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Review: The Dead List

Title: The Dead List

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: April 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s Ella’s senior year of high school and she and her best friend Linds plan to make it the best year ever. At Brock Cochran’s end of summer pool party, the girls vow to have as much fun as possible before they head off to different colleges next fall. But when Ella is mysteriously attacked on her way home from the party, everything changes. Ella’s carefree senior year plans disintegrate as she finds herself at the center of an attempted murder investigation.

Ella tries to move on, but her attacker isn’t done yet. He shows himself in the form of horrifying signs and symbols: a clown mask strewn on her bed, a dead bird in her backpack, a shadow moving past her window in the night. And as the weeks pass, it turns out that Ella isn’t the only one being tormented.

With the help of an old flame, Jensen Carver, and her friends and family, Ella tries to attain some sense of normalcy, but she can’t seem to shake the feeling that there’s a dark pattern hidden in the killer’s every move. Suddenly, even those in her innermost circle seem suspicious. In her seemingly safe West Virginia town, Ella starts to wonder who she can trust.

My Review:

I actually read this when it was free on Wattpad a couple of years ago, and I loved it! I won an early copy of this book, so I thought I would go ahead and give my review properly.

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This book was pure awesome, and it reminded me of the awesome slasher movies of the nineties that we don’t seem to have today. There was plenty of creepy factors, but then there were loads of heartfelt moments, especially when it came to Penn. I loved my little Penn!

Ella was an awesome MC, and Jensen was the perfect swoony love interest. My favorite kind of romance is one that has a past together, and these two had grown up together until something pulled them apart.

The killer wears a creepy mask, and that is my favorite type of fictional murder because you can’t see what type of emotion is expressed on the face beneath the mask. I am pretty good at guessing who is the killer in books, and I did guess it here, but it didn’t take away from this being one of my favorite YA horror books that I have read.

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Review: Unwind

Title: Unwind

Author: Neil Shusterman

Date of Publication: November 6th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

My Review:

Right off the bat this book is action packed! Connor discovers his parents are going to have him unwound, and he runs away. There are three main perspectives in this book which are Connor, Risa, and Lev, but there are others woven in that connects very well to the plot.

This book is one of the creepiest dystopian books I have ever read. Maybe it is because of the fact that they harvest organs from children just makes it a hundred times worse.

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I actually loved all the characters. I wanted to hate Lev at first, but his thoughts were just so good and interesting. Then the fact that he was born to pretty much sacrifice himself and being brainwashed from an early age had me feel bad for the little guy.

I had never heard of this series before for some reason, so I was pleasantly surprised by how good and scary this world was.

 

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Review: The Suffering Tree

Title: The Suffering Tree

Author: Elle Cosimano

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

“It’s dark magic brings him back.”

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.

My Review:

Tori’s family inherited a piece of land and a house. It came in just the nick of time. Tori’s Dad passed away, and after that she became different. She began cutting herself and not wanting to do the things she used to. The Slaughter family is not happy about this whole situation; they claim the house and property should have been theirs.

One night, some of her blood is spilled by an old tree, and a boy rises out of the ground. His name is Nathaniel Bishop, and he claims to be from a whole different era. Things get worse when someone is trying to keep a truth from coming out; a truth that could change everything.

This book was interesting and has one of my favorite covers I have seen so far this year. But… A big buttttttttttt… this book could have been shorter with less detail filler. Tori’s perspective should have been the one in first person instead of Nathaniel’s flashbacks. It made the book feel odd. There were also some flashbacks of Emmeline which were also in first person for some reason.

I really liked Nathaniel and felt as if he kept getting the turd end of the stick. He had so much crap happen to him in the past, and then even more suffering when he came out of the ground. Then Tori kept telling him to go to the barn like some form of dog.

I did like Tori for the mot part, and how she stood up for herself like she did with Jesse. There were times when she got on my nerves and should have been helping Nathaniel more. Instead of just leaving him to sit in the barn for days.

Overall, the book was an interesting read and a little frustrating but still worth the read.

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Review: The Traitor’s Kiss

Title: The Traitor’s Kiss

Author: Erin Beaty

Date of Publication: May 9th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

My Review:

This was definitely one of my most anticipated reads this year, and now I just feel lost! The cover while stunning, what was inside did not hold a candle up to it.

The beginning started off awesome. The whole matchmaker business in the beginning reminded me of Mulan, where she just makes a disaster of things, so that got me all kinds of thrilled.

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Sage then goes to apologize to the matchmaker and is offered to become her assistant, which she takes. Things then get all kinds of good. Then we flip to Quinn’s POV, and I started to get bored. There was a lot of military strategy stuff going on that I did not care about.

Ash, who works with the military, enters the picture to get some info on things and then runs into Sage, where he is requested to get more info. So, I was seriously bored.

Things pick up halfway, and I had already figured out what was going on, but it was still entertaining. The romance was sweet, but it still felt underdeveloped, because I didn’t see any real conversations going on. I will see I did like Sage’s training scene!

Overall it was still an okay read that lands in the mediocre range for me, but I still would read the next book!

 

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Review: The Great Pursuit

Title: The Great Pursuit

Author: Wendy Higgins

Date of Publication: March 7th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It’s time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

My Review:

This series is definitely not my favorite Wendy Higgin’s series, but it is still fun nonetheless. Different concept, but it still has a Princess Bride type feel, which was pretty cool.

I liked this one more than the first book. I felt there was more going on and more action with an interesting plot. The romance felt better in this instead of forced. I am still slightly annoyed with the ocean and sea slang, so I ignored most of that.

Also, I hated Rozaria in this, and the creepiness of her with Paxton. Lief was a douche, but he was also a douche in book one. Harrison is one of my favorite males in the book! Absolutely adored the ending! This was a super fun duology!

 

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Review: The Struggle

Title: The Struggle

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: March 20th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

My Review:

I loved being back in this world because it is so fun! Gods, Demigods, Pure bloods, half bloods, yes! I don’t like this as much as The Covenant series because I still miss reading from Alex’s POV, but Seth is pretty awesome!

I wanted a little more action in this book, but there was a lot of emotional battles going on. Seth is no longer just the God Killer, he finds out that he is much more than that. Josie has her own problems to face after being kidnapped by a Titan.

Loved seeing the whole gang together, but I am not sure what is going on with Apollo, but he made me pretty mad in this book. He better have some serious explaining in the next book.

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The romance between Seth and Josie is seriously perfect. At times I feel like Josie is sort of a door mat with everything, but maybe that is just because she is different than Alex. Seth is just a total badass, and I can’t wait until book 4.

 

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Garden of Thorns: Review + Giveaway

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Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

Genre: YA Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Published by Entangled Teen

Published March 6th, 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30118749-garden-of-thorns?ac=1&from_search=true

After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll to take to her grave if she must.

My Review:

Garden of Thorns is an interesting book. I loved the whole aspect of the girls having garden names, and the gardener I wanted to kick him so hard!

Rose was a likable character, and the best part was how fierce her loyalty was to the other girls in the garden. She was a great friend and sister to them, and it is awesome when a character is selfless.

Rayce was a good character, even though at first he kind of made me mad when he didn’t entirely believe Rose, but then he grew on me. The chemistry with him and Rose was cute.

There were some things that came across as odd, but I liked how different this book was. Overall I would recommend giving this one a try.


Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing. She likes crazy hair styles, reading, D&D, k-dramas, good puns and great food.

When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork or exploring new places with her husband Brian. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is still waiting for a madman in a blue box to show up on her doorstep.

Garden of Thorns is her debut novel from Entangled Teen.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15236246.Amber_Mitchell

Twitter: @amberinblunderl

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