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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.

[Blurb taken from Goodreads]

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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: 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: Cinder

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Title: Cinder Author: Marrisa Meyer Series: The Lunar Chronicles Who's it for? Teens What's it about? Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation. Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: Illuminae

Title: Illuminae Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Series: The Illuminae Files Who's it for? Teens What's it about? The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ship's protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn't supposed to be talking to him.

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: The Shepherd’s Crown

discworldandshepherdscrown Title: The Shepherd's Crown Author: Terry Pratchett Series: Discworld (5th in the Tiffany Aching mini-series) Who's it for? Teens and up What's it about? The barrier between worlds is growing thin and an old enemy is threatening the land that Tiffany Aching, witch of the Chalk, holds dear. She must make a stand with her allies against the oncoming threat of darkness. (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: Glaze

Glaze
Title: Glaze Author: Kim Curran Who's it for? Teens What's it about? Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started. Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see. As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.

[Blurb taken from Goodreads]

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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: The Quietness

The Quietness
Title:  The Quietness Author: Alison Rattle Who's it for? Older teens, with scenes of rape/sexual assault it's not really suitable for younger readers (but as always, that depends on the reader) What's it about? Queenie lives in the slums with her family, living a hard hand to mouth existence that she dreams of escaping from. But all that changes when she takes a job as a maid at a seemingly well-to-do household. Ellen lives a fortunate life, her father is wealthy and all her basic needs are provided. But it's a gilded cage and the arrival of her cousin soon changes her world forever, flinging her out of everything she knows and down a path that will lead her and Queenie to the truth. (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
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Review: Shadowplay

Shadowplay (Micah Grey, #2)
Title: Shadowplay Author: Laura Lam Series: Micah Grey Book 2 (Read my review for Pantomime here.) Who's it for? Teens What's it about? This picks up from where Pantomime left off, and if you haven't read that one go do it now! The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes. He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People are also hunting both Micah and the person he was before the circus - the runaway daughter of a noble family. Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he's perfecting...
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By InkyBumblebee, ago
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