Latest Obsession: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Hi everyone! I'm taking a small break from reviews to talk to you about one of my latest obsessions: THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIESI know– it's a web-series that came out a while ago... but I started it roughly two weeks ago and finished all of them in three or four days. Two really awesome friends of mine kept gushing about it a while back, and so I decided to give it ago, and judging by the amount of time it took me to finish all 100 episodes, it's clear that I really, really enjoyed them.

For those of you who are kind of going "huh?" "what?" "who now?" "why does that sound like a reference to Pride and Prejudice?", THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES is a web-series (on Youtube) developed by Hank Green and Bernie Su. I totally recommend watching them, especially if you're an Austen lover. I actually haven't read any of Austen's books, even though I've read some retellings and have watched the 2005 film a gajillion times. I'm in love with the story and really hope that I could actually finish reading it one day. I got through half-way and unfortunately had to stop because of school work. I even own THREE copies of the book for pete's sake:

Okay well, the last one is a compilation of seven novels (so in that case I own two copies of Emma), but you get the point! I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

I'm a huge fan of the film and BBC television series as well:


I know people are going to kill me for saying this, but I tend to prefer the 2005 film because I've seen it a GAJILLION times, in comparison to the BBC series. To be fair, I did watch the 2005 version first, and only watched the TV series last year.

Anyway, I think that's all for now. All the episodes of THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES can be found online HERE. Go watch them if you haven't already. You won't regret it... loads of humor, loads of drama, and of course, Darcy!

Her Dark Curiosity Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Series: The Madman's Daughter, Book 2
Rated: YA 14+
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Read my review of The Madman's Daughter HERE

To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

I only started reading this series because I received an advanced copy of Her Dark Curiosity from the publisher, and I'm really glad I did! I've come to love these books, it's subject matter and the characters, and I found that this was as dark as the first one. The story picks up a couple of months after the events in The Madman's Daughter, with Juliet's return to London. It's interesting to see how the island has changed Juliet, and how she has so much more understanding of the science behind her father's experiments and uses this to her advantage.

I'm glad to say that I liked Juliet even more in this book! I thought in the last book, while I did still like her, she was a bit "drab" and too focused on which guy to pick. But this time round, her character is so much stronger and fiercely independent – no longer dependent on men that much in her life – that I really enjoyed her story. There's the return of characters from the previous book, which would be a spoiler (kind of) if I mentioned them, so I wont. We do get to learn a lot about Juliet's friend Lucy, who played a small part in The Madman's Daughter, and there's some new characters, such as the professor, who is Juliet's guardian, Elizabeth, and Inspector Newcastle.

Like The Island of Doctor Moreau, I haven't actually read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – I should really get around to reading more classics – but I knew at least something about it that I was able to recognize how it was embedded into this book. The end promises yet another retelling for the final book in the trilogy, and this one got me super excited because it's one that I've ACTUALLY read. I'm not going to tell though– you've got to read this book and find out for yourselves! It's a very well-done twist to the plot that Shepherd had included, and completely caught me off-guard.

Her Dark Curiosity was enthralling and spine-tingling, and the sequel is even more amazing than the first. It's clear to see that I loved this one, and I come upon regretting that I read the book so early, because it now means waiting until next year for the last book, and I don't want to wait so long! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.


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Megan Shepherd

Hello!

I've been many things, like a professional exchange student, park ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a writer.

I think it's fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parent's independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real career. After college I thought I'd end up as a foreign service officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I'll never speak again and lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. You can probably image how that experience went, but if you're curious, here are the dirty details.

I wasn't until a chance acquaintance read something I wrote and said, "have you ever considered being a writer?" that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children's literature in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn't sweet enough to write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn't require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I'm not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so please drop me a line!

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photograph

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Waiting on Wednesday – Week 102

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight on upcoming books that I'm DYING to get my hands on!

This week's WoW is:
Rebel by Amy Tintera

**contains spoilers from book 1, Reboot**
The sequel to the action-packed Reboot is a can't-miss thrill ride, perfect for fans of James Patterson, Veronica Roth, and Marie Lu.

After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he's underestimated Wren and Callum.

The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.

May 13, 2014 ● Goodreads

If you couldn't tell from my review of Reboot, I really enjoyed the first book, so it's no surprise that I'm eagerly waiting on the sequel. I may have to re-read the first before diving back into this world again, but then again, I'm super excited to!

What are you waiting on?

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Release Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Series: The Madman's Daughter, Book 1
Rated: YA 14+
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
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In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

I'm honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one, particularly after reading some mixed reviews about it. The Madman's Daughter was very dark, and I love how much it's influenced by the gothic tradition– it is, after all, based on H.G. Well's The Island of Doctor Moreau. I had to learn a lot about the gothic tradition for a school paper (the extended essay fellow IB'ers!), and I felt that the book truly embodied so many of it's traits. I loved the blend of science and religion, and that it's a historical-fiction that plays up to the time period it's set in, making it all the more believable. It was an intriguing read, egging me on to finish it from the moment I started.

Juliet's character reminded me of Finley from The Girl in the Steel Corset. I thought that she was an interesting character, yet a little naive and conflicted. However, a great character in the end. I loved Montgomery! I preferred him over Edward for the most part. I thought that the love triangle was a little unnecessary and a tad bit rushed, but it definitely gets complicated, I can tell you that. There are so many twists in the plot that I didn't see coming. The names in the book are also really significant, and it all comes together in the end, where I found myself slapping myself on the forehead going, "of course!".
I really liked the supporting characters as well. Balthazar was so adorable, and so was Alice. Dr. Moreau was... different. Different meaning different from most in YA and that's what made him so intriguing. Hopefully, there's more secrets uncovered in the next book about his work.

As I mentioned before, this is a retelling of one of H.G. Wells' books. I'd never even heard of the book before (shockingly), and I'll be sure to check it out really soon. It sounds particularly interesting, and I'm wondering how a book about the same topics was received by the public back then, especially with what would be considered blasphemous and against religion as scientific discovery was growing. I thought the conflict between the two was very well portrayed in the book, and really stuck to the time it was set.

The Madman's Daughter was dark, suspenseful and insanely delicious. Megan Shepherd's debut has wowed me, creating an original premise that has me shocked, scared and begging for more. I'm looking forward to devouring the next book!

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Series: Cruel Beauty Universe
Rated: YA 14+
Format: eGalley
Source: Edelweiss
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Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

I don't think that it's a surprise to anyone why I was desperate to get my hands on this book. I mean, that cover? Hands down, one of the best I've ever seen. I'd also heard interesting things about Cruel Beauty, and was over the moon when it popped up as an eGalley. I was definitely not disappointed with this one. It was so beautiful– the writing is absolutely stunning. It was a little confusing at the start, but then things started to clear up a little, it was harmonious blend of words and myth. I loved the the mix of Greek mythology and "Beauty and the Beast". It's like fantasy met paranormal and created this gorgeous novel that bound me to it's pages.

Before reading I was a little bit curious about what the book was actually about and so I went right ahead and read some reviews. I've heard people complain about Nyx, and I totally get it. She is really whiny and capricious with her opinions. It's sometimes a little overboard and makes you want to stab yourself with a fork (if you read the book you'll get the reference), and she was too childish at times. On the other hand, I did enjoy her snark and sarcasm, and loved that she was a little bit poisonous with her words. 
I LOVED Ignifex. From the start, I fell head over heels. Maybe I'm a bit of a sucker for guys in YA (okay, I am), but I was rooting for him the whole way through the book. Shade was a fascinating character. I thought this was going to be a love triangle, and was a bit worried to begin with, because it seems like it for roughly half the book (or even more). Eventually things do clear up, and it's an interesting turn of events for sure.

The plot twists a little during the book and becomes a little bit confusing. It was also perplexing with all the Greek myths coming together AND the lore of the gods AND the world building, so you can imagine it was quite the pile of things the reader has to tackle. I think at parts it got a little bit too much for me to handle and got me lost. I still loved the book, it's just that some bits, names and places had me at "what?".
This was different from many YA books for several different reasons, but what I found most interesting was that you don't tend to see characters get married. NA? Possibly. YA? Quite rarely. It was a weird change to experience in young adult fiction, but nonetheless still an intriguing one. 

I consumed Cruel Beauty in one day and have no regrets. It was gorgeous, spellbinding and deliciously dark. Rosamund Hodge's debut is magical, and breaks the boundaries between genres that creates a piece that is diverse and whole. A seductive ride that will have readers enthralled from start to finish. I'm looking forward to more novels set in this world!

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Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Series: Avalon, Book 1
Rated: YA 14+
Format: eGalley
Source: Edelweiss
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A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they're damn good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents' ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.

I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed this one. I didn't know what to expect, and having not read a lot of sci-fi novels, there was not much to go on as I'm not too familiar with the genre conventions either. Anyway, after reading Avalon, I might explore more of this genre! I'm a fan of the Star Trek movies (the new ones... haven't gotten around to seeing the old ones yet!), and this one kind of reminded me of  it, so you can imagine how taken I was with Avalon.

I really enjoyed the characters, and I love how they're all so different. Jeth was a great main character, and – I've mentioned this before – there's not that many male protagonists in YA, and it's good to see the growth of these male characters being brought up this year, and hopefully this trend will continue! I thought that the romance with Sierra worked, even though I thought that Celeste would actually be the love interest... anyway, it's an interesting change of course. Sierra was an intriguing character, but I didn't love her all too much. She was great at some parts, kind of lost my favor in others, but a pretty dynamic character overall who brings a lot of twists to the story.
I loved Lizzie! She was my favorite character in this book, hands down. She was hilarious, smart, had great comebacks... Shady was a close second, being the loveable idiot. I wish that there was more development on Flynn's, Vince's and Milton's characters though, because I thought that while they were featured quite prominently, we don't actually get to learn enough about these characters. Cora was absolutely adorable! Loved her involvement in the novel, particularly as the plot thickens...

There are a lot of plot shockers in this one, so it's definitely a punch to the stomach every now and then (literally and figuratively). I got somewhat confused with the different terms along the way, because I felt that I didn't have a good hold on the world-building and what exactly it was composed of, but hopefully that will be revealed in the prequel, Proxy, once I get my hands on a copy, or I'll be able to understand it more in the second book.
This book was LONG. Really long. It took me ages to get through it and while I was captivated by the story, I felt that maybe since it was super long, characters could have been developed more. There were also pockets of dry air where it could have probably picked up the pace a little bit as well. There was however, a good chunk of action now and then to keep fans of science-fiction really happy.

It's a good change to see that this series is a duology, which is something you don't see much of in YA now days (it's all about the trilogy, isn't it?). That being said, I can't wait for the concluding book, although it may prompt a re-read of this one, and I'm definitely looking forward to diving back into this world. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and really want to read The Nightmare Affair now! Avalon was fast-paced, gritty and filled with heart-pounding action, and readers everywhere will be hooked from the first word.


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Waiting on Wednesday – Week 101

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight on upcoming books that I'm DYING to get my hands on!
Woot! EXAMS ARE OVER (ish)! Anyway, I'm back and hopefully gonna be able to post a lot more. Last year was kind of an up and down year for me, but I promise to try to post more often.

This week's WoW is:
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

May 15, 2014 ● Goodreads

I haven't read anything of Nina LaCour's yet, but this one sounds SO GOOD. It sounds original, it sounds sweet, it revolves around movies (which other than reading is a love of mine)– what's not to want? Can't wait!!

What are you waiting on?

Exam time!

Hi Guys!

Unfortunately, I didn't plan ahead and so I'll be post-less for just a couple of days while I have exams. I should *hopefully* be back by the 22nd, but incase I'm too busy working on my theatre exam, I'll be back on the 24th. Have a good couple of days without me, and if you just can't bear to live without me, you can always check out my tumblr(s) because I'm always reblogging new stuff everyday :)


Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, funny stuff, GIFs of movies, and more.


Book stuff, The Hunger Games, TFIOS, The Lord of the Rings + The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and more.

Rabiah

Waiting on Wednesday – Week 100

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight on upcoming reads that I'm DYING to get my hands on.

It's my 100th WoW post!!

I've been anticipating this for weeks (only to be in exams when it's finally posted), but YAY!! Wowieeee 1-0-0. Triple digits... that's pretty huge! I stuck with this meme for the longest time ever. The first WoW post that I, well, posted, was on December 22, 2010, and it was for Angel by James Patterson, a Maximum Ride novel. Unfortunately, I never got around to reading it or even finishing the series :( Here's a fact: I've actually only read 22 of the books I've done a WoW post for. I have QUITE a lot of catching up to do clearly! Anyway,

This week's WoW is:
The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.

Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.

But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.

So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.

As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.

May 13, 2014 ● Goodreads

I'm a fan of Sarah Strohmeyer's books, even though I've only read Smart Girls Get What They Want. It was just so adorable and hilarious that I instantly fell in love! This one sounds really different though– completely the opposite to her other books in fact. Nonetheless, this one sounds thrilling and one I hope to start really soon.

What are you waiting on?

Afterparty Blog Tour: Dream Cast by Ann Redisch Stampler + Giveaway


Ann Redisch Stampler

Where It Began marks the YA debut of Ann Redisch Stampler. She is the author of several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Her books hav ebeen an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor notable books and an honor book, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann has two adult children and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband.

Find Ann: WebsiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads

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Dream Cast for Afterparty

My two absolutely favorite young female actors are Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley. I think they can play anyone, so if either of them wanted to play virtually any part in Afterparty, I would say, "Go for it!" but I hear they're busy, soooooo moving right along, ignoring their coloring and pretty much ignoring their ages...

Emma: Jane Levy
If you've seen her in Suburgatory, you know she could do it.

Siobhan: Chloe Moretz
Instense and as scary as you want her to be. Have you seen Kick-Ass?

Megan: Anna-Sophia Robb
I think she could do sweet and kind of suffocated, with a tiny little edge very well.

Chelsea Hay: Emma Roberts
I would love to see her doing mean.

Dr. Lazarus: Scott Cohen
I can totally see him as a buttoned-up, repressive dad with a dark past.

Aiden: Ian Somerhalder (maybe 15 years ago)
Just look at him. OK, now you can stop looking at him. Or can you?

Dylan: Ezra Miller
I visualized Dylan and Arif in a very particular way – not just the way they looked by the way they moves – as I writing and I'm having a really hard time coming up with actors to suit. I suspect that Ezra Miller could do a brilliant job of playing anyone, but he still doesn't look exactly like my mental image of Dylan. Who would you cast?

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Thank you so much to Ann for stopping by my blog! I LOVE this cast. Honestly, would go see this movie in a heartbeat :D I still haven't read Afterparty, but it sound fabulous! Here's a little bit more about it:


    


Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother -- whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her...and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle. 

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop... 

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler's spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

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Fake ID by Lamar Giles

Fake ID by Lamar Giles

Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rated: YA 14+
Format: eGalley
Source: Edelweiss
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Nick Pearson is hiding in plain sight…

My name isn’t really Nick Pearson.

I shouldn’t tell you where I’m from or why my family moved to Stepton, Virginia.

I shouldn’t tell you who I really am, or my hair, eye, and skin color.

And I definitely shouldn’t tell you about my friend Eli Cruz and the major conspiracy he was about to uncover when he died—right after I moved to town. About how I had to choose between solving his murder with his hot sister, Reya, and “staying low-key” like the Program has taught me. About how moving to Stepon changed my life forever.

But I’m going to.

I think the biggest thing that got me through this book was my curiosity. I came pretty close to not finishing Fake ID because it took me WAY too much time to read it, because I didn't find it fast-paced as I'd hoped for, or as intriguing as I'd wanted it to be. What did get me through was the fact that I just HAD to find out what this big secret was, why Eli was killed and what the hell is going on with this creepy town.
I really liked that this was not only a YA book that featured a male protagonist, but also that the book featured the main character as a character of colour. Being Indian, I know that in general, races (other than caucasian) are under-represented in YA. It was great to see that diversity presented in this novel, and even though I'm not the biggest fan of this book, I admired this aspect of it.

I really liked Nick's character– I thought that he was snarky (his comebacks were hilarious), street-smart and just made a really dynamic protagonist. To tell the truth, I haven't read to many YA books where the main character is a male, so this was refreshing for me in some aspects.
However, what I didn't enjoy the fact that the girls were sometimes overly sexualized. Reya was a really cool character, and was pretty bad-ass, but sometimes, through Nick's perspective, she comes off more for her body then her intelligence or skills. I find that this is a problem with a lot of YA. I'm not just talking about girls from a guy's POV, even guys in girls POVs tend to be really played up for their looks. I'm guilty of falling for it – I'm a teenager with hormones. HORMONES – so yes, I know I should look out for it more in young adult fiction.

I thought the plot went really slow for two-thirds of the novel. I was honestly debating whether to stop reading. In some respects, I'm glad I kept reading because I did NOT guess who the guilty party was in this book and seriously had no idea who it might be. It was a totally amazing ending, beating out many thrillers, because it was absolutely mind-blowing. Best last third of a book for a book that started and kept going really slow, for sure. I'm also really glad that this is a stand-alone, because I think a series might have been pushing it too much. The author's writing is really good, but I think was constituted to the slow pace was placing too much description in aspects that don't matter. Describing the setting too much, or even characters that don't matter took up a lot of time, and I thought that the descriptions could have been better spent elsewhere.
The story has A LOT going on. There's so much family drama, the murder, the Witness Protection Program and something a whole lot bigger going on, but this made me really confused with all the plot elements coming together. I think this might have also played a large factor into why I probably didn't enjoy the books as much as I'd hoped to.

While I didn't like much of the story, Fake ID was still thrilling with a fast-paced ending that had me gripped. Lamar Giles is clearly very talented, and nonetheless I'll be on the lookout for the next book of his. I'm sorry I couldn't enjoy this one as much, but many other people did like it, so be sure to give it a try because it does have fantastic characters and an ending to die for.


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