ARC Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Written by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Release Date: October 18th 2016
Pages: 608, hardcover
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
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The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Sondra isn’t here. She can’t do this review. She’s over there. Screaming into space. Yelling about this book. Don’t worry. She’s only been doing it since she finished, oh a few months ago. She should be good….eventually.

Okay…okay I’m…okay. Good. Ish. Goddamn this book guys. Goddamn it. After Illuminae I didn’t expect this book to be so amazing, I didn’t know how anything could hold up to Illuminae. I was so happily surprised. I was so stunned with how fast I read it and how happy I was when we got…well specific characters showing up again.

I laughed a couple times, which was good, because I spent most of the time reading in terror.

 

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I think this book had a few less texting conversations, and I feel like there were a lot of recorded moments, where we read the transcript of what was going on. I feel like it made the book a little less awesomely formatted than Illuminae was. But let’s be honest I’m nearly grasping here for things.

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Absolute horror in this book. The spreading blood? Whelp. That just caused me to panic the entire time I was reading the book. Welcome to the world I lived in by the way. Terror. Utter terror. So many things just freaked me out throughout this book, not that Illuminae didn’t have it’s horrifying moments, but Gemina just shoved things over the ridge.

I really loved the couple of this book. They started out hating each other, and probably would’ve stayed that way until everything goes to hell. That’s when things change and when they’re thrown into this chaos and they’re forced to work together and it creates this really great character relationship and I can’t.

THIS. WHOLE. BOOK. GODDAMN IT. I JUST LOVED IT. JUST ALIERHALDSKFJALEIRSHASLDKFJ.

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YESSS GUYS IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS BLOG YOU KNOW I HAVE AN OBSESSION WITH ILLUMINAE AND I WILL YELL AT YOU FOREVER TO READ THIS BOOK. GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.

Sondra

BLOG TOUR: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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Written by: Kerri Maniscalco
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Pages: 336, hardcover
Series: Untitled Trilogy, #1
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AAHHH!! I’m so excited to be part of this blog tour!! Stalking Jack the Ripper was such an absolutely amazing book. I cannot wait for everyone to go get their copy and read it. Then you can message me and scream with me about how amazingly great it is!
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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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I was quite literally the first person to pounce on Little Brown at TLA to get my hands on Stalking Jack the Ripper, I was so excited to read this one I couldn’t wait to read it when I got home. I’ve always been just slightly obsessed with Jack the Ripper, Probably slightly more than I should’ve been if I’m being quite honest. I had very high expectations for this book, while it didn’t meet every single be of my expectations, I was so thrilled with this book overall, I can’t.

I am so excited that it has been announced that this book is going to be continued as a trilogy, I’m not sure where it’s going to go, which that alone has me super excited. What I really loved was that the characters were so unique. They really had their own voices and made me as the reader fall head over heels in love with them all.

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So here’s the thing, I love mysteries, I love watching them, I love reading them. Unfortunately because of that I wind up picking up on a lot of tropes. In Stalking Jack the Ripper I was decently easy to pick up both of the large plot twists, but the amazing part of this? It didn’t take anything away from my experience of this book. Yes I knew whodunit. But it didn’t change anything.

I wanted something from Thomas’ point of view. I loved him as a character, he was so interesting, and his mind worked so amazingly, I fell in love with him as Audrey Rose did. I wanted to get into his head and see a chapter from his POV. I think it would’ve helped us as the reader to get a little closer to this character. But really he was a wonderful person overall.

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This book was sold on it’s twisting of actual fact with Manscalo’s own story. It was sold by these characters. It was sold by the simple way that it all worked together in this absolutely amazing wonderful quirky way.

I think that this book is totally one I’m going to suggest to people who don’t normally read YA, not because of its amazing mystery, but because it is something that is easily accessible to people. I think that a lot of people could get into the way that Jack the Ripper was reimagined. It became something far more than I expected as it rolled along, which is something that I really think a lot of people could enjoy.

I really loved the humor in this book, oh my god the wit and humor was so great. Audrey Rose and Thomas had such great interactions that had me actually laughing out loud. I think the two of them worked so well as both a duo to solve murders, but also as a couple. I can’t wait to see where they go next.

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I absolutely think that you need to give this one a shot. Don’t go into it expecting a huge mystery. But expect something that is an amazing retelling of history.

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BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY: As I Descended by Robin Talley

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Written by: Robin Talley
Release Date: September 6th 2016
Pages: 384, hardcover
Series: standalone
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Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

 

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I don’t think I’ve referenced this on here yet, but like almost any theater kid, I love Shakespeare, and Macbeth is my favorite of his plays. It’s a wonderful story that, one would assume, would be difficult to adapt. But setting it in an old Southern boarding school, replacing the witches with some of the creepiest spirits you have ever seen, and making Macbeth and Lady Macbeth an f/f couple are all pretty amazing ways to do so.

I’ve been a fan of Robin Talley’s since I read Lies We Tell Ourselves, but this is my favorite of her books so far. It’s scary and beautifully written, with characters who are sympathetic even as they make bad decisions. It does a good job preserving the themes of the original play, and all the deviations are exactly what the story needs to keep it flowing and have it make sense in modern times. Even with the changes, the story never loses its high stakes, and I appreciated that.

I should also note that the four main characters are all not straight–a (Mexican) bi girl, a (disabled) lesbian, and two gay guys (one of whom is fat and has anxiety; the other one is Mexican).

Even though it comes out about two months earlier, As I Descended is a perfect Halloween read that will make you want to crawl under the covers in fear and then make you cry.

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Certain developments with Maria and Lily towards the middle of the book, while they felt natural with where the characters were going in general, also appeared a little abrupt. The change made sense, but it could have occurred more smoothly. Lily’s character arc in particular felt somewhat incomplete as a result.

A minor quibble is the police-are-incompetent-for-plot-convenience trope. The police in the story made some decisions that I did not find believable at all.

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I wasn’t expecting to love the supernatural aspect of this book so much–I was more focused on the “f/f Macbeth” thing–but it ended up being a high point for me. Every scene where the ghosts appear or speak feels appropriately horror-movie-ish in the best way possible. A certain scene in Lily’s bedroom made me want to never sleep again. Robin Talley uses Mexican mythology to develop the ghosts, which makes sense with Maria’s character and gives the story another layer.

As I Descended features multiple POVs, and all the narrators are fleshed out. The motivations are very believable, which can be tricky with a story as…well…murder-y as this one. I particularly loved Lily’s voice–her rational and ruthless thought process, how her disability and sexuality motivated her actions, her fierce love for Maria even as she disagrees with some of her decisions. Lily is the ideal modern adaptation of Lady Macbeth. And I loved Maria, whose conflict always felt believable and whose decisions I completely understood. Without giving away too much, her ending is a small deviation from the original end of the play, but perfect for this story.

There are small nods to the original play throughout this book that were a lot of fun for me. For example, a game exists where the player has to put items that were mentioned in the witches’ scene into a cauldron. I thought that was a pretty cool addition.

I heard someone say that reading this book felt like watching the original play, and I agree. Robin Talley nails the atmosphere perfectly, and her writing is top-notch. As I Descended was just the right mix of new and old material, and I can’t wait for all of you to get the chance to read it.

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Definitely! Complicated messy teens + ghosts + good representation = a fantastic book.

Sondra

ABOUT ROBIN TALLEY:

I live in Washington, D.C., with my wife, our baby daughter, an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. Whenever the baby’s sleeping, I’m probably busy writing young adult fiction about queer characters, reading books, and having in-depth conversations with friends and family about things like whether Jasmine’s character motivation was sufficiently established in Aladdin.

My website is at http://www.robintalley.com, and I’m on Twitter and Tumblr.
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Q&A Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

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Written by: Katie McGarry
Release Date: May 26th 2015
Pages: 496, hardcover
Series: Thunder Road #1
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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

1) Best Part of this Book?

I was excited to read a new series by McGarry, I loved all of the characters in Pushing the Limits and I couldn’t wait to see new characters and see what could be done with them. The best part of this book was the new world, it was a community and I see exactly where McGarry can pick up all kinds of new characters for this series. This is such a wonderful world and I want to see it developed down the road.

2) Favorite character?

I really adored and loved Olivia. She was such a wonderful character that was so beautifully fleshed out. It was also a side character that really stuck out to me. I loved so many of the side characters in this series and that makes me so excited to go forward with it.

3) Worst part of this book?

I feel like this book was so fleshed out. That it was so well developed that nothing really stuck out to me as bad. I enjoyed the fact the club is legal, and how that is dealt with both within and without the club. Especially Emily’s Dad.

4) Favorite Quote?

Emily hops up on a stool and props her elbows on the bar. “You wear the crazy crown. For real, who carries a knife and, seriously? Who walks in with a bra on and is okay leaving without one? Those things are expensive.”

5) Was it what’s expected?

Not exactly. I expected this to be an illegal club, I’m glad that it wasn’t, I liked how it worked within the world and the story. Overall I was just really happy with this book. I can’t wait to dig into the next one because Razor seems like such an interesting character.

I do also want to go off topic just a bit, but as someone who has an adopted sister, I loved the way that Emily’s adoption with her Dad was handled, it was handled so well and I’ve seen adoption go badly in books. This was so great and I thank McGarry for it.

 

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If you aren’t sure about starting with McGarry’s books since there’s four in the other series you can absolutely start here, it doesn’t go off her old books at all and it’s really fresh and different.

 

Sondra

Q&A Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

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Written by: Katie McGarry
Release Date: May 27th 2014
Pages: 577, hardcover
Series: Pushing the Limits, #4
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Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

1) Best Part of this Book?

I really loved seeing West’s character, I knew in Crash Into You he had a lot more to his story, just like with Beth there was something really cool about her that made me interested. West had me interested. I wasn’t disappointed I loved seeing him grow into something that is so much more than she could be.

2) Favorite character?

Hmmm, I think in this one I really liked both West and Haley equally. I think that the two complemented each other so well. Obviously all of the couples complemented each other well, but I just loved the push and pull of these two.

3) Worst part of this book?

I really expected just a tiny bit more of Rachel and Isiah. I know we didn’t get much about the other couples after they were done. But with this being West’s story I expected to see something of her, more than just a couple scenes. Call me selfish. I wanted more. I love her okay.

4) Favorite Quote?

“Don’t think of it as falling. Think of it as jumping- with me.”

“How is jumping better?”

“Falling happens. Jumping you choose.”

5) Was it what’s expected?

I wasn’t sure if this book would include a lot of the other couples or if it would just wrap up with their story. While I was hoping that it would include the other characters I was really happy that West and Hailey got their full story told. I’m really happy for the two of them.

 

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So I binged this entire series so hard. I can’t even begin to recommend it to everyone. I’ve already made some friends read it and I will probably push this series on everyone who enjoys books like these. I know that I need so many more.

Sondra

Mini Review: Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

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Written by: Matt Phelan
Release Date: September 13th 2016
Pages: 216, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.” In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.

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I’m not completely sure where this review is going to go. Snow White was an amazing idea, it was an amazing concept with taking this classic story to the 1920’s. There were so many amazing ways to update the story into something that easily worked, in fact the ideas were so effortless that it made perfect sense. So in reality I should be gushing about this story, and in a way I am gushing about the way that the story worked, about the ideas that Phelan used to turn this story on it’s head. I loved the idea of the mirror being ticker tape, I loved the way the seven dwarves were brought into the story. I loved so many amazing plot ideas of this graphic novel that it’s insane.

So what was the problem? Well, often times I was confused. I couldn’t figure out on the art alone what was going on. I had a few pages sometimes where I gave up on the story and just moved along until I was able to see exactly what was going on again. I got the gist of the story, I understood what was going on, but I don’t feel like I got the full story that Phelan wanted to present.

Here’s where things get really interesting though, because I read an ARC the images were in low resolution, and they weren’t in color. Does that mean that when the finished copy comes out I’ll be able to follow each panel of the story? I’m not sure. I do know for sure that I’ll be picking up a finished copy to look at it. Because if this story does become much clearer then I am completely absolutely sold on this concept and idea.

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Q&A Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

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Written by: Katie McGarry
Release Date: November 26th 2013
Pages: 474, hardcover
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
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From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight A’s and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

1) Best Part of this Book?

Oh dear…well… Out of all of the books this one is my favorite. I absolutely adored this couple. I loved Rachel, and I adored Isaiah. This couple just won me over, especially because I saw so much of myself in Rachel. She truly was the best part of this book. It’s rare I find a character that reminds me so much of myself. I just loved her okay.

2) Favorite character?

Whoops. I kinda just talked about that didn’t I? Rachel reminds me so much of myself, I mean minus the fact that I don’t know squat about cars. But I can appreciate cars, I can appreciate it a lot. But overall I just could’ve taken a lot more of her character, I could’ve taken more books about her too.

3) Worst part of this book?

Unlike Dare You To, the angst in this book felt more natural. I didn’t dislike anything really. I loved and adored this book so much that I need people to read it just so they can understand me as a person. Whoops this is supposed to be worst part of the book….

4) Favorite Quote?

“When I’m with you, even my past seems like a bad dream,” he says. “I’ve sat on this hill a hundred times, and all I used to see were lights that represented places where I wasn’t wanted, where I never belonged. Now, when you aren’t with me, I look east and know one of those lights represents you, and I don’t feel alone anymore.”

5) Was it what’s expected?

After how much I loved the first two books I didn’t think I could get a book that could top the other two, let alone find a book that could easily work its way up in my favorites. This one really just won me over heart and soul and I’m just really happy.

 

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You need this series in your life. If you enjoy contemporary novels with that great happy ending and great characters? Just trust me. Just go get this series and read it.

Sondra

ARC Review: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Written by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 368, hardcover
Series: The Fixer, #2
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The Kendricks help make the problems of the Washington elite disappear…but some secrets won’t stay buried.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington, D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can—and cannot—be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.

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What. Even. I don’t even really know what to talk about with this book because I felt like I was strapped into a roller coaster without my permission and just shot into space because Lynn though it would be fun. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t. I mean it was an amazing book, I’m so entranced with how realistic Lynn is able to make her characters react to things. But overall I’m just sitting here with this book in my lap and staring at the pages like I expected there to be a whole lot more words. More pages.

Like, dear lord, let me at least breathe while I’m trying to read. I’m really quite sure I didn’t breathe for a very good long portion of this stupid book.

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Well there was that one plot twist I’m really angry over, but I really understood why the character chose what they did, so I’ll let it slide.

The biggest thing I want to talk about in this review is the ending. While I would’ve been okay with the ending had this been a trilogy, as of right now, it’s not. This series is a duology, which means this is the final book. But the ending of the book sets up for more books, it doesn’t tie things up. Is this because there’s no tying things up in a world like The Fixer? I don’t know. I don’t know if Lynn expects to get a third book or what exactly her thought process was. But I will say this, I wasn’t happy with that being the ending to the series. Not at all. So many amazing ideas went into this book and I just feel so unfulfilled that this is the end to the series.

 

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I touched on the characters, but I want to talk about it more, I’ve been told that Lynn has a psychology degree, and while I don’t know personally if it’s true or not, I do know that she has an amazing way with characters. The characters react, and interact so realistically that I sometimes forget I’m reading someone’s fiction rather than an account of real life. I’m just so thrilled with everything in this novel.

I loved how we have a plot for the book, but it’s also a large amount of over arcing plot from the first book. We have dynamics and shifting allegiances and Holy Plot Twist, Batman! I don’t know how one mind can come up with so many amazing wonderful things. But I do know I’m gonna be picking up more of Lynn’s books.

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If you’ve not yet read the Fixer series then I do recommend it. But I also caution you that if you aren’t okay with very open endings, you might want to hold off until we see if we get a book three.

That all being said if you want to help try and get a book 3 then I say we band together and let the world know #WeWantTheFixer3

Sondra

Q&A Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Written by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: July 7th 2015
Pages: 372, hardcover
Series: The Fixer, #1
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This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.

1) Best Part of this Book?

The fact that this book was absolutely NOTHING like I expected. My friend got me to read this series after her screaming text messages to me over The Long Game. But when I started The Fixer I was expecting a teenager who fell into “Fixing” friends problems, something that was simple and probably fun. What I wasn’t expecting was the book that I got. A fast paced, thrilling amazing experience that had me utterly guessing from page 10 until the very end.

2) Favorite character?

Gotta be Ivy. I related to her on a huge level, especially when we found out her whole backstory. I don’t want to get into spoilers but she was just a precious angel who I wanted to protect.

3) Worst part of this book?

The ship man. Or lack thereof. The groundwork was all there… BUT GIVE ME KISSING OR GIVE ME DEATH.

4) Favorite Quote?

“I’d tell you that you can’t stay mad forever,” Ivy commented, “but I’m pretty sure you’d take that as a challenge.”

5) Was it what’s Expected?

I really already talked about this but oh hell no. Such an amazing thrilling crazy ride and I don’t even know where to start with how much I loved and adored and just like wow. It was a total wow book. I couldn’t wait to dive right into the second book and see exactly where this goes.

 

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Absolutely! Give this one a try and see what you think of it! I was really surprised by it and honestly? I was glad to be so surprised.

Sondra

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

 

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Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 640, hardcover
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2
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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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I am going to veer off from our normal way of writing reviews for this one. I’m not gonna talk about what didn’t work and what did work, because this book…It’s just so much more than that. It’s been a long time since a book has worked its way into my very soul. But I’m here to tell you A Court of Mist and Fury is now printed on my soul.

I listened to this book on audio, at first it was because of the fact that I was cleaning, but then it simply became such a powerful way to just dive into this story that I couldn’t bring myself to read the physical book. I just would lay on the couch, and simply watch the ceiling and listen. This story was one that was so much more than I ever expected. I didn’t dive in for such a long time because I feared love triangles, and more problems like what Queen of Shadows had (Yes it was a great book, but it had problems, let’s be honest here).

At the start of the book we meet such a different person than we left in A Court of Thorns and Roses. She’s broken, she’s dealing with PTSD, she’s hurting. You want to cheer for her to break through these chains, but depression is so much more than that, and the way that Maas writes it? It crushed me, because it felt so real. It felt like I’d lived it all myself and sometimes I didn’t even see the way out.

While I know many have said that Tamlin changed drastically in this book, he really didn’t. As soon as I finished A Court of Mist and Fury, I downloaded A Court of Thorns and Roses audiobook to listen to. Mostly because I couldn’t just put Mist and Fury on my shelf and walk away. But as I listened to Thorns and Roses I realized Tamlin didn’t change at all, all of the possessive annoying traits were all here in this book. I as the reader and Feyre as the narrator both overlook them, blaming the fact that he is Fae, or High Lord. We both allow things to slip because of the moments when he is wonderful and loving and beautiful. But all of those abusive possessive moments? Oh they’re here. Now I roll my eyes so hard at him, it’s not even funny.

Rhysand in the first book is cold, calculating, but there’s this hint that maybe he’s something more. Maybe there’s something else under that High Lord’s mask. Mist and Fury takes his mask and throws it away. Rhys is so much more than I ever gave him credit for. I didn’t trust him anymore than Feyre did at the start of the book, and just like her he won me over.

I don’t feel like this book has a love triangle. I feel like there’s a linear love story, that gets distracted. But isn’t that how real life is? Sometimes you think you’re with the right guy only to realize you’re not? That guy that you love and trusted turns around and hurts you? The fact that Maas doesn’t shy away from things that are so realistic, and this time handles them so beautifully… Well to say I’d choose this series over Throne of Glass any day is almost an understatement.

The story told within these pages is a beautiful and romantic and amazing wonderful story. I don’t know how anyone could put something so amazing together into pages. But I do know that this series is now in my all time favorites. I am so glad that I got to read it. So so glad.

I need that third book though. I will say that. Because wow that ending. Because wow Maas can take a book a million places within one book. Because holy shit I don’t know where anything is going to go from here, but I can’t wait to get that book in my hands and see everything for myself.

Sondra