Review: Three Sides of a Heart, Natalie C. Parker

Review: Three Sides of a Heart, Natalie C. ParkerTitle: Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: December 19, 2017
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these.

These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.

What do all these stories have in common?

The love triangle.

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Review: Three Sides of a Heart, Natalie C. Parker

Three Sides of a Heart by Natalie C. Parker is an anthology not to be missed. These sixteen short stories by some of my favourite authors each put a spin on the classic love triangle trope. There is definitely something for everyone, and it might even change your opinion on love triangles. Continue reading

Review: Ringer by Lauren Oliver

Review: Ringer by Lauren OliverTitle: Ringer (Replica #2)
Series: Replica #2
Author: Lauren Oliver
Also by this author: Vanishing Girls
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Sci-Fi
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by powerhouse bestselling author Lauren Oliver digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted.

In the world outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and neither of them knows where they belong or who they can trust. When Caelum leaves without warning to pursue the dream of a place he belongs, Lyra follows him, convinced that together they will hunt down a cure for the illness that’s slowly consuming her mind. But what they uncover is a shocking connection to their past—even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.

After discovering the uncomfortable truth about her connection to the Haven Institute, Gemma struggles to return to her normal life. But when she learns that her controlling and powerful father has new plans for Lyra and Caelum, Gemma and her boyfriend, Pete, leave in the middle of the night to warn them of the danger they face.When an untimely accident derails them, they are mistaken for the escaped replicas and seized by strangers hired to capture them. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.

Lyra’s and Gemma’s stories can be read separately—with either story first—or in alternating chapters, but no matter which way you turn the book, the two distinct stories combine into one breathtaking experience for both heroines and readers alike.

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Review: Ringer by Lauren Oliver

Ringer by Lauren Oliver, the second instalment in the Replica series will not disappoint fans of the series. Ringer is just as eerie, and the original layout of the book is the same as the first. My favourite story was Gemma’s, but Lyra’s is still gripping. If you have yet to pick these books up, I definitely recommend that you do so this fall. Continue reading

Review: The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

Review: The End of Oz by Danielle PaigeTitle: The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4)
Series: Dorothy Must Die #4
Author: Danielle Paige
Also by this author: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Rating: three-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…

Oz is finally free.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.

With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.

Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine?

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Review: The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige is the final book in the Dorothy Must Die series that I have been highly anticipating, but this book ended up being a bit disappointing. It keeps the same action as always, but it seemed unnecessary. I enjoyed seeing some old characters redeem themselves, but the new setting isn’t as impressive as the other books. I found myself unsatisfied with the ending, and would have liked one more magical journey to Oz. Continue reading

Book Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

Book Review: Replica by Lauren OliverTitle: Replica (Replica #1)
Series: Replica #1
Author: Lauren Oliver
Also by this author: Vanishing Girls
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Sci-Fi
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lyra

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.

Gemma

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April.

But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learns terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.

Two girls, two stories, one novel.

While the stories of Gemma and Lyra mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters.

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Book Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver

Replica by Lauren Oliver is a book that is nothing short of amazing. This is the story of a clone and a human, both connected to a disturbing human cloning institute. I would say that the way that this book is written is one of the best parts, since there are so many options. Replica is sure to blow your mind. Continue reading

Review: Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Review: Yellow Brick War by Danielle PaigeTitle: Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die #3)
Series: Dorothy Must Die #3
Author: Danielle Paige
Also by this author: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.

You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone. She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. But the temptation of magic was too much for her. She let it change her. Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.

The magical land of Oz is now a dark and menacing place.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too. I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling:

Assassin.

The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

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Review: Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige is an incredible third instalment to the Dorothy Must Die series. The story is so unique and the main character is just so spunky. This book is a little more modern than the others, but I was really intrigued by the way everything connects. Continue reading