The Splintered Series (Review)

The Splintered Series by A.G Howard

If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that I don’t normally review an entire series at one time. Originally, I planned on reviewing Splintered on its own, but I ended up reading this series so fast that I can’t really separate the books anymore. It’s all just become one giant blur of emotions and crazy events. So, I’m going to do my best to try to explain why I ended up loving this series so much.

Here is the Goodreads synopsis of Splintered to give you a bit of background:

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.

When I started reading this series I had no idea what to expect; unlike so many other books that I’ve read, there wasn’t really any hype or talk surrounding it (or at least none that I had seen). It seems like the Splintered fandom is pretty quiet, and that needs to change effective immediately because these books are AMAZING.

Since the author does draw inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s story, Splintered features magic and crazy creatures galore- but with a dark and sinister twist.  One of the reasons this series is so amazing is Howard’s attention to detail and her commitment to engaging the readers’ senses. Her descriptions of Wonderland and its inhabitants are so rich that you feel as if you are experiencing everything first hand. Wonderland is no longer the fun and bright place you saw in the Disney movie; it’s scary and threats lurk around every corner.

Another aspect of this series that also drew my attention was the extent to which the protagonist’s parents were involved in the plot. A common trend I often see in young adult literature is the lack of a consistently present parental figure, or the presence of one who is problematic. While these kinds of relationships certainly exist in real life, they are not a reflection of every real world family. It was refreshing to see that even though Alyssa’s relationship with her parents, especially her mom, does become strained at times, her parents consistently support her and do what they can to be around her and keep her safe.

As for Alyssa, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series from her perspective. She’s fun and quirky and, like any good character, has her own flaws and shortcomings that she works through on her journey into adulthood. She develops strength and confidence as she matures, and along the way she learns to balance other people’s expectations with her own expectations for herself.

Now I know what you may be thinking. What about the romance? Are there any good looking love interests to swoon over? Yes, there are romances. And yes, they are very swoon worthy- I literally had to stop reading several times to either a) stop blushing, or b) put a hand over my heart and sigh dramatically. I kid you not. In case you were wondering, there is a strong presence of a love triangle, but that wasn’t a problem to me. It certainly didn’t detract from the story. Actually, I would argue that it made the story better because Morpheus and Jeb (the two love interests) are like incarnates of Wonderland and the human world, so they represent everything that those two worlds have to offer.

Oh, and you know this guy?

Well, he’s the character that Morpheus is supposed to be based off of, but he gets a MAJOR upgrade in Splintered. Oh, Morpheus. I could write an entire post on why his name has been added to my “Favorite Male Characters of All Time” list. He’s a tricky, manipulative, self-serving word master with a penchant for eccentric fashion and flashy moth-covered hats, and yet I could not help but fall in love with his wicked ways. But seriously, the guy’s got a hat for literally every occasion. Seduction Hat? Check. Insurrection Hat? Check again.

Before I end my post, I’d like to take a moment to do something I don’t normally do. I’d like to thank A.G Howard for writing this beautiful series. Before reading it, I had been stuck in the biggest reading slump of my life. College had hacked away at my will to read, and, in a fit of desperation, I almost gave up on something that I consider to be my passion. This series changed that. It made me fall in love with reading all over again, and I will be forever grateful for that.

Take the time to fall into this series just like Alice fell down the rabbit hole. I promise you that it’s worth it.

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5 Marchesa Looks Inspired by the Night Court

Hi everyone!
As many of you know, Sarah J Maas announced the title of ACOTAR #2 a while ago. Since I absolutely cannot wait for the release of A Court of Mist and Fury, I have been trying to occupy myself with reading Feysand fanfiction, imagining the amazing gowns Feyre will wear in book 2, and looking through Sarah’s pinterest. Today, I was inspired to take some of the images she’s pinned and pull together a couple of looks using some beautiful Marchesa gowns. I hope you guys enjoy them, and let me know what you think in the comments!
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Thanks for reading 🙂

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (Review and Giveaway)

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Hi everyone! This is my review for one of the Sunday Street Team’s November books, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennet.

You can enter to win a copy of this book here.

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Release date: November 3, 2015

304 pages

My rating:

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?


As far as contemporary young adult romance goes, this has to be one of my favorites so far. Since the goodreads synopsis gives you a good idea of what to expect, I’m going to jump straight into the review and skip the summary that I usually give.

I love the fact that this book has a strong artistic flavor to it. Both the protagonist, Beatrix, and her love interest, Jack, are artistically inclined, but in completely different ways. I also love that Beatrix is motivated and has a goal in sight which she stays focused on throughout the novel.

Both Jack and Beatrix have family issues that they have to deal with throughout the novel, and the support that they provide for one another is admirable; I enjoyed seeing the way that they were able to help each other during those difficult moments. I liked how no one in the novel is “perfect” and that even the characters that we assumed were honest and straightforward turned out to be hiding something. It’s fun to see a contemporary novel that still has plot twists and surprises.

This book deals with specific issues that I won’t go into because of spoilers, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a seemingly light book take such a dark and heavy turn. To me, that shows that you don’t have to sacrifice a good plot and meaningful message for a cute romance story; you can have both and still end up with a great novel.

Lastly, I liked the romance between the two characters. They were both endearingly cute and shy and a little awkward at times. They respected one another and understood that boundaries should only ever be crossed with permission. Neither of them tried to push the relationship in a way that made the other uncomfortable.

If you’re looking for a short and adorable love story that isn’t cliche or boring in the least, then I highly suggest you give this book a try.

Thanks for reading!

About the Author:

Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series with Pocket and the Roaring 20’s historical paranormal romance series with Berkley. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two pugs.

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Gabriel by Nikki Kelly book blitz (with interview and giveaway)

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Goodreads synopsis:

The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He’s also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

If you’re eager to read Gabriel, you can get a sneak peek of it on Nikki’s Wattpad.

And now, on to the interview portion of this evening-er…morning.


 

What did you do on your research trip to France? 

Mainly, I visited all the locations used in the book! I also spent some time writing while I was there of course! I think the nicest thing about my research trip was that I ended up using my Auntie and Uncle’s barn conversion as a base for the property our gang find themselves staying in! Everything in the story form the barn, the village itself and various locations (including the snowy mountains) are completely real – you could even go and visit them all yourself!

Was the writing process for Gabriel a lot different than Lailah? 

The writing process for GABRIEL was shorter, because this time around I was writing full time! But the actual ‘writing’ part was much the same. I start with a premise, have an idea in my head of the beginning/ the ending/ a specific character etc etc. and start writing! I only ever do rough outlines, it’s all pretty much in my head, which is another reason why I have often said I feel like this story was implanted in my brain sometimes and I am the mere mortal who gets to put pen on paper to bring it to life!

What can we expect from Gabriel (the novel) ? 

Gosh, A LOT! The story picks up right where it left off, and continues to be told form Lailah’s POV – The main cast are back, but we get to meet some lush new ones too! I am still a great fan of the twist – suffice to say, just when you think you know, really you have no idea! 😉 Oh, and also, did I mention… #NoMercy 😉

Would you say that you’re similar to Lailah in any way? 

Naturally, Lailah and I have a few of the same traits, I think every character in my stories have a little something piece of me, whether intention or not! But I think we can all relate to Lailah’s plight, I think most of us go through a time in our lives where we are working out who we are and making choices that carve out who we ultimately end up becoming.

What are you currently reading? 

I have a new baby, so my hands are a little tied at the moment! But I can tell you what I will be reading next *grabby hands* Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo !!!

Any advice for aspiring authors? 

If you have a story to tell, don’t stop until it’s told… and Never.Ever.Give.Up

How much of your personal experience is tied into this series?

A very large percent! A good example — In GABRIEL Ruadhan tells Lailah ‘You only fail, if you never try.’ That is the very advice my Mom gave me, and one of the reasons I am living my dream today… I think it all goes back to that great advice you hear again and again about writing – about writing what you know. So in this case, for example, I know very well the true meaning and the importance of that message…  Even down to the mythology in the story — it’s all based loosely on my own belief system (you’ll see plenty more of that in Book2 and especially in Book3)


For those of you who haven’t read Lailah yet, check out the goodreads synopsis below to get in on the action.

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The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find   her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.

Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.

These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.

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Thanks for reading!
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Heir of Fire (Review)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

562 pages

Released on September 2nd, 2014

Borrowed from local library

Goodreads summary:

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

I read Heir of Fire for the first time almost a year ago. Since I never reviewed it, I’m going to do that now having read the book for the second time. I’m actually glad I didn’t review it after only reading it once; the first time I read it I was so focused on Rowan’s character that I failed to notice how AMAZING Celaena’s character development is in just the span of that one novel.

One of my absolute favorite things about this novel is how emotionally intense it is. Since the other two novels don’t really focus the emotional and mental effects that Celaena’s experiences have had on her, it’s great to see this part of Celaena in such a raw and undiluted way. In this novel Celaena is broken and has to find the strength to piece herself back together bit by bit. She clearly suffers from depression, and even what seems to be PTSD. It’s also great to see her come to terms with who she truly is. Up until this point she has been spending her life running from her past, but in this novel she embraces her past and finds peace within herself. She recognizes that she has made mistakes, and she makes a promise to herself to go into the future with a goal of changing the world for the better this time. In my opinion, Celaena’s character development is the most beautiful and emotionally powerful character development that I’ve read about.

Maas also develops Dorian’s character in a way that makes me feel so proud of the person he has become. He is no longer a scared boy who can’t stand up to his father; Dorian finds his voice and uses it to fight for what he believes in. Other than that, this novel introduces some awesome new characters that you will be sure to fall in love with. *Cough* ROWAN *cough* *cough* MANON *cough*.

Lastly, I love that we see the power of having even one true friend. We’ve never seen Celaena really rely on anyone else, but in this novel she sees that sometimes true strength and bravery can be just accepting the help and support that you need. I enjoyed seeing Celaena both heal herself and help others heal as well.

And Celaena has some intense, hard-core, bada** fire powers. Just thought I’d drop that in there. LIKE SUPER INTENSE, GUYS. Okay, I have to control myself. *takes deep breath* BUT DID I MENTION HOW COOL LIKE I DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND HOW AMAZING HER POWERS ARE?!?!

So far, Heir of Fire has been my favorite out of the first three ToG novels. Fingers crossed for Queen of Shadows!

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Hello there.

Hi fellow booknerds!

I’M BAAAAAAAACK!

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve posted something on here; forgive me for that huge, empty gap of nothingness. The truth is, I’ve been so busy with traveling over the summer, then starting college, and then rereading the Throne of Glass series (okay, so maybe that last one isn’t a legitimate excuse) that I haven’t found the time to read anything new, much less type out a review for it. Plus, for reasons that I can’t understand, I’ve been feeling weighed down and unhappy. I don’t know why, because everything has been going pretty darn well so far. I just can’t seem to properly enjoy the things I used to love doing anymore. I hope that getting back into the rhythm of things might help me out, and a huge part of that is going back to regularly blogging. Who knows, maybe I’ll even do a giveaway for the fall or winter season. 🙂

Anyways, back to Throne of Glass. I still haven’t actually read Queen of Shadows, even though it’s been sitting on my shelf taunting me for about 2 weeks. I decided that before I get into it, I want to refresh my memory of all the characters and events of the previous three books, and today I finally finished reading Heir of Fire. Which means that TOMORROW I’LL START READING READ QoS. Truth be told, I’m not sure if my body is quite ready for that awesomeness yet, but I did not endure that torture for 2 weeks only to leave QoS untouched on my bookshelf!

Last bit of random news: I’ll be posting a review of Heir of Fire soon since I never got around to reviewing it and it’s SO AMAZING THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT.

Thanks for reading. Leave a comment letting me know whether you’ve read Queen of Shadows yet and what you thought of it!

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Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson (Quote Highlight and Giveaway)

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I’ve picked out my top five quotes from this month’s Sunday Street Team read, Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson, to share with you. The book goes on sale tomorrow, but you can enter to win a copy if you scroll to the bottom of this post!

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A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.


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…the bandit […] reached for my gloved hand and brushed my knuckles with his lips, whispering, “I hope the rest of your journey goes smoothly, miss,” before he climbed onto the seat, passed the stolen case up to a colleague, then pulled himself through. The hatch closed behind him with a clang and the car instantly grew quieter.

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These people’s rags were filthy and unkempt. Their eyes were neither sad nor proud. A few looked sullen, others blank. Many of the adults- and some of the children- appeared to be intoxicated, even at that hour on a Sunday morning. They probably didn’t know or care about the struggles between the Mechanics and the British because they’d come out the same, either way.

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“To be perfectly honest, I think she became sick of Society during her debut season. Better to lock herself in her room with her books than to spend her life paying calls and going to balls. The doctors said something about fragile nerves. She gets a lot of headaches, apparently.” He quirked an eyebrow and added, “Especially around people she doesn’t like.”

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Most of the guests wore the Mechanic’s odd mix of attire. Their colorful clothing was garish in the bright lights. In the center of the room, couples spun wildly in time to the odd music. Around the perimeter, groups of men and women tinkered with or showed off their inventions. Tables laden with food, punch bowls, and ale kegs lined a nearby wall. An odd contraption made up of tubes, clockwork gears, and strangely shaped bits of glass spewed vapor and flame and made loud clattering noises.

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He’d drawn not only Olive, but also Rollo and me, and although it was a quick pencil sketch, it seemed very lifelike, capturing Olive’s wide-eyed innocence and Rollo’s fascination with something that lay beyond the edge of the page. I looked prettier than I was accustomed to seeing myself in the mirror. The loose wisps of hair around my face looked like winsome tendrils instead of untidiness, and he’d drawn me with a mysterious smile that made me wonder what I’d been thinking.

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About the author:

Shanna Swendson is the author of the popular adult romantic fantasy series, Enchanted, Inc. Rebel Mechanics is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Irving, Texas.

Thanks for reading!

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SST June Review- The Revenge Playbook

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Here is my review for one of the Sunday Street Team‘s books for the month of June: The Revenge Playbook!

You can enter to win The Revenge Playbook by clicking this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

Release date: June 16, 2015

368 pages

My rating:

 

In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.

Don’t get mad, get even!

In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.

Brimming with sharp observations and pitch-perfect teen voices, fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Mlynowski are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp tale—by the author of 17 First Kisses—about the unexpected roads that can lead you to finding yourself.


As I’m sure I’ve mentioned various times on my blog before, I’m not really a fan of contemporary novels. However, I tried to put aside my dislike of contemporary fiction in order to be able to write a fair review for this book. This novel tells the story of four high school girls living in a small Southern town where high school drama is just about the most important thing in the planet. The football team is the town’s pride and joy, and so they get to do whatever they want and treat people however they want without facing any consequences. Every year, the varsity football team does the Ranburne Panther Scavenger Hunt, a crazy scavenger hunt that involves condom water-balloons and peeing on giant rocks and hugging bikers (don’t ask me to explain because I don’t know that I’d be able to). To get revenge on them, the four girls (Liv, Ana, Melanie Jane and Peyton) attempt to beat the boys at their own game.

First of all, I’d like to talk about the characters. In my opinion, the characters were pretty forgettable. Putting Ana aside because she is Portuguese, there isn’t really anything that sets the three other girls apart from one another. They’re all white girls going through some kind of boy trouble. Their voices as narrators are fairly similar; so similar, in fact, that I had trouble remembering which character was which. “Is this the girl that was slut shamed, or is this the girl that is missing the tip of her pinky?” was a question that actually ran through my head at one point. Aside from that, I liked their dynamic as a group. They had a crazy adventure, and they supported each other throughout it all. I found Ana to be the most likable out of the entire group because she was different: she hung out with “nerds” and reenacted Game of Thrones scenes and dressed differently than the other girls. Also, her motivation for getting back at the team is the most heartbreaking and real. Of all the issues covered in this novel, I think the one that Ana faces is the most important.

As for the setting, it comes with all the wonderful “perks” of living in a small town in the South: there’s homophobia, there’s a little bit anti-semitism, there’re attempts to cover up an attempted rape in order to preserve the image of the football team. About that last one, if I had read The Revenge Playbook a year or two ago, I probably would have thought that the amount of power the football team has in this book is unrealistic. Now,  having read stories like the Steubenville High School rape, I know now that this is actually real. That there are places where schools look the other way to protect their athletes. And I applaud Rachael Allen for deciding to talk about this heavy subject in her book.

This book was a fairly light read, despite the heaviness of the topics it covered. There are several moments where the girls’ shenanigans will make you laugh out loud. Their determination to take action against the injustice they see is admirable. If you’re looking for a quick read with some “girl power”, a little bit of romance, and some hilarious antics in it, then The Revenge Playbook is for you.

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About the Author:

Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. In addition to being a YA writer, she’s also a mad scientist, a rabid Falcons fan, an expert dare list maker, and a hugger. Rachael is the author of 17 FIRST KISSES.

 

Alive by Scott Sigler (Review)

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Alive by Scott Sigler

Release date: July 14, 2015

368 pages

Courtesy of NetGalley

My breath catches.

I don’t know my own name.

I thrash and pull, yank desperately at the unforgiving bars holding me down.

“Someone, help me!”

No one answers.

I scream so hard it tears at my throat. Someone had to hear that. Someone has to come get me, come help me.

I wait.

Still nothing.

I lift my head- my forehead clonks against something solid and unmoving. That’s why my voice sounded funny: there is a board right in front of my face.

No, not a board…a lid.

I am in…

…oh no, oh no…

…am I in a coffin?

I’ve been sitting here for a few minutes now trying to figure out how to describe this novel in a way that encompasses all of its uniqueness and awesomeness, and I am failing. This book is different from anything you’ve ever read before. Yes, there are parallels between Alive and The Maze Runner. And yes, the story follows a group of young people, just like practically every young adult novel ever written. However, Alive is the darkest young adult novel I’ve ever read; there are seriously creepy moments throughout the entire book. Despite the fact that for a majority of the novel, a direct threat was never present, neither the protagonist nor the readers ever feel like they are entirely safe. The novel is jarring, and disturbing sights are hidden around every corner.

An interesting aspect of this novel is the fact that the protagonist and the reader become connected in that neither of them completely understands what is happening around them. In the beginning, the protagonist knows nothing about herself or where she is, and she slowly begins to find out more and more as the story progresses. We join her in her journey. We know only what she knows, and so the entire picture becomes more clear for both reader and character as the story goes on.

I love the diversity in this novel, and I love the conflict that exists between the characters. This conflict, however, is not a result of differences in skin color or gender or anything of the sort. Instead, it is a conflict of leadership. A conflict that arises because the characters must figure out how to keep their group alive. This adds to the novel because, not only do the characters have to fear what/whoever put them in this mysterious place and took away their memories, they also have to fear each other. There is a constant tension and sense of mistrust between them that makes the reader almost feel as if no one can be trusted.  Aside from the external conflict between the characters, the protagonist also has internal conflict that she has to come to terms with as well. Despite all of this, it is clear to the reader that there are potential romances building, although it seems as if that is not yet apparent to the characters themselves.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Alive, and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. If you’re looking for something different, or for a novel that combines elements of science fiction and mystery, this book is for you.

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