Girl Without a Face by Medeia Sharif ~ #bookreview @NetGalley

October 14, 2017



Title: Girl Without a Face
Author: Medeia Sharif
Publication Date: March 3, 2017
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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Synopsis


Destiny awakes with amnesia. She'd been driving on a wet road, about to leave flowers at a memorial marker of a deceased classmate, when she almost met that same fate.

Her mother, Mildred, is beyond restrictive, and she doesn’t want Destiny to have her cellphone back. A nurse sneaks it into her room, but it’s useless without the passcode. After her hospital stay, her mother becomes physically abusive.

Destiny and the boy she’s developing feelings for decide to drive around to spark her memory. She’s positive she crashed near a memorial marker. When they find the place in question, and when Destiny remembers her phone’s passcode, nothing is as it seems—and Mildred is crazier than she first thought.



I'm torn on this one because while Girl Without a Face's plot was so very good, the way it was delivered wasn't. 

What killed the book for me was when much of the story was given away in the beginning, and at that point I was disappointed the suspense had disappeared. The story could have been very creepy and had me on the edge of my seat had this not happened.  

The dialogue between characters and Destiny's thoughts were written woodenly without emotion. I get that she has amnesia, but her thoughts repeated themselves endlessly. She also trusted the neighbor boy, Gabriel, way too much too soon for someone who can't remember who she is or anything from her past, not to mention the complete lack of chemistry between them. 

The ending was too over-the-top unbelievable with a cartoonish antagonist. Plus things just worked out a little too neatly at the end. 

Overall, Girl Without a Face is a quick read that could have been spectacular had it been completely fleshed out. I look forward to Medeia Sharif growing as a writer and will try out more of her work in the future.  

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13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough ~ Blog Tour: #BookReview & #Giveaway

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October 3, 2017



Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the 13 Minutes Blog Tour hosted by the FFBC. I have a review and giveaway for an ARC (US only) so check it out! 



Title: 13 Minutes 
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Release Date: October 3rd 2017 
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Fiction


Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | iBooks | Kobo | Indiebound  





 Synopsis 


"Mean Girls for the Instagram age." --The Times (London)
The New York Times bestselling author known for her thrilling twists is back: 

They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you're a teenage girl, it's hard to tell them apart.

Natasha doesn't remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this--it wasn't an accident, and she wasn't suicidal. Her two closest friends are acting strangely, and Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before when she got popular, to help her figure out what happened.

Natasha's sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn't try to kill her?

13 Minutes is a psychological thriller with a killer twist from the #1 internationally bestselling author Sarah Pinborough.




First of all, let me just say my teenage years were spent in the 90's, and thank God there was no such thing as social media. I can't imagine how much worse high school could have been with Facebook and Twitter. The girls in 13 Minutes, however, don't have the luxury of the absence of social media.   

I love YA SO MUCH and really enjoy mystery/thriller books, so this was the perfect combination for me and very well written. I was hooked from page one, and as the layers of the characters and events began unfolding, I realized there was so much more to this story than meets the eye. 

The way 13 Minutes is told is different from most books I've read, and I appreciated this because of the unique way it allowed the reader to be taken along with the characters in figuring out what happened to Natasha, the girl who was found in an icy river which kicked off the novel. 

I highly recommend 13 Minutes and am looking forward to reading more from this author. If I could give it ten stars, I would! 

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

                  

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed adult and YA author based in London. 

Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.

 You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough






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Masked by J.D. Wright ~ Blog Tour #bookreview #giveaway @everealmbyjdw

September 1, 2017 


Welcome to my stop on the Masked Blog Tour! This tour is hosted by YA Bound Blog Tours. I have a review and giveaway for you! 


Title: Masked
Series: Superheroes Undercover #1 
Author: J.D. Wright
Genre: Upper YA Paranormal/Superheroes 
Release Date: August 15th 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N 

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Synopsis

Vada's To-Do List:

- Turn 18 (check!)
- Register super name
- Order supersuit
- Attend superhero indoctrination
- Graduate high school
- Start kicking criminal tail


Vada Lawson can’t wait to be a superhero. Born into a family with special powers, she’s been training to fight criminals and villains her whole life. But her indoctrination into the underground super community is derailed when normals start breaking out in superpowers themselves.

Not trained to control their new abilities, the normals are frightened and vulnerable. Then their mutilated corpses begin turning up all over town. What the heck?

Somehow, with the help—and hindrance—of an annoying newly-minted super named Orion, Vada has to stop the chaos before it destroys her and everything she holds dear…and ruins her superhero debut.

No one ever said that being a superhero was easy… 




I love YA. I love superheroes. The combination of the two is even better, and I was excited to dive into this series. 

I love Vada's name. The story has a cool premise with some people being born into superpowers and having to hide their true identities from "normals," those who don't have superpowers. But when normals seem to develop superpowers out of nowhere, the story gets interesting because supers like Vada need to figure out how to stop them from destroying the city. 

It was also cool that supers have a tech partner who can help them out with their suits and equipment they need. Vada and James's friendship and partnership was a highlight of the novel for me.    

This book is upper YA due to sexual content, and I agree with this classification. I'm not sure the sexual content was necessary or integral to the story, however, because the characters didn't seem mature enough for their ages. They're 18-19 years old, but they speak and act more like 12-13 year olds.  

I'd recommend this book to those ages 17 and over. I'm looking forward to this series and will be reading the next one when it comes out. 

About the Author


J.D. Wright is a military wife, mother of four, and author of paranormal and fantasy romance books filled with strong-willed heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, and sprinkled with humor and adventure. J.D. creates artistry in many ways, as a baker and cake artist by day and author by night. You can usually find her typing away at the computer or covered in frosting.

Since discovering she has a knack for writing, J.D. has so far written and self-published eight books of the Everealm and Songs of Everealm Series and is now venturing into the world of paranormal with her new superhero-themed series. She is an avid reader and lover of all things romance so she always includes a good love story in her paranormal and fantasy novels.


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Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux ~ Blog Tour: #BookReview & #Giveaway @LadyWave4

July 21, 2017



Welcome to my stop on the Gold Rush Audiobook Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! I have a review and giveaway for you. Click here to follow the other stops on the tour. 


Title: Gold Rush
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Genre: YA Romance 
Release Date: January 9th 2017
Format: Audiobook 
Narrator: Emily Stokes
Source: Review Copy 

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Purchase: Audible | Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords  





Synopsis


Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.


He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?  




Jennifer Comeaux has done it again with Gold Rush! I'm such a huge fan of her work as I've also listened to (audiobook version) and loved her novels Crossing the Ice and Losing the Ice. Emily Stokes narrates all three of these novels, and I can relax and let her voice carry me away from my stress. She is an excellent choice to read these stories.

Comeaux really does her research for competitive skating. If I didn't already know she's a huge fan, I'd think she was an Olympic ice skater herself. Her stories reflect her passion and depth of knowledge for the sport. I feel like I know so much about the world of ice skating and what goes on behind the scenes with all of the blood, sweat and tears Comeaux's characters shed to put their all into their performances. 

Liza and Braden are adorable together. There's no getting around that! They don't play games but communicate openly and honestly, and that was refreshing to read. It's also a very realistic portrayal of a young girl who wants to accomplish her Olympic dreams but also wants to make time for "normal" teenager things like dating. I loved them together, and the overprotective reaction of Liza's dad endeared him to me even more (he coaches the couple in the previous books Crossing the Ice and Losing the Ice along with his wife, Liza's stepmom, Emily).      

If you're looking for a refreshing romance, Gold Rush is it because how often do you get to read about a romance set in the ice skating world? Not often enough! 
   

About the Author




Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is travelling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit jennifercomeaux.blogspot.com for contact information and to learn more about her books.


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The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy ~ Blog Tour: #bookreview #giveaway

July 1, 2017 


 

Welcome to my stop on The Disappearances Blog Tour organized by the Fantastic Flying Book Club! I have a book review and giveaway for you today. Click here to follow along with the other stops. 



Title: The Disappearances
Author: Emily Bain Murphy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Source: Copy for review 

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Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Kobo 






Synopsis


What if the ordinary things in life suddenly...disappeared?

Aila Quinn's mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila's reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up. 

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.


As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.   



The Disappearances is a dreamy, ethereal story in which a young girl and her brother discover their mother's secrets after her death. The idea of losing ordinary things, things that all of us usually take for granted such as the ability to see your reflection in a mirror, had me intrigued. Once I began reading, there was a huge surprise waiting for me straight away that isn't revealed in the synopsis so I won't reveal it here, either. Let's just say it was really cool!    

Murphy writes beautifully, allowing the reader to slip into the story as easily as a swimmer glides through the water of a pool. Aila and her younger brother Miles were written well. It isn't easy to write characters who are grieving, especially young ones, but I felt their emotions like they were my own. I lost my mother to cancer when I was young and tend to gravitate toward books with characters who have also lost a parent. Stories like this allow me to grieve in my own way when no one else wants to see or hear me do it.

While grief is one of the themes in The Disappearances, it is only a part of the story. I was eager to find out what was causing something new to disappear every seven years. I couldn't imagine losing my sense of smell or the ability to dream even though I know I take them for granted. I loved the mystery that kept me turning the pages and trying to figure out where the clues would lead me.  

One of the many beautiful aspects of this novel is how life affirming it is to me. When I wasn't reading this book, I couldn't stop thinking about how much beauty there is in the most ordinary of things. I don't even stop to be grateful for these things, or if I do it's a rare occasion. 

I guarantee Aila's story in The Disappearances will make you stop and think about how lucky we are to be human and have the ability to experience all that we can. This book has done that for me, and it can for you, too. 


About the Author





Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home. 

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. 

Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel. 


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