Starstruck – Cyn Balog

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Book Summary

Gwendolyn “Dough” X doesn’t think she has much going for her—she carries a few extra pounds, her family struggles with their small bakery in a town full of millionaires, and the other kids at her New Jersey high school don’t seem to know that she exists. Thank the stars for her longtime boyfriend, Philip P. Wishman—or “Wish.” He moved away to California three years ago, when they were 13, but then professed his love for her via e-mail, and he’s been her long-distance BF ever since.
At the beginning of her junior year, though, Wish e-mails that he’s moving back to Jersey. Great, right? Well, except that Dough has gained about 70 pounds since the last time Wish saw her, while Wish—according to his Facebook photos—has morphed into a blonde god. Convinced that she’ll be headed for Dumpsville the minute Wish lays eyes on her, Dough delays their meeting as long as she possibly can.
But when she sees Wish at school, something amazing happens. He looks at Dough like she’s just as gorgeous as he is. But Wish is acting a little weird, obsessed with the sun and freaked out by rain. And the creepy new guy working at the bakery, Christian, is convinced that there’s more to Wish’s good looks than just healthy eating and lots of sun. He tells Dough that a mark on Wish’s neck marks him as a member of the Luminati—an ancient cult of astrologers who can manipulate the stars to improve their lives. Is Wish and Dough’s love meant to be—or are they star-crossed?

Book Review

When I first read the description to this book I thought that I would love it. It sounded humorous and unlike anything I had ever read before. Unfortunately, this book just fell flat for me.

The beginning of this book was actually quite good. It was funny and horribly awkward, and I felt like a lot of people could easily relate to the protagonist. This was one of those books where no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t stop cringing and squealing at the awkward parts. I think it goes without saying that the author really hit home on those parts.

However; this book started going downhill for me towards the middle. The author decided to ruin this realistic, funny story with a whole bunch of “star worshiper” crap. How would you even think to come up with a plot like that? It makes no sense and I found myself just getting lost and ready to put the book down.

I gave Starstruck 2/5 stars. It started out as a cute funny story about a girl who I’m sure plenty of people could relate to, and then turned into a dumb supernatural tale that made you want to throw the book across the room.

Favorite Quotes

  • “Twenty minutes later, I walk out of Melinda’s hotel with a plate of finger sandwiches, a bag of prostitute clothes, and a weird wedge on my head that makes me look like you could tip me upside down and fill it with cream of mushroom.

    I need another donut.”

  • “Hans and Christian just stare at me, faces grim. All I can think of is how awesome it would be if my name were Andersen.”

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Blood Rights – Kristen Painter

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Book Summary

Rebellion has a price.

The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

 

Book Review

I was so excited to read this book. I don’t know why, but the whole idea of human being bred to feed the vampire’s was very fascinating to me. It sounded like something new that I hadn’t heard of before and I was excited to give it a go.

My least favorite part of reading is starting a book. You don’t know that characters, it’s boring, everything is leading up to something bigger and you have to read 100 pages to get to it. That’s the way it was with this book, along with the fact that the author used some pretty confusing names and species and didn’t really offer that much information about it, so you kind of have to figure it out for yourself.

The whole time I was reading this book I kept waiting for something that would make it more thrilling and also make me not want to put the book down. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that with this book. It was pretty anticlimactic with the exception of a couple of twists, but overall it was a big disappointment.

I gave Blood Rights 3/5 stars. It did have a very interesting and new plot, but I felt that the author didn’t make it as exciting as she could have. It just kind of fell flat for me.

 

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Wake – Lisa McMann

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Book Summary

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant.

 

Book Review

There was one reason why I decided to read this book. It was small. I know that may sound weird, but after reading all of these big books, it felt nice to read something small, but still interesting. 

Wake was exciting from page 1. As soon as I started reading it I knew that I wouldn’t be doing anything else all day. The whole concept of the book was refreshing. This was really the first time I had heard of a book where the main character gets sucked into other peoples dreams. Nowadays, all the books sound exactly the same, so I always find it refreshing when I can pick up a book that is unfamiliar territory. 

After reading this book I got kind of paranoid. What if there are actually people out there who can actually jump into your dreams? I know that sounds crazy, but, come on, after reading something like this, you gotta be curious. 

The only think I didn’t like about this dream was that it seems like every single time Janie (the main character) gets sucked into a dream, it’s almost always a dirty one. I mean, what are the chances of every single highschool student in her school having a dirty dream in the five minutes that they napped? I feel like people never really have dirty dreams in real life. I mean, if you were to jump into my dreams you would just get a weird combo of walruses and warts.

I rated Wake 3.5/5. It was a nice, refreshing read that gave me a break from over sized books and boring plots.

 

Favorite Quotes

  • “That was the goth stage, where I decided I’d never get the girl of my dreams because of my scars. Not to mention my hairstyle. (pause) But then she slammed a door handle into my gut. And when a girl does that to a boy, it means she likes him.” 
  • “If you don’t want me to see, I guess, don’t sleep in the same room as me.”
    He looks at her with a sly smile. “But I’m known for sleeping in school. It’s my shtick.” 
  • “Whatever I want,’ he says.
    ‘Yes.’
    ‘I’m afraid you haven’t been privy to that dream yet.” 
  • “Dreams aren’t memories,” he says.” 

 

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Masque of the Red Death – Bethany Griffin

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Book Summary

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

 

Book Review

I was blind coming into this book. I had no idea what it was about or even what genre it was. I was, as most people call it, “judging a book by its cover”. I thought it was going to be about zombies and vampires and crap like that. What I got was so much better.

Masque of the Red Death was an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s story Masque of the Red Death (pretty straight forward). I’ve never read it before, but I most certainly will now. 

Griffin made this story incredibly intriguing, and I couldn’t put it down. Masque of the Red Death is a dark, gothic story that is fantastic from start to finish. This was also the first time I had ever read a Steampunk book (although this wasn’t hardcore Streampunk, mind you) and I think I’ve found a new favorite genre. This whole story has a morbid, grotesque feel to it, and I loved every minute of it.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the fact that Griffin never really described the actual masks that every person in the book is wearing. I mean, it’s a pretty vital part of the story since everyone’s lives depends on them, so why didn’t she describe what they looked like? Do they cover just the mouth? Or do they cover the nose too? What about straps? There’s got to be something keeping those things on everyone’s faces but she never mentions anything about it whenever people take the masks off. I don’t know, it’s just a little irritating trying to picture people and you just can’t because their face isn’t explained well enough. 

I rated Masque of the Red Death 5/5 stars. I feel like I had been going through a bit of a rough patch with good books lately, but this one was completely and utterly perfect. 

 

Favorite Quotes

  • And I’m falling in love with you,” he whispers. “But I would throw you in the water and watch crocodiles tear you to bits, if I thought that doing so would accomplish my goals. Do. Not. Trust. Anyone. Especially me.” 
  • “I’ve perfected the art of the fake smile. It’s not so difficult when you are completely numb.” 
  • “Will leans forward, pulls off his mask, and kisses my forehead. “I’m glad I was the one to save you this time
    ” he whispers.”
  • “Just because you don’t want to see something doesn’t mean that it will go away. Do you think inhumanity doesn’t exist if you pretend not to see it? Or maybe get too drunk to understand? We’ve forgotten the things that make life worthwhile.” 
  • “Or maybe the ugliness is in us. 
    That’s just the way we are.
    Underneath the pretense of civilization.” 

 

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Article 5 – Kristen Simmons

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Book Summary

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

 

Book Review

I have mixed emotions about this book. I didn’t really want to read it, and I told myself I never would, but that was before people were comparing to my favorite series of all time; Shatter Me. So naturally I had to get this book.

When I first started this book, I thought I was going to die. It was actually a really good plot and had excellent characters, but it wasn’t my style. It’s one of those books where the main character has to escape from some place and they have to do it within a certain amount of time or they blow everything. That just makes me stressed out, and ain’t nobody need that. 

As I got into the middle of Article 5, the plot became much more interesting and I found myself unable to put it down. The characters in this book are great, and there are several twists that make you scream and then cry. It will be interesting to see what the second one will be like.

I rated Article 5 3/5 stars. The beginning was kind of slow, but the characters and plot twists were exciting, and I’m looking forward to the second installment.

 

Favorite Quotes

  • “He put a hand on his throat, as though trying to stop the words, but they came anyway. 

    “You’re home. To me.” 

  • “He was my anchor in the hurricane, yet at the same time, the hurricane itself, so that I nearly always felt safe and afraid simultaneously. There was nothing in the world as confusing and powerful as being close to him.” 
  • “You married me while I was sleeping?” I asked in amazement. They sky was beginning to bruise with the purple haze, and in it, I could see Chase’s face glow a little deeper copper. “You hit me for kissing you. It seemed in my best interest to marry you while you were passed out.”
  • “It’s them, Miller. Not us. It’s the FBR that should be sorry.”

 

 

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Marked: A House of Night Novel – P.C. Cast

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Book Summary

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire — that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny–with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

 

Book Review

So, I have a confession to make. This was my first vampire book. Ever. 

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I know what you’re thinking. How could I not have read a vampire book before? Twilight was crazy a few years back and I never got around to reading them (although most people would feel happy for me). So – this being my first vampire experience – I had high hopes. The further I got into this book the more and more my hopes were squashed on the ground and then stomped on.

I had one thought the whole time I was reading this book. Mean Girls. Marked is pretty much a vampire version of Mean Girls.

A girl has to start her life over by switching schools. She meets a snotty blonde with her two backups, and develops a crush for the snotty blonde’s ex boyfriend. She also becomes friends with two people: a girl who was wronged by the snotty blonde and humiliated in front of everyone, and a gay boy named Damien. When the girl is invited to join the snotty blonde’s group she doesn’t want to except but her and her friends decide that she should join and try to bring down the snotty girl. 

Now, did I just explain Mean Girls or Marked? They literally have the same plot. Except for one thing; I liked Mean Girls.

Marked was just a really annoying book with annoying characters and an annoying plot. And most of the time the main character was at rituals, so I was basically just reading 300 pages of smoke and chanting. 

I gave Marked 2/5 stars. I found it unoriginal and overall, just annoying. 

 

Favorite Quotes

  • Before I could cry or scream I whirled around and stalked to my bedroom,slamming the door behind me.
    I hope they all drown.

    “Zoey your mother and I need to speak with you.”
    Great. Clearly they didn’t drown.” 
  • “If I died, would it get me out of my geometry test tomorrow? One could only hope.” 
  • “He’s not the brightest crayola in the pack.” 
  • “Darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always mean good.”

 

 

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Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi

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Book Summary 

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive. 

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

 

Book Review

I thought this book would be okay. When I started reading it I thought I’d made a mistake. I couldn’t really understand what was going on at first, because it was all rather confusing. But once I got past the first few chapters I could put this book down. 

Under the Never Sky is probably one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. It’s syfy, but it’s also survival. It’s also from two different people’s point of view, so it’s interesting to see what each person is thinking throughout the book. It also has a surprising amount of humor in it, and I actually found myself laughing out loud in a couple of places.

I gave Under the Never Sky 5/5 stars. I know. Shocking for me. I couldn’t help it though. I originally gave it 4 stars but the more I thought about it the more I had to bump it up to 5. 

 

Favorite Quotes

  • “She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”
    She fit in well then, he thought. A girl who never shut up.” 
  • “In the afternoon, they stopped to eat on a rocky outcrop. Perry brushed a kiss on her cheek while she was chewing, and she learned that it was the loveliest thing to be kissed for no reason, even while chewing food. It brightened the woods, and the never sky, and everything.” 
  • “In the sounds of the night Aria heard footsteps, far off and faint, but she recognized them instantly.
    She shot into the darkness, letting her ears guide her. She followed the crunch of his feet on stones and small twigs, coming faster, louder, as his walk became a jog, then a run. She chased the sounds until all she heard was his heartbeat and then his breath and his voice, right by her ear, telling her, in tones as warm as fire, exactly the words she wanted to hear.” 
  • “Roar leaned across the table and smiled at her seductively, his dark hair falling into his eyes. ‘When you say everything happens in the Realms, do you mean everything?’ 

    Aria laughed nervously.’Yes. Especially that.There are no risks in the Realms.’ 

    Roar’s smile widened. ‘You simply think it and it happens? And it 
    actually feels real?’ 

    ‘Why are we talking about this?’ 

    ‘I need a Smarteye,’ he said.” 
  • “She’d fallen into a deep silence once, when the sun appeared, and it was then he’d wondered most what she was thinking.” 

 

 

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