UNFILTERED: NO SHAME, NO REGRETS, JUST ME. By Lily Collins

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UNFILTERED: NO SHAME, NO REGRETS, JUST ME. By Lily CollinsUnfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. by Lily Collins
Published by HarperCollins on 3/7/17
Genres: Autobiography, Contemporary, Nonfiction
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: Reviewer Purchase
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ReviewedbyDani

For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She's learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

Short and Sweet Review

Unfiltered was about Lily’s life and personal experiences, each chapter touches on a different subject and Lily’s experience and how she dealt with this issue. This was a book that I’m sure a lot of readers can relate to, there’s a lot of subjects that Lily covers in this book: relationships, self-love, eating disorders. Collins did a great job at just putting it all out there she wasn’t afraid to address what has happened in her past and how it has changed the present. There’s definitely an emphasis on making it to the other side, Lily went through things that are pretty dark but she tries to focus on how she has come out of that, she is also about self-acceptance and loving yourself flaws and all. My favorite chapter in this book was “We Accept the Love We Think We Deserve,” I think Collins did an amazing job at making such personal things in her life relatable to the audience. Unfiltered is one of the first book of memoirs or essays that I’ve read and I was impressed. I loved how personal it got and it felt like I got to know Lily on another level and even if I couldn’t relate to some of the essays it was interesting to see how she navigated through some of these issues and how she’s dealt with them. I recommend this book so pick it up if you have the chance!

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THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR By Katharine McGee

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THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR By Katharine McGeeThe Thousandth Floor by Katharine Mcgee
Series: The Thousandth Floor #1
Published by HarperCollins on 8/30/16
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
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New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Short and Sweet

In The Thousandth Floor we follow the lives of 5 teenagers who live in a supertower. Manhattan 2118 is full of things that scream future, but even though some of these teens seem to have it all when we delve deeper into their lives and discover things aren’t as they seem. Secrets and drama bring these teens together and also tear them apart.

Characters

Avery: The girl who lives on the thousandth floor and seems perfect to all of her friends. Avery seems to have it all but there’s one thing she can’t have and that’s the boy she’s lived with her entire life. Avery was a good character she was looking out for her friends and tried to help them with their problems for the most part but she does end up having a falling out with one of them.

Leda: Leda is one of the highliers and just recently came home from a rehab facility for a problem with pills. She doesn’t tell anyone where she’s been for the summer, she’s also trying to get over a boy or maybe shes still trying to get with him. Guys! Leda is nuts! I mean I don’t think I’ve ever read a character like her she is insane and I’m not exaggerating. She’s spiteful always trying to get revenge and only looking out for herself. She also hires someone to keep tabs on the boy she likes, full on stalker status.

Eris: Another one of our highliers, Eris also seems to have it all until a secret tears apart her family. She goes from living at the top of the tower to going down to floor 103. She tries to keep this a secret for most of the book for the fear that her friends would start treating her different.

Rylin: Rylin does not live an extravagant life she lives on one of the lower floors trying to make money and living paying paycheck to paycheck to take care of her younger sister. One day she ends up getting an opportunity to work for someone who lives in a higher floor in the tower and it changes her life.

Watt: Watt also lives in the lower floors of the tower. Watt is a tech genius and has an illegal computer in his brain which helps give him information on everybody and helps him with his hacking.

Romance

Avery and Atlas: Okay, I can’t stand this couple at all! Atlas is Avery’s adopted older brother and this whole relationship just felt wrong to me. Literally apparently she’s loved him her whole life and I thought she would move on with someone other than her brother but no. It felt like lust and not love.

Avery and Watt: Watt meets Avery and seems to impress her with how much he seems to actually care about her. Watt actually has feelings for Avery, and I thought Avery had feelings for him to but the more I read the more I felt like she was just using poor Watt to make Atlas jealous.

Leda and Atlas: One night in the Andes and Leda’s life was changed forever now she’s obsessed with Watt and is trying to spend as much time as possible with him even if the way she goes about it is creepy.

Rylin and Hiral: Rylin’s boyfriend from one of the lower floors, they’ve been together since middle school but their relationship becomes strained when Rylin starts working for Cord on the upper floors.

Rylin and Cord: Cord is a highlier and hires Rylin as a maid, they begin to have feelings for each other and things just take off from there.

Eris and Cord: Eris and Cord would just hook up and then one night Cord decided to end it.

Eris and Mariel: Mariel is Eris’ neighbor from one of the lower floors, This was one of my favorite relationships Mariel teaches Eris that living on the lower floors isn’t as bad as she thinks they also had a really great chemistry, even though they did have some ups and downs related to how differently they were raised.

Quotes

~ “I believe in happiness. I’m just not sure love will actually get you there.”

My Thoughts

~ So when we start this book we learn that someone has fallen from the top floor but we don’t find out who until the end of the novel.

~ The pace is kind of slow but it makes sense when we have 5 povs to read from and these characters stories all seem to weave together.

~ There’s so much going on with all of the characters in this book it was entertaining and had me hooked, I will say after reading chapters from each pov it gets easier to remember who is who and what’s going on in their life.

~ Let me give you guys some information about Atlas, he’s Avery’s adopted brother and he decided he was going to run away and travel the world and just comes waltzing back into the tower like he was never gone, he’s actually quite secretive so that’s basically all we know about him.

~ I didn’t have a favorite character in this book mainly because they all did something that annoyed me but if I did have to pick on I didn’t like it would be Leda hands down, like whatever drug she was taking was strong because her behavior in this book was crazy.

~ I wish we got to see more of Mariel in this book she seemed to be sensible and she wasn’t dragged into the drama that was going in around her mainly because she only knew Eris and didn’t get to meet any of the other characters.

Overall

I loved reading this book and plan on continuing with this series! The way this book ended just left me wanting more, we find out who was killed and then there’s some blackmailing going on to keep what really happened that night a secret and I can’t wait to see how things will end up turning out!

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MADE FOR YOU By Melissa Marr

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MADE FOR YOU By Melissa MarrMade for You by Melissa Marr
Published by HarperCollins on 1/5/16
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mystery & Detective, Romance, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
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Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover she possesses a strange new skill—the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from her hit-and-run accident, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep their friends—and each other—from falling into the hands of a killer.

Short and Sweet

Made For You is about Eva who survived an attempt at her life, and the killer who was responsible for it and is still after her. After the attempt at her life, Eva and her friends find themselves in danger. Eva tries to find the killer before he attacks again.

My Thoughts

~ Made for You is told in a dual narrative, one POV is Eva and the other is of the actual killer.

~ I liked reading from the killer’s chapters, we get to see what’s going on in their head, but we don’t know their identity.

~ There is a paranormal aspect because Eva can now see how people die.

~ Eva was realistic and lovable, she wanted to know what was happening and she cares enough  about her friends to she help them even if it put her in danger.

~ I  liked Nate he was sweet and genuinely cared for Eva. I loved that this two childhood friends reunited.

~ I couldn’t put it down it was a thriller that was believable.

~ The mystery was well done and I didn’t have a clue about who the killer was until I got closer to the end.

Overall

The story line was realistic and things play out in a realistic way. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat! I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you like mysteries, thrillers, that have a paranormal aspect.

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RELIC By Gretchen McNeil

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RELIC By Gretchen McNeilRelic by Gretchen McNeil
Published by HarperCollins on 3/8/16
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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For Annie Kramer, the summer before college is bittersweet—both a last hurrah of freedom and the last days she'll spend with her boyfriend, Jack, before they head off to different colleges. So she and her friends plan one final adventure: a houseboating trip on Shasta Lake, complete with booze, romance . . . and an off-limits exploration of the notorious Bull Valley Mine.

The legends of mysterious lights and missing persons on Shasta Lake have been a staple of sleepovers and campouts since Annie was a kid. Full of decrepit bridges that lead to nowhere, railroad tunnels that disappear into the mountains, and terrifying stories of unexplained deaths and bodies that were never recovered, Bull Valley Mine is notorious and frightening—perfect for an epic conclusion to their high school lives.

The trip is fun and light—at first. But when a deranged stranger stumbles upon their campsite, spouting terrifying warnings and pleas for help, it's clear that everyone is in danger. And when their exploration of the mine goes horribly wrong, Annie and her friends quickly discover that the menace of Bull Valley Mine doesn't stay at Shasta Lake—it follows them home.

As one by one her friends fall victim to this mysterious and violent force, Annie must do whatever it takes to discover the ancient secrets of the mine and save her friends . . . if she's not already too late.

Short and Sweet

Annie and her friends are graduating and planning their summer of “no regrets” before leaving for college in the fall. They take a trip to the lake, where they venture into an old, deserted mine. In the mine Annie and her friends get separated. After leaving the lake and the mine Annie and her friends realize something has followed them out of the mine and is determined to kill each of them one by one.

What I liked

~ Annie, she was smart and determined to solve the mystery of what happened in the mine and what’s after them.

~ The teens were getting picked off one by one and trying to figure out who was next and if Annie would be able to save them had me on the edge.

~ It was fast paced, eerie, and also had some humor.

What I didn’t like

~Nothing!

Quotes

“I have no idea why you would bring a controlled substance for which I do not have a medical license onto government premises. I’m going to have to ask you to leave.”

~“Four tunnels,” Jack says decisively, “eight of us. We’ll split up and see where they lead.”
“Split up?” Sonya asks. “Do you think that’s a good idea?”

Overall

I love all of Gretchen McNeil’s books and this one was just as good as all of her others and its kind of like Ten. The ending was great and it really threw me because I wasn’t expecting it at all. If you like mysteries and horrors this is a great book to read and you can definitely try to find out yourselves what’s after Annie and her friends.

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BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver

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BEFORE I FALL by Lauren OliverBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver
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ReviewedbyDani

This is my first Lauren Oliver book and I loved it. Popular high school senior Sam Kingston dies in an accident on February 12th “Cupid Day”, but Sam relives her last day seven times. This book was amazing with each day you learn more about Sam and you get to see what changes she’ll make on each of the days, and with each day you get closer to unlocking the mystery of how she died that night. When I read Sam’s first day I thought the way she died was simple but with each day you learn something else and it just gets more complex. Sam was the mean girl while she was alive and while she relives her last day she tries to makeup for what she has done. I really enjoyed seeing how one of Sam’s actions can change the outcome. I would recommend this book, and I plan on checking out Lauren Oliver’s other books.

UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan

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UNINVITED by Sophie JordanUninvited by Sophie Jordan
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-01-28
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
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Reviewed by Miranda

From New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan, Uninvited is a chilling and suspenseful story about a girl whose DNA brands her as a killer, perfect for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Confessions of a Murder Suspect.Davy had everything—a terrific boyfriend, the homecoming crown, a bright future at Juilliard—but when her genetic tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, she loses it all. Uninvited from her prestigious school and avoided by her friends and family, she is placed in a special class with other

 

I had the honor of receiving an ARC of Ms. Jordan’s upcoming novel UNINVITED at Authors After Dark. I have been so busy I didn’t have the chance to read it until Christmas Eve. I finished it within 24 hours because WOW it is so fantastic! Sophie Jordan has an award winning book on her hands. UNINVITED hits shelves in January and you do not want to miss out! UNINVITED’S tagline is “They Say She’s A Killer, One Day She Will Be.” This is one great tagline. It creates the perfect amount of intrigue. While reading UNINVITED you will ask yourself a bunch of questions about how we define ourselves and how far we will go to survive?! UNINVITED is beautifully written by Ms. Jordan’s brilliant pen. UNINVITED is by far the best young adult novel I have read this year. It gave me exciting chills the likes of which I haven’t had since I read, The Hunger Games.

UNINVITED gives the reader a feast filled with heady topics, chilling suspense and a one-of-a-kind romance. I fully expect the characters, Davina “Davy” Hamilton and Sean O’Rourke to become the next “YA It Couple!” One of the many things that make this a wonderful novel is the fact that there is no angst-ridden love triangle like most YA novels. Davy Hamilton is one smart and savvy teenager. Unfortunately, her world gets turned upside down in an instant and she is forced to learn a new way of living. Sean O’Rourke is a no-nonsense type of guy who has worked for everything he has. Sparks fly when these two are on the page together. I absolutely love them! I’m actually thinking about reading it again because it went by too fast! UNINVITED took my breath away with its invigorating five-star romance! Sophie Jordan rocked my world with UNINVITED! I cannot wait to find out what happens next!!

 

Xoxo,

Miranda