Saving Me, by Sadie Allen | Book Review #355

Thank you to Sadie Allen for allowing me to read
Saving Me in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warning:
Suicidal Thoughts
Attempted Suicide
Depression
Anxiety
Parental Abuse

38487713On the outside, Ally has everything any teenager could want. She’s beautiful, popular, and athletic. She has the right friends, an adoring boyfriend, and the picture-perfect family.

Too bad it’s all a lie.

Every day she’s dying a little on the inside, drowning in everyone’s expectations and opinions, the weight of it all pulling her under.

She wants to do the unthinkable … until a boy with shaggy hair, unusual eyes, and a lip ring changes her plans.


Prior to actually getting down to the nitty-gritty of this novel, I was hesitant to read Saving Me. Continue reading

Scythe, by Neal Shusterman | Book Review #217

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28954189Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.’


TRIGGER WARNING: Self Harm, Suicide, & Murder.

Scythe is the first book in the Arc of a Scythe duology? Trilogy? I don’t know.

In Scythe there are two different points of view. The first coming from Citra, and the second coming from Rowan. I didn’t know what to expect in Scythe, since it’s such a different kind of novel, where most of the worlds problems are solved. Almost like a Utopia kind of book. Yet the premise of Scythe contradicts my Utopian predictions.  Continue reading

Mechaninca, by Betsy Cornwell | Book Review #206

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25897875‘Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday—and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse—Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There’s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.’


When I heard that Betsy Cornwell had come out with another book, I was intrigued and excited. Then I heard that her new (at the time) book, Mechanica was a rendition on the Cinderella story, my excitement died down a little. I mean, there were so many Childhood story renditions coming out left, right and centre. However, I held the faith that Mechanica would be interesting.  Continue reading

The Young Elites by Marie Lu | Book Review #152

Today’s post is a book review of The Young Elites by Marie Lu. The Young Elites is the first book in a trilogy, and what happened in the book is actually really surprising. Perhaps my thoughts on the book aren’t surprising at all though…

20821111I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.Continue reading

Don’t Turn Around, by Michelle Gagnon | Book Review #150

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Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life in no uncertain terms. But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good.”
Trigger Warning: Kidnapping, Guns & Gun Violence, Rape Mention, Death

Don’t Turn Around, by Michelle Gagnon is:

  • first in a trilogy
  • Young Adult Sci-Fi Thriller/Mystery
  • 336 pages (paperback)

When I first found this book, I was browsing through the library. I like this particular library because they have quite a few books in paperback, and I find library paperbacks such a breeze to read. Anyway. I found Don’t Turn Around and saw that the front cover has “OFF THE GRID. ON THE RUN.” on it. I was drew in by that, because, hey, that in itself sound interesting. And then I flip the book over to read the synopsis of the book and what sticks out most is: “Don’t tell your secrets. A whisper can betray you. Don’t trust anyone. Not even yourself.

The synopsis on the back of the book as to what it is on Goodreads. The synopsis on the back reads: Continue reading

Our Chemical Hearts, by Krystal Sutherland | Book Review #142

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Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him – at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl; she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl.

Trigger Warning: Mentions of: Self-Harm, Depression, Car Accidents resulted in Death, & Blood.

Our Chemical Hearts (by Krystal Sutherland) is a book that is raw in all meaning of the word. There’s no holding back in the language or in the way that the main character, Henry thinks. Our Chemical Hearts is about first-loves as much as it is about friendship, family, and love. All types of love.  Continue reading

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | Book Review #131

One Life to One Dawn.
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In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

If you didn’t know The Wrath and the Dawn was inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. There are multiple points of view, with the main view point being from Shazrad. There’s an interesting prologue that really sets the tone of the story without telling us what the story is about. So in a way, the prologue moves you to read the rest of the book.

I have got to say that this book surprised me in many ways, but at the same time, was very…. annoyingly predictable at times. There are some things that annoyed me about the book, while there are some things that made me so happy about this book. I don’t know what one has more points to the team though, so lets get down to business, shall we??

The few things that I liked about this book are… Continue reading

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey | Book Review #127

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, 24397041remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.

Monsters.

Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.

Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…

I received a copy of Hunter by Mercedes Lackey from the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.  Continue reading

TBR Tuesday | #10

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Hello reader/s! I hope you’re well today! I’ve decided to have a 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.

I’ve been having fun these past ten weeks, with writing these posts, and taking pictures of my books. There was one time where I felt a little burdened by blogging, but that’s just because I hadn’t worked out my time wisely enough. However, I’m excited to be doing today’s post because I’ve been looking forward to this tenth post for so long! I told myself, that when the tenth post came around, I’d feature two books that I’ve read. Continue reading

The Dare by Hannah Jayne | Book Review #125

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Bryn did everything with her best friend Erica. So when someone dared Erica to jump off the pier one night at Harding Beach, Bryn was right by her side. But when Bryn made it back to the surface, Erica was nowhere to be found. Bryn tries to make a fresh start by burying her memories of that awful night. But when a Twitter post from “EricaNShaw” pops up on her feed and a chilling voice mail appears on her phone, she realizes that someone isn’t ready to let go of the past…

I found this to be a pretty unpredictable book. A few times I got a little angry because of the way that this story was written. Continue reading