Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart HemmingsTitle: Juniors
Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings
Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lea Lane has lived in between all her life.

Part Hawaiian, part Mainlander. Perpetual new girl at school. Hanging in the shadow of her actress mother’s spotlight. And now: new resident of the prominent West family’s guest cottage.

Bracing herself for the embarrassment of being her classmates’ latest charity case, Lea is surprised when she starts becoming friends with Will and Whitney West instead—or in the case of gorgeous, unattainable Will, possibly even more than friends. And despite their differences, Whitney and Lea have a lot in common: both are navigating a tangled web of relationships, past disappointments and future hopes. As things heat up with Will, and her friendship with Whitney deepens, Lea has to decide how much she’s willing to change in order to fit into their world.

Lea Lane has lived in between all her life. But it isn’t until her junior year that she learns how to do it on her own terms.

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Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings is the ultimate summer beach read with realistic friendships and a tropical beach setting. Also, the main character is very relatable due to her independence and very strong will, making Juniors a fun and entertaining read. Continue reading

Review: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Review: The Scorpion Rules by Erin BowTitle:  The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1)
Series: Prisoners of Peace #1
Author: Erin Bow
Also by this author: The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace #2)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Dystopian
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

The world is at peace, said the Utterances. And really, if the odd princess has a hard day, is that too much to ask?

Greta is a duchess and crown princess—and a hostage to peace. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Go to war and your hostage dies.

Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she lives in the Precepture school with the daughters and sons of the world’s leaders. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. Elián is a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. And he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the system they live under—and to her own power.

As Greta and Elián watch their nations tip closer to war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killing them both—unless she can find a way to break all the rules.

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Review: The Scorpion Rules by erin Bow

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow is a dystopian novel not to be missed. It has got an original concept, a strong female character and really beautiful writing. I recommend that everyone read this book because it is definitely one of the most unique and thought provoking books of this year! Continue reading

Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Review: Blood and Salt by Kim LiggettTitle: Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1)
Series: Blood and Salt #1
Author: Kim Liggett
Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

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Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett is one of the creepiest books of the year! The book combines genres like horror and romance, making it horrifyingly beautiful. The plot is so suspenseful, especially since it is set in a cornfield. This is certainly one of my favourite books of 2015! Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Scorch Trials

 

Don't Judge a Book by Its Movie

Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a weekly feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting  and reviewing book to movie adaptations.

BooK vs. Movie: The Scorch Trials

The book vs. movie differences of The Scorch Trials are quite large. If you enjoyed the first film in The Maze Runner series, I urge you to rush out to the box office when The Scorch Trials arrives in theatres on September 18th. Although the movie may leave fans of the books wondering why the movie is not quite the same, they will quickly find enjoyment in this new take on the exciting world that James Dashner created. The Scorch Trials is a whirlwind of a movie that will entertain and delight those who enjoy action and suspense. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

 

Book vs. Movie

Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a weekly feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations.

Book vs. Movie: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

There are quite a few book vs. movie differences to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Ironically, the title of this feature would have the reader believe that books are always better than the film. In most cases, this is often true. When it comes to comparing Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I much preferred the film to the book. While the book has many enjoyable features, the movie is extremely well done and has brought life to the story. Continue reading