Posts Categorized: review

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

2012, Katherine Tegen Books, review, second in a series, Veronica Roth, young adult 4 Comments

Insurgent by Veronica RothPublisher: Katherine Tegen BooksRelease date: May 1, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Divergent #2 One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of… Read more »

Review: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

2012, Johan Harstad, Little Brown and Co, review, stand alone, young adult 2 Comments

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan HarstadPublisher: Little, Brown Release date: April 17, 2012Source: Purchased It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever.Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune.Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan.Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers… Read more »

Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

2012, review, Sarah Ockler, Simon Pulse, stand alone, young adult 1 Comment

Bittersweet by Sarah OcklerPublisher: Simon PulseRelease date: January 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Standalone Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been. So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks… Read more »

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Balzer and Bray, Dan Wells, first in a series, review, young adult 1 Comment

Partials by Dan WellsPublisher: Balzer + BrayRelease date: February 28, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Partials #1 Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out. When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy,… Read more »

Review: Belles by Jen Calonita

2012, first in a series, Jen Calonita, Poppy, review, young adult 1 Comment

Belles by Jen CalonitaPublisher: PoppyRelease date: April 10, 2012Source: PurchasedSeries: Belles #1 Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina. But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long-lost uncle and his preppy privileged family. Isabelle is taken away from everything she’s ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove doesn’t go so well. Her cousin Mirabelle Monroe isn’t thrilled to share her life with an outsider, and, in addition to dealing with all the rumors and backstabbing… Read more »

Review: The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad

2012, first in a series, Harper Teen, Lauren Conrad, review, young adult 2 Comments

Book title and author namePublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: April 3, 2012Source: Finished copy for review from publisherSeries: The Fame Game #1 In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison’s ready for her turn in the spotlight and she’ll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she’s the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying… Read more »

Early Review: Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker (eARC)

2012, Bloomsbury, Melissa C. Walker, review, stand alone, young adult 1 Comment

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker Publisher: Bloomsbury USA ChildrensRelease date: May 22, 2012Source: Publisher via NetgalleyPurchase: Book Depository Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one… Read more »

Early Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass (ARC)

2012, first in a series, Harper Teen, Kiera Cass, review, young adult 4 Comments

The Selection by Kiera CassPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: April 24, 2012Source: Publisher for an honest reviewSeries: The Selection #1Purchase: Book Depository For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home… Read more »

Early Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (ARC)

Balzer and Bray, Elizabeth Norris, review, young adult 2 Comments

Unraveling by Elizabeth NorrisPublisher: Balzer + BrayRelease date: April 24, 2012Source: Publisher for an honest reviewPurchase: Book Depository Two days before her junior year, Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed —as in blinding light, her life flashing before her, then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And though it isn’t possible, she knows with every fiber of her being that Ben has brought her back to life. But her revival, and Ben’s… Read more »

Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

2011, Harper Teen, review, second in a series, Sophie Jordan, young adult 0 Comments

Vanish by Sophie JordanPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: September 6, 2011Source: Publisher via NetGalley / PurchasedSeries: Firelight #2Purchase: Book Depository An impossible romance.Bitter rivalries.Deadly choices. To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone. Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for… Read more »