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We Were Liars: Review

We Were Liars: Review

We Were Liars was not for me. Some folks will undoubtedly like it – and I picked it up because I started seeing recommendations for it everywhere – but it was almost a DNF for me (a rare feat for a book). I had to force myself to finish it.Here’s the premise: four teenagers whose respective families call them “The Liars.” They spend their summers together on a private island and are mostly white and upper-crusty (with the exception of Gat, and we will get to him later). They have lots of money and lots of problems (mostly caused by too much money and crazy awful parenting). Our narrator, Cadence Sinclair Eastman, says of her family: “We are Sinclairs. No one is needy. No one is wrong.” This gives you a decent idea of the family’s prevailing philosophy: Sinclairs are beautiful and perfect and wealthy and super invested in being beautiful and perfect and… Read more »

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review: The Selection

review: The Selection

The Selectionby Kiera Cass Reaction before reading this book: I know I may be a sucker for falling for this cover, but look at it! I totally want to go to that party. Reaction after reading this book:  I no longer want to go to this party. Full disclosure:  I did not read this entire book. I took notes for the first 88 pages, read to page 168, and then skimmed the rest. I think reading more than half the book qualifies as giving it a fair shot. The Selection arrives with a gorgeous cover and interesting premise. What if a lottery allowed 35 teenage girls to compete for the hand of a handsome prince? I thought this might be a fun and fluffy read, so I pushed aside my initial misgivings about the names and pounced on the chance to read the ARC. Turns out, sometimes your gut is… Read more »

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyerby Michelle Hodkin Welcome to yet another teen romance masquerading as a paranormal novel. If you’re like me, you’ve been salivating to read this book for months because of the breathtaking cover—and of course, the premise of a girl waking up in a hospital with no memory of how her friends were killed is pretty intriguing. I’m sorry to say, however, that the maddening phenomenon I’m calling “cover fraud” strikes again, since this is another book whose interior does not live up to its beautiful cover art. Mara Dyer doesn’t know what happened to her friends the day that a building collapsed on them, nor how she somehow escaped miraculously unscathed. The family decides to pack up and move to another town to get away from intrusive attention and so that her lawyer father can take on a high-profile criminal case. Until this point, things are… Read more »

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Spellbound: review

Spellbound: review

Spellboundby Cara Lynn Shultz The beginning of this book is pretty good. There’s a little bit of set up that explains Emma’s nervousness over attending an exclusive school in a new city, plus some funny one-liners that make her seem pretty likable. But on page 15, Emma meets Brendan and everything goes downhill from there, because her whole life, including the scant paranormal aspects of this book, then revolves around getting him. Here is a sketch of the story, with some spoilers. Here’s what we know about the main characters: The Girl Emma is a high-school junior who lives near Central Park. She likes Brendan. A lot. Immediately after she meets him, she starts obsessing over everything he says and talks about him with literally everyone she knows. When he blows hot and cold, she gets upset. She feels “absolutely crushed” when she walks into a classroom and he’s not there…. Read more »

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