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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher Provided – Thank you!
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, 1
Rating: ★★★★

An exciting adventure awaits the reader as we journey with Sofi Snow.

REVIEW | There are two things 17-year-old Sofi Snow is good at. Keeping her guard up, and protecting her bother. It’s all she’s ever known. She’s fierce in her every day and as an online gamer. Her world is an Earth ruled by cooperation’s rather than a form of government. Her primary goal though is to keep her young brother, who is a part of the games’ virtual and physical arena fights, safe. When an explosion rocks the arena, Sofi is injured and Shilo is nowhere to be found.

Convinced he’s a alive, Sofi escapes the hospital (after overhearing the sinister plans for her) and sets about finding her brother. To enter the forbidden world where the Delonese live (the alien planet surrounding Earth), Sofi needs help. She’ll need the kind of help only Earth’s playboy, Miguel, one of the Delonese’s ambassadors, can offer. A dangerous possibility not only because ambassadors aren’t allowed on the planet, a complication further agitated because they share a history both wish to forget. Continue reading “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World”

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The Siren by Kiera Cass – An Urban Fantasy Novel with Fairytale Underpinnings

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Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2015 (Republished)
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review | Exotic travel, a closest full of exquisite ball gowns and her sisters is enough for Kahlen. Or at it was. This was before she met Akinli. Kahlen is exactly human, and her relationship will threaten everything she’s promised to do. To start with, she is at the will of the Ocean for one hundred years. She owes a debt meaning her life is not her own. Instead, Kahlen (and her sisters!) are Sirens. Otherworldly creatures who though human in appearance are anything but. As Kahlen struggles with her the human part of her soul resurfacing, she must decide how best to protect Akinli. From the Ocean… and from her.

Novels that resemble – no matter the concept the classic fable, The Little Mermaid are a rarity. This is especially true in comparison to the re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, which are abundant. Pitching this as a Little Mermaid reimagining isn’t really fair because it is different, but the idea lingers in the readers mind. The premise is unique and I found the characterizations particularly heart-tugging.

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One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank – An Armchair Parisian Journey

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Author: Denise Grover Swank

Publisher: Blink

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Sophie Brooks is annoyed. Her summer has been hijacked by the agreement between her mother and father. Now that they’re divorced and living on separate continents, Sophie and her brother Eric are shipped off to Paris for the summer. The purpose of this trip is to inspire bonding with their father (who walked out on them the year before) and to see him marry his fiancée. As a part of the package deal, Sophie must deal with an evil new stepsister determined to undermine her as well as the heartbreak of a first love.   Continue reading “One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank – An Armchair Parisian Journey”

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Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit

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Author: Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Blink

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Young Adult, Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Four years ago, Ashton Keller was accused of murder. Four years ago, all Ashton wanted to be worried about was surviving his first year of high school… and girls. More specifically, his best friend Willow Lamont. Now four years later, Ashton is released from juvenile detention with revenge on the mind little realizing how his conviction altered and damaged Willow and her family.

Prepared for indifference towards everyone he once knew, nearly as soon as Ashton sets foot back in Gilt Hollow, everything changes. Continue reading “Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit”

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Unblemished by Sara Ella – A Mark That Signifies Power. A Girl Caught in the Middle.

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Author: Sara Ella

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Author Provided (thanks, Sara!)

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Unblemished, Book 1

Genre: Fiction; Fairy Tale, Contemporary Young Adult

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: Eliyana isn’t like the other girls. Her normal is hiding in the shadows. Just getting through the day is an everyday accomplishment. The mysterious blemish covering her face puts El in the “freaks” crowd at her school. But everything shifts when El loses her mother. This is when her entire life falls apart. To begin with, El discovers the next door neighbor (the boy she’s been crushing on), Joshua is anything but ordinary. Following this up, she learns there is an alternate world hidden within the New York she knows. Suddenly, El is thrust into a world of trolls, fierce warriors and a dangerous new romance. Continue reading “Unblemished by Sara Ella – A Mark That Signifies Power. A Girl Caught in the Middle.”

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Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton – An Entertaining Read for ‘Veronica Mars’ or Ally Carter Fans

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Author: Brodi Ashton

Publisher: Balzar + Bray

Source: Publisher ARC

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Young Adult

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

REVIEW | Piper Baird has a dream. Her aspirations reach beyond her public high school which is why she pushes for a scholarship to an elite prep school. Once she’s in, she can compete for the prestigious Bennington award; an award that will open doors to college scholarships, and the best education possible. A budding journalist, Piper begins to work on a “exposé” story about her fellow classmates (most of whom are among the school’s wealthiest) who break rules just because they can. But everything changes when she begins to make friends with some of her classmates. And then there’s Raf, the cute boy who seems to take a keen interest in the new girl. Continue reading “Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton – An Entertaining Read for ‘Veronica Mars’ or Ally Carter Fans”

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I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones – A Five-Star Stunner for the Keeper Shelf

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Author: Jenny B. Jones
Publisher: Sweet Pea Productions (Indie Published)
Source: Author
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: With each new novel an author publishes, I’d imagine there are jitters. No matter how practiced one is, losing that agitation over the release of a novel likely stays with you. In the Indie world of publishing, I’d guess such emotions are magnified given that, while there are many people who assist you with the story, you are in control of releasing the book you’ve poured tears and smiles into. One of my most favorite authors (ever) is Jenny B. Jones. I discovered her particular brand of bookish happiness when she was signed with Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins) and now, after many years away from the author-ing gig, she returns with a select few novels published in the Indie world. I’ll Be Yours is her latest, and by Jove, it’s not one to be missed.   Continue reading “I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones – A Five-Star Stunner for the Keeper Shelf”

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Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon – The Final Journey to Doon

About the Book:Forever Doon

Author(s): Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Blink

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Doon, book 4

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Time Travel, Fantasy

Rating:  5 out of 5

REVIEW: The Scottish adventures of best friends Vee and Mackenna draw to a close in Forever Doon, the final novel of the series. As the story opens, things pick up immediately where Shades of Doon (book three) left off. Vee is in Doon while Mackenna is stuck in contemporary Scotland without means of returning to the place she now thinks of as home. Vee believes her beloved Jamie is dead and gone leaving Doon’s queen solely responsible for the safety of their people. With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed (a feat orchestrated to protect their people), Mackenna and Duncan strive to keep those who managed to cross the bridge safe. But with an evil soul on the throne of Doon, their greatest battle is yet to come. Continue reading “Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon – The Final Journey to Doon”

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Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

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Author: Alexandra Coutts

Publisher: Mac Teen Books (Farrar Straus Giroux)

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Publication Date: 2015

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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Contemporary

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: From the moment I saw the title for this piece of YA lit, I was hooked. It’s rare that a YA novel sticks with me as this novel’s premise did. In my experience of this genre, I’d never before run across this idea which is why Alexandra’s second novel (at least by this non de plume) intrigued so much. The reason for this is the story, which follows 17-year-old Tamsen. Tam isn’t like most girls her age. Instead of giggling with her girlfriends or preparing for senior year, she is burying her husband. She married young and was only married a matter of weeks before her beloved Noah’s heart stopped. Suddenly her forever was nevermore. Feeling without a purpose, Tam moves back to her father’s house where she is expected to go back to mundane life by finishing school, but with such a dark cloud over her, will anything ever feel normal again? Continue reading “Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts”

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Siren’s Song by Mary Weber

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Author: Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)

Source: Author/Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Storm Siren Trilogy, 3

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Fantasy

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: One of the most anticipated YA reads of 2016, Siren’s Song, has finally hit store shelves and with it, closes out a grand adventure. As with any series ender there are bound to be some bittersweet feelings for anyone who has been a fanigirl of the series. Mary Weber’s fantasy series caused more than a little stir in the bookish world and because of this, it was next to impossible not to be caught up in the exhilarating world.   Continue reading “Siren’s Song by Mary Weber”