Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera

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By Amy Tintera

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Average Rating: 3.84

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
POV: Third Person (Em & Cas)
Cover Love: Medieval and the symbol is pretty damn cool
My Rating:
3.5/5 stars


A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.Read More »

Review: This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

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By Sarah Strohmeyer

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Average Rating: 3.34

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
POV: Third Person (Addie & Kris)
Cover Love: Love the font, and the birds are adorable. This cover suits the story insanely well.
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself, anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend.

That doesn’t mean she’s oblivious to the ways of the heart. Or, rather, the head. Because after months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula.

But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?

Those are the least of her problems now that she’s survived a death-defying flight with a mysterious, dark-haired boy, who has delicious chocolate-brown eyes and a few secrets of his own.

With an experiment to mastermind, an infatuated exchange student on her hands, and at least one great white shark (more on that later), can Addie’s prefrontal cortex outwit her heart? Or will she have to give in to her amygdala and find out, once and for all, if this thing called love is more than just her brain on drugs?Read More »

Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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By Roshani Chokshi

Hardcover, 342 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Average Rating: 3.61

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
POV: Third Person Limited (Maya)
Cover Love: A+++++++
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.Read More »

Review: This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

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By Amy Zhang

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Average Rating: 3.47

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction,
POV: First Person Limited: After (Micah) and Before/Journal Entries (Janie)
Cover Love: The feathers!! The background with the words!! So wonderfully beautiful.
My Rating: 3.5/5


Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance in a second novel.


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