The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter REVIEW

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Author: Aimee Carter
Published on: April 19th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary
Published by: Harlequin Teens
ISBN: 0373210264
Pages: 293

SYNOPSIS:

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Review:

This book was not what I expected. It was recommended to me by a friend, and I expected it to be pretty good, but I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The characters are somewhat plain on the surface, but there is more to all of them than meets the eye. While the plot line remains somewhat predictable, there were twists and turns that I did not anticipate. The main character, Kate, has some characteristics that you expect out of a protagonist, but there are some things that she did that surprises me. It wasn’t a life altering book, but it keep me intrigued enough that I stayed up late to finish it. I think it’s a good read and I would recommend it!

However, I do have to downgrade it based on Greek mythology. It is not sound in it’s mythology, and if you know anything about mythology, that takes away from the book. But if you are clueless, it is fine and seems mostly like a cute romantic fluff with some angst thrown in.

Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

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Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein REVIEW

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Author: Jen Klein
Published on: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
ASIN: B013NIBBNU
Pages: 336

SYNOPSIS:

When Harry Met Sally for YA romance readers. This opposites-attract love story is perfect for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han.
 
June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.

Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.

Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.

Review:

This was an interesting book. It was pretty predictable for the most part, but there were some aspects that were surprising. The characters were interesting, but nothing really special. The storyline wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Overall, it wasn’t a super memorable book, but it wasn’t something that I regret reading. If you’re looking for a cute, fun read, this is the book for you, but don’t expect it to be life changing.

Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum REVIEW

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Author: Julie Buxbaum
Published on: July 11th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Published by: Delacorte Press
ASIN: B01FPH0HY6
Pages: 306

SYNOPSIS:

Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Review:

 

Honestly, I was surprised at this book. It’s very different from Tell Me Three Things, which I did not expect. One of the main characters suffers from Aspergers disease, which impacts his social skills. Obviously this leads to some sticky and awkward situations, as well as some funny ones. David is an honest, funny, and real character, which I appreciate. There is not much representation in teen literature commonly, but this was one of those rare books. I did enjoy it, but it didn’t have quite the impact that Tell Me Three Things did. I loved the representation and how thought provoking that it was, but it wasn’t as good as Tell Me Three Things.

Overall, it was a pretty good book. I’m on the fence about if I would read it again. However, it’s not as memorable as I had hoped it would be. There’s a chance I’ll go back and read it again if I’m really in the mood for some drama or just in the mood for this book, otherwise, it’ll stay in my read pile. It was a bit confusing at parts and that made it hard to follow, but there was a twist that I did not expect. If you’re in the mood for some drama and some mental health representation, give this book a go!

Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger REVIEW

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Author: Kody Keplinger
Published on: September 5th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published by: Poppy
ASIN: B004QZ9PPG
Pages: 289

SYNOPSIS:

Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it’s a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy’s car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend’s attention.

Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players’ girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won’t get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don’t count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.

 

Review:

This was one of the books that was suggested after I finished reading Tell Me Three Things. It sounded interesting, so I gave it a try! It had all of the things. good chick lit does, drama, romance, cute boys, a twist, etc. However, it wasn’t something that I would read again and again. It wasn’t bad, and I wouldn’t say that I hated it, but it was also nothing extraordinary.

The characters were pretty normal for these kinds of books, the plot was predictable, and the twists that came weren’t entirely unexpected. So while it wasn’t a bad book, it wasn’t a great book either. If you’re looking for a light read of something that is pretty cute and gives you feels, then go for this. But if you’re looking for something more substantial or something more original, then I suggest finding something else!

 

Rating:
3 out of 5 stars

T.O.E. Trilogy by Al Stone Book Blitz

He belongs with the others.

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Blackout T.O.E. Trilogy, Book 2

Book Description: What was shall no longer be. What was not shall now become.

Despite having the protection of the talisman and the Legion, a reforming force of warrior angels and elementals, guarding his every move, things are not looking good for Charlie Blake. Tasked with the responsibility of saving mankind, finding the four diamonds to restore the talisman is all he can think of, but when his prophetic visions start to invade his reality and he suddenly can’t distinguish the dream world from the real world, the pending extinction of

mankind becomes the least of his problems. Everyone assumes Charlie’s dormant powers are activating, until he starts showing symptoms of a deadly disease.

With his nemesis, Gaddis, threatening the lives of his loved ones, he faces a race against time to locate the Stone of Raphael, the air diamond, before an imminent pandemic destroys civilization. As he ventures into dangerous lands once again, he unearths shocking revelations about his past life that forces him to question his allegiance. With no one to turn to for answers, he can’t help but wonder if his purpose is truly to save mankind.

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Ground Zero T.O.E. Trilogy, Book 3

Book Description: It happens every 26,000 years.

Only a few ever survive.

This time …

No one will.

That is unless Charlie Blake can locate all four diamonds to restore the Talisman of El and receive his calling from the remaining three elements before the Annus Magnus strikes. With both Arcadia and the mortal world in a state of unrest, his life quickly spirals out of control as it seems everyone has put a bounty on his head. Maybe even his closest allies.

Not knowing who to trust, Charlie starts to dig up the past. When new revelations arise, he begins to question whether the Legion of Light really is what it claims to be and whether he’s been fighting for the wrong side all along. The line between good and evil is no longer as clear-cut as it used to be, especially when it appears Charlie’s destiny could very well be to destroy everything he loves.

Hero or villain? Charlie isn’t so sure anymore.

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About the Author Al Stone is the author of the YA fantasy trilogy T.O.E. After graduating with a BA in Film & Television, Al had worked in the television industry for a short period before a disabling injury caused her to turn her hand to storytelling. Talisman Of El is her debut novel. The sequels Blackout and Ground Zero are currently available for sale.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music and travelling. At present, she lives in England, United Kingdom with her family.

 

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Super short review to get back into reviewing:

 

 

I didn’t think that I would be that into this book, but how wrong I was. I started reading it yesterday and became engrossed with it. The characters seem real, the storyline is good, and overall, it’s just a fantastic book. It deals with a lot of topics, sex, drinking, some drug talk, and bullying. It’s the kind of book that makes me not want to put it down. I became invested in the characters. I had my suspicions on who SN was the whole time, but it kept me guessing enough that I wasn’t ever totally sure about who they were. Short review, but definitely read this book.

The Immortality Trigger by Douglas Misquita- BOOK BLAST!!

~ The Immortality Trigger by Douglas Misquita ~
a Luc Fortesque adventure thriller


1945 
Allied paratroopers raid a secret Nazi research facility. The operation is reported as a success. But, the lone survivor, Benjamin Ezra, knows otherwise. 

2014 
A drug lord, El Fantasma threatens to plunge Colombia into an era of bloody drug wars. DEA Country Attaché, Zachary Mason is in charge of a covert operation to remove El Fantasma, with the help of a vigilante, El Angel, and a retired undercover agent, Raymond Garrett. 


In Naples, INTERPOL agent, Sabina Wytchoff, is investigating the death of her parents, when the Wytchoff family’s association with an ancient cabal comes under investigation. 

After the events of The Apocalypse Trigger, Luc Fortesque, is scouring the world for the man who tested experimental drugs on him. 


Wei Ling works for a shadow Transhumanist faction within China’s State Council, developing drugs that will enhance human longevity. 

Their paths will converge… violently… and conclude the mission that began in 1945.

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Douglas Misquita is an action-adventure thriller writer from Mumbai, India. He hammered out his first novel on the keyboard of a laptop with half-a-working-screen, and has been churning out literary entertainment to the tune of a book-a-year. His books have been praised for their pace, locales, intertwined plots, research and visuals – it’s almost like watching a movie… only, this one unfolds across the pages of a book! 


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The Vengeance of Indra by Shatrujeet Nath

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The Vengeance of Indra 
(Vikramaditya Veergatha #3)
by Shatrujeet Nath
VENGEANCE IS A CAGE
FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM
In their greed to possess the deadly Halahala, the devas and the asuras have employed every dirty trick against Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine. But the humans are still standing, bloodied but unbowed.
When the wily Shukracharya discovers the secret to breaking the Council’s strength and unity, he forges an unlikely alliance with his arch-enemy, Indra, to set a deceitful plan in motion.
As cracks emerge between the councilors and their king, ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Vikramaditya and Kalidasa’s friendship, signaling the beginning of an eclipse that will cast a long shadow over all that Vikramaditya holds dear. And into this shadow steps Indra, bearing an old grudge — and a devastating new weapon.
How much longer before the Guardians of the Halahala finally fall apart?
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About the Author:
Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which includes The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru and The Vengeance of Indra. Described as “a new face to Indian mythology” by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well. He is also the author of The Karachi Deception, an Indo-Pak spy thriller.



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