This Splintered Silence: review

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368 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a chance to review this title
This book thrusts you into a virus-ridden space station commanded by seventeen-year-old Lindley who is forced into the position after the adults are killed off. This book was fun and exciting and I shall break it down for you.
I really liked the mystery of the story. We’ve got this virus which may or may not is killing the second generation crew aboard the station. BUUUUUUUT we don’t know if it’s the virus. It could be murder. It could be aliens. It could all a bad dream. I feel that, even though I didn’t connect with Lindley at first, I grew to like her character a lot as the book went on. She grew as she strived to maintain a ship and its surviving crew, dealing with food shortages and other real problems. The others main characters were very well done, as well. I felt as though I cared for them which is a must for me in survival stories like this.
The love triangle thing wasn’t necessary, but it didn’t bother me much. It did feel as though nothing really came of it as it should have. With so much going on, I’m not sure that aspect should have been presented if it wasn’t going to be fleshed out.
This was an interesting and quick read for me. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. It was just okay. It didn’t waste any time thrusting us into the action which, for some, can be jarring. For myself, it did take a minute to settle into the plot, but once I did, I was good to go. As with Sandcastle Empire, the writing style was not my thing, but I liked this one far more.
If you liked books like Illuminae, Contagion, The 100, and Sanctuary, this is the book for you.

The Wicked King: review

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336 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Thank you to Little, Brown Books and Edelweiss for the opportunity to review this title. All opinions are my own and not of the publisher or author.
The month is July 2018, and I just finished The Wicked King in less than 24 hours. This book was so good that I’m thinking about rereading it. I also pre-ordered it. Because obsessed. Because Holly Black is the breaker of hearts and taker of my money.
So, Jude is as tough as she was in book one. She takes the stage alone with Aelin and Feyre in terms for bad #$@ery. Though for most of the book she is torn between what is right and what is fair, always seems to follow her heart. She makes mistakes, and pays for them and comes out stronger for it.
We have all the characters from The Cruel Prince making appearances. Vivi, whom I LOVE who is back in the mortal world with Oak, and also The Court of Shadows peeps, Roach, Bomb, and Ghost. There is also Taryn who is still set to marry Locke (seriously hate this guy, and nothing you say will stop me hating him forever and ever)Throughout the entire book it’s like Jude is surrounded by enemies from all angles. Some new and some old, and some betrayals that made me scream at the book. WHHHHHHHHY.
Let me say this so I can get it out of my system. I truly, truly do not like Cardan and probably never will no matter what he does. Jude is an idiot for falling for that face. She knows he’s cruel. She knows he’s not what he appears. Yet she does what she does. Maybe I’m just too protective over her now. I don’t want her to get hurt. MAMA BEAR ALERT. I just don’t see the big deal about them. He is toxic for her, and she deserves far better.
There were so many twists and turns that I could not see where the book was going to go. My only complaint is that I needed to be longer. Regardless, it was addicting, amazing, and excellent in every way. But that cliffhanger….I am so sad that I read this book so darn early. I have to wait so LOOOOOOOOOOONG for the third book.
The world is wicked and cruel.

The Great Unknowable End: review

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84 pages
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Simon & Schuster books for Young Readers
Thank you Edelweiss for the chance to review this book.
Wow. This book was weird and fun, and surprising.
This story is set is the 70’s in a town called Slater, Kansas and involves one girl and one boy whose lives could not be more different. Hey, let’s throw in some mysterious phenomena and here we have The Great Unknowable End.
Enter Stella. She lost her mother to suicide and works two jobs, one at an outdoor movie theater and another at a hair salon. She puts her dreams of becoming a space engineer to the backburner to care for her father and little sister when her older brother suddenly leaves for a commune called The Red Sun without a word two years prior. Her family has distanced themselves from a town who associates evil with The Red Sun.
They’re loners, but they’re loners together.
Enter Galliard. He was born at The Red Sun and has little knowledge of the Outside. When he loses a spot as the resident artist within the commune, he seeks answers beyond the commune’s gates. But will the world outside accept his Tourette Syndrome without judgment as The Red Sun?
Strange things begin to happen in Slater. From red rain to eyeless snakes. The town puts the blame on the Red Sun. The Red Sun returns blame to the Outside. Meanwhile, Stella and Galliard meet and strike up an unlikely friendship. In the backdrop of all of these strange happenings, there’s a girl with a weird face and a boy with tics who find each other amongst their secrets and pain.
What this book reminded me of: The Twilight Zone, Donnie Darko, and Stranger Things.
I absolutely loved this book. I loved it because the two main characters were so flawed and so real that I couldn’t stop reading to see what would happen to them. I love magical realism, and I love it more when there’s no explanation for it. For some reason, that mystery is better for me. But you can speculate, and I am sure there might have been something I missed that wrapped it all up together.
What drew me into requesting this book was the magical realism aspect. What I got was the stories of two teenagers whose lives weaved with each other with that desire to be found and understood. It’s about devotion to family, no matter blood-related or not or how blindly it is. There’s a reminder in there about no matter what happens in life, be it a loss or the world coming to an end, that there are opportunities to follow your heart and to never give up on your dreams.
This is the type of book that sticks in your brain long after you’ve read it. When I finish a book, I usually move on quickly, but this one has lingered. I’ve never read a character with Tourette’s, and I’m grateful for the education about the disorder. And a girl who is in love with the stars? GIVE IT TO ME.
In closing, add this to your reading list, preorders, whatever. I am certainly going to add it to my shelves.

To Best the Boys-review

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352 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
To Best the Boys brings into a world where women are expected to be housewives and monsters such your soul out. Let me back up.
Rhen is a girl who wants to make a difference in a society where women are oppressed. She excels in science and to find a cure for an illness that is slowly killing many, including her mother, she enters a competition (I won’t say how) and vies for a scholarship to the best university so that dream of finding a cure can be realized.
WHAT I LIKED: I loved the premise of the book. I loved the writing, and I loved Rhen. She, despite the odds against her, raged against the patriarchy and you know I love me some raging. The dialogue was witty and the characters finely sculpted. I particularly like it when girls are obsessed with the macabre. Especially dead bodies and dissecting and such. I’ve been reading quite a few of those, and I hope there’s more to satiate me.
The labyrinth portion was a fun little romp of death and magic.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: What I did not expect was to go almost halfway through the book with nothing of consequence truly happening. I get that we needed the build the world, but it seemed like overkill. The world seemed a bit thrown together, with all the strange creatures and such. I couldn’t get a grasp on it.
Overall, the book was fun and the second half made up for the first. Strong female characters and woman empowerment galore.

Evermore-review

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368 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2018 by HarperTeen
Thanks to Edelweiss for providing me with an e-arc. This in no way influences my review
She came off like such a smart gal with a head on her shoulders, but she put herself into some stupid situations for reasons that were not even justified.” Me, from my review of EVERLESS.
Nothing has changed since then.
I had so many problems with Everless, and I am not sure why I opted to read the sequel. Maybe because the ending was all right and maybe things would get a little better. Here we have Jules on the run after Caro did her evil deeds and the like. She makes some idiotic choices, which happen just for dramatic effect it seems. She does nothing of any consequence. She is dry, and her internal monologue is just how she needs to do this and that and never does it. Instead, she does other mundane things that make zero sense. I was really thinking it was going to turn into the queen of dry protagonists, Mare Barrow from The Red Queen, but Jules teetered but did not fall into that Mare-wannabe trap. Good job, Jules. That’s one thing you got right.
The romance was expected and as exciting as a hair in your butt crack. Unless you like pulling hairs from your crack. In that case, think of something else really annoying and awful. The characters came and went with no real effect on just about anything. The blood currency that actually made Everless a bit interesting had little impact on the story at all. The worldbuilding is almost nonexistent. They go here and then there in no time at all. It all seemed so muddled and rushed.
It this had been a trilogy, perhaps it would have worked better for me.