Book Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

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Author: Kristina McBride
Published date: 17th January 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery & Thrillers
Date read: 7th June 2017
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Summary:

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below–dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

Thank you Netgalley, and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Memortality by Stephen H. Provost Book Review

Title: Memortality
Author: Stephen H. Provost
Publication date: February 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Summary:

Minerva Rus can raise the dead. And it might get her killed.

Minerva’s life has never been the same since the childhood car accident that paralyzed her and killed her best friend, Raven. But when the long-dead Raven reappears in her life, now as a very attractive grown man, she discovers that her photographic memory has the power to bring the dead back to life … heal her paralysis … and shape reality itself.

Pursued by a rogue government agent who wants to eliminate her and her talents, Minerva must learn to control her powers to save herself and Raven. Because if she dies, he dies as well―again.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott Guest Post

9781492637981-PRTitle: Pretty Fierce
Author: Kieran Scott
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Thriller & Mystery
Published Date: April 4, 2017
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods.

Summary:

Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver.

But when she’s attacked by someone from her mother’s past and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia’s secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. Stalked at every turn, Oliver and Kaia must protect each other…or die trying.

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How to create a character:

There are a lot of things to think about when you sit down and start to create a character. I usually like to start with the broad strokes—the things about the character that are going to drive the plot, because to me, plot is an extension of the character. The most important thing to figure out is What does my character want? What is his or her purpose in the story? In the case of Kaia in PRETTY FIERCE, she wants her family back, but she thinks that’s an impossibility, until some crazy man attacks her and implies her mom is still alive. Now, her truest desire is piqued. There may be a way to get her family back—at least part of it—and from that moment on, every move she makes, every decision she comes to, will be in service of fulfilling that desire. In every scene of Pretty Fierce, I had to come at Kaia from an angle of “How can she use this situation to get herself closer to an answer about her mom?” So there were moments when I had to wonder, Would she really stop to grab a burger if she was so close to another clue? Would she keep Oliver with her if she thought he might prevent her from getting what she wanted? What would her next logical move be in her mission to find her mother?

Now, this is not to say that she doesn’t have other wants and needs. She obviously does need to stop and eat once in a while, but someone on a mission like hers would probably grab something quick and not care much what it is. Whereas, someone whose mission is to become a better cook would eat all day, try different things, really think about the experience of tasting and savoring Someone whose mission was to impress a girl who liked spicy foods would seek out the most exotic restaurant he could find and eat the spiciest thing on the menu and try not to cry. Every decision a person makes says something about them, and that’s important to remember when writing a new character.

On a more practical level, one thing I like to do when I start out a story is answer a list of questions about my characters, from the most general, down to the most detailed. I have about fifty of them, and they’re questions I came up with myself., so you can feel free to make up your own list that suits the way you write. On my list, the first are things like name, age, parents, siblings, where they live and things like that. The more detailed are things like “What’s his/her favorite piece of clothing?” “What does he/she never leave the house without?” “What’s on the floor of his/her bedroom?” “Who was the last person he/she kissed?” Knowing these little things about a character helps you make them come alive for the reader and helps you understand the person you’re writing a bit better.

Every writer has their own way of doing things, but this is mine. I hope it helps spark some new ideas. Happy writing!


Author’s bio:

12067_707215_hrKIERAN SCOTT is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including the Non-Blonde Cheerleader trilogy, the He’s So/She’s So trilogy, and Geek Magnet. She also wrote the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Private and Privilege series under the pen name Kate Brian. She is a senior editor at Disney/Hyperion and resides in New Jersey with her family. Visit kieranscott.net.

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Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Non-Written Novels (15th Feb ’17)

Hey guys~ As usual, I am late. Wednesday was yesterday for me. This also happens to be my first T5W post of the year. 😀 As you all know, Top 5 Wednesday is a discussion group on Goodreads, started by Lainey and now moderated by Sam.

This week’s topic is Favourite Non-Written Novels. Basically, it means any top 5 fav manga, comics, graphic novels…etc. any others books except for the normal novel, you can list it down.

Mine will definitely be filled with manga, haha. I mostly read shoujo manga (romantic, sweet, fluffy manga that is sure to make a girl’s heart go doki doki), and yaoi manga (LGBT manga, well, yaoi specifically focused on gay love). But sometimes I do like to read action/ fantasy manga.

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Book Review: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

51j2weuxgjl-_sx331_bo1%2c204%2c203%2c200_Title: One Was Lost
Author:
Natalie D. Richards
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date:
4th October 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Thriller/ Mystery
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Summary:

Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


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You give this book to a paranoid girl, and she will never want to try camping, ever (or maybe that’s just me).

Months ago, I was pulled in by the summary. My initial thought was “Oooh, a survival story with a possible murderer mixed in it.”

I love Criminal Minds you see, and NCIS, CSI… you got the gist of it. So, after reading the summary, I thought it’ll have a Criminal Minds feel to it, minus the investigation part that is. And I got it. The feel, that is. There wasn’t much in terms of a survival story, but I was properly spooked. Well, for some scenes.

I have to confess, I kind of was prepared to be disappointed. Most of the YA books I read that tries to have a lil bit of mystery in them tends to be predictable, or sometimes, the author tries so hard to make it mysterious and keep us guessing that the clues doesn’t fall in place smoothly or information was withheld. I was surprised though (I’m sorry I had little faith, but I was disappointed too many times before) that I wasn’t able to guess who the real psycho was.

Because I couldn’t guess who did that to them, and I wanted to know who it was, I ended up reading everything in one sitting. Well, kind of. I actually read this as soon as my request was approved on Netgalley. But I had to stop halfway, and didn’t read this book again, until now. Today, I started from the beginning again, and read everything in one sitting.

The characters lack character development though, and somehow, I couldn’t get invested in any of them. When I think about the characters, I felt…neutral. I neither like or dislike them. But I guess I didn’t mind much, I got what I wanted from the book: To be properly spooked.

To sum it up, if you want a reason to get out of a camping trip, just read this book. If you want to fast read that will give you all those spooky feelings, this is the book for you. Okay, so I don’t know if it’s just me, but I managed to read it in one day so I’ll consider it a fast read. If you’re a expecting a great survival story, then this book is not for you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey

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Title: The Homecoming
Author: Stacie Ramey
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date:
November 1st 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5
Summary:

A new, emotional novel from Stacie Ramey, the author of The Sister Pact

They say you can never go home—and John’s about to find out just how true that is.
John’s mother kicked him out of the house when she couldn’t handle his anger, and John’s spent the last few years bouncing between relatives. But after his last scrape with the law, there’s nowhere for him to go but home.

Starting senior year at a new high school and fitting into the family that shut him out is a challenge. And it’s all that John can do to keep from turning back to bad habits. Lacrosse training helps him focus. As does Emily, the girl next door. She’s sweet and smart, and makes him think his heart may finally be healing. Maybe he’s ready to trust again. But tragedy has a way of finding John, and he must decide between saving his family or saving himself.

I received The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: Valley of the Moon by Bronwyn Archer

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Title: Valley of the Moon 
Author: Bronwyn Archer 
Publication date: April 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Date read: 28th July 2016
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for this wonderful opportunity to read and review this book.

Synopsis:
There’s just one semester left at the Briar School for Girls in Sonoma, CA. But it will take more than straight As for Lana Goodwin to survive . . .

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Senior year is not going well for 17-year-old Lana Goodwin. Her father’s vintage car business is about to crash and burn, the nicest (and cutest) teacher at school was fired under a cloud of scandal, and her hot sort-of boyfriend may or may not have something big to hide.

She’s also totally over being the class pauper. It’s bad enough her dad was briefly married to the head of the board—the rich, cruel, impeccably groomed Ramona Crawford. What’s worse is going to school with her vindictive ex-stepsister, who never misses an opportunity to make her life hell. Not ever.

It also happens to be the tenth anniversary of her mother’s suicide. No one knows why Annie Goodwin jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge the day after Christmas. She didn’t leave a note. She wasn’t sick. Even Lana’s father can’t explain it. Ten years later, someone—or something—starts sending her clues about her mother’s past.

Before Lana can escape to college, she finds herself in a life-or-death race to uncover her mother’s long-buried secrets.

Can she claim her birthright before her future and her life are snatched away?

Valley of the Moon is a modern-day fairy tale with some intense themes.

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