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review 2018-09-30 03:28
We Were Liars

This book is weird. It does start out slow and you are so confused because you have no clue as to what the point of the story could possibly be. So, I put it away for a while and read some other stuff then went back to it after a couple weeks. The second I picked it up again I couldn’t put it back down and finished it the next day. The middle is when things start coming together and making sense. The ending is so horribly sad that I laid in bed crying until I couldn’t even see the words. Honestly, good book, it just takes time. Patient readers. Good author!

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text 2018-06-25 08:10
Book Blitz - Alpha

Alpha
Jus Accardo
(The Infinity Division #3)
Published by: Entangled: Teen
Publication date: July 3rd 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

“A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters.” —Kirkus Reviews on Infinity

Sera is the obsession of a killer chasing a ghost. G is a soldier with too much blood on his hands.

Dylan lost the only person he ever loved—and will stop at nothing to get her back.

In a whirlwind chase that takes them back to where it all started, Sera, G, and Dylan will have to confront their demons—both physical and mental—and each other, in order to win their freedom.

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EXCERPT:

 

The rain stopped, and the wind outside had settled, leaving an uncomfortable silence in its wake. I didn’t have a problem with the quiet. I liked it, in fact. But this was something a little different. This was uncomfortable. The kind of stillness that came from forced proximity to someone or something that made your skin itch and your stomach roil. The kind of hush that usually set in right before a devastating storm or a natural disaster.

 

He did this sometimes. Just sat across from me and stared. He usually wouldn’t even say anything. I didn’t think he expected me to say anything, either. He just looked. Sometimes it lasted a few minutes, just long enough to send that chill skittering up and down my spine. Other times it would go on for hours. He’d blink and breathe and fidget, but his eyes…those remained locked on me, his unhealthy mix of sadness and lust and greed and anger crushing me to the point of breathlessness.

 

We were at it again, and I was just about out of patience. It was one thing to have been ripped away from my home, from my life, by that madwoman, Cora Anderson. It was another to have her poke and prod and use me as a science experiment. She’d altered my mind. Made me forget most of my life before the day I woke up a prisoner on the floor of her cold, dank cell. Those things were all bad, but having been “rescued” by this bastard and forced to stay by his side at all times? That was an entirely new level of torture.

 

“You’re thinking about him again, aren’t you?” His tone was acidic and his jaw tight. He had a temper, this guy. I’d seen it multiple times. He’d never done anything more than scream at me, but it was only a matter of time with people like this. I wasn’t sure how I knew that, but I felt it in my bones. Maybe I’d known someone like him at home. Maybe it was just intuition.

 

“Yes,” was all I replied. I found that simple, one-word responses went over the best. Or, more accurately, the worst. When I said too little, he grew agitated. He wanted me to talk to him, yet the things that came out of my mouth weren’t ever what he wanted to hear. I didn’t act like he’d hoped I would, didn’t say the things he longed to hear. Some days he was determined to change me. Others, he was rabid, blaming me for not behaving like myself and demanding that I wake up.

 

Forget that I had no idea who I was.

 

“While it’s not okay, I understand.” He offered me a smile—a small, tentative twitch of his lips and gentle shrug of his shoulders. He was making an effort to be kinder today, going out of his way to speak softer and move slower.

 

That made me even angrier.

 

“You understand? Then my life is complete. All I’ve ever wanted was the understanding of a serial killer.” Even if I hadn’t been thinking about…someone else, I would have lied. The fact that I wasn’t focused on him, and him alone, drove Dylan—my savior, my captor—crazy. But the truth was, I was thinking of him. That other him. How could I not? Even if I didn’t find myself missing him every moment of every day in an almost physical way, I wouldn’t be able to put him out of my mind because he was technically sitting here across from me.

Author Bio:

 

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather's footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

 

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review 2018-04-10 06:25
Communicate
The Rules of Rebellion - Amity Hope

Leo has been in love with Kylie since they were younger.  He is afraid to bring it up but knows he must do it soon.  She has her eye on someone else and he could miss his chance.

 

Kylie is really put on the spot when her sister infers to her friend that they should go out.  She is not sure what to do now.  All she thinks about is Leo.  Where to go from here?

 

This was an amazing story that I could not put down.  I loved it all.  The humor, the banter, the friendships.... it was just so good.  I am new to this author, but you can bet I will be catching up.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-06-30 09:15
Hunger Games fans should check this one out!
Extinction Of All Children - L. J. Epps

Extinction Of All Children by L.J. Epps is a dystopian, young adult novel set in a place called Craigluy in the year 2080. The reader follows the journey of Emma Whisperer, an 18 year old who was the last child to be born in her territory. Yes babies were still born after Emma, however they are taken away from their parents. As a reader, we want to find out what happens to these children. 

 

I liked that there was always something happening in this novel; I never got bored. Certain parts of this book are pretty grim to read but that's what makes it so interesting "I could have you all sterilised - but that would take away my fun in watching you suffer." 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because the underlying idea of the novel really interested me - the extinction of children. When I got to the ending I didn't realise that there was going to be a second book so initially I was super disappointed because there is a lot that is left uncovered so thank goodness there will be a second one that continues the adventure - I can't wait to read it! 

 

I'd definitely recommend this book to fans of dystopian novels and anyone looking for a fairly quick read. 

 

I received Extinction Of All Children via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

 

- Maddie

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review 2016-05-15 10:47
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn Book #1

 

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée AhdiehSynopsis

 

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

 

 

This book is a rather dark re-telling of One Thousand and One Nights. The boy-king Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid, takes a new bride each night only to kill her by sunrise. The protagonist, Shahrzad, volunteers herself... not just to break the cycle of death, but to unravel the mystery of it, and to kill the Caliph to exact revenge.

 

Almost like Beauty and the Beast, this leaves room for a mushy Stockholm Syndrome hate-to-love relationship, but despite the complicated magic weaved into the tale, is far from.

 

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

 

Shazi, the MC's nickname, slowly finds herself falling for the Caliph, however this is not written or executed in a predictable manner, as it is well-paced and, unlike how many find the 'Beast', it is very easy to fall in love with Khalid, the Caliph, once you learn his story. She finds increasingly difficult to hate Khalid, and more importantly, kill him.

 

Now, in a book I, personally, like a strong protagonist - not necessarily in physical sort of way, but I like heroines who are fierce and rather unpredictable. Shahzrad, (sometimes Scheherazade), is a very fiery and silver-tongued girl. She shows a lot of grace and enchants Khalid with her clever plots in her story-telling in order to live one more night.

 

Other than the plot and endearing characters, I really love Renée Ahdieh’s writing style. She builds the world of The Wrath and the Dawn really well and her descriptions are very beautiful and charming. The writing itself is very lovely and flows in a magical fashion befitting the setting of the novel. Ahdieh has set the perfect tone with her descriptions and the dialogue was both thought provoking and witty a good portion of the time.

 

There is one reason that I rated this as 4 Stars (I was tempted to rate it as 3.5, but decided otherwise due to the points above) in lieu of all full 5. I didn't quite like the relationship between Shazi and Khalid. Don't get me wrong, I squealed hysterically in some adorable scenes but I just couldn't fathom how she simply forgot the murder's of the girls, including her best friend. I liked the scene when Khalid said, through his confession writing, Shiva, Shazi's friend, understood his torment, but Shazi didn't register this. Once the reason for the murders (as said in the synopsis - so not a spoiler) she just didn't care - that's impression I got. The reason for the acts certainly didn't justify why he deemed his life more important than a hundred - but I feel as though Shazi believed it did.

 

Because of this, I wasn’t completely sold on the romance. Whatever reasoning Khalid had, he was still a murderer. Shahrzad’s intentions to avenge her friend’s death, were, in my opinion, completely justified, but then she almost forgot about her guilt. It was impossible to forget that and, even when they were falling in love, they were both still guarded with secrets. I did get sold on the friendships. They were great. From the newness of Shahrzad and her handmaiden Despina, to older friendships like Khalid and his cousin Jalal, or Tariq and Rahim who knew Shahrzad before she became queen.

 

Marie Lu describes The Wrath and The Dawn as "an intoxicating gem of a story" on the cover. Though it doesn't feel good to copy this, I don't think I can express my opinion on this book in other different way. Can't wait for book #2!

 

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