Posts Categorized: 4 star books

Boundless (Unearthly #3): review

Boundless (Unearthly #3): review

Title: Boundless (Unearthly #3)Author: Cynthia HandRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: January 22, 2013 Publisher: Harper TeenAge Group: YASource: ARC This review is spoiler-free, and safe even if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. (But if you haven’t–sheesh, what are you waiting for?!) After waiting for Boundless for so long, I was strangely nervous about reading it. When the package arrived, I literally hugged it for a full minute because I knew what was inside! All day long, I was scared to even peek at the first page, so it wasn’t until after midnight that I started the book. But my burning need to know how this incredible story ended kept me up through the night until I finally finished it at 4 in the morning. This final installment in the Unearthly series picks up shortly after the novella Radiant, as Clara begins her freshman year… Read more »

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Scarlet: review & giveaway

Scarlet: review & giveaway

I read the first in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, just last week, and was enamored with Marissa Meyer’s imaginative and wholly original take on the Cinderella fairy tale (seriously, who gets sci-fi/fantasy with cyborgs and aliens and magic powers from that? SOMEONE AWESOME, obviously), and very much enjoyed the depth and humor she infused into the characters. But, there was still something missing for me. Some indefinable piece that could bump it up from, “wow, this is really great” to, “TELL ME MORE. IMMEDIATELY.” I’m pleased to tell you, my friends, Scarlet is that missing piece . With its higher stakes, intense action, and one hell of a big, (so hot it might be) bad (for your heart) Wolf, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The sequel picks up right where Cinder left off, but from Scarlet’s point of view. She, as you might have imagined, is a red-headed,… Read more »

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Quotable YA: Marie Lu’s Prodigy

Quotable YA: Marie Lu’s Prodigy

I don’t know about you, but I love a good book quote! I enjoy seeing which moments have resonated with other people, especially since there’s such great writing in so many young adult titles. With social media, it’s also really easy to share your quote love with friends. This year, I thought it’d be fun to do a monthly button/badge featuring one book quote from a 2013 YA book that’s being published that month! We’re calling this Quotable YA, and this would function as both a teaser for an upcoming book that we’ll likely by reviewing or giving away, as well as a little visual keepsake you can grab for your own blog, pin on Pinterest, share on Facebook, etc. To kick off the series, here’s a quote I like from Marie Lu’s Prodigy, which comes out on January 29th. This sentence is spoken during an important moment during the… Read more »

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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls: review

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls: review

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girlsby Claire LeGrand Are you in the mood to spooked? Here is a delightfully dreadful tale will give you the creepy-crawlies. 12-year-old Victoria’s best friend Lawrence has gone missing. Not only is she confused and lonely after his disappearance, but no one in town seems to remember who he was. Prickly, persnickety Victoria is determined to find out what happened to him, and gradually her questions lead her straight to the tall, gray-brick Home at the end of her street where the bright-eyed Mrs. Cavendish lives. Written in brisk prose reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls showcases a gratifyingly smart debut by author Claire Legrand. The clever writing assumes that its readers are intelligent thinkers, with vibrant verbs and grim humor marching the story purposefully along with its spirited heroine and her quest. There is much wickedness afoot in this… Read more »

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The Darkest Minds: review and giveaway

The Darkest Minds: review and giveaway

The Darkest Mindsby Alexandra Bracken “Imagine someone reaching straight into your chest, past the bones and blood and guts, and taking a nice firm hold on your spinal cord. Now imagine that they start shaking you so fast, the world starts bulging and buckling under you. Imagine not being able to figure out later if the thought in your head is really yours or an unintentional keepsake from someone else’s mind. Imagine the guilt of knowing you saw someone’s deepest, darkest fear or secret…”In The Darkest Minds, the children are diseased. Some drop dead for no apparent reason before they reach the age of ten. Those that don’t begin to develop abilities they don’t understand, and can’t control. Some merely gain superior mental acuity, excelling at math and science far beyond their years. For others, their abilities take on a more dangerous shape–telekinesis, electrokinesis, mind reading, mind control. After waking… Read more »

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The Raven Boys: review & giveaway

The Raven Boys: review & giveaway

The Raven Boysby Maggie Stiefvater On a cold night every spring, sixteen-year-old Blue and her psychic mother wait in a churchyard for the dead to arrive. Her mother is usually the one who sees the spirits of people who will die within the next twelve months, but this year, Blue herself is startled by the sad, desperate sight of a boy named Gansey falling to his knees before her. “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.” With those chilling words, Blue is caught up in a mystery she never expected involving the privileged Raven Boys from Aglionby Academy. She must guard her heart closely, however, because Blue’s always been told that she’s destined to kill her true love with a kiss. If Edgar Allan Poe had taught the boys of Dead Poets Society,… Read more »

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Spark (Elemental #2): review & giveaway

Spark (Elemental #2): review & giveaway

Spark (Elemental #2)by Brigid Kemmerer CASE # 0197 SUBJECT:         Brigid Kemmerer, Author HYPOTHESIS:   Subject writes highly addictive books that are a serious impediment to normal sleep patterns. Exhibit A:       StormExhibit B:       Spark STATUS:  Considered a serious risk to all reasonable conduct. This paper is an emergency presentation to provide anecdotal evidence that the young adult author Brigid Kemmerer is a menace to society. Through her Elemental series, which follows a group of dangerously attractive brothers with the power to harness the forces of nature, she has irresponsibly spread rampant mass hysteria in a thinly disguised attempt to take over the paranormal romance genre. TEST READERS HAVE REPORTED: irregular breathing, flushed cheeks, and most alarmingly, a tendency to dissolve into incoherent giggles while reading the novels. Left unchecked, the subject will continue to be a detriment to all reasonable behavior as readers seem physically incapable of putting down her… Read more »

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