Month: July 2013

Review 33: Reaper’s Rhyt..

Posted July 27, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 6 Comments
Review 33: Reaper’s Rhythm (Clare Davidson)

I gushed about the cover and art of this book in previous posts and now I can gush about the whole story that goes along with it! Davidson’s Reaper’s Rhythm is a fast-paced, emotional, and engaging fantasy-mystery. The quick flow of the story made it a pretty fast read, but it still had a heavy story. Haunted by her sister’s “suicide,” Kim tries to find out what really happened to Charley and why she has gaps in her memory of that night. First of all, I liked the characters. Kim was a likeable protagonist and although we are told that […]

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Review 32: That Summer (Sarah ..

Posted July 25, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 32: That Summer (Sarah Dessen)

This is only the second book I’ve read from Dessen since the first was The Truth About Forever. This one is shorter and a little more focused with a smaller cast of characters, but I still felt that subtle magic that the author manages to weave into the story. The subtle magic of a young girl learning to deal with the whole “growing up” thing that teenagers are supposed to do and how the complicated family dynamic plays into it. I love how Dessen writes families with all their conflicts and Haven’s family was no exception: the separated parents, a […]

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Review 31: The Extraordinary S..

Posted July 22, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 6 Comments
Review 31: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June (Robin Benway)

There is something very odd about this book. It has all the good ol’ tropes that I’ve come to associate with YA books set in high schools and families with three sisters: the responsible eldest, the rebellious middle one, the attention-grabbing youngest, a stuck-up popular girl with family problems, a bad boy who is actually a good boy, and crazy high school parties. Despite all that, Benway has managed to put her own spin on it and it doesn’t seem stale or overused to me. I like how she was able to portray the sisterly dynamic of these three being […]

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Review 30: Beach Blondes (Kath..

Posted July 12, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 8 Comments
Review 30: Beach Blondes (Katherine Applegate)

Let me start by saying that the title, cover, and synopsis for this book are very misleading. The synopsis makes it sound like this book is just going to be full of love troubles, but be a light beach-y kind of read. None of the girls on the cover reflect the characters in the book or the kind of person they are, and there aren’t even that many main girls in the novel either. This book surprised me with its depth: the thought-provoking moments, the odd dreamlike sequences, the emotional conflict that moved beyond just summer flings, real problems that […]

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Review 29 & Giveaway: The ..

Posted July 10, 2013 by Ana in Giveaway, Reviews | 4 Comments
Review 29 & Giveaway: The Magic Warble (Victoria Simcox)

Title: The Magic Warble Series: I don’t know the name of the series but there is a sequel to this book Author: Victoria Simcox Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one,” the only one who can release the […]

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Review 28: Ink (Amanda Sun)

Posted July 5, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 8 Comments
Review 28: Ink (Amanda Sun)

I was so disappointed by this book. It has a beautiful cover and pretty art that pretty much make up one whole star for my rating, which means that I give the actual story just one star. It is full of cliches, stock characters, and predictable elements. There’s a particularly bad one at the end that had me going “No no NO don’t EVEN!” out loud and facepalming. So yes, I am actually quite ticked off by this book. Before I go into why I didn’t like this book, let me just state why I did like it. The art […]

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