Book Review

Book Review | WILDER GIRLS, by Rory Power

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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.

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Book Review | THE LANTERN’S EMBER, by Colleen Houck

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The Lantern’s Emberby Colleen Houck

Publish Date: September 11, 2018
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare. 

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.


My Review:

I kind of don’t know where to start with this one. I really thought, based on the description, that I was going to really enjoy this book. It sounded like it would be perfect for the upcoming fall season, full of adventure and magic and creatures that go bump in the night. And while those elements were there, everything in it fell short of being even a decent sort of read. This was a book that I should have DNF’ed, but for some reason I could not stop reading this train wreck of a story. I guess I hoped it was going to get better at some point, but somehow it never did. Continue reading “Book Review | THE LANTERN’S EMBER, by Colleen Houck”

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Book Review | MEANT TO BE, by Lauren Morrill

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Meant to Beby Lauren Morrill

Publish Date: November 13, 2012
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pages: 306
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for – gasp – the wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s the queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her … well, pocket. Julia also believes in fate, and that Mark, her childhood crush, is her MTB – her meant-to-be.

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts … from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to live a little along the way. And thus begins a wild-good chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.


My Review:

Once in a while, I need to read a cute quick contemporary read, usually with a fun romance involved, just to alleviate all of the fantasy and sci-fi I normally read. I picked up Meant to Be because I absolutely love hate-to-love stories, and was hoping I would find something to quench my desires. And it was a fun read, that’s for sure, but I don’t think I was an enamored as I wish I could have been. Continue reading “Book Review | MEANT TO BE, by Lauren Morrill”