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Review: Eve by Anna Carey

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From Goodreads:

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

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Review: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

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An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

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Review: Black City by Elizabeth Richards

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A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.
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Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.

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Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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In New Beijing, humans and androids make up the population. As a deadly virus plagues it’s citizens, the ruthless Lunar people are ever present in the kingdom waiting to make their move.

Cinder is an android with a mysterious past. Her stepmother resents her and is blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But Cinder’s life is about to change when she crosses paths with Prince Kai and she becomes apart of an intergalactic struggle and forbidden attraction.

This is a unique spin on the classic tale of Cinderella. I absolutely loved the science fiction twist having our heroine as an android and the Asian characteristics of the New Beijing reminded me of Joss Whedon’s show, Firefly, where it’s inhabitants aren’t necessarily Asian, but they take on a lot of their cultural aspects.

The characters are well written and the relationship between Cinder and the Prince reminded me of the movie, Ever After, so I felt like I knew where things were going in that sense. But even though it was a fairly practicable story, it definitely kept me intrigued and wondering exactly what was going to happen and how.

The science fiction played a big part of course, otherwise it would be just another Cinderella story. The use of a deadly virus is different and a nemesis other than the evil stepmother helps with giving Cinder and the Prince’s relationship more depth and meaning which is much appreciated when most young adult books are filled with instant love.

Even though Cinder has a lot of changes to the story we all know, the fairytale of unjust oppression and the triumph over it is still the embodiment of it and I can’t wait to read the second installment.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5/5 stars)

Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

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Jackson Meyer is an average nineteen year old- college student, part-time job, a great girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. Though unlike what is widely perceived with time traveling, he has no effect on the timeline.

Although what has been harmless fun becomes a desperate attempt to stop his girlfriend from being fatally shot when two men burst in on them.

Jackson jumps back further than he ever has and finds out that he and his ability is not as secretive as he thought. Now he must deal with other time travelers who want to get their hands on him either for recruitment or to kill him.

I have been waiting to read this for awhile and I was so excited to start it, but I was quickly disappointed by it. The idea of time travel is what drew me to this book in the first place, but being a time traveler and not being able to have an effect on your timeline is (quantum) physically impossible. I believe it was mentioned it the story that he wasn’t jumping through his own timeline which was why he couldn’t change anything, but the universe he is in is exactly the same as his timeline- which is also not possible.

There were a lot of elements like that that made things confusing and made me wish that Cross kept to the simple theory of time travel and focus more on the story- his girlfriend is dead or dying and there are other “time-travelers” who want him for whatever reason. It was just confusing keeping up with the different timelines/universes.

Although I did enjoy the relationship between Jackson and his twin sister, Courtney, who had died and we only know her from flashbacks. I hope her constant mentioning in this first book is a sign that she plays a larger role in the grand scheme of the story.

Unfortunately I didn’t care much for his girlfriend. We didn’t get to know her before she got shot and then when Jackson jumped, we got a seventeen year old version of her with apparently a slightly different personality, so technically she’s not the same girl he fell in love with. And also considering that he and his real girlfriend have only known each other for a few months, I find it extremely hard to believe that a teenager will go through this messed up craziness for a girl.

I was more confused than anything else reading this debut from Cross, but it did kept me entertained enough for me to be curious about where it’s headed. It was a very bold attempt by Cross to use time travel as a foundation, but it just didn’t work for me.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5/5 stars)