Posts Categorized: 4 star books

Deadly Cool: review

Deadly Cool: review

Deadly Coolby Gemma Halliday How was it fair that I had to conduct a murder investigation and do trig? If Nancy Drew had a cheeky sense of humor, she would be Hartley Featherstone. Hartley’s boyfriend Josh has been cheating on her, and even worse, the girl turns up dead and Josh is now the prime suspect in Courtney’s murder. What’s a girl to do except band together with her best friend Sam and the good-looking Chase to try and solve the crime? Reading Deadly Cool is like eating a bowl of ice cream. It’s a refreshing treat following the afterburn of reading so many mopey and middling young adult novels, and it’s one that goes down smoothly and will leave you craving more more more! I didn’t expect for a murder mystery to keep me laughing throughout the entire story, but this one totally did. Hartley’s observations are hilarious, and… Read more »

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Double Clutch: review

Double Clutch: review

Double Clutch (Brenna Blixen #1)by Liz Reinhardt Gosh, this book is so freaking cute, I can’t even stand it. We all can use a little romance now and then, but not many contemporary YA love stories stand out as anything particularly memorable, which is why I normally prefer to see them cloaked among werewolves and angels and other such distractions. Brenna Blixen doesn’t need supernatural beings to keep our attention, however. This smart and focused heroine has plenty of drama in her life, what with starting all over again at her school after being abroad for a year. She’s also attracted to two very different boys: the arrogant, too-sexy-for-his-own-good Saxon, and the hot but shy Jake. Both boys pursue Brenna with enjoyable focus, and as things heat up in the two different relationships, she discovers that everyone’s hiding secrets…and the two boys even have a complicated history of their own…. Read more »

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Tankborn: review

Tankborn: review

Tankborn  by Karen Sandler In the 400 years since the end of Earth, human society is a vastly different place on the Planet Loka. There are levitating cars, strange monstrous creatures, and babies that are suddenly taken by the government without any explanation. Best friends Kayla and Mishalla were not born of birth mothers in this world, but were designed to be GENS, Genetically Engineered Non-Humans. Each GEN is enhanced with special skill sets that make them desirable workers for trueborns, who are the wealthy, high status members of society. When Kayla is assigned to work for a dying trueborn named Zul Mandel, she must leave her nurture family and the only home she’s ever known–and forced into close proximity with his all-too-attractive grandson Devak. The GENs are really slaves, forced into servitude and at the mercy of a cruel caste system that treats them as lower than the lowest… Read more »

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Flying Blind: review

Flying Blind: review

Flying Blind (Dragon Diaries #1)by Deborah Cooke Aerial dragon battles. A girl with a cool mystical powers. Cute boys on motorbikes. What more could you ask for in a fun and fluffy paranormal book? Flying Blind took me completely by surprise. The story follows Zoë Sorensson, the only female dragon shapeshifter in existence, who has important duties to assume when she comes to maturity. The problem is, her powers haven’t bloomed properly and the few times they begin to appear–in the form of a mesmerizing flame in the pupils of her eyes and a single curved talon–she can’t control them. As a result, she’s shipped off to dragon “boot camp” where she’s huddled with a group of dragon boys she’s known all her life, including Nick, the attractive guy who she may be destined to be with. The dragon lore is exceptionally well thought-out, with specific behaviors and mythology.  I… Read more »

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If I Die (Soul Screamers #5): review

If I Die (Soul Screamers #5): review

If I Dieby Rachel Vincent *Happy happy dance.* For fans the Soul Screamers series, this book will either be everything you want…or everything you feared most. I fall firmly into the “incoherently happy” camp after reading it. Soul Screamers as a whole is kind of a funny animal. The mythology is pretty unusual and I really like the unique world that Rachel Vincent creates with her banshees, maras, grim reapers, and demon breath. The stories are admittedly fairly straightforward (think Morganville rather than Chicagoland or Vampire Academy) and Kaylee Cavanaugh sometimes seemed very young in the beginning. But as Kaylee’s problems became bigger and her relationships with her best friend and her family and her boyfriend became more involved, this somehow became a series that I really, really enjoy. She makes plenty of mistakes, particularly in that last agonizing book My Soul to Steal, but they are ones that you completely… Read more »

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Breadcrumbs: review

Breadcrumbs: review

Breadcrumbs By Anna Ursu If you gently shook a snow globe, you might find that the snowflakes come down on an enchanting story much like this one. Hazel’s best friend Jack has disappeared, and the quiet, scrappy fifth grader must overcome her fears—not to mention a mysterious witch and numerous other challenges—in order to save him. This lovely story, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, unfolds slowly and beautifully. As an adult who still reads or rereads a lot of children’s books and an avid lover of fairy tales—I’ve made a Wild Swans pincushion and Nightingale calling cards and Cinderella schereschnitte over the past year—I was very much looking forward to reading this book. Hazel turns out to be a brave, imaginative heroine whose love of books and quiet wonder at the world made me overjoyed in finding such a kindred spirit. My heart also ached in sympathy for… Read more »

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Ward Against Death: review

Ward Against Death: review

Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #1)by Melanie Card This book is heaps and heaps of fun! I didn’t know quite what to expect going into it, but I was hooked from the very first page and had a grand old time following Ward on his adventures. There are so many awesome elements to keep you on the edge of your seat. Cool action sequences. People brought back from the dead. “Seeing smoke.” A seductive villain who will steal your soul with a kiss. An assassin who kills someone by throwing a dagger through his throat. Oooo! Just the kind of action I like in a book. Ward himself is also a really interesting hero, in that he’s very sensitive, painfully honorable, and dead set on doing the right thing. He’s also decisive, game for anything, and inconveniently attracted to Celia, the undead girl he’s brought back to… Read more »

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