Review: Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

Review: Beware That Girl by Teresa TotenTitle: Beware That Girl
Author: Teresa Toten
Also by this author: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Rating: three-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

This powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the mega-wealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate but seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.

The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brian appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?

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Review: Beware that Girl by Teresa Toten

 Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten is an interesting read for fans of the psychological thriller genre. I started this book with really high hopes, which is probably why I ended up a little disappointed. This book is told in alternating perspectives and contains a super smart main character, which is enjoyable. The plot, however, is uneventful in certain parts and is quite boring. Continue reading

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann MartelTitle: The High Mountains of Portugal
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher:  Spiegel & Grau
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that—if he can find it—would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.

Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest.

Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.

The High Mountains of Portugal—part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable—offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century—and through the human soul.

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Review: The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel is one that will leave you thinking and digesting long after reading. While it is hard not to compare The High Mountains of Portugal to Martel’s Man Booker Prize winning novel, Life of Pi, this book of stories is just as engaging and enlightening in its own way. The writing is breathtaking and really digs deep into many themes, including grief, while transporting the reader to the incredible backdrop of the high mountains of Portugal. 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: Crash by Eve Silver (The Game #3)

Review: Crash by Eve Silver (The Game #3)Title: Crash (The Game #3)
Series: The Game #3
Author: Eve Silver
Also by this author: Push (The Game #2)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Contemporary, Sci-Fi
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A thrilling action/suspense novel for fans of The Fifth Wave about contemporary teens pulled in and out of an alternate reality where battling aliens is more than a game—it's life and death.

Miki’s life is falling apart around her. Her dad and best friend are lying in the hospital. The Game is glitching, making missions more frequent and more deadly. And someone close to her is waiting for the right moment to betray her.

Miki feels like she’s hanging on by a thread and the only thing keeping her tethered is Jackson’s hand in hers. Yet telling him how much she needs him, how much she loves him, feels like the biggest challenge of all. And if Miki really wants the missions to end for everyone, she’ll have to let go and be ready to fight when the walls between the Game and reality come crashing down. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s that she’s got a whole lot left to lose.

Crash is the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Game trilogy fans won’t want to miss. 

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Review: Crash by Eve Silver

Crash by Eve Silver is the highly anticipated conclusion to the Game series. It definitely does not disappoint. This book has an amazing balance between contemporary and sci-fi. Crash is so fast-paced and is the perfect ending to the series. Continue reading

Review: Push by Eve Silver

Review: Push by Eve SilverTitle: Push (The Game #2)
Series: The Game #2
Author: Eve Silver
Also by this author: Crash (The Game #3)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Sci-Fi
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

 It’s either break the rules or die.

Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she - and her team - will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.

But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone - something - else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.

And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.

Push is the sequel Rush fans will be screaming for. 

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Review: Push by Eve Silver

Push by Eve Silver is perfect if you are looking for a series that will satisfy your need for sci-fi entertainment. Push, book 2 in Eve Silver’s the Game series, is a fast-paced story influenced by the gaming world. This book is wonderfully written and includes an amazing plot and a courageous protagonist. Continue reading