Very different kind of book by author Rachel Vincent. The story recounts 100 hours in the life of Genesis and her friends as they vacation in ColombiaVery different kind of book by author Rachel Vincent. The story recounts 100 hours in the life of Genesis and her friends as they vacation in Colombia. The narrative has multiple points of view and it takes a little time to get to know the characters well enough to understand who is talking and why they behave the way they do. At first I was skeptical that the book could be a the first of a trilogy, and as I neared the end of the book, I understood why, however I still feel that it probably could have been told in one book.
Full review to come closer to publication date.
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This is a DNF(did not finish) review for me. I read up to 40% and decided that this book was not for me. I found that the motivations of the main charThis is a DNF(did not finish) review for me. I read up to 40% and decided that this book was not for me. I found that the motivations of the main character to get a scholarship were reprehensible. That was the last straw for me and as a result, I am unable to continue.
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I've been watching a lot of TV lately, much to the detriment of my reading. I can't seem to stop watching shows like Scandal, How to Get Away With MurI've been watching a lot of TV lately, much to the detriment of my reading. I can't seem to stop watching shows like Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and House of Cards. This book reminded me a little of those shows, but not in a good way. You see, I feel like I have already read or seen this book before.
Diplomatic Immunity is the story of Piper Baird, a high school student who gets a once in a lifetime chance to attend a prestigious Washington, D.C. school. There, she meets Rafael Amador, the handsome son of the Spanish ambassador to the US.
Diplomatic Immunity has the potential to be an entertaining book except for one thing - I just couldn't stand the main character Piper Baird. She is presented with an amazing opportunity - a scholarship to a prestigious school, along with the possibilities of making contacts with the children of very powerful people. Instead, she uses these students to write an expose of their lives, and in doing so, ruffles many feathers.
I understood that Piper was driven and goal oriented. That's a good thing. I understand the need to excel in order to obtain financial assistance for higher learning, especially considering Piper's family's financial situation. College is prohibitively expensive in the US. Unfortunately, Piper didn't understand the big picture and how her actions affected those around her. It was just reprehensible.
And while I won't spoil the ending, it was entirely unbelievable.
About 3.5 stars (just because I had to put this book down and start over at a later date).
Full disclosure - I'm definitely not the target demographicAbout 3.5 stars (just because I had to put this book down and start over at a later date).
Full disclosure - I'm definitely not the target demographic for this book. However, I do have teenage nieces who may or may not be interested in this book.....
When I first started reading The Fall of Butterflies, I was a little bored. Same old story, teenage girl with an absentee parental unit plotting her own demise. I'll admit it, I put the book down for a bit and went on with my business. I picked up the book about a week later because I really enjoyed Ms. Portes' Anatomy of a Misfit.
I then proceeded to read this book in one sitting. Why? I think that I was curious about Willa and Remi. Willa is a misfit from a town called What Cheer, Iowa and Remi is the queen of the social scene. The two hit it off, much to the chagrin of the other students at the prestigious Pembroke Prep School.
Willa is shown an entirely different side of life. Beautiful clothes, huge mansions, private island parties, and designer drugs. She notices that some kids can miss classes for days and still graduate. Willa also learns that she has her own options and she does not need to follow her mother's path.
The story is told through Willa's point of view and while she does have a wonderful sense of humor, at times I felt like she should have used some common sense. Again, I must reiterate that I had difficulty with reading this book at first.
Trigger warnings - drugs
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About 3-3.5 stars. The book did not wow me, however it was a quick read. I think that I had a little trouble with the writing style which kept switchiAbout 3-3.5 stars. The book did not wow me, however it was a quick read. I think that I had a little trouble with the writing style which kept switching from past to present and between the points of view of the main characters Janie and Micah.
I'm not going to get into plot points because the less you know going into this book, the better. I'll just say that it is not really a love story, it's more a story of two good friends who are soul mates.
About 2.5 stars. Synethesia is something that always intrigued me. I can't imagine having all of my senses crossed with numbers and letters in full teAbout 2.5 stars. Synethesia is something that always intrigued me. I can't imagine having all of my senses crossed with numbers and letters in full technicolor. In Shade Me, Nikki Kill (yes, that's her name) has synesthesia and it affects both her academic and social life. Nikki receives a cryptic phone call from the most popular girl in school and suddenly she finds herself deep in a mystery.
The issue I had with this book is that our main character - a high school - is investigating the assault of a fellow student on her own, without any thought to her personal safety. There were a lot of TSTL (too stupid to live) moments and I could not understand why Nikki kept avoiding the lead detective in the case. The victim left all sorts of clues that only someone with synthesia could figure out.
The book also suffers from missing parent syndrome, thus allowing Nikki the freedom to go as she pleases. When she follows a lead and actually finds the assault scene, she stupidly contaminates it, taking items from it and leaving fingerprints.
Oh, and when Nikki investigates further and finds out that there is an escort service involved and she actually applies to be an escort? Hello? What is going on here?
This book had so much potential. I was waiting for Nikki to share her findings with the lead detective and explain how she got them. That would have been far more interesting than watching Nikki put herself in danger over and over again.
A hot mess.
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I liked Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth. Didn't love it, but I did enjoy the mystery aspect of the story. The book begins with an account ofHmmm...
I liked Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth. Didn't love it, but I did enjoy the mystery aspect of the story. The book begins with an account of an attack on the main character Sonia. She survives the attack, but her best friend Gretchen is found dead. The rest of the story unfolds as Sonia and the police try to piece together the clues.
About halfway through the book, I was a little frustrated by Sonia's Nancy Drew imitation. I mean, if you are getting threatening notes in your locker after your best friend has been murdered, wouldn't you not run to the police for help? Not our Sonia. She holds on to the postcard. I did keep reading because I was curious....
The last bit of the book surprised me. I didn't see that coming.
Recommended for young adult readers.
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The Mystery of Hollow Places is the story of teenager Imogene Scott as she tries to find her father who disappeareAn intriguing coming of age mystery.
The Mystery of Hollow Places is the story of teenager Imogene Scott as she tries to find her father who disappeared mysteriously. During her investigations, Imogene learns more about her mother who had left Imogene and her father many years earlier.
While the story didn't seem that realistic to me - personally, I can't see a teenager driving around in winter bad weather all over the state with limited funds - I did enjoy Imogene's relationship with her best friend Jessa and Jessa's brother Chad.
The Mystery of Hollow Places is a solid debut for author Rebecca Podos and I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.
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My Review: This was an OK read for me. I liked the writing style,Update 1/26/16 Christal and I discuss this book on Badass Book Reviews. Check it out!
My Review: This was an OK read for me. I liked the writing style, however the story bothered me because I had a lot of unanswered questions. For example, we are told that Breezy wakes up in her grave about a year after her death. As the story is told from Breezy's point of view, we are never really sure how it was possible that she was reanimated and what kind of creature she was. Then there are the monster hunters, a kind of evangelical missionary type who hunt monsters and try to "rehabilitate" them, usually not too successfully.
For the most part, Breezy was a likable character. She had a lot going for her before her untimely death. She was smart, focused on her future (she wanted to be an astronaut), and she had a wonderful family. For someone so young and who had been dead a year, she certainly understood that her new and undead situation was dire.
I felt that the world building in this book could have been expanded a little. When I read a book, I am looking for some resolution by the end of the book. In this book, I feel that there were too many unanswered questions.
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I can always gauge my enjoyment of a book by the amount of times I am inspired to go and Google. I'd never hear"Trust no one." Good advice for a spy.
I can always gauge my enjoyment of a book by the amount of times I am inspired to go and Google. I'd never heard about La Dame Blanche and I blame our crappy high school history curriculum. Why didn't we ever learn about some of the heroines of the war? The people that risked their lives to track train schedules, troop movements, and the like? (Remember, no computers or internet in WWI).
Samantha is a bright young woman destined for more than her present job at MI6. She is talented in both math and speaks many languages due to her father's work as an ambassador. After she places third in a Girl Guide contest, she is approached by MI6 and offered a job as a spy. She balks at first because her father is missing and she doesn't want her mother to lose anyone else. When they offer to help find her father, Samantha accepts the offer.
Samantha is trained in all matters of spycraft - ciphers, evasion, self-defense, etc. Her mission is virtually impossible. Samantha takes on the identity of a distant cousin Sophie who will be a governess to the children. She is dropped in the palace of the Kaiser's son in order to find the elusive agent Velvet, whose identity is unknown because the handler has been murdered.
The story kept my interest throughout. Each time I thought I knew who Velvet was, I was dead wrong. Each chapter begins with a definition of something to do with spycraft. The story is told through Samantha/Sophie's point of view and I enjoyed watching her unravel the mystery.
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I wanted to love this book and I think I did - for the first 25% of it. Then it started to drag.
A Madness So Discreet has an interesting premise - it'I wanted to love this book and I think I did - for the first 25% of it. Then it started to drag.
A Madness So Discreet has an interesting premise - it's set at a mental asylum for the insane in Boston and then later at another asylum in Ohio. Mental institutions in the mid 19th century are very much different from today and they housed people suffering from all sorts of ailments: unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, even PMS and more.
Our main character Grace is at the asylum because of an out of wedlock pregnancy. While she loses the child in a most horrific way, it gives the reader a glimpse of the horrible ways in which people in these institutions were treated. While it's fascinating to read about these practices, they are truly the stuff of nightmares.
The remaining 75% of the book has Grace assisting a doctor with some crime scene investigations of a serial killer. This part of the book dragged on.
I have heard good things about this author and I would like to read some of her other books in the future.
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I first learned of this series through a free download of Guys Read: Funny Business. My family listened to the audio version o3.5 Terrifying stars....
I first learned of this series through a free download of Guys Read: Funny Business. My family listened to the audio version of the book on a road trip and we couldn't stop laughing at the gross stories geared to young boys. When Guys Read: Terrifying Tales was made available to me, I jumped at the chance to read and review the book.
The stories are perfect for young boys and reluctant readers. Most of the stories were short, some had the author's own opinions in boldface type warning the reader to stop reading (a sure-fire way to make most people continue on). The stories were written by well known writers and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
My favorite story was Manifest by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown. I'd love to see that story expanded into a full novel.
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About 3.5 stars. In a way, this book kind of reminded me of Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series but instead of vampires, we have zombies and people whAbout 3.5 stars. In a way, this book kind of reminded me of Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series but instead of vampires, we have zombies and people who have tested positive for the zombie virus. Positive is a new spin on the zombie apocalypse story. In Positive, the zombie apocalypse occurred about 20 years earlier. People live in the relative safety of walled cities. Our hero hails from Manhattan, where the subways are flooded and provide some fishing for our hero Finn and his buddy Ike. The zombie virus is also a different take on the old zombie story. Now it can take anywhere from exposure to 20 years for the zombie virus to manifest and turn a person into a snarling flesh-eating killer. When Finn's mother goes zombie, the whole family is tested and Finn is sent to a medical camp in Ohio. He doesn't get there right away because his ride is killed by a very scary lady.
Finn begins his voyage across the US looking for that medical center where all will be good. On his way he learns about the world outside Manhattan. This is a journey story and each step along the way builds Finn's character. From what he sees of the world, he knows what kind of man he doesn't want to become.
I liked Finn's character. For someone with so little life experience, he was a quick learner and even quicker to react to situations. I loved how he treated his "family" and wanted to keep the girls safe, especially Kylie. Kylie was a strong character as well considering what she had gone through with Adare.
Positive kept me reading way into the night. The last part of the book was intense and I couldn't put the book down. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
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Please note that this book is best enjoyed if you have read the first book Unaccompanied Minor which is hilarious, espeAbout a 3.5 star read for me...
Please note that this book is best enjoyed if you have read the first book Unaccompanied Minor which is hilarious, especially if you've ever worked for an airline.
We Will Be Crashing Shortly continues the story of April Mae "Crash" Manning, a street-smart (or shall I say airline smart?) teenager and airline heiress. The book is mostly told from April's point of view and is a madcap adventure through Atlanta and on board an L1011 on its way to the Cayman Islands. What makes April so endearing is her outlook on the world. April has spent most of her life in airplanes and surrounded by flight crew - she has memorized lists of things that keep her "situationally aware. It also helps that she has managed to memorize almost every episode of MacGyver, so she is pretty handy in sticky situations. April has been raised by airline employees - flight attendants, pilots, and mechanics. She knows her way around airports, planes, and the airline's computer system as well.
The zany cast of characters makes this book a laugh out loud fun read perfect for summer reading. There's Flo, a 67 year old flight attendant who has seen it all. Flo is definitely someone you'd want around in case of emergency. Officer Ned is around to keep April grounded. April's evil stepfather Ash is up to no good as well.
We Will Be Crashing Shortly is a madcap adventure throughout Atlanta and in the air over the Caribbean. Perfect summer reading.
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The Night We Said Yes is the story of some teens that want to relive a magical night where they decided to say yes to anything. The story shifts from
The Night We Said Yes is the story of some teens that want to relive a magical night where they decided to say yes to anything. The story shifts from the past (1 year previous) to the present day. The thing is, there's not much that differentiates either the past or the future. They are still the same group of friends, the same love interests, and the same bland and boring kids.
This book did not work for me. I found the main characters annoying. Ella was kind of wishy-washy and bland. Meg kept going back to Jake, even after he'd hook up with someone else. Even their games of "Truth or Dare" were dull.
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