21 11, 2016

Review: GLITTER by Aprilynne Pike

By | Monday, November 21, 2016|9 Comments

Review: GLITTER by Aprilynne PikeGlitter by Aprilynne Pike
Series: Glitter Duology #1
Published by Random House Children's Books on October 25th 2016
Pages: 384
Genres: JUVENILE FICTION, Action & Adventure, General, Girls & Women, Royalty, Young Adult Fiction
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel--Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it's the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.  

Outside the palace of Versailles, it's modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it's the eighteenth century--with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it's about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret--falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls--is one risk she has to take.

I really enjoyed this book, but I didn’t know what to expect based on the cover. The Baroque society is really fascinating, so I can see the allure of living like that. In this modern day world, high society live like it’s the eighteenth century. The current King’s great-grandfather arranged the purchase of […]

9 08, 2016

Review: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGee

By | Tuesday, August 9, 2016|14 Comments

Review: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGeeThe Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Series: The Thousandth Floor #1
Published by HarperCollins on August 30th 2016
Pages: 448
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Themes, Adolescence, Girls & Women
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New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

This story had my attention right away with it’s setting and the mystery of why a girl fell. This story is set in 2118 in a 1000 floor tower. Status declares how high up you live. Although everyone parties in the lower floors. A drug called xenperheidren is all the rage. This story […]

30 12, 2015

#NYNBC Review: WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson

By | Wednesday, December 30, 2015|13 Comments

I am not a big fan of historical fiction. I am also not a big fan of westerns, this books mostly takes place in the wild west. Admittedly, this story starts in Georgia, and then joins in the great Gold Rush, so it encompasses both. I still wanted to read it primarily because […]

13 08, 2015

5 TO 1 by Holly Bodger

By | Thursday, August 13, 2015|6 Comments

5 TO 1 by Holly Bodger5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 12th 2015
Pages: 224
Genres: Young Adult, Girls & Women, Family, General, People & Places, Asia
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Part Homeless Bird and part Matched, this is a dark look at the near future told through the alternating perspectives of two teens who dare to challenge the system.

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa, though, doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Kiran’s in prose—allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

This was a delightful, albeit quick, read. 5 to 1 was a dystopian tale about a place so unbalanced there are five boys for every one girl. Told in a really unique voice and writing style I devoured this book. It is the year 2054 we are a generation past a time when […]

7 08, 2015

BEAR WITNESS by Melissa Clark

By | Friday, August 7, 2015|6 Comments

BEAR WITNESS by Melissa Clark

BEAR WITNESS by Melissa ClarkBear Witness by Melissa Clark
Published by Sparkpress on April 7th 2015
Pages: 141
Genres: Fiction, General, Young Adult, Girls & Women, Law & Crime, Social Issues
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What if you witnessed the kidnapping of your best friend? This is when life changed for 12-year old Paige Bellen. Just three years after her friend Robin s kidnapping and murder, Paige is expected to continue on with life as usual. Now, with her closest friend out of the country, a messy relationship with Robin s boyfriend, and a family that handles her with kid gloves, Paige isn t sure if she ll ever be able to move forward in life. "Bear Witness" explores the aftermath of a crime in a small community and what it means when tragedy colors the experience of being a young adult."

The book Bear Witness is an incredibly fast read. It is only 141 pages and I read it in one sitting. It only took me two-three hours of my life, and afterwards I felt like I had just been through a traumatic event. I felt like I needed a hug. Paige’s friend Robin […]

20 03, 2015

INSURGENT by Veronica Roth

By | Friday, March 20, 2015|5 Comments

INSURGENT by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Also in this series: Divergent
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited on April 1st 2012
Pages: 288
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, General, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Values & Virtues, Young Adult
Also by this author: Divergent
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One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

I got finished this book. Kaboom, that was a mind blowing ending. For those of you that didn’t enjoy Insurgent as much as the first, I get you. Those of you that stuck it out know exactly what I am talking about. I must start the sequel immediately! I just wanted to write […]

17 03, 2015

DIVERGENT (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

By | Tuesday, March 17, 2015|7 Comments

DIVERGENT (Divergent #1) by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Also in this series: Insurgent
Published by HarperCollins on February 28th 2012
Pages: 487
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, General, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Values & Virtues, Young Adult
Also by this author: Insurgent
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Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek of Insurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, a Divergent playlist, faction manifestos, and more! In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

I have to start by saying that watching the Divergent movie made me want to read the book. I really enjoyed the movie and I thought for sure there was more in the book. Movie goers didn’t miss as much as I had hoped. Beatrice is about to take the test that will […]

8 10, 2014

THE CURE FOR DREAMING by Cat Winters

By | Wednesday, October 8, 2014|12 Comments

THE CURE FOR DREAMING by Cat WintersThe Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Published by Amulet Books on October 14th 2014
Pages: 368
Genres: 19th Century, Fantasy & Magic, Girls & Women, Historical, United States, Young Adult
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Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.Praise for The Cure for Dreaming

I didn’t really know what to expect from The Cure for Dreaming. Once I got into the reading I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t usually read historic fiction. I didn’t think I would like that genre. It turns out that I really enjoyed being swept into the past. I liked a book without […]

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