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Book Review: Perfect Scoundrels

Mar
28
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Title: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)

Author: Ally Carter

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting–or stealing–whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir–this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

My Review

I always forget how much fun these books are! Next time I put off reading a light-hearted YA action novel, kick me, would you? Please?

This is another that I don’t really remember what happened in the first two. It was mostly okay though, because as long as you remember how the characters all know each other and what their personalities were like, you’ll be fine. I did have some minor problems trying to work out the timeline – there are a few sections that clearly flash back to before the other two books, but it’s hard to tell with some of them if they’re before or after – but if you can ignore that, it really is a great book.

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Book Review: Eona

Mar
26
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Title: Eona (Eon #2)

Author: Alison Goodman

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled “Emperor” Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power – and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. . . .

My Review

Wow! What an amazing ending to a great series! I can’t believe I put off reading this one for so long! I have to admit, I didn’t remember a whole lot from the first book. I’d say I spent a good quarter of Eona saying to myself “should I remember this person?” etc. etc. But eventually I got into the flow of it and was speeding along as normal.

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Book Review: The Secret Prophecy

Mar
21
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Title: The Secret Prophecy

Author: Herbie Brennan

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Imagine your father has been found dead. Strange men armed with guns show up at his funeral. And those same men have begun to follow you. Now you’re on the run.

When Edward Michael “Em” Goverton uncovers the key to a five-hundred-year-old deadly prediction by the prophet Nostradamus, personal tragedy morphs into international crisis. Soon Em finds himself enmeshed in a sinister web of shocking events where nothing is quite as it seems. Aided by Victor, a mysterious stranger, and Charlotte, a family friend, Em follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads the trio into a conspiracy of world-shattering proportions.

But the ominous forces behind the plot are not about to sit back and let their plans be ruined. Soon their net begins to close in on Em, and it’s a race against the clock for the trio to finish what Em’s father started–and prevent a catastrophe that threatens the lives of an entire generation.

My Review

Herbie Brennan has been a favorite author of mine for a very long time. It started with his Faerie Wars series (which you should all read, by the way) and escalated from there. So when I found out he had a new book out, I just HAD to read it! The Secret Prophecy has a very different feel to it than the Faerie Wars. For one thing, it’s not a paranormal novel at all – it’s a spy thriller! Not what you might expect from a middle grade novel, but it actually really worked!

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Book Review: Splintered

Mar
14
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Title: Splintered

Author: A.G. Howard

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

My Review

So many people have said such good things about this book, and yet going into it I somehow had no idea what I was in for. Splintered is a modern “sequel” to the classic Alice in Wonderland. Alyssa, great-(great?)-granddaughter of the original Alice must go back and fix everything Alice screwed up the first time.

One of the things I really loved about this book was the inventive re-imagining of the original. I have never read it, but now that I think about what I know of it from the movie (which was probably Disney-fied) it makes sense that the things she did were incredibly destructive from the point of view of Wonderland’s people. I never really noticed it before, because the original is from Alice’s point of view, and the focus is on her confusion, panic and fear

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Book Review: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)

Mar
12
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Title: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner

My Review

You know those books that you know will keep you up all night reading, and it’s 10 pm, but you start them anyway? Yeah. That. I had been on the waitlist for this one at the library for a few months before it came out and I was so excited when it came in that I dropped everything I had started reading and devoured it in the space of 24 hours.

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Book Review: Scarlet

Mar
07
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Title: Scarlet (Scarlet #1)

Author: A.C. Gaughen

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

My Review

It’s funny – as much as I love retellings and the era of Robin Hood, I have never been able to get myself that excited about a retelling of his story. I’ve tried many times in all different formats, but mostly I just get bored and give up halfway through. So, when I say I finished this one, that’s saying something (whether about the book or my own determination, I’m not sure. Probably a little of both.)

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Book Review: The Dark Unwinding

Mar
05
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Title: The Dark Unwinding (The Dark Unwinding #1)

Author: Sharon Cameron

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his remote English estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of childlike rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she has grown to care for—a conflict made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a mysterious student, and fears for her own sanity. As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as they know it. With twists and turns and breathtaking romance at every corner, this thrilling adventure will captivate readers.

My Review
Warning: minor spoilers

Why is it some of the best books always seem to get pushed to the bottom of the TBR pile? This one has been on my list for ages and it turned out to be one of my favorites so far this year! It was beautifully written, well thought out, and just all around a great book!

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Book Review: Death Cloud

Feb
28
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Title: Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes #1)

Author: Andrew Lane

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent . . .

My Review

I have to admit my fascination with Sherlock Holmes is almost entirely based on the recent BBC revival. While I did read a few of the originals when I was in elementary school, I barely remember them, so my judgement is more based on a replication of the original.

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Book Review: The Gathering Storm

Feb
26
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Title: The Gathering Storm (Katerina #1)

Author: Robin Bridges

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

An evil presence is growing within Europe’s royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina’s strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar’s standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina’s help to safeguard Russia, even if he’s repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?

My Review

Russia, black magic and Victorian-style balls? I am so there! I have to say I was a little worried, though. It seems like since its release The Gathering Storm has just fallen off the radar. Usually if a book is really good I’ll see a review here and there for at least a little while after. I needn’t have worried though – this one lived up to its blurb.

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Book Review: The Crowfield Curse

Feb
19
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Title: The Crowfield Curse (Crowfield Abbey #1)

Author: Pat Walsh

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Sent into the forest to gather firewood for the medieval abbey where he’s an apprentice, Will hears a cry for help, and comes upon a creature no bigger than a cat. Trapped and wounded, it’s a hobgoblin, who confesses a horrible secret: Something is buried deep in the snow, just beyond the graveyard. A mythical being, doomed by an ancient curse…

What does this mystery have to do with the cryptic brotherhood of monks Will serves? What does it have to do with the boy himself? When two cloaked figures darken the church’s doorway and start demanding answers, Will is drawn into a dangerous world of Old Magic.

My Review

The first word that comes to mind to describe this book is “odd.” It is an odd mixture of various books I’ve read, the prose felt odd and it left me feeling… odd. In a good way, but it’s still weird.

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