Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

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A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance–perfect for fans of Ally Carter

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.


My rating: 5 stars.

“Toska.” He leaned forward, too. “It’s a Russian word. It has no translation into any other language, but the closest I’ve heard is the ache. A longing. The sense that something is missing, and even if you’re not sure what it is, you ache for it. Down to your bones.”

That awkward moment when you know the Russian language…

In general I love books with Russian characters. Not because it’s close to me, it’s just funny to see how people describe them differently. Although I’m a little hate it when people put these stereotypes about vodka and bears. But in this book it was served as a stereotype, and it pleased me.

Okay, I admit, I fell in love with Stellan. This is a very interesting character. And I guessed right about the whole intrigue with him, though it still didn’t spoil the overall picture of mystery.

Yes, I had the mysteries that annotation promised me. It really looks like the Da Vinci Code for teenagers.

Such a family, which Avery has, I wouldn’t wish for the enemy (though… Prada? Masquerades? Okay, it impresses me).

I basically also like Jack, but I have a lot of claims to him, so it prevents me to accept him as part of the love story completely.

And I love Avery, although she didn’t become one of my favorite characters, but overall she’s not quite annoying and nasty person, so I love her at least for that.

I really loved this book and I’m sure that I will reread it many times.

Love triangle not yet available, but an interesting plot and good characters are an integral part of the book, so I strongly recommend it to all fans of such novels.

I’m sorry, I can’t write anything else that wouldn’t be a spoiler.


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Review: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes (ARC)

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For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.


I recieved a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss.

My rating: 4.5 stars.

When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn they betrayed you.

For me, the whole meaning of this book is this quote.

That’s why I liked this story. The story of three friends, which is entirely built on lies. Like a mirror in front of another mirror. One liar lied to another. Lie in a lie, in a lie in even more lies. I really love such stories, but I’m was afraid to know what the outcome of this.

Fortunately, it ended well.
But now we go.

Once upon a time three friends, two guys and one girl, decided to make money by spreading lies. In other words, they created covering stories for parents and teachers of the students who asked them about it.

All was going well until one day one of Liars, Inc. named Preston asked the main protagonist Max to create covering story for him.
And then he disappeared.
And Max is accused of killing his friend.

With the help of another member of Liars, Inc. Parvati, which is also his girlfriend, he tries to uncover the truth about the disappearance of Preston.

Interesting? I think so too. Because this story is very exciting. I like almost all aspects of it.

Max’s voice sounds really like a guy’s voice, which is another major plus.

Parvati is quite an interesting character, and despite all of her flaws I like this girl. She is really clever and resourceful. And she is half Indian. (Hello, diversity!)

Preston? …well, you understand.

I also sincerely love relationships between Max and his adoptive parents, especially between his mother and sister. His sister is really cute. I almost shed a few tears when she gave him a mug with surfboards painted on it (Max is a surfer. This is another thing that I like very much).

You should read it because it’s good fast-paced criminal story with wonderful characters and interesting love line. And yes, and it’s a standalone, so you don’t have to wait a sequel.


Here is my fan-art for this book:парпаоро

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


My rating: 4 stars.

It was very nice and not annoying. Lara Jean is one of those characters that don’t need to save the world and who don’t have serious psychological problems. Therefore, the problems that she had a very naive and not serious. But I can’t say it’s bad. At once, I was able to relax when I’m reading a book.
The narrative is slow and viscous, like sugar syrup. In general I associate the whole book with sugar, even its cover.

I really liked the relationship between Lara Jean and Peter. They are funny. Just at this time, I watched an anime about a boy and a girl, who pretend to be a couple, so I had fun twice as strong.

I would be very angry with the fact that Lara Jean fell in love with her sister’s boyfriend, if I looked into it much weaker. But to appreciate the whole situation, I couldn’t be mad about it (although I still don’t like Josh. I sincerely hope that the title of the second book P.S. I Still Love You is not about him)

I also liked the youngest Song girls and these wonderful Korean motifs that constantly reminded me that the main character is half Korean (yay for diversity!)

In general, it is a good and fun book that I recommend to all fans of contemporary novels.

P.S. Big + because of Uno muahaha. Everyone who has ever played in Uno, know that this is not just a game, it’s a religion.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.


My Rating: 1000 stars.

Do you remember this quote from TFIOS? If you don’t, I’ll write it.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.”

And you know what? Don’t read The Sea of Tranquility. I can’t bring myself to tell you something else. This is a betrayal. Because Katja Millay became my personal Peter Van Houten.

Nastya has become a symbol of strength and overcoming difficulties for me. She is such an amazing character! After reading the book, I have for some time ceased to speak. I kinda showed respect for her. Trying to understand her. I can’t say that I got to do it, but I’d feel bad if I didn’t try.

Josh is another example of excellent character. He is not an alpha male. He just Josh. And if you read the book, you’ll understand what I mean. Because Josh is one of my most favorite book characters.

I also very much like the relationship between Nastya and Drew. Their friendship is just wonderful. Reading some of the scenes with them, I always thought of Easy A. That scene where Olive and her gay friend pretended to have sex. It just made me laugh again.

In total, this is a great book that made me laugh and cry at the same time.

But don’t read it.
Now, not even out of my jealousy.
Simply, it can break your heart.
I warned.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: Maybe Someday by Coleen Hoover

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…


My rating: 5 stars.

DO NOT BELIEVE THIS SUMMARY.
JUST DO NOT BELIEVE.

For a long time this annotation discouraged me from reading the book. I thought it was a typical romance about a rock star and his girlfriend, who is innocent as a lamb of God.

Well, I admit that it was one of the most fatal mistakes in my life.

Firstly, this guy named Ridge is a deaf musician.
I repeat, deaf. Musician.

How many books have you read about the same? Zero? Here I am, too.

Another factor is the heroine Sydney. She is kind, funny and clever. And most importantly, mature. She can not destroy the relationship of people for the sake of her own happiness. It makes me respect for her.

In general, this book made me laugh and cry. I will never regret that I read it. It taught me many things.

By the way, I can not wait to read the story about Warren and Bridgette. These characters are so funny. (The quote I once read, saying that Bridget starred in porn movies, ahahaha, I love her).

So, guys, quickly run out and buy these books. They are excellent.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.


My rating: 5 stars.

Marie Lu. You’re adorable. Inimitable.
Your words made me fall in love with Legend. They broke my heart.
Now you’re doing it again with The Young Elites.
I am in love with this book. It is told from the point of view of a girl with a difficult past. Probably be selfish to say it, but I found myself in the words and actions of Adeline.
And the world. It is beautiful. Discrimination against people because of their dissimilarity with ordinary people has always been my favorite topic.
Honestly, my dream was to make a cosplay for Adeline. She fascinated me. Her inner expansions mixed with contradiction made me nervous twitch every tense moment.
Enzo was the reverse side of the coin. I tried to relax, thinking that he was a perfect match for Adeline. They fall in love, show the world what they are capable and happy go off into the sunset at the end of the third book.
I was stupid. I forgot that this book wrote Marie.
So my heart is crying for Adeline and Enzo.
And all is not well.
And will not go well.
But this is an amazing book.


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