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Mini Pin-It Reviews #8 – Four YA Books

Published April 17, 2017 by bibliobeth

Hello everyone and welcome to another mini pin-it reviews post! I have a massive backlog of reviews and this is my way of trying to get on top of things a bit. This isn’t to say I didn’t like some of these books – my star rating is a more accurate reflection of this, but this is a great, snappy way of getting my thoughts across and decreasing my backlog a bit. This time I’ve got four YA books for you – please see my pin it thoughts below!

1.) A Kiss In The Dark – Cat Clarke

What’s it all about?:

When Alex meets Kate the attraction is instant.

Alex is funny, good-looking, and a little shy – everything that Kate wants in a boyfriend.

Alex can’t help falling for Kate, who is pretty, charming and maybe just a little naive…

But one of them is hiding a secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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2.) The Retribution Of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) – Michelle Hodkin

What’s it all about?:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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3.) Double Cross (Noughts & Crosses #4) – Malorie Blackman

What’s it all about?:

Callie Rose knows too much – too much about violence and family feuds, and too much about Nnoughts and Crosses. And knowing so much about the past makes her afraid for her future. People always seem to want revenge.

Tobey wants a better life – for him and for Callie Rose. He wants nothing to do with the violent gangs that rule the world he lives in. But when he’s offered the chance to earn some extra money, just this once, would it hurt to say ‘yes’?

One small decision can change everything . . .

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

four-stars_0

4.) Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) – Lauren DeStefano

What’s it all about?:

On the floating city of Internment,you can be anything you dream – a novelist or a singer, a florist or a factory worker… Your life is yours to embrace or to squander. There’s only one rule: you don’t approach THE EDGE. If you do, it’s already over.

Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city and her home, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. There’s too much for her on Internment: her parents, best friend Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. Her life is ordinary and safe, even if she sometimes does wonder about the ground and why it’s forbidden.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, Judas is being blamed for the murder, but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find—or whom she will lose.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

four-stars_0

COMING UP SOON ON MINI PIN-IT REVIEWS: Four books I received from Book Bridgr.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) – Michelle Hodkin

Published February 11, 2014 by bibliobeth

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)

What’s it all about?:

Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!

What did I think?:

This is the second book in the brilliant Mara Dyer series, which I fell in love with after reading the first – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. In this sequel, we find out a lot more about the main characters, Mara and Noah especially their family history which I think is going to be an important part of the novel in the final book. This is just my own presumption though, Michelle Hodkin really knows how to get her readers heads in a whirl! However all the confusion and mixed messages in this novel is in my opinion part of its charm, and really reels you in for what I’m hoping will be a dramatic and spellbinding finale in the third book.

I don’t want to put too much about the plot in this review, as I’d hate to give anything away for those who have not started the series yet, but beware…. there are some intense and creepy moments and some decidedly shifty characters. Dolls = scary. Phoebe = HELP! I also loved that this sequel wasn’t entirely focused on the romance between Noah and Mara, but actually gave the reader an interesting storyline to dwell upon. The use of a psychiatric hospital in particular was a moment of genius from the author in setting the scene and giving me a profound case of the heebie-jeebies. As with the first novel, the characterisation is perfect and sets a strong and high standard for all YA novels. The suspense can be pretty unbearable at times (in a good way) but I guarantee that you will be reading this long into the night. Bring on the third!

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

four-stars_0

WWW Wednesday #27

Published January 15, 2014 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Hello everyone, Happy WWW Wednesday! Thanks as ever to MizB at Should Be Reading for hosting.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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I started this book yesterday and so far am really enjoying it! I wasn’t sure at the start, but now I can’t put it down.

What did you recently finish reading?:

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This was a really interesting book about the time between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second World War. It was a bit dry in places, but on the whole I thought it was a decent read.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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This is the second book in the Mara Dyer series that was recommended to me by my sister, the lovely Chrissi Reads. Can’t wait to get to it!

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please leave your link and I’ll come pay you a visit. Happy Reading everyone!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

Published August 18, 2013 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own. But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…

What did I think?:

I read this on recommendation from my sister, who absolutely loved it. I have to agree, it’s a fascinating premise for a young adult novel, and incredibly accomplished for a debut. We first meet Mara waking up in hospital after a horrific accident where her three friends were killed, but she has no memory of the events and is diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and advised to seek psychological help for the trauma she has suffered. Seeking a new start, her family move to a new town where Mara can begin at a new school away from the potentially painful memories of her school friends. Unfortunately, Mara cannot escape the fact that her memory is returning about what actually happened on that night, and she is beginning to experience frightening hallucinations.

I knew I was going to enjoy this book from the opening chapter which details a sinister ouija board incident experienced by Mara and her friends, Rachel and Claire. The first few pages are pivotal to the plot, fast-paced and exciting, preparing the reader for the events to come. I thought all the characters were written well, especially our main characters, Mara and Noah, although I also loved the character of Daniel, Mara’s older brother and felt their relationship was both touching and special. There is a lot of confusion in the novel, as we are never quite sure exactly what is happening and why, but I thought this added to the story and appreciated the effort the author put in to maintaining this tension throughout. Mara is constantly questioning her own sanity after the eerie events that occur, and the reader is pulled right into her bewilderment and probings to find out the truth about what is happening to her. Noah is a worthy male counterpart, who has a few dark secrets of his own, and I can easily imagine teenage girls falling in love with him. As this is a trilogy, we have a thrilling cliffhanger at the end, which I won’t spoil… I can only say that I can’t wait to read the follow up.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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