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Review: The Young Elites

Katelyn Jane Official

I found The Young Elites to be well written, yet it was not my favorite read.

There are two main reasons for this.

  1. It’s dark. This novel follows a darker plotline and character lineup than I’m used to. It’s not a bad thing, but for personal preference it wasn’t my favorite.
  2. It was sometimes confusing. The Young Elites features an entirely new world. This means different regions with different ethnicities and other elements. Perhaps it was just me, because I read very quickly, but I just couldn’t make sense of some of the finer details.

Otherwise, I really liked some of the aspects of this novel. The plotline that this novel follows is that a blood fever has hit the region. All adults that got the fever died, but the children lived, some with scars. The main character, Adelina, lost her eye from the blood fever, which marked her as…

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Blog Tour: Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond – Excerpt + Giveaway

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GirlShadows Title: Girl in the Shadows

Author: Gwenda Bond

Publication Date: July 5, 2016

Publisher: Skyscape

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased…

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The 100 Year Old Man Who Jumped Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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This delightful story is a sort of Swedish Forrest Gump for world history.  Allan Karlsson, on the morning of his 100th birthday, decides that he needs to take back control of his life and leave the Old Folks Home – via the window.  Little does he know that he’d be starting out on a madcap adventure.  But then again, madcap adventures are not exactly new to Allan, as we learn in the flashbacks that tell of his amusingly political, apolitical life.

I loved this book!  The writing is so understated and subtle that it makes the crazy events in the story that much more outrageous and entertaining.  I could not help laughing out loud at some of the dialogue – it is brilliant.  And the way in which the tale winds around historical events is playful and so imaginative.

I haven’t recommended a “must-read” in a long time – but…

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Dark and Twisted Games by Heidi Acosta

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Name of the book : Dark and Twisted Games
Name of the Author : Heidi Acosta
Genre : Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
My Rating : 3.5 Stars

The title literally screams at you… You kind of expect things to be sinister and cruel and dark, and they almost are in this book. Almost.

Eden Day is a social outcast who lives in Copake Falls, a nondescript town where nothing exciting seems to happen. Her life is a mundane carousal, rotating between caring for her alien-obsessed aunt and dealing with her freak status at school, thanks to the situation at her home. Eden daydreams in and out of each day, moving through her classes, where she has no interest and the same is evident in her grades, and wishes to be a writer. She has the school’s popular girl Liv as her best or rather only friend. Life couldn’t be more…

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Little Mercies- Heather Gudenkauf



“You have to look for the little mercies, the small kindnesses and good that come from the terrible.”

For those playing the home game, you know that I love Heather Gudenkauf! I won’t bore you with what I said in my latest post about Little Lies, if you’re interested you can pop back a couple posts and check it out.

Once I figured out how to borrow ebooks from the library I quickly put all of Ms. Gudenkauf’s books on my wishlist and was alerted that Little Mercies was available. The problem was that I had already committed to finishing The Big Library Read, which didn’t take me that long to finish. I sometimes feel like I’m cheating on my goodreads reading challenge because I’ve been reading shorter books, but reading is reading I suppose.

Little Mercies is about Ellen Moore, a mother of three who is also…

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Review : The Darkest Part of The Forest by Holly Black

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“Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept…

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwa



Ok, so this review has been a LONG time coming for me.  I finished this a while back, and have read a few other books since but I have not had the time to write any of my reviews, so without further ado….

This book was so captivating that I simply COULD NOT put it down, and after finishing it, it moved up in to my top 10, quite possibly top 5 favorite books.  V.E. Schwab has a way with weaving magic through words.  I really enjoyed the idea of layering the world into parallels of the same place.  Schwab writes about 4 different Londons; Grey London which has no magic, White London which has a dark chaotic magic about it, Red London which is powerful and has magic in balance, and Black London which has been consumed by magic. Only the Antari, a powerful type of magician, can travel…

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United as One: A book review


Title: United As One (Lorien Legacies, #7)

Author: Pittacus Lore aka James Frey

Read: July 9-10, 2016

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So we came on the final book of this series. I’m just happy that this last book did not pick up the lameness of its predecessor, the sixth book. Though the this book is not that brilliant for a final book, it has it’s improvement considering the sixth book’s epic failure, for me. 

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Blog Tour: Frayed by Kara Terzis – Top Ten + Giveaway

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Title: Frayed

Author: Kara Terzis

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis: Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?

I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.
And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was…

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Review

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