Review: Zero by Morgan Dark

Title: Zero

Author: Morgan Dark

Genres: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Publisher: Rubinos, 1860

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

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A baffling robber.
A mystery hidden for years.
And an elite boarding school where no one is who they say they are.
Kyle Bradford is the envy of Drayton College, but everything takes a turn when a dangerous shadow, hidden in the darkness, starts to stalk him. From then on, his life falls apart. Unjustly accused of being the main suspect behind the robberies terrifying high society, he is forced to prove his innocence. And to do so, he has to find the real culprit: Zero, an infallible criminal who keeps his identity hidden under a silver mask. What Kyle does not know is that his enemy is keeping a secret. A secret he would sacrifice everything for.
A dizzying, heart-stopping thriller you won’t be able to put down.

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Review: Rebel by Vanshika Prusty

Rebel (How It All Ends, #1)

 

Title: Rebel

Genres: Young adult, science fiction, dystopia

Publisher: FriesenPress

Publication Date: January 14, 2016

Page Number: 234

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You could say Arsyn has an attitude problem. Or you could say she sees reality more clearly than most.

Arsyn has grown up under the oppressive, controlling regime that took power in the chaos created by a world disaster—and she hates it. She dreams of overthrowing the Eirene’s iron grip, or at least escaping it. But when she and her sister, Tatiana, are captured and sentenced to be killed in the dreaded Labyrinth, escape suddenly becomes an imperative.

It will take all of Arsyn’s formidable intelligence and courage to fight her way to the forbidden zone known as the Periculum—and even more to survive there. For while the Periculum is free of Eirene control, it is walled off for good reason. For the unprepared, the dangers of the Periculum are deadly. And as Arsyn joins up with an informal coalition of rebels and friends, the volatile dynamics of the group prove at least as challenging as the mutants and gangs she must defend herself against.

But the hardest test still lies before her: Arsyn must somehow return to the Eirene and rescue Tatiana, and soon. Her sister’s life depends on it.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell [Wherein I Share My Feels]

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: September 10th, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: YA Contemporary

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Fangirl revolves around a teenage girl, Cath, who is starting college at the University of Nebraska. She’s introvert and socially awkward, and would much rather prefer to stay in her dorm room writing fan-fiction than get drunk at parties. She has always depended on her twin sister, Wren, for her social life. But Wren wants to have a great college experience—which includes socializing and going to parties—and has refused to room with Cath. So Cath gets stuck with Reagan, a grumpy character slightly older than her. Cath has a hard time staying with her in the beginning, but things do get better later on.
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Blog Tour | Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows

Title: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Publication Date: January 26th 2016

Rating: 4/5 stars

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers–and, to her dismay, by Blake–the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers over the elements. But the comet has another effect–it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

“My world had gone from normal to magical in only a few days. Everything I’d once believed to be true had been turned upside down, and even though it was crazy and possibly dangerous, I loved every second of it.”

Thank you to Michelle Madow for providing me an ARC of this book. This doesn’t effect my opinions about it in any way.

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8 Reasons Why the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a Perfect Weekend Read!

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I’ve wanted to read the Mara Dyer series since… FOREVER. For so many reasons. I mean, gosh, look at that freakily beautiful cover. And it’s synopsis is so freakin’ intriguing, too! Let me tell you, I’m not a huge fan of horror/mystery books, but I’ve seen so. many. people rave about this series (and especially Noah Shaw 😉 ) that I didn’t need any more reasons to pick it up. And I’m so glad I did. It didn’t disappoint at all!

I was actually planning to write a proper review of this book, but I feel like this is a better way to share my opinions on it. So hear are the 8 reasons why the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a perfect weekend read:

  • First of all: the synopsis! It’s so intriguing!

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

 

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

  • It’s so incredibly creepy, which honestly makes it even better! So many questions. So many odd things happening. It surely gave me the chills.

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Contemporary

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”

Rating: 5/5 stars

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