Posts Categorized: 3.5 star books

Mini Reviews: Magic and Chills Edition + Giveaway

Mini Reviews: Magic and Chills Edition + Giveaway

Today I’m taking a look at three books, two fantasy and one thriller, all featuring female leads ranging the badass spectrum from “totally” to “eh, not really.” One of them is also one of my favorite reads of 2013 and we’re giving away a finished paperback! Two of these covers are so summery and fantastical and leave me just longing for warmer weather. Even though it’s spring, the cold weather is hanging on here in Philly; it snowed just a few days ago! Coincidentally, I didn’t like the snowy covered book nearly as much as the pretty fantasy books. Let’s see what happened.  Title: A Snicker of Magic  Author: Natalie Lloyd  Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars  Release Date: February 25, 2014  Publisher: Scholastic Press  Age Group: MG  Source: Advance copy provided by the publisher  A Snicker of Magic is such a charming and delightfully Southern little story. The enchantingly named Felicity  Pickle is on a quest… Read more »

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Ruins: Review

Ruins: Review

I really struggled with how I was going to rate this book. Partials and Fragments were two of my favorite reads of 2013. This is also the first series I’ve completed since I’ve started reviewing so there was that component as well. Were my feelings unfairly influenced by how high my expectations were? Ultimately, I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, of the 50 or so books I’ve read so far this year, this is one of my favorites, but I wanted more. There was much to love. The strong characterization, complex medical breakdowns, viral thrills, and realistic post-apocalyptic terror are all there. Yet there were some very significant issues that weighed down my enjoyment. For me, one of the main reasons I think this final installment flags some is the large absence of Samm. Ironically, he has more POV chapters in Ruins than in the previous books, but… Read more »

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Reviews: Going Rogue and Burn Bright

Reviews: Going Rogue and Burn Bright

The Also Known As series is like a good-humored blend of Rachel Hawkins’ + Ally Carter’s books. These light-hearted capers are quick, entertaining reads, and I’m pleased to say that the latest installment Going Rogue carries on the fun and funny vibe of the first book. In between breaking and entering, safe-cracking, stealing, and other assorted duties as a spy, Maggie’s also now dealing with boyfriend and BFF troubles. Along with, you know, her parents being targeted by the operation they work for, which leads to the entire family going underground and on the run. Things I enjoyed: Going Rogue is like a love letter to New York. From the Cloisters to the secret platform beneath Grand Central Station to Washington Square Park and more, it’s really fun to tool around the city with Maggie as she zips from one assignation to another. Fun action sequences Adults who aren’t a… Read more »

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Secret (Elemental #4): review discussion

Secret (Elemental #4): review discussion

Hi everyone! Since Kate and I are both big fans of the Elemental series, we decided it’d be fun to do a joint review discussion for Secret, the latest installment. Please be aware that there will be spoilers for this series in our chat, although we won’t give away any major plot points in this particular book. Let’s begin!   Wendy: Brigid sure doesn’t mess around. The book stars off with a debriefing/interrogation scene, and then bam! There’s an unexpected event and we’re immediately plunged into the action. It’s great how the prologue serves as both a recap and to jolt you into feeling like you’re in this world again. Kate: I thought the recap aspects, in particular, were very well done.  And what I like about the Unexpected Event was how bad-ass and scary Silver was in the last book, you know?  And how I can feel sorry for… Read more »

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How to Love: review

How to Love: review

Maybe if I’d taken the time to read the blurb or ask what How to Love by Katie Cotugno was about, I wouldn’t have read it. Or maybe morbid curiosity would still have gotten the better of me, but I’d have had an easier reading experience for being prepared. Because there are some books you read for the pleasure of losing yourself totally, of becoming an entirely different person in a different time and a different reality. And there are some books you read to catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, to see yourself reflected back from a new perspective. I wasn’t prepared to see myself staring back at me in the form of Reena Montero. Before:  Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists… Read more »

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Shadows: review

Shadows: review

Title: Shadows (The Rephaim #1)Author: Paula WestonRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 10, 2013 Age Group: YASource: Tundra BooksShadows by Paula Weston is the first installment in her Rephaim series. This Aussie YA title has had a lot of buzz  since its release a year ago, and at long last it’s arrived here in North America. It’s certain that most fans of readers of paranormal romance who try out this series will clawing for the next. Shadows is based on angel lore. So yes, you’ve read the same story, the same myth, the same names, only, as in all other angel books, there are little tweaks here and there to differentiate it from the crop. But, as I’ve always said, whatever the material, if the writing is good then the book is good. It’s only been a year since the death of her twin brother, Jude, and Gaby has run away… Read more »

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All Our Yesterdays: review + giveaway!

All Our Yesterdays: review + giveaway!

Title:All Our YesterdaysAuthor:Cristin TerrillRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 3rd, 2013Publisher:Disney HyperionAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher All Our Yesterdays begins with an intriguing scenario: a girl who is locked in a cell discovers instructions for preventing a time machine from being built. They’re from the girl herself. FROM THE FUTURE. Cue the dramatic music! The story of Em, who’s locked in that cell, and Marina, who’s had a crush on her childhood friend her whole life, is a tricky puzzle, combined with an exciting mission that Em has to accomplish before it’s too late. The plot moves along at a fast clip, with breakneck action interspersed with some romance–because hey, even when the world’s future is at stake, you’re gonna notice the cute guy in the prison cell next to you. I liked how the author addressed time travel paradox and causal loop questions, though… Read more »

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