Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Review: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1), by Susan Ee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, book 1)
By: Susan Ee
ISBN-10: 0983597014
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Penryn is trying to save her crazy mother and disabled little sister, Paige, in a chaotic angel apocalypse. One day when they’re on the run, Paige is captured by a flock of angels, and a desperate Penryn must team up with an obnoxious angel called Raffe to rescue her sister.

Angelfall is a young adult book that has many intense scenes. It contains:

• Physical attraction
• Raffe wears nothing but a towel in one scene
• Penryn wears an alluring outfit in order to gain entrance to a building
• A pair of twins convince Penryn to start a fight with another girl because they think it will be hot
• Violence (angels battle each other with magical swords, tiny demons eat humans, tearing off wings, scorpion-like angels sting and suck the life out of humans, mutilated children’s bodies are stacked in a pile)
• Some uses of d*mn and h*ll
• Drinking
• An angel claims he is agnostic

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Book Review: How to Save a Life, by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life
By: Sara Zarr
ISBN-10: 0316036064
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Mandy is a pregnant eighteen-year-old who comes to live with Jill, a high school student, and her mother. Jill’s mother plans to adopt Mandy’s unborn baby, and at first Jill hates the idea of a stranger moving in with them, but as she gets to know Mandy and learns some disturbing information about her past, she finds sympathy for the girl and is able to relate her sorrow with the recent death of her father.

How to Save a Life is told through Mandy and Jill’s point of views, and is a subtly emotional and heartfelt story. However, it is a young adult book and contains the following inappropriate content:

• Profanity (one or two F-words, sh*t, and cr*p)
• A flashback scene of having sex with a stranger in a field
• References to rape
• References to drinking, being hungover, and smoking cigars
• References to a boyfriend and girlfriend having had sex
• A girl mentions getting a tattoo

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
By: Brian Selznick
ISBN-10: 0439813786
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Hugo lives in a clock tower at a train station, and he spends his time winding the clocks, stealing to survive, and trying to fix a mysterious automaton his father left behind. When Hugo sees a girl with a key around her neck at the station, he knows he’s one step closer to solving the mystery of the automaton.

It contains:

• Stealing
• A boy’s hand is crushed in a door

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a middle grade book about a lonely, young, orphaned boy. The story is told half in words and half in drawings and might seem a little depressing at first, but it does have a happy ending.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Book Review: Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, Book 2), by Rachel Hawkins

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, book 2)
By: Rachel Hawkins
ISBN-10: 0399256946
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Harper is still getting used to her job as a Paladin and her new boyfriend, David, when an evil Ephor who tried to kill David at one point is now forcing Harper to complete a series of dangerous and unpredictable tests to prove that she’s a worthy guardian.

It includes:

• Profanity (reference to an F-word, effing, b*tch, p*ss, d*mn, and h*ll)
• Passionate kisses
• Reference to “doing other stuff” with a first boyfriend
• An ex-boyfriend cheated on his former girlfriend
• Violence (knocking someone unconscious, kicks and punches, a school is set on fire, violent hallucinations)
• Beer keg at a party
• Smoking
• A crowd of people is compared to an orgy

Much like the first book, Miss Mayhem is full of action and humor, but there is a lot more emotional drama between the characters. Fans of Rebel Belle should not be disappointed with this sequel.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Review: Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall
By: Lauren Oliver
ISBN-10: 006172680X
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Sam is one of the popular girls in school. She and her best friends have their own clique, and everyone else looks up to them. But Sam’s routinely life is about to skid out of control when she suddenly finds her days being reset and she is caught in the same day, February 12, every day.

It contains:

• Discussions about sex
• Condoms
• Hooking up with a teacher
• Kissing
• Two married teachers make out in a locked room
• Profanity (Jesus, sh*t, b*tch, p*ss, and h*ll)
• Suicide
• Fighting at a party
• Dying in a car wreck over and over again
• Bullying
• Drinking
• Smoking cigarettes
• Smoking pot

Before I Fall is a young adult debut by the bestselling author Lauren Oliver that expertly explores the meaning of life.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Book Review: Silver Borne (Mercedes Thompson, Book 5), By Patricia Briggs

Silver Borne (Mercedes Thompson, #5)
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By: Patricia Briggs
ISBN-10: 044101819X
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Mechanic and shape shifter, Mercedes Thompson, has dealt with a lot of heartache and danger in the past. So when a pack member manipulates the pack bond to mess up her relationship with Adam and then a friend tries to commit suicide - Mercy is determined to resolve her problems without loss of life or love. Of course that would be easier if a bunch of fey weren't trying to kill her . . .
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Book Review: Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily
By: Jodi Lynn Anderson
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ISBN-10: 0062003259

Tiger Lily falls into a forbidden romance when she meets Peter in the woods, who is the leader of the Lost Boys tribe. But they both know that theirs was a romance doomed from the start. . . .

Told through the point of view of the fairy Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is a unique and creative young adult retelling of Peter Pan. It includes:

• Two girls skinny dipping
• Kissing
• Reference to adultery
• Deaths
• One character wants to strangle Tiger Lily
• References to kidnapping and murder
• A villager is burned to death
• Suicide
• It is suggested that a young girl was raped
• Discussions of wanting to poison someone
• Killing animals for food and clothes
• A Christian preacher is made out to look like a bad guy
• A mother insults her child by calling him an idiot and a mistake
• A man crossdresses and claims that he is a woman inside
• Pirates and the Lost Boys drink alcohol
• One character smokes a pipe

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Review: Lips Touch: Three Times, by Laini Taylor

Lips Touch: Three Times
By: Laini Taylor
ISBN-10: 0545055857
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Goblin Fruit

Kizzy falls in love with a beautiful young man who is a new student at her school, but she can’t help remembering her grandmother’s warnings about goblin men coming to temp young girls to steal their souls.

Spicy Little Curses

Anamique has been cursed by a demon since she was an infant to have the most beautiful voice in the world, but also to have the power to destroy any who hears her voice. What will happen when Anamique falls in love and wants nothing more than for her new husband to hear her voice?


Esme’s history might be a little more complicated than she thought. Suddenly her mother feels like a stranger, a world she’s never heard of before is introduced to her, and men with wolflike fangs are chasing her.

Lips Touch: Three Times is a beautifully written collection of three fairytales. Each of the stories revolve around a kiss that effects the story in a unique way. The book is also full of artwork by the author’s husband.

As a whole, the stories contain:

• Kissing
• A sex scene between a married couple (vaguely written)
• Demons take over children’s bodies and force them to have sex and conceive a child
• Physical attraction
• Drawings of nude characters (no breasts or private areas are visible)
• One character visits Hell to rescue her husband
• Violence (goblins steal souls, a demon trades the lives of adults for babies, a dangerous curse is placed on a girl, deaths, children are kept as pets, a cat is fed to a bridge troll, some scary descriptions of monsters)
• Profanity (h*ll, d*mn, b*stard, *ss, b*tch)
• A teenage girl smokes cigarettes and drinks wine

Readers who enjoyed Lips Touch: Three Times might also like Plain Kate, by Erin Bow.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book Review: Shades of Earth (Across the Universe Trilogy, Book 3), by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe Trilogy, book 3)
By: Beth Revis
ISBN-10: 1595143990
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Amy and Elder land on the new planet, with Elder now acting as Eldest. But strange creatures living on the planet keep attacking them—and with the people from Earth waking up from their cryo chambers, Amy doesn’t think she can trust anyone, not even her own parents.

This final book in the young adult science fiction trilogy is a fast-paced, thrilling, fun conclusion. It also has plenty of adventure, mystery, romance, and self-sacrifice in comparison to the previous books.

It contains:

• A very vague sex scene (it is suggested only enough so that you know it happened)
• Profanity (sh*t, b*tch, h*ll, and d*mn)
• Violence (blood and killing; some descriptions might be disturbing)
• Deaths
• People take medication

More Across the Universe reviews:
Book 1: Across the Universe
Book 2: A Million Suns

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Book Review: We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars
By: E. Lockhart
ISBN-10: 038574126X
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Cady visits Beechwood Island with her cousins and the boy she’s in love with every summer. But this summer everyone seems to be keeping a secret from her—a truth that Cady never would have guessed.

Told in second person, this strange, suspenseful, and unnerving mysterious contemporary novel has a major twist at the end.

It contains:

• Profanity (F-word, sh*t, God, Jesus, *ss, and d*mn)
• Violent hallucinations
• References to an accident
• Deaths
• Kissing with shirts off
• Underage drinking
• Taking medical drugs for pain

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