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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Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Review: Crank (Crank, Book 1), by Ellen Hopkins

Crank (Crank, book 1)
By: Ellen Hopkins
ISBN-10: 1416995137
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Kristina spends a few weeks with her biological father and becomes addicted to methamphetamine, also known as crank, and soon she realizes that the drug has taken control over her whole life.

Crank is a gritty and disturbing young adult book written in free verse that realistically portrays the path of drugs as a warning. It contains:

• Snorting, smoking, and injecting drugs
• Kristina does crank with her father
• Buying and selling drugs
• Drug gangs
• Smoking cigarettes
• Profanity (F-word and crude sexual slang)
• Kissing
• Same-sex kissing for attention
• References to oral sex
• A couple of sex scenes
• A teenager gets pregnant
• Cutting and drinking one’s own blood
• A rape scene (explicit)
• References to crimes
• Lying

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Book Review: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy, Book 3), by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy, book 3)
By: Leigh Bardugo
ISBN-10: 080509461X
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With Alina’s powers gone and her whole motley crew trapped underground, everything is looking pretty hopeless. Alina knows she needs to escape her prison of darkness, regain back her powers, and find Nikolai Lantsov—if he’s even alive, that is—to defeat the Darkling.

Ruin and Rising is a satisfying conclusion to The Grisha Trilogy, and fans of the previous books should be especially pleased with the ending.

It includes:

• Kissing
• Sex scene (non-descriptive)
• Violence (deaths, mentions of blood)
• Minor profanity (d*mn, *ss)

More Grisha Trilogy reviews:
Book 1: Shadow and Bone
Book 2: Siege and Storm
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Book Review: Bound by Flames (Night Prince, book 3), by Jeaniene Frost

Bound by Flames (Night Prince, book 3)
By: Jeaniene Frost
ISBN: 0062076086
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As the war with their greatest enemy begins hitting much closer to home, Leila is left wondering if she'll be around to see the outcome. Will even Vlad's abilities be enough to keep them both safe? 

Bound by Flames is decidedly darker than its two predecessors. The story deals with themes of control, forgiveness, and mercy.

Bound by Flames is an adult, paranormal romance and contains:
  • Profanity (Sh*t, f word, wh*re, etc) 
  • References to someone skinned alive 
  • Rape like situations 
  • References to child rape 
  • Reference to murder of baby  
  • Various burnings of living people  
  • Death, injury and torture 
  • Sex scenes (oral sex included)

Readers working their way chronologically through the Night Huntress Universe books will appreciate the post Up From the Grave cameo of Cat and Bones. 

More Night Prince Novels 
  1. Once Burned
  2. Twice Tempted
  3. Bound By Flames
  4. Into the Fire
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review: Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, Book 1), by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, book 1)
By: Rachel Hawkins
ISBN-10: 0399256938
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Harper Price is a southern belle. She has impeccable manners, drinks tea, and always wears the perfect outfit. Lately, due to her new job as a guardian, she’s also been busy beating up magical bad guys.

So who is the lucky person she’s sworn to protect? David Stark, an Oracle, Harper’s school classmate, and also her number-one enemy since childhood.

Harper is shocked when she realizes she’s falling for David, and things get even more out of hand when a deadly prophecy is issued, and a string of villains are suddenly out to get David.

It contains:

• Profanity (bullsh*t, douchebag, *ss, references to the F-word)
• Violence (some deaths, one person is stabbed by a stiletto, kicking and punching—the violence is quite cartoonish)
• References to sex
• Kissing
• References to drugs and alcohol

Rebel Belle is a fun YA paranormal romance novel. It contains the same light humor as in Hex Hall, but this book by the same author is slightly more mature.

Readers who enjoyed Rebel Belle might also like:

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Review: The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener
By: Jonathan Auxier
ISBN-10: 141971144X
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Two young orphaned siblings named Molly and Kip get a new job as servants working for the Windsors at their mysterious mansion. But little do they know is that there are more dangers at the manor than they ever could have suspected.

It includes:

• Some very suspenseful and frightening scenes
• Murder
• A supernatural being drains the life out of several characters
• Minor profanity (d*mn, h*ll)
• Two older men make brief lewd comments to a young girl
• A married couple shares a kiss
• A woman drinks wine
• A man smells of “ale and tobacco”

The Night Gardener is a spooky middle grade standalone that might be too much for timid younger children to handle. Readers will cheer for the main characters as Molly and Kip bravely face one perilous escapade after another. The ending is satisfying, if a bit abrupt, and the creative plot is engaging.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Book Review: Impulse (Impulse, Book 1), by Ellen Hopkins

Impulse (Impulse, book 1)
By: Ellen Hopkins
ISBN-10: 0606125973
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Vanessa, Tony, and Conner all have something in common: they each tried to commit suicide. Sent to Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital, the three teens have no hope of recovering from their past traumatizing lives . . . that is, until they meet each other.

It contains:

• Profanity (including the F-word)
• Kissing
• References to sex, sexual abuse, sleeping with a teacher, and an abortion
• Suicide
• Descriptions of past attempted suicide
• Reference to a murder
• A character cuts herself
• A character is bipolar
• A character thinks he’s gay
• Many characters are on medication
• Reference to past drug use

Impulse is the gritty first book in a two-part duology. It is written in free verse, and the tales the characters tell about their lives are very dark. Not recommended for young or immature readers.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Book Review: The Cure for Dreaming, by Cat Winters

The Cure for Dreaming
By: Cat Winters
ISBN-10: 1419712160
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In the year 1900, Olivia Mead is a suffragist—an independent young lady who fights for women’s rights. Her father plans to cure her of her “rebellious” ways by hiring a hypnotist to manipulate her thinking process, but Olivia is too stubborn to let some mystical acts change her mind.

The Cure for Dreaming is a young adult historical fiction novel with some paranormal and romance elements. This book deals with the mistreatment of women in the time era, and portrays the idea of women being confined to housework and taking care of children for the rest of their lives, and husbands thinking for their wives, negatively.

Parents should be aware that it contains:

• Minor profanity
• Kissing
• Violence (references to beating women, a character is extremely ill, a woman is hypnotized against her will)
• Some descriptions of people looking like monsters (not really scary, but might disturb younger readers)
• References suggesting sex
• Drinking and smoking

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