ARC Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Book cover for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Stars: See review below

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.

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.  Continue reading

ARC Review: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Book cover for Damage Done by Amanda Panitch.

I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Damage Done
Author: Amanda Panitch
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Stars: 5/5

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 Gated

22 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. . . .  Continue reading

ARC Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Book cover for Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.

I won a copy from the publisher in a giveaway.

Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Pages: 288
Stars: 5/5

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.  Continue reading

ARC Review: We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Book cover for We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen.

I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: We Are All Made of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Pages: 256
Stars: 4/5
Kindle Edition

Summary (from Goodreads): Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. 
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink.

Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.

They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.  Continue reading

ARC Review: At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Book cover for At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen.

I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: At the Water’s Edge
Author: Sara Gruen
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: March 31st, 2015
Stars: 5/5
Edition: Kindle

Summary (from Goodreads): In her stunning new novel, Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a moving love story. Think Scottish Downton Abbey.

After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love.  Continue reading