Review: Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 13th 2014
Format: e-book

What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness?

What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results.

Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school.

Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.


My rating: 4.5 stars.

I can say one thing: My love for this grew a lot since the beginning.
I liked the characters and the thought that the author was trying to convey.
Perhaps because of this thought, this book is one of the most realistic dystopia I’ve ever read.
And the characters! I really love them and I cannot lie.
Rory is very smart and amazing girl. I like that she knows what she wants and does not deviate from that. Such a heroines are always aroused my respect.
North… Well, it’s North. On the one hand he is the typical YA book male character, but on the other he’s not. Barista, hacker… Well, I think a lot of persons will be in love with him.
And Hershey. I love these kind of girls. I like that the author does not expose her in too negative light. She did not deserve this.
This book is full of puzzles, mazes, conspiracy and adventure.
I ‘m really glad that my hands flew to the book. Dystopian novels are my weakness, and this one was no exception.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 10th 2015
Format: ebook

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.


My rating: 5 mirror stars.

“The pain of what happened – it won’t last eternity.” A lie. I knew very well how pain could last, and fester, and shape a person in unnameable ways.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to your attention one of my favorite reads of 2015.
Why? Well, let’s look.
Interesting plot and rich and colorful description of the area and fights – ✓
Well-written world – ✓
A delightful, courageous, responsible and clever MC with flaws – ✓
Nice love interest – ✓
I devoured this book in one gulp. Magic, politics, conspiracies, espionage, vigilante (!!!) … Anyone find in this book something exciting.
Though some things were far too obvious, I don’t think that the author is trying to make a secret of it that much.
This, in fact, the whole trick: you do know about what the heroine does not know, and therefore you have to helplessly watch her actions and bite your elbows. Omomnom.
Bravo, Miss Meadows.
I’m pretty sure that many people who read this book found that ending really gross.
Oh, yes, it is cruel.
A hell of cruel. Like The Mark of Athena by Riordan, in my memory cruelest cliffhanger of all.
So be prepared in advance *evil laughs mixed with hysterical cries*
Yet go. And read this book.

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (ARC)

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Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 7th 2015
Format: eARC

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: All the Oreos.

I am more than confident that I can’t express all my love for this book in this review. This book is not just one of my favorite in 2015.
It’s one of my favorites ever.

So I decided not to write this review as usual and make a list with the reasons why I have so much love for this incredible book.

REASON 1.

Oreos.

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Don’t tell me you don’t like these stunningly delicious cookies. I love it as much as Simon do, so I couldn’t resist.

REASON 2 IS

Simon.

He has the most amazing and unique voice in the history of YA literature. I don’t know anyone who read this book and hasn’t fallen in love with this guy.

REASON 3 IS

Blue.

I can’t speak about his personality because of spoilers. But people, you need this character. YA need this character. Trust me.

REASON 4 IS

Simon’s parents and friends.

To overcome all the difficulties, no one helped Simon more than his family and his friends. I am absolutely in love with Leah, Simon’s sister and Simon’s mother. They are beautiful and strong women, and I found them very interesting to read.

REASON 5 IS

Bieber.

Yeah, you got it right. He is a wonderful… dog.


This is not an exhaustive list, but I know that I’ll have lots of other opportunities to praise this book.
Just… Go ahead and read it, guys. It’s adorable and cute and awesome.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (ARC)

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Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
Format: eARC

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black–black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 5 golden stars.

I read this book exactly after watching The Fault in Our Stars. So I can say with confidence that this book reminded me of it… or not.
They are similar because the main characters are nerdy teenagers. They are teenagers who have experienced a lot, and I really like their personalities, despite the fact that literature is full of such characters.

Madeleine is an eighteen girl with STID. Her favorite pastime is reading books. Her favorite book is The Little Prince, and I’m ready to adore her only for that. She leads a book blog, but mostly she ripped apart of boredom. But here’s one guy with a family moves into the house next door, and everything changes.

To be honest, I knew the denouement of the book from the beginning, for the simple reason that it is the easiest and most acceptable option, but that did not stop me from enjoying it.

This book is so beautiful. Literally. Those words are exquisite.
And I am pretty sure you will be charmed by its design as I do.
These wonderful pictures I will remember for a long time and by the way, this is one of the most amazing ideas for the book to illustrate it.

I highly recommend this book to all fans of diversity in the literature, because this book is definitely worth your attention.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin (ARC)

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Fans of John Green and Matthew Quick: Get ready to die laughing.

Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that’s tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.

Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. Though he’s not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.


My rating: 4 stars.

I like this book so much. There are interesting and unusual characters and plot.

I will explain. Imagine a world in which everything is exactly the same as in our world, except for one thing. People know the exact day of their death. It is called Deathdate.
The protagonist know that he must die in Prom day (it sucks, doesn’t it?).
But he did not want to die.
And he makes a very lousy things (like the one that he cheated on his girlfriend).
I love this book because it is really written for teenagers, because it is funny and because Denton doesn’t make things in his I-die-soon-so-I-must-do-it list. Because he does not have such a list. He just makes things that makes a guy when he thinks he resigned to his impending death, but then realizes that he is not.
I think that many people should read this book.
Especially because it has a beautiful friendship, good family relationships and excellent jokes about squirrels. And strange skin diseases.


Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (ARC)

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When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.


I recieved a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss.

My rating: 4.5 stars.

“Her dreams were a tangled mess of blood and shuddering trees.”

I don’t know what to say about this amazing book. It is dark and full of shadows. There is no completely positive characters. The good too closely mixed with evil.

Rachelle is bloodbound. They are the people who have been marked by the forestborns, who are servants of the Devourer.

Rachelle has superhuman abilities, which are intended to kill. And she hates herself for it and wants to atone it with the murder of the huge evil of this world – the Devourer.

So she is looking for a sword that can kill him, and for this case she attracts Armand – a man with hands cut off and replaced with the silver prosthesis.
By the way, he is a false saint.

Now you see what Rosamund did here?
I am absolutely fascinated by her story, and I’d love to say much more (because Ahhhh, you have no idea how many secrets this story keeps), but unfortunately I can’t.
Yet.

I can say that I absolutely adore the characters. I really like the main villain, though his manic action is very scare me (trust me, it’s terrible).
But now my mouth is closed.
But I yell to you:
Do not
stray from 
the path
in
the Great Forest.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

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Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.


My rating: All the stars.

“Sometimes I wonder if my heart is like a black hole–it’s so dense that there’s no room for light, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still suck me in.”

How can I properly write a review for this book? This is unreal because I cry all the time, when I think about it.
This book is very deep into my heart. 

“You’re like a grey sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.”

Same thing with this book. It shouldn’t be beautiful, because it is about teenagers who conceived suicide.
But it is. Beautiful in every sense, because it made me think about life and all the things that I used to ignore.

I so much want to thank Jasmine for this book.
Because I understand it.
Because I’m in love with Aysel and Roman. They are broken, but at the same time, strong characters. Even if you have a black hole instead of a heart, you still love them.

I so adore Aysel that I can say with confidence that she is my favorite character. With her black humor, which is sometimes similar to mine and love of physics she has taken a special place in my heart.

I just want to make every person in the world to read this book, so they finally realized that it is impossible to ignore teenage problems. That they are just as serious as any other. And if you notice signs of depression in your child, you can’t ignored them.
Depression is a serious illness such as cancer. Because of this, people die.

Please do everything you can to these people ended their story as well as Aysel and Roman.

And read this book. You fall in love with it, I promise.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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