s death. Though, Stewart can tell that his dad is lonely. When his dad meets Ashley’s mom and they make plans to move in together, Stewart is 89.9% happpy. He’s always wanted a sister and Ashley and her mom sound really nice. Ashley’s life is over! First her dad moves out and he says that he’s G. A. Y.! How can he do this to her?!? Then her mom meets someone. In no time at all him and his dorky son, SPEWart move in. No one at school can find out. What would they think? Thoughts I really liked this book. Stewart is very sweet and sensitive but immature at the beginning. He is in the same grade as Ashley, but he’s a year younger and it shows. I got the impression that he was very sheltered and loved by his mother, which is one of the reasons he is so socially awkward, though his is never directly stated. Also he’s brilliant and weird, do that doesn’t help things. He’s dealing with his mother’s death the best way he knows how. He wants to keep objects that his mother loves […]

Posted May 19, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman Release Date: Out Now This book was a difficult read. Not because it was badly written or uninteresting. It was difficult because it was so incredibly well written. This book’s subject was heavy and at points it was hard to carry on. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth while. This is a book that will continue to hold your thoughts long after you put it down. I didn’t know much about this book before I picked it up. I knew I liked Neal Shusterman. I knew I wanted to read this book. I knew what the back cover said. “Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.” This was both a good and a bad way to read this book. I will let you decide if you want to know more.

Posted May 5, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

  Book Talk Daniel has been accepted to a prestigious summer college prep program held at a university in New Hampshire. Unfortunately the normal college dorm is closed for renovations. This summer the students are being housed in an older building on campus, that just happens to be an old mental hospital. Daniel and his two new friends must race to figure out what secrets the building holds before someone else gets hurt. This is the first book in a trilogy. Review This book reminded me, and everyone else, of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Asylum makes use of creepy black and white photographs  and hand written notes that just add to the unsettling feeling the author is cultivating. However, unlike Miss Peregrine, this book is not paranormal. Everything that happens is caused by natural means. Asylum is rated YA but I would place it a little younger than that. The characters are still in high school. That doesn’t automatically make it appeal to a younger audience but Daniel and his friends were immature. There was a little romance that was sweet, innocent and at odds with the horror theme that the author was going for. Nothing says horror like young love and first kisses. I just didn’t connect to this book the way I wanted to. I didn’t like the characters. I wasn’t scared. When […]

Posted April 22, 2015 by Emily in Review / 4 Comments
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