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Releases: Tuesday, April 30

April 30, 2013 Leave a comment

And again, we present you a long list:

Cover Book Author Genre GR Links
Identity Theft Anna Davies Thriller GR Link
The Last Academy Anne Applegate Paranormal
Mystery
GR Link
Life After Theft Aprilynne Pike Paranormal
Ghosts
GR Link
Katy’s Review
Breathless
(Elemental #2.5)
Brigid Kemmerer Paranormal
Romance
GR Link
This Girl
(Slammed #3)
Colleen Hoover Contemporary
Romance
GR Link
Survivor
(Alone #2)
James Phelan Post apocalyptic
Zombies
GR Link
The Ward Jordana Frankel Science Fiction
Dystopia
Post Apocalyptic
GR Link
The Boyfriend App Katie Sise Contemporary
Romance
GR Link
Katy’s Review
Sketchy
(Bea Catcher Chronicles #1)
Olivia Samms Paranormal
Mystery
GR Link
Gorgeous Paul Rudnick Romance GR Link
The Loop Shandy Lawson Science Fiction
Dystopia
GR Link
The Program
(The Program #1)
Suzanne Young Science Fiction
Dystopia
Romance
GR Link
Mitch’s Review
Sweet Peril
(The Sweet Trilogy, #2)
Wendy Higgins Paranormal
Angels
Demons
GR Link
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The Elite (The Selection 2) By Kiera Cass

April 27, 2013 1 comment

The Elite (The Selection 2)

The Elite (The Selection 2) By Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection 2)
By Kiera Cass

By: Kiera Cass

Release Date: April 23, 2013

Rating: 2 stars

Summary: Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

 

Review: Despite the controversy over the author/publicist, I kinda liked the first book… This one, however, just pissed me off.

1. What happened to America? I miss the strong, determined, self-confident girl she used to be. She cries – a lot! I understand insecurities can make you second-guess yourself, but damnit, she was so freaking wishy-washy. I want Maxon. No, I want Aspen. I want to leave. No, I need to stay. I won’t make a good queen. Actually, I could make a different. Oh wait, I just did something stupid. Speaking of stupid, America’s irrationality was a bit too much. I know her heart, though she won’t admit it, is now at stake, but she pulled herself together after Aspen. Sometimes strong emotions can get the best of us, but I had expected so much more from her. One or two things, fine. But she made me so mad throughout the entire book.

2. What happened to the plot? The first book was more about the competition and the gradual elimination process. In this book, the first elimination was a given that you could guessed way ahead of time from book 1. The only other one was just more a default kind thrown in there – you’re staying so let’s get rid of her instead. I wasn’t drawn to the individual missions or tasks they had to do because contestants weren’t eliminated as a result of how well they did.

3. I found it interesting that this book takes place in the future (after the fourth world war, right?), and Cass throws out concepts that are well-established in our society to give the girls individuality – like equal rights, or a drafted military, or even better yet, women in the military. I understand that a lot has changed, and some of that means going backwards in politics, but I just found the attempts annoying, especially since they were just tossed in there, glimpsed over and then left to flounder. Come on! Throw in some originality or just leave those comments out. By the way, did you know there’s a sort-of revolution going on? North rebels? South rebels? Huh? Oh, I was too focused on being pissed off at America.

The only reason I did not give this book 1 star is because I actually liked the end. (view spoiler on my Goodreads)

I’ll read book 3 because it’s the last book, but I really hope this was just a “middle book” or I will be so disappointed with this series.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

April 26, 2013 Leave a comment
Life After Theftby Aprilynne Pike

Life After Theft
by Aprilynne Pike

Life After Theft

By: Aprilynne Pike

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Rating: 2.5 stars

Summary: Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so–in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history–he agrees to help her complete her “unfinished business.” But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff’s new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he’s made the right choice.

Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel

 

Review: I liked this book, but I’m a bit disappointed after reading Pike’s Wings series. I wasn’t expecting more than a cute, fun read, but Life After Theft just felt really ordinary. Maybe it was Sera. Or maybe it was because there were a few things that made me stop and think, “What?”

First of all, it took me a few paragraphs to realize this book was written in a boy’s point of view. Actually, it was when it said, “Hi, my name is Jeff.” I think it was the cover that threw me off, and after rereading the summary, I thought maybe it was one of those books that had boy’s and girl’s point of view. Not like it mattered, but it kind of made me stumble a bit.

Life After Theft wasn’t a book to analyze, and there were a lot of things that I was wondering about. (view spoiler on my Goodreads)

Also, there were a lot of things in the book that just felt unreal. I mean, yeah, we are talking about a paranormal story, but the rest of it. (view spoiler on my Goodreads)

The sad thing was, I wasn’t a big fan of Sera. I think it was the way her character was written, but I didn’t trust her. I kept waiting for her to unveil her big, “Aha! I tricked you! Don’t you feel like a fool?” and hurt Jeff. And I understand she has a past, but her good-goody-two-shoes perfect image kind of annoyed me. I almost could understand why Kimberlee didn’t like her very much. And yeah, Kimberlee was an evil spoiled brat, but I thought she was more interesting. I really do wish that Pike had written it in a dual POV because Kimberlee’s character did show a lot of development.

At the same time, the book was cute with a similar tone to Stacey Kade’s “The Ghost and the Goth” although I felt the that book had more of a “personality” than this one. Still, it was heartwarming and conveyed a good message. So yeah, I still don’t know how to rate this one. And I’m one of those who will give a cute, cliche book 4 or 5 stars if it’s entertainment. It’s just that, there were things with this one that just didn’t sit well enough for me.

Aprilynne Pike has a new book!!! And it’s said to be “Paranormalcy meets Heist Society in this new twist on ghosts from #1 New York Times bestselling author.”

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

April 26, 2013 Leave a comment
The Boyfriend Appby Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App
by Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App

By: Katie Sise

Release Date: April 30, 2013

Rating: 3 stars

Summary: In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?

 

Review: This was a cute read, although I did have a few issues with it – primarily that it was a bit too geeky and over-the-top. And there were a few things that were confusing that kind of threw me off course (not on the predictability, but I had to figure out the timeline or consistency).

I wanted to read a fun book that would lighten my mood, and the first few chapters hit me like a ton of bricks. It was way too technical with all the computer/phone language that a lot of it went over my head. I know Sise had to put some of that in there or she would probably get a few criticism about it being unrealistic, but geez, it was so overloaded that I was not only lost but also bored. And then, it got better.

I was a little confused from the summary because I thought the Boyfriend App was going to make Audrey the talk of the school and make hot boys kiss her, and when I found out what the app was, it didn’t really happen like that. But then I realized there was an update, and a lot more made sense.

Well, I can’t really say this book was realistic because it was far from it. And when I say it was over-the-top, I didn’t exactly mean this part. Well, yeah, the whole mean girls picking on the geeks is pretty routine, and the typical triangle between the hot guy and shy friend is overdone. Not to mention a soundwave technology that makes you want something (seriously?), and a button that will make you fall in love (get real!) or the crazy chaotic riots at the school campus and on the Public corporate grounds. But those made the book kind of fun.

What i really meant about the over-the-top (and also the holes) was really the relationship between Audrey and Blake. I really had to stop and think about the timeline on this… (view spoiler on my Goodreads) I guess it was just a little too much for me. I guess pushing the mean girl bullying the geek concept on stupid stuff.

But I guess Audrey’s quirks are what made the book fun, and I liked how adorable Aiden was (I tend to have a soft spot for the dorky best friend). I think Lindsay is a badass cousin, and Nigit and Mindy were okay friends. It’s not unpredictable, but it is an entertaining read if you can get past the geek-talk.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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Releases: Thursday, April 25

April 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Cover Book Author Genre GR Links
ACID Emma Pass Science Fiction
Dystopia
GR Link
The Disappearances
(The Killables #2)
Gemma Malley Science Fiction
Dystopia
GR Link

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

April 24, 2013 Leave a comment

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. 1)

By: Eoin Colfer

Release Date: April 11, 2013

Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims’ dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI’s Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick.In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevron Savano, a seventeen-year-old FBI agent sent to London as punishment after a disastrous undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together Riley and Chevie must evade Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now not only evil, but he also possesses all of the scientist’s knowledge. He is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie’s possession to make his way back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.



Review:

Comparisons to Artemis Fowl, I think, are going to be inevitable with W.A.R.P.. It’s probably always that way when a respected children’s author ends one beloved series to start another, and more so especially when the last book in Eoin Colfer’s best known series was released less than a year ago. I know many people are still getting their hands on The Last Guardian, heck I’m still getting comments on my review, so there’s a bit of nostalgia attached to this too and in a way it’s like I’m rooting for Colfer’s new series to succeed. That said though, I do think Colfer has done enough to distinguish The Reluctant Assassin from Artemis Fowl – enough, at least, for a favorable comparison.

There are probably only two things I should note about this series. The first – Artemis Fowl was always a silly series, yes it got sillier and more nonsensical as time went on, but even the first book was plenty silly; W.A.R.P. on the other hand is not. Yes, there are jokes, there are references, there are people with gorilla arms or dinosaur heads and all sorts of weirdness, but unlike his previous series about mud men and fae, Colfer actually plays this one with a straight face. We start out with the aforementioned reluctant assassin, Riley, about to kill an old man in his bed in Victorian England, and it’s violent, there are knives and murder and lives at risk, and it’s all done in a way that’s not Artemis Fowl, where yes there’s murderous trolls and dangerous pixies but besides that one time when Butler’s shot the violence is, well cartoonish, because Artemis is a genius and even in the most dangerous of circumstances surely he’ll come up with some brilliant scheme that lets the gang escape from harm. Well, not here, nothing against Riley or kid FBI agent Chevron Savano, but neither of them is Artemis Fowl, so while they have their own talents, the threat from evil magician slash professional murderer Albert Garrick is much more real.

The second – the premise smacks of a mix of The Time Paradox and The Last Guardian. If you rolled your eyes at the way Opal Koboi became a threat in The Last Guardian, unfortunately Garrick does pretty much the same thing. Sure, I have a problem with it, it’s just a bit too convenient and recycled, but on the other hand in order for the plot to work, in order for a Victorian Age villain to truly pose a threat in the present, you know, to be able to fire that high caliber assault rifle straight from the FBI weapons locker rather than bumble around like the stereotypical wide eyed visitor from the past who takes the TV for a magic box, it had to be done. I don’t like it (or the distracting point of view changes between Riley and Chevie for that matter), but I learned to live with it, because even with the way it was done I like that Colfer still did it with an appreciably serious turn, and I really can’t argue with the results, not with the way The Reluctant Assassin really grew on me over the course of the story.

How? I already mentioned my problems with premise, but once the story moved beyond the setup, there’s a lot to like. Like the scrappiness of the characters – if I had to describe this book in one word, that’d be it, scrappy – there’s no Artemis Fowl the boy genius who can get out of every problem just by thinking or Mulch Diggums with his million useful dwarf abilities or even Foaly and all his gadgets, Riley doesn’t have any of that and how he gets out of his problems is just being scrappy, replacing the quaint if silly absurdity of Artemis Fowl with a fighting spirit that’s enjoyable in its own way. Same thing with Chevie Savano, she’s more like Holly Short, but still, no fairy magic, no fairy technology, it’s just her kickbutt attitude and all the fight in her, punching and kicking her way through their problems. And the other thing, the time travel element isn’t exactly new, but it’s still handled differently than in The Time Paradox, this time the conspiracy is bigger with far more players, setting up sequels in a way that makes me think Colfer really refined his approach to time travel after doing Time Paradox and Last Guardian.

So no, W.A.R.P. doesn’t remind me of Artemis Fowl at all. It’s different, definitely more serious, but I like it


Go to Mitch’s review on Goodreads.

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Releases: Tuesday, April 23

April 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Cover Book Author Genre GR Links
Chosen at Nightfall
(Shadow Falls #5)
C.C. Hunter Paranormal
Vampires
GR Link
Unbreakable
(Unraveling #2)
Elizabeth Norris Paranormal
Science Fiction
GR Link
Truth or Dare
(Capital Girls #3)
Ella Monroe Contemporary GR Link
Spirit’s Chosen
(Spirit Princess #2)
Esther Friesner Historical Fiction GR Link
Arclight
(Arclight #1)
Josin L. McQuein Science Fiction
Dystopia
GR Link
The Elite
(The Selection #2)
Kiera Cass Science Fiction
Dystopia
GR Link
Unnatural Creatures Neil Gaiman Fantasy
Short Stories
GR Link
The Silver Dream:
An InterWorld Novel #2
Neil Gaiman
Michael Reaves
Science Fiction
Fantasy
GR Link
Crush
(Crash #3)
Nicole Williams Paranormal
Witches
GR Link
How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True Sarah Strohmeyer Contemporary
Realistic Fiction
GR Link
Mitch’s Review
Natural Born Angel
(Immortal City #2)
Scott Peer Paranormal
Angels
GR Link
The Rules
(Project Paper Doll #1)
Stacey Kade Science Fiction
Dystopia
Romance
GR Link
Katy’s Review
Mitch’s Review
manicpixiedreamgirl Tom Leveen Contemporary
Realistic Fiction
GR Link
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