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Brilliance - The Brilliance Trilogy, #1

Woah. Fast-paced and laced with drama, this book was amazing. It's nearly 500 pages (which is pretty large for me), but once you dive in it's merely a breath's worth. I really can't believe I hadn't heard of this author before now! The char...

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Obsidian Mirror - Chronoptika, #1

There is no question when it comes to Ms. Fisher's writing. It's great. This book really takes us for a ride. There are MULTIPLE stunning reveals. So why didn't I rate it higher, you ask? Well, the characters didn't grow as much as I'd have...

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  • Author: Catherine Fisher
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Fantasy, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Dial Books

Avenger - A Halflings Novel

I wasn't a huge fan of the changes in POV. Some of the characters were annoying, and I didn't need to hear what they were thinking. It was honest, fast-paced, and great for believers of the Christian faith. (And a tad annoying to the rest o...

3 Stars
  • Author: Heather Burch
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Fantasy, Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Zondervan

Proxy

Fist off: the cover. Can we all just take a moment to admire it? Now the review: This book was seriously amazing. The fast pace kept me guessing breathlessly. The dual point of view was nice. I really loved how real everything felt. This au...

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  • Author: Alex London
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Science Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Philomel

Tarnish

I don't know much about this time period, but I did enjoy how the author had an "author's note" explaining what was Fiction and what was real. Anne was a strong character, and I really liked her. Her love interests were a little annoying th...

3 Stars

Itch - The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter, #1

The main character, Itch, is a fourteen year old kid. He's lost. He's socially awkward. Needless to say he's relatable for a lot of us, especially the younger generation. There was loads of action, but there was also a lot of description th...

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Reviver - Reviver Trilogy, #1

Like a movie. Seriously. This book? Yeah, it was like. A movie. It was inventive and creepy. Great writing and great, likeable characters. The first half was like we were on a racetrack, but the other half was a little slower. More like the...

4 Stars

Trilogy - A Collection

This book was just very slow for me. There was no way I could finish it. I wasn't a fan of the writing. I wasn't a fan of the POV.. I just can't find anything good to say about this one, which really sucks. There are multiple short stories...

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Purple Daze

Please note that I did not finish this book. I am a reader that really focuses a lot on characters. With this book, there were so many POVs there that I couldn't even remember who was who! I never had time to fall in love with any character...

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Asher's Invention

Asher's Invention was one of those books that almost feel like a soap opera. It was REALLY dramatic, and I often caught myself thinking about how dumb this would have looked in real life. This story takes place in a different (older) time p...

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Egyptian Art

Egyptian Art spotlights 20 great examples of Egyptian art. The pictures are really cool, the fonts are great, and the facts are very interesting. This book also includes timelines. The facts are in there, but it isn't smashed together like...

4 Stars

Modern Architecture

The other book I read from Art In Detail, Egyptian Art, I rated 4 stars. Modern Architecture gets 4.5 because of the beautiful pictures. Again, Art In Detail provides timelines, great fonts, interesting facts, and great pictures. And, once...

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Broken

Normally, I don't summarize a book in my review, but I really feel like I should with this story. So, here goes: a woman named Sadie fell in love with a man years ago, and shortly after they got married he is in an accident that leaves him...

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Girls' Night Out - Faeriewalker Novella

For starters: I've been wanting to read a book by Jenna Black for a while now. So, I thought: why not start with a short story? You can get a taste for her writing, and if it's not to my taste at least it won't last long. Well, I was pretty...

3 Stars
  • Author: Jenna Black
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Fantasy, Supernatural, * Under 45k Words, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: IGLA

Every Day

Every Day is a real life-enhancer. It lets you live through people from different cultures and backgrounds. That's more enlightening than you might think. At least it was for me. The main character is an amazing person with a great heart. I...

4 Stars

Of Poseidon - The Syrena Legacy, #1

Anna FREAKING Banks, WHERE have you been all my life? One thing is for certain: the YA authors these days have a LOT to live up to. The good news is, we have authors like Anna Banks for that. Within the first few pages, the main characters'...

5 Stars

Where She Went

I'd like to begin by saying that I LOVED that this story was told from Adam's P.O.V., it really helped the story. The fact that Gayle Forman is amazing crossed my mind quite often as I tore through Where She Went. Her writing is beautiful a...

4 Stars

Touched - Sense Thieves

This author is OFFICIALLY on my auto-buy list. Seriously, EVERYONE should read this. The characters were fun and felt real. This is one of those stories that makes you forget about the author, and the world around you, and takes you to this...

5 Stars
  • Author: Corrine Jackson
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: K-Teen

Unravel Me - Shatter Me

I didn't know how anything could even get on the same ladder as Shatter Me, so while I was anxious for Unravel Me... I was worried and doubtful. But now I've read Unravel Me, and I'm left so shell-shocked that the only thoughts in my mind a...

5 Stars
  • Author: Tahereh Mafi
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Romantic Elements, * Science Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperCollins

Shatter Me - Dystopian Trilogy, #1

Shatter Me got my pulse racing from page one. At first, Juliette was cowardly and silly. But by the end I felt myself wanting to hurt anyone that DARED to make her feel that way. And I was ready. Which says something about the amazing autho...

5 Stars

The Pack

Writing this review is a little hard for me. It's hard because I know that I'm giving a low score to a part of the authors' soul. Though I appreciate her attempt to teleport me into the world in her mind-- I have to admit that I never reach...

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Choke

Choke is an oddly refreshing gem with a message. The characters were younger than I'm used to, but they were very friendly and, by the end, are great influences to children and teens. The story talks about the choking game, a game that I ha...

4 Stars
  • Author: Diana Lopez
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Kids: Middle Grade, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Point

Blaze - or Love in the Time of Supervillains

What can I say about Blaze? Well, for starters, I love the name: Blaze. As in Johnny Blaze. It really added to the overall story, as well as emphasized her father's love or comic books early on. Blaze acted very stupid in the beginning, but...

4 Stars

My Life as A White Trash Zombie

My Life as A White Trash Zombie felt very "real" and current. The characters were very well thought out, as was the storyline. I really appreciated the touch of humor the author added in, and hope to see more of it in book 2. And, believe m...

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  • Author: Diana Rowland
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: DAW

If I Stay

If I Stay is a really great book. The author somehow manages to make you feel like you're there, like it's you choosing to live or die. The characters were really cute and I loved when Gayle Forman would show us a past memory of Mias. There...

4 Stars

Blacker than Black

Blacker than Black didn't live up to my expectations There was some clever dialogue, but that's about as good as it gets. There are times when Rhi Etzweiler just doesn't bother playing her character, instead she talks to us. I feel this sho...

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Uninvited

This really gives you a good look at how bad life can be-- and how some people wish to take advantage of that. The characters are what the author wants them to be, good or bad, and are all thought out to the T. This was the first book I had...

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  • Author: Amanda Marrone
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse

Among the Hidden - Shadow Children #1

Among the Hidden is now a part of my soul. It was so great and well thought out. It sucked me back into books and hasn't let me leave since. The day I read this- I went to my local library and got the rest of the series. And when I was fini...

5 Stars

Catching Fire - The Second Book of the Hunger Games

Catching Fire was really good. It wasn't "blow my mind" good, but I think that was because of the high expectations set by book 1, The Hunger Games. This book was well thought out, and it was obvious to me that the author knew her character...

4 Stars

Tithe - A Modern Faerie Tale

I cannot explain my love for this book. There are no words. I will try to do my best though, so here goes... Tithe not only surpassed all expectations, it made and met new ones. Tithe’s characters are amazing and beyond perfect. They are th...

5 Stars

Oath of Servitude - The Punishment Sequence, #1

I was really truly pleasantly surprised by Oath of Servitude. The characters had a good deal of thought put into them and they were relatable. The only criticism I have is that I needed more time with Teague and Cailin. I was practically BE...

4 Stars
  • Author: C.E. Wilson
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Fantasy, Supernatural, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: C.E. Wilson

Counterpoint - Song of the Fallen, #1

I’m not a fan of insta-love stories and that is what you get here. Some people love that stuff, but not me. If you are one of those people that love insta-love, maybe because you feel it is pointless to wait for the inevitable, this book mi...

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The Intruders

First of all, this book is EXTREMELY predictable, the little details were not thought out enough, things happen WAY too quickly, the characters are hardly described physically, and there are LOADS of typos. This is by far one of the slowest...

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The Hunger Games

This is a really great book. At first I put it off because I felt like it was a chance for Twilight all over…where the movie was better than the books. That is not the case here. I purchased the first book, The Hunger Games, and planned to...

4 Stars

Beautiful Disaster

I LOVED this book! It is not only beautifully written but also well thought out. There are times when this book will make you want to cry, laugh out loud like an idiot, and even scream at the characters. The characters take their time to de...

5 Stars

Willow

Warning: this book is extremely detailed! I have to say, I LOVED this story; it really changed my opinion and perception of, not only cutters, but many different groups of people. If you look at this book and assume it will be a sad and dep...

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  • Author: Julia Hoban
  • Review by: Mmperkins
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Razorbill

The Selection

I picked this book up for its cover and bought it still dazed in 'the Hunger Games faze'; meaning I wanted a book with a little competition and maybe a little fighting. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised. This book isn't like anything I...

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Everlasting - Immortals

I must admit, this book was a bit of a disappointment. I read the whole series and waited and waited for Everlasting to come to my local bookstore. What did I do with all that free time you ask? I fantasized. I thought about that one magica...

3 Stars

Ex Vivo

This was a truly beautiful collection of poetry. I must warn you though, it can be a bit repetitive. I am not a huge fan of poetry, personally; not because I don't thoroughly enjoy it, but I find it hard to understand. I did, however, find...

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She Who Hunts - Hunters, #1

"My name is Tenalucci. I'm here to send you to hell." Tenna Massey's husband is possessed and may be the one responsible for a string of murders in her community. Only a demon Hunter can stop him, and unfortunately for Tenna, she comes from...

3 Stars