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7.8/10
Nyxia Unleashed
Reviews / August 18, 2018

by Scott Reintgen I read the first book in this series as an ARC before it came out, and I was more or less blown away. I loved it, and I couldn’t wait for the release of the sequel. So, I was so happy when I got the opportunity to read the ARC of Nyxia Unleashed too, and I had been waiting for so long to see what happened to Emmet and all the other kids from Genesis 11 and 12. Nyxia Unleashed takes us on a very different journey than what the first installment in the series did. Now we find ourselves on an alien planet full of dangers and our cast is scarred and hurt from all that Babel put them through. They struggle with through of what they’ve been forced to do, which getting back home and who to trust. All in all, I truly enjoyed this story and the twists and turns this story takes are enjoyable. I love seeing the relationship between Morning and Emmet evolve despite these harsh conditions, and it’s a joy to once and awhile get a glimpse of the lightheartedness we saw in book one. This sequel though, is dark and…

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5.6/10
The Initiation
Reviews / May 15, 2018

by Chris Babu I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In this book we meet a 16-year-old boy called Drayden. He lives in a dystopian world where Manhattan is called New America. Within it’s walls, the society is divided into groups. When Drayden’t mother gets banished from New America, Drayden is determined to find out why. And the only way to do so is to enter the Initiation, and by doing so also risk his own life. But if he wins, he’ll get moved to the Bureau, the place where the rulers live, and maybe there he’ll find the answers he’s looking for. The premise of this book was great and I really enjoy myself a good dystopia. But already from the start, even the first page, this book threw me off, and I had this feeling that this would not be a book in my taste. Unfortunately, I can’t really put my finger on exactly what it was about the story that I didn’t like, but it felt like it was all tell and no show in the beginning. And the main character, Drayden just felt like a 10-year-old in the beginning. He was…

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5.9/10
Brooding YA Hero
Reviews / January 20, 2018

by Carrie DiRisio I got this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Before coming in contact with this book, I had seen a few tweets from the popular Brooding YA Hero account, but I wasn’t actively following it. I did, however have a pretty clear idea of what this book would be and the style it would be written in since I “knew” Broody from before. This book is written from the POV of Broody, who is basically the male main character of every young adult book out there.  Unfortunately for Broody, authors are currently not picking him to be the main character in their story, so he decides to write his own book instead. I mean why not? He’s the hottest, most talented genius out there. The book is written with humor and sass, and it deals with important topics and it puts the light on common things that YA fiction portrays these days. In short this is a book that will inform you of everything that you shouldn’t do when writing a YA book, and it does it in a fun way that not only makes you remember it, but also not…

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7.3/10
Seeds of Hatred
Reviews / January 20, 2018

by Christian Nadeau Seeds of Hatred is an epic fantasy that doesn’t just scratch the surface of the world he’s build. It’s political, beautiful, tragic. Seemingly separate stories weave in beautifully in this story and it all comes together very nicely. It took me longer than I’d care to admit to finish this book, and it wasn’t only because of the books lengths. Moving to a new house and completely renovating it meant little time to read, but when did find the time, this book was a great escape. I think Nadeau managed to bring his world alive and he has a way with words that makes it fun to read. His scenes play in my mind like a movie, and that’s just how I like it. His characters seem well thought out and are developed nicely. They all have their own personality and you get a feeling of knowing them. There is a style of writing here that instantly lets you know that this is going to be a strong fantasy novel in the likes of Game of Thrones. This is one of the books strongest benefits, but in one aspect it’s also one of its weaknesses. There are a…

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9.3/10
Warcross
Reviews / December 31, 2017

by Marie Lu A few years ago, I read Marie Lu’s Legend series and hated it. I hated everything about it, the writing, the story, the execution. I did force myself to finish the trilogy, but when I was finished I just had this feeling of wishing I’d done something better with that time. So, when I heard that a new book was coming out, I didn’t pay much attention. I don’t like Marie Lu’s writing, I told myself. Then, that odd colorful cover got me interested. It was ugly, sort of 80s-style, but still great and still spiked my interest. I read the blurb, I liked the premise. As a gamer and geek myself, I felt drawn to the story. So, when I got the chance though NetGalley to read an ARC if Warcross, I leaped at the chance. But life happened, and it took me a while to get to it. But when I started, I couldn’t stop. And I loved the book. This is such an amazing page-turner that makes you invested in the characters and the world, so much so, that I feel like I lost my friends now that the book is over. In Emi,…

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7.3/10
Heart of Malice
Reviews / August 19, 2017

by Lisa Edmonds Alice Worth is a mage, a rather powerful one too. As a child, her grandfather took advantage of that fact and, after killing her parents, forced her to do his dirty work. It was a work that included so much evil that she eventually faked her own death to escape. Now, her new life as Alice is much more peaceful, and as a PI she now uses her powers to do good. But when a routine case turns sinister, Alice must take care not to expose herself while at the same time helping her client find the truth. The first chapter of this book really turned me off and I just sighed and felt like I made a mistake to agree to reading it. I felt like it was cliché and I found lots of mistakes and things that didn’t quite make sense. But… even if I was so close to quitting there and then, I decided to read the next chapter too. And I’m so glad that I did. The second chapter was nothing like the first one and luckily the whole book continued in the same way as the second chapter. Also, the first chapter…

Gerome Sticks His Neck Out
Reviews / July 3, 2017

by Baxter’s Corner Gerome sticks his neck out In this children’s book we meet Gerome, the giraffe. He’s much taller than everyone else and feels quite ashamed of his height. He finds a way to blend it with his friends, but it doesn’t feel right and he struggles with his identity, he’s a giraffe after all and keeping a low profile is very ungiraffable. Then one day when Gerome sees someone being bullied and while helping the victim, he discovers the benefits of his height and makes a new friend. This book is fun and short and also deals with a serious topic that many children might face. It will teach them that being true to yourself is always the best course and that you should stand up against bullying and take care of each other. After the main storyline is completed there is a whole section of the book dedicated to discussing the events in the book and what the book means. There are also some fun facts about giraffes and other little fun bits for kids to think about. I find that this short story fits well into every kids book collection and it’s a great way to…

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7.8/10
Fallen Flame
Reviews / July 3, 2017

by J.M. Miller Vala is born different from those around her, and every day she has to deal with people’s fear and their stares. Born with charred skin that burns at touch, she is said to be cursed. Vala works as a guard and is appointed the job to protect the Prince, a boy she grew up alongside with and considers to be a friend. When there is an attempt at the prince’s life, Vala gets demoted and while trying to get to the truth about the attempted assassination, Vala discovers thins about herself that has been kept hidden from her. Fallen Flame is a wonderfully crafted fantasy novel that takes the reader into a unique world with well developed characters and a storyline that keeps you turning the pages. I did find the story a bit slow to get into, but at around 20% in, I couldn’t stop reading. The world is very interesting, and I find the characters to be diverse and much different from one another. I like this a lot and it made the story feel more real. I do, however, find that the backstory at times was “info dumped” on the reader, making it difficult…

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8/10
Nyxia
Reviews / June 14, 2017

by Scott Reintgen Young Emmett certainly isn’t one of the winner in the lottery of life. His mother is very ill, his father works himself tired to provide for his family and pay the medical bills. So when Emmet it approached by Babel, a powerful corporation, and is offered money beyond his wildest dreams, and the chance to change his family’s long dark history, he jumps at the opportunity, even through there are signs that Babel is hiding important information. Stuck on a spaceship with other boys and girls just like him, they are forced to fight for points. In the end, only eight of them will go to the planet Eden and change their fates, the other two are to be send back home as losers. But as the days pass, he can’t help to question Babel’s intentions and hidden agenda. Something isn’t quite like it should. Nyxia is a fast paced, action-filled novel that captures your attention from the first line. It draws you in and it’s hard to let go. The cast is by far the most ethnically diverse I’ve seen in YA, and I love how it features people from all around the world. I also…

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8.4/10
The Corner Office
Reviews / June 4, 2017

by Katerina Baker In the Corner Office we follow Tara, a hard-working woman in the run for a well-deserved promotion. In her way stands a man who’s not afraid to throw her under the bus if he needs to. The two of them have been fighting for over fifteen years and Tara can’t wait to put him in his place and get the promotion they both want. But an unexpected love-affair with a new coworker turns into something more sinister and changes everything. The Corner Office is marketed as a contemporary romance, and I suppose that’s when I usually turn away and choose to read something else. I’m not a fan of contemporary, and especially romance novels tend to make me want to roll my eyes and hide somewhere. But I liked the premise of this novel despite it all, and I am truly happy that I took the chance to read it. Underneath the romance is an exciting plot that made me eager to turn the page, and before I knew it the book was finished. The writing is solid and the pacing is fast and constantly intriguing. I love the fact that it’s written in first person, this…