Unhinged by A.G. Howard Review

Unhinged by A.G. Howard
Title: Unhinged (Splintered #2)
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA Retelling
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: Jan. 06, 2015
Pages: 416
Rating:
Four Stars
Favorite Quote:

“Little blossom trapped in between, wearing malice like a queen;
hide the truth, be cruel and tart,
still all the more, you rule my heart.”

 

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Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.
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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken Review

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Title: Passenger (Passenger #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: Jan. 05, 2016
Pages: 496
Rating:
Four Stars
Favorite Quote:

“What good is honour when greed eats away at it’s foundations?” – Alexandra Bracken, Passenger

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passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
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Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Title: Oblivion (Lux 1.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: Dec. 1, 2015
Pages: 350
Rating: Five Stars
Favorite Quote:

“Jesus, all this thinking about my feelings and hers was probably going to give me a period.” – Jennifer L. Armentrout, Oblivion

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Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

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The Lux series is by far one of my favorite. Hot men, witty banter, and tons of action. Getting to read Obsidian from Daemon’s POV was amazing, so much sexiness. So much badassery. So much swoon! If you loved the Lux series, read this. If you love hot aliens, read this. If you’re in need of a great laugh, read this. Just read it. I need more, and I probably always will.

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A Madness So Discreet Review

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Title: A Madness So Discreet
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: Oct. 6, 2015
Pages: 384
Rating:
Five Stars
Favorite Quote:

“Sometimes the loveliest places harbor the worst monsters.” -Mindy McGinnis, A Madness So Discreet

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Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. Continue reading

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Splintered by A.G. Howard
Title: Splintered (Splintered #1)
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Retelling (Alice in Wonderland)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: Feb. 18, 2014
Pages: 400
Rating:
Five Stars
Favorite Quote:

“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.” – A.G. Howard, Splintered

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This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers–precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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Oh. My. Goodness. This book was amazing! I can’t get enough, in fact the second book Unhinged should be landing on my doorstep sometime with the next three hours. (Thank you Amazon Prime!) I haven’t read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and I don’t think I will after reading Splintered. I LOVE how morbid and dark it is. I love every character and the dimension they add to the story. Alyssa went through so much both emotionally and physically to save her mother and the generations to come. At the beginning and middle of the story I was shipping Alyssa and Jeb, but towards the end I couldn’t get enough of Morpheus. Sure he has his flaws, but damn is he sexy. If you like Fairy-Tale retellings, Alice in Wonderland, or anything gothic pick this up! Highly recommended.

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Review

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Dutton
Published: Aug. 14, 2014
Pages: 339
Rating:
Five Stars
Favorite Quote:

“Do adults realize how lucky they are? Or do they forget that these small moments are actually small miracles? I don’t want to ever forget.” -Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After

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Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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Stephanie Perkins did it again. I absolutely loved this novel and read it in one sitting. It’s my favorite of the three and I wish it wasn’t the last in the series. At times it felt as if it was too good to be true, but then there were times when the pain and issues that arise in realistic relationships came into play. Those moments tore my heart into bite-sized pieces. The relationship between Isla and Josh was adorable and I love the cameos from the first two books. Seeing Anna and Etienne, and Lola and Cricket again made me giddy. Overall this was one of the best contemporary books I’ve read this year! Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys YA Contemporary.

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