Book Review: Unlocked by Margo Kelly

Book Review: Unlocked by Margo Kelly

“Plug had drawn a picture of the damn,
Inspired by something in the backroom,
and his dad was a necromancer.
What was I even doing here?”
― Unlocked, Margo Kelly


Book Review: Unlocked

Book Review: Unlocked by Margo Kelly
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Hannah was living a perfect life. Perfect grades, perfect friends, perfect boyfriend. Until they all went to the carnival and participate in a hypnosis act. Everything in her life went under.

After the tragic car accident that took the life of her best friend’s boyfriend, and both her best friend and boyfriend in the ICU, Hannah’s life has never been the same again. She is starting to see and hear things others don’t, she is doing things that she wasn’t aware of or can’t remember she was doing and she is freakishly afraid that she might end up like her crazy father.

But why is someone going in and out of her bedroom, putting things out of place, and ordering her around? Is Hannah really seeing the unknown or is she being manipulated?

Unlocked by Kelly Margo is absolutely CRAZY! Crazy Ironically, I’ve been so curious about hypnosis lately and then this book landed on my “to review list”. At first, I got to predict who was traumatizing Hannah and I thought that was it for this book. Since it was so predictable I might as well drop it, but then I got really compelled by the story as I read.

Hannah is a strong character, I really admire her for being persistent into “still” living a normal life after what had happened to her and what was happening to her.

Plug (a.k.a Eugene yes, let’s use that as his a.k.a.) is the boy who help Hannah get through all the craziness, I don’t hate him but I don’t actually like him either. Maybe because I find him a bit more on the occult phenomenon without having basis. It just looks like he is a fanatic and was trying to experiment on Hannah, kinda thing. All in all, he was okay.

What I like about this book is that, even though I kinda predicted who’s who, the events in this book isn’t really what you typically what you expect it to be, I wanted to know more about what will happen and how they can unlock the mystery of what really is happening around Hannah.

Although I find their investigative procedure very convenient, like a bunch of friends who has this webcam program and the other one was a like private investigator. I liked how they turned out solving the case in the end.

If you like mystery, a bit of a thrill then this book is definitely for you!


Book Review: Unlocked by Margo Kelly
October 1, 2016 | Merit Press
Teen & Young Adult, Thiller & Suspense, Mystery, SciFi
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My Rating: 5 Stars
Plot: Fast Paced
Page Turner: YES!
Continued?: No.
Recommended: Yes, definitely! ( Available on October 1, 2016)


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Margo Kelly loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She enjoys writing mysteries and thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give readers the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Margo is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. Her award-winning debut, Who R U Really?, was published by Merit Press (an imprint of F+W Media) in 2014. Her second novel, Unlocked, will be published by Merit Press in October 2016. Margo welcomes opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.


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Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now.
Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the Earth
And I’m floating.
― All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven


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This has been one helluva emotional roller coaster for me. Another one after I’ve read Slammed by Colleen Hoover last year. I was happy, hopeful, sad and broken as I read along from start to finish. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven have so many negativity in it and each negativity comes to an equivalent positivity. This book is about hope and despair, it’s about living and dying all mixed up into this simple yet beautifully crafted story. I never thought I get hooked… or get emotionally damaged at the same time. Onion94

It is a story about a girl named Violet who was saved by a teenage nobody called Finch who was compelled by death or the different ways to take his own life.

I really want to give you a summary of the story, just like I’m always doing with my previous review, I want to describe how Violet and Finch met, how they end up together, how they became best of friends, how they fell in love, about their marvelous field trip or “wanderings” but I really feel that I won’t give justice to this book. You must read it to experience it all.

I like the characters so much, they felt real to me, not just a fictional character. Their feelings, each actions to events… they are real. I can relate to them in all different kinds of way. I understand why Violet slowly fell in love with Finch, his character is so beautiful. He is very smart and witty, they both are, and their chemistry is a blast! He always say the right thing to say, he always know what to do ( when he is with Violet…) He is super funny and perfect gentleman. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I think I’ve got a map in my car that wants to be used, and I think there are places we can go that need to be seen. Maybe no one else will ever visit them and appreciate them or take the time to think they’re important, but maybe even the smallest places mean something. And if not, may they can mean something to us. -Finch, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

Aside from the story, I was really captivated how this book contains the most inspiring quotes I ever read. It was truly a life changing experience for me.

Your hope lies in accepting your life as it now lies before  you, forever change. If you can do that, that peace you seek will follow. – Violet, All the Bright Place by Jennifer Niven.

It shatters me into tiny pieces, and for a moment or two an hour or two, I felt what Violet felt in the end. Onion81

 


Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
January 6, 2015, Knopf
Young Adult, Romance, Drama, Contemporary, Death, Mental Health

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Book ReviewSarah Combs The Light FantasticMy Rating: 5 Stars
Plot: Medium Paced
Page Turner: Yes.
Continued?: No.
Recommended: Definitely, YES!


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Jennifer Niven started compiling her written works since she was 10 years old but at the year 2000 she decided to take writing as a professional career and never looked back. She is now working on her tenth book and her 9th book will be released on October 4, 2016.


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Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs

The Light Fantastic Sarah Combs

“It took only a few seconds to make that change.
A decision and then a result.
An action and then a consequences.”
― The Light Fantastic, Sarah Comb


Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs

Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs
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I was too busy at work so I just finished reading it last Saturday and today with the review. I’m always thankful that I still find time to do the things I love amidst all the chaos at work. Book Review Anyway, moving forward I finally manage to take time and do this right now. I was intrigued by this book’s title and description that’s why I picked it up on Netgalley last, last week. So, here it goes… My book review of The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs.

April knows she’s different ever since she was a child. Her friend told her that she have this “live wired” mind. She can remember all of the things that happened to her in details like when her childhood best friend Licoln Evans left her a jar of pennies to say goodbye.

Licoln Evans tries so hard in his class and tries hard not to be distracted by his mysterious classmate Laura Echols, his long time crush.

Laura Echols has a secret only Licoln didn’t know. It shatters her to pieces, breaking her heart and soul.

Pheobe is becoming to obsess with the online forum and “The Plan” it is eating her alive.

This about 8 uniquely different young souls whose faith are interwoven by decisions and consequences of heartaches and shame.

I did not expect what I found in this book. I thought it was a tangled up teenage love story, but how wrong I was. I was absolutely absorbed by the story and always wanted to learn more about each character when I finish a chapter. I actually read this in one night! The Light Fantastic Sarah Combs Review

The Light Fantastic is an amazing read! Hands down to Author Sarah Combs. I love how this book was full of mystery, it was keeping me guessing who’s who?! Each character is unique and has a distinct voice. Not to mention #Gavin. The Light FantasticHis character made me smile a lot. Though I have trouble visualizing him. I’m not sure if I would visualize him as a cool gay or a hunk cause of his athletic description. I really enjoyed reading his part and really loved his character. Also loved Idaho and April and her very interesting capabilities.

Having to learn issues these teenagers handles most of their lives, how they struggle. I think this book has a very powerful message. The story will require you not to judge their decisions but instead, you need to understand why they decided to do it.

Very compelling and an absolute must read.

 


Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs
September 13, 2016, Candlewick
Young Adult, Drama

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Book ReviewSarah Combs The Light FantasticMy Rating: 5 Stars
Plot: Fast Paced
Page Turner: Yes.
Continued?: No.
Recommended: Definitely, YES!


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Breakfast Served Anytime, Sara Combs first young adult novel. She works at a nonprofit literacy center in Kentucky.


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Book Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

“He watched her, listened to her, and knew she was
truly asleep. He kissed her forehead and found the act
pleasing for its own sake. And, he admitted as he licked
his lips, it was enjoyable for other reasons.
Meg wasn’t bitable, but he really did like the taste of her.”
― Written in Red, Anne Bishop


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Written in Red by Anne Bishop is a completely unique world that has stunned me with curiosity. I can almost hear Princess Jasmine singing a “Whole New World” with this novel.  She created the world where her characters would perfectly fit into and would make the readers want to step into the book and explore more.Book Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

The story started with a girl named Meg Corbyn, (or is it?) freezing to death and desperately wanting to escape from people that has been hunting her for her power, people who only saw her as a property. She wanted to escape so bad that she didn’t mind entering a location where humans are considered meat. She has heard about “The Others” and their terrible power which are attuned to nature. No human laws are applied in their sanctuary, a place where Meg thought she would be safe.

Simon Wolfguard is the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, one of the many sanctuaries of The Others. He knows Meg is different from any other humans he had met, and he know’s that she had a secret the moment she entered the Howling Good Reads Bookstore to inquire for the Human Liaison Job. But what it is about her that made him trust this complete stranger, more so a human? Trust her enough to let her inside the courtyard which no humans has ever stepped on? Does knowing the reason behind her secret be enough to protect her?

Okay, deep breath! If you are tired of reading the same concept, same story plot, same boring worlds… then this book is highly recommended for you. At first, I was completely curious on how the author can pull out a story about mythical, elemental creatures who exists in the world living amongst human, looking like humans and living with the aid of technology too. It was such a great idea that I was enticed to read the book in just one sitting.Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Meg Corbyn is one heck of a protagonist. I like her strong personality, her kindness and how she can bite back with bitchy remarks if she needs to. Written in Red by Anne Bishop She has limited knowledge about living normally as a human which made her so innocent about things. I guess that’s why the Others were confused about her.

“You weren’t afraid of me when I was Wolf,” he said.
“Why are you afraid of Nathan?”
“He’s got big feet!”
― Anne Bishop, Written in Red

 She gives her best into everything she does and somehow gives off the feeling that she really wants to belong to a place where she can call home.

Simon Wolfguard is your big bad hunk wolf that you can swoon over any day you like. Book Review He is head strong and knows responsibilities and obligations at best. At first, I thought he would instantly fall for Meg since in the early chapters he made it quite clear that Meg is different but surprising as the book is, Simon Wolfguard did not disappoint. He had glaring, snapping, screaming battles with Meg first before he softens and, are they a couple in the end? No. Not yet. (Finger crossed!! Written in Red by Anne Bishop)

“The sweatshirt was big on her and she looked ridiculous. He liked it.
And he liked that she was wearing something that carried his scent.”
― Written in Red, Anne Bishop

 

But that is what I love most, seeing the development of their relationship. The progress, the sweet little nothings, the thrill of them being together is what makes you want to read more!

The characters of the book are astounding. They are all so unique and you’ll probably fall in love with all of them because they are all lovable and they value friendship to the highest level! Amongst the vampires, wolves, bear, crows, coyote, elemental ( a girl called Winter) and the hell-bent kiss-ass girl who changes hairstyle and color according to her mood which is probably a grim reaper, I adored the ponies!!Book Review Ahahah! Yes! the ponies and their love for sweets.

This book is an absolute hidden gem amongst your paranormal, urban fantasy books. World-building, the plot, characters, writing is simply marvelous!

 


Book Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop
The Others #1
March 5, 2013
Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult, Supernatural, Romance

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Book Review: Written in Red by Anne BishopWritten in RedMy Rating: 5 Stars
Plot: Slow Paced
Page Turner: Some scenes can be a bit of a drag
Continued?: Yes.
Recommended: Yes! If your want to experience a whole “NEW” world!


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12 Highly Anticipated Books in May 2016

Highly Anticipated Books in May 2016

Looking for a great new read to complete your TBR list this May? From good movies and a much awaited finale of a series, May is definitely a good month to cozy up and snuggle with a good book. Check out our curated highly anticipated books in May 2016.

Highly Anticipated Books in May 2016The Last Star

Bestselling 5th wave series has come to an end. Follow this popular novel turned major motion picture starring Chloë Grace Moretz.

The last installment of the bestselling 5th Wave series. Find out how the remaining survivors: Cassie, Zombie, Ringer and Nugget decide on whether to save themselves or saving what’s left of us as human. Don’t miss this popular novel-turned major motion picture and probably one of the most highly anticipated books in May 2016.

 

Highly Anticipated Books in May 2016Court of Mist and Fury

From the New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses, comes this next remarkable sequel from the author of the sought-after Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas. She continues to show off her extraordinary skills in storytelling that bring this exciting series to new heights.

Feyre acquired the true power of the High Fae but her heart is still human and is still haunted by her past. Find out how she might be the key to stopping the dark politics of the feared night court.

 

Highly Anticipated Books in May 2016The Hidden Oracle

Another great book by Rick Riordan. Start a new adventure with The Trials of Apolo.

Apolo got punished and Zeus made him a weak and powerless teenage boy. He must learn to live in the modern world, in a city called New York. This would be easy if not for all his enemies who wanted him gone in Olympus, permanently! He must now find somebody to help him and gain Zeus trust once again. How can a modern enclave of half-bloods help him find his way back again?

 

Highly Anticipated Books in May 2016 The Crown

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Kiera Cass comes the last installment. In the previous book The HEIR, the first princess didn’t believe she’d find her partner through the selection, is she in for another surprise? Find out if Eadlyn finds her happy ending with this much awaited, captivating romance in The Selection series.

 

The Crown's Game By Emily SkyeThe Crown’s Game

If you enjoyed reading the Red Queen you’ll definitely enjoy this historical fantasy from debut author Evelyn Skye.

Vika, raised on a tiny island and can summon the snow and can turn ash into gold. Nikolai can see through walls and conjure bridges. Both of them are the only enchanters left in Russia. With all the enemies amidst, tsar need a powerful enchanter by his side and thus creating the Crown’s Game wherein enchanters are called out and participate in the ancient duel of magical skills.

Vika and Nikolai will now fight for their lives trying to win the title – “The Imperial Enchanter”. This story about love and friendship would captivate you for sure!

 

The Unexpected EverythingThe Unepectd Everything

From the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson is yet again created another feel-good story of friendship, self-discovery and all the unexpected joys in life that can happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Another great addition to you contemporary book list and would sure hit your favorite shelf!

 

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer ArmentroutThe Problem with Forever

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival and finding your voice.

Be ready to be blown away and breathless with this new book.

Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, grew up learning that the best way to survive was to keep quiet. Now after four years, she doesn’t think that her nightmare is over.

Now at her senior year, she has to attend a public high school, after years of homeschooling. Prepared for the worst cases, she never expected one thing, meeting an old friend Rider Stark.

While they can’t deny their connection, Mallory realizes that she isn’t the only one with a dark past. Will she decide to speak up and fight for her love?

 

Don’t You CryDon't You Cry by

From the author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby, Mary Kubica a New York Times bestselling author comes with another wickedly smart story of deceit and obsession.

If you love to read mystery, thriller and suspense, here’s a good book for you! Hold on tight with this another taut and twisted thrill ride from the master of suspense, Mary Kubica.

 

Everyone brave is forgivenEveryone brave is forgiven by

A magnificent and heartbreaking story about three lives that cross paths during Word War II. A story that revolves around violence and passion, friendship and deception, inspired by the real-life love letters between the author’s grandparents. From the #1

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Cleave comes another dazzling and beautifully written novel.

 

Until JuneUntil June by

June Mayson and Evan Barrister’s whirlwind courtship resulted in a secret marriage right before he left for boot camp. Evan knows deep in his gut that June is too good for him, but after getting a taste of the beautiful life they can have together, he’s unwilling to let her go. June promises to wait for him, knowing neither time or distance will ever change her feelings for Evan—that is until she’s served with divorce papers while he’s overseas and she’s forced to let him go.

Is it possible for June and Evan to find their way back to each other again? Or will they be stopped by an outside force before they ever have a shot?

 

Outrun the Moon by Stacey LeeOutrun the moon

A remarkable story of determination set against the backdrop of devastating tragedy. Another amazing book by the author of the critically acclaimed Under a Painted Sky.

Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another remarkable novel. Unfold the story of Mercy Wong, a strong-willed fifteen-years-old girl and her extraordinary tale of survival.

 


The Fireman
The Fireman by Joe Hill

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

 

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