2.5 Stars

[Review] The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and MeThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Series: None
Publication: April 15th, 2014 by Poppy
Number of Pages: 337
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Public Library
Rating: ★★1/2

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Summary

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.
A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too. (more…)

[ARC Review] The Witch Hunter – Virginia Boecker

The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter, #1)

Author: Virginia Boecker

Series: The Witch Hunter #1

Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 368

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA

Source: NOVL

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Summary

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

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[ARC Review] Cold Burn of Magic – Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1)

Author: Jennifer Estep

Series: Black Blade #1

Publication Date: April 28th, 2015

Publisher: K-Teen

Number of Pages: 368

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Mystery, Romance

Source: Netgalley

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Summary

There Be Monsters Here. . .

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. . .

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[Review] To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

Author: Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1

Publication Date: April 15th, 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers  

Number of Pages: 288

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Source: Public library

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Summary

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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[Review] Noggin – John Corey Whaley

Noggin

Noggin

Author: John Corey Whaley

Publication Date: April 8th, 2014

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 356

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Sci-fi (ish)

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Summary

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.


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