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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Scythe of Darkness by Dawn Husted-reviewed by Elena

Scythe of Darkness
Dawn Husted
3.5 out of 5 stars


Scythe of Darkness is a romance/dark fantasy story by Dawn Husted. It is one of the most well-written romance novels I have read so far and will be released on June 13th of this year.


The official summary (these are not my own words, just so y'all know):


"For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and attending the occasional party. After breaking up with her boyfriend, who she didn't even like, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along. Mia finds herself lured by the mysterious new student with two-toned eyes. Determined to find out who Thanatos is, what he is, and why he seems so interested in her, she accompanies him to his home where a sinister world awaits. Discovering the truth, a supernatural connection intertwined with her past, Mia's life is at risk- and she doesn't know who to trust."


OMG I will not lie to you, this was some of the first true romance fiction I've ever read (shame on me) and I was not disappointed. The story was very gripping. Unfortunately, there is a significant amount of foul language and several kissing scenes. I cannot condone those parts, but I loved the story and could barely stand to put it down. I highly suggest it for older teenagers, as some content is a bit bloody and, well, it's romance- let's just leave it at that.


Please note: I reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of Scythe of Darkness for Ms. Husted, look for the story starting on June 13th!

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Door Within

The Door Within
By: Wayne Thomas Batson
Reviewed by: Gray

 Summary:

          Three ancient scrolls bring Aidan Thomas into another world. Where knights, warriors, kings, and creatures roam and rule. Aidan realizes that it is his destiny to become the twelfth knight of the King's elite group, that will join the kingdom of Alleble in it's fight against the evil Paragory. With the fate of two worlds hanging by a thread, will Aidan be willing to risk everything to trust and follow the One True King?

       This is a Christian trilogy






It's super good, clean, and just action packed.

         My Rating: Four stars

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fable- The Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series Book 3

Fable                    
The Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series Book 3 by Chanda Hahn                     

Back again! This book was my favorite of all of them. So Mina's house goes up in flames, supposedly taking her brother, Charlie, with it. But a Fae creature is behind it, so Mina goes to the Fae plane where she goes up against a relative of Rumpelstiltskin's to save Charlie. Then, (spoiler alert) Jared gets reunited with his evil twin brother, confesses his love for Mina, gets stabbed, and almost dies.

I give this book five stars! It was really good, but also really sad and emotional towards the end.
-Alexandra

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fairest- The Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series Book 2

By Chanda Hahn

Second book! Yay!

       Not really. This book was my least favorite of the series. It was considerably drier, with less action. Of course, it could just be me. So basically, Mina has a hundred more quests to complete before she can end the curse on her family. Then she loses the Grimoire, and people start disappearing everywhere. Including Jared. I really liked this book too, but it just didn't meet the standards of the others. This one gets three stars. For a review of the first book in the series, (in case you missed it), then look back somewhere in March.


-Alexandra

Fairest

Friday, May 12, 2017

Strangelets


By: Michelle Gagnon
Reviewed by: Gray


             I don't have enough words to describe this book. But it was so good. I haven't read a book this good in a long time! It was gripping, raw, and powerful.


          Summary:

         When three teenagers die at the same time in three different parts of the world, something unusual happens. Instead of going to whatever lies beyond life, Seventeen year old Sophie, seventeen year old Declan, and eighteen year old Anat wake up in an abandoned hospital filled with other teens who went through the same thing. They find that they are all trapped inside this hospital, somebody or something has cheated them of death, and now they must band together to survive. Each teen carries a deadly secret, but one of them has a secret that could save them all... or kill them all...

           OH. MY. GOODNESS. THE SUSPENSE. THE FEELS. AND THE CHILLS THIS BOOK GAVE ME!
            It did have swearing in it, Declan swears profusely in his Irish accent, but come on! He's been trapped with a bunch of strangers in a place crawling with deadly secrets and monsters, you really can't blame him. The story was so good, so good. It is a must read for anyone who loves suspense.

       My Rating: Four Stars

          READ IT!

        

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Week of Mondays

By: Jessica Brody
Reviewed by: Gray




       I'll be honest; my number one reason for checking out this book was the name. A Week of Mondays?! Gosh, that sounds relatable! But sadly, it wasn't.
       I don't want to be harsh, but I hated Ellison the main character. I found her annoying, whiney, and just plain dumb. I don't know, maybe some girl out there will relate to Ellison's fickleness, but I didn't.

Summary:

          The story starts when Ellison's boyfriend dumps her, which is understandably heartbreaking for Ellison, but girl. Ellison basically spends the rest of that chapter having a pity party, even though it was pretty apparent from the beginning that her boyfriend was a player. But anyways, things change drastically when she wakes up the next day only to discover it's Monday again. So she decides to try and fix her relationship with her boyfriend before he dumps her again. But of course, she fails, and he dumps her again, and she has her little pity party again. The next day is the same, and the next, and the next. Every time Ellison tries something different and equally dumb. You'd think that after re-doing the same day over and over again would show Ellison how incredibly shallow her ex is, but no. And then of course at the end she finally realizes that her boyfriend is in fact a loser and that her best guy friend is the one for her! *Gasps* Oh my gosh, guys! The cute, sweet, underdog guy friend gets the girl in the end?! I so didn't see this coming!!! (I didn't put a spoiler alert on that, because there's nothing to spoil, even someone who isn't familiar with this cliché won't be surprised).  


         This whole book was ridiculous. In fact, I'm not the only one who thinks so, because my mom started reading it over my shoulder with me! And she said this about it, "Ugh, it's like a soap opera in book form."
        And she was correct. It is. Seriously, I read books to escape into a better world, if I wanted to deal with petty teen drama I'd go hang out with the cheerleaders or the plastics, but please don't make me do that.
         But if any of y'all love soap operas and teenage drama, read this!!!

        My Rating: One Star

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Don't You Trust Me by Patrice Kindl

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This is probably one of the best books I have read in a long time, and it was made better by the fact that there was like one swear word total.

Morgan is a thief and a liar. So when her parents try to send her off to boarding school, she switches places with a girl who was separated her from her boyfriend and sent to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Her new life as Janelle Johanssen is good. The real Janelle is living with her boyfriend in a fishing cabin somewhere far away. Then Morgan makes a reputation of herself as a really good fundraiser, while she is also (secretly) stealing the cash donations. As Morgan is making changes to Janelle's life, she is also secretly plotting her escape.

This book made me laugh, gasp, stare at the pages in horror, then laugh again as Morgan/ Janelle's life unfolds. It was not Christian, but I only saw one or two swear words in the entire thing. I rate it three out of five stars.


Reviewed by-Alexandra

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Sun is Also a Star

       


              Considering all the hype that surrounded this book when it came out, I decided to read it! And I must say, I understand why it was such a big hit...


            Summary (from Amazon):

             Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

             Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

             The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?



               So clearly this book isn't Christian, instead it basically says that the universe takes place of God and brings people together, which is, I suppose a nice thought.
                The story was a bit cliché in some parts. The usual boy meets girl, the boy is a hopeless romantic and the girl is the complete opposite. However, I did like the diversity this book brought into YA, that was nice. Also it did have a lot of swearing and crude jokes, so I'd recommended this to the more mature teen.  

                 Rating: Three stars