Review: The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs

Title: The Lying Planet

Author: Carol Riggs

Standalone

Genre: Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 285 pages, Ebook

Published: September 19th 2016 by Entangled Teen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Liberty. The only thing standing in my way? The Machine. On my eighteenth birthday, this mysterious, octopus-like device will scan my brain and Test my deeds. Good thing I’ve been focusing on being Jay Lawton, hard worker and rule follower, my whole life. Freedom is just beyond my fingertips.

Or so I thought. Two weeks before my Testing with the Machine, I’ve stumbled upon a new reality. The truth. In a single sleepless night, everything I thought I knew about the adults in our colony changes. And the only one who’s totally on my side is the clever, beautiful rebel, Peyton. Together we have to convince the others to sabotage their Testings before it’s too late.

Before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.


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This was a really an awesome read! I didn’t quite expect the way it turned out but I am glad to say I loved it! The twists and turns were quite surprising as well.

Jay has worked hard his whole life to succeed in mandatory the testing that happens to everyone once they turn eighteen. The testing places the undeserved to banishment while the ones who score good are sent off to other so called protective areas like the Promise City for their future, only no one has ever returned from those places ever. Jay stumbles upon the horrifying truth just a few days before his testing ceremony. Will the others believe him, will he be able to save them or get caught in the process?

This was a super fun and intriguing read! I wasn’t really expecting how the plot turned out but I am mighty impressed! I simply loved it! It was pretty hard to put this book down and I basically devoured it in one sitting. It’s really hard to discuss this book without spoiling so you guys have to read it to know the full truth! Jay has always been the obedient son, he has worked hard so that he can get good score in the testing and then he’ll be assigned his dream job. But one simple mischance and he stumbles upon the horrifying truth. The plot twist was really well done! I couldn’t freaking believe my eyes when I read it.

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However I felt that the characters could have been more fleshed out. I did like Jay, he was pretty brave when he decided to break the rules and find out the truth. I loved that he was loyal but I don’t know, I would have liked him a lot better if he had been just a teeny-tiny bit less cooped up.

I liked Peyton, she was the only one to believe Jay when he told his friends the truth. I understand their situation but still I would have loved I there was some more chemistry between them. Nonetheless I liked the last portion a lot, although it seemed quite sudden how everyone kinda agreed, I needed a bit more convincing but it was pretty enjoyable!

Overall, The Lying Planet was a fantastic read! I loved the plot and the story was executed neatly though the characters could have been a bit more worked out. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was fast throughout the book! I enjoyed the action and the suspense and I was on the edge while reading this book!

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander

Title: Life After Juliet

Author: Shannon Lee Alexander

Standalone (Companion novel to Life and Other Unknown Variables)

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 304 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: July 5th 2016 by Entangled: Teen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world…and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.


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I really loved this book, at first I felt a little bored but as I went on with the story I was deeper sucked into the life of the characters and everything felt so real which made this book a pretty interesting read.

Becca is devastated after the loss of her best and only friend Charlotte, she doesn’t know what to do anymore. Max is the only person who puts up an effort to talk to her, then a weird twist lands her up in the spotlight. Despite not wanting to move on, Becca begins to experience life for the first time which isn’t devoid of surprising twists and turns.

I loved the whole story! The beginning was a bit slow and sad. Maybe I couldn’t feel the full impact because I haven’t read Life and Other Unknown Variables but as the story moves forward it definitely makes up for it. Becca doesn’t have a clue about how she’s supposed to move on after her best friends’s death. She never had many friends and her brother’s in another town after he got into college, she’s feels all alone except when she’s with her books and fictional characters. I loved the friendship that was depicted in this book! It was so beautiful. It was the main focus than the romance which I definitely didn’t mind. The last part of this book was absolutely mind blowing and fantastic, I enjoyed so much how everything turned out!

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Becca was a unique yet a normal character and on the other hand absolutey someone with whom I could related to. She was going through so much, she was simply afraid but in the end the effort counts if you want to face your fears or not and she did it! Max was such a sweetheart. He never pushed her and just supported her and in his own way he helped her. I loved Darby! She had a twisted mind, at first I thought I hated her, then as the story proceeded I didn’t know what to think of her but then I could finally see that she was such an amazing person although Becca and her made an unlikely team but I loved their friendship anyway! All the other characters were pretty great and I also loved the family aspect of this book, especially the sibling love, it was so realistic, made me wish I had a big brother like Charlie!

Overall, Life After Juliet was a great read! I enjoyed the plot and the characters kept me interested throughout the story. The plot twists were pretty awesome as well! The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I would definitely love to read more from this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Title: Romancing the Nerd

Author: Leah Rae Miller

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: April 5th 2016 by Entangled: Teen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb(from Goodreads):

Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates— popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing nerd on the lowest rung of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voilà…Mr. Popular. It’s definitely weird.

And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl of his dorky dreams.

A band geek with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts’s “coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it’s time for a little revenge—dork style. Never mind that she used to have a crush on him. Never mind that her plan could backfire big time.

It’s time to roll the dice…and hope like freakin’ hell she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.


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I had pretty high expectations for this book and I have been wanting to read it since I saw it on Goodreads. Although I enjoyed the ride but it was a bit of a disappointment as well as it didn’t live upto my expectations.

Dan used to be a nerd but after his growth spurt and his skills to play basketball, upped him into the popular crowd but he regrets all of it, especially because he thinks he has lost the one dorky girl he likes i.e. Zelda. Zelda used to have a crush on Dan, she feels betrayed after a certain incident and she finally decides it’s time for a little revenge. But how can her plan be successful when she finds herself falling for Dan all over again?

I love this kind of storyline, it’s one of my absolute favourites. But I felt one major factor was missing due to which I couldn’t enjoy this book entirely. Dan used to be a high school nerd but now he’s Mr. Popular and he doesn’t participate in the usual activities, like LARP-ing as he used to do. Zelda feels that the Dan has completely changed but little did she know the reason behind it. I was pretty exited about the revenge plot and it was indeed filled with geekiness which I absolutely loved. But I wanted to see the actual romance between Dan and Zelda which we rarely got to see, so that was a major setback for me.

I pretty much liked all the characters. Zelda is a no nonsense kind of girl and proud of being a geek. I understood where Dan was coming from and why he took himself out of the stuff he actually liked doing and I absolutely loved it when he stood up for himself and how he handled the situation. We get to see the characters from the previous book as well, although I haven’t read it but I liked them nonetheless. Dan’s sister was pretty much awsome!

Overall, Romancing the Nerd was a good read. Although the plot was clichéd, I liked how it flowed out but I really would have liked this book more if it had some actual romance in it. I think it kinds of defeats the purpose of the title. Nonetheless, the writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I easily finished this book in a few sittings.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Love Me Never by Sara Wolf

Title: Love Me Never

Author: Sara Wolf

Series: Lovely Vicious, book 1

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 304 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: April 5th 2016 by Entangled: Teen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing— Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.


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I have mixed feelings about this book. Honestly, I struggled to rate it. At first I gave it a four but after thinking about it throughly I deducted a star. This book was nice but not at all what I was expecting.

Isis Blake used to be the black sheep in her high school and it really got to her when someone she deeply cared about hurted her. Along with her mom, she moves to Ohio to escape her mom’s abusive ex-boyfriend. She plans to remain single for as long as she can but then she meets Jack. Those two can’t stop fighting with each other but it seems like they both had met their match. But can their happiness last long or will their secrets destroy any chance for their future?

So, as I stated, I thought the book was going to be different and a lot of fun. But unfortunately, it failed to reach my expectations. But I did like how the plot was executed. Both Isis and Jack have a past of their own and they are both struggling with it everyday. It’s hate at first sight with them but they can’t stay away from each other either. I felt bad for Isis, her weight was a big issue and she got bullied and rejected because of that in her high school and that pain remained with her. Also along with that, she has to take care of her mother. I wish this book described a bit more of the mother-daughter relationship because I was really liking it.

Jack is the cold hearted ice prince, he has a really bad past as well and he blames himself for that and he’s still paying for the consequences. When I learned about his job, the shock took some time to wear off. I enjoyed the banter between them but I felt it lacked more humour and sass though there were plenty of laugh out loud moments. I also felt that sometimes Isis kept on looking for opportunities to fight with him without any valid reason and it started to get a bit monotonous because of that.

The latter half of the book was far more enjoyable than the first part. But as I actually started loving the book, it ended! Bam! With a massive cliffhanger! Why are authors aso cruel? *sighs* Nonetheless, I liked the mystery surrounding Sophia and I can’t wait to know more.

Overall, Love Me Never was a good read. The plot was executed neatly though sometimes I had difficulty in connecting with the characters, nonetheless I enjoyed the storyline and liked the chemistry between Isis and Jack. The writing was simple and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. Despite this book’s ups and downs, I’m really interested in reading the next installment.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Holding Court by K.C. Held

Title: Holding Court

Author: K.C. Held

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook

Published: March 1st 2016 by Entangled Teen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what’s in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty- and completely unavailable- Grayson Chandler. Except that it’s not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there’s the dead body she finds that just kind of… well, disappears. Oh, and there’s the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”- spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson’s attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson’s interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it’s starting to look suspicious…


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If I have to describe this bool in one word, it would be EPIC! Because it was absolutely was! This book was the perfect combination of mystery, romance and hilarity. This book is definitely among my top favourites of 2016!

Jules Verity suffers from “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome” – where she blurts out prophecies at the most awkward timing and she can’t seem to decipher it’s meaning at all. Meanwhile, her best friend signs her up for a job in a castle-turned-dinner-theater known as Tudor Times where Jules’ unattainable crush Grayson works as well, therefore she reluctantly agrees to go. But things turn upside down for her when she discovers a dead body in a secret passageway which seems to dissappear when she calls the authority. Will she be able to prove her sanity or will the killer escape free?

The plot was unique and refreshing. Jules reluctantly agrees to work at Tudor Times where, ironically she has to dress up as the mad Maid of Kent and utter a few prophesies infront of the audience. That doesn’t seem to be a problem because she’s already blessed or rather cursed with that power which she calls the blurting problem. Now, this aspect was absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole book, well except the last portion where things became a bit tight. It was especially funny because the prophecies seemed weird and comical but it had an inner meaning to it which were finally revealed during the last portion.

I absolutely adored the characters. Jules was a fantastic character, I loved her sense of humour and well, basically loved her. She was sweet, a bit insecure and naive but overall a great character. I absolutely loved Cami, Jules’ best friend. She was freaking awsome and I loved how she believed in her and pushed her to do what she was actually capable of. The family aspect was a major bonus because Jules’ grandmother was freaking awsome, oh how I adored her and I loved her mother as well, she was sweet, loving and caring.

There were a few other minor characters as well who played an equally important role in this book as well. Now, Grayson! I didn’t know what to think about him at first but then I slowly started falling for him and when I actually learned the whole truth- my god! He was a seriously such great guy! The romance did not overrule the mysterious aspect which was actually the main factor and it was perfectly executed. I didn’t even think about that person who could be responsible for it! That was an awsome plot twist! Nonetheless, coming back to the romance, the ending was adorably cute and mushily (is that even a word?) perfect! I felt absolutely satisfied after reading this book.

Overall, Holding Court was a freaking fantastic read which I enjoyed reading sooo much. This was really a great debut! The plot was unique and neatly executed. I fell in love with the characters and I absolutely adored them to bits! The romance was soo cute and the mystery was perfectly maintained throughout the book. The writing was beautiful and laced with humour and the pace was fast throughout the book. I’m definitely going to be looking forward to read more books by this author in the future.

Recommend it?

Absolutely yes! Like leave everything right now and read this awsome thing!!


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