Posts Tagged 'ARC'

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.

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


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