Apr 30, 2019

Girls With Sharp Sticks( Girls With Sharp Sticks, #1)

☆☆☆
girls with sharp sticks.
Girls With Sharp Sticks, #1
 suzanne young.

Publisher Simon Pulse.
Publication Date: March 19,2019.
Genre: YA Science Fiction.
 Format|Pages: Hardcover|400.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.











CONTAINS SPOILERS



The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.



As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns. 


 





Gripping. Addictive. Mysterious. A must read.



Another fantastic installment by SUZANNE YOUNG , and yet another series that I fell in love with. GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS had everything that I love about YA fantasy, and plus it had the mystery in the mix. I could not get enough of the story. It’s type of story that will have you on edge of your seat from the start until the end. Now that I have read it, I wish that the next book was out already, so I know what happens next. That ending, how can you not and wonder what will come next for the girls, and Jackson. There wasn’t a single page where something wasn’t happening. If anything, you found yourself get hooked into story more by each page. I had a feeling that something weird was going on at Innovations Academy, but even I had no idea how bad it was. I had a feeling that there was something that wasn’t right, after Lennon Rose left, I had a feeling that they weren’t being quite honest with them. I feel as Mena was the only one that realized that. I liked Mena from the start, she was determined, and not once did she give up. I liked all the girls at the academy, but Mena was always my favorite.



I love the friendship between the girls, that no matter what, they were always there for one another. Their friendship reminded me so much of some of my friends, the ones that were always there for me, the ones that I could always count on. I know this already, that they are going to be friends for years to come. I think the fact that all of them stood by each other through it all, especially when they figured out that something was not right at the Innovations Academy. I had always enjoyed books that had a boarding or a private school, and I loved GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS with their own, unique twist to it. At one point I was so into the story, I did not realize how late it got, and it took me by surprise when I did reach the end. I wanted for the next book to be released already. I cannot wait, I am eager to see what is in store for the girls, Jackson next. SUZANNE YOUNG has been one of my favorite authors since I read The Program few years earlier, and I was very excited when I found that she is writing new series. I feel as if, more of her books I read, I fall in love with her writing more. Her writing is astonishing. Her books, including this one, is a book that you will fall in love, that you will never forget.



Be ready, for magical, thrilling ride!

Apr 27, 2019

Broken Things.

☆☆☆
broken things.
lauren oliver.

Publisher  HarrperCollins.
Publication Date:October 2,2018
Genre: YA Thriller|Fantasy.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|408.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.













CONTAINS SPOILERS




It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.



Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.



The only thing is: they didn’t do it.



On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.


 



Wow. This wasn’t what I expected to be, and in a good way. BROKEN THINGS was filled with a lot suspense and turned out more intense than I thought it would be. The beginning was a slow start for me, but it did not take me long to pull me into girl’s life’s. I loved how the story went between past and present for each of the girl, it gave a reader a better glimpse of each character in my opinion. BROKEN THINGS was a fictional story, and while reading it, felt as it became a real story. For me, it was easy to imagine what both Mia and Brynn were feeling, their emotions were so descriptive, it gave me a feel of their emotions. I loved both of characters, but I loved Mia, out of all she was my favorite. I was hoping that her and Owen would get together. I feel as both had feelings for one another, but Owen seemed to try and put his feelings for her aside, and I could tell that despite what he told her, he still loved her. I seen the way he acted when the two of them were together. I was hoping that the two of them would find their happily after.



Besides Mia, I also liked Abby and Owen quite bit. Sometimes I wondered what was on their minds all this time. Of course, like everyone I had wondered who killed Summer. Mia, Brynn and Owen did not seem like killers’ type to me, and if it wasn’t them, then who was it? BROKEN THINGS was mysterious and the type of books that I love. Every page, had me wondering what is going to happen next, and had me curious about who the killer was. Like everyone else, I wanted to know the truth about Summer’s death. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Summer, there were times that I liked her then other times I couldn’t believe what she did. I did not like how she treated Brynn, I felt as if she played with her emotions. I did wonder if she actually liked her and just did not want accept what she was, or if she was only toying with Brynn’s emotions. I wonder if that was the reason that she pulled away with Abby after she kissed her, if she were afraid to get hurt again. As I said, this story always had something going on, and there were always something going on, which making you wonder what is going to happen next.



I loved the fantasy aspects in this book, making book more fascinating. I enjoyed the bits and pieces the book it had, from book that girls were obsessed with The Way Into Lovelorn and the fanfic that the girls wrote afterward Return To Lovelorn . I did not expect to killer who it was, to me it was as shock to me as it was to everyone else. At least now the girls can be free now, and not be accused to be murders. I get it why they assumed that they killed her, but at the same time they did not have any actual proof. If you enjoy mystery with mix of fantasy, you should pick up copy of BROKEN THINGS now. This was the first book that I read by LAUREN OLIVER and I cannot wait to explore the rest of her books. A beautifully written Young Adult thriller that will have you craving for more.


Apr 21, 2019

Cold Day In The Sun.

☆☆☆
cold day in the sun.
sara biren.

Publisher  Harry.N Abrams.
Publication Date:March 12,2019
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|307.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.














CONTAINS SPOILERS



Holland Delviss wants to be known for her talent as a hockey player, not a hockey player who happens to be a girl. But when her school team is selected to be featured and televised as part of HockeyFest, her status as the only girl on the boys’ team makes her the lead story.



Not everyone is thrilled with Holland’s new fame, but there’s one person who fiercely supports her, and it’s the last person she expects (and definitely the last person she should be falling for): her bossy team captain, Wes.



 


I knew that there were reason I loved books about sports. COLD DAY IN THE SUN was unlike other books that I have read, and one of the things that I loved about it. If you enjoy Hockey, you should pick up a copy of COLD DAY IN THE SUN today, you won’t regret it.



COLD DAY IN THE SUN is the second book that I read by SARA BIREN and so far it has been my favorite one. I am a big hockey fan, I don’t play but I love watching it, I even seen few live games. When I found out that this book is about Hockey, I knew that I had to check it out. I am so glad that I did, because once I picked this book down, I had force myself put it down few times. I loved the way it was written, all those emotions and everything that was happening, as if I was there along with Holland and everyone else. I liked Holland right from start, but how can you not? Holland is one awesome character. I imagine that it can’t be easy being a girl on boy’s hockey team, and the way she was treated sometimes, I am not sure how she handled it half of time. Holland she was brave and she was committed. I could tell how much hockey meant to her, the way that she talked about it, and anytime she was out their practicing, and the interview. I cannot imagine doing interview the way that she did, answering all those questions, but she did that beautifully. Holland deserves that spot on the boys hockey team, and I wish that everyone else would see that as well. I liked how confident she was, she knew that she was good. I know that what others got to her, but I could tell that she also pretended it didn’t. If it were me, I don’t think that I would be able to handle it.



Wes and Holland, I had a feeling that there was a connection between two of them, even if Holland refused to. I think that is why the two of them got to each other. I know that Wes is the reason that Holland got to the amazing player that she was, he always put her in her place when he needed to. I know that he made Holland want to be better. It did not take long to see how Holland felt about Wes, just the way that she acted around him. For someone who said she did not like him, she spent quite a lot time with. I do wonder if only reason she tried deny her feelings for Wes, was because of her rule against not dating her teammates. I understand why she had that rule, but at the same time I wondered how long that rule would last. I could tell as time passed, it was harder for her to deny her feelings for Wes. Once they got together, I wondered how long their secret relationship would remain a secret. I hated how others treated her once it was discovered, and I hated the way that it was discovered. I was rooting for them to get back together and I had a feeling that in time they would. It was clear how happy the two of them made each other.



COLD DAY IN THE SUN is worth every single page, and makes me wish that I could give it more than five stars. It deserves so much more. I can’t wait to see what SARA BIREN will come up with next.




The Towering Sky (The Thousandth Floor, #3)

☆☆☆
the towering sky.
The Thousandth Floor, #3
 katharine mcGee

Publisher HarperCollins.
Publication Date: August 28,2018.
Genre: YA Science Fiction|Romance
 Format|Pages: Hardcover|464.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.











CONTAINS SPOILERS





Welcome back to New York, 2119. A skyscraper city, fueled by impossible dreams, where the lives of five teenagers have become intertwined in ways that no one could have imagined.



Leda just wants to move on from what happened in Dubai. Until a new investigation forces her to seek help—from the person she’s spent all year trying to forget.



Rylin is back in her old life, reunited with an old flame. But when she starts seeing Cord again, she finds herself torn: between two worlds, and two very different boys.



Calliope feels trapped, playing a long con that costs more than she bargained for. What happens when all her lies catch up with her?



Watt is still desperately in love with Leda. He’ll do anything to win her back—even dig up secrets that are better left buried.



And now that Avery is home from England—with a new boyfriend, Max—her life seems more picture-perfect than ever. So why does she feel like she would rather be anything but perfect?



In this breathtaking finale to The Thousandth Floor trilogy, Katharine McGee returns to her vision of 22nd-century New York: a world of startling glamour, dazzling technology, and unthinkable secrets. After all, when you have everything… you have everything to lose. 


 




Is it over? I don’t want it to end. A astonishing ending to breathtaking series.



I did not think I could fall in love with this series more. I was wrong. Once I reached the ending, I was in shock, even I did not see that coming. I wanted to go back and re-read the series all over again, and I am sure that I will in the future. I can tell why a lot of people were talking about this series, and I wished that I read it sooner than I had. Not only does this series has amazing storylines but the titles and covers. If I were asked which one was my favorite, I wouldn’t be able to pick, each of the books were unique in their own way, and each one pulled you into the story until you realized how late it was. It happened to me while I was reading the books. THE TOWERING SKY has the most unexpected twist, that ending… There is part of me that wishes that there was at least another book, I feel as if I need to know what happens after. Will the truth come out what happened to Avery? It wasn’t how I thought it would end, but at the same time I understood why she did it. I know that he is her brother, but it’s not like he is her biological brother, he’s her adoptive brother but everyone seems to have forgotten that. The way that she was treated after truth came out, that’s bullying and it is not okay. It’s no wonder that she wanted an escape.



I was hoping for Leda and Watt to get back together, and it was clear how miserable she was without him. I was waiting for her to come to her senses. I was smiling when she actually did. I do wonder how she would react, once she knows the truth about Avery. I cannot even imagine how she must be feeling, thinking that Avery killed herself. I feel as if she might understand, considering what Avery’s parents did once they found out about Avery and Atlas. I had a feeling that the truth would come out at some point. I do wish that Max did not get hurt in process, I liked him and it was clear how much he loved her. I wish that Avery ended things with him before he found out. I am kind of curious of what happened to him after. What about Atlas? What happened to him? If he knows the truth about Avery. I feel as if it is better if he doesn’t. Despite how much they love each other, their relationship been nothing but a disaster right from the start. I do wonder if two of them would reunite in the future.




Calliope, I was wondering when the truth would come out. Once it did, I wondered if she leave New York. I know that she cared for Brice more than she ever cared for anyone, even if she did not want to admit it at first. I actually liked the two of them together, I felt as he was a completely different person when he was around her, in a good way. I have this strong feeling that being with each other, change both of them. I was glad that she decided to stay in New York. Rylin, I was waiting for her to get back together with Cord, the two of them been playing this game since the first book. How could she not see it? I was waiting for her to come to her senses, and I knew she would at some point. There were so many emotions that went through me while I read The Thousandth Floor series, and I still find myself thinking about it. A Highly recommended series, the one that you will never forget and will find yourself coming back to.


Apr 16, 2019

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor, #2)

☆☆☆
the dazzling heights.
The Thousandth Floor, #2
 katharine mcGee

Publisher HarperCollins.
Publication Date: August 9,2017.
Genre: YA Science Fiction|Romance
 Format|Pages: Hardcover|422.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.











 CONTAINS SPOILERS




All that glitters is not gold.



New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…



Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?



When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.



Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.



And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.



But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.








Wow…I did not think there is a way I could fall in love with story more. This book proved me wrong. I could not get enough. I didn’t think that there could be more drama than there was already, THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS was filled with nothing but drama. I had force to pull myself away, yet from another incredible book. THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS will have you on the edge of your seat from start until the end, and afterwards you will be craving for the next one. KATHARINE MCGEE has a way to get a reader attached, and just when you assumed you can put the book down, there is another twists and you find yourself reading for hours. That is what I ended up doing with this book most of the time, and the only reason I put it down was because of work or classes, or I would ended up reading it all the time. Ever since I read the first book, after that ending, I wondered what is going to happen to everyone next. Most of all, I was curious if the truth about Eris’s death would be discovered and what would happen once it does. I know that it would not mean anything good for Leda, since she the one who wanted to cover up what happened. I loved THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR , but I felt as if THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS had a lot more going on, and don’t you just love the cover and the title. I feel as if title by itself grabs attention and makes you want to pick up the book.



I missed Eris, it felt weird reading a book without her in it. However, I loved the new character Calliope, even if her and her mom are con artist, there is something about her that you can’t help but be fascinated by her. I did have feeling that she would get discovered at one point, that someone would figure out what she did. I did wonder if she was starting to care for Atlas, just based on how she acted at times, or if it was all part of con. Now that she is staying in New York for longer, I have a feeling that there is chance that both her and mom might get caught by someone who might get them in trouble. I am curious how long they would actually end up staying in New York, would Calliope’s mom actually go through the wedding or will they ran before? You cannot help but ask question. I am curious to see what happens with her next. Out of all these characters in this book, Leda surprised me the most. I was not her biggest fan in the last book, but this book she surprised me and by the end of the book I liked her. There was part of me that even felt sorry for her. I cannot imagine what must been going through her mind when she found out that Eris was actually her sister, I can’t even imagine the shook she must been in. Leda and Watt is one couple I did not think would ever happen, i knew he got close to her to get her confess to what happened on roof that night, but as he spend more time with her, I could tell how much he started to care about her. It makes me wonder what happens with them next, if the two of them will stay together. I hope they do, it seems like they make each other happy.



I was hoping that Rylin would end up back together with Cord. I understand why he couldn’t trust her. He was hurt and he felt as if she used him. I am glad that the two of them at least ended up friends again. I am hoping that they find some way back to each other. Anyone can see how crazy they are about each other still. Those two belong together. As for Atlas and Avery, I had a feeling that the relationship was going be a disaster. How is it even a relationship when they have to hide. I had a big feeling that one of those days they would get caught. It’s clear how much the two of them still love one another, and there is part of me that wonders if maybe the two of them can find a way to be with each other again. That ending, another twist. My emotions are all over the place again, this is the 2nd character and it makes me wonder, who’s next? I am eager to see what happens next, if their secrets will finally be revealed. A must read series.


Apr 13, 2019

The Thousandth Floor(The Thousandth Floor, #1)

☆☆☆
the thousandth floor.
The Thousandth Floor, #1
 katharine mcGee

Publisher HarperCollins.
Publication Date: August 30,2016.
Genre: YA Science Fiction.
 Format|Pages: EBook|448.
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.











CONTAINS SPOILERS



NEW YORK CITY AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.



A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.



WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.



A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.



LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.



ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.



RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?



WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.



And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.



Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you're this high up, there's nowhere to go but down.










Suspenseful. Extraordinary. Captivating.



I have been hearing about THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR for some time now, and it sounded something that I might enjoy. It was. I did not know what to expected when I started to read it, and it surprised me. Especially the ending, that…I am not sure that I can explain the feelings I was having, I feel as one of them were denial. From beginning I did wonder, which girl fell, and why? Did she jump? Was she pushed? I cannot imagine falling that far, and I cannot begin to imagine what must been going through her mind at that moment. I can see why quite few people enjoyed this book, it is filled with so much suspense. Not a singe page where you did not find yourself curious, of what would happen next. There were quite few secrets in this book, and I wondered how long it would take for them to get discovered, especially Avery’s secret. I could not get enough of these character, of their stories. I think that my favorite characters were Avery, Rylin and Eris. I liked the others but those three were the most interesting ones to read about. Leda, her I had conflicted feelings about, sometimes I liked her, and other times not so much, mostly based on her actions in the story, how she treated others. However as the book progressed more, as I got to know her, it more turned towards dislike. How she drugged Watt, just to find out who Atlas was seeing, and the ending, how she was willing blackmail everyone. I did not like that side of her. I feel as she did all of that, out of jealously and anger.



I loved reading from each of girl’s point of view, you get to know them better that way. I think that why I started to dislike Leda, because I saw her of who she really was. I wondered how she would feel about Eris, once she found the truth why she was with her dad that day. Eris, I hated how things ended for her, and when she was trying to help someone, and it ended so tragic. I really liked her and I couldn’t believe it that it was the end for her. That part, it made me cry. I just hope the truth about what happened to her will come out. I wish everyone did not agree to Leda’s lie so fast, but at the same time I understood why they did, she had something on everyone. The ending in THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR had me craving for the next book series. How could I not wonder what’s going to happen next. Most of all the truth of what happened that night at the party. I know for fact that I am going pick up next book in the series right away. I need to know what happens with everyone next. THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR reminded me a lot of Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl mixed with fantasy and a lot more drama. A series that you don’t want to miss.



Apr 7, 2019

Lilac Girls.

☆☆☆
lilac girls.
martha hall kelly.

Publisher  Ballantine Books.
Publication Date:April 5,2016.
Genre: Historical Fiction.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|487.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.












 CONTAINS SPOILERS



New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.



An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.



For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.



The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. 




 


Heart wrenching, powerful, memorable story about three extraordinary women during World War II.



I don’t know how to start, how to begin to explain this story. It was…remarkable. LILAC GIRLS Is not a light read, and one of those stories that very disturbing at times, but at the same time you won’t be able to pull yourself away. LILAC GIRLS been on my to read list for a while, and I been hearing good reviews about it for some time. Once I started to read the book, I fell in love with story after only few pages. I could not get enough of Caroline, Herta and Kasia’s stories. Out of three of them, I think that Caroline and Kasia were my favorite. Kasia’s story touched me the most and was the hardest one to read. I read books about Holocaust before, but it has been a while since I did. Reading about Kasia, about what was done to them at the concentration camps, it reminded me and it broke my heart all over again. Couple times I did have to put the book down because of how descriptive it was, and I could picture it all. I teared up multiple times while reading the book. I was praying for Kasia, I was hoping she would find a way to get out of there, alive. How can you lead a normal life, after such horrific experience? I know that I wouldn’t be able to. It is horrible what happened back then, and how they were treated. How could anyone think that it was okay?



I tried to like Herta, but I couldn’t. How could she think how she experienced on that girls at the concentration camps was okay? How could anyone? I agree with Kasia, that she should served her entire prison sentence, and that she shouldn’t be able to practice medicine after that. How could anyone let her after what she done? How many died because of what was done to them? She was one character that I did not like at all. I was actually hoping that she would get caught, and that she would go pay for her crimes. After that ending, I wonder if she might end up back in jail once again. LILAC GIRLS is a story that I won’t be able to forget, a book that I actually recommended to few of my friends. I could tell that MARTHA HALL KELLY did a lot of research for this book, I could tell by all the details. I could actually picture it all, I could imagine happening while I read the book. I can tell why it’s so loved. I know that MARTHA HALL KELLY will be one of authors that I will love for years to come. I am excited for her next book, LOST ROSES already.



Astonishing, breathtaking debut novel. A must read.

 

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