Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

Title: The Stranger Game 
Author: Cylin Busby
Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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It’s been quite a while since I last read a thriller, so I was very excited to dive into The Stranger Game. This book is about a girl who disappeared four years ago and when she turns up, there is a bit of strange things going on, which make her sister start to doubt her authenticity.

I liked that the book focused on the sister’s relationship more than anything else. It’s rare nowadays to find a YA book that is not trying to push a romantic interest into the story, but that was not the focus of this story. I liked that.

And actually, I though the book was very interesting and compelling. It took no time for me to invest myself in the mystery of what had happened.

Right away I had my theories, and they proved to be somewhat true. But that’s what bothered me, the “plot twist” was so over the top, so dramatic and unbelievable that I couldn’t help but literally roll my eyes at the pages. That’s why I just *had* to knock a star off the rating. I feel like the story had so much potential, but after the twist is revealed everything turned too ridiculous. 

And the ending felt quite rushed, and wrapped in a little tight bow, too happy for what a story like this should have been, I was not pleased.

But honestly, it was good enough to kept my interest through beginning to end. I can’t complain of the pace or the characters, because it was all very interesting. I certainly would advise you to give it a try, especially if you don’t read thrillers often. It’s a perfect book to start your new favorite genre.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Title: Diplomatic Immunity 
Author: Brodi Ashton
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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Diplomatic Immunity is the tale as old as time of poor scholarship girl that falls for the cute rich boy. And like in all these cases, the strong headed heroine struggles to admit her feelings and therefore unravels a whole curse of sometimes fun, sometimes annoying situations.

Things I liked: 
That the story was set in Private School. I love Private School, maybe cause I never went to one, but is my guilty pleasure to read about the equestrian class.

That the hero was from Spain and had a cute accent.
I adore when we go out of our way to include other countries representation of people, just like America is in real life.
That it had a healthy family dynamic.
The heroine actually got along with her parents perfectly, and she loved her little autistic brother with whom she hangs out a lot.

Things I didn't like:

The heroines obsession with winning.
Ok I can get behind a healthy competitive personality, I am actually super competitive, but when she failed to realize she was hurting lots of people and still meant to do it, that's not ok.
That the story drags on. 
Yes, it's a bit on the repetitive side, this one. Especially going on and on about how the hero is great but has a girlfriend. Lol.

Despite my mild annoyance at some of this, I still managed to finish the book, which left me with quite a feeling of satisfaction so I figure it was worth it. And if your're into an international, posh cast of characters you might like it too. AND if you are into journalism you might even love it.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Title:  Conspiracy Girl 
Author: Sarah Alderson
Published February 12th 2015 by Simon & Schuster
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Why didn’t I know about this book sooner? Was my first thought upon finishing Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson. It was that amazing.

Honestly it was action-packed and the pace was neck-breaking. It even starts right away with a break in, one that happens to be in the bunker-style apartment of Nic, a girl who was the lone survivor of a horrific crime where her mother and stepsister were murdered. And not even in the next chapter we are introduced to the conflict. Now Nic has to trust Finn—the same young computer genius that is responsible her mother’s murderers walked free—to help her figure out who is following her and what do they want. What this ensures is an awkward, uncomfortable but very, very interesting story development.

The mystery/thriller aspect of this book is also awesome, though I did figure out what was happening, in no way did it deter me from reading along excitedly. Mostly because the main characters, Nic and Finn were so likable.

I loved Nic’s confidence and her strong willed nature. She had a horrible family tragedy but she still worked to move on one step at the time. And her relationship with her dog Goz was the cutest.

And then Finn was dreamy too. He is not only a genius but a good-hearted one that wants to make the world better and safer. His relationship with his grandma and his nieces was also so charming and adorable.

What I loved the most about this book was that it is so young-adult feel, but yet is not. What I mean is that it has the essence of the awesomeness that is the YA genre even though the ages of the characters don't match people's assumption of YA, and not to mention there is not a high school in sight. *Claps*

I would recommend the book to everyone honestly, but especially to those who love thrillers, well-crafted and lovable characters, and fast-paced stories. This one is a must re-read for sure! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review. PS I Like You by Kasie West

Title. PS I Like You
Author. Kasie West
Expected publication: July 26th 2016 by Point
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What I love about Kasie West is that she is has stuck to her formula of clean, cute stories that leave you feeling good.

Here is another example of a perfect teen romance. If there is someone who can pull off this type of contemps is Kasie West and that's why she has amassed a fan base like she has right now. PS I Like You is a story about a pair of anonymous pen pals, as in letter-writing people who have no idea who they are talking to, who realize they have a lot of things in common.

In this case the identity of the people is easy to guess from the start, which makes it all funnier actually, because they are as unlikely and mismatched as they come. Our main girl, Lily, she is the quirky hipster girl that doesn't realize she is cool. And our main guy is the popular jock but with a secret depth.

I liked the book. I thought it was cute and a very quick read, but I really think this one will appeal to the younger fans of Contemporary YA, I'm not sure anyone older than fifteen will be very into it. It was a little bit on the tween side, this one. 

But as always, the quality of the writing and the sweetness of the story cannot be denied. A good little summer read from a fan-favorite author.