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Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

24529123Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: January 5, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Length: 292 pages
Source: Sourcebooks Fire (ARC)

“10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won’t open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.”


This one is a pretty quick read but I’m a bit disappointed that the pacing is slower. I was expecting a crap ton of action scenes, but the story is more like how the 4 different people narrating the story was affected by the killer. For a YA thriller read, this one is pretty mediocre. It didn’t make my heart race, or make my palms sweat. The intense scenes does not happen till the ending which is a shame because I thought the book would be action packed from start to finish.

I usually don’t have trouble with books that switches point of views, but the 4 different POV’s was very confusing during the first four chapters. It was hard to remember who was who, and which characters were related to which other narrators. I think if you’re going to read this book, you should try to read it within a day or two so that you won’t forget which character is which.

Moving on to the things I liked…THE CHARACTERS! Although they were hard to remember at first, I began to relate to them. Autumn, Sylv, Claire and Tomas were awesome protagonists and they were so DIVERSE guys! We have Autumn who is very passionate about dance and wants to get out of Opportunity High School, Sylv who loves her family and girlfriend Autumn, Claire who is part of the track & field team, and Tomas, a smart and caring Hispanic high schooler who is Sylv’s brother.

There wasn’t much romance in this book besides Autumn & Sylv but that’s okay. The story really focused more on the characters thinking about their future while being held in the auditorium by the killer. Overall if you’re looking for a book with suspense, diverse characters, and action scenes, this is for you! It is a very quick read (I read it in 2 days) so if you’re not really in the mood for those long, hefty books, you should pick this one up.

3.5 of 5

Review: The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

24892774 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: November 3, 2015 by Harper Teen
Length: 336 pages
Source: HarperTeen (ARC)

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she’s unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she’ll always be trapped in the past.”


The Lies About Truth is a novel about family, friendships, and forgiveness. What I enjoyed most about it was Sadie’s relationships with her friends: Max (the love interest), Gina, and Gray (her ex). I just wish we got to see more of how Sadie and Max got closer. They were already close when the book started, and we were given snippets of their email conversations, but I wish we got to read how they build their relationship. I also like how both Sadie’s and Max’s families are very supportive of their children.

The romance was interesting because it was fun to see the awkwardness between Gray and Sadie when Max was around :P. There is also a bit of mystery towards the end which made me kept on reading. Overall it was a great read, but I think Courtney’s other novel, Faking Normal, left much more impact on me than this one. The Lies About Truth did not make me feel a lot of emotions and it got a bit boring at times. Nonetheless, I still suggest you pick it up especially if you’re going through tough times.

3.5 of 5

Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

20877228 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: September 9, 2014 by HarperTeen
Length: 288 pages
Source: HarperTeen (ARC)

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets the gorgeous, enigmatic Finn, who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status . . . and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, and the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess them. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits, can stop him.


Illusions of Fate started off with a bang! Honestly guys, I’m surprised Kiersten White wrote this book. I wasn’t a fan of her duology (Mind Games) and when I saw the author’s name on the book I was like NO WAY THIS IS SO GOOD.

I love how the first few chapters were very mysterious, dark, and intriguing. I really loved the writing which reminded me of Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy. It had a historical feel to it even though this is a fantasy book. It does have magical elements that I wish we got to see more of. I don’t think the magical part were explained clearly enough for me to be amazed by it.

 The main character, Jessamin, also reminded me of Tessa from TID because they both were determined, headstrong, and kind of a brat at times. Finn, the love interest, was very intriguing especially during the first chapter. I think he’s the reason why I kept on reading. I wanted to get to know more of him and why he was following Jessamin. Sadly, he remains mysterious throughout the book and I only got to know a snippet of his life.

Unfortunately, I did have some issues with Illusions of Fate. The book became a bit confusing towards the middle due to the characters’ actions. After finishing the book, I was still looking for answers which is not good since this is a standalone book. I really wanted to give this 4 stars but I can’t because of my unanswered questions. Also, I think the world building was confusing as hell. The descriptions are very vague and I assumed that the MC did not know anything about magic, but I guess she does because when her love interest said he had magic, she doesn’t seem surprised. The romance was weird because Jessamin and Finn are strangers to each other, but Jessamin trusted Finn too quickly then next thing you know they fell “in love” with each other?!

Overall it was still a very good read. I just hope some stuff were clearer in the book so that I was able to enjoy it more. I still recommend it if you are a fan of Cassandra Clare’s writing.

3.5 of 5

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