Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review: Max (Maximum Ride, Book 5), By James Patterson

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By: James Patterson
ISBN: 0316002909

The enemies of the flock will stop at nothing to eliminate Maximum Ride, including kidnapping her mother. But the scariest thing in Max's life isn't danger - it's love.

The fifth Maximum Ride novel, Max, continues the overall plot in another mini-story similar in size and intensity to Final Warning (Book 4). The kissing in this book escalates to fairly nondescript making out (lying down while hugging and kissing) while the violence and language remain at similar levels to that seen in prior books. Continuing the environmental trend started in book 4, this book focuses on the potential evils of radiation to the environment.

Readers unfamiliar with the earlier books should check out The Angel Experiment (Book 1)

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Book Review: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner Trilogy, book 2), By James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner Trilogy, book 2)
By James Dashner
ISBN: 9780385738750
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Thomas, Teressa, and the Gladers thought the nightmare was over, but Wicked isn't done with them yet. When Teressa disappears and Wicked sets them on another life or death trial, they are forced to wonder who really is a friend and who's an enemy.

Book two in The Maze Runner Trilogy quickly dispenses with any warm fuzzies and thrusts us right into an entirely new string of challenges and twists. The story deals heavily with betrayal and guessing who truly has your back.

It includes:

  • Use of word Cr*p
  • Dead bodies (bloated)
  • Gruesome Death
  • Killing 
  • Blood 
  • Kissing

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cover Reveal: Lion Heart (Scarlet, Book 3) by A. C. Gaughen

The third and final book in the Robin Hood retelling series by A. C. Gaughen finally has a cover—and it’s gorgeous!

I was really impressed with Scarlet, so I can’t wait to read Lion Heart! (I love typing out that title; it’s so awesome!)

Haven’t read Scarlet yet? Give it a try if you like YA fantasy, historical fiction, or books by Sarah J. Maas or Leigh Bardugo. Lion Heart is to be released May 19, 2015.

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Cover Reveal: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

The author of the popular Heist Society and Gallagher Girls series has a new book coming out January 27, 2015. Check out the cool cover!

All Fall Down will the first in a new mystery espionage series called Embassy Row. Are you excited for it?

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review: Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, Book 3)

Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3)By: Patricia Briggs
ISBN: 0441020038
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Something is wrong with Charles and he won't let Anna in. When the two of them are sent to consult on a serial killer that is targeting werewolves, they find themselves part of a decades old investigation that may change the way magical beings interact with the world forever.
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Book Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, Book 2) by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, book 2)
By: Sarah J. Maas
ISBN-10: 1619630621
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As the king’s new Champion, Celaena has her hands full. She has orders to kill on a rampage, while also trying to juggle relationships with her friends, keep her own secrets, and learn more about the banned ways of magic. Not to mention the whispers of uprising against the king, who rules tyrannically from his glass throne. Soon Adarlan’s Assassin will have to choose where she stands, in the midst of blood and betrayal.

Readers should be aware that this book has the following content:

• Profanity (d*mn, h*ll, b*stard, b*tch, p*ss, and sh*t)
• Many detailed descriptions of killings, severed body parts, mutilated bodies, blood, and wounds
• One character is a prostitute, and a few comments suggest that he sleeps with both women and men
• Suggestive banter
• Reference to a naked man in a woman’s bed
• Brief mention of men raping a woman
• A few non-descriptive sex scenes, written in a “fade to black” style, with only mentions of taking clothes off, awareness of naked bodies, and kissing
• Mention of peeing
• Mention of excrement
• An extremely gruesome torture scene in which the main character stabs her victim with knives to get him to tell her information

This book contains a lot of violence and mature themes for being in the young adult genre, much more so than the first one. Not recommended for people with weak stomachs or younger teens.

That being said, Crown of Midnight is everything you loved about the first book times ten. If you didn’t like Celaena’s whiny attitude, lack of awesome assassin-y action scenes, or the love triangle in Throne of Glass, should you pick up the second book? Definitely. Be warned, though, Crown of Midnight ends with many unanswered questions, leaving you itching to read the next book.

More Throne of Glass reviews:
• Book 1: Throne of Glass

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Review: Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, Book 6), By Jim Butcher

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By: Jim Butcher
ISBN-10: 0451463358 (Hardcover)

Solving and stopping a string of ritual killings should be simple business for Chicago's Professional Wizard, Harry Dresden, but when the investigation leads to a discovery about his past, it all gets personal.
Blood Rites is centered around the creation of porn films and the story is infiltrated with sexual awareness, arousal, nudity, situations and disturbing contextual realities. There are no descriptive or first person sex scenes, just a general awareness of concurrent sexual deeds.
There is also:

  • language (including the F word)
  • killing (ritualistic and otherwise)
  • various injuries
  • references to/knowledge of incest
The book contains some very enjoyable developments that add to the overall story of the Dresden Files.
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Exciting News for The Selection Fans!

Kiera Cass, author of the New York Times best-selling Selection Series, recently revealed an exciting surprise: she plans to publish two more Selection novels, and the fourth book, titled The Heir, is scheduled to be released in May 2015. Little is known about it so far besides the tagline, “What happens after happily ever after?” which possibly hints that the books will continue to follow America’s life, or perhaps her children’s.

I’m not exactly sure what to think of the news. On one hand, the third book in the series seemed to wrap everything up pretty solidly; I don’t see why the series needs to have two more books added to it. On the other hand, I really enjoy Kiera’s writing, and if the books turn out to be good, why not publish them? Either way I’m still super-excited to read them.

Two more novellas are also in the making: The Queen and The Favorite, which have been combined and will be sold like The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard. This combo will also include a first look at The Heir. Check out the pretty covers below!

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Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, book 1)
By: Sarah J. Maas
ISBN-10: 1599906953
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When Celaena Sardothian is taken out of the salt mines and brought to the royal palace, she is offered a choice: live the rest of her life as a slave, or enter a competition to become the king’s Champion.

Knowing she has no choice in the matter, Celaena accepts the offer, and begins training with the Captain of the Guard to regain her strength. When she starts to notice secret passages in the palace, with ghosts that whisper of forbidden things from the past . . . magical things, she realizes that even she, Adarlan’s famous assassin, will have to keep her wits about her.

This young adult fantasy novel is exciting and will keep readers on edge. The first in a series, it contains the following material inappropriate for children:

• Suggestive banter throughout
• Violence (including descriptive killings, but nothing too gory)
• Minor profanity (d*mn and h*ll—b*tch is used twice, though one of the times is Celaena asking Dorian if he is talking about dogs or women)

More Throne of Glass reviews:
• Book 2: Crown of Midnight

You might also like:

Fire and Thorns Series by Rae Carson
The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: The Giver (The Giver Quartet, Book 1) by Lois Lowry

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The Giver (The Giver Quartet, book 1)
By: Lois Lowry
ISBN-10: 0547995660
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Jonas lives in a perfect Community, where leaders decide everyone’s lives to prevent conflict. During his Ceremony of Twelve, he’s surprised when he is chosen to be a Receiver. When he meets The Giver, whose job is to hold ancient memories for the Community, he begins to teach Jonas about how the world used to be. As Jonas starts to recognize the Sameness in the Community, which has caused strong emotions, like Love, to diminish, he grows frustrated and begins to rebel against the system.

This 1993 novel is slow-paced compared to modern, action-packed dystopians. However, the story arouses thought-provoking questions, and the original writing and intriguing plot will hold readers’ interests.

The Giver is the first installment in a series, and though it’s targeted toward children, it is quite intense throughout. Parents should be aware that it includes the following:

• Jonas has what are called “stirrings” for his friend Fiona, and wants to bathe her in a dream
• The Giver shows Jonas memories of death, loneliness, hunger, and other hardships
• Violence (much talk of “Release,” which readers will know to mean death; blood, vomit, and broken bones are vaguely described, and there is a scene where an infant is injected in the head with a needle and dies)

Readers who enjoyed The Giver may also like:

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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