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Review: Genuine Fraud

I received a copy of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 33843362 Title: Genuine Fraud Author: E. Lockhart What's it about? The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge. Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.  An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.  A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.  A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: Gemina

  Title: Gemina Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Series: The Illuminae Files (find my review for book one here)   What's it about? Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna's social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. Hanna is the captain's pampered daughter. Nik is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. While the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the Jump Station Heimdall, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right towards them carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren't just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia - and possibly the known universe - is in their hands. But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.  (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: Masquerade

I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So here it is: Masquerade (Micah Grey, #3) Title: Masquerade Author: Laura Lam Series: The Micah Grey Trilogy   What's it about? Micah's Chimaera powers are growing, until his dark visions overwhelm him. Drystan is forced to take him to Dr Pozzi, to save his life. But can they really trust the doctor, especially when a close friend is revealed to be his spy? Meanwhile, violent unrest is sweeping the country, as anti-royalist factions fight to be heard. Then three chimaera are attacked, after revealing their existence with the monarchy's blessing - and the struggle becomes personal. A small sect decimated the chimaera in ancient times and nearly destroyed the world. Now they've re-emerged to spread terror once more. Micah will discover a royal secret, which draws him into the heart of the conflict. And he and his friends must risk everything to finally bring peace to their land.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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In which I adopt kittens and read The League of Dragons

Things have been utterly mad round here for the last fortnight or so. I lost a friend, it's still raw, it still hurts, and I really cannot describe just how much I hate cancer. But what's helping me through that is that my fiance and I have adopted two gorgeous, five month old kittens from the local RSPCA shelter. I mean, just look at their tiny faces! (Leia is the kitten on the right and Zelda is the kitten on the left being squished by her sister.) (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: The Martian

  Title: The Martian Author: Andy Weir Series: None Who's it for? Adults   What's it about? I'm stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I'm in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If non of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I'm screwed. [Blurb taken from book]   (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: False Hearts

  Title: False Hearts Author: Laura Lam Series: None Who's it for? Adults. Not that I think that teens wouldn't enjoy it, but it does involve sex, drugs and violence...so personal preference I guess   What's it about? One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She's then arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect involvement with Verve, a powerful drug, and offer her twin sister Taema a chilling deal. Taema must assume Tila's identity and gather information to bring down the drug syndicate. The police may then let her sister live. However, Taema's investigation raises ghosts from the twins' past. The sisters were raised by a cult, which banned modern medicine - yet as conjoined twins, they needed life-saving surgery to replace their failing heart. And with help from co-conspirators, they escaped. Taema now discovers that Tila had found links between the cult and the city's criminal underworld. The twins were once unable to keep secrets, but will learn the true cost of lies. [Blurb taken from the book]   (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: The Night Itself

  Title: The Night Itself Author: Zoë Marriott Series: The Name of the Blade (book one)   Who's it for? Teens   What's it about? When fifteen-year-old Mio steals the katana - her grandfather's priceless sword - she just wants to liven up a fancy-dress costume. But the katana is more than a dusty heirloom, and her actions unleash an ancient evil onto the streets of modern-day London. Mio is soon stalked by the terrors of mythical Japan and it is only the appearance of a mysteriously familiar warrior boy that saves her life. Mio must learn to control the katana's legendary powers fast or she risks losing not only her own life...but the love of a lifetime.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: Atlantia

  Title: Atlantia Author: Ally Condie Series: None   Who's it for? Teens   What's it about? Rio dreams of leaving the underwater city of Atlantis and living in the world Above. But all Rio's hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, leaving Rio stranded Below. Atlantia is crumbling. Guided by an unlikely mentor, Rio begins to ask treacherous questions about her destiny, her home and the corrupted system that governs the Divide between land and sea. Her life - and the fate of her city - depends on Rio listening to the voices of the past, and her willingness to speak the forgotten truth.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: Blood Red Road

Title: Blood Red Road Author: Moira Young Series: Dust Lands (book one) Who's it for: Teens What's it about? Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries. Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: Allegiant

  Title: Allegiant Author: Veronica Roth Series: Divergent (book 3) Who's it for? Teens What's it about? The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago