Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures (The Caster Chronicles, Book 1), by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (The Caster Chronicles, book 1)
By: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
ISBN-10: 0316042676
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Lena is the new girl in town who is staying with her uncle in his mysterious mansion. For some reason, Ethan feels drawn to her and has been having strange dreams involving her filled with an eerie melody. But Lena refuses to give up her family secrets and is constantly worrying about something that will happen on her upcoming sixteenth birthday.

It contains:

• Some kissing and making out
• Minor profanity (h*ll, d*mn, *ss, and cr*p)
• Death
• Some drinking and smoking
• A supernatural being possess a human

Beautiful Creatures is a co-authored, young adult paranormal romance novel and is the first in a series of four books. Readers should be aware that the pacing is slow and the ending leaves off with a cliffhanger.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Book Review: Vengeance Road, by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road
By: Erin Bowman
ISBN-10: 0544466381
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Kate Thompson sets out to avenge her father’s murder after a gang known as the Rose Riders kill him for a map that leads to a gold mine.

It contains:

• Profanity (Jesus Christ used as an exclamation, godd*mn, d*mn, h*ll, b*stard, wh*re, and b*tch)
• Violence (hanging, carving roses into people’s foreheads, shooting, kicking a girl in the ribs)
• Passionate kissing and making out
• A girl dresses up as a prostitute as part of a plan
• A boy pretends to make suggestive comments at a girl
• References to a prostitute’s line of work
• Two men strip down and bathe themselves in a river
• References to breasts
• Drinking
• Gambling
• Lying
• Indian rituals

Vengeance Road is a gritty young adult western story told in the traditional sense. There is no sex or a whole lot of profanity, but there’s plenty of violence. Expect lots of shootouts, horse riding, gunslingers, gold hunting, and a narrator out for revenge.

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First Look at A Monster Calls Movie!

The teaser trailer for A Monster Calls, adapted from the acclaimed book by Patrick Ness, is here! Being a huge fan of the book, I have been so excited ever since I first heard a movie was in the works. The trailer looks wonderful!

Liam Neeson plays the voice of the monster and Lewis MacDougall plays the part of Conor. The movie will be released in October 2016. Are you excited for it? I know I will be counting down the days!

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Book Review: The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, Book 1), by Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, book 1)
By: Mary E. Pearson
ISBN-10: 0805076689
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When Jenna wakes up she is unable to remember anything about her previous life. All she is told is that she had a bad accident and was in a coma. In frustration, she begins searching for information about her past self.

It contains:

• References to medical injuries
• Kissing
• Mild profanity (a few uses of the words d*mn, h*ll, and d*ckhead)

This is a fairly clean young adult science fiction book. It’s the first in a series and delivers some surprises and thought-provoking ideas.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Book Review: Scarlet (Scarlet, Book 1), by A. C. Gaughen

Scarlet (Scarlet, book 1)
By: A. C. Gaughen
ISBN-10: 0802723462
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Scarlet has a secret. While many people know the truth about her outstanding thievery skills, they don’t know that she is a girl. But Scarlet is holding other secrets even closer to her heart, secrets that she won’t tell her leader, Rob, otherwise known as Robin Hood, including the fact that she’s in love with him.

This young adult book contains:

• Groping
• A girl kisses another girl, believing her to be a boy (supposed to be humorous)
• Profanity (d*mn, bloody, h*ll, b*stard, and religious exclamations are used throughout; b*tch is said once)
• Violence (bloody deaths, fights, and injuries)
• Torture
• Suggestive conversations
• Some references to sex
• References to “bits” (a.k.a. breasts)

Scarlet brings new, original twists to the well-known Robin Hood story. The plot drags a bit in the beginning, but soon picks up and is quite an exciting, action-packed adventure.

Readers who enjoyed Scarlet might also like Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson and:

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book Review: Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11), By Jim Butcher

Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 11
By: Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden is Chicago's one and only professional wizard. He finds things, catches bad guys, helps ladies in distress, and lives by a code of chivalry the rest of civilization long since abandoned. So when an old nemesis shows up on his doorstep seeking sanctuary with a boatload of trouble on his heals – Harry takes him in, wondering silently why he doesn't just say no.

In addition to the constant action, intrigue, and humor present in all the Dresden Files, Turn Coat contains language, intense sexual arousal, non-descriptive references to group and pain related sexual activities, as well as bodies being ripped/torn/punctured/burned/slashed/mutilated/gorged and eaten. Some of the scenes are revolting, but the gore is more implied than minutely described.

Overall, an enjoying adult read.
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Crown Cover Reveal & The Siren Cover Remake!

The cover for the final book in The Selection Series, The Crown, has been released! Of course, it features a dazzling girl in a beautiful dress. The Crown will be published May 3, 2016.

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There is also an exciting new development for Kiera Cass fans! Kiera’s debut novel, The Siren, which was first published in 2009, has been redesigned and is going to be re-published January 26, 2016!

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What do you think of the covers?

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Review: Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, Book 1), by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, book 1)
By: Sara Shepard
ISBN-10: 0060887303
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Ali has been missing for years, but she suddenly begins dropping notes signed “A” in her old friends Hanna, Emily, Spencer, and Aria’s lives, letting them know that she is perfectly capable of exposing each of their secrets at any moment.

It includes:

• Profanity (many uses of the F-word)
• Sexuality (sexual discussions throughout, and a few near–sex scenes)
• Making out with a teacher
• Bulimia
• Brief teenage drug use
• Stealing
• Drinking
• Smoking
• Homosexuality (two girls make out)

How would I describe Pretty Little Liars? A modern-day, teen-centered mystery chockfull of inappropriate content and narrated by a handful of terrible role models. Sara Shepard’s writing is very suspenseful and will keep readers turning the pages, but this first installment in a long series is definitely not for anyone under fifteen years old.

Readers who enjoyed Pretty Little Liars might also like the Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book Review: Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2), by Kevin Hearne

Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, book 2)
By: Kevin Hearne
ISBN: 0345522494
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When a powerful bit of witchcraft leaves Atticus certain that his life is once again in danger, he sets out to find and eliminate this new threat. But with the demonic aftermath of book one still following him about, political upheaval in Tir na nOg making life difficult and a colorful cast of new enemies haunting his steps, not to mention the police and his not-so-friendly neighbor, Atticus may find prioritizing his crises a bit challenging.

Hexed is the second book in the Iron Druid series (adult urban fantasy) and a fairly fast flowing book, rich in action and bits of humor. The world building expands to include some forays into Christian/Catholic figures in addition to those of other religions/beliefs. Unlike book one, Hounded, this installment ends in a decidedly less satisfying way, due to a number of unresolved plot lines.

Hexed includes:
  • Profanity: B*stard, *ss, b*tches, b*tchin, f word, sh*t, wh*re
  • Nudity
  • Many various sexual innuendos
  • References to rough sex (scratching, biting, hair pulled out)
  • Sex (both in a fairly non descriptive scene and an awareness of it happening in the vicinity)
  • Death (violent, but without descriptive gore)
  • Injuries (burns, broken bones)
  • Use of magic to kill

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book Review: Unwind (Unwind Dystology, Book 1), by Neal Shusterman

Unwind (Unwind Dystology, book 1)
By: Neal Shusterman
ISBN-10: 1416912040
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After a near war between differing pro-choice and pro-life opinions, a law was made to appease both sides: the law stated that between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, parents have the option to have their child “unwound,” or their body dismembered and parts donated, in the agreement that the child won’t technically die. As three unwind fugitives flee and end up together, the worth of a life is debated.

Neal Shusterman explores serious political topics in a fast-paced, young adult dystopian thriller. Unwind should be okay for teens to read, though the main plot idea is more than a little unsettling.

It contains:

• Attempted rape
• A disturbing scene in which a teen is unwound
• Fighting
• Deaths
• Some kissing
• Minor profanity
• Drinking

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