Review: Earth Star by Janet Edwards

Review: Earth Star by Janet Edwards

Earth Star by Janet Edwards
Series: Earth Girl #2
Published by Harper Voyager on August 15, 2013
Pages: 374
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
three-half-stars

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18-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself – and her Ape status – in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an ‘ape’ – a ‘throwback’ – by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as anyone else.

Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery – and specialist knowledge – will once again be at the centre of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?

When I read Earth Girl, I loved it SO much that I paid extra to order the UK copy, released much earlier, of Earth Star. I, of course, didn’t read it before it was released in the US, but I’m totally okay with my financial decisions because the US cover is horrid. As part of my mission to finish more series, I decided the time had come for the Earth Girl series, since I bought the third book, not yet out in the US either, while I was in Amsterdam. Earth Star reminds me why I loved Earth Girl, but also makes me question my past self sometimes.

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Review: The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong by L. Tam Holland

I received this book for free from YA Books Central in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong by L. Tam Holland

The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong by L. Tam Holland
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on July 23, 2013
Pages: 368
Genres: Contemporary, Humor
Format: Hardcover
Source: YA Books Central
three-stars

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When Vee Crawford-Wong’s history teacher assigns an essay on his family history, Vee knows he’s in trouble. His parents—Chinese-born dad and Texas-bred Mom—are mysteriously and stubbornly close-lipped about his ancestors. So, he makes it all up and turns in the assignment. And then everything falls apart.

After a fistfight, getting cut from the basketball team, offending his best friend, and watching his grades plummet, one thing becomes abundantly clear to Vee: No one understands him! If only he knew where he came from… So Vee does what anyone in his situation would do: He forges a letter from his grandparents in China, asking his father to bring their grandson to visit. Astonishingly, Vee’s father agrees. But in the land of his ancestors, Vee learns that the answers he seeks are closer to home then he could have ever imagined.

Vee Crawford Wong, like many teenagers isn’t happy and doesn’t have a good conception of who he is. The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong is the story of his search for himself, his family’s past, and for a girlfriend. While I wasn’t totally captured by The Counterfeit Family Tree, I did like it and am impressed by Holland’s debut.

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Hello, I Love You Cover Reveal Celebration and Interview

Katie’s cover was revealed last Friday on Barnes & Noble, so this isn’t precisely a reveal. When Katie asked me if I wanted to do a re-reveal of sorts, I was game though because she’s a friend and I’m very excited about her book. Plus, the gifs I can use. Also, have you seen it? It’s adorbs and I am totally willing to post it on my site. And Katie’s awesome. Connect with her on Twitter if you want or on her blog!

For those that don’t know Katie’s debut novel is slated to come out June 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin. Let me show you the cover and share the blurb from Goodreads:

Hello I Love You - Katie M. Stout

A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she’ll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.

I’m very happy to have Katie here today so we can talk about her debut novel and some of the inspiration for it. Most of you might not know that Katie and I bonded over YA novels and, more importantly kdrama.

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Review: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh

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Review: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh

Gypsy by Trisha Leigh
Series: The Cavy Files #1
Published by Author on May 13, 2014
Pages: 376
Genres: Adventure, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Author
two-half-stars

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Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their "talents" came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.

I’ve read five previous novels by Trisha and I’ve liked them all. Gypsy definitely seemed like a safe bet, since this one, of them all, seemed like it was the most up my alley interests-wise. The subject matter is definitely Christina-bait, though I didn’t know that until I actually started, since the cover made me think it was about ghosts. Sadly, I think this may be my least favorite of Trisha’s books. There were definitely things I liked about it, but a few quirks really irked me.

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Review: Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman

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Review: Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman

Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman
Series: Blythewood #2
Published by Viking Juvenile on December 2, 2014
Pages: 432
Genres: Gothic, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
four-stars

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Avaline Hall is no ordinary girl. 

She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us.  After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race. She soon discovers, though, that the sinister Judicus van Drood hasn’t finished wreaking havoc on Blythewood—and wants to use Ava and her classmates to attack a much bigger target.

Ava’s the only one with any hope of stopping van Drood. But to scuttle his plans, she must reveal her deepest secret to everyone at Blythewood. What’s she willing to sacrifice to do what’s right—her school?  Her love?  Or her life?

Last week, I reviewed Blythewood. I enjoyed it, but it felt like one of those series openers that would lead to a series that got better from that starting point or that would take a turn for the worse. Blythewood left me with some concerns. I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about the plot or the romance, but I was tentatively excited for Ravencliffe, which dispelled my worries. Ravencliffe slightly edges out Blythewood in quality, with all the same positives and a couple of delightful improvements.

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