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Monday, August 29, 2016

Somewhere in Between

Book #91 Read in 2016
Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

Jasmine is a top scholar, cheerleading captain, hospital volunteer and all around success story.  She wins a national college scholarship and is extremely happy.  Her parents--not so they must tell Jasmine that she cannot accept the scholarship as their Visas had expired and they are undocumented immigrants and not US citizen.  Add to this storyline a romance with a rich senator's son and you have an interesting read.  This book is very timely given all the current news and is more than just a teenage romance.  I  recommend it for high school girls.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Girl in Pieces

Book #90 Read in 2016
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Charlie is a 17 year old who manages her pain by cutting herself.  As the book opens, Charlie is in a mental ward.  Insurance runs out and her mother boots her to the curb.  Charlie heads to Arizona to her friend Mikey's place and gets a job as a dishwasher in a coffeehouse.  Will she be able to make it on her own?  Will she be able to resist hurting herself?  This book is emotionally brutal and raw but is one that a reader will not be able to put down.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Murder at the 42nd Street Library

Book #89 Read in 2016
Murder at the 42nd Library by Con Lehane

This was a more gritty mystery than my usual cozy mysteries, but I enjoyed it.  Ray Ambler is the Crime Fiction Librarian and he begins an investigation of his own when someone is murder at the 42nd Street Library where he works.  As he investigates, he realizes that this is more complicated than he thought.  Many people are involved and many things that occurred in the past are mitigating factors in these murders.  This was a good mystery, with good twists and turns.  The characters were interesting.  I enjoyed it.


Book #88 Read in 2016
Replica by Lauren Oliver

This book was interesting from the get go, starting with its format,  This book two the stories of two girls, Gemma and Lyra, and the book was designated as half for each.  To read the other story, readers had to turn the book upside down.  That would intrigue teenage readers. Gemma has had health issues all her life, which makes her different from her classmates.  She begins to look into Haven, a place her father was once connected to and sneaks away to Florida to try to get a look at what is going on in there.  What she finds is more than she could have imagined.  Lyra is one of the Haven residents and Gemma finds her when Haven is burned down.  Is Lyra a human or a clone/replica?  Can the two girls help each other?  This book had an interesting plot, well-rounded characters as well as action and humor.  I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Girls on Fire

Book #87 Read in 2016
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

This is not a nice book.  This book is gritty, disturbing and edgy.  Hannah is a nice girl but not popular in high school.  The new girl, Lacey, takes an interest in her and turns her into "Dex" a more wild, rebellious girl, much like Lacey.  But Lacey has a lot of issues in her world that bring a dark side to her.  How far will she go?  This book will hook readers will non-stop angst and action and readers will be on the edge of their seats seeing how far into the darkness these high school girls will go.  I recommend it.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The King Slayer

Book #86 Read in 2016
The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

This book is a sequel to The Witch Hunter, a YA historical/paranormal book.  Elizabeth is still after evil magician Blackwell but without her stigma to protect her she is vulnerable and mortal.  John and she are still trying to figure out their romance.  Add a war and overthrowing a king to the mix and you have an action-packed read.  This book picks up right where the first book leaves off and ends in a way that it could be the end and it could have more to come.  A good read, I recommend it for both girls and boys in high school and adults.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Book #85 Read in 2016
Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

Inside the Palace of Versailles, people dress, live and act like it is the 18th century, ignoring the modern-day world outside.  Danica longs to be part of that modern-day world.  She is used as a pawn by her mother and engaged to the king as part of her mother blackmailing him.  Danica is desperate to raise enough money to secure her escape but at what cost?  She begins to deal a highly addictive drug to her society mates.  This book would be ideal for fans of the Red Queen series and such.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.