Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Estevan Vega and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book forSource: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Estevan Vega and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5
Arson and Emery find themselves locked away, hidden from the world in a bizarre place. Left on their own, they need to find themselves, and come to terms with the events that brought them to their current residence. Everything is surreal as they learn more about themselves and their surroundings. Held captive against their will, they will need to lean on their survival instincts and come to terms with who they are, and who they are meant to be. While Arson brought us the story of a misplaced teenager, one who could start fires with his mind; Ashes brings us the terrifying sequel, in which Arson is held captive by those wanting to experiment on him to fulfill their own needs. Ashes is a much darker read than Arson and the psychological ramifications will have you reading long into the night. Vega is at the top of his game as he threads together both Arson's and Emery's stories, as they discover what brought them to the Asylum. Is Arson the monster he always thought he was, or is he something more? Can he achieve more? Is there a greater purpose for him? All these questions are asked as the reader partakes on a highly disturbing and dark ride through the underbelly of Salvation Asylum. New characters show their faces, and their pathos will leave you feeling uneasy as you press on through this volume in Arson's saga. There is a lot of new information thrown at the reader, but the flashbacks to the first novel make the transition as seamless as possible. One cannot help but root for Arson and Emery as they struggle to free themselves from their captors. Joel and Aimee's struggle for closure, and their pursuit for help after Emery's disappearance adds a much-needed dimension to the novel. Following their struggles gives the reader a reprieve from the darkness hidden within the Asylum before heading back into the depths. All in all, this is a compelling read. Eloquently written and darkly disturbing this one will stick with the reader as they delve further into the book. By no means is Arson's story done as Vega has left the ending open to continue in another installment. One can only hope that Arson will find the answers to his questions, and the solace that he craves. ...more
Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Kensington Books, and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received tSource: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Kensington Books, and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3.5/5
Unwelcome picks up right where Unnatural left off. Michael is at Archangel Academy, and he is at the start of a new semester. After the events of the previous semester, he is hoping to just relax and enjoy the company of his new boyfriend. However, evil still lurks and is not done with Michael and Archangel Academy yet. The vampire factions are at the precipice of a war, and immortality may be cut short at any time. Danger and intrigue abound at Archangel Academy. Will Michael and Ronan survive, and will they still be united together? Unwelcome was an engrossing read. Many new characters were thrown at the reader, however they were a welcome addition to the Archangel Academy crew. New villains rose to the challenge, and previously reliable friends are unwittingly crossing into enemy territory. There is still a lot of head jumping in the book as the point of view switches between several characters per page. Once you are used to the narrative style, and know the characters, it is easy to follow along with the different perspectives. I did find that in Unwelcome the head jumping was more refined and fluid as it would follow a set train of thought with a few characters. Michael would be going to confront his father, and Brania would be going to confront hers and it would switch back and forth between both of their conversations, much like a tv show of sorts. Several new characters were added to the already large cast, and they brought both humour and suspense with them. We glean more insight into some of the new characters, and more tidbits are revealed about the different vampire factions, however there are still some aspects that are cloaked in secrecy yet. Hopefully they will be revealed within the next book as they will let us know more about the different factions and how they came to be. Many intriguing twists are revealed in Unwelcome and it kept the story moving. Griffo is not afraid of killing characters once he is done with them, so be warned, some of your favourites could end up on the chopping block. All in all, a solid follow-up to Unnatural. Relationships evolve to give us a new perspective on situations that we hadn't previously seen before. New family members entering the picture add another dimension as well as we get to see more of the vampire world and the inner workings of set family dynamics. I'm intrigued to know what will happen next for Michael, Ronan and their friends....more
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Daniel Coleman and Teen Book Scene for sending me this book for review.Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Daniel Coleman and Teen Book Scene for sending me this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5
Hatta is a young man, full of colourful dreams and expectations. Walking across the country, picking up jobs where he can, he shows an affinity for anything and everything, except for fighting. He has a gentle disposition and you will know who he is as soon as you see him. He will be the one wearing the most colourful assortment of clothes and hats you will likely ever see. He might also be slightly mad, but that will not stop him from trying to bring peace to a land on the brink of war. He is joined by several familiar faces, and some new yet engaging characters. Hatta is quite the character, and I absolutely loved the direction Coleman took with Hatter. I'm not a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, but I loved this story as we see many familiar faces interact with Hatta. He is also a madcap designer, and his creations are fantastical. He is a loveable character, and I think many will enjoy reading his story. Chism is another excellent character, and he complements Hatta's character quite successfully. He was raised with a sword in hand, and where Hatta is peace-loving, Chism is not. He vows to uphold the Circle with the Sword, and will stop at nothing to protect the values of the Circle, even if it means placing his own life in jeopardy. Do not glance over the characters idly, as every character in Hatter has a use, and every word or detail will come full circle in the end. Coleman's writing is strong, and he pays attention to detail, and it shows. With characters showing up from Wonderland, we'll get to see a side of the Queen of Hearts that is rarely seen. We'll also get to see the Cheshire Cat in all of his glory. All in all, this is a welcoming and refreshing spin on the Alice in Wonderland tale. As someone who was not a fan of Alice in Wonderland, this story has won me over. I couldn't help but love the characters, and the world Coleman created. I was completely invested in the outcome. I hoped Hatta would bring about peace, but was unsure if he would be successful due to certain characters' proclivities to war. This is definitely a recommended read. ...more
Source: Received from publicist courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to RainTown Press and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this bookSource: Received from publicist courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to RainTown Press and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5
Spartacus Ryan Zander has always disliked his name. It's not normal enough for him, and to add insult to injury, his older brother has dubbed him "Poop Lip" due to the freckle or mole on his upper lip. When his mother joins the circus, Spartacus is left bereft. He believes she has been kidnapped, and no one will do anything about it. His father doesn't seem to be worried, which makes Spartacus even more concerned. He devises a plan to find his mother, but he'll have to rely on his best friend to find him the rides he needs to get to the circus. Once there he uncovers more disturbing news, and he will have to bring down the whole circus if he is going to save those he cares for, as well as himself. Spartacus is a sweet kid. He is completely infatuated with saving his mother, and will do anything to bring her back home. With the help of his best friend, he embarks on a journey across several states to get to the circus. He hitches rides with some questionable characters, and finds himself in some hairy situations, but he doesn't lose his determination to find his mother. He is a plucky character, and will have readers engaged in his wild ride to the circus. Johnson displays a tongue in cheek quality to her writing, one that will have readers laughing alongside Spartacus as they find him in some increasingly compromising predicaments. The friends he makes as well as the enemies, will have readers hoping that he makes it to the circus in one piece. Then of course, the hard part will be extricating his mother from the grasp of the evil Bartholomew. Many characters pop up throughout the novel, and they bring about some of the best comic relief I have read in a long time. The elderly women in the car are hilarious, and will have readers laughing as well as hoping that Spartacus can get himself out of yet another dangerous situation. All in all, a hilarious and enterprising read. Spartacus will draw readers to him as he travels across state lines to find his mother. An engaging hero, a diabolical villain, and many humorous yet complicated situations will have readers deeply invested in Spartacus' story. ...more
Source: Received from Netgalley, courtesy of the Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Netgalley and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this bookSource: Received from Netgalley, courtesy of the Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Netgalley and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5
It is the middle of summer in Brooklyn, and Kid is exploring old hangouts, relaxing to music, and is hoping to play a set or two in Fish's bar. No one in Kid's family seems to understand what life is like for Kid. Having lost someone the summer prior, Kid is determined to become immersed in Brooklyn, and when someone new comes into Kid's life, this might just be the turning point to everything. I can't help but draw parallels to R.E.N.T. when I read Brooklyn, Burning. Love, and an extended family of friends drawn to each other, make this read a beautiful ode to the power of love and friendship. Blood family are inconsequential as they don't understand their offspring, so said offspring find family elsewhere and bond together. They live in the moment, and savour their time together. For Kid, travelling across Brooklyn, and checking out old haunts works as Kid mulls over the events of last summer, and Felix. There is no he or she involved in this book. It is only you. With no sexual identities, the main characters could be anyone, but does it matter? No, I don't think so. They are who they are, and that should not detract from them as people. Though said language could be jarring at times it works for Brooklyn, Burning. I couldn't help but fall in love with this story. The song Just Be by Tiesto was running through my head as I read it and I think it would be an apropos song for the Brooklyn, Burning playlist. Who hasn't struggled with their identity and tried to find themselves? This read is powerful as we follow Kid around Brooklyn, discovering and mulling over the past, present, and the future. The characters themselves are all very likeable, and I couldn't help but fall in love with them as their stories came to light. They all had integral roles, and were part of Kid's family. I found that I loved Brooklyn, Burning more than The Absolute Value of [-1]. I think the different style of the writing, and the bonds that were formed with Kid's extended family really worked and felt real. It just resonated with me. All in all, a ridiculously fantastic exploration of love and loss amid the hazy days of music and summer. This is a phenomenal tribute to Brooklyn, and I hope more readers will fall in love with Kid and Kid's story. Having a family that understands you, and being accepted for who you are, is something we all want in our lives; and for Kid, that becomes a reality. I'd definitely recommend this read. ...more
Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Caroline and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this bookSource: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Caroline and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5
The Galstanberry Girls Academy is a prestigious school for academically brilliant young ladies. With the onset of a new year, we travel across the country to meet five newly accepted entrants into the Galstanberry Girls Academy. With the girls coming from completely different socio-economic backgrounds, and diverse walks of life, conflict is sure to arise. Lillian, Brandi, Fei, Tabitha, and Nisha are all going to be Galstanberry Girls, and are looking forward to this new opportunity in their lives. Each of the five girls has a distinct voice and it was neat reading from their perspectives. It will be interesting to see how they react to each other as they all have very different personalities and assets that they bring with them. From debate to poetry, and break dancing to ballet, as well as a talented equestrian, it is easy to see why they were chosen to attend the Academy. How they enhance their skills and learn others will be interesting to see, particularly when they are thrown together in the same classrooms. I expected that we would see more of the girls at the Academy, however this book as the first in the series is an introduction of sorts. We go across the country to meet the girls as they are getting ready to leave for the boarding school, and we see how they finish up their last days in their respective homes, rather than meeting them all together at the boarding school. All in all, a cute read that I think a lot of middle-grade readers will enjoy. They will identify with at least one of the girls and will enjoy reading about the changes and challenges that come with the new rules at the boarding school. Though this book only has one chapter set in the school with the girls, it is set up for the second book to really bring the girls together so we can see how they will react to each other. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how each of the girls reacts to each other and their new environment. ...more
Source: Received from Netgalley and Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this bookSource: Received from Netgalley and Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5
Jake is one of the Mystyx, and he is still finding out the full extent of what that means for him. His powers are manifesting in unpredictable ways and his mood is volatile. It doesn't help that the darkness is beckoning, and trying to seduce him to fight on the behalf of evil. With several students bullying him at school, life is starting to become unbearable for Jake. Especially since he can't use his powers to defend himself for fear of being found out. This is quite easily the strongest book in the series yet and it is my favourite by far. I connected with Jake almost instantaneously. He's a credible character going through a tough time, and he's suffering at the hands of some bullies. I know what that's like, and can commiserate with all of the feelings he was expressing. He is questioning himself and his powers, as well as his connection to both the dark and good in the world. We are starting to get some more answers, even though there are still quite a few questions left unanswered. I found that the incidents that happened in the second book were followed up more in this installment in the series. The reader may have a better appreciation for book two if they were to read book three immediately afterwards as I found that the events in the second book were resolved in the third book, or had more light shed on them. This installment in the series brings more characters to light. Krystal, Sasha, Jake and Lindsay are joined by Antoine, and some previously known characters bring about surprising twists. I dare say that this book has made the rest of the series a must read for me. Things are really starting to heat up and I can't wait to read the next installment as I really want to know what is going on with certain characters. With the twists that Arthur has employed in Mayhem, I am really looking forward to reading what she comes up with next. All in all, this is a read that I think is the turning point for the Mystyx series. Leading up to Mayhem we haven't gotten a lot of answers, and things have been a little frustrating because of that, for both the readers and the characters. With Mayhem we get some answers and find worlds opened up to us in unexpected ways, so much so that the reader will be clamoring for the next book to find out what is going to happen next. ...more
Source: Received from author as part of the Teen Book Scene blog tour. Many thanks goes to Sheenah Freitas for sending me a copy of her book for revieSource: Received from author as part of the Teen Book Scene blog tour. Many thanks goes to Sheenah Freitas for sending me a copy of her book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3/5
Kaia is out picking blackberries and enjoying the beautiful day. When she returns home though, her world is shattered completely. With the destruction of her village, and the realization that nothing will be the same, she finds out that she is the last descendant of her world's previous saviour. Now, she is on a quest to collect the treasures of the gods in an effort to stop the prophecy from being fulfilled. However, she doesn't realize that all is not as it seems, and she may actually unleash the prophecy, instead of preventing it from happening. Kaia is an interesting character. She's strong, yet easily frightened, and constantly is questioning her destiny and those around her. Her fellow travelers are also interesting in their own ways. Reeze is an intriguing character, especially when faced with the decisions he has to make. Both Derek and Catrina add flair and adventure to the group as they round out Kaia's entourage. Seeing the sparks and witticisms fly between them is enticing. I found the read was a bit rough at times though. This is an unedited arc, but there were quite a few sentence phrasings that were odd. With a bit of tightening up this could be a fantastic read. The ideology behind a world with different circles of gods was interesting. How each related to the other, and how they needed balance to function efficiently was neat. Especially once Kaia's thrown into the mix to change the balance. Whether she does or not, is yet to be determined. Another aspect that I found could have been extrapolated on is the fact that as a sister world to Earth the world-building wasn't completely fantastical. Sure there were beings from myth, but then there were also modern appliances like televisions, and conveniences such as pizza delivery. It just didn't seem to mesh well with the gods and goddesses theme that the book is built around. All in all, a good read. The Chosen is an intriguing read, and I'll be interested to see what happens next. This edition had some rough spots due to sentence phrasing and structure, but if the reader perseveres they will be rewarded with an engaging and descriptive read. I'm definitely wondering what is set to happen next in the follow-up to The Chosen. ...more
Source: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Courtney Vail and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this bookSource: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Courtney Vail and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3/5
Majesty overhears part of a conversation that involves plans for a church massacre. She has a lot going on in her life at the moment, having just recently lost her father in an accident. She doesn't think it was an accident, but is having a hard time proving that to the authorities. Now with having overheard this conversation, she's unsure what the police will do as they don't seem to listen to her at all. She calls in an anonymous tip, but unfortunately the massacre is just the tipping point to an entirely large scale operation and she is ensnared deep within it. Even her friends will be scrutinized as the revelations keep hitting closer to home. Kings & Queens starts out with this erratic overload of information coming from every which way. Almost like someone is talking way too fast, or like rodents on steroids. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though it does take some getting used to. The voice of the novel is quite reminiscent of Sin City actually, almost with that same voice-over quality. Immediately the reader is hooked wanting to know what Majesty is contending with. Her two best friends, Alec, and Derek also are quite enticing in their own ways, and their stories are just as compelling and confusing as Majesty's. Once certain elements were revealed to the reader, the book became even more intricate. Nothing is left to the wayside, and the killers seem to be one step ahead of Majesty at all times. The story is intricate in detail, and Majesty has to go through a whole school's worth of suspects. With her father's accident tangled up with Majesty's sleuthing, there are a lot of threads on the go. Alec and Derek both have their own problems that they are working through, and we get to view things from their perspective as well. Though the main point of view is from Majesty, it does jump to Alec and Derek at times. All in all, an interesting, and intriguing read. With thoughts being hurled at the reader from Majesty's ever-active and ever-investigative imagination, it does resemble a slalom course of information. Intricate in detail, this one is sure to hook and keep the reader guessing until the very last page. ...more
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Kate Hinderer and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book forSource: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Kate Hinderer and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3.5/5
Aurora is devastated by the sudden loss of her best friend of three years when Allie drops her for the popular crowd. What she doesn't realize is that her year is about to get a lot worse. When tragedy strikes, she will have to learn what it means to to carry on, and live when everything is crumbling down around her. Aurora is a complex character. At first, I had a hard time understanding her, and didn't really connect with her, but then, she reaches a turning point that sheds light on her personality. Certain incidents bring about a sense of overwhelming loss, to the point that Aurora is adrift in a raging sea unable to reach shore. With the help of her long time friend, Hudson, she finds her way back to a sense of normalcy but the defining question is will she be able to continue on her path, and will she be able to move on, every day. Hudson is an awesome character. I absolutely loved him, and there was a part in the read that I completely enjoyed how he just lost it on Aurora. I wanted to just hit her over the head to say look at what he's saying, what he's really saying, because she didn't catch on for quite a while. Regardless, he made the book for me. I found him such an endearing and heartwarming character. The plot was pretty good as well, though it doesn't really pick up until almost halfway through the book. Once it gets going though, it became a more entrancing read, and I became more invested in it. I found the emotions, particularly towards the middle of the book, spot on, and things started reeling me in at that point. All in all, a heartbreaking, and heartwarming read about the tragedies that threaten to overcome us, and how we deal with said tragedies. This is a sad read, and although it's not a favourite read, it is still a good one. The only thing that put me off at first was Aurora's character, but her growth does make up for it in the end. ...more
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene blog tour. Many thanks goes to Jennifer Laurens for sending me a copy of her book for review.Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene blog tour. Many thanks goes to Jennifer Laurens for sending me a copy of her book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5
When Eden signs up for an easy elective course, she doesn't realize that she's going to actually enjoy the class, let alone the young, new teacher teaching the class. Eden will push the boundaries as she finds herself intrigued, and falling for her new teacher. With feelings potentially reciprocated, this read dances the fine line of taboo subjects. Teacher-student relationships are not allowed, yet there is no telling who you're going to fall for, and just what the consequences will be for such a romance. Eden and James are both well drawn and believable characters. Fraught with sexual tension, and pushing the boundaries, they are drawn to each other. Eden is in her senior year or school, she has just six short months until she graduates, and James is the new 22 year old music teacher. He's never been in a situation quite like this before, and knows that he shouldn't be involved with a student. However, Eden always seems to get her way, so she will push until she finds out whether he is interested or not. Though this is a book about a taboo subject, I found their relationship did not cross any major lines. Yes, she is his student, and yes it is legally wrong to date your student, but she is of the age of majority. In any other circumstance they would be legally allowed to date. Though this book could have taken a completely different route, I enjoyed the road taken. Their interactions, and their heightened feelings continued to lure me in further. Eden may be from the stereo-typical rich family, and may be neglected, but I enjoyed seeing how that affected how she interacted with James. I especially loved her growth throughout the book, as she realized how certain things that she did would affect others, and how her past affected not only her, but those she had had previous relationships with. Another aspect that I really liked was how thoroughly enjoyable A Season of Eden was. I read it during a very trying time, and found that I was immersed so completely that I was able to tune out the real world for a bit. I inhaled the story as I could easily see myself in Eden's place, walking that fine line. All in all, a captivating, and entertaining read. James and Eden will pull you in so thoroughly that you'll be disappointed when the book ends. Though I would have liked to see what happened afterwards, I am content with the ending we were given. Addressing some serious issues, and the choices that one has to make when in such a position, this read sizzles with sexual tension. It is definitely a must read!...more
Source: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for The Chosen. Many thanks goes to Andrea Buginsky and Teen Book Scene for senSource: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for The Chosen. Many thanks goes to Andrea Buginsky and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3/5
Halli is a shy, quiet, unassuming dwarf. When she meets Queen Laurali of the elves outside her home one morning, she is surprised, and shocked by the news that Queen Laurali brings with her. Halli is a Holy Paladin and has the rare power of healing. She is asked to aid her country as Prince Gastle is set on destroying the world of Phantasma. Along the way she will join a group called The Chosen, who will set out to wage war against the evil Prince Gastle. The Chosen is a cute read, and is aimed at a young audience. I think many middle grade readers will enjoy the action and fast pace used in The Chosen as it is an action-focused read. With Halli coming to terms with her new, unknown abilities, and the group of warriors she is sent to protect, she will soon endear herself to the reader's heart. For Halli's age set at eighteen, I found her voice very young. I think those that play video games will enjoy this story more so because it reads like a companion novel to a video game with references to actions taken while playing said games. Actions like drinking potions to level up health, among other things. All in all, this is a cute read. I would have loved to have seen it fleshed out with more descriptions, more back-story, and more interaction with the other characters. It has great bones, but I just wanted a little bit more. This is a fast read, and I'm sure many young readers will be fascinated by Halli's journey with her new team of warriors, The Chosen. ...more
Source: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Marilena Mexi and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this bookSource: Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Marilena Mexi and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3/5
The land of Aster has been divided into two parts, one ruled by merfolk, and the other by humans. The people and merfolk of Aster were united peacefully at one time, but due to some devastating storms that return every five years, both have parted ways. The people of Aster blame the merfolk for these storms as they feel they have been brought upon them by the merfolk. Now, under the tyrannical rule of King Orestis, Aster has become a deadly place for the merfolk as they are tried and executed if captured. Asteria, Queen of the merfolk, is trying to bring about peace to both merfolk and human alike, but will have to walk a dangerous path to bring about the peace she craves. Will she be able to unite both races once again? Antara is probably one of the first books that I have read that has been translated from Greek to English. It does have some grammatical errors and some phrases that have been translated strangely, but overall it is an interesting and cute read. The world-building is intricate, and I enjoyed the history of both people and merfolk as it was related to the reader. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and they really give us a glimpse of the world of Aster. Asteria is the spokesperson and Queen of her people, and she as such had a hard role to play in Antara. I didn't always agree with what she did, and had a hard time connecting with her, but she wanted what was best for the merfolk, and she was striving to bring both races together again; that I can understand. Her relationship with Orestis didn't ring completely true for me either. I thought things moved too fast between them, especially considering the secrets being kept from each other. With that said, the storyline is still a unique one, and the world is fantastical. The artistry brings an added dimension to the world of Aster, as it brings characters to life in portrait. The scenes were also beautifully rendered, and they captured the essence of Antara. All in all, this is still a unique reading experience, and I think tweens and younger teens will enjoy reading Antara. It has some interesting twists that will keep the reader guessing. The title is befitting of the novel as well. Asteria and Orestis' story isn't finished, and it will be interesting to find out if the merfolk and people of Aster can be united again. ...more
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Julie for sending me a copy of her book for review. I received this bookSource: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Julie for sending me a copy of her book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3.5 stars
Reeno is a crackerjack at burgling houses, until one day she is foiled in her tracks by a cat. She is shipped off to Bad Girl School, and from there she needs to work towards redeeming herself. Her sister, Haley, is suffering from an unknown disease, and Reeno wants to be by her side. When she is shipped off to her new school, she realizes that the fastest way to get home will include being a perfectly good student. Things don't go according to plan when she finds out that she needs to travel back in time to a Mayan city to lift a certain item to save the world. Maybe she will find a cure for her sister's disease at the same time. She will need to rely on both her new psychic friends, and her sidekick, A.B. the immortal being masquerading as a cat. Reeno is a hilarious, main character. Her impetuousness will have you grinning in no time as you realize what she's got up her sleeve. Infused with humour, her plans go awry, and you'll enjoy finding out how she reacts in certain scenarios. Another character that got quite a bit of face time is the "cat" A.B. He is the epitome of all cats everywhere, deigning to come over when he wants to, not when you call him. He is a being that can eviscerate or maim someone without the slightest provocation. However, Reeno's field goal comment, and the context within will have readers laughing or at least, cracking a smile. Cursebusters! is a cute read, one that might make your brain hurt what with all of the time travel to different dimensions, and the rules and regulations for said time travel. Reeno's psychic friends add a colourful dynamic to the book and it was interesting to see some of them showcased at different points during the read. All in all, Cursebusters! is a laugh out loud, outrageously fun read. I quite enjoyed it even though I wasn't fully invested in it, though that may be due to circumstances outside of the book. I find it similar in style to the Stephanie Plum series, as they both have a lot of humour infused throughout. A.B. will win you over, especially with his attitude towards certain elements within Cursebusters! ...more