THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS By Jessica Brody

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THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOST THINGS By Jessica BrodyThe Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
Published by Simon Pulse on 10/2/18
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 464
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A lot can happen on the road from lost to found…

Ali Collins doesn’t have room in her life for clutter or complications. So when her estranged father passes away and leaves her his only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—Ali knows she won’t keep it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. And especially not when a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast is offering enough money for the car to save her childhood home from foreclosure. There’s only one problem, though. Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift.

But her ex-boyfriend, Nico, does.

The road trip gets off to a horrible start, filled with unexpected detours, roadblocks, and all the uncomfortable tension that comes with being trapped in a car with your ex. But when Nico starts collecting items from the quirky strangers they meet along the way, Ali starts to sense that these objects aren’t random. Somehow they seem to be leading her to an unknown truth about her father. A truth that will finally prove to Ali that some things—even broken things—are worth saving.

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Ali’s childhood home is going to be foreclosed on and it seems like all hope is gone until Ali’s finds out that her recently passed father has left his 1968 Firebird convertible to her. Now all Ali has to do is meet with a buyer 300 miles and sell the car to him, the only problem is Ali doesn’t know how to drive stick but her ex-boyfriend Nico does. On the trip Nico tries to convince Ali to keep the car and get the money by trading things through craigslist. This book was better than I was expecting I loved the road trip aspect and we learn a lot about the characters while they’re on the road. The book is told only from Ali’s POV but we do get flashbacks from times with her dad and times with Nico. Ali and her father didn’t have the best relationship which is why she jumps on the opportunity to sell the Firebird. Ali doesn’t have the best relationship with Nico either considering that they’re exes. Ali is notorious for getting rid of things that bring her pain or she’ll just go through phases where she wants to throw everything away and she kind of did that to both her relationship with her dad and with Nico, once something went wrong she wanted nothing to do with them. I love the plot of this book Ali is so determined to get rid of the car and now she’s stuck in a car with Nico for five hours, I liked how awkward it was at first and then we learn more about their relationship and more about their lives in the process. We also learn more about Jackson (Ali’s dad) and how their relationship soured over the years. My favorite thing was the trading items through craigslist Ali and Nico met a lot of different people and found out how different things had different values for them, something happened to them during one trade and I was so crushed for them. I thought this was a great road trip book and I don’t think the synopsis gives it justice, Ali learned that there’s more value to things even if they may be broken its still worth it to save them.

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MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD By Emma Berquist

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MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD By Emma BerquistMissing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist
Published by Greenwillow Books on 5/21/19
Genres: LGBT, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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When eighteen-year-old Lexi foresees the brutal murder of a young woman outside a club in downtown L.A., she is powerless to stop it.

But then the girl’s ghost appears, seeking vengeance, and Lexi is swept into a dangerous search that could put her directly in the path of a serial killer. From the author of Devils Unto Dust, this fast-paced and literary thriller will haunt fans of Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious and Karen M. McManus’s One of Us Is Lying.

With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club.

Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge.

Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible.

Short and Sweet

Lexi has the ability to see when people are going to die and how they’re going to die just by touching them. When Lexi foresees the death of a girl outside of a club, and then sees her ghost a few days later Lexi knows she has to help the ghost move on, but first the ghost wants to find her killer.

Characters

Lexi: Lexi is our main character and she comes off as rude and she pushes people away and this is because of her ability. Lexi doesn’t like her ability she doesn’t find it useful and its mainly unpleasant, because who wants to see how people die? Lexi also has the ability to send ghost away into the afterlife if they want it and if not she can do it anyway. I thought Lexi was mainly misunderstood because she’s standoffish. Lexi is also smart even though she didn’t finish high school she has a love for science.

Jane: Jane is our ghost. When Jane was alive she was described as full of life but as a ghost she’s ready for vengeance. Jane has trouble remembering what happened that night so Lexi has to help her by walking her through what happened that night. Jane was an okay character there wasn’t much development, she was a ghost bent on revenge and she liked Lexi and seemed to care for her.

Romance

Lexi and Jane: This is an interesting relationship to say the least, I mean one is dead and the other is alive. Umm Lexi comes to like Jane the more they spend time together and I think it was the same for Jane, they were an okay couple but they did have a few things about them that bothered me. One, Jane didn’t know that Lexi foresaw her death. Two, they both get angry at each other pretty quick, but makeup just as quick.

My Thoughts

~ Lexi works at a club and all of her coworkers also have abilities some are psychics, healers, and witches.

~ I liked Lexi’s grandfather he also has the same ability I feel like he felt bad that she inherited the gift.

~ Lexi has a roommate named Trevor who so happens to be a ghost and I loved him he cared about Lexi and made sure she was okay and was willing to help her when she needed it.

~ So Jane wasn’t the only person who was killed there have been others and Janes death started the investigation into the missing and murdered people because Lexi saw her ghost and they both wanted to find who could have done it.

~ There’s not much I can really saw about the book because I don’t feel like it was long but, the characters were okay, the mystery was good, I wasn’t expecting what happened in the end and thats the whole book to me.

Overall

I thought this was a good book I enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything special it was just another ghost story with a side of mystery. I thought the mystery aspect was good I wasn’t sure who did so that’s always a good thing. So if you enjoy books with a vengeful ghost, a main character who doesn’t like using her ability, and a mystery then check this book out.

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LAST THINGS By Jacqueline West

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LAST THINGS By Jacqueline WestLast Things by Jacqueline West
Published by Greenwillow Books on 5/7/19
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 416
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High school senior Anders Thorson is unusually gifted. His band, Last Things, is legendary in their northern Minnesota hometown. With guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren’t only eighteen, Anders is the focus of head-turning admiration. And Thea Malcom, a newcomer to the insular town, is one of his admirers. Thea seems to turn up everywhere Anders goes: gigs at the local coffeehouse, guitar lessons, even in the woods near Anders’s home.

When strange things start happening to Anders, blame immediately falls on Thea. But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him? Can he trust a girl who doesn’t seem to know the difference between dreams and reality? And how much are they both willing to sacrifice to get what they want?

Short and Sweet

Anders is a gifted musician, his ability to play the guitar and write songs are what make his band Last Things pretty well known in their town in Minnesota. Thea Malcolm is new in town and she isn’t exactly popular she’s an outsider and when things start to happen to Anders the blame falls on Thea. But is Thea really to blame or is she trying to protect Anders?

Characters

Anders: One of our main characters. So Anders went into the woods one day and it made him a better musician and a talented songwriter, but now the woods are coming to collect  and they want Anders and if they can’t him they’ll start by taking everything he loves. So Anders has this gloomy rocker vibe going on, and he’s kind of selfish he doesn’t think about anyone else but himself and I think it may be an effect of the deal he made he just wants more and more.

Thea: Thea’s new in town and she lives with her aunt Mae. Mae has a reputation in town for being crazy but Mae has premonitions about things that are going to happen and I think Thea may have the same abilities. I do know for sure that Thea can feel the woods and the danger that is coming for Anders. Thea likes to stay on the edges and doesn’t make her presence known but she’s usually following Anders to protect him but to others it makes her seem like a stalker. Honestly she was pretty sketchy she found his cat and kept it a few days before giving it back just to see what it was like to be with Anders cat.

Romance

Anders and Frankie: Frankie is a popular girl and in Anders mind she only likes him because he’s a musician and is gaining more popularity with his band. I mean theres really not much we know about Frankie except that she’s popular and she’s always with her friends, but I do think she genuinely wanted to get to know Anders and not just because of his band.

My Thoughts

~ There’s not really a name for what’s coming for Anders, Thea usually just says she feels the woods closing in and that they want him, and I guess its time for Anders to pay up for the talents they gave him.

~ Anders can feel that theres something wrong but he’s not really sure if its because of what happened in the woods a few years back or if it’s just a coincidence. But he starts to get more wary when things around him start to disappear like his cat, Frankie, and some of his talent.

~ I feel like there’s not much character development with either character. It’s honestly hard to like either of them because you don’t really get to know them. We know Anders basically made a deal with something in the woods like a dark force but what is Thea? After reading the book I still have no clue about what she is and I’d really like to know because it wasn’t really explained.

~ I didn’t like that these two didn’t interact until 60% through the book when Thea actually had to tell Anders to watch out and that she was actually there to protect him, but obviously he still thinks she’s a stalker. I thought these two would have more interactions throughout the book but I was wrong, they only start talking to each other towards the end of the book.

~ The Plot! The climax doesn’t take place until the second half of the book and I feel like I’m being generous when I say that because from what I remember I was 70% through the book when the dark things in the forest were really coming for Anders.

Overall

Well this book is really something. I don’t know exactly how to feel about it, its not great but its not bad either it was just okay, its not a book I would read again its kind of a one and done deal. The characters aren’t memorable, I had a vague idea of what was going on because things weren’t fully explained and the ending came and went and it wasn’t satisfying in the slightest.

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NOCTURNA By Maya Motayne

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NOCTURNA By Maya MotayneNocturna by Maya Motayne
Series: A Forgery of Magic #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on 5/7/19
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 480
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To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

Short and Sweet

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfie is next in line for the throne but he doesn’t feel like it should be him. Alfie will do anything to bring Dez back even if it means using forbidden magic. Finn is a thief and one of her powers is the ability to change her appearance which comes in handy, but when Finn comes in contact with a mobster who takes her power she has no choice but to do her bidding to get her power back. Now Finn is tasked with breaking into the palace and stealing a treasure. Finn and Alfie’s fates collide when Alfie ends up setting an evil force free and now both of them have to stop ii or watch the destruction of their home.

Characters

Alfie: Alfie has been through a lot, he’s still dealing with the loss of his older brother and at the beginning of the book he’s coming back from a trip away. Alfie knows that people are relying on him to be the leader they need and he’s not sure he can live up to their expectations. Alfie has also developed a bit of a drinking problem to deal with his emotions and sometimes he does have a small anger problem. The one thing I truly loved about Alfie is that he know what kind of person he didn’t want to be and he never wanted to go to far, so if he did get angry at people he would stop himself before it got too far. He was a good character he tried to do what he felt was right and owned up to his mistakes and tried to make things right.

Finn: Finn is a thief and she can change her face, she hasn’t seen her own face in years and she likes it that way. Finn’s past was pretty mysterious and we don’t find out what happened until later about why she likes to change her face. Finn was pretty guarded and mainly cared about herself and getting her magic back. I did like how Finn does end up helping Alfie, she’s snarky and definitely able to stand her ground and I loved her for it.

Luka: Luka is Alfie’s cousin but they’re more like brothers. Luka was upset when Alfie left and felt like Alfie was abandoning him. He cares about his cousin a lot and he plays a very pivotal role in helping Alfie when they’re trying to stop the ancient power.

Ignacio: Ignacio is like an adoptive father to Finn. He felt betrayed when she left him and now he wants her to either join him or die. Ignacio likes to hurt everyone that Finn gets close to and its pretty sick how much control he wants over her.

Romance

Alfie and Finn: Well this is more of a friendship, a friendship I feel that could possibly blossom into more if these two wanted it to happen. I liked the dynamic between these two they had to learn to work together. Alfie was the more caring one in this partnership while Finn was a little more realistic about everything.

My Thoughts

~ Let me just start off by saying this is a Latinx inspired world, and it wasn’t like things were just sprinkled in but it felt very authentic, from the settings, the words, and characters names. Honestly the writing is amazing and it makes the imagery seem real.

~ I loved our characters, I’m sure Alfie and Finn were never supposed to meet but it just so happens they were at the same card game. These two don’t have the best first encounter, they end up fighting and in a few days are reunited again and have to learn to work together to stop the magic they unleashed.

~ I realize I haven’t talked about Dez much, but he was important to his family and his kingdom. Alfie was with Dez when he was taken from him and Alfie felt like Dez was still alive so he spent most of his time looking for ways to get his brother back.

~ I liked their adventure to stop the magic, they even broke into a prison and had a very elaborate plan. The magic was a dark force and was looking for people who could sustain it and act as a host. Alfie had a bit of it with him and it took a toll on him to use it.

~ Alfie was able to control water while Finn is able to control stone. It’s interesting because characters also have propios which I want to describe as like their shadow, each one does something different, Alfie’s is able to see the color of other peoples magic, Finn’s allows her to change her face, and Ignacio’s gives him control over people.

~ The ending was great and I think that this is going to be a series so I can’t wait until the next book is released to see what’s going to happen to these characters.

Overall

This book was magical! I loved the Latinx inspired world it was different, and I haven’t read a book like it. The characters are what really make the story it was nice seeing two people from different worlds having to learn to work together for a common goal. The magic elements were a nice touch and our characters learned that sometimes magic comes with a consequence. I thought this book was great and once I really got into it I couldn’t stop reading! Definitely read this book if you want to get swept away into a world full of magic!

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KING OF FOOLS By Amanda Foody

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KING OF FOOLS By Amanda FoodyKing of Fools by Amanda Foody
Series: The Shadow Game #2
Published by Inkyard Press on 4/30/19
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 608
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On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Séance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with the estranged son of mafia donna Vianca Augustine. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by Vianca’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive...

Or die as legends.

Short and Sweet

After the events of the Shadow game both Levi and Enne are wanted criminals. Levi partners with Harrison Augustine to take down his mother Vianca, while Enne plays the part of a lady by day and street lord by night. Now both of them have to make decisions that will either help them or in the long run set them back and it could be the end.

Characters

Levi: Levi Levi Levi, well he’s still the Iron lord but something about him in this book was off putting. I think he was too concerned about helping Harrison that he forgot to consider the feelings of those around him. Levi is still good at making plans and usually gets himself out of tough situations. Oh and because Levi is working with Harrison he has to keep it on the down low because if Vianca found out Levi was working with her son it would be the end of him and the legacy he’s trying to create.

Enne: Enne is trying to figure herself out in this book, is she still the proper lady from Bellamy or has New Reynes made her a Lord? Enne goes by the name Seance when she’s dealing with the other gangs or wants to be inconspicuous. I liked Enne a lot in this book she’s a lot tougher and she does have to make ethical choices in this book.

Jac: Jac is still Levi’s second and best friend but their relationship in this book is strained and it made me sad because they’re best friends. Jac is on his own mission to find out who is going to be the next person to inherit the Torren empire and its hard for him because Jac used to be addicted to a drug that is distributed by the Torrens. So now that he’s in their territory he has to fight the urges to use lullaby. Jac also meets Sophia Torren who is determined to take the empire down.

Lola: Lola is Enne’s second and one of her best friends. Lola is around in this book she helps Enne learn the history of the north side and she’s there to give advice, but I didn’t feel like she was there as much as I wanted her to be. Lola is still her grumpy self but deep down she cares about those closest to her.

Romance

Levi and Enne: Well these two obviously like each other but the relationship in this book wasn’t the best. Levi tried to keep secrets from Enne because he thought it would be safer incase Vianca found something out. They fought a lot in this book and sometimes went weeks without talking but they would meet up to discuss business.

Jac and Sophia: Jac meets Sophia when he’s trying to find out who is going to take over the Torren empire, and it so happens that Sophia is a Torren. Jac ends up staying to help Sophia take down her half-siblings so they can burn the Torren empire to the ground. Jac likes Sophia but she’s keeping a few secrets from him which makes it hard for him to trust her.

Lola and Tock: So Tock is a new iron and I guess Levi’s third, anyway Lola and Tock meet at a party and there was chemistry and yeah. We don’t see a lot of their encounters but they’re usually together when they can be.

My Thoughts

~ There’s a lot going on in this book, Levi is working with Harrison, Vianca is using the omertà to have Enne attend political parties for her. Harrison is running against Worner Prescott which is the man her mother is supporting. It’s all very messy, Levi is supporting Harrison and hoping he wins because Harrison will kill Vianca which will break the omertà.

~ By the way there’s an all girl gang called the Spirits! Enne made a girl gang you guys and they’re awesome! At first it just started with Enne and Lola and then they recruited Grace and in the end theres more than 10 all together. Most of the girls have the split talent to count which is helpful for the plans that Enne and Levi have.

~ We meet all of the gangs from the north side in this book and let me just say they’re all interesting in their own ways and obviously not the most trusting people.

~ We get to read from Levi, Enne, and Jac’s POV and I will say that I enjoyed Enne’s the most.

~ There’s always been talk that Vianca had a third person under her omertà and we finally get to see who that person is ready for revenge.

~ There’s a lot of politics involved in this book and because of that there’s a lot of secrets and betrayal going on. Everyone has something to lose this time around.

Overall

This was a solid sequel but when I think about it I did enjoy Ace of Shades a little more, mainly because this one had me worrying about the characters at every turn. The ending was a cliffhanger and now I need the third book in my hands now just to see how everything ends! I really do love this series its so different and I love New Reynes and its fun to lose myself in this world, so definitely read check out the series!!!

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DREAD NATION By Justina Ireland

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DREAD NATION By Justina IrelandDread Nation by Justina Ireland
Series: Dread Nation #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on 4/3/18
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 464
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Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.

In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose.

But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies.

And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Short and Sweet

Jane attends Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore preparing to be an attendant and fight off shamblers, but that’s not the life Jane wants. Jane just wants to finish her education and go back home to Kentucky. But when families start to go missing in Baltimore Jane finds herself in the middle of a situation she never thought she’d be in.

Characters

Jane: Jane is our main character and I liked her. Jane was smart unlike some of the other girls she knew how to read and write. Jane was sometimes impulsive which got her into a lot of trouble at times. Jane is also great at fighting shamblers at close combat.

Katherine: Katherine is black but she’s light skinned which gives her an advantage to pass as a white woman which she and Jane use in certain situations. I loved Katherine she well mannered, snarky, and fashionable, she’s also great with a rifle. I felt bad that people didn’t want her as an attendant because she was too pretty.

Romance

There’s not much romance in this book. Jane used to date Red Jack but they broke up and are somewhat friends now, and Jane and Gideon are just friendly with each other.

Quotes

~ “Besides Jane, the day I cannot take down a few shambles wearing something fashionable is the day I turn in my rifle.”

My Thoughts

~ Let me just start by saying Jane and Katherine are my favorite thing about this book! They didn’t like each other at first but then they ended up growing on each other and that is the greatest relationship in this book their friendship!

~ The book is told in Jane’s POV only and at the start of every chapter we see a little snippet from letters between Jane and her mother. All I really want is for Jane and her mother to be reunited.

~ I liked the mystery aspect of the book because where were all the families disappearing to? This one hit more to home for Jane because its Red Jack’s sister who also goes missing.

~ When Jane and Katherine were sent to Summerland I felt to bad for them because the Priest and the Sheriff were awful it was almost like they were running a cult.

~ Like I mentioned earlier Jane is pretty smart and she comes up with a plan to get her and Katherine out of Summerland and to somewhere safe mainly back to her home at Rosehill.

~ The ending left me wanting Jane and her mother to reunite especially because the letter problem and I can’t wait to see her journey to California

Overall

I loved this book, it was amazing and I’m ready for the sequel! I just want Jane to find her momma and I want more of Jane and Katherine I love their friendship. This book was captivating and entertaining and I can’t stop thinking about it!

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THE AWAKENING By L.J. Smith

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THE AWAKENING By L.J. SmithThe Awakening by L.J. Smith
Series: The Vampire Diaries #1
Published by HarperCollins on 3/1/99
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 324
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A deadly love triangle

Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any guy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.

Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . . who will she choose?

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“You want everybody and everything revolving around Elena Gilbert.”

I don’t even know where to start you guys so I guess I’ll give you a synopsis because the one from the book isn’t great. Elena is starting a new year in high school and then a new student, Stefan arrives. Elena finds herself attracted to Stefan and will do anything to have him. Here’s the thing Stefan doesn’t seem to feel the same way about Elena and he spends most of his time avoiding her. Okay here’s my problem with the book he obviously doesn’t feel the same way about her so what does she do? She spends half of the book moping and trying to come up with ways to get him to like her honestly its ridiculous. Also once he does start talking to her she starts asking him if he loves her. Like what?! He literally just started talking to her and then the next day she asks him “don’t you love me Stefan?” It’s just weird and put me off and anyway we don’t even find out Damon exists until like 60% through the book and its not like she’s drawn to him like the book says, he uses his powers on her to get these reactions from her. This book was hard to get through I couldn’t stand Elena, she was self-centered and even though she might not have thought so she was. The only thing that was different from the show was Elena’s best friends were Bonnie and Meredith, and Caroline was more of an enemy. Would I read the second book? I don’t know I would have to be bored or maybe in a mood to suffer. I don’t understand why I didn’t like this book because I’ve read the Nightworld series by L.J. Smith and loved it, and now I want to go back and see if I still love them or if I’m losing it.

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A QUESTION OF HOLMES By Brittany Cavallaro

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A QUESTION OF HOLMES By Brittany CavallaroA Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Charlotte Holmes #4
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 3/5/19
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery & Detective, Retellings, Young Adult
Pages: 304
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Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson finally have a chance to start over. With all the freedom their pre-college summer program provides and no one on their tail, the only mystery they need to solve, once and for all, is what they are to each other.

But upon their arrival at Oxford, Charlotte is immediately drawn into a new case: a series of accidents befell the theater program at Oxford last year, culminating in a young woman going missing on the night of a major performance.

The mystery has gone unsolved; the case is cold. And no one—least of all the girl’s peculiar, close-knit group of friends—is talking.

When Watson and Holmes join the theater program, the “accidents” start anew, giving them no choice but to throw themselves into the case. But as the complicated lines of friendship, love, and loyalty blur, time is running out—and tragedy waits in the wings.

Short and Sweet

Charlotte and Jamie are finally in the clear, they’ve left behind Sherringford and the Moriarty family. Now they’re both looking ahead to the future and they’ve started to take  summer classes at Oxford, but once Charlotte gets to the school she learns about accidents that have plagued the theater members, now Charlotte and Jamie have to stop the perpetrator before theres another victim.

Characters

Charlotte: Charlotte Holmes, our lovable main character, when I think about it she reminds me of Bones from the tv show Bones a little awkward socially but still smart and good at heart. I love Charlotte she’s been going to therapy and she’s trying to better herself and I like how she’s working on herself, she’s grown a lot over the series.

Jamie: Jamie Watson, I just like saying their last names. Jamie is still Jamie he cares, he’s still a little aggressive, and he’s just trying to focus on his future in this book. Where could taking summer classes take Jamie in the future? Well he wants to be a writer and I think he’d be great at it.

Romance

Charlotte and Jamie: So in this book Charlotte and Jamie are exploring and trying to figure out if a relationship would actually work. It’s cute they keep their boundaries but at the same time theres hand holding and kissing. I actually really liked this because they respected each other and never went beyond what the other was comfortable with.

My Thoughts

~ I feel like this book was a lot shorter than the other books in the series but it was still enjoyable I really liked the mystery in this book.

~ The book is told only in Charlotte’s POV which was different from all the other books, at first I was surprised but I really liked her narration.

~ I loved the new setting and I liked that these two were investigating accidents happening around the theater students. It was a good mystery because it was hard to tell who could have actually been causing the accidents.

~ I liked the banter between Charlotte and Jamie it was funny and cute and it was great.

~ By the way I think Leander should win uncle of the year. He cares so much about Charlotte and he keeps her safe and he’s amazing and I’m glad she had him around.

~ As much as I loved this book I didn’t like the epilogue, but I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just leave it at that everything was great except for the epilogue.

Overall

I’m so sad that this series is over, I liked this take on Sherlock Holmes. It’s been fun following Charlotte and Jamie and the mysteries they encounter. I thought this was a great book I liked picturing what life would be like for these two in college and the future too. I love this series and you guys should read it if you like mysteries and Sherlock Holmes because who doesn’t like Sherlock?

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IN ANOTHER LIFE By C.C. Hunter

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IN ANOTHER LIFE By C.C. HunterIn Another Life by C.C Hunter
Published by Wednesday Books on 3/26/19
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery & Detective, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they're kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?

Short and Sweet

When Chloe was three years old she was adopted and became Chloe Holden and she’s had a pretty good life. Fourteen years later Chloe’s parents are separated, she’s left her friends behind and her mother has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Now Chloe is the new girl in school and she has met Cash Colton. Cash takes an interest in Chloe because she looks like the daughter his foster parents lost. Now Chloe’s past before the adoption is starting to haunt her and she wants the details to her adoption, the more Chloe learns about her adoption she starts to realize something isn’t right.

Characters

Chloe: Chloe is just trying to live life as normally as she can. Her mother is in remission and she has to be the parent to her mother and make sure she’s okay. Chloe also has a lot of resentment towards her father because she feels like her just left her and her mother. Anyway I thought Chloe was an okay character she cares a lot about the people closest to her. Chloe was indecisive she wanted to find out more about the adoption but she would change her mind, or if she did end up being the kidnapped child she wasn’t sure if she wanted the truth to come out.

Cash: Cash has had a hard life, his dad would involve Cash in his criminal activities, this has obviously scarred Cash and has made him feel like he’s had to prove everyone wrong and prove that he’s not his dad. Cash is really hard on himself. Thinking back Cash was also an okay character he could have been better, I didn’t really like how he treated the Fullers they just really wanted to involve him in their family but sometimes he was just so short with them and would leave when they tried to have a conversation with him.

Romance

Chloe and Cash: So it would seem like the main reason that these two got together was because Cash was trying to figure out if Chloe was actually Emily, but he didn’t drop that bombshell on her until later so I suppose that they had feelings for each other. They did spend a lot of time together. It was a an instalove thing and they did say I love you and they didn’t even know each other for that long.

My Thoughts

~ We get to read from both Chloe and Cash’s POVs, I didn’t have a favorite one to read from I feel like both were okay and both had their flaws. Chloe had a lot of drama surrounding her parents and Cash was obsessed with finding out about Chloe and like I said I didn’t like his interactions with the Fullers.

~ Cash recognizes Chloe from an age progression photo that his foster parents had because they never gave up hope and at first he thinks Chloe is trying to scam them but he learns that she has no idea that she could have been kidnapped.

~ More about Chloe and her parents. Chloe’s mom is depressed and is in a funk and is also very bitter she talks a lot of trash about Chloe’s dad. Because Chloe is around her mom so much she also gets annoyed when thinking about her dad and will also start trash talking him but to his face. This all was a little too much for me this happened a lot in the book there was just so much bitterness when it came to her parents.

~ Chloe befriends her neighbor Lindsay. I loved Lindsay she was a good friend and was there for Chloe and was someone she could go to talk to I honestly wish there was more of her in the book.

~ So about 60% through the book that’s when things start to go down. Chloe and Cash are learning more about her past and things start to get more suspenseful. We also get a new POV and this time its the culprit.

~ I could not stand the culprit I thought he was too impulsive and paranoid. The culprit is one of those people who has a gun and shoots it but not because they needs to but just because they have a gun. The culprit was honestly so annoying I couldn’t stand it.

~ I wanted more from the ending I just felt like there could have been more surrounding the culprit and the adoption or kidnapping but everything just ended so quickly and I didn’t like it.

Overall

In Another Life wasn’t what I was expecting it to be I thought there would be more of a mystery aspect to it but there wasn’t much it was more like how did this happen. I think the book could have been better, the ending wasn’t that great either everything was wrapped up but I was just left wanting more. I love C.C. Hunter and her books but this one isn’t one I would say I loved.

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OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS By Justin A. Reynolds

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OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS By Justin A. ReynoldsOpposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 3/5/19
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 451
Format: eBook
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When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.

But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.

Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind.

Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves.

Short and Sweet

Jack meets Kate at a party and they spend all night talking and learning that they have a lot in common like their love for cereal and their favorite movies. Soon Kate is meeting Jack’s friends and is winning them over. But then Kate dies, and it may seem like that would be the end of their story but it’s not. Jack travels back in time and suddenly he’s meeting Kate again and this time he knows that he has to save her. But while time travel seems great Jack learns that each change he makes may come with a consequence.

Characters

Jack: I Love Jack King! I need to find a Jack King! Jack is so amazing, he’s caring, lovable, funny, compassionate, he’s the best! Honestly he’ll do anything for those closest to him. At first he spends a lot of time focusing on Kate and then he realizes that he also needs to focus on those closest to him.

Kate: I love Kate maybe a little less than I love Jack but only a smidge less, because I mean who can top Jack? Kate is awesome in her own right she’s smart, and she cares about people and doesn’t want them t get hurt. Kate also has sickle cell which complicates things because she doesn’t want to get close to Jack only for something to happen to her and leave him behind.

Jill: Jill is one of Jack’s best friends and is also supportive of him. I feel like she’s move of the peace maker of the group. Jill is also dealing with things in her family life such as her father leaving.

Franny: Franny and Jack have been friends since they were kids, so there’s a lot of history there. I liked Franny’s character he may be a big guy but he has a big heart. Franny has to deal with his dad being released from jail and trying to deal with the emotions surrounding that. Franny is a good friend to Jack and vice versa.

Romance

Jack and Kate: Ahh, where do I even start? We see this couple try their hand at things 4 times and each time is a little different then the last. They still have chemistry, they still have that I feel like I’ve met you before feeling, and they still make sense together. Honestly I don’t want to use the word perfect but they’re perfect for each other.

Franny and Jill: Franny and Jill have been dating for a while and these two they work together, they fit. They’re supportive of each other and I like how they let Jack third wheel with them.

Jack and Jill: Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. Just kidding! Anyway these two met during their freshman year of high school and their best friends but Jack has always had a crush on Jill but its a little awkward because Jill is dating their best friend Franny! So when these two got together during one of Jacks times in the past I wasn’t into it, these two just weren’t right together and were better off as friends.

My Thoughts

~ Jack and Kate meet at a college party and they hit things off real quick. They spend the whole night talking and getting to know each other and getting cereal.

~ So I keep saying time travel but its more like Jack goes through everything the first time he meets Kate and then she dies and he does go back to when they first met and if things don’t go right he relives the night they met. So maybe more like a Groundhog Day kind of premise.

~ In the book we see Jack get to try things over five times because you know maybe the third times not the charm.

~ I loved seeing how Jack changed things each time and how these changes affected everything else during that time. I liked seeing him realize what he should do to make things work and what things wouldn’t work.

~ Jack has a great support system around him, his parents and Franny and Jill. They all try to help him and support him with everything.

~ Each character is so well written that they’re relatable and you feel for them and the things they’re going through the highs and the lows.

Overall

This book is heartfelt and funny and it amazing! I’m so happy I picked up this book, it is now one of my favorites. I feel like the characters are so relatable and the plot was well thought out and the book was written amazingly It makes you feel for each character. The time travel aspect makes you wonder “what if?” What if I had the chance to go back? What would I change? It’s just so good and I think everyone should go get a copy now!!!

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