Broken Chords by Jessica Bayliss

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They rip, they tear, they FEED, and you never come back again.

Here’s how last year’s Gypsy Cob Music Festival should have gone. Lenora “Lenny” Ragno was supposed to rock her duet with her long-time crush, Jeb, during the open-mic competition. Then, swept up in the glow of success, he’d finally kiss her. Instead, Lenny choked on stage and spent the whole year dodging him online. And avoiding playing her fiddle in public. She thought her worst nightmare was behind her, but she was way wrong.

Now, she’s back at Gypsy Cob where avoiding a public performance is about as impossible as hiding from Jeb. She thinks facing him will be the scariest part of the festival, but when one of their friends talks everyone into trying astral projection, Lenny catches the eye of a demonic entity that marks her as its own.

Now, whenever it wants, the demon can pluck Lenny from her reality and transport her to a hellish between-world, haunted by its countless, gruesome victims. If she doesn’t want to become one of them, she must discover the nature of the demon’s hold on her and remove it. But how can she defeat a literal demon when she can’t even get over her personal ones?

Review: I gave this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars! I really enjoyed this book, but it had really scary/spooky moments. I read half of this before bed and half of it during the light of day. I was still freaked out by some parts though. The music festival background was pretty cool. I’ve never been to a music festival like this one, so it took some getting used to. I found it super weird that there was a psychic at the music festival though. That didn’t really make sense to me though it set up the story pretty well. I liked that Lenny had to fight her inner demons and an outer demon. The outer demon was super creepy and the thing nightmares are made of. I’m glad I finished this book while it was daylight out because the descriptions of the other world and the demon were a bit frightening. The ending was a bit cheesy after all the drama and darkness we encountered throughout the whole book. This was perfect for a Halloween read.

Thank you to Netgalley and Leap Books: Shine for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: three and a half stars

 

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus

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Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them

Review: This book was really enjoyable. When I started the first chapter I was like “Ugh this is like the Breakfast Club.” Which I did enjoy The Breakfast Club, but I didn’t want to read a book like it. This book is so much more though! Simon dies before detention is up. The four left in the room, Cooper, Addy, Bronwyn, and Nate are suspects for his death. Simon wasn’t well liked because he had a gossip site where he liked to ruin people’s lives. Think Gossip Girl, but Simon wasn’t anonymous. Also think Pretty Little Liars with secrets coming out that shouldn’t have been mentioned. I half figured out the ending before I got to it, but I was still surprised. I didn’t see some of it coming! I liked all four characters and their chapters. There wasn’t one that I was annoyed by reading. This was a great read with some nice twists and turns. So if you like thrilling mysteries, you should definitely pick this book up!

Rating: 5 star

The Haunting of Secrets by Shelley R. Pickens

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Sixteen-year-old Aimee doesn’t like to touch people. One touch and she sees their past. One graze over her skin and she can see all the good and bad deeds a person has ever done. It isn’t until a bomb explodes during lunch that she realizes exactly how many dirty secrets the students in her school harbor-or exactly how far one of them would go to keep his secrets safe.

In the aftermath of that fateful day of the bombing Aimee is brushed by a fellow student as they are caught in the mob running for their lives. Images of tortured and murdered young girls rise up to choke her. The problem is, Aimee doesn’t know who touched her. Somewhere in this school a fellow student is a killer, and Aimee is the only one that can find him before he murders again.

With the help of her friends Aimee must sift through her stolen memories to determine clues. The quest to find a killer unravels the very fabric of her carefully woven life. He won’t stop until he silences her- for only she knows all his secrets. She will have to summon all of her inner strength to decide what she must do: hunt or be hunted. Are some secrets worth dying for?

Review: This was a really interesting book. It starts out with Aimee surviving a bombing at her school. Aimee tries her best to avoid people because she can absorb people’s memories by one simple touch. While escaping the cafeteria someone touches her and she sees all his memories — memories of him killing innocent girls. Aimee is then thrust into a life or death situation trying to find this killer and stop him. The entire premise fascinated me. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, after reading the first chapter with the bombing. I was blown away though! Aimee is one tough cookie, and you couldn’t help but feel bad for her. She’s forced to live life in isolation. There were some cheesy parts. The ending few chapters were ridiculous. But even Aimee admitted it was ridiculous saying something like it was a bad horror movie. I’m glad I got the opportunity to read this. It’s not something I would have picked up if I saw it in the bookstore. This is a good thriller/murder mystery with a touch of supernatural elements. Great for Halloween-time.

Thank you to Netgalley and City Owl Press for giving me a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:

three stars

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks to Jordan at The Heart of a Book Blogger and Jen at Bookworm Jen for tagging me!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

Jordan’s Questions:

  1. Do you read multiple books at once?
    I don’t. I used to when I was in elementary school, but I lost the ability. I get super confused about what I’m reading if I read multiple books at once. I can’t keep the stories straight. So I just stick with one book at a time.
  2. What “required reading” book did you enjoy reading the most in school?
    I enjoyed The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird the most! Those were read in high school. In college I had to read The Glass Castle for a children’s psychology class, and I really enjoyed that one.
  3. Do you like romance in books?
    Some romance. Mainly YA romance. I used to read adult romance, but I’m not a big fan of the smut scenes,
  4. What’s you Hogwarts house?
    Ravenclaw!!
  5. Do you like reading outside?
    I do if the weather’s nice. But it’s usually too hot and humid to read here. Or it’s too cold. Too many extremes
  6. Do you have any pets?
    Oh do I! Hold on to your hats kids. We have 5 cats – Lionel, Caroline, Sammy, Sutures, and Tucker. We have 6 dogs – Pigwidgeon, Baby, Sirius, Sulu, Pepper, Lily. Out of those Lionel and Caroline are mine and Pig and Pepper are mine.
  7. What was/is your favorite subject in school?
    English/reading! It’s still my favorite subject. If I ever decide to teach it’d be high school English.
  8. Do you like to write?
    Book reviews yes. Writing just to write? No. I can’t ever get what’s in my brain to come out right on paper.
  9. How long have you been blogging?
    Since 2014 I believe. I started on Tumblr, but left there because of some people being bullies. So now I’m on Twitter and of course here on WordPress.
  10. Are you a fast reader?
    I’m not a speed reader like my grandpa was (I wish I had that ability though). I do read fairly fast though. For instance I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2 days (my book got taken away so I’d eat and sleep) and I read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in one day (6 hours I think).
  11. What was the first book that you fell in love with?
    I don’t really remember the first book I fell in love with. Obviously when I was little I loved books. Then I went through a phase in high school where I didn’t read. So what got me back into reading majorly was probably Deathly Hallows.

Jen’s Questions:

  1. Can you remember the very first book that you read?
    First book ever? I’d say it was a Dr. Seuss book. Probably Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham.
  2. What was the last book that you finished?
    I finished the Empress by SJ Kincaid on Thursday!
  3. What is a genre that you hate and would never read?
    I’m not a big horror fan. I will read YA horror, but like adult horror? I can’t do it. I don’t like to have nightmares and those books cause lots of nightmares for me.
  4. What popular book (or one that had a lot of hype) did you not enjoy and why?
    The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I don’t remember why I didn’t like it. I think the main characters bothered me, and I just didn’t care about the plot at all. So I gave up on the series after the first book.
  5. What unpopular book (had a lot of negative reviews) did you enjoy and why?
    I haven’t read an unpopular book yet. I do have a few on my TBR though!
  6. If you could be one fictional character for a day who would you be?
    I honestly don’t know! Most of the books I read the fictional characters have huge hurdles to overcome, and I’m just not about that life. Maybe Percy Jackson… Like if it was just one day and I was in the university place he’s going to I could handle that.
  7. Do you enjoy the Classic books?
    I enjoy some of them. Not all of them. Classics I want to read though are Dracula and Frankenstein.
  8. Who would be your literary best friend?
    Probably Gansey from The Raven Cycle. He’s super nerdy and I’d find his adventures and know-how so fascinating!
  9. What genre do you love and why?
    I’m mostly loving Fantasy and Sci-Fi right now. I go through different genres though. So I don’t have just one favorite. But it’s nice to escape from real life problems to a fantasy or sci-fi book.
  10. Who was your favourite Harry Potter character?
    Fred Weasley (out of kids Harry’s age) of the Marauders era it’s Lupin. RIP to Fred and Lupin.
  11. What TV show are you binge-watching or obsessed with at the moment?
    Well lately I’ve been watching the “A Haunting in…” movies by Prozak on Amazon Prime. I’m still in the middle of watching Supernatural (I’m stuck in season 8). I also love Blue Bloods and Riverdale!

I’m not nominating anyone since most everyone I know has already done this!!

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. Resistance to the Empire has been all but silenced. Only a few courageous leaders such as Bail Organa of Alderaan still dare to openly oppose Emperor Palpatine.

After years of defiance, the many worlds at the edge of the Outer Rim have surrendered. With each planet’s conquest, the Empire’s might grows stronger.

The latest to fall under the Emperor’s control is the isolated mountain planet Jelucan, whose citizens hope for a more prosperous future even as the Imperial Starfleet gathers overhead…

Review: After reading Leia: Princess of Alderaan, I had really high hopes for this book. It seemed like an interesting premise. Two kids who grew up on the same planet and trained to be pilots go to work for the Empire during the time that A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi is happening. What I got was a love story in space during this time period with a lot of anger towards the girl who sticks with the Empire and a lot of love towards the boy who turns his back because the Empire is a bunch of jerks. That’s just to sum it up. The love story would have been interesting if I hadn’t felt rage-y at the way the girl viewed the Rebels. I mean on a whole we sided with the Rebels because that’s who we followed in the movies. Seeing things from the Empire’s point of view was interesting, but so rage inducing. Maybe that was the point, was to get my blood boiling at the Empire even more than it was during the movies. I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t necessarily this. This is a book you would be okay without reading. Unless you like the love story and rage-y feelings for the Empire.

Rating:

three stars

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Review: I really don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about this novel. No, it’s not the Lunar Chronicles we all know and love, but this book is pretty outstanding on it’s own. One thing I wish had been pointed out is that this is the first in a series. Not a stand alone. I wish I had know that going into the book instead of when I got to the very end and was like “what!?” I found Nova to be a really interesting character. She’s the “villain” that you can’t help but root for. She’s had a craptastic life and has found herself on the Anarchists side. The Renegades are the “heroes”. What I found immensely interesting is how you see both sides of the story. Nove from the Anarchists and Adrian from the Renegades. You see the good in both teams, and obviously you see the bad. I was left wondering who the villains really were in this story! I’m glad there’s more of this series (especially after the ending!).

Rating:four stars

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

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REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

Review: This book was so amazing! First off, I love the setting of the Arizona Territory during the Wild West days. While I was sad it didn’t take place around the Phoenix area where I grew up, it did give me a taste of Prescott (which I’ve never been). Charlotte and Reece were great narrators. Charlotte bugged me at first (she seemed holier than thou), but she grew on me. Reece I loved from the very beginning and just wanted to give him huge hugs. One thing I really loved? A woman ran newspaper down in Yuma! I know that likely didn’t happen in real life, but the idea of it in the west made me so happy! I also loved seeing some old friends from Vengeance Road. This series is a series I will read and reread for a long time!

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program.

Rating: 5 star