Apex, by Mercedes Lackey | Book Review #295

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Being a member of the Elite Hunter Command imperils Joy in more ways than one. In their latest clash with Othersiders, the army of monsters nearly wiped them out. Apex City is safe . . . for now. But within the city barriers, Joy must wage a different kind of war.

The corrupt and powerful PsiCorps is determined to usurp the Hunters as chief defenders of Apex City and Joy is now squarely in their crosshairs. Unused to playing political games, she has very few people she can truly trust—not even Josh, her first friend in Apex City, who broke up with her when it became too dangerous for a Psimon to be dating a Hunter.

Then Josh comes to Joy for help. He fears that Abigail Drift, the head of PsiCorps, will soon use him in her twisted experiments designed to empower PsiCorps and render Hunters superfluous—a scheme that’s already killed off dozens of Psimons. Joy manages to smuggle Josh to safety, but he cannot evade Drift forever . . .

As Joy faces ever more powerful Othersiders, she is helped by the most surprising ally imaginable—the same Folk Mage she once met in battle on the train to Apex City. But can Joy trust the most cunning and treacherous of all Othersiders?

In the thrilling finale to Mercedes Lackey’s #1 New York Times’ bestselling trilogy, Joy must risk everything to end a brutal war . . . before she loses all she’s ever loved. Continue reading

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Karneval Omnibus, Vol. 1, by Touya Mikianagi | Manga Review #08

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23197323Nai–a young man who travels in search of another by the name of Karoku, a lone bracelet his only lead. Gareki–a willful young man who earns his daily bread by thieving and picking pockets. Thrown together at an eerie mansion, where they are entrapped and framed, Nai and Gareki are soon hunted down as criminals by national security forces. As they are driven into a corner, before them appears the most powerful defense agency in the country, “Circus”–!!

Translated by Su Mon Han.


I had seen the Karneval anime before reading this first Volume. I had hoped that the anime followed closely to its’ manga counterpart. Continue reading

Confess, by Colleen Hoover | Book Review #294

Note: This review has been copied and pasted from my GoodReads account.

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22609310-2Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


I like this book, the story made me think. Continue reading

Miss Mayhem, by Rachel Hawkins | Book Review #293

Note: This review has been copied and pasted from my GoodReads account. 

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22465605Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and her best friend, Bee, has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can focus on the important things in life: school, canoodling with David (her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie), and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or make her more powerful than ever.


Well, what can I say? Miss Mayhem sure had a lot of Mayhem within the story. Continue reading

TBR #45; Dystopian Horrors

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 10.22.37 PMWelcome, reader/s! For a while now, I’ve been writing a bi-weekly post about books that are on
my TBR. TBR, if you don’t know is the abbreviation for To Be Read. My goal here is to shed some light on books that I’ve otherwise forgotten about. These books could be books I’ve been meaning to read from the library, or books that have been collecting dust on my shelves at home. My goal though is to say a little about the book and also give a little reasoning of why I want to read them. In hopes of reading them sooner than later. 


The first book that I’ll be talking about is a book that I really only heard about over a few days on YouTube, and then that was really it.. Continue reading

Love & Profanity, by Nick Healy (Editor), Laurie J. Edwards | ARC Book Review #292

Note: I copied and pasted my review from my GoodReads account.

Thank you to Switch Press, via Netgalley for allowing me to read Love & Profanity for free in exchange for an honest review.

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23006367Here are more than forty short, brilliant, and unforgettable true stories from writers famous and on-the-rise. Here is the intensity of daily life. Here are transformative moments arising from the mundane. Here are strange and surprising tales that tap into universal truths. Here are teenagers in full splendor and horror. Here they are, bursting with love and profanity.


*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I have to say, I only got about 30-ish pages in, and I had to call it quits. This book is a collection of stories from different authors, all of which – to my understanding – has written out their very real romantic life stories. And honestly, they were putting me to sleep. I had to stop reading because this book was just so boring. From what I read, there just isn’t any pizazz involved in any of the stories.
This was a great idea, and Im sure that many people might like it, but for me, Love & Profanity was a miss.

Thanks for reading!
Adele

The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa | Book Review #291

Note: I’ve copied and pasted my review from my GoodReads account.

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imagesMeghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


From the minute that I started reading The Iron King I was enthralled. Continue reading

The Book of Blood and Shadow, by Robin Wasserman | Book Review #290

Note: This review has been copied and pasted from my GoodReads account, to here. This review is a messy one. 

This review contains spoilers. 

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11378763It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.


I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book. Maybe I expected a horror type young adult book. When I was reading I didn’t know what to expect and that kept me go. There is a really interesting story line. Continue reading

Paper Towns, by John Green | Book Review #289

Note: This is my review copied and pasted from my GoodReads account. 

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6442769Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew… Continue reading

The Cain Saga, Vol. 1 by, Kaori Yuki | Manga Book Review #07

 

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Born under an evil moon harboring dark secrets, Earl Cain C. Hargreves, the youthful heir of the aristocratic Hargreves family, is a man on a quest to find the truth about his family’s past. Written in dark, harrowing episodes, The CAIN Saga chronicles how Cain solves the strange crimes that seem to plague his cursed existence, yet somehow bring him closer to deciphering the puzzling circumstances surrounding his father’s tragic death.

Five gripping stories of love, friendship and betrayal–“Forgotten Juliet,” “Branded Bibi,” “The Youths Who Stopped Time,” “Double,” and “The Death of Cleo”–comprise this poignant first installment of Kaori Yuki’s hit gothic manga series. Gothic fans will be left in awe long after this series has ended!


Here is my review of The Can Saga, Vol. 1 by Kaori Yuki, Akira Watanabe.

When I first saw this book at the library, I had an inkling that I wouldn’t like it. Continue reading