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4.30.2015

Review: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest, illustrated by Kali Ciesemier
Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Ebook, Print (240 pages, SCHOLASTIC)
Best friends, big fans, a mysterious webcomic, and a long-lost girl collide in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of both Cory Doctorow and Sarah Dessen, & illustrated throughout with comics.
Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.
Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.
Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.
Princess X?
When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon---her best friend, Libby, who lives.

Author Site: website

I loved it for three big reasons... (5 stars)

If you love Seattle. If you've loved previous Cherie Priest books. If you enjoy a dark mystery where friendship is important. Buy. This. Book. In spite of the lukewarm reviews I had read before grabbing a copy, these three factors convinced me to read it anyway and I AM PRINCESS X does not disappoint.

Like Becca Fitzpatrick's Black Ice this is a dark mystery with a really terrifying, looming baddie feel. I loved that May didn't give up on finding out the truth about the web comic even when it became ridiculously dangerous for her. I really want to tell more about the plot but I hate spoilers so just trust me when I say it's full of techie stuff and a really frightening bad guys makes it a cat-and-mouse game that's sure to keep you on pins and needles.

While I AM PRINCESS X would be great for the younger YA reader I think it'll be an enjoyable read to any YA fan.



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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

4.29.2015

Review: The Handler by D.R. Graham

The Handler by D.R. Graham 
New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Biker
Ebook/Print (256 pages, EMBRACE)
He promised he would never be an outlaw . . .
While searching for the member of an outlaw motorcycle gang who murdered his dad, Cain Allen is offered a boatload of cash to "handle" the stunning teen popstar Lincoln Todd. Although he doesn't need the headache of a high-maintenance celebrity, getting out of town will help him keep a low profile until he testifies against the other two killers.
Touring Europe with Lincoln proves to be more complicated than Cain anticipated, and despite his efforts, the line between their personal and professional lives blurs. She's sweet, smart, and totally unpredictable. And he loves it.
But Lincoln's association with Cain puts her in more danger than anyone could have imagined. When he joins forces with the Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club to protect her, Cain discovers the lengths he's willing to go, and the person he's willing to become to protect the people he loves...

Author Site: website

Graham just earned her way into my auto-buy authors list! (5 stars)

Every once in a while a book comes along that I don't even need to finish before I'm telling everybody I can get to listen, "go buy this NOW!". Not only is this one of those books, I have a feeling I'm going to be doing that a lot with D.R. Graham books.

THE HANDLER is a wild ride that kicks the engine on and doesn't let up pace until the end. I'm quite bewildered that there wasn't a higher page count because there is so much packed into this story and none of it ever feels superfluous. With the characters facing the chaos of celebrity life topped with a side of dangerous dudes trying to kill Cain there is a lot of action. From Oslo and Miami to Paris and Montreal the adventure is a world tour in itself. Every character, including the secondaries, is complex and interesting and while they naturally follow certain stereotypes to a point they never feel like caricatures.

Lincoln's world of celebrity life is a terrific mash-up of real stories we know. I thought for sure I was going to hate her but Graham masterfully writes her through the snotty star intro into someone with so much depth I wound up loving her. I don't generally dig first person narratives in romance but getting the story through Cain's really worked. He's unexpectedly treading the line between Alpha male and beta and as a reader who prefers the latter I really enjoyed how he could roll with the Noir et Bleu crew without attempting some cave man romance hero antics. Hands down, he's one of my new favorites and I think it's going to take a lot for another to unseat him.

While I wouldn't call this an MC romance because Cain isn't a member and his affiliation is pretty circumstantial I do think fans of the subgenre will enjoy it a lot. If you're a big New Adult reader this is one I would recommend to you and the newbies both, I don't read a lot of NA and this is one series that is going to keep me coming back over and over. Haven't read ONE PERCENTER yet? Each of the Noir et Bleu stories stands alone so they can be read in any order. Do yourself a favor... go buy them now and you can thank me when you post your review. ;)




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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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4.28.2015

Review: The Werewolf Wears Prada by Kristin Miller [+ #giveaway!]

The Werewolf Wears Prada (San Francisco Wolf Pack #1) by Kristin Miller
Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Ebook (230 pages, COVET)
Falling in love bites...
Melina Rosenthal worships at the altar of all things fashion. Her dream is to work for the crème de la crème fashion magazine, Eclipse, and she'll do much anything to get there. Even fixing up the image of a gorgeous, sexy public figure who's all playboy, all the time. Even if he's the guy who broke her heart a year ago...
Even if Hayden Dean is a werewolf.
Since his father's death, Hayden's the heir apparent to the San Francisco Wolf Pack-well, once he settles down. Hayden isn't interested in giving up his partying ways, except he's pretty sure he's found his fated mate, and the fact that she's a non-shifter is bad news. Now he must find a compromise between the traditions of his wolf world and his certainty that Melina is his...before fate (or another werewolf) bites them both in the butt.

Author Site: website

Fated mates fans this is right up your alley. (3 stars)

Man do I love me some Covet imprint reads and one of the authors doing some great stuff in it is Kristin Miller... even my mom is a fan after I recommended she check them out. If you've read her Seattle Wolf Pack stories already you'll just be relocating within the same world, if you're starting with the San Francisco Wolf Pack don't worry, you don't need to read the other first but I recommend going back and reading the former at some point.

THE WEREWOLF WEARS PRADA has a celebrity-ish vibe that I didn't really care for but that I think a lot of other readers will enjoy. Hayden Dean is a sexy playboy... but I was never really sure how he became a public figure considering the whole werewolf thing. So far, he's my least favorite of Miller's heroes, I really disliked his personality and the way he treated Melina. In contrast, I liked Melina a lot. She's intelligent and driven, I just wish she hadn't let Hayden get away with a lot of what she let him do to her.

If you prefer your paranormal romances to have fated mates—but focus more on them getting together than the paranormal elements—TWWP is an easy low-conflict read that's sure to satisfy. It wasn't quite what I'm into since I don't like fated mates plots very much so I think my rating is going to much lower than most.



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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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4.27.2015

Review: Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas

Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas
Young Adult, Dragons
Ebook/Print (199 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Never judge a dragon by her human cover...
Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she's a normal teen--not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president's son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend--and secret crush--the über-hot Bulisani Mathe.
Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public--on Kitty's watch--and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.
Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president's son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can't rescue the president's son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

Author Site: website

Two thumbs up for diversity and butt-kicking! (4 stars)

Two huge thumbs up to Sarah Nicolas for making her protagonist and love interest not-white. I was so thrilled to get some diversity up in my ereader! Not only that, they were both great characters. Kitty wouldn't even know how to step back and let someone else trample her decision making and she holds her own against foes. If you prefer Katniss or Tris types of heroines you will love Kitty and Bulisani is an excellent match for her.

What made DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO really different is that these are characters who don't have any idea what it means to be human. Their way of thinking is really different and at times that doesn't read as well as I wish it did. I found myself occasionally frustrated with it and yet liking it at the same time, it felt authentic even if it didn't make sense to my human way of thinking things should be done. It definitely will not work for everyone. Also, unlike most YA they don't think like teenagers either. They think like soldiers/spies because that's very much what they are for their kind.

Action-driven and diverse, I would very much recommend it for readers who found Julie Kagawa's TALON a bit too romance-centered and fluffy. I liked it a lot and would really like to see more books like it.



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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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4.26.2015

Review: Desiring a Demon by Missy Jane

Desiring A Demon (Archangels #2) by Missy Jane
Paranormal Romance, Angels, Demons
Ebook (185 pages, COVET)
Loving her is forbidden. Leaving her is impossible...
Raphael is the Archangel of Justice, a champion of humans, and a warrior who has kept demons from the human realm. Having a half-demon hiding in his home is strictly verboten. And the fact that he can't keep his hands off her? Well, sometimes the war between good and evil is best fought between the sheets...
Astaroth Sinclair's demon side is taking over, staining her entire body red and raising her body temperature hot enough to incinerate her clothes. Even more complicated is the fact that she is helplessly and hopelessly in love with Raphael-even if they have nothing in common other than explosive chemistry.
But when Asta starts digging for answers, she sets off a chain of events that no one could have foreseen. Now her love for Raphael will either save the world...or destroy it.

Author Site: website

I liked Trusting an Angel more but... (3 stars)

When it comes to paranormal romance angels and demons can be a hard sell for a lot of us readers. If you're not usually a big fan but like brotherhood-centric series like Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld or the Black Dagger Brotherhood you might want to give Missy Jane's Archangels a try.

While I'm really liking the overall concept and arcing story I was surprised to find myself flailing with DESIRING A DEMON. I'd previously really liked both Rafe and Asta as secondaries in the previous book but suddenly found them... diminished? I guess that's the word I'm looking for. They were just a little less edgy and a little more wrapped up in each other and instead of working for me it felt almost too sappy for me. That said, it wasn't awful, I just felt like as characters they got too lost in each other and in doing so became different personality wise. With Asta's half-demon nature starting to take over they have their work cut out for them trying to find a way to keep her darker nature from taking over.

A quick read, DAD isn't flawless but has some great surprises toward the end that I hope will lead into further Archangels stories. If you haven't picked it up yet, you really should read TRUSTING AN ANGEL first because so much background for this series is rooted there and I enjoyed it a lot.



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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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4.11.2015

Review: After the Red Rain

After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga with Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco
Young Adult, Futuristic, Science Fiction
Release Date: August 2015
Ebook/Print/Audio (400 pages,  LITTLE BROWN)
A postapocalyptic novel with a cinematic twist from New York Times bestseller Barry Lyga, actor Peter Facinelli, and producer Robert DeFranco.
On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river--a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet.
But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate's son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.


Dark and gloomy but oh-so-absorbing... (4 stars)

I've been making a habit of randomly picking up books that I see on Instagram and reading them without even having read the blurb. It's been a fun experiment and so far AFTER THE RED RAIN has probably been one of my favorites. It has one of the best opening chapters I've read in ages. I actually started it while sitting in a waiting room and had to hold back all the winces and pained faces I wanted to make... then a few days later I read it out loud to my husband. The next night as I sat reading he asked me how my morbid book was going. lol

So if you want to jump into a read that's dark and dreary and a little depressing I definitely recommend picking up AFTER THE RED RAIN. If you enjoy romantic sub-plots, however, this is also deeply satisfying on that level. Where I feel it really shines though is as a science fiction parable with a focus on ecology. This is one YA world you won't want to live in.

Deedra is strangely naive and I honestly found her tough to like at times. In contrast Rose is very intriguing and about as mysterious as a character can get. Without spoiling anything I'll just say that I really, really hope there will be further books to follow because I still have so many questions about him. Most of the secondary characters play vital but small roles in the storyline.

On the whole, this is a book that is really fast-paced and engrossing with it's only major flaw being that it might have had a few too many fingers involved in the plotting. If you're at all into YA scifi and post-apocalyptic I'd definitely suggest you check it out.



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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

4.05.2015

Review: Awakening by Shannon Duffy

Awakening by Shannon Duffy
Young Adult, Dystopian
Ebook/Print (352 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out--her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.
Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped the Terrorscape--a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants--and he needs Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?

Author Site: website

Be glad this is just a book, this world is terrifying because... (4 stars)

Ever since I was caught and punished for reading The Handmaid's Tale when I was 15, I have had a passion for dystopian fiction. That was 20 years ago. I never would have thought that I'd be finding most of my dystopian reading in the Young Adult section but I am so glad it's there, challenging teens to evaluate the world and Shannon Duffy's AWAKENING is no exception.

I actually picked it up without ever reading the blurb, the book's publisher had sent me an unsolicited review copy and since I tend to love their stuff I just started reading it not knowing more than that it was dystopian. Within chapters I was totally engrossed and it's completely due to the world building. It is both AWAKENING's strength and weakness. It suffers from a lot of the same major problems I had with Lauren Olivier's Delirium—if this is this then how can that be that? type of issues—but if I could brush aside some of those implausible issues the world was terrifying. The idea that the day of the week you're born on determines at what age you turn yourself over the government to be terminated alone was the worst. I'd be a Five so I did the math and realized my life would not be that much longer, really scary! Then there's not being able to sleep without machines. Ugh, yeah this was some of the scariest world building I've read.

Desiree is an interesting character because at first she's completely okay with he Protectorate. It isn't until Darian starts giving her things to question that she begins to unravel all of the things that she has never looked at as anything other than things being just the way they are. Her growth is very organic and enjoyable to read. Darian will probably appeal to most of the target audience, but as an adult reader I found him kinda annoying. It's weird but I actually liked Asher, the bully that Desiree was paired with by the Protectorate, more. Maybe because I liked the idea of him as a redeemable character, as someone who was trying to do what he thought was the right thing even though he had other interests.

From start to finish AWAKENING was a great read, it definitely had some major holes in the set-up of the world, but I'm hoping further installments in the series will fill them in enough to gloss over them. If you enjoyed The Book of Ivy, Delirium, or other dystopian reads where control of emotions/thinking or partnerships was left to the government you'll probably really enjoy it.



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