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Review: Map to the Stars by Jen Malone

23008726 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: July 15, 2015 by HarperCollins
Length: 241 pages
Source: HarperCollins (ARC)

The California dream was supposed to give seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.

Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined.

Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.

But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky…

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Map to the Stars is just what I expected. It was a cute and fast paced read…a perfect read for summer. I really liked the writing style because it flowed smoothly and the author did a great job narrating through Annie’s voice.

Annie and Graham’s characters connected with me and I think that’s important while reading a book. It’s hard to not fall in love with a book if you instantly clicked with the characters. I love how they weren’t cliche; they felt authentic. Graham didn’t act like a heartthrob, bad boy celebrity. Instead, we got to see the real Graham..the one off screen and the one who badly wants to be himself, but can’t because his mother (also his manager) cares more about Graham’s career than what makes his son happy.

In this novel, we get to read the hardships that Annie and Graham go through and how the media impact their relationship. I thought it was interesting reading about Graham because it made me think about the way real life celebrities acted. We only get to see how they act through the media and don’t get to see how they are off screen. Who knows? Maybe their managers are coaching them to act a certain way in order to gain more fans.

I see this book more than a romance novel. I think this portrays how although we idolize certain people and fangirl/boy over them, we should respect their privacy because they’re humans just like us. It sucks having the dress up differently or wear sunglasses all the time just to have some privacy while out in public. Overall Map to the Stars is an easy & fun read that you should pick up if you ever feel like reading a quick book.

4 of 5

Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

24612533 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: August 25, 2015 by Point
Length: 336 pages
Source: Point (ARC)

Asylum meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up “troubled” young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play–and it doesn’t want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house’s history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house’s next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?”

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Funny story. Not really. But when I read this book, my family, some friends, and I were staying at a beach house at Lake Arrowhead and it was CREEPY as heck! It was a 3 story house with a basement and a creepy attic so this book was a perfect read for me during that time. Anyways, Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall was more than creepy, it was DEPRESSING. Now you ask, why would a horror book be depressing, Leigh? I’ll tell you in a sec.

Delia is given this mansion a.k.a. Hysteria Hall by her aunt who just passed away. Turns out this mansion used to be an asylum! Dun dun dunnnn… Like it says on the summary, our main character becomes a ghost after being killed by the house. What makes this book depressing is that through the MC, we get to see what happens after you’re dead. You realize three things: your family is hurt, they’ll eventually forget you, and you have to let go of them.

Just read the book, guys! I think this is the first time a horror book made me feel so sad. It was so relatable especially the characters. Delia has a little sister and they often fought and pulled horrible pranks at each other. I can relate to this because I have 2 younger brothers and we fight all the time like the characters in this book. I could also relate to how Delia dealt with her parents because I used to (maybe still am) like that with my parents lol.

Although a standalone, there is definitely a character development with all the characters! Side characters, main character, villain characters…YOU NAME IT! Character development EVERYWHERE *throws confetti*. There’s also a teeny bit of romance which was cute. Overall I totally recommend this book if you are up for a sad yet scary read.

4 of 5

 

Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

6131164 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: March 19th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry
Series: #3 (The Infernal Devices)
Length: 570 pages
Source: Bought

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.”

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What a satisfying, page-turner, jaw-dropper conclusion to The Infernal Devices trilogy! I am so happy I continued reading this trilogy after not being a big fan of the first book (Clockwork Angel). There are some crazy rollercoasters that happened in this book that I would have never guessed. I loved the climax and how everything turned out even though it was a bittersweet ending.

The characters and romance were spectacular! I totally ship most of the relationships in this book because they are awesome <3. Spoiler [I totally ship Gideon and Sophie. Like, when I read their scenes, I just die inside because CUTENESS OVERLOAD. Not sure how I feel about the Tessa-Jem-Will love triangle though. At first I loved it, but now Tessa can’t make up her mind lol]. I also enjoyed seeing the characters grow and it still amazes me how these characters are only teenagers! I always thought Jem & Will were like in their mid twenties because of how they spoke and acted but they’re like 17! My favorite character is Sophie though. She is so wise and thoughtful and I’m so happy how her life turned out!

Now the ending… SO DEPRESSING. Spoiler [The epilogue made me so sad since it basically said everyone dies except Magnus, Tessa, and Jem. How depressing Cassandra Clare!] It was so sad especially the epilogue but it was a fantastic end nonetheless. One thing that prevented me from giving this a 5 star is that I still get confused what a Nephilim, Shadowhunter, Downworlder, Silent Brothers blah blah are. I think that wasn’t emphasized enough or explained thoroughly. Overall if you’re hesitant to pick up The Mortal Instruments but want to see what the buzz is all about with these Shadowhunters, I suggest you pick up The Infernal Devices trilogy! The writing style is beautiful and the characters have so much depth and flaws that it’ll be hard to not fall in love with them!

4 of 5


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