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January 04, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Romance

The movie, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, is what I'm instantly reminded of thanks to this book. (The movie has a rating of R, so younger kids, please don't watch it unless parents are okay with it.) It's Romeo and Juliet basically. Adriana and Antonio Vivaldi are the star-crossed lovers in this...

January 02, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Identity Crisis

Reading this is like a religious experience. Of course, my own church probably won't approve of this because of the almost explicit (but still in YA-territory) displays/descriptions of sex, the large amount of profanity, and the presence of lots of alcohol. But oh, my gosh. This book came at the...

January 02, 2016
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Escaping Into A Virtual World

Love Science Fiction? And romance? And virtual reality? Well, I do too. NEXIS has all of that and more. The narrator, Ella, is in a whole haystack of a mess that has landed at her feet, and she is in great danger thanks to her past. So let's dig into...

January 01, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
An "Accidental" Murder

This is for those who are into Historical Fiction, centering on the 19th century. It's close to the time of women's rights. In 1890s, the world for both men and women are evolving. Women test the limits, and the events are crawling towards women's rights. But we aren't there yet...

December 31, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Surviving the Sea

Remember earthquakes? Well, probably not, but in areas such as California and areas part of the Ring of Fire, earthquakes are common and rock the state (and Japan, Oregon, Canada, etc.) whenever they want. And of course, earthquakes sometimes lead into a nasty tsunami, which is exactly what happened in...

December 29, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Nothing To Do With Redmayne

When I think of this title, I think of Eddie Redmayne. But let's face it. This book has nothing to do with Stephen Hawking or Eddie Redmayne. So please forgive me of this brief and somewhat strange off-topic moment of mine. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING tells...

December 24, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Thrilling Conclusion

I have to admit that it's only polite curiosity that brings me back to finishing this trilogy. After the crazy events in VORTEX, I'm not quite happy with the series. INSIGNIA will and always will be my favorite book. But... When I start reading CATALYST, I start liking this book...

December 22, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Excellent Thriller

Ally Carter is back with SEE HOW THEY RUN. It's the sequel to ALL FALL DOWN, and the first book in the series leaves everyone in a huge, huge mess. We finally know the truth behind the murder of Grace's mother, and it's a very dark time for Grace. Of...

December 19, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Spies and Vampires.

The final book in the Finishing School series, MANNERS & MUTINY is mixed with a tough heroine, humor, espionage, and old England. Sophronia is as deadlier than ever, and since the events of the previous book, she is becoming quite the operative. Of course, that fact doesn't stop the Picklemen...

December 19, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Project Scarlett

I have officially decided that I condemn lying, cheating, and etc. to potential love interest and friends unless it is a white lie. From the very lie that comes out of Sarah's mouth, I'm wishing for a good old dose of lobotomy. Why? Because lies create such a huge disaster....

December 19, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Wait!

I'm very upset with this book. So angry, seeing red in my vision. That level of angry. It's like RED QUEEN all over again. Why? This book, THE BONE SEASON, is published in 2013. Its sequel, THE MIME ORDER, has been released in 2015. And! Just wait, just wait. There...

December 18, 2015
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
In California.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I wish that I didn't read a little spoiler about the book. (Avoid this entire review and the synopsis if you don't want to know that spoiler. Just jump straight into the book.) If...

December 06, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Oh, yes.

WINTER. The final book in the Lunar Chronicles. And what do I think about this book? Oh, a lot of things. First of all, I blame Marissa Meyer very much. On the day I read this book, I was supposed to be finishing up two essays and...

December 03, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Pre-World War II

Alright. Here we go. Historical Fiction involving the late 1930s to World War II (Europe) rarely disappoint me, and CONSPIRACY OF BLOOD AND SMOKE proves to be no exception to that rule. CONSPIRACY OF BLOOD AND SMOKE would be for those who love a fictional account of...

November 30, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Brains... Just Kidding.

What exactly is going on in SHALLOW GRAVES? Well, Breezy has woken up and she is so much different than before. She is... a zombie (zombie being a very loose term) who can regenerate and take lives (souls) of murderers. She is thrown for a tumble when someone drugs her...

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