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Fury: review

Fury: review

Furyby Shirley Marr This book defies every just about every red flag that pops up in YA literature. Are you cautious when trying out a brand new author? Do you sometimes wince when girls behave in classic “mean girl” fashion towards each other? Do you get sick of brand names being dropped into casual conversation? Well, you’ll find all of that and more in Shirley Marr’s debut novel. And the funny thing is, because it’s in the hands of a gifted author, it all works. Beautifully. Within minutes of meeting Eliza Boans, you quickly realize that she’s a spoiled, murderous brat. She’s a privileged teenager living in the exclusive community of East Rivermoor, and she’s just confessed to a heinous crime in an interrogation room–but exhibits not a single shred of remorse. She’s far more concerned about returning to her pampered life in which she rules the roost of girls… Read more »

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Burn Bright: review

Burn Bright: review

Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1)by Marianne de Pierres Imagine a place where there are no Elders. No rules. No punishment. Only music and laughter and freedom. Deadly pleasures await on Ixion, an eerie island where young people are transported twice a year when they want to indulge in hedonistic pursuits. It is always night here, and every conceivable vice is available and encouraged.¬†Retra has gone to Ixion in order to find her brother Joel, but her sheltered upbringing makes her cringe at the excess on display. She knows, however, that she cannot stand out and must give into pleasure before she can find what she most desires. This is a wildly exciting novel filled with visual splendor. There are balloon gondolas. Sleek, stingray-shaped powerboats. Female pirates. Cloaks made of bat skins. Electro-eyes that spy on citizens. Obedience strips that control where people with pain. And deadly night creatures who pounce… Read more »

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YA Reading Challenge 11!

YA Reading Challenge 11!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s been an exceptional amount of quality YA literature coming out of Australia recently. I loved Rebecca Lim’s Mercy and I’ve been hearing about so many great authors that I’d love to delve into, including Melina Marchetta, Lucy Christopher, John Marsden, and countless others. (We, um, won’t hold a certain 18-year-old author against the whole country.) As such, I’m going to be participating in the Aussie YA Book Challenge 2011, hosted by my new GoodReads buddy Nic. There are great links on her post with lists of Australian YA authors of note. The goal: to read and review at least 6 books by Australian authors by the end of the year. Considering the Aussie names already in my existing TBR pile, this shouldn’t be a problem a’tall! I’m also hoping to participate in Go Aussie Book Tours, hosted by my other GoodReads buddy… Read more »

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Mercy: review

Mercy: review

Mercy¬†by Rebecca Lim What if you were an angel in exile…but you had no memory of why you’d fallen? Mercy is a fallen angel who repeatedly wakes up in a new body following each time she’s helped someone through a personal crisis. She doesn’t know why she’s doomed to this existence, only that she must somehow try to better that person’s life while she’s there. This time, however, she wakes up as a foster child of a deeply troubled family, whose 18-year-old daughter Lauren has been missing for two years. The mystery unfolds slowly as Mercy and Ryan, the missing girl’s twin brother, follow various clues and interview different people who might know more than they volunteer about Lauren’s disappearance. The blend of suspense, romance, and the supernatural come together beautifully in this first book of a quietly dazzling new series. Mercy’s powers are extraordinary, but as a girl who… Read more »

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