Book Review

Book Review | THE INFINITE NOISE, by Lauren Shippen

1review d

tin.png

The Infinite Noise (The Bright Sessions #1), by Lauren Shippen

Publish Date: September 24, 2019
Published by: Tor Teen
Pages: 336
Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC from the publisher through my workplace in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Caleb Michaels is a sixteen-year-old champion running back. Other than that his life is pretty normal. But when Caleb starts experiencing mood swings that are out of the ordinary for even a teenager, his life moves beyond “typical.”

Caleb is an Atypical, an individual with enhanced abilities. Which sounds pretty cool except Caleb’s ability is extreme empathy—he feels the emotions of everyone around him. Being an empath in high school would be hard enough, but Caleb’s life becomes even more complicated when he keeps getting pulled into the emotional orbit of one of his classmates, Adam. Adam’s feelings are big and all-consuming, but they fit together with Caleb’s feelings in a way that he can’t quite understand.

Caleb’s therapist, Dr. Bright, encourages Caleb to explore this connection by befriending Adam. As he and Adam grow closer, Caleb learns more about his ability, himself, his therapist—who seems to know a lot more than she lets on—and just how dangerous being an Atypical can be.


My Review:

I’m not really sure where to begin with this one. Part of me liked it, for sure, especially since I felt like I didn’t want to put it down a lot of times. But the other part of me felt…disconnected from the characters and storyline at times too. It had some good characters and a very cute and honest romance, but I also found myself at times feeling like I wasn’t completely invested in the characters and story. Continue reading “Book Review | THE INFINITE NOISE, by Lauren Shippen”

Advertisements
Book Review

Book Review | WILDER GIRLS, by Rory Power

1review d

wg.png

Wilder Girlsby Rory Power

Publish Date: July 9, 2019
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pages: 354
Genre: YA Contemporary/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this as a bookseller in anticipation of the August YA Book Club, as well as an egalley through Edelweiss in return for an honest review**


Synopsis:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.


My Review:

This book was kind of horrifying to be honest. I felt like a lot of the time I didn’t know what I was reading. It was fast-paced but strange, full of questions and unending mysteries that I felt like the characters were never closer to solving. The writing style was a little all over the place, with a beginning that was almost difficult to understand. It is also riddled with moments and scenes that could be extremely triggering for some people (see list at the end of review). Part of me wanted to like this book, but a larger part of me just spent it going “WTF?” the entire time I was reading it. It’s one of those books that I think could be right up some peoples’ alleys, but definitely not mine.

Continue reading “Book Review | WILDER GIRLS, by Rory Power”

Book Review

Book Review | SPECTACLE, by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

1review d

spectacle.png

Spectacleby Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Publish Date: February 12, 2019
Published by: Tor Teen
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Mystery/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley, and as a physical ARC through my workplace, in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.


My Review:

So much of me want to like this book more than I did. I was intrigued from the summary, and was looking forward to it very much. And the beginning started off well. But slowly, over the course of the novel, I found myself losing interest as the writing took off on tangents that felt unnecessary to the plot, and only mildly interested in the characters themselves. Continue reading “Book Review | SPECTACLE, by Jodie Lynn Zdrok”

Book Review

Book Review | SEAFIRE, by Natalie C. Parker

1review d

seafire.png

Seafire (Seafire #1), by Natalie C. Parker

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?


My Review:

So this book was a bit of a journey for me. Going into it I thought for sure I was going to love it – strong women, ships at sea, the fight against tyranny – but for some reason things just didn’t click for me right away. I don’t know if it was a mood thing (I had just spent a lot of time reading and needed a bit of a break), or if it was the writing itself, but I honestly didn’t feel that invested in the characters or the story until close to the end of the book. But when I did finally feel a stirring of interest, it kind of bloomed quickly and had me completely invested until the end. Continue reading “Book Review | SEAFIRE, by Natalie C. Parker”

Book Review

Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab

1review d

cog.png

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1), by Victoria Schwab

Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Published by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 272
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher at BookCon 2018 in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. 


My Review:

Being a fan of V.E. Schwab’s other books, when I heard that she was working on a middle grade novel about ghosts, I knew I had to read it. This book was a fun and suspenseful read, full of some interesting characters and world-building, and a wonderful story about friendship and ghosts. Continue reading “Book Review | CITY OF GHOSTS, by Victoria Schwab”

Book Review

Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi

1review d

ec

Emergency Contactby Mary H. K. Choi

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this from the publisher as a Barnes & Noble Bookseller in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. 

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.


My Review:

I had been hearing about this book all over the internet for a while before we received the ARC at work, and immediately snatched it up. It sounded like it was going to be a cute romance that is perfect for our modern age and I was eager to see what it was about. And while I wouldn’t say it was a “cute” romance, it was certainly an entertaining read with great characters and writing that kept me engaged. Continue reading “Book Review | EMERGENCY CONTACT, by Mary H. K. Choi”