Book Review: Water So Deep

Title: Water So Deep

Author: Nichole Giles

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.

My Thoughts:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sooo, I was really excited by the premise. Mermaids? I’m all there. But overall, this book was just a Meh.
This book just lacked a little action that I was craving. I also found Emma’s narrative to be pretty depressing, though if you consider what happens to her in the first chapter, it makes sense.

I did like the descriptive writing, it really put a clear image in my head. I was also generally intriguided by the plot.

I do find that a lot of people on goodreads seem to really like this book, so if it sounds like something you might like, go check it out!

Book Review – DOWN (Deep Onsite Withdrawal from the Nucleus)

Title: DOWN (Deep Onsite Withdrawal from the Nucleus)

Author: Mackenzie Campbell

Release Date: Mid 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

Project ACRONYM (Actual Controlled Release Of Nuclear Yield Materials) has landed a forty megaton nuclear bomb in the core of the earth. If it’s triggered, the shockwave will literally rip the earth to pieces. Commander Mikayla Burgess is charged with the task of piloting the USS Instigator to the core with the help of her copilot, Ben Thorne, navigational expert Brenna Mathis, geophysicist Shia Kash, robotics technician Kooper Sergei, and “expendable” Ryan Sharpe. They must find the nuke in a two million square mile environment of pure molten metal at 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit with millions of pounds of pressure per square inch. As a brilliant politician slowly turns every technician on the surface, can they survive long enough to deactivate the nuke? Will any technicians be brave enough to keep them alive? Is it even possible to survive the core?

My Thoughts:

Firstly, I was super excited when I was asked to be a beta reader for this book! But since I’m not a big science fiction fan, my expectations were pretty low when I started reading. But as soon as I finished Chapter One, my immediate reaction was:

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And I kept loving it till the very end!

This book is full of non-stop action as some seriously heart stopping moments. This story is in no way predictable, I was shocked at every page!

There are some daunting scientific terms in the beginning, but they’re explained in a nice way so that most young adults will understand.

I really have no complaints about this book!

Angelfall – Book Review

Title: Angelfall

Author: Susan Ee

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…
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My Thoughts:

Okay, I am generally not a big fan of paranormal books. I am also not a big fan of dark books. This novel qualifies as both. Though there are very grotesque descriptions of dark matters, there’s a lot of witty banter to keep you laughing. The story was action-packed throughout, and there were absolutely no plot-holes. The romance was also so cleverly woven in.

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Really, the only bad thing I can say about this book is the very distinct descriptions of dead bodies and how they were -uh- eaten.

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Eeek I’m cringing. But the book was so good! Susan Ee is a genius!

My overall reaction:

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I would recommend this book to all people everywhere! Unless you’re squeamish. You wouldn’t make it through two chapters. Though you’re welcome to try!

Since You’ve Been Gone – Book Review

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…
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The first chapter of this book is sort of a slow one, but as soon as you get through that one chapter, you can’t put it down. This book had it’s definite funny moments, but also some more intense ones. I wasn’t a chick flick sort of book, but made a good name for YA Contemporary. Also, I was pleasantly surprised with Frank. I mean, how many faces and personalities can you associate with the name Frank?

A solid four star rating overall!

Ruby Red Review

Title: Ruby Red

Author: Kerstin Gier

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!


Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
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This book was the perfect combination of quirky fun and suspenseful action! There was a lot of humor, but also some mystery surrounding the storyline. The characters were a lot of fun to read about, and I flew through this book!
Also, this book was originally written in German. How cool is that?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book Review

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
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Yes, I know this book has been out for quite a while. I still wanted to review if, okay?

Okay, so the synopsis didn’t really make me automatically want to read this book. But I had heard an incredible amount of really great things about the series, so I decided to pick it up. IT WAS AMAZING. I could not put it down. The characters were all really dynamic and interesting. I’m not going to spoil anything-but there are some seriously major twists in this book. I recommend this to anyone–you will love this book!

Me when I finished this book:

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8 Relatable Struggles of Being a Book Lover

Reading is so amazing, and we love it, but there are some serious struggles involved.

1. Wanting to Sleep so badly, then hating the author for writing a book so good that you have to stay up all night to finish it.

2. Having to wait an entire year for the sequel to come out.

3. When your favorite character dies. Again.

4. That cold, empty feeling when a series ends.

5. When you’re at the climax of a story and someone decides that it’s the perfect time to talk to you.

6. Book republished with movie poster covers…ugh…

7. When someone asks to borrow your precious and most favorite book.

8. Re-evaluating your life choices when one of your friends says she hates your favorite series.

The Winner’s Curse Book Review

Title: The Winner’s Curse

 

Author: Marie Rutkoski 

  Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 

 As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

 Okay, I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this, but I gotta tell you, I LOVED it. The writing was exceptional throughout, though the storyline was a little tame in the first half, but it did quickly get a whole lot more complex in the second. I would definetly recommend this, I can’t wait till The Winner’s Crime comes out!