Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Here's what my friends and I thought of Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. The Young Adult at Heart digital book club!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.


For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

I love these books. I can't wait for this one. I might re-listen to the other two. They GREAT! 
Release Date: March 8, 2016 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Review: The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

Publisher:Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Rating: 1 star
Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

I love Kelley Armstrong. I've read her entire Women of the Otherworld series and her two YA trilogies that take place in the same world and I devoured them. But I couldn't even make it to page 100. This book was ridiculous. The kids kept saying the same thing over and over they was so much silly internal monologue that I didn't know what to do. I didn't feel sorry for anyone. I had no sympathy for any of these characters and without that, why both reading the book.

Snaps on the main character being Latina though!

I quit. But don't worry Kelly, I still love you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: December 9, 2013
Rating: 4 Stars

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy. (Goodreads)

I love Libba Bray, I really do, I even met her once. That being said I did like this book, although not as much as I liked the Diviners. I liked the story, it was an interesting fantasy concept. I've never read anything quite like it, I also liked the historical fiction aspect. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give things away and I think the description tells you a lot about the book. My teeny tiny problem was an Gemma's friends. They. Were. Horrible. They were the worst, and even when they turned on her she still went back to them. They're basically the worst kind of people and Jemma does whatever she can to befriend them. I don't really like that message because it can be really hard to tell the difference between friends and enemies in middle school and high school. The people who are nice to you when you give them what they want, and turn from you when you don't are not the kind of friends you want. I know there are two other books and I hope that gets better, but right now , I'm a smidge miffed at Gemma and I hope innocent readers realize they aren't the best people.