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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel VincentThe Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Series: The Stars Never Rise,
Published by Delacorte on 9 June 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Death & Dying, Demons, Dystopian, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Amazon Vine
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Place(s) Traveled To: New Temperance, Unknown

First Line(s): There’s never a good time of day to cross town with a bag full of stolen goods, but of all the possibilities, five a.m. was the hour best suited to that particular sin.

Before reading THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. I knew some of my trusted friends had read and really enjoyed this dystopian novel so when a copy landed in my lap I decided to give it a shot. I thought that THE STARS NEVER RISE was an interesting read and a change on your typical dystopian story but it also took me longer to read than it should have and I can’t full place my finger on why. There was just something about the story that didn’t compel me to pick it up and as such I became easily distracted by other things until I forced myself to sit down and finish the story.

I thought that the world in THE STARS NEVER RISE could have used a bit more development but overall it did have more character to it than many of today’s dystopian reads. I also liked the characters and thought that Nina was strong and courageous and dealing with a whole mess of things that no teenage girl should have to deal with. And it certainly doesn’t help when she learns that the demons that her world has to deal with are an even bigger threat than initially thought. That’s right, I said demons. THE STARS NEVER RISE is full of them and I liked Rachel Vincent take on this mythology and how she incorporated religion into her story. For in Vincent’s world the Church has taken control of all as a way to hold back the demon horde but all is not as status quo as the Church wants everyone to think.

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There is also a very interesting romantic interest in this book and those that aren’t a fan of love triangles will have to beware before picking up this book. While THE STARS NEVER RISE doesn’t have a love triangle in the traditional sense there are aspects to this story that may be off putting to some. I thought it was interesting and I do wonder where Rachel Vincent is going to go with it. Although I do have a theory so I am curious to see if things unfold the way that I think it might. If it does I will be really disappointed so here’s hoping that Vincent is more clever than I when it comes to that situation.

Readers should also know that THE STARS NEVER RISE does end with a cliff hanger. For me, its not a gripping edge of your seat I need the next book now sort of cliff hanger but it does have me wanting to see how it all ends. As such, I will be picking up the next book THE FLAME NEVER DIES (Release Date: Aug 2016) but don’t think that I will be rushing out to read it. I also think that THE STARS NEVER RISE is just a duology and I like that we’ll be getting an ending ending with the next book. Although I could be wrong about this and I’m just going off what Goodreads is showing me. Overall, I liked THE STARS NEVER RISE but I didn’t love it. I think that fans of dystopian reads (even those who are tired of the genre) will enjoy it but maybe wait until August because…you know…cliff hanger.




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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte on 01 September 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Diseases, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
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Place(s) Traveled To: Los Angeles, California // Kahului, Hawaii

First Line(s): I’ve read more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me. I’ve had the time.

When I first heard of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING I wasn’t sure if it would be a book for me. For one, its an Alloy Entertainment book and me and packaged books don’t always get along the best and two because of its topic. But then I kept hearing people rave about it and so I decided to give it a try. Now normally, hyped up books and I don’t get along so that coupled with the packaged book and you’d think that EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING would be a total miss for me but lo and behold I ended up loving this one.

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING is a story told from Madeline’s POV. Madeline is your typical teenager and she likes to shop and read and she gets into fights with her mom. But Madeline isn’t like most teens as she lives in a bubble. Literally. She is a girl that can’t go outside because the outside world may kill her as she’s allergic to pretty much everything. Her mother is a doctor and her primary caregiver and has turned the house into a refuge of sorts and tries to give Madeline a normal life. Madeline is okay with this until new neighbors, including teen boy Olly, move in and then Madeline begins to yearn for more.

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Special thanks to AndiABCs for helping me pick out which quote to use!

I really enjoyed Madeline’s voice and I was totally sucked into her story. I found it hard to put EVERYTHING EVERYTHING down and read it quickly. Madeline was smart and funny and I loved how she and Olly found a way to communicate when she wasn’t able to go outside or even open a window. Its a fast paced story that makes you feel all the feels. And even though I totally predicted how this whole story would play out in the beginning it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story. Madeline and Olly’s relationship was everything and I couldn’t get enough of it.

I do wish that there had been a little more from the ending. After all that build up I wanted more and so felt a little cheated. There just weren’t enough words to satisfy me but what words were there were well written. I enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s story telling and I am already looking forward to her next book. EVERYTHING EVERYTHING is the sort of book that reminds me to take chances and to not judge too harshly before I give a story a chance. Because you never know what you might be missing if you don’t try to see if something is worthwhile.


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: Wanderlove by Kirsten HubbardWanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Published by Delacorte on 13 March 2012
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Place(s) Traveled To: Los Angeles, California // Antigua, Guatemala // Chichicastenango, Guatemala // Panajachel, Guatemala // Santa Lucia, Guatemala // Guatemala City, Guatemala // Rio Dulce, Guatemala // Flores, Guatemala // Tikal, Guatemala // Livingston, Guatemala // Punta Gorda, Belize // Belize City, Belize // Laughingbird Caye, Belize

First Line(s): As soon as I see the blond girl bouncing down the aisle, I know she’s heading for the empty seat beside me.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard is a book that has been on my radar since it was released in 2012 and a book that has been recommended to me more times than I can count. But for whatever reason I didn’t pick it up until now and then proceeded to read it in about a day. Wanderlove started out a little slow for me but as I kept reading it just settled in nicely into my brain and clung there like the memory of an old friend. Its a book that fully woke up my travel bug and made me want to pack a bag, grab my passport, head to the airport, and jump on the first plane out of Massachusetts. (It also didn’t help that this was the THIRD road trip type book I’d read in a row.)

I love the concept of what wanderlove is: “Wanderlust is like itchy feet. It’s when you can’t settle down. But Wanderlove is much deeper than that . . . it’s a compulsion. It’s the difference between lust and love.” as described by Rowan and Starling, two characters in the book. This book just ended up hitting all the right notes with me and I was sad to have reached the end of the story. This book is filled with adventure as Bria leaves her guided tour and takes off for places unknown with people she just met. And for those romance lovers out there, it has a slow burn romance that will make your heart ache even as you want to shake the characters to get them to just act on what we all know they are feeling!

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I loved how Bria changed and grew over the course of the novel. At the beginning of the story she was a bit lost and didn’t really know herself after dealing with the pressures of school and an asshat of an ex-boyfriend. But her friendship with Starling and Rowan along with her own personal journey she found her way back to who she was before but also discovered a bit of the person that she was always meant to be. I liked how she changed those around her just as they changed parts of her too. Because we all give pieces of ourselves to others and this book really highlights that.

Wanderlove is a book that I know that I will be revisiting in the future and its a book that I wish I’d read sooner but also know that now was the perfect time for me to find it. It was well written and well plotted and I just wanted it to go one for another 100 pages or so. These are characters that will stay with me and ones that I hope you all take the time to meet one day.


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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult5 Comments

Review: The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner,
Also in this series: The Maze Runner
Published by Delacorte on 06 October 2009
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Death & Dying, Dystopian, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, Mystery & Detective, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Book Expo (BEA-ALA-et al)
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Place(s) Traveled to: The Maze //  The Glade

First Line(s): He began his new life standing up, surrounded by a cold darkness and stale, dusty air.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is the start of a new series published by Delacorte Books. This is the third book by Dasher and regular followers of my blog know that I read and loved his first book Journal of the Curious Letters….I have the second book, The Hunt for Dark Infinity, staring at me from high up on Mt TBR. I had plans to read it when it came out but it took forever to get my hands on it that I just haven’t had the time to squeeze it in. =( Though everything I’ve heard about it has been amazing. So with all those good things comeing from Dashner’s other books I was so excited to be able to get my hands on a copy of The Maze Runner at the Book Expo America. Such much so that I pretty much dragged several of my blogger friends along with me to his signing and made them all get copies. (Hopefully they are liking the book as much I did!)

Maze Runner starts off in an eerie way, a boy is trapped in the box and the box seems to be moving. When it stops and the top opens he is dragged out by a group of scraggly looking books all around his age. The only thing this boy can remember is his first name, Thomas. First names are all anyone can remember. And this mysterious place that Thomas finds himself in is called the Glade, which lies in the center of a maze. A maze where the walls are always moving and deadly creatures roam at night looking for a Gladers who didn’t make it back “home” before the doors closed. There is a set routine to life in the maze…runners run out daily looking for a way out. The boys are almost happy, that is until the unthinkable happens and a girl appears and she brings a horrible and cryptic message and life for those in the Glade will never be the same.

This book left me breathless. I was sucked in from the first page and couldn’t put this book down. I love Dashner’s imagination and the fact that he incorporates mechanically beasties into his stories. These creatures seem so real that I can pratically hear them moving about as I read. I wizzed through this book because I needed to know what happend. Why were the boys in the maze? Would they find a way out? And that ending?!?!? Gah!!! Such a bloody cliffhanger that I was cursing James Dashner (just a bit) because I NEED to know what happens next. My only consolation is that there is a next but as THIS book isn’t out until October I have a long wait ahead of me. *sobs* If you like dystopian novels then you will like this book. Its a fast paced read that keeps you engaged with the need know. I think that this is far and away Dashner’s best book to date and I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve.