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The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell Book Review

Ever since I finished reading David Mitchell’s Slade House I was pretty interested to see what was the book that preceded it. So I picked up The Bone Clocks and while I can’t say I personally liked it, it wasn’t bad either.

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How to Hang a Witch – Adriana Mather

“Salem prides itself on its witches. That history is very real to the people who live here.”

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in a debut novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself. 

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Every Day by David Levithan (or the tale of the body switcher)

I’ve picked up this audiobook just after I’ve seen the movie. And even though I’ve seen the movie and I knew what was going to happen, I was still surprised by how well the book came across and how many other things were described that weren’t in the movie (dooh!).

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The Regional Office Is Under Attack!: A Novel – Manuel Gonzales

The Regional Office was finely tuned, equipped with its own protocols and devices to root out forces of darkness—the evil undead, alien creatures threatening earthly annihilation, superpowered evil masterminds—as well as potential superpowered warrior women who would be trained (honed, you might say) to engage in this never-ending fight. But should you suspect that the crack den in your neighborhood was less a crack den and more a den of werewolves, or a nest of vampires, or that your child’s ninth-grade science teacher had more than the spring science fair on his agenda, had possibly developed (so you suspected) a chemical compound from which he hoped to extract world domination, or that your teenage daughter had grown into a young woman of potentially exceptional (and difficult) powers, the Regional Office was where you went.

The book starts well and then fizzles out. It’s like a teen drama written by teens for teens in a teen voice. I quickly had to stop for tea every few paragraphs while I waited for my nausea to drop down after every fifth sentence.

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Alis * Naomi Rich Book Review

This is one I found in the discount bin at my local library sale so I didn’t have a lot of expectations but this teen novel set in a dystopian future exceeded my meagre wishes. This was a story of growing up, questioning absolute authority, finding the path to walk on, making a choice and standing up for the core truths despite danger.

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Delia’s Heart * V.C. Andrews Book Review (Book 2)

You know how it is. Sometimes you want to read a book. It can be a bad book, it can be a book that will make you think and appreciate life more. I picked up Delia’s heart curious how the tellenovella would continue. Will the Mexican Cinderella find her true love? Will her sister Sofia turn out OK? Will the gay couple find love? I was as disappointed as before. Same flat characters, same recycled plots, same lame story-telling.

tenor.gifV.C. Andrews has been dead for only twenty years. Andrew Neiderman has been writing under her name for over twice as long as VCA herself has! Doesn’t that seem wrong to you?

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What a Boy Needs (book 2) by Nyrae Dawn

So, I picked this up in the Library 25p sale and I had my first bout of doubt when I realized it was a woman talking about what a man needs. So it’s a story about a woman thinking she knows what men want. Not a man doing it.

The story starts simple enough: a crush, a troubled family background, a vile parent (the dad in this case), a secret and a trip to New York.

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Find Me book review * by Laura van den Berg

After two acclaimed story collections, Laura van den Berg brings us Find Me, her highly anticipated debut novel–a gripping, imaginative, darkly funny tale of a young woman struggling to find her place in the world.

I bought this book after reading a review on the Culture section of BBC News. Find Me was listed as one of the best books for 2015 and I was intrigued. Intrigue turned to despair. I struggled to retain any real interest for the main character in the second part of the book and failed to buy into the storyline of her journey after the hospital. I left the book down and picked the book back up and it took my entire focus not to wander after a few pages read… 

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Beautiful Creatures Novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl * Book Review

Do you remember The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare where a normal teenager gets mixed up with creatures like faeries and werewolves and angels?
Or Ink Exchange from Melissa Marr dealing with faeries and tattoos?
Or maybe the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy?

Well, there is this book about a teenage girl just turning 16, moving schools into a new town and finding out that when the clock ticks on her 16th birthday she will turn either into a destructive dark witch or a good-natured white witch. She falls in love, meets some villains and has a great time in a small minded town when her powers start showing.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

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Cassandra Clare * Mortal Instruments Book 2 * City of Ashes

City of Ashes is the second installment in The Mortal Instruments series, an urban fantasy series set in New York written by Cassandra Clare. The novel was one of YALSA’s top ten teen books for 2009. Reading it now, though, over a 6-months span of picking it up and putting it down, I can’t see why it was ever famous. The book is a bore-lake, a bore-kingdom and the writing is laconic and the dialog stale.

I had trouble digesting the book like I do others as the plot was not advancing fast enough and the themes from the first book were present in the second but with a slightly more detailed approach: The inter-sibling incestuous love, the unrequited gay romance, the friendzone that Simon is in, vampires and werewolves and warlocks.

Valentine comes back and ooooh! they will barely organize themselves and only by the end of the book they will confront him! And it was really hard as Valentine summoned a Fear demon (sorry, THE fear demon) who was able to kill people why showing them what they most feared. And guess what? Jase feared for Clary’cause he loved his sister too! (Incestuous little SOB, kinda reminded me of Angel Sanctuary if you have seen the Anime/Manga).