Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review: The Declaration (The Declaration, Book 1), by Gemma Malley

The Declaration (The Declaration, book 1)
By: Gemma Malley
ISBN-10: 1599901196
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In the year 2140, everyone has signed the Declaration, agreeing not to have any children. In exchange, they are given drugs that prevent any illnesses and give people a long-lasting life.

Surplus Anna is a teenager who was illegally born, and lives in Grange Hall, where she and all the other Surplus children are treated like slaves. Anna’s life seems hopelessly laid out before her, until one day a new boy arrives at the institute named Peter.

The Declaration is a young adult dystopian novel with an intriguing concept and a fast-moving plot. It contains:

• Violence (shooting, deaths, fleeing from authorities, slapping, children playing cruel games)
• Minor profanity
• Kissing

Readers who enjoyed The Declaration might also like Unwind, by Neal Shusterman and:

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Review: Hunger (Gone Series, Book 2), by Michael Grant

Hunger (Gone Series, book 2)
By: Michael Grant
ISBN-10: 0061449067
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Three months after the FAYZ first broke out, causing everyone over the age of fourteen to disappear, the teens of Perdido Beach are still struggling to survive. With each day proving more difficult than the last, kids everywhere are discovering they have new supernatural powers, and everyone is starving. Meanwhile, Caine is still trying to take the leadership duty from Sam, and a manipulative creature called the Darkness is waiting, hidden in a cave in the mountains. . . .

Hunger is a gripping sequel to the science fiction dystopian book Gone. It contains about the same amount of violence and profanity as the first book, but the plot is slightly darker and there is more character development. It includes:

• Profanity (*ss, d*mn, h*ll, and God)
• A character is anorexic and bulimic
• Kissing
• Some minor sexual references
• A character is homosexual and has a crush on someone of the same gender
• One character drinks beer (he is a teenager)
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Friday, August 5, 2016

Book Review: Living Dead Girl, by Elizabeth Scott

Living Dead Girl
By: Elizabeth Scott
ISBN-10: 1416960597
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A girl is kidnapped when she is just ten years old by middle-aged Ray, who renames her Alice. Five years later Ray is still sexually and mentally abusing Alice, and he keeps her in line by threatening to kill her family. Alice dreams of the day she might escape Ray . . . until one day she begins to form a plan.

It includes:

• Kidnapping
• A man plans to kidnap a young girl
• A teen girl is forced to have sex with an older man against her will (some description)
• A teen girl’s food is rationed against her will and she is very hungry
• A teen girl performs oral sex on a teen boy
• Profanity (including the F-word)
• A teen girl gets her private area waxed
• Violent behavior
• Death threats
• A character’s arm is cut
• Lying
• Death

Living Dead Girl is an extremely depressing, disturbing, and realistic take on child kidnapping. The book is hard to put down and a quick read, even though the main theme is hard to handle and might make some readers squeamish.

Those who enjoyed Living Dead Girl might also like:

The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams
Boy Toy, by Barry Lyga
Impulse, by Ellen Hopkins

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Book Review: Don’t Look Back, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don’t Look Back
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
ISBN-10: 1423175123
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Sam wakes up on the side of a road covered in blood, her memory completely blank.

After she is thrown back into a life she can’t remember, Sam learns the disturbing truth: her best friend, Cassie, is dead, and the police suspect she was murdered. Already having to deal with the confusion of her memory loss, new questions are now whirling around Sam’s head: Who killed Cassie? What’s up with the strange way her family is acting? And why does she have a bad feeling about her old boyfriend?

Don’t Look Back is a fast-paced mystery thriller that contains some mature themes. It includes:

• Physical attraction
• Kissing and making out
• A sex scene (non-descriptive)
• Reference to a character giving her boyfriend oral sex
• Profanity (one F-word, b*tch, sh*t, h*ll, and d*mn)
• Some creepy hallucinations
• Depictions of a murder
• Blood
• A fistfight

Don’t Look Back should not disappoint Jennifer L. Armentrout fans, and even those who are not a fan of the author’s other works might find this YA standalone to be surprisingly enjoyable (though it can be quite cheesy at times).

Readers who enjoyed Don’t Look Back might also like:

There Will Be Lies, by Nick Lake

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Review: First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, book 1) by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, book 1)
By: Darynda Jones
ISBN: 978-0312577421
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The murder of three lawyers on the same night sends Charley, PI by trade and Grim Reaper by birth, searching for a motive, but when someone tries to take her out of the equation - the permanent way - it becomes clear that there's something much bigger going on. All this is only complicated by the realization that her dream lover may be an actual person - the living, breathing kind.

First Grave on the Right is a fast paced, adult, urban fantasy with a strong paranormal romance element. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of romance/sex content, but it has a non-romance plot that is the primary focus driving the story. Expect humorous writing, a unique voice, and an interesting world/setting. The novel's individual plot is wrapped up in a satisfying way, while the series' over arching story leaves lingering questions.

First Grave on the Right includes:
  • Many instances in which sex is implied to have taken place
  • Sexual innuendos, ogling of opposites sex's various body parts
  • Detailed sex or foreplay scenes (grabbing, sucking, stroking, groping intimate places, kissing with tongue)
  • full nudity
  • Souls making out
  • References to sexual climaxes (many, many references) & erections
  • Sex dreams (detailed)
  • Profanity/language: *ss h*le, b*tch, b*stard, cr*p, h*ll, Bl**dy heck in hades, f word, d*mn, G*d
  • Flipping people off
  • Ghosts
  • references to hell & satan
  • Severe physical and sexual abuse of a child by an adult (discussed and remembered)
  • Threat of rape
  • Dead bodies
  • Injuries (many and varied - no descriptive gore)
  • References to torture
  • references to a disturbing image of a tortured corpse (vague)

More Charley Davidson Books:
  • Book 1: First Grave on the Right (Review)
  • Novella 1.5: For I Have Sinned
  • Book 2: Second Grave on the Left
  • Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead
  • Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
  • Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light
  • Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge
  • Book 7: Seventh Grave and No Body
  • Book 8: Eighth Grave After Dark (Review)
  • Book 8.5: Brighter Than the Sun (Review)
  • Book 9: The Dirt on Ninth Grave
  • Book 10: The Curse of Tenth Grave (expected publication 2016)
  • Book 11: Untitled (expected publication 2017)
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Book Review: Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent, Book 0.1–0.4), by Veronica Roth

Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent, book 0.1–0.4)
By: Veronica Roth
ISBN-10: 0062345214
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The Transfer

Tobias takes his aptitude test and is first given the nickname “Four,” but with Choosing Day approaching, he isn’t sure which faction to decide on.

The Initiate

Newly christened Four struggles as a Dauntless initiate and faces new enemies.

The Son

Four explores the Dauntless compound and finds that many of the leaders are hiding powerful secrets. And all the while he’s wondering: can he rise above the old, lingering fear of his father?

The Traitor

Tobias uncovers a dangerous Erudite plan, but he has to hide this fact as he trains new Dauntless initiates, and takes a particular interest in an Abnegation transfer named Tris.

Four is a collection of short stories that takes place before Divergent, and can be read before or after the other books in the series. The stories contain:

• A kiss
• Physical desire
• One of Four’s friends makes out with a girl
• Insults
• Drinking alcohol
• Violence (fighting, blood, suicide, child abuse)

More Divergent reviews:
Book 1: Divergent
Book 2: Insurgent

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Book Review: Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, Book 13), By Jim Butcher

A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 13
By: Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden thought being dead would entitle him to some resting in peace, but when he gets to the white light he's sent right back to catch his killer. So now it's back to business as usual only this time: he's a ghost, all the rules are different, and he's the new guy on the block.

Ghost Story is a mix of different and new with the old tried and true. The story contains language and violence, but virtually no sexual content (in comparison to the earlier Dresden Files). I recommend it as a crucial book to the Dresden Fan, but strongly suggest first time readers start with one of the first eleven books. The earlier in the series the better.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Book Review: Jackaby (Jackaby, Book 1), by William Ritter

Jackaby (Jackaby, book 1)
By: William Ritter
ISBN-10: 1616203536
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R. F. Jackaby has an ability that allows him to see paranormal creatures. When Abigail Rook arrives in New England, she teams up with the observant detective to track down a serial killer Jackaby suspects is not at all human.

Parents should be aware that this book contains:

• Violence (references to blood, fighting, shooting, killing, and scary descriptions of monstrous creatures)
• Mild profanity (d*mn, h*ll, b*stard)
• References to a nude statue and a naked man
• Abigail has a crush on a young policeman
• Some drinking, drunken characters, and references to smoking

Jackaby is a young adult debut that combines a bit of every genre: mystery, paranormal, humor, historical fiction, and romance. Brimming with witty dialogue and a charming story and cast of characters, this Sherlock Holmes–like novel is bound to win over fans of hilarious, quirky, mystery thrillers.

Readers who enjoyed Jackaby might also like:

The Cure for Dreaming, by Cat Winters

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Book Review: A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange
By: Anthony Burgess
ISBN-10: 0393089134
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Vicious gangs of teenagers run rampant in an out-of-control futuristic society. One such young lad, Alex, is a highly sophisticated lover of violence and classical music, and he thinks his lifestyle is just fine—that is, until he’s taken in by the police and the tables are turned, so now he’s the one on the receiving end of cruelty and ultra-violence.

It includes:

• Violence (beating innocent people, mentions of “krovvy” or blood, murder, attempted suicide, gory descriptions of films a character is forced to watch)
• References to private parts and “groodies” (a.k.a. breasts)
• Rape (a gang of teenaged boys take turns raping a woman while making her husband watch)
• The main character imagines raping young girls and ejaculates
• References to “in-out” (a.k.a. sex)
• Some criminals are homosexual and one of them makes an inappropriate advance on another character
• Mild profanity (b*stard, d*mn, h*ll, and one b*tchy)
• Vandalizing
• Characters drink milk mixed with drugs; a character is also given injections
• Lying
• Stealing

A Clockwork Orange is a very thought-provoking look at a disturbing futuristic society. The Nadsat, or teenage slang, is confusing at first, but fun to read after the first chapter and can be quite humorous. The rape and violent scenes are hard to stomach, so I would recommend this for mature teens and adults only.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, Book 1), by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, book 1)
By: Kendare Blake
ISBN-10: 0765328658
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Cas inherited his father’s line of work: he kills dead people. Now that might sound a bit redundant, but there are plenty of murderous ghosts on the loose for Cas to track down. When Cas hears about the legendary Anna Dressed in Blood, who is supposed to be the most bloodthirsty ghost around, he knows she is his next target.

It includes:

• Profanity (F-word, sh*t, b*tch, godd*mn, Jesus, d*mn, h*ll, b*stard, *ss, p*ss, douche-bag, p*ssy, d*ck, cr*p, and whore)
• Kissing
• Reference to wet dreams
• Implied sexual abuse
• Violence (slicing throats, disemboweling, a man killed his family with sheers, suicide, shooting, stabbing, and dead bodies and body parts)
• Smoking
• Spells, voodoo, and chanting with candles

Anna Dressed in Blood is a young adult paranormal horror novel that includes plenty of violence and swearing. However, the book is lightly written, humorous, and fast-paced, with not too many jump-scare scenes.

Readers who enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood might also like:

Croak, by Gina Damico
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride

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