Tag: YA

What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

What We Buried
Author: Kate A. Boorman
Published: February 26, 2019
304 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting one another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality-TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.

Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the hearing, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling . . . which is true.

What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.

Kim’s Review:

What a weird book. The cover held me enthralled for so long and I finally got it for Christmas. I’m pretty sure this book will be in the 2020 Most Gorgeous Cover Tournament . . . But as we were all taught, never judge a book by its cover. It took me forever to even get into the story. The characters were insufferable. The only one I liked was Jory. Literally everyone else was shallow and unlikable. Then as the story progressed, things made less and less sense. I think that was supposed to happen, but I think it was supposed to intrigue the reader. Instead, I was frustrated.

The whole book was one big confusing, annoying meandering that led absolutely nowhere. Honestly, the only reason I’m giving 3 stars is because of the amazing cover. I really don’t think I recommend this book to anyone. It felt like a waste of time, even when I got to the end and things were “explained”.

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Jessica’s Thoughts on Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls
Author: Rory Power
Published: July 9, 2019
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 10-23, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

Jessica’s Review:

This is one that Kim read last year and I was curious because of her review, and my library finally received it on audiobook. The premise intrigued me, but the book did not really deliver for me. Instead of being pulled into a situation that is going on 18 months, I would have liked the story from the beginning.  I really enjoy books with chaos and I am sure that’s how the beginning of the Tox went.

I just was not attached to any of the girls and really did not care what happened to them. But some of what happens is frightening and definitely not for everyone. Towards the very end I became interested in the story, but that was too far gone. 

This was not a bad novel, just not for me.

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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenburg

The Kingdom
Author: Jess Rothenburg
Published: May 28, 2019
352 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Welcome to the Kingdom… where ‘Happily Ever After’ isn’t just a promise, but a rule.

Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species–formerly extinct–roam free.

Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.

But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty–and what it truly means to be human.

Kim’s Review:

I was fascinated as soon as I saw it! The cover is amazing and then the description sealed the deal. If Jurassic Park was done at Disney World and had more than just dinosaurs, then you’d have The Kingdom. Rothenburg does a wonderful job of showing the wonder and fantasy of places like theme parks and what they can mean to people, especially kids. However, her contempt for the huge corporate entertainment conglomerate is easy seen. I can’t really say that I blame her either.

The story focuses on Ana, one of the Kingdom’s AI princesses. While there is a simple plot with a slightly predictable twist, the point of the story is Ana’s growth as a conscious being. Rothenburg tackles a lot of those ethical issues that Jurassic Park focuses on. Ana starts to question her place in life as a whole which then throws off the well oiled machine that is the Kingdom.

It was interesting to see her thought patterns and evolution from the naive, sheltered artificial being into a self aware, questioning woman. Overall, its an engaging read that leaves you thinking and pondering the morals of technological progress. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to many Disney fans!

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