Posts Tagged: Rebecca

Review: The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

Review: The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

June 16, 2017 Review 0

THE SUFFERING TREE has themes teens will identify with but the plot holes and writing style overwhelm and distract from the overall novel. Tori Burns and her family move to Chaptico when they are bequeathed a house and plot of land in a will. After her father’s death, Tori is depressed and angry. She’s a cutter who already feels like she doesn’t fit in, and living in the close-knit town just isolates her further.

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Review: The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner

Review: The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner

June 15, 2017 Review 0

In THE HUSH, there’s music and there’s Music. One is magical, there other isn’t. Untrained Musicians (capital M) are considered blasphemers. They are hunted down and executed since the only people that should harness the Song are Songshapers. So much of THE HUSH is balanced on the world-building. If you’re not completely enthralled then the ending of the novel loses its impact.

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Review: More of Me by Kathryn Evans

Review: More of Me by Kathryn Evans

June 12, 2017 Review 0

Clones can be an overdone concept in sci-fi but MORE OF ME offers a fresh perspective with its teenage protagonist. Teva is sixteen years old and the sixteenth Teva in her family. On each birthday, her body splits and a new Teva emerges. This new Teva gets to go to school, see friends, lives a life, but the other Teva’s are stuck at home, in hiding.

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Review: Mark of Truth (Wicked Kingdoms, #1) by Graceley Knox

Review: Mark of Truth (Wicked Kingdoms, #1) by Graceley Knox

May 23, 2017 Review 0

MARK OF TRUTH hits every expected beat in an urban fantasy/paranormal romance. There’s the loyal teammates, the hunky love interest that she kinda hates, the adopted pets, the adopted child. The world of MARK OF TRUTH is expansive (sometimes to its detriment) and features several rival fae factions.

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Review: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Review: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

May 22, 2017 Review 2

It’s hard to work up an appetite when sandwiches just want you to love them, cookies taste like anger, and your mom’s food tastes hollow. In THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE, Rose Edelstein would have had a very normal, very dull life if it wasn’t for one thing: she can taste emotion in food. She first notices this power when tasting her mother’s lemon cake, realizing how dissatisfied her mother felt about their family. From then on, Rose has a constant battle with food, preferring mass-produced, machine-made food over handmade meals.

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Review: City of Ghosts (GhostWriters Book 1)

Review: City of Ghosts (GhostWriters Book 1)

May 17, 2017 Review 0

It takes far too long for CITY OF GHOSTS to get started. Plot and character development is pushed to the second half of the novel, leaving the first half aimless. The revealed backstories aren’t enough to humanize characters who have spent the entirety of the novel telling us how women are just the worst.

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Review: Dream Eater (Portland Hafu #1), by K. Bird Lincoln

Review: Dream Eater (Portland Hafu #1), by K. Bird Lincoln

April 14, 2017 Review 0

It’s rare for fantasy books to have a lived-in setting. Instead of existing just to explain backstory to the protagonist, DREAM EATER’s side characters don’t care if Koi Pierce is confused and uncomfortable. DREAM EATER also doesn’t waste time trying to make you like Koi Pierce. You like her or you don’t.

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Release Day Review: Gauntlet (Arena #2), by Holly Jennings

Release Day Review: Gauntlet (Arena #2), by Holly Jennings

April 4, 2017 Review 0

GAUNTLET is all about seeking a balance — in life and in virtual reality. After exposing the corruption within the Virtual Gaming League, Kali Ling has a placed a target on her back. It turns out that owning a team is expensive, demanding, and a lot more responsibility than expected.

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