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By: Celine | January 18, 2016 | (24) Comments

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I read the first book in the series, These Broken Stars, some time ago – long enough that I don’t remember details, but I do remember parts of the plot and also that I was impressed. I will admit that I fully believe that some of the love for this book was influenced by the massive hype surrounding TBS at the time. However, I did also love the book itself: I was a fan of the writing, the mindfuckery (you can wake me up for […]

By: Melanie | April 11, 2015 | (45) Comments

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Golden was one of my favourite novels that I read in 2014, so naturally, I was expecting many things for Things We Know by Heart. Unfortunately, I don’t see this novel getting on my 2015 favourites list; but that being said, it won’t be sitting on my most-hated-novels-of-2015 either. Instead, Things We Know by Heart will be somewhere in the middle; somewhat unremarkable in my eyes. When Quinn’s boyfriend (Trent) dies in an accident, his organs are donated. Five of Trent’s organs are given away, and […]

By: Larissa | March 28, 2015 | (56) Comments

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I have rather mixed feelings on this one. There are parts of this story which I enjoyed, and others not so much. Initially it was the premise that drew me into this one. A fairytale retelling of the Princess and The Pea? Crime family politics, in the business of black market organ transplants? It seemed like the perfect mixture, my two favorite sub-genres in YA (fairytale retellings and crime novels) coming together.  However, the execution of the aforementioned left a little bit […]

By: Melanie | December 10, 2014 | (36) Comments

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The Darkest Minds was one of the first ever books I reviewed on this blog. No, I’m not going link it up because it’s god awful and the only reason why I keep it on the blog is so I can look back and laugh at myself. I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds for the brilliant characters and world that Alexandra Bracken constructed, and Never Fade was just as fantastic. But, In the Afterlight seems to be a dud for me. Whether this is the reading slump speaking or not, I […]

By: Larissa | July 9, 2014 | (31) Comments

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I’m really not sure what to rate this one, so take my review with a grain of salt (pun totally intended).  Sometimes I found myself enjoying this read and other times I found myself bogged down by the fact nothing was really happening. I found the that nothing was happening due to the fact that for vast majority of the book  as we found our main character just trying to find out how to achieve her powers. We didn’t see her being awesome […]

By: Melanie | June 11, 2014 | (20) Comments

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Words could not express how excited I was when I finally got my hands on Born of Deception. Born of Illusion, the first novel was equally mesmerizing and pleasantly surprising, however, I cannot say the same for Teri Brown’s newest. Anna Van Housen has always been one of my favourite protagonists ever since I met her in Born of Illusion. Her character growth throughout that novel was absolutely momentous and realistic, and I adored every bit of it. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like I know […]

By: Melanie | January 30, 2014 | (26) Comments

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So. How to put this? Grasshopper Jungle was weird. Weird, for me falls into three categories. There’s good weird, where you just love the quirkiness and originality, WTF weird, which literally makes you think: “What the fuck was that?” and Mel weird–where you act like me. Total psycho and creepy all at once. Grasshopper Jungle falls into all these categories. So yes, I guess the only word fitting for this book is weird. You’d think this book and I would be a […]

By: Melanie | November 20, 2013 | (23) Comments

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I feel somewhat conflicted with The Killing Woods. I have heard the ongoing praise for Stolen: A Letter To My Captor so I simply assumed that Lucy Christopher’s latest had to be an exceptional read. Unfortunately, I was mistaken. Either 1) my expectations were unreachably high or 2) I failed to resonate and connect with this novel like others have. Honestly, it’s both reasons. I had expectations for a flawlessly narrated novel but then began to struggle to connect with the suddenly […]

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