ARC Review: Warrior by Heather Todd

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Detailed Rating:

  •  Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Mary Houston didn’t expect to come home late at night to see her entire neighborhood in shambles; doors ripped off their hinges, windows smashed, trash on lawns. She’s sure her family has been captured by people who call themselves Warriors, who train humans to become a part of The Platform for World War III.  And she ends up captured herself as well. Now, in order to save herself from losing herself, she must make them believe that she is one of them.

She meets Xavier, who is set to train her one-on-one at The Shelter where she is staying with hundreds of other trainees. Can she survive while hiding her true self behind this mask, risking her entire life in the process? 

Review:

Sooooo, I’ve tried something different this time… Let me know how you feel about it in the comments’ section below! *monkey hiding his face with his hands emoji*

 

Publisher: Createspace
Date of Publication:  9th August 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Page Count: 227
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

I’m not even sure this still counts as an ARC review since the books was published 2 days ago… But since I received an ARC copy 3 months ago and simply wasn’t able to finish it due to my reading slump: I’ll consider it an ARC review.

Firstly I would like to express my appreciation for this book because it took me out of my reading slump. I’m forever grateful Jeff Strand!

Now on to the review itself: If I had to sum up Jeff Strand’s The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever in one sentence it would be “I wish I had picked it up earlier”! Jeff’s writing is very light and accessible, the plot and characters are wonderfully funny and it’s never “too much”. I know we all have read some comedies with jokes that sounded forced, but not The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. If this book was a sound it would be a laugh with a smile in the end. Because underneath all the fun and zombies there were very important messages like when to know to give up, and when to know to not. That friends are important, and everything has measure. That we don’t have to live everything in High School, there’s still a world of things to live after that.

A light read full of meaning. I recommend 100%!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

After producing 3 horror films that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it’s time to make something epic. In fact, they’re going to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. 

Hemmed in by a one-month timeline and a cast of uncooperative extras, but aching to fulfill Alicia’s (the female lead and Justin’s crush) dreams, Justin must face the sad, sad truth: he may, in actuality, be producing The Worst Zombie Movie Ever.

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: March 1st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Comedy
Page Count: 272
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Mean Girls Club by Ryan Heshka

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Book Rate: ★☆☆☆☆ (1/5)

Review:

Reading this book was a very weird experience, I must admit…

The moment I saw the cover and the title I got so excited to read it! I finished it in 10 minutes and my first thoughts were:

  • “Oh.”
  • “Ok…”
  • “There’s barely any plot, like at all…”
  • “And I didn’t even get to really know the characters. Not a single one of them!”
  • “I’m the exact same person I was before I started reading this book. I only lost 10 minutes of my life.”
  • “…”
  • “Or maybe not…”
  • “Let me google the name on the last page…”

And that was when I understood that Mean Girls Club is not one of those books with kickass assassins like Throne of Glass‘s Celaena or an important feminist plot like I was imagining. It is simply a book that like all books is supposed to make you feel something. In this case it is discomfort: these women are unbelievable! They torture, kill, steal, do drugs, DRINK TEARS! It just reminded me of a group of guys from the Mafia or something… And then it hit me. This is the feminine correspondent, something I had never seen portrayed before!

And as good as it felt to understand this book, it still didn’t compensate for the disappointment it was. I think it would have really gained a lot if it had a little more plot and depth… I mean the drawings are great with their vintage side and all. But I really would’ve liked to know this group of girls better…

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★☆☆☆☆
  • Characters ★☆☆☆☆
  • Graphics ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★☆☆☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

This bold comic is full of sassy club-singing sisters who you don’t wanna mess with! Introducing: Pinky, Sweets, Blackie, McQualude, and Wanda. Together they form the Mean Girls Club, a menacing powerhouse of ruthless rebels.

Publisher: Nobrow Press
Date of Publication: February 2nd 2016
Genre: Comics
Page Count: 24
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Edelweiss to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Cookie Classics Made Easy by Brandi Scalise

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Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

As soon as I saw Cookie Classic Made Easy was available as an ARC I had this idea for a different kind of review. Since I didn’t feel good review this book only based on the format and writing style of the book, I decided to cook (yes, cook, like in the kitchen, like risking my life if I made a big mess and my mum found out!!) in order to be able to review its content as well.

(This is the time when you face slap yourself and whisper “Why Rebeca? Whyyy?”.) But it actually went quite well!

So if you want to see a bit of my cooking experience just click play on the following video:

Overall, I thought Cookie Classics Made Easy has an amazing presentation, very clean and appealing, the receipts are very well structured, easy to read and organized. The cooking itself didn’t require a lot of equipment or kitchen experience, but the result wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. The cookies were eatable but not even near delicious. I do believe this could be not the book’s fault but my own, I’m not that good of a cook… But really I’ll just leave it to you to decide and try if you think you can do better than I did anyway! Let me know if you did 😉

Detailed Rating:

  • Content ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★★
  • Pacing ★★★★★
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

The 40 recipes in this delicious collection use a foolproof formula that requires just one bowl, minimal baking equipment, and no previous experience! You’ll find your tried-and-true favorites here — from Chewy Chocolate Chip to Oatmeal Raisin, Shortbread, Ginger Molasses, and Snickerdoodles — plus many more that are sure to become new must-haves, such as Lemon Ginger, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Rum Raisin, Pecan Delight, and Vanilla Walnut Pear. Warm, crave-worthy cookies are just minutes away!

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Cooking, Non-fiction
Page Count: 96
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

Thicker Than Water is definitely one of the top ARCs I’ve read this year.

I was hooked right from the first few sentences! The characters sounded interesting, the plot intriguing and the writing captivating. It was the type of book that I chose to read over sleeping.

The suspense grew with every page I turned until I begun reaching the end and the storyline sort of felt like it was quickly wrapping itself up because the book had a maximum limit of pages or something… That disappointed me a bit, I felt like it grew to be so fantastic through the beginning and middle that it’s a shame the quick development of the ending it got…

But besides that, wow, great read! I specially recommend if you liked Gone Girl but are also a fan of paranormal plots.

And I will certainly stay tuned for more from Brigid Kemmerer!

P.S.: Sorry for the short review but this really is the kind of book that should not be spoiled even a tiny bit!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas.

They are looking for answers, answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of Publication: December 29th 2015
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Drama, Thriller
Page Count: 322
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Why They Run The Way They Do by Susan Perabo

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

Why They Run The Way They Do captured my attetion because of its title and cover. I just had to find out what it was about!

This collection of short stories not only has an interesting aspect but also an interesting content. Susan Perabo’s writting makes you want to find out everything about the story you’re reading right from the first few lines, just like a short story is supposed to! Each of this characters has their own strenght and their situtations often captures your heart right from the beggining.

In Why They Run The Way They Do you can read about characters with very diverse ages and even though I could understand every story’s plot, I do want to come back to this book once I’m older because there where a few (adult) characters I was unable to relate as much as with others. Nevertheless, this was a book that got me thinking a lot since every situtation is so truthfully described and realistic.

All in all, this is quite a worthy read, speacially if you’re into brutally honest daily life stories that will make you think about your own.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

“Why They Run The Way They Do” presents the reader with twelve short stories celebrating the everyday truths of people facing unusual or challenging situations…often of their own making. Two young students try their hand at blackmail upon learning an illicit secret; a woman grapples with feelings of betrayal after discovering her spinster sister’s pregnancy test; the ghost of a couple’s past comes back to haunt them in the form of their toddler’s stuffed toy.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: February 16th 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Drama, Short Story
Page Count: 208
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis

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Book Rate:
 ★★★★★ (5/5)

Review:

I cried. I laughed and I cried with this book. Whenever a book makes me do both of those things it automatically becomes a 5 star book.

I had never read a book from Rachel Hollis before but I’m definitely going to check out more works of hers soon.

Starting off as a funny book with awesome and relatable characters, Smart Girl evolves to a strong story about knowing when to hold on and when to let go. This book is like a little thief that grabs your heart and attention without you even noticing it!

The Girls trilogy is a bit like Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss trilogy (which as you know didn’t really fulfill my expectations) so, even though I know some of you might shoot me, I’d just like to say that I found Rachel Hollis’ books to be better than Stephenie Perkins’. This is absolutely just my opinion and it’s super subjective and oh-god-please-don’t-kill-me-guyssssss!

I just thought Miko was so much like Cath in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl! One of the blurbs of this book should be “It’s as if Rainbow Rowell’s and Stephenie Perkins’ books had a baby.”!

Smart Girl portrays such an important and unique message that we rarely read about in other books. It’s about loving someone, connecting with them but identifying that they don’t love you the same way and they are stealing your energy everytime you try to make it work. They are not interest in you, they are interested in keeping you interested. It’s about knowing when to walk away and breaking your own heart. It’s about putting the pieces toguether and start better, fresher, bigger and more like yourself. Love yourself first.

Just became one of my favourites, no doubt! 100% recommend!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★★
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★★
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She’s spent most of her life falling in love over and over again…with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.

When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it’s love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can’t rush it—after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store.

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication:  January 26th 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 283
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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