Month: April 2014

Not Easy Being Green

by Susy Gage Overview (from NetGalley.com):  Finding a dead mouse in the lab is not usually such a big deal. But when the lab is a Biosafety Level-3 containment facility designed to keep things in and out, and when the mouse has a brain tumor that fluoresces under blue light, it’s time to start worrying. When graduate students start glowing, then it’s time to panic. Especially when they could be spreading a mutant virus in ways you can only guess…… Read more »

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Half Bad

Half Bad

Half Bad by Sally Green Series: Half Bad #1 Goodreads In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father… Read more »

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Shock Me

by Ashley C. Harris Overview (from B&N.com):  A promising gymnast, Donna Young is a shy, quiet nobody from the wrong side of town. The only exciting thing in life is her secret friendship with Ryan, her childhood crush. But after the accident—one that should have killed her—she discovers she has impossible powers! Why now, at sixteen, can she transform into something shocking and inhuman? Donna doesn’t know how to use her new abilities or who she can trust, but unveiling… Read more »

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A Villian’s Fate

by Lola James Overview (from B&N.com):  Does good always prevail over evil? What happens when the villain triumphs? You have A Villain’s Fate.  This is a short (prequel) that can be read before or after Fate’s Design. My Thoughts:  Vampires.  One of the most popular literary (and cinematic) villains.  Makes sense given what they can do to a victim before the victim even realizes they’re there.  I admit, I like them better when they actually play the villain. The overall writing… Read more »

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The Poor Man’s Guide to Suicide

by Andrew Armacost Overview (from NetGalley.com):  Wesley Weimer, a twice-divorced prison guard and failed father of two, realizes that his life has grown lifeless.  Child support payments suck him dry and so he’ll never finish that degree.  Most of his free time is spent tending to his crippled mother or else writhing through painful visits with his children. So with Christmas right around the corner, Wesley persuades a prisoner to strangle him for ten thousand dollars — this way, at… Read more »

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Guest Review: Girl with the Wind-Up Heart by Kady Cross

*Guest Review by Kelsey Plot Summary: In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin. London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus. Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin… Read more »

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Monkey Talk

by T. Lucas Earle Overview (from Goodreads.com):  Monkey Talk is loosely based on the Chinese myth, the Monkey King, a timeless story about who belongs, and who doesn’t. In a future in which Chimps can give lectures on cybernetics, Mr. Towry is a Chimp with an attitude. Unfortunately, the rules are still “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” Full Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. My Thoughts:  Who else… Read more »

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Partials

by Dan Wells Overview (from B&N.com):  The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to… Read more »

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Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell Overview (from B&N.com): Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we’re 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love… Read more »

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Fall into Forever

by Beth Hyland Overview (from B&N.com):  A girl with a past she can’t remember. A guy with a past he can’t forget.Ivy McAllister had it all. Perfect boyfriend. Perfect life. Perfect future. Or so they tell her. Because one night, on a dark country road, a fiery crash changed everything…and Ivy can’t remember what happened.Now, two years later, at a new college far from home, she tries to regain control of her life, but her plans don’t include a tattooed,… Read more »

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