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Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Burning Glass by Kathryn PurdieBurning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Series: Burning Glass #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 1st March 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

I’ve been let down by yet another debut fantasy book. This is the third or fourth one this year and I’m seriously regretting requesting all of these books from the publishers. YA fantasy is the next big fad right now, and it makes sense that there are some duds hiding amongst the awesome, but right now I feel like it’s the other way around. I need to find something that kickstarts my reading again in terms of fantasy, because I’m feeling more than a little drained at the moment.

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The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy ParksThe Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Rating: two-stars

Some people might say that Denver had a death wish. Why else would she have dared to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she’d be surrounded by enemies, namely including her ex-BFF Abigail?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he’d ask her out, but who was she to question this miracle of fate? Well, that wasn’t the only surprise fate had in store.

During the party a tsunami hit the coast of California, wiping out everything in its path. Denver and a handful of others escaped death by holding onto the roof of the house and were swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways was none other than Abigail, who could barely stand the sight of her.

Now that she’s floating in the ocean, stuck on a small boat with the most popular kids in school and waiting to be rescued, Denver wonders what might kill her first-dehydration, sunstroke, or the girl she used to think of as a sister?

I read The Lifeboat Clique in just a couple of hours back in August. I wanted a quick read, and it was sitting there staring at me so I picked it up. I got exactly what I was expecting: a fast read without much emotional connection. Continue reading

Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock

Willowgrove by Kathleen PeacockWillowgrove by Kathleen Peacock
Series: Hemlock #3
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock's riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy, a dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series that pits friendship against survival, and trust against love.

Ever since Mac's best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy's ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf "rehabilitation" camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf.

What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good.

One of my favourite paranormal series has come to an end, and I’m thrilled to say that it ended well! I was a bit scared of reading Willowgrove after being forced to chug through some terrible series-enders (looking at you, Ruin & Rising) but Kathleen Peacock pulled everything off pretty well and it reached a nice conclusion.

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The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie ConnorThe Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.

Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.

When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

The Things You Kiss Goodbye is a book that I was very much looking forward to. It’s one of those books that everyone was freaking out about before its release, but then for some reason, as the release date rolled closer and eventually passed, there was radio silence. I read it back in July after staying away from reviews, and I must say that I was not impressed at all. Continue reading

In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnisIn a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
Series: Not a Drop to Drink #2
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

Last year I loved Not a Drop to Drink because I really enjoy (post-)apocalyptic stories. I love the survivalist aspect of them, and the fact that humans are often a bigger threat than any natural disaster or virus. Originally, Not a Drop to Drink was going to be a standalone novel, and I think that would have been absolutely fine. McGinnis ended it perfectly. However, she obviously decided to expand the world and write a companion novel, and I must say that I approve of this choice!

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