Friday, September 30, 2016

REVIEW: Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 12:00 AM 0 comments
Title: Pretty Wicked
Genre: Crime/Mystery YA
Author: Kelly Charron
Publisher: Dark Arts Publishing
Publication: September 30th 2016
Cover Rating: 2/5

Pretty Wicked is unlike any other book I have ever read before. I am sure there are plenty of books out there that has a similar plot but this was the first for me. It is told from the perspective of a teenage killer and like three or four chapters where the POV switches to a police officer dealing with the ordeal.

Ryann, whom I thought was a guy for like the first 10 pages, is that perfect cheerleader, good grades, super innocent type of girl in public. But at home, behind closed doors, she is a cold blooded killer. I loved getting to see how Ryann thought and how she planned things. I don't know what that says about me... But if Ryann can be a murderer... Then anyone can. Even all those lost socks in the dryer could be murderers.

The family dynamic in the book seemed a little iffy. It felt like the family members were just created, besides the father, to interact with Ryann. The sister was never really there and the mother was always at work so we didn't get to see who they were. I feel like the sister was the most iffy character. Other than Ryann having to live up to her "perfect" sister, there was really nothing.

Ryann's friends were weird. For her being a cheerleader she hung out with a different crowd. And one thing I noticed was that they were all morbid in some way. They all wanted to know the gruesome details of every murder. Ryann's best friend, Bao Yu, was the worst of them all. Yet... In the end, they were singing a different tune.

Knox was actually a surprise to me. I was thinking that he was just playing with Ryann to get evidence but what happened in the end wasn't what I had in mind. I honestly thought he had his phone on record the entire time. But I also didn't really think he was who he ended up being. I thought Ryann's sister was going to be the one...

I think one of the big questions I still had in the end was, did they ever figure out that Ryann was involved with her friends death in elementary school? But even without that answered the book was still very good. I think if it wasn't for Knox then Ryann's ending would have been a lot different.

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.






Tuesday, September 13, 2016

REVIEW: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 12:00 AM 0 comments
Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Publication: August 14th 2014
Cover Rating: 3/5

SYNOPSIS:

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last? 

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. 

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.


I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!
When I started I was like okay, Anna and the French Kiss will always be my favorite, forever and always. But then towards the middle of this book I'm like holy crap, Isla (eye-la) is my spirit animal. Then towards the end I realized that this would be my favorite. Hands down. 
This book was sexy without being vulgar. 
And OMG!!!!! That scene towards the end in the Point Star!!!
I cried a lot in this book towards the end! When shes reading the manual at the end.. I cried super hard.

I CRIED!!!
I honestly did !!!
 The last book and only other book I cried on was The fault in out starts.
That one was out of sadness though.
Well this one had sad crying too.


This book had it all. I love how we get to see all of these places as they travel, we go in their adventures. 
We fall in love. 
It had heartbreak.
It had life.
I want more. 
I need more. 
I finished this like 12 hours ago and I still cant get over the feeling that it left me. 

Recommend it?
I don't know why you're still reading this.
You should be out there.
Getting the book.
Leave. 
Close the page. 
GO
BUY
IT!

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

REVIEW: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 4:34 PM 0 comments
Title: Labyrinth Lost
Genre: YA Magical Realism
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: September 6th 2016
Cover Rating: 4/5
I wrote a review for this book already but for some reason when I went to post it the file became corrupt. Maybe it was magic!

Have you ever read a book where you ADORED the authors writing style but that specific book just didn't do it for you? Well, for me, that is this book. It is soooo good, don't get me wrong. I just wasn't into the plot at the time BUT I will be following the series because the way this book ended was crazy.

Alex is a Bruja, a witch for those who don't know what a Bruja is. Us normal people have a sweet 16 or some other forms of normal teenage festivities. Not Alex. She gets a Death Day. A Death Day happens once a Bruja finally comes into her powers. But Alex has been hiding things from her family a friends. She decides to be VERY selfish and looks for a way to get out of her unwanted lifestyle. Alex didn't even think how her actions would alter her or her families lives until it was too late.

Enter Nova. He randomly appears and is here to save the day. Right? Well I guess you will have to read the book and find out because I cannot get into much detail about him without spoiling at least one thing or another.

Rose and Lula are your typical older and younger sisters. They tease, trick and torment each other but in the end they are still sisters and still love each other. We don't get to see too much of the mother though. There are a lot of relatives in this book. Dead and alive. It is a little hard keeping track of who is who because a lot of them have similar names or you just get so many names thrown at you that it is just sometimes difficult to keep track.

For some reason this book seemed very Alice in Wonderland-esqe to me. I can't quite place what exactly gives me that vibe but the vibe is there. Maybe it's the going to a different world thing, maybe it's the Queen of Hearts type element with The Devourer but it's there and if you read the book for yourself maybe you will see it too.

So as I stated above, this book ended on a crazy cliffhanger. Let's just say I envy those who don't read this book until all of the books are out. Not only did I read this long before it was even released but now I have to wait a year to get answers that are just swarming through my head. But, hey, it will make me continue the series so the author knew what she was doing.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.









*Disclaimer - I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.

Monday, September 5, 2016

What I Read This Week: August 29th - September 4th

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 10:00 AM 0 comments

Finished 08/29/2016
I requested this book from the publisher and they kindly sent it to me in exchange for my honest review and here it is... I liked this book. It was a bit slow for me and there was a lot of information to take in but after a while I just flew through it. I honestly wasn't sure If I was going to worry about continuing with the series until I read the last sentence and proceeded to yell at the book. I know a lot of people who would love this book and will be recommending it to them but I didn't adore it. I do, however, love the authors writing style and will be following her new books. I might even buy her previous series with the pretty blue covers. We shall see. I will have a full review up the day this book is release(09/06/2016).



Finished 08/30/2016
So far, this is my favorite book. A lot of horrible things happened but I feel like we are finally getting somewhere with the whole Voldemort thing. 

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