Archive for the '5 Stars' Category

Review: Vanished (Vanished #1) by E.E. Cooper

23110067 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: May 12, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 320 pages
Source: Katherine Tegen Books (ARC)

Gone Girl meets Pretty Little Liars in the first book of this fast-paced psychological thriller series full of delicious twists and turns.

Friendship. Obsession. Deception. Love.

Kalah knows better than to fall for Beth Taylor . . . but that doesn’t stop her from falling hard and falling fast, heart first into a sea of complications.

Then Beth vanishes. She skips town on her eighteenth birthday, leaving behind a flurry of rumors and a string of broken hearts. Not even Beth’s best friend, Britney, knows where she went. Beth didn’t even tell Kalah good-bye.

One of the rumors links Beth to Britney’s boyfriend, and Kalah doesn’t want to believe the betrayal. But Brit clearly believes it—and before Kalah can sort out the truth, Britney is dead.

When Beth finally reaches out to Kalah in the wake of Brit’s suicide, Kalah wants to trust what Beth tells her. But she’s swiftly realizing that nothing here is as it seems. Kalah’s caught in the middle of a deadly psychological game, and only she can untangle the deceptions and lies to reveal the unthinkable truth.”

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Oh my GOSH. This book was just SPECTACULAR. I loved the suspense and mystery that were thrown throughout the book. If you’re going to read Vanished (which I highly recommend) I would read it during the night when everyone else in your house is asleep because that way, you’ll be able to FEEL ALL THE FEELS. I read the 2nd half of the book until 3am and it just gave me the creeps.

I really liked the main character, Kalah. She has anxiety and OCD and I really do feel for her. I get really anxious too but not to the point where I start imagining worse case scenarios of someone, in this case our main character does. I think the fact that she worries a lot and starts imagining awful things makes her an unreliable narrator which added more suspense.

At first I didn’t like how everything revolved around Beth and Britney, but that made their character mysterious so I was very intrigued! I was curious about the secrets they kept to each other, and why people centered around them so much even before they both disappeared.

This book also screams out DIVERSITY. Kalah and Beth has a thing but unfortunately, Kalah has a boyfriend so there IS cheating involved. I really feel bad for Kalah’s boyfriend, Zach, because he has been nothing but supportive to her.

I also love how this book is not only about friendship, but it’s also about family. It was so sad how Britney’s parents only cares about themselves. However, I do like Kalah’s relationship with her family. They always try to cheer her up, and are very supportive.

Overall I recommend this to everyone who likes mystery and suspense. The beginning was a bit slow though, but I promise you it picks up especially towards the second half of the story.

5 of 5

Review: Little Peach by Peggy Kern

22839859 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: March 10, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Length: 208 pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

What do you do if you’re in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.

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Little Peach was just WOW. Fast paced, beautifully written, eye-opening… this book should be read by everyone. The words just flowed smoothly and the main character, Michelle felt like she was talking to you. Everything was just executed well and I couldn’t ask for more. The author, Peggy Kern did a fantastic job writing this story and she definitely did her research with this topic. While reading the book, it clearly shows that the author put in hard work and effort to the characters, setting, and plot.

The characters felt SO REAL and that’s what I loved about it. Readers will probably wonder “why can’t they just run away” etc. and I think it’s because they feel so hopeless and they think although people will help them, they will still abandon them in the future. Prostitution is something that they can come back to so they feel like it’s a place “safe” enough as the main character says which is sick. Michelle mentions throughout the book that “Daddy”, the prostitution recruiter, will keep her safe because her own mother abandoned her.

This novel is just so sad because these teenagers and a 12 year old were being brainwashed by the “Bloods” (recruiters). Throughout the story, you could feel how Michelle and the other prostitutes want enough of this already but they can’t because that’s the way they know how to make a living. Overall it was a fantastic, heavy YA read and I recommend it to everyone mature enough to read this.

5 of 5

Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

2120932 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: March 6, 2008 by Disney Hyperion
Series: #4 (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Length: 368 pages
Source: bought

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

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Wow. This is by far my favorite book out of the series. There were so many mysteries and plot twists in this book that it made my fly through the book in one day. I just love the different mythological stories especially Calypso’s story. Also, I think this is the MOST action packed book so far which made it a fast read. Not only was it filled with battles and adventures, but it also has fantastic humor that’ll leave you laughing out loud… literally.

I love love love the characters. Some characters might seem irrelevant at first, like a by-passer, but trust me, all the characters in this book has a purpose and I LOVE THAT. I love how they are not just some random characters thrown into the book. Although Percy and Annabeth are in their early teens, I think they’re beginning to mature. Also, I see a romance sprouting ;). I’m really glad the author isn’t rushing the romance or else that’ll be a big turnoff in my opinion. I also love Tyson and Grover. They were so funny in this book that I couldn’t help but giggle. At first, I really hated Dionysus, but I grew to love him in this installment because I finally understand his character. That’s just how he is, and no matter how snarky he seems, he’s awesome and hilarious.

I also loved how this book takes place in the Labyrinth. There were so many secrets and creepy passages in there that it left me intrigued and wanting to read more. Overall this is a must read if you love fantasy or if you’re looking for a fast paced read. I think everyone should read the Percy Jackson series no matter what your age is because it’ll appeal to all readers.

5 of 5


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