THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

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THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 5/7/13
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 432
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ReviewedbyDani

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

So I read Throne of Glass a while back and I recently realized I didn’t write a review for it. I’m currently reading Crown of Midnight the second book in the series and then it clicked, this series is AMAZING! Throne of Glass starts with our heroine Celaena Sardothien a former assassin turned prisoner. Celaena spends everyday in the Salt Mines of Endovier. At this point Celaena has given up on hoping for freedom, until The Crown Prince (Dorian) and The Captain of the Guard (Chaol) come to her with a proposition. If Celaena fights in a competition and wins she’ll become the Kings Champion for four years, and she’ll earn her freedom. It’s an offer Celaena can’t resist. When Celaena arrives at the Glass Castle she learns things won’t be as simple as she thought. Some dark evil is at work in the King’s castle and is killing off the competitors one by one. Throne of Glass is an awesome book! Celaena is funny, smart, and kick-ass. The romance interest are both great in their own ways. The ending was totally surprising. I plan on reading the other 3 books in the series. I would recommend this book to people who also liked Graceling or Grave Mercy.

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NIGHT SKY by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann

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NIGHT SKY by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie BrockmannNight Sky by Melanie Brockmann, Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Night Sky #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on 10-7-2014
Genres: Paranormal, SciFi, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 496
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ReviewedbyMiranda

They could be hunting you.
Hunted. Kidnapped. Bled. Someone is snatching girls and draining them for a secret that's in their blood. A hormone that makes them stronger, faster, smarter. A hormone that the makers of a new drug called Destiny will murder to get their hands on. These girls could be anyone. They could be anywhere.

They could be you.

When Skylar discovers she's a Greater-Than, a girl with terrifying power, her life will never be the same. The only way to stay alive is to join the fight against Destiny and become the ultimate weapon.

HOLY CRAP! In Night Sky the Brockmann Mother/Daughter team give readers a taste of excellent writing paired with genius storytelling! I am absolutely in L-O-V-E with Sky, Milo, Dana and Cal! I MUST know what happens next!!! I admit I’m obsessed with all things paranormal, scifi, urban fantasy and I get it all in Night Sky! There always comes a certain point in a book when you know you are falling in love with the characters, getting so attached you know eventually your heart will probably be smashed to smithereens and patched back together…eventually! I knew Night Sky was going to be one of my favorites within the first chapter, YES it’s that good!


First things first, the characters just plain rock! Skylar is the new girl living among Florida’s elite upper crust. She’s a little awkward and deep in the dark about her “greater-than” status. This means she has special abilities like telekinesis and can run superfast. However, she has no idea what is going on or how she is doing these things and more importantly she’s concerned she is going insane! Thankfully she has her new BFF Cal to keep her calm and laughing! Calvin “Cal” for short brings the humor to Night Sky! I adore Cal, his wheelchair and his ongoing game of “would you rather…” Then we have Motorcycle Girl, Dana, a greater-than with killer skills and awesome sarcastic wit. She is the perfect mentor for Sky. Milo is Dana’s brooding best friend. He is sweet, handsome and yes ladies he has a special connection to Sky that will almost certainly make you swoon! But you know how it goes the road is not smooth sailing for these two! Lastly, we have Skylar’s mom who is a bit annoying at times however I can’t help but like her and the adorable Sasha, who I want to give a big squeeze!


The main Arc of Night Sky revolves around Sasha. She is kidnapped in the middle of the night from her bedroom. Sky is heartbroken and determined to help find the little girl. This plot gives the reader a chance to learn so much about Sky and her friends and we get to go on a sensational journey with them. This fast-paced thriller keeps things moving through the climactic finish! NOW, I’m ready to devour my lovely ARC of the next book in the series WILD SKY! WooHoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Night Sky is an EPIC Read!! I give it SIX huge Wonderland Hearts!

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DANGEROUS DESTINY by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann

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DANGEROUS DESTINY by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie BrockmannDangerous Destiny by Melanie Brockmann, Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Night Sky Novella
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on 8-26-2014
Genres: Paranormal, SciFi, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 121
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ReviewedbyMiranda

In this pulse-pounding prequel to the Night Sky series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann, Skylar has her first brush with Destiny. She's about to meet a boy who will change her life—and a girl who wants to end it.

I know her.
Know her from inside the dreams. Inside those terrible, murderous, bloody dreams. I've heard her-screaming, her voice mixing in an awful chorus with all those other girls. Little girls.
Please, God.
That's what one of the little girls keeps saying, in the dream that is not just a dream. Please, God.
But I know better. There's no escaping this fate. This is destiny.
I must kill Skylar.


Skylar Reid is the new girl at school. Her mom just moved them to Florida—aka The Land of the Living Dead where the average age of her new neighbors was seventy-five—to start over. Skylar is not a fan of the change or her total lack of friends. Until she meets Calvin, a funny, sarcastic boy who doesn't let being in a wheelchair stop him from verbally shredding their preppy classmates. Skylar's just about to decide her new school's not a total loss when an odd girl wearing an oversized trench coat in the murderous Southern heat declares, "You're one of us." And then tries to kill her.

Don't miss out on YA's most thrilling new series.

Dangerous Destiny is a prequel to the Brockmann’s first book in their young adult series, Night SkyDangerous Destiny takes us into the life of Skylar Reid.  Skylar and her mother have just moved to Coconut Key, Florida.  Sky is not happy about the move one bit but it’s obvious this tough cookie can roll with the punches.  This turns out to be a good thing since her first few days of school end in gun fire.

 

Dangerous Destiny is so exciting your heart will pound out of your chest!  I love when I become so absorbed in a book that I forget the page numbers as I plunge from one to the next so fast!  The only bad thing is the book is over way too soon! I swear I screamed “Nooooooooo” when I found myself shockingly on the final page of Dangerous Destiny!  I immediately let my fingers take me to Amazon and ordered the first book in the series, Night Sky!

 

Dangerous Destiny is almost perfect! I give it Four Wonderland Hearts!

 

Dangerous Destiny is FREE on Amazon at the time of posting!

 

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TWO WAY STREET by Lauren Barnholdt

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TWO WAY STREET by Lauren BarnholdtTwo Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Published by Simon Pulse Source: Reviewer Purchase
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ReviewedbyAli

there are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.

It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

 

When I first started reading this book, I was sure that my review would be scathing. Both the hero and heroine were annoying me. Between repetitive words or phrases and the constant mention of MySpace (this title was published in 2007), I wanted to throw it across the room. The book, I mean. There was one of the phrases that annoyed me, “I mean”. I understood what you meant the first time.

I would have played a drinking game for  each time I had to read “I mean” or “MySpace,” but I’m afraid a couple chapters of that and I’d be wasted.

I will say, as the story progressed, it did get better. I did come to like the characters a bit better. Not a lot, but a bit.

There are lines like this, that made me :/

“We’ve reached her locker now, and she starts to turn the combination dial. She’s biting her lip while she does it, and I suddenly have the urge to reach over and bite it for her. Her lip. Not her locker. God, I’m losing it.”

Did anyone really think he meant her locker? :/

I don’t feel that Courtney or Jordan had much character growth. They were much the same throughout the book. I especially don’t feel that Courtney had any growth. She was the same from beginning to end. With Jordan, I do think he realized in the end that what he did was a mistake and knew he needed to do things differently going forward.

Unfortunately, while I did come to like the book more when I finished than when I started, I can’t recommend it. It’s not a title I will reread. There is a companion novel, Right of Way, which I am tempted to look into, but only to see what happens to not only Courtney and Jordan, but also their friends Jocelyn and B.J.

 

DEATH WISH by Megan Tayte

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DEATH WISH by Megan TayteDeath Wish by Megan Tayte
Series: Ceruleans #1
Published by Heaven Afire Source: Reviewer Purchase
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ReviewedbyDani
Not going to lie it took my a couple of chapters to really get into this book, but once I was past that point I was so engrossed.


In ‘Death Wish’ Scarlett Blake, a seventeen year old is trying to learn the truth about her sister Sienna’s death. Scarlett is staying the summer in her grandparents old house in the isolated cove of Twycombe. She’s not there to enjoy a summer on the beach but to find out what went through her sisters head before she died. Sienna committed suicide, at least that is what everybody is telling Scarlett. But Scarlett has trouble believing her sisters fate, so this summer she is set on finding some answers. Answers that are hard to find and soon she has even more questions. Scarlett also finds new friends and a life she didn’t expect to get attached to.


Megan Tayte has a writing style that is easy to follow and this book is a perfect combination of romance, mystery and heartbreak. The characters in this book are just really easy to love. There’s the main character Scarlett, who I loved from the very first page. Scarlett is young but has some incredible strength inside her.And then there are Luke and Cara. Luke is caring ever since he meet Scarlett he’s always wanted to be there for her. And Cara was just a really fun character. I loved her joyous, playful way of living her life and surrounding everyone around her with happiness. I also really liked Jude he was just so mysterious and he wasn’t in the book much but I just wanted to read more about him. I wasn’t really expecting what would happen in the end but it just left me wanting more. This book was great I think it’s a great summer read. I plan on reading the rest of this series and I definitely recommend this book. You guys should go read it!
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ME and EARL and THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews

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ME and EARL and THE DYING GIRL by Jesse AndrewsMe and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Published by Amulet Books Source: Reviewer Purchase
ReviewedbyDani

It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl.

This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life.

Fiercely funny, honest, heart-breaking—this is an unforgettable novel from a bright talent, now also a film that critics are calling "a touchstone for its generation" and "an instant classic."

I love reading books before they come out in theaters so when I saw the trailer for this movie I knew I had to read the book. This is probably my favorite book of 2015. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl isn’t your typical book about someone with cancer. Greg Gaines struggles with trying to figure out how to be a friend to Rachel. Greg and his friend Earl make films for fun and when they decide to make a film for Rachel it becomes a turning point in all of their lives. This book was a rollercoaster of emotions for me it was funny and sometimes I would cry but when I finished this book I definitely had a smile on my face this book is amazing. I would recommend this book and I plan on watching the movie when it comes out this month. Everyone should check this book out you won’t regret it!

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GONE TOO FAR by Natalie D. Richards

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GONE TOO FAR by Natalie D. RichardsGone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 6, 2015
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 319
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Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.


Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.

Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...

 

ReviewedbyDaniI thought I’d be into this book based on the synopsis, but I wasn’t.  I really had to push myself to finish it. I like my mystery books and Gone Too Far sounded promising but I just couldn’t connect with the main character, Piper. Piper did things that just got on my nerves, for example she would keep telling her best friend that he needed to go to college even though she knew he would get angry, and then she would wonder why he was mad at her. Piper did this on more than one occasion. Not only did it bother her best friend Manny. To say the least I wasn’t a big fan of the characters in this book. The mystery in this book is the one thing I enjoyed. I didn’t know who owned the notebook, because each character was someone who could have a motive. I will read Natalie Richards other book Six Months Later, because I have it but I’m not sure if I’d recommend this book.

I would give this book a 2.5
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DUFF by Kody Keplinger

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DUFF by Kody KeplingerDUFF by Kody Keplinger
Published by Poppy Genres: Social Issues, Young Adult
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ReviewedbyDani

In honor of DUFF coming out in theaters this month I decided to read the book. This was a short and quick read. This was a pretty good book. When I first picked upped DUFF and started reading it didn’t really capture me. But the farther I got, the better it became. The characters were relatable and easy to follow. I really liked the fact that while Wesley and Bianca were hooking up they realized how they both need to face there problems and find a way to deal with them. I also really loved the ending it was adorable.  I would recommend this book. I also can’t wait until the companion novel comes out!

BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver

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BEFORE I FALL by Lauren OliverBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins Source: Reviewer Purchase
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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.

BEWARE THE WILD
by Natalie C. Parker

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BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. ParkerBeware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Series: Beware the Wild #1
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-10-21
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336
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Reviewed by Dani

Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in this debut novel, sure to appeal to fans of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series. The swamp in Sterling's small Louisiana town proves to have a power over its inhabitants when her brother disappears and no one but Sterling even remembers that he existed. Now Sterling, with the help of brooding loner Heath, who's had his own creepy experience with the swamp, must fight back and reclaim what—and who—the swamp has taken.Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers won't want to miss.

It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in May when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed. Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

I can’t even explain how much I loved this book. Sterling’s brother Phin goes into the swamp and he doesn’t come out but Lenora May does. Sterling is the only one in town who remembers her brother even existed, but she gets a little help from Heath the only person who believes Sterling and doesn’t think she’s crazy. I just related to Sterling so much and I was rooting for her to find brother. I didn’t like Lenora, because when she climbed out of the swamp she thought she belonged there, and I was like where is Phin? I also really liked the relationship between Sterling and Heath it was really sweet that he believed her even when others didn’t. The setting and the swamp were just creepy but I loved it. I would recommend this book to others in a heart beat!