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Review: Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle

16081588Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: 2012 by Speak
Length: 352 pages
Source: gift

“An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.”

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Let It Snow was such a fantastic read! If you’re looking for a fun contemporary read during Christmas, this is the one! It has 3 different stories that takes place in the same town and I really enjoyed all of them. The characters felt so real and I really liked how we get to see them all together during the last story. Although I connected with the characters, some of the stuff that happens weren’t really realistic. I think this might bother other readers, but I was perfectly fine with it. Before I was going into this book, I was just expecting a nice & funny contemporary read that took place during Christmas and that is exactly what I got. This is one of those books that you’ll read in one sitting with your PJ’s on & drinking hot chocolate.

There were definitely a lot of crazy stuff that happens in this book especially the third story and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. The stories just revolve around high school romances, busting out missions while parents weren’t at home/arrested, etc. It was just hilarious. I could also see myself and my friends in some of the characters in this book. Overall this is the perfect read during the winter season. I highly recommend you to read it if you’re in the mood for a light and fun read.

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.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
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.”

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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: Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier

25271309 Genre: YA Thriller
Published: October 5, 2015 by Pocket Star
Length: 320 pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

Welcome to Wonderland. By day, it’s a magical place boasting a certain retro charm. Excited children, hands sticky with cotton candy, run frenetically from the Giant Octopus ride to the Spinning Sombrero, while the tinkling carnival music of the giant Wonder Wheel—the oldest Ferris wheel in the Pacific Northwest—fills the air. But before daybreak, an eerie feeling descends. Maybe it’s the Clown Museum, home to creepy wax replicas of movie stars and a massive collection of antique porcelain dolls. Or maybe it’s the terrifyingly real House of Horrors. Or…maybe it’s the dead, decaying body left in the midway for all the Wonder Workers to see.

Vanessa Castro’s first day as deputy police chief of Seaside, Washington, is off to a bang. The unidentifiable homeless man rotting inside the tiny town’s main tourist attraction is strange enough, but now a teenage employee—whose defiant picture at the top of the Wonder Wheel went viral that same morning—is missing. As the clues in those seemingly disparate crimes lead her down a mysterious shared path of missing persons that goes back decades, she suspects the seedy rumors surrounding the amusement park’s dark history might just be true. She moved to Seaside to escape her own scandalous past, but has she brought her family to the center of an insidious killer’s twisted game? Acclaimed author Jennifer Hillier’s bone-chilling thriller is masterful and fast-paced, hurtling toward a shocking, bloody conclusion.”

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Oh wow this book was SO GOOD. It’s one of those books where you just have to pick up even though you’re tired as hell from school or work. It’s one of those books where you’re so sleepy, you fight off the sleep because you want to keep on reading. This book did not disappoint at all. It actually exceeded my expectations. The whole book is written in 3rd person point of view and sometimes switches character p.o.v. which totally worked out. Most of the p.o.v. are in Vanessa Castro’s though so it wasn’t confusing.

What I enjoyed most about this book are the characters and the setting. The characters are all sorts of f-ed up, full of flaws and that made them so realistic. They were also easy to distinguish because the author did a fantastic job developing their character. It’s not just “oh so and so is the police” etc. Nope. The author builds his/her character and is relevant to the story. Warning, most of these characters are thirsty as hell so I don’t recommend this book to younger teens.

The setting was fantastically written. This book takes place in Seaside, Washington and the author did an amazing job describing the little town and how it’s not as beautiful as it seems. The theme park called Wonderland was so creepy and I loved how most of the mystery revolved around that place. Seaside is all messed up and it was interesting to see how Vanessa will fix all the unfinished cases. I only took 1/2 stars off because I didn’t like the way the plot twist was revealed. It was just thrown at you and you’re like, wait, is this it? But seriously guys, please read this book it was so action packed and filled with mystery! It was really hard for me to put it down.


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