THE SPIRITGLASS CHARADE By Colleen Gleason

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THE SPIRITGLASS CHARADE By Colleen GleasonThe Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason
Series: Stoker & Holmes #2
Published by Chronicle Books on 10/7/14
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover
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ReviewedbyDani

Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood, so to speak.

After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: someone is trying to make Willa appear lunatic using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected?

As Uncle Sherlock would say, there are no coincidences. It will take all of Mina's wit and Evaline's muscle to keep London's sinister underground at bay.

Short and Sweet Review

In The Spiritglass Charade, Mina and Evaline are asked to investigate who is trying to get a young heiress’ fortune. There’s also the mystery of a missing brother and vampires coming back to London. In this book we still have the same characters we met in the first book. This time both of the girls are eager to show that they have the skills to solve this mystery. The mystery surrounding Willa was well done, it wasn’t obvious who was trying to get her fortune. Mina was a hard character to connect to mainly because she comes across as smug  whenever she makes a deduction. I like Eva but during this book she made a lot of reckless decisions. Pix was also in this book and he’s just a big mystery. Who is he working for and what is he up to? Grayling is also back and I just love his character I want more of him he takes his job seriously and keeps Mina on her toes. I thought that Grayling’s scenes with Mina were cute I liked when they were together. The Ankh doesn’t make an appearance in this book but she was mentioned. I love mysteries and this series is great, I can’t wait to read the next book!

THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB By Colleen Gleason

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THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB By Colleen GleasonThe Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Series: Stoker & Holmes #1
Published by Chronicle Books on 9/17/13
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Mystery & Detective, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 356
Format: Hardcover
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Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business.

But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high.

If Stoker and Holmes don't unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they'll become the next victims.

Short and Sweet Review

Mina Holmes is the niece of Sherlock and Evaline Stoker is the younger sister of Bram. These girls live two totally different lives, Mina has the same great observation and deduction skills that her uncle has, and Evaline has strength and quickness which helps her to fight vampires. The girls meet at the British Museum and meet Irene Adler, who informs them of a mystery. The mystery being young women who have either disappeared or have been found murdered. Both Evaline and Mina have to work together to stop the evil that is going on throughout London. These two girls did not mesh Mina thought that Evaline was impulsive and Evaline thought that Mina was a know it all. I enjoyed this book it’s so different, its a steampunk novel that takes place in London. The mystery itself kept me on my toes we get to see a bit of Egyptian mythology as well. There’s a lot of character development in this book and though we do get to meet male characters they’re not the focus of the book. I love mysteries and this one was so interesting the steampunk aspect and the two main characters. This book is worth reading!

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PERFECT By Cecelia Ahern

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PERFECT By Cecelia AhernPerfect by Cecelia Ahern
Series: Flawed #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 4/4/17
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured--all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick--the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret--one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?

Short and Sweet

Perfect starts off two weeks later from where Flawed ended. Celsetine is now in hiding and is considered to be an evader. Celestine has to figure out who she can trust, and how she can bring down Crevan, the flawed system, and the Guild.

Characters

Celestine: Our main character who is on the run. She’s smart but she thinks with her heart when she should be thinking with her head.

Carrick: A fellow flawed. Who is supportive of the flawed movement and is trying to help Celestine, but he also has motives of his own.

Romance

There is a bit of a love triangle in this book, between Celestine, Carrick, and Art. I didn’t like it at all. Honestly, Carrick was helping Celestine and while I did question his motives he did genuinely care about her. And we do see Art again and we get a bit of a surprise when we see him in this book. It’s not surprising that she would still have feelings for Art but I think Celestine needed to make up her mind. I find it rude that she would even question going back with one guy after the other guy has risked so much to help her.

Quotes

“I thought I was smart, but I’m not smart enough.”

“It was a bus that I lost my faith in humanity. It was on a bus that it was restored.”

My Thoughts

~Let me start off by saying I did enjoy this book a lot more than the first.

~ I loved that Celestine was on the run this time and she couldn’t really trust anyone. I liked that she was in survivor mode. In Flawed she was banking that her relationship with Crevan would get her out of her predicament.

~ We get to know more about Carrick in this book, he played a bigger part in this book. He helped Celestine get away from whistleblowers on more than one occasion.

~ We also meet a few more flawed people who are on board to help Celestine mainly because they’re ready to be treated equally in this society.

~ I liked how everything came full circle and how people tried to help Celestine and how she kind of had a plan and how she usually stayed one step ahead the people who were trying to stop her.

~A few people helped Celestine that we wouldn’t expect. Which was interesting it had me worrying about if these people would be caught.

~ One thing that bothered me was how stubborn Celestine was, like I said above she thinks with her heart most of the time and not with her head. She had me frustrated sometimes with the way she would almost ruin a plan because she was being stubborn.

Overall

Perfect is a great ending to this duology. It had me on the edge of my seat worrying about how things would turn out and if Celestine would be able to accomplish what she set out for. The ending was good it had me guessing at what scenario would happen. I would recommend this book, I definitely think this book is better than the first but to get to this book you have to read Flawed, just so everything will make sense.

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NEXIS by A. L. Davroe

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NEXIS by A. L. DavroeNexis by A. L. Davroe
Series: Tricksters #1
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born among genetically altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then...the crash. Devastated by her father's death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship...and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the "real" world and makes her feel whole again. But when their separate worlds collide, Ella will have to choose between love and survival. Because Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

And it’s been waiting for Ella.

Nexis follows Ella. Her father just created a virtual reality world in the future that they live in. The virtual reality is called Nexis. In Nexis you can create a virtual character and be whoever you want and do whatever you want. The only catch is that you can only play for six hours and then you have to take a break. The game literally kicks you out after six hours and won’t let you log back on for another eighteen. (Just imagine if Twitter did that, I’d die!)

After creating the game Ella’s father, wins an award and the two of them end up being part of the Aristocracy. However, later that night Ella’s father is killed. Ella survives, though she lost her legs and finds herself alone in a room. All she has is her robot whom she’s known all her life. Therefore she decides to play Nexis for once. In Nexis Ella meets Gus and I just love the connection those two had. Nexis follows Ella’s adventures and discoveries while she’s in the game, and outside the game.

Ella was an amazing character. Despite her loss, she managed to stay strong and fight for herself. I definitely felt for her. I think that my favorite character was definitely Gus. He was just so caring and sweet towards Ella and he showed her what love really is. The two of them were absolutely perfect together.

I loved the idea of Nexis. I also really loved the world that Davroe has created.  Nexis is worth the read. I definitely can’t wait to see what happens in book two. I just hope the wait isn’t too long, because I need more of Gus and Ella and their next adventure!

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IMITATION by Heather Hildenbrand

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IMITATION by Heather HildenbrandImitation by Heather Hildenbrand
Series: Imitation #1
Published by Alloy Entertainment on 5/19/15
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 239
Source: Publisher
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Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now. When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

Raven Rogen has everything. She is rich, popular and does what she wants, at least that’s what it seems like to Ven, Raven’s clone. Ven has to watch Raven’s life everyday to learn how to be her if needed. Clones are only created for one reason, and that’s to replace the Authentic when and if needed. None of the clones who where sent to replace their Authentic ever return so the clones know nothing about the outside apart from what they are allowed to see from the glimpses of their Authentic’s videos.

Ven is called to duty and is equal parts happy and anxious. Ven knows her job is to be Raven, down to the littlest detail, but as Ven lives Raven’s life she sees its not as glamorous as she thought. For a start she wasn’t told that Raven’s life was in danger and that Ven is now the bait! She must figure out what is going on before its too late.

Ven was a brilliant heroine. She knows her place in life is to be Raven yet she still has her own personality. The clones are lead to believe that they are nothing but emotionless beings put on the earth to serve their Authentic. Ven doesn’t believe this though, how can she be like that when she has every kind of emotion flowing through her. When she is sent to be Raven, she hates how Raven treats everyone, she hates how Raven uses people and while she has to behave like Raven, or else she will be killed, she doesn’t enjoy it.

Titus, Raven’s father, is the one who made the clone for Raven. He treats Ven like she is nothing. He is more than willing to make Ven the bait just so he can capture the people after Raven and question them. He doesn’t care what happens to Ven nor any other clone. He is heartless and cruel. Ven hates him and will do anything to be free of him.

Then we have Linc. I loved this serious, mysterious character. He is Raven’s, and now Ven’s, bodyguard and is always there for her. He hates that Titus is putting Raven out there, just to catch and “question” the people after her. To Linc it seems that Titus doesn’t care about his own daughter, but little does Linc know that Raven isn’t herself. He knows something is different with her but he doesn’t know what. Since the first time she is attacked Raven seems nicer and Linc thinks maybe it made her realize life is precious. He finds himself drawn to the new Raven but what will he do if he finds she isn’t who he thinks??

This is my first clone book and I have to say, I loved the plot. I loved how the Imitations are made specifically for their Authentic and can be used for parts or can be used if the Authentic dies. The mainstream people have no idea that the Imitations are there, they are only used by the very rich an powerful, so anyone could be a clone and you’d never know. It was a fascinating concept.

Overall I loved Imitation. It has everything a great book should have, suspense, mystery, great characters and plenty of action. From the very first page we are dragged into a world of corruption, a world where the elite thrive and the rest are forgotten about. The clones are made to follow orders or else face the kill switch. I loved everything about this book and need book 2 now!

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DAY 21 by Kass Morgan

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DAY 21 by Kass MorganDay 21 by Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred #2
Published by Little Brown Books Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself. In this pulse-pounding sequel to The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.
The book picks up where The 100 left off, the group of people sent down to Earth are now aware of the fact they are not alone. They have always believed that no one survived the Cataclysm, that Earth was not inhabitable because of radiation. They are now aware that there are people living on Earth, Earthborns who managed to survive in a large underground bunker and have now come to the surface.

This one keeps up the fast-moving pace that we had in book one. It has all the twists and turns, the four different points of view and the flashbacks into their past that reveal more about them and the story. It also has the romance and the drama that comes along with it. There is just so much romance and melodrama surrounding it all. We’ve got characters declaring their love for one another, even though they have quite literally only known each other for three weeks.

We still follow four characters in this: Clarke, Bellamy, Wells and Glass. Glass was my favorite out of the four in The 100 and she’s still my favorite in this book. I liked the book and I’d recommend it. I still haven’t watched the show yet but I think I’ll wait until I read the third book! (:
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THE 100 by Kass Morgan

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THE 100 by Kass MorganThe 100 by Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred #1
Published by Brown Books Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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ReviewedbyDani

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission. CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.
100 teenagers are to be sent to earth after humans evacuated it 300 years prior because of a nuclear war. After a brief introduction, we embark on this unnerving trip to a now foreign planet. While I liked the quick drop into the big picture, I felt like I missed the chance to get to know the characters beforehand. We do get flashbacks throughout the book but there’s only a minor light shed on the character’s lives when they were on the ship.

The 100 left me with endless questions from the events that led to life on this ship, to how life has been sustained for three centuries, to how they have evolved and adapted. When they get to earth, aside from it being regrettably unexciting for a while, I was unconvinced at how they could adapt so easily – they don’t seem to be affected by the sun or foreign bacteria like the kind in water from a river.

The only problem I had with this book was keeping up with the 4 POVs. In the end I have to admit that it kept my interest from start to finish. The book’s short chapters makes it a quick read, it also has some frightening turn of events on top of an ending that stirs up the pot.
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PORTAL 24 by Meredith Stroud

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PORTAL 24 by Meredith StroudPortal 24 Published by Hot Key Books Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Ever since his father’s disappearance, teenaged Darius has made a living for himself as a small-time con artist, cheating tourists out of their money on the hot streets of Memphis. When a mysterious woman starts following him, he thinks the police are finally on to him—but the truth is far stranger than that. Darius has been recruited by Project Oberon, a top-secret government organization dedicated to preventing disasters—before they occur. Oberon has created a portal that allows people to go back in time, to exactly twenty-four hours earlier.  Then disaster strikes New York City, and Darius and his team of special ops teenagers are in the Portal, heading back with just one day to prevent the unthinkable. But it soon becomes clear that this villain is unlike any they’ve ever faced before—and knows far too much about Project Oberon. Can Darius and the team save the world before their twenty-four hours are up, or will they be lost in time forever?

As a con-artist, Darius Simms was a keen observer and knew when a person was bluffing him but when Agent Grosz told him that he and his girlfriend will die that evening, he didn’t know what to think. Soon he finds himself agreeing to be a replacement field agent to a team of special teenagers whose goal was to prevent catastrophic event from happening. I was excited to read this book at first. Based on the synopsis I thought that it would be a thrilling and exciting adventure. I was so completely disappointed, I don’t even know where to begin. Nothing really happened until almost 1/3 of the way through the book. Then it’s one thing happening after another. The pace just wasn’t working for me. Also the interactions that the characters were having just weren’t believable. I really wanted to like this book but it just fell short of my expectations.

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SOULPRINT by Megan Miranda

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
SOULPRINT by Megan MirandaSoulprint by Megan Miranda
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 2015-02-12
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
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“Maybe there will be a consequence for my choices in the next life. But right now, this is the only one that matters.”
Seventeen year old Alina Chase has been confined all her life for her own protection, so she is told. Protected from people that want revenge for her past life. Revenge for what her soul did as June Calahan a brilliant, charismatic criminal that blackmailed and stole private information from the soul database. Technology that can reveal our past lives. Information that people would pay or kill to protect or forget. But now Alina is paying the price for what June did. Alina lives under constant supervision on an island with no family or friends or way out. Until Casey and Cameron, two strangers with their own set of secrets and motives, come busting into her safe, little world. Casey and Cameron pull Alina out of her bubble. Out into the world to chase after answers and clues about soul-printing that June may or may not have left for her. I loved this tech filled scavenger hunt. This wasn’t my favorite book by Megan Miranda but I still loved it, I love all of her books and I would recommend this to everyone.

DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke

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DISSONANCE by Erica O’RourkeDissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-07-22
Genres: Music, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by Dani

In this inventive romantic thriller, Del has the power to navigate between alternate realities—and the power to save multiple worlds.Delancey knows for sure that there is more than one universe. Many more. Because every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—all of these choices create alternate universes in which echo selves take the roads not traveled. Del knows all of this because she’s a Walker, someone who can navigate between the worlds, and whose job is to keep the dimensions in harmony. But Del’s decisions have consequences too. Even though she’s forbidden from Walking after a training session goes horribly wrong, she secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds. She’s particularly intrigued by the echo versions of Simon Lane, a guy who won’t give her the time of day in the main world, but whose alternate selves are uniquely interested. But falling for Simon draws Del closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.
Synopsis: For Delancey Sullivan, alternate universes aren’t just a theory: they’re a way of life. Every time someone makes a choice—to eat breakfast or skip it, to sneak out or stay in bed—parallel realities are created, and echo versions of ourselves take the roads not traveled in the Key World. As a Walker, Del navigates between the Echoes, keeping the dimensions in harmony. But when her own choices go horribly wrong, she must decide between her heart and her duty—and live with the consequences.

I don’t even know where to start. This book was amazing! Del is a walker and a walkers job is to keep the key world safe. Del makes a mistake in one of the echoes and she is put on suspension. When Del realizes with the help of her friend Elliot that the mistake she made shouldn’t have happened she’s on a mission to find out what happened and how to fix it. The characters in this book are great. Del is a headstrong main character and will do things that are reckless if she thinks its going to benefit the people she loves. And Del’s love interest Simon was an interesting character. We don’t really get to know Simon at first but only his echoes Del sees in different dimensions. The romance between the two was sweet, I think they were a great couple. I really liked the secondary characters in this book and how they were treated. Elliot, Del’s friend, was such a sweet guy who was always their for his best friend. Addison, Del’s sister, came across as a perfectionist type snob at first, but we see deeper into her character as the book progresses and she proved to be a Walker who would do anything to ensure the safety of the Key World. I loved the relationship between Del and her grandpa Monty, who has a secret of his own. This book was a page turner, I was hooked. I’m ready for the sequel!