Book Review: Glimmer by Tricia Cerrone

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was an ARC courtesy of NetGalley. I found the book engaging and feel that it has a fairly unique storyline.

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Jocelyn’s memory has been erased. She’s been told that her parents and siblings are dead, that she is in a high-security military facility because she has cancer and her uncle Laurence is kind enough to help her get better. But when Jocelyn finds out that all of this is not true, and that she is given medicines so that she stays sick, she’s determined to uncover the truth.

Jocelyn discovers that she has very strong powers that could be a threat to everyone around her if used for evil. She wants to seek revenge against the people who are keeping her imprisoned in this facility, but first, she must escape. And that seems impossible.

Until she meets a boy who has different supernatural powers. He is willing to help her escape, but warns her that the price will be high.

Will she escape?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Glimmer (The Black Swan Files Book 1)

Book Review: Every Move by Ellie Marney

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Mystery

Age Recommended: 15 and up

I recently visited Australia during my summer holidays and my dad secretly arranged a meeting with one of my favorite authors, Ms. Ellie Marney, at a bookstore in Melbourne. SO YEAH, I JUST KIND OF MET HER!!

She was wonderful and gracious and spent about thirty minutes with me, discussing books, sharing author and book recommendations, and much more. She also SIGNED a copy of Every Move for me which I bought at the bookstore in Melbourne because for some reason, that book isn’t published in the United States yet 😐 This was definitely the highlight of my trip to Melbourne and I want to sincerely thank Ms. Marney again for her time!

This book was the third in the series, and it definitely DID NOT disappoint!

Every Move

The duo are back, and this time, it’s serious. Rachel is experiencing trauma from her past encounters with the murderer of Mycroft’s parents, and is having trouble sleeping. Mycroft won’t relax until he’s hunted this man down and gotten revenge. Both of them are at a precarious point in their relationship where anything could tear them apart.

When the murderer starts killing people who look like Rachel and Mycroft, just to make a point, it becomes evident that he’s coming for them. Protective measures are taken, but will they be enough?

When an attack occurs on one of the people Rachel loves, she’s not sure what to do. Only one thing is clear. This. Ends. Now.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Every Move (only used copies available in the US, unfortunately).

 

Book Review: Play Dead by Leslie O’Kane (An Allie Babcock Mystery)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction / Mystery

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was pretty funny, and I thought that it was a unique spin on the classic murder mystery. The ending was a little dark, but that was to be expected, given the nature of the book.

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Allie Babcock is a dog therapist. She diagnoses their behavioral issues, and then works with the owners to address the issues. However, after airing on a radio show, Allie is told about a problem that even she can’t solve. A woman, Beth, who has recently adopted a dog, swears that the dog saw its owner being murdered.

When Allie meets the dog, she notices that the dog will bark at any man wearing a hat, which tells her that Beth may not be entirely wrong. She does some snooping and narrows down the list of suspects.

However, not long after this, Beth is murdered while taking care of the dog, and Allie knows that something is up. Someone wants that dog killed, and she needs to figure out why. Allie takes care of the dog, knowing that she is probably the next target.

Will Allie be able to figure out the mystery behind these murders, or will she be the next to go?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Play Dead by Leslie O’Kane (2014-03-19)

Also, I can’t wait to read the next book, Ruff Way To Go!!

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Book Review: Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Science Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I enjoyed this book a lot, because unlike some of the dystopian novels set in the future that I had been reading, this one still maintained today’s government and structure, which made the book easier to relate to.

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Kira is different. She’s a zero. Well, everyone is, until they hit puberty. But she’s past that age. Which means that she might never be a reader.

Readers are people that can read each other’s minds and thoughts. Only one person out of every thousand people is not a reader. And that might be Kira.

However, a boy named Simon tells Kira that she’s actually a jacker, not a zero. Jackers are very rare, and unlike readers, they can force themselves into other people’s minds and control what they thing, say, and do, but they can’t mindlink (the main quality of readers). When Kira is told about this, she is apprehensive at first, but soon learns to embrace her unique qualities.

Kira soon finds herself torn between staying with the people who have always supported her, or following a path with people like her that could lead her to danger.

What will she choose?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Open Minds (Mindjack, Book 1)

Book Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 15 and up

This book was an ARC courtesy of NetGalley. I enjoyed this book because the author did a really good job of giving readers a window into the main character’s thought process.

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Hawthorn isn’t normal- not by any standard. But she doesn’t understand the need for the popular girl to call her out on it. She’d rather blend into the background and stay in the shadows. However, when Lizzie, one of the most popular girls from her school goes missing, everyone goes crazy.

The amount of concern from people who don’t even know Lizzie, including Hawthorn’s brother, starts annoying her. So Hawthorn sets out on a mission with Lizzie’s boyfriend to find her and calm her little town down again.

But Hawthorn also thinks that Lizzie is a werewolf, and finding proof of that is harder than she thought it would be.

Will she find Lizzie Lovett?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Book Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Teen Romance / Fiction

Age Recommended: 15 and up

I really enjoyed this book because it was a change from all of the mysteries and action books that I have been reading recently. I also appreciated the effort the author spent in character development.

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Andie is the daughter of a politician. Her life is basically hanging out with friends, ignoring her absent father, and staying in the shadows to avoid scandals. However, when one of her summer internships is revoked because of a scandal that her father is involved in, she decides to take fate into her own hands.

Andie takes up a job walking dogs, and meets a boy named Clark, who she soon takes a liking to. Andie later learns that Clark is actually a writer with two best-selling books. After spending a night with him when his dog is sick, she learns that they have a lot in common.

However, Andie isn’t sure if she can hold on to this relationship for so long, especially since she only planned for this to be a summer fling and the closer she gets to Clark, the faster she feels herself falling for him…

Will she turn Clark away?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Unexpected Everything

Book Review: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Age Recommended: 15 and up

This book was definitely a chilling story and the fact that it was in diary format made the entire thing feel a lot more personal. Also, this would definitely be a book to read for people in high school because of the setting and the nature of the book.

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Anonymous is a girl who doesn’t quite enjoy her life. She doesn’t fit in and is always trying to improve her appearance. After she moves to a new neighborhood, she is approached by a girl who invites her to a party. There, they play a game where Anonymous unknowingly tries LSD for the first time.

She is immediately hooked onto the exhilaration and feeling of freedom that the drug brings with it and now starts spending a lot of time (and money) trying new types of drugs.

When she runs away from home and gets into some nasty business, she finally realizes that what she’s doing may kill her.

But is it too late?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Go Ask Alice