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Night School by C.J. Daugherty- Night School #1
This book is again one of those that catch your eye with a gorgeous and insanely beautiful cover. Together with the mysterious synopsis, I knew I needed to read it!!
A Boarding School setting is always something I especially love. I can’t even say why, but I love picking up books that are set in a boarding school. Alli our main character is a trouble maker and is send to Cimmeria after her parents have no idea anymore what to do with her. She’s troubled, angry and definitely needs a new environment to get back on track. Just Allie has no idea what she is getting really into when attending this school. There is a mysterious wall around this school and everyone is so secretive that Allie is needs to figure out what is going on at Night…
Alli was a great character and we clicked right from the beginning.It takes her some time to get accustomed to her new surroundings but she is not as stubborn as she would not try to make the best out of it. And… she realizes life is not as bad as it seems and she makes some freinds and… also experiences some romance! There are two boys seeking Allies attention and I want to primarily mention Carter as I loved him the most! He has a bad boy attitude but you could already feel very early that he has only Allies best interest at hear. The Love Triangle was nicely done and I didn’t feel completely lost as I usually feel with Love Triangles. Here, it makes sense and helps Alli to grow and develop!
I think the strongest part of the book was figuring out what exactly the Night School is! Allie desperately wants to get behind the secrets but we are kept in the dark for a very long time. This keeps us on edge and actually makes us turn pages even faster! I must say that I did expect something completely else and I was totally dumfounded when we finally found it all out. To be completely honest I expected something a little more.. epic? Still, this book definitely had a thrill factor that was very exciting and together with some unique characters made an excellent read for all fans of YA Mysteries!
Night School by C.J. Daugherty is a thrilling and mysterious tale that comes with a great cast of character. A Love Triangle mixed with the secret surrounding the school makes this book a fantastic read for all Young Adult fans who want something different!
Night School was already published in several countries before it now finally gets published in the US too.
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Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols - A New Adult Monday Review
.. a bi-weekly Feature where we will review and talk about New Adult books! If you are not familiar with this term, you can read my New Adult Discussion post!
I have heard a lot about Jennifer Echols’s New Adult story so I was seriously excited when I I got a chance to read it! It sounded funny and different and this is exactly what I found!
Truly I think this sums this story up the best and I totally didn’t expect this. What I expected was a cute Contemporary and what I got was a little different a little weird and a little fun! Totally surprising combination. Even more, the story has a slight hint of magic and paranormal, something I too didn’t expect. So Levitating Las Vegas will be a little different from what you expect, and once you put behind your expectations you are ready to enjoy the ride!
Holy’s parents are famous Vegas magicians and they put her daughter holy on a drug when she was still very young. It’s to keep her mental disease in check – or so they say… But, when Holy finally gets behind this weird drug she has to use , there are more and more secrets she comes across and she finally has to face a reality she might not be prepared for. But, it also brings her closer to her childhood crush Elija who weirdly enough takes the sam drug for the same mental disability. Together they go on a werid trip to discover the truth!
The story is action packed and filled with a lot of mind boggling twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The whole story is truly entertaining and once I got used to the weirdness of the story I found the ride to be funny and different. Elija and Holy were a great team and it was great to see them come together and finally learn the truth about themselves and each other. Filled with some sexy times, I truly care for them as characters as well as a romantic pair. However, they didn’t completely make me fall for them as I normally do with other characters. I admit it took me a while to fully grasp the oddness of the story and truly enjoy it. It’s hard when you get into a book thinking one way only to go a complete different dirrection.
Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols is weirdly different and filled with action, magic, romance and touch paranormal. Readers who enjoy to be surprised and like a little oddness will be a perfect fit for Levitating Las Vegas!
I love that Jennifer Echols totally welcomes the New Adult genre and goes along for a ride. She clearly is a writer who can write any genre Adult, Young Adult or New Adult and I am more than excited to read more from her! Read her New Adult article on her site!
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Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life
Shatter Me, the first book in this series, ends with Juliette at Omega Point, a safe haven for others with powers like Juliette’s. Unravel Me picks up shortly after and it’s clear that Juliette’s journey is just beginning. Surrounded by people, but still isolating herself, Juliette has to come out of her shell and join her community before her tale can truly unfold. Additionally, as she grows, she has to find out how she fits in, not just with Castle and Kenji and the others at Omega point, but with Adam as well. Faced with challenges, from without and within, Juliette has to decide what it is she wants and what’s worth fighting for.
While she spends most of the first book weak and helpless, Juliette finally learns to harness her power in this book. And I don’t mean just her supernatural power but also her inner strength. While, like in Shatter Me, she does spend a lot of time analyzing herself and her motives in this book, taking the reader through her every self doubt and second thought, I loved seeing into the inner workings of her mind and how she grew in this book. It a beautiful portrait of the inner working of her mind that’s shared with the reader and while, at the end, Juliette may not be happy, she is stronger.
Speaking of guys I love, Kenji once again steals the show in this book. I can’t tell you how much more I love this guy, and how much I want to know just exactly what this kid’s story is!!! Come on, Tahereh!!!! Throw us a novella about Kenji’s past!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!
Get your own Audiobook at Audible: Unravel Me (unabridged, 11hrs 57min)
Kate Simses once again hits it out of the park with her amazing portrayals of the varied cast of characters in this book. She’s mesmerizing and seamless as she shifts from the voice of a tortured Adam to a confused Juliette to a snarkily awesome Kenji. The audiobook is a PERFECT way to enjoy this title if your at all an audiobook fan!!
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Flukes by Nichole Chase - New Adult Monday’s
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Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea and buried just as deep. When court-appointed community-service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers.
If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise-line contract. Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately, it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community-service gig cleaning up fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heartstrings.
When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold on to all that really matters
Hach, I love it when I read a review from a trusted blogger, go and buy the book and then love it just as much! Ashley from Book Nook reviewed this book a while back and I got it the minute I finished her review!
While I was reading Flukes, I was also just spending time in the Caribbean so for me the book just came in perfectly. The story is set in the Bahamas with a beautiful scenery that makes it easy to get sucked into the story and just dream! Apart from the setting, the whole story is beautifully crafted with paranormal twist that makes this story stand out so much! Of course, the paranormal twist is not hard to guess, but still, everything played together perfectly.
I loved Meena instantly. Even though she was parts shy and full of innocence there was also a strong woman inside of her and I love this combo a lot. It made Meena lovable and a cute and genuine character everyone will easily let into her heart. She grew up very protected, homeschooled and doesn’t have a lot of friends. But, the best friend she has, she loves and trusts deeply and even told her about her secret. I always love when best friends are not shut out when it comes to secrets, this is something that always bothers me in other stories. I also adored Meena’s parents and their relationship. It was beautiful and heartwarming!
Gorgeous, rich and bad boy image! YES Blake fits easily in the beloved bad boy we all love so much in YA and NA literature! (at least I do …) Blake starts being a jerk, someone who just has money and isn’t used to work for his money. But, once we get to know Blake better, we know everything is just a facade and those are the moments we love the most – when we discover the inside of the characters. Meena and Blake were a great and utterly cute romantic couple! It took both of them sometime to trust each other, to open up their hearts – but it was slow, playful and romantic!
Flukes by Nichole Chase was an utterly cute romantic New Adult tale with a paranormal twist. It comes with great, strongly developed characters that we all fall in love with so very easy. It’s filled with mysteries, heartbreak and sweet romance. Fans of New Adult who also love a good paranormal story will need to put Flukes on their every growing TBR pile!
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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja MillayGenre: Upper YA/NA ContemporaryPublication: November 13th 2012 by Atria BooksCopy from publisherRating:The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay on goodreads:
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.
Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.
Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.
The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.
I have heard about The Sea of Tranquility as one of the raising self-published stars, who climbed the bestseller lists! It was no surprise when Atria books picked her up! When, I was then contacted to review the book, I couldn’t reply fast enough! And… I.Was.in.Awe!
A Borken Girl and A Broken Boy
Nastya is broken. You can actually feel her pain through her thoughts and behavior, yet we have to find out what exactly happened to her as she is not speaking about it. But, it’s easy to feel the sadness, the anger and the desperation that is oozing out of her. It will break your heart seeing this girl so closed and desperate. Nastya build a wall around herself when she stopped talking, at all, with no one! In addition she hides herself behind trashy clothes and trashy make-up to keep people at bay.
Then there is Josh who is always on his own at school. No one even tries to get near him. There is something tortured about this boy, yet Natsya has no idea what it is. But she feels utterly drawn to him, because she feels like he is the only one that won’t bother asking about her and she hopes he will let her just .. be..
Emotionally Intense and Incredibly Sad
I was emotionally invested right away. Both characters stirred at my heart with their sad stories and I wanted to heal them! I admired their strength as both Josh and Nastya are incredibly strong persons who are left to deal with their horrible situations alone, as they both feel like no one can comprehend what they are dealing with and because they refuse to take help from outside.
I was having tears in my eyes through a big part of this book, the story had a firm grip on my heart and I couldn’t let go of this story. It’s a story that sucks you in and hold you close, even though the story was not fast progressing. But the slowness worked perfectly for the slowly transforming romance about two people who need each other in order to heal their broken souls.
Phenomenal Supporting Characters and Just a Beautiful Story
I always love when an author not only cares to develop the protagonists but also the secondary characters and Katjy Millay created a phenomenal cast of characters! I feel in love with Josh’s best friend Drew, who first seemed like a total playboy but turned out to be a wonderful friend to both Josh and Nastya. But there is more! It’s not just a story about two people, it’s also a story about family and some scenes were so affectionate and beautiful that I was crying about the tenderness.
“And maybe I’m a liar and I do need it, because being kissed by Josh Bennet is kind of like being saved. It’s a promise and a memory of the future and a book of better stories.”
“What did you call her?” she ask’s but I don’t think it’s her real question.
“Sunshine,” I say, and she smiles like she believes it’s perfect and she may be the only person other than me who would think so.
“What is she to you?” she whispers. The real question and I know the answer even if I don’t know how to say it.
Drew’s muffled voice rises up from the floor before I can respond.
“Family,” he says.
And he’s right.”
- Josh’s POV
“We’re like mysteries to one another. Maybe if I can solve him and he can solve me, we can explain each other. Maybe that’s what I need. Someone to explain me.”
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay is raw, passionate, incredibly intense and filled with a lot of sadness, angst and anger. But there is also beauty. Beauty in love and family. It’s a story about 2 broken people who need to find a way back from the dark place they were hiding and finally enter the light again!
Additional InfoJosh and Nastya are both seniors in High School, but it’s a rather mature story which is why I would consider it as a crossover to NA. To be honest, I do not think I can make this book justice it’s so amazing that I feel bad putting my tiny words together about this story.If you are up for an emotional book, that will make you cry and smile, then please go and get a copy!Much Love,
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Discussed! .. When To Post Reviews….
Morning and Happy Saturday!
Last week I came across a review from a book that comes out next year. Not only is the Review posted super early (around 4 month before release) but, it was also a 2 star review.
I admit, I cringed when I saw this!
And, this got me thinking. When to post reviews, and is there or should there be a difference between positive and negative reviews?
Well, of course I have an opinion and I’m truly looking forward hearing what you think!
So, here are my thoughts:
This is at least the time frame how I handle it here. But, this also highly depends on the publisher. Some even like to see it the review 2 weeks before and consider 1 month before too long.
Also, posting it before or after is something I always ask myself.
Please note, the following section is all about positive reviews!!!!
This can generate an excitement about a book and most publishers are happy when we post our reviews earlier. I think most of them say they are fine as long as the book is already pre-ordered. This brings on the next point. I know Publisher love the numbers of pre-sales!!!! So, if we Blogger can generate a little buzz before, they are all happy!!
Sometimes when I REALLY love a book I would LOVE to shout out my love right away, but I try to respect the wish of the publishers, even though I’m just dying to talk about the book!
Quite frankly, this I only do when I run into time scheduling problems and when I find no free date in our calendar. But on the other hand, I feel like when the book is already out people feel more inclined to go and buy the book right now, instead of having to wait… I’m like this. I am not a big pre-orderer and more of an instant buyer!
But, let’s move to the more controversial point…
Is it really helpful and respectful to post such negative reviews so early? Like 4 month early?
Truly, I hate writing negative reviews, yet there are two books I recently read that I didn’t like at all. Since, I got the review copy I’m also going to post my review here at the Bookworms, but I thought hard about exactly when I should do this!
I actually had one of these books on my calendar to post 4 weeks before release and then, I felt actually really bad about posting it so early! I feel like it generates a negative feeling about a book which didn’t had a chance to reach a bigger audience yet.
So, I decided to post my negative reviews after the first excitement is over and the book is already ut for a few weeks.
Is that the right thinking? Do I over think? Is it not fair to my readers to hold a negative review back? I have no clue… but this is how I feel about it..
And again, I remember feeling super sad and actually cringed when I saw such a review so early! I feel like this book deserves each chance to get all hyped up from the ones that loved the book and I don’t want to spoil this excitement..
On the other hand, sometimes I wish I could shout my love out much earlier…
How do you handle this? When do you post your reviews? Do you care about the publishers wish, or do decide yourself when it’s the best time for YOU to post a certain review?
What about negative reviews? Do you handle them differently? Or, do you handle them exactly the same way as the positive ones?
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Review: Crusher by Niall Leonard
by Niall Leonard
Published on September 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
To catch a killer, Finn Maguire may have to become one….
Everything changed the day Finn found his father in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death. His dull, dreary life is turned upside down as he become’s the prime suspect. How can he clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him?
Facing danger at every turn, uncovering dark family secrets and braving the seedy London underworld, Finn is about to discover that only the people you trust can really hurt you…
Seventeen year old Finn leads a frugal, boring life. Go to work at a fast food fried chicken restaurant, go for a run, hang out at home with his step-father. But everything changes when he comes home from one of his shifts at work to find his step-dad dead at his desk, and the laptop where he’d been working on a screenplay loosely based on a local mobster missing.
Since Finn is a high school drop out due to his less than stellar grades/dyslexia and prior record for drug dealing, he’s immediately labeled a suspect. When the cops are forced to release him due to lack of evidence, Finn sets out to find his stepfather’s real killer–and almost gets himself killed along the way multiple times.
Finn isn’t your typical teenage boy. He’s brash, has a mouth that would make your average sailor blush, and seems pretty smart and street wise–even though he has a learning disability. But the boy is so emotionally detached, I sometimes wondered what was wrong with him. His stepfather was murdered, and he discovered the body–Finn just calmly calls the police and waits for them to show up. This is the man who has raised him all by himself after his mother abandoned them to live her own life in America, and Finn doesn’t so much as squeeze out one tear.
As Finn’s investigation takes him through London–encountering the most notoriously untouchable mobster in town, dirty cops, even dirtier school girls, crazy social workers, his stepdad’s drinking buddies, and a famous chef–he has to put his boxing training (where his nickname “Crusher” comes from) to use as there are attempts on his life, red herrings galore, and a few tense standoff scenes that keep the flow going.
I give Crusher a 3.5 out of 5. The pacing was a bit hit and miss, but the scenes with the most action just flowed along nicely. There was a good deal of violence and bad language, so I wouldn’t recommend this for the younger adults out there. Overall, this was a gritty mystery/thriller that kept me interested enough to see Finn through on his journey to find his stepfather’s killer. And it certainly wasn’t who I’d expected, either. I also loved all of the British slang and words that I’m not used to since I’m American. It was fun trying to decipher just what Finn was talking about some times!
While this book didn’t take all that long to listen to–just six hours and forty-one minutes–I enjoyed every minute of British voice actor Daniel Weyman’s narration. One thing that I did notice–and this is something that is from the text of the book and not the narrators fault–is that there are a lot of dialog tags in the book. The “I said” and “She said” got to be a bit much after a while. I thoroughly loved hearing a British accent read this book, and his different pitches and voices for the various characters were easily distinguishable.
THE BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE COULD BE HOW IT ENDS It’s my turn to run a “Campus News” crew, and I’ve put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.
A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets-until a student lands in the hospital under “strange” circumstances.
I “will” blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt…or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don’t trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is “not” important to this story.)
But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast…be sure to watch “Campus News” at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.
“This addicting, thrilling mystery hits upon many of our worst fears.”-“Booklist “on “dancergirl
Circle of Silence shines with a smart, driven and genuinely awesome heroine! The mystery was thrilling, frightening and keep the reader on edge while waiting for the final show down! Readers who love a strong heroine and enjoy a good mystery will like this book!
Carol M. Tanzman published her Debut dancergirl last year and Circle of Silence plays at the same school. But, each books can be read as a Standalone! Personally, I think Circle of Silence was even stronger than dancergirl!
When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. A mysterious boy, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but the intensity of their immediate connection seems to open the floodgate of memories even wider.
As their feelings grow, Griffon reveals their common bond as members of the Akhet—an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are altruistic, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at a future with Griffon, but risking his love may be the only way to save them both.
Full of danger, romance, and intrigue, Transcendence breathes new life into a perpetually fascinating question: What would you do with another life to live?