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Book Review | NOT YOUR SIDEKICK, by C. B. Lee

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Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad #1), by C. B. Lee

Publish Date: September 8, 2016 (audiobook published 2018)
Published by: Duet Books (audiobook published by Tantor Audio)
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Pages: 283 (approx. 8 hrs)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether

My Review:

I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time, so finding an audiobook of it on Hoopla was a wonderful discovery. I loved the whole concept of a daughter of superheroes finding a job with a villain, paired with a f/f romance that covers the trope of secret identities. And while it was everything I expected it to be and a little more, I still felt frustrated at times and not completely enthralled with the story. Continue reading “Book Review | NOT YOUR SIDEKICK, by C. B. Lee”

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Book Review | MORTAL ENGINES, by Phillip Reeve

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Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles #1), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: November 16, 2001 (audiobook recorded in October 31, 2017)
Published by: Scholastic Audio
Pages: 286 (approx. 8 hrs 50 min.)
Genre: YA Dystopian/YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City of London chases one terrified little town across the wastelands. If it cannot overpower smaller, slower prey, the city will come to a standstill and risk being taken over by another. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy, Apprentice Historian to the London Museum, is flung from its speeding superstructure into the barren wasteland of Out-Country. His only companion is Hester Shaw, a murderous, scar-faced girl who does not particularly want Tom’s company. But if they are to make it back to London, before Stalkers or hungry cities get them first, they will need to help each other, and fast. If Hester is to be believed, London is planning something atrocious, and the future of the world could be at stake. Can they get back to London before it’s too late?

My Review:

So of course after seeing the trailer for the movie I kind of wanted to read this book. The summary didn’t interest me that much when I first read about it, but the trailer was interesting and made me curious. I was happy to discover it existed as an audiobook on Hoopla and so decided to give it a try. While it had some really good world-building, it took me a long time to really find much interest in the story and the characters, and even by the end I still wasn’t all that enamoured with it overall. Continue reading “Book Review | MORTAL ENGINES, by Phillip Reeve”

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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.**


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”