Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

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“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

My Review:
I could not put this book down! From the very beginning I needed to know the end and couldn’t stop until I got there. The writing is haunting and beautiful but not in a way that makes it hard to understand. You could easily relate to the characters even if you’re not a teenager. I’d recommend this book to anyone but especially if you are a fan of Orange is the New Black!

My rating: 5 out of 5

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

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Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin's new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her. 

My Review:
This book has been said to be like Game of Thrones or The Hunger Games. Because of this I expected this book to be medieval or a dystopian book. The beginning of the book led me to believe that it was happening in a medieval-ish world. The characters are fighting with swords and other weapons from that time frame. Shortly after you hear about there being cars and planes. I instantly went through a moment of shock and annoyance because I was reading this story in one time frame when in reality it was nowhere near it. I wish the author would have described the time period more clearly because that in itself almost ruined the book for me. After getting through that and pushing through, the book started to pick up a bit. That is not to say that anything was described more clearly but it did get better. This book was all over the place in my opinion. It had good potential and characters but really failed in delivery.

My rating:
2.5 out of 5

I received this book to review through NetGalley for an honest review. All opinions are my own.