ARC Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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The Accident Season

Moïra Fowley-Doyle
August 18th 2015
YA | Paranormal | Mystery
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4/5 Stars

 

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 It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

The Accident Season was a good book, it just wasn’t exactly the book for me. Not to say I disliked it though. I actually really enjoyed it and found it totally intriguing. I didn’t really click with the characters because they were a tad eccentric, and they smoked and drank. (Eccentric characters and underage smoking and drinking are just not my thing.) But aside from that I really enjoyed the rest of the novel. 

The Accident Season is so unique. Each year, during the month of October, Cara’s family gets hurt, over and over again with no explanation. There are broken bones, cracked heads, inexplicable bruises, and tons of falls. I found myself unable to relate The Accident Season to any other book I’ve ever read or heard of.

The Accident Season gave me chills because it’s honestly just so enchanting to read. Doyle’s writing will take you to another world. I felt like reality had stopped for a while and I was in some sort of trance while reading because her writing made it so easy to suspend my disbelief. The writing in The Accident Season is truly mesmerizing. 

I was also extremely glad that all the questions were addressed and explained thoroughly in a way that the reader could understand. I wasn’t left confused at all. The author did an amazing job with tying everything up in such a perfect way that will leave you shocked yet enthralled.

Ooooh also I feel the need to mention this book isn’t set in America! It’s set it Ireland! I thought that was pretty cool too. Finally, I really liked the parings in this book, even if the characters weren’t my favorites. One of the parings is actually considered taboo, but I won’t say much on that because I don’t want to spoil. 

I definitely recommend you read this book sometime near Halloween, it will leave you chilled to the bone in the best way possible.

“There is a crack opening up in the middle of the kitchen table. The typewriter and the secrets box are too heavy for it. They’re pulling the table down. They’re opening up a hole in the floor. The whole room rips apart. There it is, large as life. Our lives are being blown wide open.”
Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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ARC REVIEW: The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

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TITLE: The Night House
AUTHOR: Rachel Tafoya
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: December 9th 2014 by Month9Books, LLC.
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
PAGES: 300pages (paperback)
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RATING:

 

4 ★★★★

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Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.
But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.
As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth’s strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she’s worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.

 

 

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I haven’t read a Vampire book for so long. I think the last time was…… okay, I don’t even remember. Anyway, this book.. this book blew me away. What a dark and sexy twist to the usual plot lines that I read before. This is not your usual vampire book. The inceptions and the mystery messed with my head and I loved every moment of it.  

Bianca is a vamp tramp. A term that I learned from Bianca herself. She and other girls are staying in this house called The Night House and Vampires keeps getting in and out for their blood. But the girls gets something in return.. and that’s the Nauth. A drug that Bianca is addicted to and even though its hurting her already, she just cant stop taking it. Until she met James. James meeting Bianca may seem strange for Bianca.. but not for James. Because he is strange himself. James is an Empath. And when James connected with Bianca, he knows that she needs rescuing and maybe him being strange is a gift after all.

Like I said, this is not your usual Vampire read. There are other paranormal characters involved but instead of wolves or the usual creatures we read, we get an Empath and maybe some more psychology related creatures in the future. I must say, the plot of this book is really well thought. I keep turning the pages and when it ended I was really whining because I WANT MORE. I was deprived. 

James and Bianca are characters you’ll really feel invested to. This book is on alternating POV, one with Bianca and the other one with James. Now, that may not be my favorite setup but it surprising worked well for me in here. I love reading Bianca’s thought because between her and James, her character development is superb. She’s this helpless and addicted girl at the beginning but when she found a reason to be clean she became a strong and smart girl who stands up for herself.

The Night House is a brilliant and captivating debut novel. Rachel Tafoya really left me wanting more because there’s so much mystery to unravel, so much making scenes to look forward to (excuse me but there’s no review of mine that will be romance free :D) and more adventures of Bianca and James to read. Rachel just became of my favorite authors list.. and this series will be a hit, I’m sure of it.

 

 

 

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Rachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: This Is Not A Test (This Is Not A Test #1) by Courtney Summers a.k.a a a zombie book, but not really

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TITLE: This Is Not A Test (This Is Not A Test #1)
AUTHOR: Courtney Summers
PUBLICATION: Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
GENRE: YA > Horror | Zombies
PAGES: 336pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: purchased
RATING: 

 

 4 ★★★★

 

 

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It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.
To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.
But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside.
When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

If there’s one word to describe my emotion after reading This Is Not A Test, it’s.. surprised.

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I know that zombies are involved, I just didn’t know that it would be that emotional and that the story has that depth that usually books by this genre lacks. It’s amazing how Courtney Summers made her readers sympathize to a main protagonist who whines every chapter because she just wanted to die. I honestly don’t feel for suicidal heroines, I know, I’m heartless. But most of them are just irritating that’s why it’s hard to sympathize. But Sloane is different. She’s real, she developed as a character and her journey is just heart wrenching.

Sloane is one of the students that hid inside Cortege High when the apocalypse broke down. In there, six students are trying to survive and making plans to stay alive. But they don’t know that Sloane has other plans. You see, Sloane wants to die. From the opening chapter of the book, she makes it clear that she no longer wants to live. Her father hurts her and her sister, the only family she cares about, left her. What’s the reason to live? But Sloane will find the answer to that question when she and and six more students found themselves trapped in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

This Is Not A Test is a zombie book, but it’s really not. Do you get what I’m saying? The atmosphere of the book is really good, it’s like you’re really there with Sloane that’s why you get the chills and the creeps, and yet, the story.. is so emotionally raw. It’s terrifying and poignant. Courtney Summers is one of the best authors ever, I can attest to that. Her writing is… WOW. I can’t describe it. It’s lyrical, gritty and gripping.

This is also one of the most character driven book I’ve ever read. The characterization is brilliant. Each character has stories and you will find yourself eager to know it. Though the book isn’t focused on the romance aspect, being me, I still shipped Sloane with someone and guess what? It sailed! 

Courtney Summers could write on a napkin and I would read it, devour it, love it. Although the fact that it’s a zombie novel is going to be widely publicized, the novel is so much more than that. This is a zombie novel for people who don’t like books about zombies. Fantastic contemporary YA with a twist. Highly, highly recommended.

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ARC REVIEW: Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer + Giveaway!

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TITLE:Trust Me, I’m Lying
AUTHOR:Mary Elizabeth Summer
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: October 14th 2014 by Delacorte Press
GENRE: YA > Mystery | Thriller | Contemporary
PAGES: 336pages (hardcover)
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4  ★★★★

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Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

I never really expected a mystery/thriller book to break my heart. But this book did. Oh, it did. I don’t even know if that’s a good thing or not. All I know is that if a book affected you like the way this book affected me, it only means one thing: IT IS BRILLIANT AND MADE BY A GENIUS MIND.

Yep, I think Veronica will approve it.

 

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Julep (if that’s her real name) is a con artist. A grifter. And she’s good at what she do. After all, she learned from the best grifter she knows: her father. Who is, by the way, MISSING.

The gem in this book is Julep. She is well defined and incredibly believable for a 16 year old con artist. I notice every details when it comes to this kind of plots because even though this book is Fiction, I still want a hint of reality to it. You can say that the author really researched and crafted Julep very well. As far as I’m concerned, not only Julep, but every character in this book is plausible. I even have this weird connection with Julep’s father even though I’ve seen only small parts of him and mostly through Julep’s memory only.

The romance isn’t the main focus of the story because it’s more about finding Julep’s dad but it’s another reason to love the story. The romance aspect didn’t annoy me at all and the instead, it added flare to TMIL’s plot. There’s drama, of course. But this is the kind of drama that you’ll find yourself very invested in. And I have to admit that there were some things that happened that squeezed my heart and felt like it was rip apart but I willingly accepted it. Sometimes I wish I can sell my emotions for awhile. Sigh..

Trust Me, I’m Lying really delivers. It will keep you guessing, will shock you with its twist and turns and will made you laugh along the way. Julep is not someone you forget that easily and you’ll find yourself wishing that you have a real life friend like her. I recommend this to readers who is looking for a well done mystery with a sassy heroine. You will love it. Overall, Trust Me, I’m Lying is a lovely debut book! Can’t wait for the following books to come.
 

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Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, and her evil overlor–er, cat. TRUST ME, I’M LYING, a YA mystery, will be released by Delacorte in Fall 2014.

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Not In The Script by Amy Finnegan + Giveaway!

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AUTHOR: Amy Finnegan
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 272pages (paperback)
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RATING: 4 ★★★★
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Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

This novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

It is so adorable. SO ASDFGHJKL.

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We all need to read books like this often. Not In the Script made me all feel giggly (is that a word) swoony and definitely warmed my heart. Yes, LOVE is such a wonderful thing and yes, it doesn’t follow a script at all!

Emma Taylor is an artist and she’s one of the new stars of the TV show Coyote Hills! As a main protagonist and one of the point of view in this book, Emma is not really hard to like. She’s relatable and genuine. Being inside her head is like a walk in the park, there’s no struggles and I just glide through out the book because her voice is soothing and light. This novel worked out so much for me because the characters are well defined and absolutely likeable. It’s not just Emma, but the whole cast.. the whole crew. Jake is… yeah, I dare you to hate this guy! One chapter and I bet you will lose. This guy is decent and doesn’t have a stain of douchebag syndrome (Ha. Just made that up) Oh he’s not perfect! No one in this book is. But there’s where the character development came in. I love how the two characters fight for their feelings for each other and grow as a character at the same time.

You know those romance that is so grin worthy because it’s just so darn cute and makes you feel like there are butterflies in your stomach? The way the two characters ended up together is indeed slow.. But it was fun to read. In here, no one is aggressive and no one is forcing anything to each other. They had their share of stupid and idiotic things to do as a book character and I love how the author constructed the whole thing towards the end. YES, I am absolutely satisfied.

I have nothings to say about Amy Finnegan’s writing except that it’s excellent. Her words seeps right into me immediately that’s why I didn’t have a hard time reading it when I was 2 to 3 chapters in.

And how cool is that we’re reading how actors do their job and how it all works behind the camera? Yeah, I love that aspect too! I learned new things and it was fun.

Overall, Not In The Script has become a 2014 favorite. It’s fun, it’s sweet and absolutely heartfelt. Its like my grandmother always says, ‘Isn’t it great to be young and in love?
 

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Amy Finnegan writes her own stories because she enjoys falling in love over and over again, and thinks everyone deserves a happy ending. She likes to travel the world—usually to locations where her favorite books take place—and owes her unquenchable thirst for reading to Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. Her debut novel, NOT IN THE SCRIPT (Bloomsbury, Oct 2014), came about after hearing several years of behind-the-scenes stories from her industry veteran brother. She’s also been lucky enough to visit dozens of film sets and sit in on major productions such as Parks and Recreation, and Parenthood.

 

 

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