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Review: Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill

17332542 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: October 1, 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Length: 320 Pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

An all-consuming love affair.

A family torn apart by scandal.

A young author on the brink of greatness.

Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.

This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.

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Not gonna lie, when I found out this book was written in verse, it kind of turned me off because it’s out of my comfort zone. I decided to pick it up from my shelf anyways and WOW. It is such a beautifully written book! The words just flowed smoothly and it was like I was with Mary Shelley the whole time. It was interesting to learn more about her and what she went through.

Mary Shelley is hard to not like. She’s very confident, loving, and determined. No matter how many times her father shunned her, she still looked up to him and hoped that one day, she and her father will reunite. I also like how she’s so devoted to her husband even though there are nasty rumors spreading about him cheating on her. I also love how she’s determined to finish her book, Frankenstein. It was so interesting to read how she thought of the idea and what made her write it!

I really wish I read this sooner, preferably when I was still a senior in high school because that’s when we dissected the works of Lord Byron and all the other authors mentioned in this book. Since it is written in verse, it was a very fast read (took me less than a day to finish it). One thing though, this book focuses more on scandal and drama than Mary’s works. Overall I recommend this to anyone. If you’re looking for a light read, or a book to read after finishing up a classic, then this is for you.

4 of 5

Review: Need by Joelle Charbonneau

20550148 Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller
Published: November 3, 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Length: 352 pages
Source: HMH Books for Young Readers (ARC)

“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”

Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.”

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I’m happy to say, this book was 10x better than Joelle’s debut book, The Testing. Guys, I despised The Testing so much. I think this author’s forte is definitely contemporary / thriller books and not dystopia.

Anyways, Need was a fantastic novel about Kaylee who will go through anything in order to find a kidney donor for her little brother. Lucky her (or not), there is a new social media just for their school called Need. TA-DA. But, there is something shady about it because it grants your “need” by doing a simple task such as inviting 5 other classmates to this website. But the website gets creepier and creepier because the task gets harder and just way out of the line.

I really need to talk about Kaylee’s mom. GOODNESS GRACIOUS this woman was annoying as hell. She was the irresponsible one, and I hated how she won’t listen to her daughter! So frustrating. But props to the author for making me “all the negative feels” for Kaylee’s mom! I love it when authors make me feel so much passion to a character even though it’s negative.

The only thing that prevented me from rating this 5 stars is because it switches from Kaylee’s 1st person point of view to other characters’ point of views in 3rd person. It was hard to remember characters since there was a lot, but for the most part it helped the book balance out. It was interesting to see the effect of Need to other people’s lives. Overall, if you are a fan of thrillers and mysteries, I suggest you pick this up!

4 of 5

Review: How We Fall by Kate Brauning

21865261 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: November 1, 2014 by Merit Press
Length: 303 pages
Source: author (ARC)

Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle’s sleepy farming town, she’s been flirting way too much–and with her own cousin, Marcus.

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can’t control, and he’s the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for…no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn’t right about this stranger, and Jackie’s suspicions about the new girl’s secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus–and deepens Jackie’s despair.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else’s lies as the mystery around Ellie’s disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?”

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This is my first time reading a book about cousins falling in love with each other so How We Fall definitely kept me on my toes. What I liked about How We Fall is that not only does it have intriguing romance, but it also has mystery/suspense that I wish came sooner. It was an interesting read since you’re dying to know what’s going to happen with these 2 cousins (Jackie and Marcus).

I thought the characters were great. The author, Kate Brauning did an awesome job elaborating the characters and what they do in their daily lives. I connected with Marcus and Jackie because I have faced some of their problems that they had in this book (i.e. babysitting siblings, doing chores, going home late + have to deal with grumpy parents). Just the way the characters acted and made decisions were very realistic. Sometimes I could see myself in them which is good.

Like I said, there IS a bit of mystery thrown halfway into the book which I liked, but I wish most of the suspense/mystery part weren’t thrown literally at the end of the book. It’s like the author sprinkled a little bit of mystery here and there during half of the book more or less, then sprinkled mystery everywhere towards the end. I guess what I’m trying to say is it wasn’t balanced.

The romance was very intriguing and the reason why I kept reading. I just wanted to see if Jackie and Marcus would end up together at the end or not! I also like the message that this book sends which is screw what society thinks. I think the reason why our world is f’d up sometimes is because of society and normality. Overall I highly recommend you to read How We Fall if you’re up for intriguing romance, family + friendship, and suspense.

4 of 5


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