Posts Categorized: 3.5 star books

One Moment: review

One Moment: review

One Momentby Kristina McBride One Moment by Kristina McBride is a story of the unfairness of life; how things are cut short, how things are not what they seem, how things are stolen, changed, a path diverted in a blink. Maggie and her friends are at the gorge. Maggie and her boyfriend Joey are at the top of the cliff, about to jump off — then everything goes blank. Maggie opens her eyes and Adam is urging her out from the bush she’s hidden herself behind. There is screaming, sirens, and blood. Joey is dead. The story goes on as Maggie and her friends deal with their loss, as Maggie attempts to piece together her final moments with Joey in the hopes of figuring out what, why, and how it all happened. But it’s not all it seems. Along the way, Maggie discovers secrets that threaten to sever the friendships,… Read more »

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The Calling: review

The Calling: review

The Callingby Kelley Armstrong I have a feeling that some people are going to hate Kelley Armstrong’s The Calling. It’s almost impossible that she didn’t think this was going to piss a few people off. This is a book you can’t take at face value. Because at face value, this is a slow progressing plot, the romance is largely missing (though not entirely, it’s just not with the same guy – shock horror), and as we get more answers about Maya, her friends and the bad guys, we also get more questions. This is an adventure book. It’s a prolonged action scene. It’s like a cross between the Blair Witch Project, Mantracker and Survivorman. There’s a lot of hiding, running, fighting, all that jazz. It started to become frustrating because if you’re someone who looks for plot development, then this might be a bit of a challenge. If you’re someone… Read more »

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Preloved Review & Pink Sugared Popcorn!

Preloved Review & Pink Sugared Popcorn!

Preloved by Shirley Marr I had a horrible sensation in my stomach only because, like, a billion things could go wrong when you try to tell a girl that her Eighties-flavoured boyfriend from a past life was trying to hook back up with her.Preloved is the story of 16-year-old Amy Lee, a girl who lives in the fictional Australian town of Middlemore with her Chinese mother. On her school’s Eighties Theme Day, she’s dressed up as Buttercup from The Princess Bride and battling her love/hate relationship with her best friend Rebecca when she accidentally stumbles upon a silver locket with a picture of a boy from the 80s inside. Her life gets complicated when the boy’s ghost appears and begins to haunt her–but not for the usual reasons you might expect. First of all, Logan wears his collar popped. And he’s persistent. And he’s annoying. But as Amy grows closer… Read more »

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Lies Beneath: review

Lies Beneath: review

Lies Beneathby Anne Greenwood Brown I hadn’t killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that. So begins the very first good YA mermaid novel I’ve ever read–and hooray, they’re eeeevil, too! After trudging through so many books with insipid mermaids or one that barely qualified as mermaids, it’s so great to read a story in which sea creatures have purpose. And deadly intent. And tails. These merpeople aren’t drawn to kill people just for sport, but also because they crave the energy they harvested from positive human emotions. One of the things I find most appealing about the idea of mermaids in literature is that I would love to know what it feels like to swim swiftly and endlessly through deep oceans. What’s it like to live under the sea? And if you’re part-fish, where does your aquatic side end and your human… Read more »

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40 Things I Want To Tell You: review

40 Things I Want To Tell You: review

40 Things I Want To Tell Youby Alice Kuipers I’m torn. Alice Kuipers’ 40 Things I Want To Tell You didn’t quite reach the level of expectation I had for it, sadly. Its a coming of age story about Amy (a.k.a. Bird), an organized, predictable, self-assured young lady with the grades, the drive, and an advice column on the side. She has everything planned – all the time. Except she’s suddenly become tired of being herself, which compels her to do something utterly unthinkable, utterly wild. Unluckily, her one momentary stray into the promiscuous results in not freedom, but quite the opposite. So, the problem. While I didn’t find the actual story as engaging as I’d hoped it would be, it was more what it achieved in my mind, what it stood for, that I responded to. Amy’s story is not sweet, or comforting. At first, it seems like a… Read more »

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A Need So Beautiful: review

A Need So Beautiful: review

A Need So Beautifulby Suzanne Young This was almost a really great book. Angel books are tricky anyway, perhaps because they can’t rely so much on the sexy-dangerous vibes of other paranormal creatures such as vampires or werewolves, and then there’s a certain expectation of a higher purpose being fulfilled. It’s a fine line to balance that greater calling along with making a character relatable and sympathetic, so it’s no wonder that we don’t see very many good ones. It’s very strange, then, to find an angel YA book that does the most difficult elements of an angel book very, very well, but somehow falls short in the everyday life stuff. Charlotte is an angel whose purpose is to help those in need, but she’s destined to be forgotten by everyone she has ever known. Day by day, her Need grows stronger and her ties to the earth grow more… Read more »

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Divergent: review

Divergent: review

Divergent by Veronica Roth Any book that arrives heavily hyped usually has a ton of marketing power behind it. Sure, there are critical reviews to consider, but these days many consumers are more aware than ever of the dollars at stake behind book and film negotiations. Which means that there’s a lot of pressure riding on any book to live up to its promise, particularly one that comes from a 23-year-old author who has already landed a 3-book deal and signed the movie rights to the studio behind the Twilight franchise. After so many heavily hyped and wearisome projects such as Halo or Matched, it’s a pleasure to find that every once in awhile, there’s a good reason behind the fanfare. Divergent is the fast-paced, action-packed story of 16-year-old Tris, who comes from one of the five factions in a dystopian Chicago. She must choose one of the factions–Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless… Read more »

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