Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Reviews: The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires, book 2), By Rachel Caine

The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires, book 2)
By: Rachel Caine
ISBN: 0451220897
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When Shane is arrested for the murder of a vampire, Claire, Eve and Michael set out to get him back. But with Morganville's swift "justice" in play and a bonfire in Shane's future, there isn't much time to prove his innocence.

The Dead Girls' Dance picks up directly after Glass Houses leaves off. Reasonably fast paced, the plot is centered around teenagers facing some very serious situations with the stereotypical teenage level of good/bad judgement. There is a fair amount of more mature content (see rape attempt, roofie, etc) that could be inappropriate for younger audience.

This story includes:

  • Language (bitch, bastard, F word)
  • Teenage drinking
  • Roofie
  • Rape attempts
  • Implied sex
  • Making out between teen and legal adult (kissing, touching, full body contact, all clothing remains on.)
  • Physical abuse
  • References to past death 
  • Killing
Illegal romance is a theme in this book.
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, Book 3), by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, book 3)
By: Sarah J. Maas
ISBN-10: 1619630656
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Celaena Sardothian has left her homeland in Adarlan to travel across the sea to Wendlyn, where she hopes to obtain answers to her own questions, as well as knowledge that will get her one step closer to defeating the King of Adarlan. But first, she will have to prove herself by training will the infuriating Rowan Whitethorn before she can receive the information that she seeks.

Heir of Fire follows three separate stories told through many different perspectives, and is less action-packed than the first and second book, focusing more on world building and character development. It does include some surprising plot twists, though, and fans of Throne of Glass should not be disappointed.

Heir of Fire contains the same amount of language as in Crown of Midnight, but less drinking and gore (though it is still violent), and no sex scenes. However, an unmarried man and woman do kiss and share a bed (there is a brief reference to clothes having been taken off), a few scenes with partial and full nudity (nonsexual), and two men are briefly mentioned to be mated, and share a kiss.

More Throne of Glass reviews:
Book 1: Throne of Glass
Book 2: Crown of Midnight

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cover Reveal: Six of Crows (The Dregs, Book 1), by Leigh Bardugo!

Check out the brand-new cover for Six of Crows, by the author of the bestselling Grisha Trilogy!

six of crows book cover title reveal by leigh bardugo author of the grisha trilogy shadow and bone the dregs book 1 one upcoming releases ya young adult fantasy release publication date october 2015 so excited
This is the first book in a new fantasy series pitched as Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven that will follow six different characters. It will be released on October 6th, 2015. What do you think of the cover? Are you excited to read Six of Crows? I know I am!

Read my review for Shadow and Bone here.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Review: Fallen In Love (Fallen, Book 3.5), By Lauren Kate

Book Review: Fallen In Love (Fallen, Book 3.5), By Lauren KateFallen In Love (Fallen, book 3.5)
By: Lauren Kate
ISBN: 0385742622
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Love Where You Least Expect It

Miles and Shelby just want to get back to shoreline, but when a wrong turn lands them in the middle of one of Luce's other lives, they find themselves part of an unexpected romance.

Love Lessons

Roland's one true love was cut short centuries ago, but when the search for Daniel has him stumbling across her path, he finds himself unable to leave he past in the past.

Burning Love

Arienne loved so strongly that even the harsh changes of the fall couldn't snatch her love away, but will love win out when she's forced to choose between love and her nature?

Endless Love

According to Bill, Luce and Daniel only ever had one Valentines day together, so when he drops her off on that one very romantic day, Luce has to wonder if this is somehow a trap?

Fallen In Love is made up of four short, interconnected love stories: Love Where You Least Expect It, Love Lessons, Burning Love, and Endless Love. All four tales should be read in order and take place during an uncharted period of time in Passion (book 3). While these stories answer some interesting background questions regarding characters in the series, they are not essential to understanding the over-riding plot of the Fallen series. I recommend reading this collection after finishing Passion or once you have read the entire series.

These stories contain :
  • Stealing
  • Fighting
  • Injuries (burns, blood, some self-inflicted injuries)
  • References to "wenching"
  • Kissing
  • A homosexual relationship (includes hugging, kissing, nudity, implications of more at past times)
Fallen is a young adult, paranormal fantasy series with installments that venture into either urban or historical fantasy depending on the book. 

Fallen Series:
  • Book 1: Fallen (Review) (Movie)
  • Book 2: Torment (Review)
  • Book 3: Passion
  • Book 3.5: Fallen In Love (Review)
  • Book 4: Rapture

You may also enjoy:
Book Review: Fallen (Fallen, Book 1), By Lauren Kate
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review: Dangerous Girls, by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls
By: Abigail Haas
ISBN-10: 1442486597
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Anna’s best friend Elise is murdered on a spring break vacation. But instead of setting out to find Elise’s culprit, the police turn to Anna and her group of friends as the number-one suspects.

Parents should be aware that it contains:

• Sexuality throughout (sexual dialogue as well as references to sex, and one explicit sex scene)
• A young man cheats on his girlfriend
• Profanity (including many F-words)
• Two characters who are the same gender are attracted to each other, but do nothing more than kiss
• Graphic violence (a murder scene is described in detail)
• Teenagers go to parties and drink heavily

Dangerous Girls is a young adult psychological thriller that mostly follows a girl put on trial for being suspected of murdering her best friend. The chapters alternate from past to present to give readers a sense of what Elise was like when she was still alive.

I use the words “young adult” to describe this book VERY reluctantly, for it’s full of profanity, violence, and sexuality. The upside is that it’s extremely hard to put down, with well-written characters and a gripping plot. However, I would still hesitate to recommend this to anyone, especially younger teens, because it does contain some truly disturbing content.

Readers who enjoyed Dangerous Girls might also like:

Jasper Dent Trilogy by Barry Lyga

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Cover Reveal: P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Book 2), by Jenny Han

The second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by the author of the bestselling Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy will be released on May 26th, 2015. The cover for P.S. I Still Love You was recently released, and I absolutely love the theme these books have going on.

Stylish but simple, if you ask me.

I enjoyed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but was put off by the abrupt ending, so I’m quite excited to read this second book in hopes that it will be more satisfying than the first installment in the series. :)

You can read my review for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before here.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review: Where She Went (If I Stay, book 2), By Gail Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay sequel)
By Gayle Forman
ISBN: 0525422943
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Adam hasn't been the same since Mia disappeared from his life. When chance throws them briefly together, he must discover what happened in their past and if there's any hope for their future.

Where She Went picks up several years after the events of If I Stay. It's told from Adam's point of view rotating between past and present in much the same manner as If I Stay. It's worth noting the change of narrator does not distract from the enjoyment of the story.

Where She Went includes:
  • Smoking
  • Profanity (F world, p*ssing, sh*t)
  • References to one night stands
  • References to surgery
  • Reference to homosexual marriage
  • Making out (kissing, touching)
  • Sex is implied

Grief, love, anger and depression all play a part in this story.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

The 5th Wave Movie Teaser Trailer!

Fans of Rick Yancey’s popular science fiction series have no doubt been on edge in anticipation of a glimpse of The 5th Wave movie. Well, they need wait no longer! Here is the first teaser trailer for the book-to-movie adaption. Though it may be short, this sneak peak promises that more things are to come.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Review: Gregor the Overlander (The Underland Chronicles, Book 1), by Suzanne Collins

Gregor the Overlander (The Underland Chronicles, book 1)
By: Suzanne Collins
ISBN-10: 0439435366
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Gregor and his little sister Boots fall into a world underneath their apartment in New York City, where animals are huge and the people are strange, and a prophecy plunges them into an action-packed adventure.

It contains:

• References to a divorce
• Lying
• Violence (much fighting and death—quite gory for a middle grade book)

Gregor the Overlander is the first installment in a fast-paced, intense—and sometimes gruesome—middle grade fantasy series. Fans of The Hunger Games will find this novel by Suzanne Collins to be quite different from her young adult dystopian trilogy, but with the same page-turning writing.

Readers who enjoyed Gregor the Overlander might also like:

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, Book 2), By Pittacus Lore

Book Review: The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, Book 2), By Pittacus LoreThe Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, book 2)
By Pittacus Lore
ISBN: 0061974552
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While Four and Six play hide and seek with the Mogadorians and U.S. authorities, number Seven is caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

The Power of Six picks up almost immediately after I Am Number Four ends and is told from both Four and Seven's point of view. The multiple viewpoints slow down the story and it drags a little at times, but on the whole both story lines are interesting and both characters engaging.

It contains:

  • Kissing (on cheek and mouth, plus a remark about a tongue stuck in another person's mouth)
  • Using powers to heal
  • Some Language (similar to first book)
  • Drinking / drunkenness
  • References to paddling as punishment
  • Torture
  • Injuries (blood)
  • Death and killing (references to hacking off body parts and other vicious killing - but there is no real gore)
Some of the characters make unwise and selfish decisions that seem extraordinarily immature considering everything else these individuals have been facing.

The Lorien Legacies series is young adult science fiction.
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