Posts Tagged: standalone

Early Review: Transparent by Natalie Whipple

Early Review: Transparent by Natalie Whipple

May 16, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★

Pure fun. That’s what Natalie Whipple’s TRANSPARENT is. Universal themes regarding identity and independence are explored alongside twisty fun supernatural abilities like flight, the protagonist’s invisibility, and all the way down to seemingly trivial powers like fear induced stink. More series issues arise thanks to Fiona’s crime lord father and ‘jobs’ he literally charms her into carrying out for him.

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Audio Book Review: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate; Read by Jenna Lamia and Holter Graham

Audio Book Review: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate; Read by Jenna Lamia and Holter Graham

February 14, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★

Did you see the 80’s comedy Weird Science? It was about a couple of teen guys who used a computer to create the perfect woman. EVE AND ADAM is kind of the classier version flipped on its head. Eve in this story isn’t a sex crazed teen goofing off, she a bright, funny girl whose mother happens to be a premier geneticist with a mega research company at her disposal. The creation of Adam is a thoughtful, methodical process that Eve undertakes at her mother’s behest…

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Early Review: Auracle by Gina Rosati

Early Review: Auracle by Gina Rosati

August 2, 2012 Review 5 ★★★★

The writing in AURACLE is transportive. Whether we’re hovering over a volcanic eruption with Anna during one of her ‘trips’, or we’re tiptoeing down her hallway trying desperately to avoid her violently drunk father, the words immerse readers in every magical or heartbreaking moment. And the characters are equally as vivid.

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Review: Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Review: Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

July 5, 2012 Review 1 ★★★

DARK COMPANION is an intricate book that mixes a variety of tones and plot lines. The first half sucked me in, giving me confidence in Jane’s steady and methodical nature, set me up to begin worrying that her hard past would blind her to the joys and dangers right in front of her.

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Early Review: This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Early Review: This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

June 17, 2012 Review 4 ★★★★

If John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club had been set during the zombie apocalypse, it would be THIS IS NOT A TEST. A dark, character driven story about a motley group of teens who barricade themselves in a local high school with an army of the undead pounding on the doors. It is a fascinating and unputdownable book.

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Early Review: His Dark Embrace by Amanda Ashley

Early Review: His Dark Embrace by Amanda Ashley

June 8, 2012 Review 0 ★★

*This title will be released on June 5, 2012* His Dark Embrace by Amanda Ashley Genre: Paranormal Romance | Excerpt: Yes Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (June 5, 2012) ISBN-10: 1420121332 ISBN-13: 978-1420121339 Rating Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.

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Review: Deadly is the Kiss by Rhyannon Byrd

Review: Deadly is the Kiss by Rhyannon Byrd

March 20, 2012 Review 2 ★★

As a paranormal romance, DEADLY IS THE KISS made me terribly nostalgic. Despite the gloss of vampires and otherworldly politics, this book is an brand of novel that I haven’t read in while. With the merest fringe of plot, the hero and heroine conjure up trope after trope as they sex their way to happily ever after. Unfortunately, none of the many plot devices that were presented were in a new or clever incarnation and the characters themselves were not any brand of archetype that I found appealing, leaving me finishing DEADLY IS THE KISS with a shrug and a sigh.

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Review: Acquainted with the Night by Piper Maitland

Review: Acquainted with the Night by Piper Maitland

December 10, 2011 Review 6 ★★★

Fans of both THE HISTORIAN and the Jason Bourne series will love ACQUAINTED WITH THE NIGHT, which brings murder, intrigue, and a biological twist to vampirism. I’m a sucker for authors who meld supernatural creatures with the science of our own world, and Piper Maitland did a great job bringing a medical sensibility to this classic myth.

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Review: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Review: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

September 28, 2011 Review 1 ★★★★

COLD KISS is a mood piece, haunting and clear. It is a sad song, a scrap of poetry, an intimate glimpse of grief and adolescence and redemption. Despite the oh so brief moment in time that we share with Wren, the author fills in all of the real, delicate little details that allow all of these characters to go straight to the heart.

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Early Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Early Review: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

July 30, 2011 Review 3 ★★★★

With her lovely writing, Victoria Schwab has created a vivid, almost claustrophobic little world of myth and magic and secrets on the moors. There is no promise of a happily ever after for everyone, but THE NEAR WITCH is all the more affecting for these little disappointments. Lexi is a strong, confident young woman making decisions that will impact the rest of her life, and I cheered along with her on every page.

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