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Review: Fell of Dark by Patrick Downes

fell-of-dark-coverAfter turning the last page of this book, my first thought was “what the hell did I just read?” This book isn’t a light read. If you rush through it, you might miss the point or at least a passage that might mean something to you if you take the time to digest it. Downes’ Fell of Dark is meant to be read carefully and be savoured for its beauty and horror.

It follows two young boys. One named Erik and the other named Thorn. Erik was abducted as a child not long after his father died. As he grows older, he performs miracles and grows into a giant, standing at almost eight feet when he finally meets Thorn. After he performs his first miracle and sees blood on his palms that no one else can see, he decides to keep an oath of silence and gives up his friends. Erik’s narrative is addressed to the wife he feels he’s destined to meet. He also reads the Bible in Latin and considers himself “a martyr waiting for [his] holy death.” Meanwhile, Thorn is bullied at school and his parents have been abusing him since his sister died. He is tormented by voices in his head: the “growls and grunts and whining saws” of Sawmen, Guardians, and the Architect who direct his actions and reactions. Teenagers Erik and Thorn are destined to meet and have a disastrous first encounter. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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By Delilah S. Dawson

NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 14, 2015. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

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By Cori McCarthy

Fly to the last drop of fuel. Fight to the last drop of blood.

Showoff. Reckless. Maverick. Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx”, isn’t one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war – and the country’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental “Streaker” jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn’t play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 10, 2015

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WRAP-UP: September 2014

Every month I share a recap of all the books I’ve read, what they were about, what I loved or hated about them, and what I rated them. Continue reading

Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The-Madmans-Daughter-coverDark themes are making their way into YA novels, like monsters, demons, murder, and twisted morals. I’m quite enjoying this shift in the book world. I hope it sticks around for a while. One of the YA books I’ve recently read with a fantastical dark side was Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter.

The story follows 16-year-old Juliet in Victorian England, who works as a maid for the local university. Her mother is dead and her father was driven out of the city after horrible rumors surfaced. Finding out her father is still alive and continuing his work, Juliet sets out to the remote island he lives on, travelling alongside her father’s young assistant, Montgomery and a mysterious castaway, Edward. When she reaches the island, she quickly learns that not only are the rumours true, but her father is playing God with his creations. He experiments on animals so they resemble and behave like humans, making them able to speak and stand on two legs. However, the island’s inhabitants have been living in terror after one of their own decides to murder them, one by one. Realizing the danger and chaos she has stepped into, Juliet plans to put an end to her father’s experiments and escape the island. Continue reading

Review: Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

Royally-Lost-coverEver enjoy the movie The Prince and Me? It was part of the reason I was interested in trying out Angie Stanton’s Royally Lost.

It loosely has the same concept in the sense that girl meets boy and the boy is secretly a prince. Our female lead is Becca, a seventeen-year-old girl who is taking a cruise with her family on a trip around Europe but feels miserable and hates being there. Then, there’s Nikolai. He’s heir to the throne and all the girls love him, but he’s miserable too, not having the freedom he wishes for. When they cross paths, they’re infatuated with each other and go site-seeing, enjoying each other’s company.

I had really high hopes for this novel. I wanted a fun read about travelling and exploring with an undercover prince, but the main character sucked all the fun out of it. I hated the main character, which isn’t good, especially if the reader is experiencing everything through her eyes. Becca just complains and whines about being on a trip with her father, her step-mother, and girl-chasing brother. She just sounds like a spoiled brat! The trip is all paid for, and for some people, visiting Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ve been on a cruise around Europe (going to Greece, Italy, Tuscany, even saw Turkey and Egypt!) and it was awesome! Continue reading