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: 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: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden


Book Rate:
 ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

First thing I did after finishing this books was checking goodreads to see if there would be a sequel. Guess what? There is! The only thing we have so far is the title (The Romeo Catchers – which sounds very interesting) but I’m excited anyway!

Reading The Casquette Girls was such an immersive experience! I had never read a story that takes place in New Orleans but I think this was the best one to start with: I fell in love with the city through Alys Arden’s words. Everything seemed so real and hypnotizing, The Casquette Girls truly transmits the reader the essence of this magical and oh-so-full-of-life city!

With some unexpected twist and turns the plot was very gripping, as were the characters. Although there are a few details I think could’ve been more worked on… The love triangle (beware, there’s a love triangle guys!) was “comme ci, comme ça”, never during my reading experience did I feel even slightly sure about any of Adele’s choices… And Emilio’s plot twist would’ve contributed a lot more to the story if it had been darker. But I can see a reason for it not be, since there’s a sequel coming out and there’s lots of angles that can be worked on about this character…

All in all, this was pretty intense. If you’re ever in the mood for a Halloween-ish read or even just a good book to escape “real life” for a bit: this is your guy! Or book… I don’t really know how to adapt this expression, ups 😉

The Casquette Girls brings New Orleans and Paris to you in just 560 pages!

Detailed Rating:

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

Synopsis (from goodreads):

Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne wants nothing more than her now silent city to return to normal. But with home resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

As the city murder rate soars, Adele finds herself tangled in a web of magic that weaves back to her own ancestors. Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, who can she trust when everyone has a secret and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless . . . you’re immortal.

Publisher: Skyscape
Date of Publication:  November 17th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 565
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: Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

Hello? was good. Hello? is one of those books right there in the middle, the perfect definition of “a good book”, “a nice book”.

Liza Wiemer created characters with very interesting backgrounds but very dull personalities. The way their pats intertwined and changed their futures was very well done, I can surely say the plot was really gripping from this point of view.

And the writing style? Oh, the writing style! I loved how each character had a specific writing style that represented their personality so incredibly. Excellent result!

My main problem with Hello? was the characters’ personalities… They all had this amazing stories and they all sounded very empty for someone who is overcoming their past and the fears that come with it… They all forgave in a heartbeat, like nothing had meaning, and they all moved on so all of a sudden! I didn’t feel comfortable reading about them, they didn’t strike me as strong characters when they should have, after all they’ve overcome just by themselves.

I have mixed feelings about this book and I’m not sure until what point would I recommend it… Maybe if you’re looking for a story that will thake your mind off something going on in your life, something creative but not life changing or mind blowing. Just an imaginative and different read.

Detailed Rating:

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

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

One “Hello?” can change a life. One “Hello?” can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, “Hello?” weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Date of Publication:  November 10th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Page Count: 400
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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Review: Under The Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

Do you guys know how we usually complaint that pretty much every contemporary young adult book has a main character whose problems and complexes derivate from a traumatic childhood experience or… from a bad relationship with their parents? Or or or that the parents are super secundary characters that almost never interfere with the story?

Well, brace yourselves for Under The Dusty Moon, because this is one of the best mum characters I’ve ever read about. Vic and Micky are truly best friends and it’s incredibly refreshing to read about a relationship like this, that is also very common in the real world and with which I related a lot to in some ways.

It’s true that Vic has problems because she suposedly “lives in her mum’s shadow” but it didn’t feel so much like that to me. I always saw Vic as her own person through the book, just someone who the older generations recognized as Micky Wayne’s daughter.

There were a few improvements I believe could have made Under The Dusty Moon a better reading, though. I felt like A LOT of good content was created but not explored, for example Shaun’s mums: their relationship with their with Shaun and his little brother would have been so interesting to read more about (not to talk about how Vic would fit in their family). Or Vic’s grandmother, there was also a lot that could be talked about regarding the whole “I care about my daughter but not my granddaughter” thing.

Overall I just felt like there was a lot of potential in this book that was mostly left unused. The storyline itself wasn’t such a big deal but I truly believe the refreshing and interesting characters could’ve made up for it…

Still it was an enjoyable book, I recommend if your looking for a light and fun reading.

Detailed Rating:

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

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

She’s with the band, whether she likes it or not.

Victoria is the sixteen-year-old only daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, whose band, Dusty Moon, took the world by storm when Micky was just a teenager. The band broke up, but, after years spent off the road, Micky’s solo career is finally starting to take off.

With her mum going off to tour in Japan, Vic is left to spend the summer under the care of her grandmother, and without her built-in best friend. Will a boy with a secret geek side and a group of feminist game-makers be enought to save the season? And will this summer change Vic in a way that will endager her relationship with her mum and best friend?

Publisher: Dundurn Press
Date of Publication:  February 16th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Page Count: 232
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Double Down by Victoria Pratt


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

This is a high 3 stars book.

Double Down made me go through 6 stages while reading it, here they are:

  • Ok, let’s start this!
  • Oh nooooo, this is going to be one of those books so focused on the erotica part that they stop making sense……
  • Ups, guess I was wrong, this is actually getting interesting in a policial way
  • I’m pretty sure I know what’s the twist and who’s the killer
  • Ok, maybe I’m not entirely sure… But it’s someone from this group of people!
  • OOOOH SO DID NOT SEE THAT COMING

As you can see the plot was very entertaining but at the end of the book I knew it wasn’t a story that would mark me. Would I read a sequel tough? Yes, very probably.

The strongest aspect of Double Down, however, were its characters. Cassidy seriously rocks and her relationship with her best friend Bobbie is amazing (I loved loved their interactions). Every other characters is explored equally, what contributes a lot to you never having enough character knowledge to be sure a certain character is or isn’t the murderer, what contributes for this to be an awesome reading!

What I felt was lacking in Double Down and could’ve made it much better would have been a more carefully done description of each scene, the addition of a few “useless” details and characters in order to make the suspect’s pool even bigger and the important hints even harder to pick up on before they were revealed by the author would’ve been great too. I also would’ve given a bit more of personality depth both to Cassidy and Lorenzo, it sometimes felt like they were a bit too perfect (specially Lorenzo).

With that being said: definitely read Double Down if you’re looking for a quick, fun, kickass and a bit unpredictable policial!

Detailed Rating:

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

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

She’s catching bad guys–one lap dance at a time…

Cassidy Jones, is a fast-driving, sharp-shooting, man-loving ball buster with a loud laugh and boundary issues. She’s also really great at her job–a fact that is completely irrelevant to the good ol’ boys at the station.

When a local mobster ends up dead, Cassidy is on the case. But if she wants to catch the killer, she’s going to have to do it in a G-string and five-inch heels. Oh, and there’s the little detail that she’s fallen hard for the mobster’s brother…

Cassidy has to save herself and her reputation or risk losing everything.

Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication:  October 26th 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Policial, Erotica
Page Count: 280
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: Fifty-two Ways to Love Your Body by Kimber Simpkins


Book Rate: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Review:

This is the first time I write a non-fiction book review and also the first time I read a self-help book.

The pink on the cover grabbed my attention and after reading the synopsys and thinking about for a bit I thought “Why not?” and decided to give it a shot.

Lucky me!

Fifty-two Ways to Love Your Body was a reading I can only describe as amazing! I usually only give 5 stars to a book that really affects me, a book that makes me think about important aspects of life and even change some opinions or habits of mine. Kimber Simpkins’ book did all of the above!

I never considered myself as someone who had a negative relationship with her body and it was only once I started reading what Kimber stated as bad body relationship habits and identifying myselft with many little details that I realised how wrong I was and how I could change that.

Fifty-two Ways to Love Your Body requires patience and motivation. It helps you make your body your always present and always caring best friend. You just have to listen and care for him too!

I higly recommend, even if you think you already love yourself a lot. This is an eye-opener, a way to become happier and more satisfied not only with youself but with those around you. And it’s written in such a wonderful way I’m sure that you, just as me, will fly through it.

Detailed Rating:

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

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Do you look in the mirror and see all the things you dislike about your body? In a culture that worships thin, beautiful celebrities, it’s easy to feel like we just don’t measure up. So, how can you get over your flaws and focus on your fabulous?

“52 Ways to Love Your Body” is packed with easy and fun practices—one for each week of the year—to help you toss perfectionism out the window, turn down the volume on that nagging inner critic who is always going on about what’s wrong, stop the never-ending comparison game, and finally love your body.

If you’re ready, this book gives you 52 ways to get started now. So, what are you waiting for?

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Date of Publication:  January 2nd 2016
Genre: Self-Help, Non-fiction
Page Count: 176
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.