Book Review

Book Review | THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE, by Lauren James

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universeby Lauren James

Publish Date: July 3, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.

Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.

Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….


My Review:

I really wanted to like this book. I thought when I read the summary that it was going to mostly be some bittersweet romance in space. But I was so wrong. I kind of glossed over that last bit at the end of the summary that was actually and BIG part of the story and I just…have mixed feelings about it. Continue reading “Book Review | THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE, by Lauren James”

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Book Review | MY PLAIN JANE, by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

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My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2), by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

Publish Date: June 26, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


My Review:

To be thruthful, I wasn’t even sure I was actually going to be reading the egalley of this any time soon. I haven’t read My Lady Jane yet and I just read another Jane Eyre retelling last month, so I was afraid I wasn’t going to be interested in this one. But from the prologue onwards I was hooked. Continue reading “Book Review | MY PLAIN JANE, by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton”

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Book Review | LIFEL1K3, by Jay Kristoff

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LIFEL1K3 (LIFEL1K3 #1), by Jay Kristoff

Publish Date: May 29, 2018
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.t.


My Review:

When I first heard about this book, I kneww I wanted to read it mainly because of Jay. I’ve loved everything else I read by him, so I had high hopes for this one as well. Sadly, I just don’t think it hit the same spot as his other books have done for me in the past. Continue reading “Book Review | LIFEL1K3, by Jay Kristoff”

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Book Review | ACE OF SHADES, by Amanda Foody

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Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)by Amanda Foody

Publish Date: April 10, 2018
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.


My Review:

I knew as soon as I read the description of this book that it was going to be a must-read for me. And I knew as soon as I started it that I was going to love it. The atmosphere, the fantasy setting that mixes a 1920’s vibe with a very unique magic system, and of course the characters all pulled me into this enticing world and kept my attention throughout. Continue reading “Book Review | ACE OF SHADES, by Amanda Foody”

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Book Review | DREAD NATION, by Justina Ireland

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Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1)by Justina Ireland

Publish Date: April 3, 2018
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.


My Review:

This is one of those books that hooks you from the start and holds on tight throughout the story. I almost skipped reading it because I was falling behind on the egalleys I needed to read, but I am so glad I read the prologue “just to see how it was.” The writing was so immediately engrossing and spectacular that I knew I needed to continue. Justina Ireland has a voice that is distinct and radiant, and has created a unique story that is both thrilling and eye-opening. Continue reading “Book Review | DREAD NATION, by Justina Ireland”

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Book Review | ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, by Roshani Chokshi

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Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1)by Roshani Chokshi

Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Published by: Disney/Rick Riordan Presents
Pages: 368
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

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


Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from their latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?


My Review:

I have some mixed feelings about this book, mostly because my critical and personal views of it are somewhat different. Critically, I can look at this book and say that, yes it is a decent middle grade novel that is fun, adventurous, full of laughter and great mythology. Personally, though, I just don’t think it was for me. Continue reading “Book Review | ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, by Roshani Chokshi”