The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black | Book Review #89

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Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.”

I really enjoyed reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. The story brings Vampires and their old myths about burning in the sun, being awake during the night. Of course there are people and shows that people ogle over. That part in itself is just the way that the 21st century people know how to live and deal with things: glitter it up so no one freaks the fuck out. Continue reading

The Siren by Kiera Cass | Book Review #81

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A girl with a secret.
The boy of her dreams.
An Ocean between them.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of.

Falling in love with a human breaks the Ocean’s rules. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.

I totally forgot to take notes while reading this book, so forgive me if this review is a little on the short side.. Continue reading

Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash | Book Review #77

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‘Alys’s whole world was comprised of the history project that was due, her upcoming violin audition, being held tightly in the arms of her boyfriend, Ben, and laughing with her bestriend, Delilah. At least it was–until she found herself on the wrong end of a shotgun in the school library. Her suburban high school had become one of those places you hear about on the news–a place where some disaffected youth decided to end it all and take as many of his teachers and classmates with him as he could. Except in this story, that youth was Alys’s own brother, Luke. He killed fifteen others and himself, but spared her–though she’ll never know why.

Alys’s downward spiral begins instantly, and there seems to be no bottom. A heartbreaking and beautifully told story.’

So right off the bat, we know what this book is about. But we don’t know the why of this story. Already this is a tough subject to have in a book, let alone write about it.. Continue reading

Save Me by Jenny Elliott | Book Review #72

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‘Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?’

Long story short: it took me a long time to actually sit down and read this book. Continue reading

Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier | Book Review #71

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I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key.

And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor’s office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen. 

April won’t let Jonah go without a fight.

He’s her boyfriend–her bestfriend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters–and the ones in his head?’

I was originally interested by this book from seeing in on tumblr. When I got the chance to borrow this book from the library, I was really anxious to read it. What if I didn’t like the book? What if I finished the story and absolutely loved this book?

Your Voice Is All I Hear, is probably one of the most important books I’ve read in a long time. Continue reading

Atlanita by Ally Condie | Book Review #70

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Can you hear Atlanita breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamy of the sand and sky Above–of life beyond her underwater city of Atlanita. But in a single moment, all of her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self–and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden–she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend of Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.’

I was not expecting that, within this book.

The setting in Atlantia is nothing short of beautiful. The descriptions in this book; which are described by Rio, is nothing short of breath-taking. Atlantia is such a beautiful book. Continue reading

Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Meyers | Book Review #67

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The Competition
Seventeen-year-old Avery VanDemere’s ridiculously wealthy grandmother has decided to leave the family fortune to the relative who proves him or herself worthiest–by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe.
The Contenders
For Avery, the contest offers a chance to escape. As the black sheep of the VanDemere clan–the illegitimate daughter, sent away to boarding school–she’d love to use that prize money to run away from the family who ostracized her . . . and discover the truth about her long-lost mother.

Marshall might be Avery’s uncle by blood, but there’s no love lost between them. He’ll do anything to win, even if it means turning on his own children.
Riley is the charming son of Grandmother VanDemere’s lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery finds herself drawn to him–even though she isn’t quite sure she can trust him.
The Winner?
Treacherous turns in the competition serve as brutal reminders that only one person can win it all. Is Avery willing to risk both her heart and her life to claim the grand prize?

I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t sure if I would like this book. The synopsis made it sound like there would be a lot of plot holes. Now that I’ve read Inherit Midnight, I can honestly say I had a lot of fun reading this novel. And that the only note that I wrote down about Inherit Midnight was ‘Riley better not fucking betray her in any way OR I WILL KILL HIS ASS!!!‘  Continue reading

Daughter of Deep Silence | Book Review #43

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I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell it’s story–and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.’

Daughter of Deep Silence is described as ‘a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.‘ and they’re right. Continue reading

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb | Book Review #37

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In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels–118 of them, to be exact–to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only shot at real love–Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.’

I dont know whether or not to say if Kissing in America is a road trip book or not. There are equal parts of not-road-tripping and road-tripping.  Continue reading