Review: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Review: Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #2
Published by Random House BFYR on September 24, 2013
Pages: 367
Genres: Gothic, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
four-half-stars

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It's time to choose sides....

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

Let’s add Untold to the list of second books in series that improve upon the first book. Unspoken was cute, funny and finally surprisingly dark. Untold continues that and becomes so much more feelsy and soul-crushing. Total Christina series, as I was told by Meg (Cuddlebuggery) and Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) time and time again. Always listen to those two as they are very wise.

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Cover Snark (125): The One with Girls Kissing

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Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Shiny and New:

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) – Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
Thoughts: Court a Thorns of Roses and. That’s the title I’m seeing. Or just Court Thorns Roses. I mean, obviously the word “Court” comes before “a,” so A can’t be the start of the title. PLEASE GET THE ARTICLE AND CONJUNCTIONS OUT. Also, does she have black fibers growing out of her skin??? *shudders*

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Review: Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

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: Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman
Series: Sky Jumpers #1
Published by Random House BFYR on September 24, 2013
Pages: 288
Genres: Adventure, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: YA Books Central
two-half-stars

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What happens when you can’t do the one thing that matters most?

12-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. The bombs destroyed almost everything that came before, so the skill that matters most in White Rock—sometimes it feels like the only thing that matters—is the ability to invent so that the world can regain some of what it’s lost.

But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath—the deadly band of air that covers the crater the town lives in—than fail at yet another invention.

When bandits discover that White Rock has invented priceless antibiotics, they invade. The town must choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from disease in the coming months or to die fighting the bandits now. Hope and her friends, Aaren and Brock, might be the only ones who can escape through the Bomb’s Breath and make the dangerous trek over the snow-covered mountain to get help.

For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and risk-taking that usually gets Hope into trouble might just save them all.

Middle grade fiction tends to be mostly hit or meh with me. Either it’s blowing my mind with awesomeness or I could kind of take it or leave it. Sadly, Sky Jumpers did not jump its way into my heart. While I don’t have anything against it and definitely don’t think it’s a bad book, I’m neutral to it.

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Review: Defector by Susanne Winnacker

Review: Defector by Susanne Winnacker

Defector by Susanne Winnacker
Series: Variants #2
Published by Razorbill on June 26, 2014
Pages: 288
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
three-half-stars

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Tessa has finally made peace with her life as a Variant. She and longtime love Alec are officially a couple, and for the first time, she has everything she wants.

But the air is tense at FEA headquarters. An agent has disappeared, and rogue Variant organization Abel's Army is likely the culprit.

When Tessa is summoned for her second mission, she is unexpectedly launched into a massive conspiracy. Her best friend Holly is kidnapped, and Tessa knows it was meant to be her. But who is after her? And more importantly, why?

When the FEA's efforts to rescue Holly don't yield results, Tessa takes matters into her own hands. Desperate to save her friend and uncover the mystery behind Abel's Army, Tessa launches her own investigation—but nothing could prepare her for what she finds.

Finding the truth will take her out on the road and out of her comfort zone, with danger lurking at every turn. Summoning all of her courage and strength, Tessa must decide who can be trusted and what is worth fighting for. Her final decision will leave readers breathless.

When Defector showed up unsolicited, I was honestly kind of eh. Like, I read one Susanne Winnacker book and it was fine, but didn’t put a strong need in me to read another, and then a book two shows up. Finally, I managed to get book one and, shockingly, I liked it. I say shockingly because I’m always really surprised when I like a thing I didn’t expect to. Then Defector is even a bit better than Impostor. I can’t say that the Variants series is incredible or mind-blowing, but I think it’s solid, thrilling and super fun. These are great fast-paced reads.

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The Times They Are A-Changing

Come gather round people, whatever you read, and admit that the shit that’s gone down the last couple of weeks has you unsettled. Well, okay, I can’t speak for you guys, but I do know that the events of the last couple of weeks, after the stalking of a wonderful and hilarious blogger by an author over a negative review, have left me changed. I don’t want to get into that today. Many people more eloquent than myself have spoken out on it and I don’t think I can really add anything. I wouldn’t be posting about this at all, except that I need to explain, in this limited fashion, the reason for the coming changes on A Reader of Fictions.

No, I’m not quitting blogging. This was the first time I was ever tempted to do so, but I’m not ready to give up this hobby or this community. However, I cannot sustain the frenetic pace that I was holding myself to and I do not want to try.

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You might not be aware, but I’ve pushed myself so hard to get to where I am with the blog. Last year, I read 352 books. 73% of them were review books (from publishers, conferences, or NetGalley/Edelweiss). Another 5% were books I read because I received a book later in a series and needed to catch up in order to review a book. Another 10% were Sadie Hawkins books, requested by readers. Only 12% percent of my books did I actually really choose for myself.

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