Review: Perennials: A Novel by Mandy Berman

Review: Perennials: A Novel by Mandy BermanTitle: Perennials: A Novel
Author: Mandy Berman
Publisher: Random House
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: June 6, 2017

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

At what point does childhood end and adulthood begin? Mandy Berman's evocative debut novel captures, through the lens of summer camp, a place that only appears to be untouched by the passing of time, both the thrills and pain of growing up.

Rachel Rivkin and Fiona Larkin used to treasure their summers together as campers at Camp Marigold. Now, reunited as counselors after their first year of college, their relationship is more complicated. Rebellious Rachel, a street-smart city kid raised by a single mother, has been losing patience with her best friend's insecurities; Fiona, the middle child of a not-so-perfect suburban family, envies Rachel's popularity with their campers and fellow counselors. For the first time, the two friends start keeping secrets from each other. Through them, as well as from the perspectives of their fellow counselors, campers, and families, we witness the tensions of the turbulent summer build to a tragic event, which forces Rachel and Fiona to confront their pasts and the adults they're becoming.

A seductive blast of nostalgia, a striking portrait of adolescent longing, and a tribute to both the complicated nature and the enduring power of female friendship, Perennials will speak to everyone who still remembers that bittersweet moment when innocence is lost forever.

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Review: Perennials: A Novel by Mandy Berman

Perennials by Mandy Berman might be the novel for you If you are longing for the days of summer camp. There are some really interesting and quite a few diverse characters to learn about. However, Perennials seems to start off following Rachel’s young adult years, but then becomes a scattered tale of events. The book contains multiple perspectives, and while the main story is intended to relate to Rachel and her experiences, it seems that there are many narratives that don’t fit together all the time. Continue reading

Kindle Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Kindle Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)Title:  Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Series: Illuminae #1
Author: Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Sci-Fi
Publication Date: October 20, 2015

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Kindle Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is a fast-paced space survival/adventure story with so much potential to be a five star book. However, the e-ARC edition of this book is really lacking and I don’t think that I can properly review it. The graphics included are blurry and illegible and I feel like I missed out on a lot of the story. Since the edition I read seems incomplete, this review is only based on what I read. Continue reading

Review: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Review: Damage Done by Amanda PanitchTitle: Damage Done
Author: Amanda Panitch
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genres: Mystery
Publication Date: July 21, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

"Exceedingly clever and surprisingly unsettling, Damage Done is an unforgettable read." --Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You"In her incredible debut novel, Amanda Panitch leaves you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be stunned. Prepare to be torn apart." --Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist"A brilliant thriller. Gillian Flynn for the YA set." --Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.Now that she’s Lucy Black, she's able to begin again. She's even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy's forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . . 

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Review: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch is an incredibly fast-paced thriller. It is one of my favourite reads in 2015. This book is going to be a sure fire hit! With its mysterious plot, perfect protagonist and amazing attention to detail, readers will be furiously flipping pages to find out what happens next. Continue reading

Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie KinsellaTitle: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: June 9, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. 

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Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is a hilarious book with a family that is comical. It is easily one of the best books of 2015. It contains a clever, goal-oriented main character and plenty of humour. This novel is a pleasant change from typical sick-lit YA novels. Continue reading