Monday, September 29, 2014

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin: Review

RATING: 5/5 I don't even know what just happened stars!!
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Library
Release date: October 23, 2012
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
It can't end like this.
I don't even know anymore. I just don't know.
I honestly don't know what just happened. I cannot wrap my mind enough about the events that happened to even write a coherent review. So I will leave you with this:
This book was so flipping amazing. It is thrilling, intriguing, and emotionally exhausting. I cannot recommend this series enough!!!
CONTENT: Some steamy kissing, lots of f-bombs dropped, and lots of violence.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Asylum (Asylum #1) by Madeleine Roux: Review

RATING: 5/5 I don't even know what just happened stars!
Author: Madeline Roux
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Library
Release date: August 20, 2013
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.
This book was absolutely insane. So insane, that I read it in one 4-hour sitting.
I can't even form a proper, coherent thought about what exactly I liked about this book. I did not see anything coming, and the ENDING OMG THAT IS NOT EVEN FUNNY IT IS SO CREEPY! I can't even handle it.

If you do decide to read it, DO NOT read it at night. I made that mistake, and it's safe to say that I will be reading the sequel in the daytime.
Overall, ASYLUM is a fantastic, thrilling novel. I highly recommend it!

CONTENT: Kissing, I honestly don't remember a lot of swearing, but I may be wrong. As for violence, this book is plenty scary, and I would not suggest you read it if you have a weak stomach.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins: Review

RATING: 4/5 adorable stars!

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Source: Library
Release date: December 2, 2010
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
This book was absolutely ADORABLE. Seriously, though, Anna and St. Clair are one of the cutest couples ever. They had their ups and downs like every couple, but even when they fought, they were SO CUTE!
The only thing I didn't like was how everything got so emotional near the end. I won't say much, because I don't want to give anything away, but it seemed like every other page had someone crying or fighting. It got so annoying that I could barely stand it. But the ending more than enough made up for it.
Overall, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS was a fun, light read. I highly recommend it!
CONTENT: Some steamy kissing, several uses of the f-word, little to no violence, and several instances of teens getting drunk.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!

Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Library
Release date: September 27, 2011
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.
This is the second book in a row where my mind has been blown. First with WE WERE LIARS, and now with the UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER.
Guy. GUYS. This book was crazy. There were hallucinations, and hot boys, and murders, and SO MUCH CRAZINESS. I loved it so much. Mara was snarky, Noah was completely swoon-worthy, and the whole story was fantastic. I highly recommend starting this series!
CONTENT: Kissing, several uses of the f-word, and some pretty good violence (heads exploding, people choking, fistfights, etc.)