This Body Won’t Break (The O-Negative Series Book 1) by Lea McKee

This was an awesome book!
Loved the premise of the o-negative “orphans”.
Joanna uncovers the real story behind so many orphaned children. With the help of Knox, a familiar looking guard. Joanna befriends many orphans before she and Knox escape…..
Joanna joins a world of rebels set against the government. Lots of spoilers I’m dodging here.
Suffice it to say there are a lot of new characters on the outside world that make this story so awesome.
It is action packed and full of interesting characters and settings.


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The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young

Such a good book.
Comet was the perfect character to watch blossom from a shy young lady to a positive and outspoken woman.
While I don’t understand how anyone could parent the way her parents parented, I did like how it made for great scenes. Parents that aren’t around much in stories allow for the characters to do things most parents wouldn’t allow to happen, such as boys staying the night!
And then there was Tobias. Poor Tobias. He started out a bad boy hanging around the wrong crowd. Then he befriends Comet. They made the most perfect friends and eventually couple. Tobias’ cousin throws in some drama and makes the middle of the story drama packed.
Comet’s friends are there to help her through some tough parts.
At the end we are shown two amazing teenagers who were put through a lifetime of challenges but succeed in endurance and love.


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August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Loved this book!
Quinn was an awesome character. She was complex and interesting. Her aunt was also very cool.
I loved the guest characters such as her mom, sister, and friend.
Malcolm was an interesting character as well. He has deep rooted issues that rear up and cause issues for him and Quinn.
The music element made this book though. Seeing Q and Malcolm mesh when music was involved was bliss.
The fact that they both had a similiar past issue was good because it gave them a firm topic to lean onto each other.
Of course all books need that dramatic plot twist and this one had it. I did not like this one though. I felt each character overreacted to the extreme and made it just a tad bit hard to enjoy or relate to.
I loved the ending. I will read more by this author.


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Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion

A very intense book.
I loved Dom’s character but did not understand her need to lie about herself to Ben. Her best friend was a hoot and I wish I knew his story.
Ben was incredibly intense. I felt so bad for him and his friends and family.
I was super glad about the ending. Not what one would think would happen but it just worked so well.
I would read more by this author.


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Unfortunately I did not finish this book. I did not love the first few pages and quickly got disinterested. The main character was abrasive and made me dislike her from the get go.

If you’ve read this and want to persuade me to give it another go, please leave a brief comment without spoilers as to why I should.

 

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Poison by Bridget Zinn

Disney-Hyerion | March 12, 2013 | 288 pages

Procurement

ARC from publisher by request. Thank you Disney!

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! 100% A+++!!!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An adventurous tale of a master potioner set to save her world with the help of a piglet, Rosie, a traveler, Fred, and his wolf-dog Langley. Full of mystery, laughter and loyalty. A must read by an amazing author.

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Hooked by Liz Fichera

January 31, 2013 | Harlequin Teen | 368 pages

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 5

Characters: 3

Romance: 3

Overall: 23/30 = 76% C

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

A pretty depressing story of an Indian girl named Fred on an all boys golf team who is subjected to routine bullying.

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I’m a huge fan of NetGalley. I request a ton of review copies and each time I’m approved I get excited! The only sad thing is that I don’t always get to them before their release date and sometimes never get to them.

Why do I love NetGalley? The main reason is because I own and love a Kindle.

I receive a fair amount of print advance review copies (ARC) that also fall into the category of me being excited for receiving the book to it ulitmately just sitting on my To Be Read bookshelf but the difference with NetGalley is there’s NO WASTE; except the little bit of electricity it took to click “request”.

I’ve read quite a few NetGalley titles over the past couple of years that I’ve been a member. This montage includes all the titles I’ve requested and been approved to read but haven’t necessarily read and reviewed.

Jess (The Cozy Reader)’s net-galley book montage

My Soul to Keep
The Birthday Ball
Afterlife
Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch
Adios, Nirvana
The Mermaid's Mirror
Manifest
The Clearing
Inside Out
The Darkest Passion
Delirium
Wildthorn
Two Moon Princess
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
Bumped
The Iron Knight
Angelfire
One Hundred Candles
Unearthly



Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy’s favorite books »

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The main reason I wanted to post today was because I received an email from NetGalley this morning letting me know that a much anticipated book is ready to be read!

 

Swoon!


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May 8th, 2010

In My Mailbox: Week 18

I didn’t get anything in the mailbox but I got a few in my inbox. :)

Thanks to NetGalley and the lovely publishers that are using their services I received the following e-ARCs for review.

NetGalley e-ARCs

  The Mermaid’s Mirror by L. K. Madigan

Lena has lived her whole life near the beach – walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves – the problem is, she’s spent her whole life just watching.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows she will no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf.

But her father – a former surfer himself – refuses to allow her to take lessons. After a near drowning in his past, he can’t bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.  

Yet something lures Lena to the water … an ancient, powerful magic. One morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman – with a silvery tail.

Nothing will keep Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.

And soon … what she sees in the mermaid’s mirror will change her life …– Amazon.com

 

The Clearing by Heather Davis

Amy, a sixteen-year-old recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country to start a new life with her aunt–all she wants is for everything to be different. In the clearing at the back of Aunt Mae’s property, she makes an amazing discovery—Henry, a boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry and his world become Amy’s refuge and she begins to learn that some moments are worth savoring. But when the past and present come crashing together, both of them must find the courage to face what is meant to be, even if it means losing each other forever. –Goodreads

  Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft

When you piss off a bridge into a snowstorm, it feels like you’re connecting with eternal things. Paying homage to something or someone. But who? The Druids? Walt Whitman? No, I pay homage to one person only, my brother, my twin.
       In life. In death.
       Telemachus.

Since the death of his brother, Jonathan’s been losing his grip on reality. Last year’s Best Young Poet and gifted guitarist is now Taft High School’s resident tortured artist, when he bothers to show up. He’s on track to repeat eleventh grade, but his English teacher, his principal, and his crew of Thicks (who refuse to be seniors without him) won’t sit back and let him fail. –Amazon

  The Wake of the Lorelei Lee (Bloody Jack Adventures) by Louis A. Meyer

I’m pretty sure this is a series and I’m not sure which number this one is, however, I do plan to read this series and I’m very much looking forward to reading it!

  The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen) by Julie Kagawa

This is book two of the Iron Fey series. The Iron King was book one.

The Iron King (Harlequin Teen) by Julie Kagawa
 

Manifest (Kimani Tru) by Artist Arthur

Krystal Bentley is an outsider at her new high school, having just moved to a small Connecticut town. Lately she’s been hearing the voice of a teenage boy in her head, and he has become her friend and confidant. The only problem is, he’s dead… –Goodreads

 

Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch (Harlequin Teen) by Douglas Rees

Kestrel (don’t call her Susan) Murphy is angry. Forced to leave her posh San Francisco Bay Area home by her father’s illness, she’s living in Jurupa (sounds like vomiting), Southern California. It’s too hot. The people are stupid. And you have to chew the air to get the oxygen out of it. On the plus side, Kestrel is a witch. Well, a witch-in-training. And she’s going acquire the magic she needs to get her life back to normal. At first, she barely notices the people around her-Aunt Ariel, who’s taken her in and is herself a well-known white witch; Jose Iturrigaray, the quiet, talented young artist; Blake Cump, troublemaker extraordinaire; Laura Greenwood, who wants to be Kestrel’s friend. But life has its own magic, and gradually Kestrel finds that much of one’s success as a witch lies in being open to it. –Goodreads

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What did you get this week?


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