Posts Categorized: 3 star books

Reboot: review

Reboot: review

As most of you probably know, Wendy is our resident zombie / horror lover, while I’m more likely to be found cowering under the blankets because I saw thirty seconds of a horror movie trailer. Three hours ago. So when I read the summary for Reboot by Amy Tintera, I thought, “sentient zombies? I can totally handle that.” And I was half right. It wasn’t scary at all, but I don’t think my initial assessment was all that accurate. Reboots aren’t zombie-like in the least. Well. At least, not normally. When the KDH virus swept through the population, people began dropping like flies. Except… they didn’t stay dead. Their bodies rebooted (heh, get it?) after death, coming back stronger, faster, healthier–a more perfect version of their previous selves. And, naturally, the government used this to their advantage, rounding up all the Reboots and training them to be super soldiers, keeping… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: The Boyfriend App + The Nightmare Affair

Mini Reviews: The Boyfriend App + The Nightmare Affair

We’re trying out a new format today with mini reviews! It’s a good way for us to share some quick thoughts about our recent reads, and to cover more books on the blog than we’d typically be able to. ———————————————– Title: The Boyfriend AppAuthor: Katie SiseRating: 3 out of 5 starsRelease Date: April 30, 2013Publisher: Balzer & BrayAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher Smart, geeky Audrey McCarthy needs money for college, so she decides to enter a competition to design a phone app that lets users find their perfect romantic match. I loved the idea of a girl who’s a tech nerd, so I was very entertained by the first half of this book. Audrey’s a fun character, and the explanations of technical terms and use of social media is well-integrated into the story; I also enjoyed the breezy writing and quick pace. But halfway through, the plot… Read more »

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Falling Kingdoms: review

Falling Kingdoms: review

Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)Author: Morgan RhodesRating: 3 out of 5 starsRelease Date: December 11, 2012Publisher: RazorbillAge Group: YASource: Purchased Falling Kingdoms is a high fantasy about Mytica, a continent on the verge of a war, drawing with it the fates of four young people into chaos and tragedy. The synopsis, while not entirely unique, is intriguing. It seems to promise all the staples of a good fantasy novel: heroes, princesses, politics, magic, romance, death. And all of this it delivers…on a young adult level. Morgan Rhodes’ tale tells of Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia and the destinies they are called forth to fulfill as their land teeters on the bloody edge of conflict and grapples with menacing want-to-be-kings, sly sorcerers, and an ancient magic long lost. The world building is convincing enough. The map, the descriptions, the names, they all work to compel a reader to believe. Rhodes… Read more »

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Life Is But a Dream: review

Life Is But a Dream: review

Life Is But a Dream by Brian James Life Is But a Dream is an unusual, intense book that tackles the subject of truth as perception from the angle of mental illness.  Sabrina is a schizophrenic teen, checked into the Wellness Centre after events that are slowly revealed through a series of flashbacks. Using these snapshots of the recent past and Sabrina’s childhood, James sharpens the image of Sabrina-in-the-present, where she meets and becomes close to fellow patient Alec. Sabrina is convinced that there is a connection between she and Alec – that he originates from the dreams that texture her world.  …mine [dreams] aren’t like that. Mine stay around even when I’m awake. They are everywhere around me, shadows that I see out of the corner of my eyes. Sometimes they are more than shadows. […] Those dreams aren’t dreams at all but windows into other places. Those special… Read more »

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Article 5: review

Article 5: review

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons “Dystomance” doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon, and the appetite for YA romance playing out against a backdrop of government oppression remains healthy, judging by the titles storming my goodreads feed. I’ve had varying degrees of success with this particular subgenre, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer those where the romance takes a back seat to the plot and worldbuilding. It’s a personal preference, but I find that the opposite scenario, with the romance centre stage and the world set up to fuel romantic angst, makes for less of a satisfying reading experience. So while I approached Article 5 with some trepidation, and I would still shelve it along with its apocalyptic and dystopian romance companions, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked this book. I don’t love it and it’s not without issues, primarily of the worldbuilding variety,… Read more »

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