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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: 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.”

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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


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