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Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum

“Good things do not happen to boys who lie.”

This book was DARK and I mean REALLY DARK.

James Hook is a young boy living in London with his mother and father. Though he is young, he has always dreamed of becoming a man. To sail the seas and to smell like the salty ocean air just like his father. One night he decides to venture into Kensington Park and there he meets Pan. Peter Pan. And he has an amazing offer that James can’t refuse. A trip to Neverland.

What he thought would only be a nice short holiday vacation to Neverland with an easy going, fun and strange boy his age. Ends up being a nightmare he has never dreamed before.

Peter Pan is a complete asshole.. Sorry for my language but it’s true as that’s all it really comes down to. He immediately changes personality after taking James to his faraway land. He murders. He lies. He’s cocky and extremely controlling and there’s one thing you CANNOT cross when it comes to Peter, you cannot break his rules and that’s unfortunate for James.

Rule #1: You’re not allowed to know things Peter doesn’t know.
Rule #2: You’re not aloud to be taller than him.
Rule #3 (the most important rule): Absolutely no growing up

“Peter’s mood became blacker and blacker until every fairy had wisely disappeared from the party, and the air smelled vaguely like smoke and sulfur.”

He’s the freaking devil I tell ya..

This book is separated into several parts and we get to see the span of years that James spends in Neverland. I found the first part to be very slow and boring. It was hard to get into but the story became much more interesting and action packed as James became more independent and well.. grown up.

The book actually reminds me of a cartoon. Starring James as the Wildly Coyote who keeps trying different ways to kill Peter Pan, the Roadrunner but keeps failing because Pan is too quick and speedy. Yup. Definitely..

If you want to read a book that is just hopeless, depressing, full of despair and where nothing remotely heart warming happens, this book is for you.

3 out of 5 stars

Thank you Brianna for a copy to review.

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Button Hill by Michael Bradford

When I pick up a middle grade book, I expect a lot of adventure and a ton of humor and this book is packed full of that!

Button Hill is about a two siblings, Dekker and Riley, who are forced to live with there super creepy and cryptic speaking great aunt Primrose for the summer. Little do they know that aunt Primrose is keeping secrets about a strange old grandfather clock with a skull on it in the cellar. When Dekker decides to play a trick on Riley and leave her locked in the cellar for just only moments, (stupid older brothers..) he soon regrets it when he realizes Riley has disappeared. Along with himself soon after investigating.

Michael Bradford has created a world with strange creatures and even stranger customs. The tale is suspenseful and just scary enough to engage the older readers as well. There were many points in the story that I even felt to be very squeamish and almost brutal in a way. I loved the rich, atmospheric setting.

I feel like the end didn’t wrap up as tightly as I would have liked but it was still a very strong and fleshed out story! I can see this book being a gem for the right reader.

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you for sending me a copy to review.

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The Carriage by Jena Baxter

Siblings don’t normally get along, right? Well that’s the case for Alexis and Brooke. Except there relationship goes a little more extreme. While annoyingly arguing in the first 5 pages, Alexis and Brooke enter a carriage in the middle of modern day Central Park. Suddenly Brooke gets so angry at her sister that she disappears while sending the carriage and Alexis through time to Victorian England, 1870. I guess bickering leads to sending your sister through time these days..

So let me start by saying how annoying and just plain rude our main character Alexis is. She’s making fun of old ladies, being very bitchy to strangers who are kindly offering help.

“May I help you with something, Miss?”

“Who are you? Some kind of freak?”

He just asked if you needed help, god damn. Thankfully, this character goes through major character development. She becomes mature and less mean and definitely much more likable.

Now our second character, Ezra, is a dream. His perspective gives life to this story. Yes, I see the irony in that statement but it’s true. His whole side of the story is interesting and very satisfying to read. I always looked forward to his perspective.

I’m giving this book 3 stars because there was really nothing to the story. In fact the long, detailed synopsis gives away everything. The synopsis might as well be called a full summary wrap up because I knew exactly what was going to happen. I guess that was my fault for reading it. Also the book was mostly about Alexis and Ezra’s relationship problems. They’re fighting, then apologizing, fighting again, apologizing again. Not talking for two weeks, then finally talking. Over and over again but I found myself reading the last 50 pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen. That says something, right?

I will say the writing is very beautiful and the words flow very nicely together which made it a fast read. I definitely appreciated that. I see a lot of great potential for this author.

3 out of 5 stars

Thank you Jena for sending me a copy to review.

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating

“I MADE HIM up. At least that’s what I always told myself. The combination of all my childhood adoration’s, combined into one perfect guy. The trouble is, I was wrong.”

Alice is a new student at Bennet Academy, having moved from New York. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to focus lately because of what she has been dreaming of at night. A completely made up boy named Max. Made up? Nope. That’s not the case when on the first day of school, she walks into Psych 201 and the boy of her dreams coincidentally named “Max” is sitting there in the classroom. Not only that but more of her dreams begin to seep into her reality.

I was really pleasantly surprised how the author flawlessly crafted many different characters and their perspectives, breaking apart high school cliques and stereotypes. I can’t stand when authors have to make every other character a bully toward the protagonist. We are lucky enough to not have that in this book! Celeste, who would normally end up being our main characters arch enemy, ended up being one of my favorite characters! Who woulda thunk?

Honestly, I loved these characters and the dynamic between them. I think Alice and Max are all the more powerful because it feels so real and honest. The only thing I didn’t understand was there whole reason for not being able to be together. They apparently missed too much of each others lives?

“Max experienced a whole life without me”

They’re only 16. Trust me kids, you haven’t missed a thing. Other than that, the people in this book feel both unique and universal at the same time.

Alice is a very quirky character full of metaphors about life that make you laugh. She’s super cool and you can’t help but relate to her. Especially the part about her bedroom being eggshell white with twinkling lights.. My bedroom. Also the part where they go to the alpaca farm.. My favorite animal is a llama. ❤

I’m really excited for any future releases by Lucy Keating. I’ll be keeping an eye out!

4 out of 5 stars

Release date: April 12th 2016

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Wolf’s Red by Ashlyn Mathews

Synopsis:

Red Little has a bone to pick with the big, bad wolf for stealing her mechanical heart. When she storms to his cabin and demands he returns it, she soon realizes he’s after more than just her heart.

Axel Wolfe wants answers only Red can provide. She was there when half of his pack perished at sea. The one that can shed light on why his surviving men recall nothing, yet Axel remembers every detail of that nightmarish day. He suspects the truth has to do with the sea nymph’s miraculous ability to walk on land.

When Axel shows her a different side of him that she likes too much, Red begins to question whether her freedom came at too high of a price for the wolf—banishment from his pack. As the passion between them heats up, Red must make a decision. Return to the ocean, or remain on land and get the answer to the question that’s crossed her mind since Axel stole her heart.

Can an ill-tempered and sexy Alpha wolf fall hard for a fish out of water?

My Review:

I requested this book to review because a Little Red Riding Hood retelling sounded like something I was in the mood for but unfortunately it’s not what I got.

Firstly, there is no world-building. Occasionally, I can forgive this when the scope of the novel is small which this book is but I couldn’t get over the fact that this book mostly just takes place in the woods with a horny wolf man and a girl getting it on.

This book kind of reads like a fanfic. So the whole half of this book is Axel (the wolf) I guess ‘punishing’ Red by sexually pleasuring her while she’s practically dying because he stole her mechanical heart.. wait.. What?!

“Instinct told him she neared her descent into unconsciousness. Axel nipped then sucked on her bottom lip

WTF?! Call the police!! The wolf police? Okay, I don’t know. Just get this Axel guy away, please. All of this sexual punishment is happening also while she’s telling him about a pack of wolves that defiled her.. Yup.

“Is there a reason we’re not going forward?” She asked, surprised at how annoyed she was that the big, bad wolf wasn’t good on his word of punishing her with his body.

In all honestly, this book was just a really bad porno, called Wolf’s Red.. Rocket..

What kills me the most is that this author has such great potential! When the sex scenes were finished, the book was great! The words read well together and the writing was pretty but then the characters would make sexual remarks even around children and things got weird. I didn’t hate this book but I wouldn’t rush to recommend it either.

2 out of 5 stars

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Book Mail!

Today’s book mail I received The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden and it even came with these lovely element cards! I am super excited to read this novel. The art on the cover is so eye catching and even the little cards have super cool artwork! Thank you Alys for sending me your lovely book!

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A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

This beautiful ARC of A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry was sent to me for review and I am super excited to read it! It doesn’t come out until April 12 of this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t preorder it! It’s premise sounds so cool!

Synopsis:

In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

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