Review: These Vicious Masks

Review: These Vicious Masks

Review: These Vicious MasksTitle: These Vicious Masks
Author: Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: February 9, 2016

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes. she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they're not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

Jane Austen meets X-Men in These Vicious Masks, the thrilling Victorian adventure from debut authors Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas!

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These Vicious Masks took me by surprise in the most amazing way! It is a historical fantasy, and the characters have special powers. The main character is also the perfect heroine, which made this book even more enjoyable. A Victorian setting adds a wonderful backdrop to this beautifully written novel. Continue reading

Review: Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

Review: Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

Review: Signs Point to Yes by Sandy HallTitle: Signs Point to Yes
Author: Sandy Hall
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: October 20, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She's babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.

Teo doesn't dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo's pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he'll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane's house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she's terrified of how her parents will react.

In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane's Magic 8 ball can't give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes.

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Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall is the kind of book that will make the reader long for summer days with its perfect fangirl of a main character and an amazing dramatic rivalry. If you are looking to hold onto summer for just a while longer, this book is one that is not to be missed! Continue reading

Book Review: Em and Em by Linda Budzinski

Book Review: Em and Em by Linda Budzinski

Book Review: Em and Em by Linda BudzinskiTitle: Em and Em
Author: Linda Budzinski
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: September 15, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.

Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper's editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.

When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school’s football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends - well, real except for the fact that they don’t know a single thing about her - and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.

But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is - Em or Em.

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Em and Em by Linda Budzinski is an incredible book that is all about identity. It has an intriguing concept, many flashbacks, and a main character who attempts to discover who she really is. I actually found this book to be a sort of mystery, for the reader at least, and definitely recommend this to fans of books like We Were Liars. Continue reading