Tag: 4 stars

Everless

Author: Sara Holland
Published: January 2, 2018
368 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever. But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Kim’s Review:

This was another book that caught me with the cover alone. I had seen it on some of the book sites, and the description sounded cool, but it was the cover that caused me to grab it up and put it in my cart! And I think there may be something wrong with me . . . I was so attracted to the “villain” in this book! Liam was my favorite character from the beginning. The whole time that Jules pines over Roan, I’m sitting here yelling, “why?? Liam is right there and he’s sooo much better!!” But of course, Jules didn’t listen to me. Jules is one of those girls that doesn’t listen to anyone, who does her own thing, and sometimes that turns out well, other times it doesn’t. That’s why I gave Everless 4 stars, because Jules ends up making some dumb decisions that really screwed her up when they really shouldn’t have.

But I loved the setting, the story was interesting, the mystery kept me turning the pages, and most of the characters were intriguing. And look, it’s another series! Why do I keep doing this to myself?? And there isn’t even a publication date on Goodreads for the next book . . . I’m never gonna make it. Aside from that, this is a great book and a good one for teens to help get them into reading. I would recommend this book to anybody.

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Gunslinger Girl

Author: Lyndsay Ely
Published: January 2, 2018
433 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

Kim’s Review:

I really liked this book! It was a new take on the classic western with a kick ass heroine! Pity was a relatively strong protagonist who was likeable and relatable. The only reason that I’m giving this book 4 stars instead of 5, is because Pity does falter at times. Unfortunately, in trying to stay true to her conscience, which I acknowledge, she appears weak. It certainly doesn’t help that she’s unreasonably hard on herself. But overall, I liked Pity a lot.

This is stand alone that could have easily been stretched into a series and there’s a part of me that wishes Ely had stretched it out. There were times that the story felt rushed and like all the info was smushed in. The story was interesting and unique and with a good twist. I loved the feel of Cessation! I really felt like I was walking into a town very much like Tombstone or Dodge.

The Casimir was an unorthodox and dangerous haven in the middle of a more dangerous world. This is another book that focuses on the gray in between the black and white of life. And I would like to formally request a book about Siena Bond! If Serendipity is a bad ass, then Bond is a BEAST! Seriously, I would buy that book! I would absolutely recommend this book to high school girls. There are a couple adult scenes, but they aren’t graphic at all so I think Gunslinger Girl is safe for high schoolers.

And I have to talk about the cover! I honestly bought this book, mainly because of the cover!! Its gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!! A very good book!

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Cryer’s Cross

Author: Lisa McMann
Published: February 8, 2011
240 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer’s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she’s not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world’s sweetest boyfriend, behind. But when Cryer’s Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn’t get close to… the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico. Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she’s always loved, Kendall keeps up the search–and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can’t stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried….

Kim’s Review:

First of all, I really hate that description. I was drawn in by the amazing cover and the description intrigued me, so Ivan gave it to me for Christmas. It only took me 24 hours to read, and now that I have, that description sucks!!!! Thankfully, the book did not. I will admit that it started out a little slow. I felt very sorry for Kendall, who struggles with OCD and lost her best friend. There was a hopelessness that lingered just on the edge of her life and I kept turning page after page, willing her to be alright. There was also very little teenage drama.

The things that McMann dealt with were real issues facing teenagers whose peers had gone missing. Kendall’s feelings and rationale were very reasonable, considering her condition and the circumstances. The one issue I did have was the fact that half the book went by before the mystery even really presented itself. Sure, kids had gone missing, but that was it. There were no leads, there were no real suspects, there was no resolution in sight until at least the halfway mark. The first half of the book was far more focused on Kendall’s emotional well-being, than the disappearances. But, when the mystery finally started to unravel, the resolution was awesome! It was simple, uncomplicated, and very easy to understand. And super CREEPY! I really liked this book! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good thriller, or for older teenagers looking for a good read.

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