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Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover – 4.5/5 :

  At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be. Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

Vicious – V. E. Schwab – 5/5 :

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? 

Rotters – Daniel Kraus – 5/5 :
Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school. Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.

The Madman’s Daughter – Megan Sherpherd – 5/5

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true. Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Every Day – David Levithan  – 4.5/5 :

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

Review : Charmed (The witch hunter #2) by Michelle Krys 

“In this sequel to Hexed, a modern day witch hunt is going on in L.A., and Indie risks her life to save her friend Paige, who, along with a group of other mortal teens, has been abducted and taken to Los Demonios, an alternate dimension of Los Angeles, where the most evil and murderous witches and sorcerers are sent to after they’ve been tried for a crime.”

  
If you didn’t know it, Hexed, the first book in this series, was absolutely amazing and one of my favorite reads of last year. So you can understand how EXCITED I was for Charmed.

And, well, it was good and diffrent from the first one. Overall, the storyline was great and entertaining. I really enjoyed the whole idea of the prison. indigo discovers some interesting secrets about her past and family, adding some good twists to the story. The ending was really good. I’m not to sure if we are getting a third book because that ending was just perfect. The main thing I enjoyed from Hexed was how fun it was, mostly because of the wonderful Bishop, but the sequel cut off most of this aspect. The characters and the story are much more mature and dark. Bishop and Indigo’s growth was well-done and useful in this sequel, but i still missed the more fun part of Hexed. Bishop and Indigo’s relation is absolutely perfect, i love their chemistry. Indigo is a great character, i really like how she doesn’t need her love interest to act. She knows how to think by herself without having to asked for Bishop’s help. Bishop is wonderful, charming, funny, and the perfect boyfriend. I will ship them forever. 

So yes, Charmed was a good sequel, but I still prefer Hexed. I would recommend this series. 🙂

Charmed : 4/5

Review : Her Dark Curiosity + A Cold Legacy (The Madman’s Daughter #2 and #3) by Megan Shepherd

  

Here’s my review of The Madman’s Daughter, the first book of the series. 
Okay, now lets talk about the second and third book of this magnificent series. yes, magnificent. The storyline is extremely interesting. I love the way Shepherd retells some of my favorite stories. She did a really good job at it. She is also capable of capturing the whole gothic novel vibe that fits perfectly with the storyline. The story itself is comptely fascinating. It’s dark, creepy, and even gore at some parts. The science aspect is incredible. I really enjoyed the way Juliet and the others use science during the entire series,  it is a big part of the story. Those books are also full of twists. Especially the last one, it’s twists after twists. I was so invested in this story and I cared so much about the characters, i just couldn’t stop reading. Juliet is a perfect main character. She is smart, independent and fierce. I loved reading from her voice. The side characters are also all so wonderful. Montgomery, Edward, Lucy, all of them, wonderful. i’m going to miss them so much. 

I can now say that this series is one of my favorite, it was awesome! I highly recommend it!

Her Dark Curiosity : 4.5/5

A Cold Legacy: 4.5/5

Review : Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

“Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning. He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget. ”

  
This was such a weird and interesting little book. 

The mystery in this one was so fun and really well done. I got suck in from the first sentence and couldn’t stop reading. There is so many questions and in this first book we don’t get any answers, so i guess that could be a turn off for some people, but to me, it was fantastic. Now I just need part 2 because that last twist… omg. I just need to know how it will go now! The writing is great, like always when we have a Colleen Hoover book. I’m also curious to check out some of Fisher’s work because I really like the whole writing style in this one. The characters were okay, they are not super amazing, but enjoyable. i like Silas alot, he is a great. charlie is a bit meh to me, She is not my favorite main girl, she annoyed me during some parts. I also dislike the way she sometimes talks to Silas. I love having two POVs, it was interesting to see how they both face the situation. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It has some flaws, but I would still recommend it! It was a good, entertaining read. 

Never Never : 4/5

Review : Reality Boy by A.S. King

Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.”

  

Reality Boy was my first A.S. King book and it didn’t start off very well. it took me a while to really get into it, and by a while I mean almost 200 pages. To be honest, i had a hard time to connect with the story and to care about the characters.

but overall, it was still a enjoyable read. I absolutely loved the second half of this book. The story is completely messed up. It made me feel incomfortable from the start. This family is one of the most dysfunctional I have ever read about. the whole situation was disturbing and heartbreaking at the same time. i felt so bad for Gerald, our main character in this story. He is a very trouble boy, the anger aspect was intetesting. i have not read many books with a character who has anger issues, so for me, it was very intriguing to meet Gerald.  The character developpement was incredible and well-done, you can see how much he changes in this story. A.S. King is a fantastic writer. Her writing is the only thing that kept me reading at first. she can capture how tragic and harsh the story  is. She also knows how to picture the emotions. i really, really, really want to check out more of her book.

Reality boy will probably never be my favorite book, but I still think it was a pretty interesting read. It was dark parts, funny parts and a strong and hopeful ending. 

Reality Boy : 3.5/5

Review : The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

So, my girlfriend, Cassidy, is threatening to kick me to the curb again, my best friend suddenly wants to put the brakes on our lives of fabulous fun, my mom and big sister are plotting a future in which I turn into an atomic vampire, and my dad, well, my dad is a big fat question mark that I’m not sure I want the answer to. 
Some people would let a senior year like this get them down. Not me. I’m Sutter Keely, master of the party. But don’t mistake a midnight philosopher like me for nothing more than a shallow party boy. Just ask Aimee, the new girl in my life. She saw the depth in the Sutterman from that first moment when she found me passed out on the front lawn. Okay, so she’s a social disaster, but that’s where I come in. 
Yes, life is weird, but I embrace the weird. Let everyone else go marching off into their great shining futures if they want. Me, I’ve always been more than content to tip my whisky bottle and take a ride straight into the heart of the spectacular now.”

  

After finishing this book, I felt so out of it. Not because it was a bad ending, but more because it was a very realistic ending and it made me sad. That last chapter was like a kick in the face. No romantic climax, no big happing ending, just an emotial ride. 

Overall, not much really happens in this book, maybe that is why It took me such a long time to get into it. The storyline is mostly simple. boy meets sweet and innocent girl and he has a bad influence on her and all that jazz. 

but weirdly, it is still a good read.

What makes it so great is Sutter. I absolutely love Sutter. He is such a great character. i love his voice so much. He is not the most likable character but his perspective on life is soooo interesting. I love his way of thinking and I love how he sees life. It was so fun and amazing to read. 

And the writing style is wonderful too. it gives such a good sound to the book. There is also so many great quotes in it.  This story made me think about life and about how I see the things around me. l love it when books have an impact on how I live my life and this one did. 

The Spectacular Now : 4/5

Review : The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Sherpherd

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London, working as a maid and trying to forget the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumours about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he’s alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she’s determined to find out if the accusations were true.
Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the secret of her father’s new life: He experiments on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. 
Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius – and madness – in her own blood.”

  

well, looks like i’ve found a new book to add on my favorite shelf because this book is simply magnificent.

The story is incredible. It’s dark and creepy and kept me intrigued until the very last part.  It was very unique and different, even for a retelling of a classic (The Island of Dr. Moreau – Wells) I absolutely love the whole ambiance of this book. It does have this nice gothic novel feel to it and it adds alot to the plot. The atmosphere is rich and it made the book stand out. The ending was perfect with a twist that I have not seen coming! i’m super excited to see how it will go next!  The whole mystery about her father and what he is doing was well-done and interesting. The characters are all pretty lovable. Juliet is great main characters, I enjoyed her voice. She is extremely mature for her age and very strong too. Montgomery and Eward are also very fun to read. The love triangle was not my favorite part, but I have read much worst, so I could deal with it without being to annoyed. It also really helps that I cared about those characters. The romance was not forced, and that made it interesting even with a love triangle. I like the writing style a lot, it was perfect for this kind of story. 

The Madman’s Daughter was a fantastic read with everything I enjoy in a book : Dark setting, gory scenes, interesting characters, creepy vibe, good storyline, twists and a great writing style. 

I love this book SO MUCH. Ahhh. Need the next book NOW.

The Madman’s Daughter : 5/5