Review: Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nina Malkin

 

Book cover for Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott

Title: Mistletoe
Authors: Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nina Malkin
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Snuggle up beside the fire with this juicy collection of four different, but equally sizzling, winter romances.

Glittering white snowflakes. The handsome blond ski instructor. The sparkle on a cashmere skirt. Hot cocoa and kisses in front of a crackling fire. The holiday season is the ESSENCE of magic…and romance. Four of today’s bestselling teen authors — Melissa de la Cruz (THE AU PAIRS), Aimee Friedman (SOUTH BEACH), Hailey Abbott (SUMMER BOYS), and Nina Malkin (6X) — bring us delectable tales of love and lust and holiday cheers (and tears) in this one-of-a-kind collection that teens will devour faster than a plate of Christmas cookies. Continue reading

ARC Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter

Book cover for See How They Run by Ally Carter

I received an ARC from Scholastic Canada as part of the Ally Ambassadors.

Title: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: December 22, 2015
Stars: 4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Inside every secret, there’s a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions–from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace’s past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row. Continue reading

Review: The Opposite of Geek by Ria Voros

Book cover for The Opposite of Geek by Ria Voros.

Title: The Opposite of Geek
Author: Ria Voros
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September, 2013
Pages: 223
Stars: 3.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Gretchen Meyers doesn’t know exactly what went wrong, but life in the tenth grade is beginning to suck. As if having a semi-nudist, food-obsessed family wasn’t awkward enough, she has lost her best friend to the fanatical school swim team, and her math grade is so close to negative digits that only emergency tutoring can save it. So far, so high school. Then James/Dean rolls into her life — also known as her zit-faced chemistry tutor James and his slightly less zit-faced cousin Dean. Kind-hearted rebels without a cause, they draw Gretchen out of classroom hell, and briefly the world seems full of possibility.  Continue reading

ARC Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Book cover for All Fall Down by Ally Carter.

I received an ARC from the publisher through the Ally Ambassadors.

Title: All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Mystery
Series: Embassy Row
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): A new series of global proportions — from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

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I recently finished Ally Carter’s latest book, All Fall Down, which is the first book in her new series, Embassy Row. This book was given to me by Scholastic, because I am an Ally Ambassador. This was such a fun book to read, and I had difficulty accepting the fact that it had ended. Anyways, let’s get into the review!

First of all, All Fall Down was so fun to read! The main character, Grace has such a fresh point of view and she makes you never want to leave her and her story. Grace is such a great protagonist, because she leads the reader through dangerous and terrifying places that I, personally, would definitely avoid! However, as a reader, I trusted Grace somehow, to help me through the fear. Ally Carter did a great job turning her characters into real people with emotions, that you can’t help but admire them.

Next, this book is full of great details that made this book easy to picture. I could imagine myself in the book on each page. This is pretty rare in a book. Good job, Ally Carter!

Finally, All Fall Down was a fast read. Ally Carter’s style keeps you hooked and intrigued. Be warned, you will need to dedicate a long time to read this, you’ll never be able to put it down!