Review: Shatter Me

Review: Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Genres: YA dystopia
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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Review: Style

Review: Style

Style by Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: The OTP Series #1
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Genres: F/F romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Kyle Blake likes plans. So far, they’re pretty simple: Finish her senior year of high school, head off to a good college, find a cute boyfriend, graduate, get a good job, get married, the whole heterosexual shebang. Nothing is going to stand in the way of that plan. Not even Stella Lewis.

Stella Lewis also has a plan: Finish her senior year as cheer captain, go to college, finally let herself flirt with (and maybe even date) a girl for the first time and go from there.

Fate has other plans for Kyle and Stella when they’re paired up in their AP English class and something between them ignites. It’s confusing and overwhelming and neither of them know what to do about it. One thing they do know is that their connection can’t be ignored. The timing just isn’t right.

But is there ever a good time for falling in love?

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Review: Relentless

Review: Relentless

Relentless by Karen Lynch
Series: Relentless #1
Release Date: December 26, 2013
Genres: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.

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ARC Review: To Be Honest

ARC Review: To Be Honest

To Be Honest by S.M. James
Series: #lovehim #2
Release Date: November 15, 2018
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Angus Reid is pretty sure he’s being catfished.

After spending the last half of junior year talking online to the guy of his dreams, Angus wants to meet. In person. So when Scotty brushes it off with excuses of not being ready, red flags go up.

Determined to either catch Scotty out, or take a shot at real love, Angus embarks on a summer road trip with his adorkable roommate, Tyler. But as summer stretches on, and mixed messages fly between them, Angus finds his heart torn.

His potential catfisher?

Or his straight best friend?

And while their road trip takes them across the country, Angus is headed for one destination.

Either a happily ever after … or a broken heart.

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ARC Review: Fight or Flight

ARC Review: Fight or Flight

As Dust Dances by Samantha Young
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genres: Romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her….

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Mini-Reviews: The Darkest Powers Trilogy

Mini-Reviews: The Darkest Powers Trilogy

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of those books.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #1
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Genre: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟

This series had a really rough start. It had all the potential to be a great YA paranormal story. And I’m a huge fan of Armstrong’s Cainsville series, so I thought I’d give this a chance.

The Summoning follows a fifteen year old named Chloe who is sent to a group home with other “disturbed” kids after she reveals she can see ghosts. There she meets a few other “troubled” kids, the bubbly Liz, a mysterious Derek, and a friendly Simon.

My biggest problem is that this could have been a lot more exciting than it was. The beginning was pretty good, but that fades towards the middle of the story. It definitely gets a bit more interesting towards the end which is why I decided to give the next book a go.

4 stars

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #2
Release Date: April 28, 2009
Genre: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

Another awful cliffhanger lol. I’d recommend this series to everyone who loves them. This series still hasn’t caputred my attention 100%. But I’m going to keep reading them cause I’m curious to see how everything ends.

This picks up right where The Summoning ends. It starts off a bit rough, but quickly picks up. Derek is still my favorite character. He’s had such a rough life. He has no one to turn to but his foster brother. He just pulls at my heartstrings.

2 stars

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #3
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Genre: YA paranormal
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

I had the same problem here as the first two book. This was so action packed the last 20% of the book, but everything before that was just in a sort of limbo.

I know this is an unpopular opinion probably, but I really liked the love triangle between Chloe, Simon, and Derek. I always love love triangles where you really don’t know who the end game couple is. In this instance, I really could have seen the love triangle go either way.

I also enjoyed the ending. There were a few loose ends, but nothing I couldn’t live without. I’d recommend this to younger teens looking for an entertaining paranormal story.

4 stars