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By: Larissa | July 4, 2015 | (48) Comments

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Horror is a genre within YA that I personally believe brims with unexplored possibility. As a bit of a horror buff myself, I do love the genre itself but even more so the impact it can have on the reader. From personal experience I’ve felt the aftereffects of well done horror far past the credits of a movie or the closing words of a novel. I suppose my personal definition of a successful horror then would be if it elicited undeniable long-lasting fear. I […]

By: Melanie | October 28, 2014 | (48) Comments

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*In no way am I trying to criticize the author. I am simply giving my honest opinion on a novel and I just happened to no enjoy it.*I moved schools at the start of this year. When I moved schools, I found out the most exciting news: Alexandra Adornetto was a past student from my current school. In fact, she had the same English teacher as me. I CANNOT STRESS THIS AWESOMENESS. So, despite the fact that her Halo series was not all that promising, I […]

By: Melanie | September 25, 2014 | (38) Comments

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Kiss Kill Vanish was a total bust right from the beginning. Honestly, I don’t know how I even made it to the end, but I did and I have a lot of criticisms. 1. The beginning is boring as hell. The stuff they write on cereal boxes are more interesting than what this book had to offer me. I’m told in the synopsis that Valentina Cruz no longer exists and that she just witnessed her father and boyfriend commit a murder. THAT […]

By: Larissa | May 31, 2014 | (14) Comments

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I’ve read two other books by Elisa Ludwig, both part of the Pretty Crooked  series. They were enjoyable enough reads, perfect for a light summer read. I’ve read them quite a long time ago though. Still, it’s because of them that I requested  Coin Heist, excepting something similar. However, I found myself to be quite disappointed by  Coin Heist. My expectations were quickly dashed and I even found myself questioning my love for the Ludwig’s other books due to the time that has passed since […]

By: Celine | April 29, 2014 | (23) Comments

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Major disappointment. Those are the words I’d use to sum up my feelings for Royally Lost. I picked it up looking for a fun and fluffy read. Unfortunately, it just ended up making me angry. Honestly, I wasn’t even looking for something extremely good and meaningful, just a fun, summer read. It seems that that was too much to ask, though. Oh yeah, there will be mild spoilers in this review, but you know, who cares? Let’s start with the biggest problem I […]

By: Melanie | April 1, 2014 | (24) Comments

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My frustration with this book is too much to handle so I’m going to try and get straight to the point here. House of Ivy and Sorrow’s first fault is in the writing. Being someone who hasn’t read Natalie Whipple before, I had no idea to expect, but I certainly had no idea how juvenile her tone is. As I fourteen year old, I feel pretty insulted that this is labelled Young Adult. THIS IS NOT YA. THIS IS MG. This being […]

By: Melanie | March 29, 2014 | (26) Comments

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I really hate the be that girl who goes around hating every book she picks up. For the past few weeks, there have only been negative reactions to novels. Dear Killer was the same. I tried so hard to see light in it, but that’s pretty hard when it’s a pile of shit. Let’s start with our main character, Kit. She’s the Perfect Killer. A killer who kills without a trace each time. A killer who leaves notes with the body. A […]

By: Larissa | February 6, 2014 | (32) Comments

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I decided to request this book on a limb, as I’m going to Italy during the spring and I thought this book would immerse me in not only Italian culture, but also the internal and external conflicts of the Italian mafia. Yeah, this book definitely didn’t deliver on any of those things. In fact, anything that could make me react negatively towards a book occurred in Mafia Girl.  First off, the writing in this book seemed amateur. Transitions were done abruptly, run-on sentences […]

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