Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Eternity Key (Into the Dark #2) by Bree Despain

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The Eternity Key (Into the Dark, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Fan-favorite author Bree Despain continues her modern-day romance trilogy inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades with this second book in her Into the Dark series.

Haden Lord, the disgraced Prince of the Underrealm, has chosen love over honor and will do everything in his power to protect Daphne Raines, the human girl he was supposed to bring to the Underrealm. Haden’s choice is put to the test as the Skylords and a figure from his past arrive in Olympus Hills with a plan that could destroy all of the realms.

Embracing her destiny as the Cypher, Daphne begins to understand the immense power of her musical ability to control the elements, but she must come to terms with her feelings for Haden and what she must sacrifice in order to protect him and her friends.

Believing the Key of Hades is the only thing that can stop the Underrealm Court from releasing the monstrous Keres on the mortal world, Haden, Daphne, and their friends set out to find the Key before Persephone’s Gate opens again on the spring equinox.

The Eternity Key by Bree Despain

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Eternity Key (Into the Dark, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA, and NetGalley.)

“We shouldn’t be singing warm-up notes when our time to find the Key is wasting away, but she is so stuck on her plan for her future that I am afraid she doesn’t realise that particular future may never come.”

This was a good YA mythology/fantasy sequel, and boy did these kids get themselves in a pickle!

Daphne and the crew continued to make some dodgy decisions in this story, but they did at least seem focused on what it was they were hoping to achieve! I thought that Daphne was rather harsh on her father though, he may not have been father-of-the-year material, but it was obvious that he loved her.

“No, Joe. I’m done. I don’t want your apologies. I don’t want the Vespa. I don’t want the lead in your play – I’m quitting! And I don’t want to live with you anymore.”

The storyline in this revolved around, you guessed it; finding the Eternity Key, and the compass, and a couple of other things, whilst trying to evade their enemies who also wanted the same artefacts but for different uses.

“My first thought is that we should try to run, but then I realise that with Terresa by the door and Calix by the windows, they’ve got all the exits covered. We’re basically trapped.”

There was some romance in this story, but not a lot, and we still didn’t get a real romantic relationship forming in this story between Daphne and Haden. We got a bit of wondering, but nothing concrete.

“You need to tell her.”
I raise an eyebrow noncommittal, “Huh?”
“That you’re in love with her, you idiot.”

The ending to this was very busy, and these kids just kept getting into worse and worse situations. This ultimately left us with a big cliff-hanger, so we’ll all be waiting for that third book to come out!
7 out of 10

Trouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne

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Blurb (From Goodreads):
One of two companion novels from beach-read favorite Rachel Hawthorne, this cute, romantic paperback original is about a good girl who falls for a bad guy. Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy who can’t seem to outrun his reputation. Fletcher knows he shouldn’t bother with college-bound, daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark. Are they willing to go against everything and let their hearts lead the way? Or are they just flirting with disaster? Trouble from the Start releases simultaneously with companion novel The Boyfriend Project. These heartwarming paperback originals are the perfect summer reads, great for fans of Jennifer Echols, Lauren Barnholdt, and Susane Colasanti.

Trouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Trouble from the Start(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I don’t want a boyfriend. I want the right boyfriend.”

This was a YA contemporary romance story, about a good girl, and a bad boy.

Avery was very studious, and liked to do the right thing. She worked hard, and even helped other people, but hadn’t had much time for partying or a boyfriend, and although that wasn’t going to change overnight, she wanted to at least get a chance at being in love before she went to college.

“I’d spent way too much time studying and not enough partying, I didn’t know any of these people well enough that they were going to include me in their little circles.”

Fletcher had had big problems at home with his dad, and I felt quite sorry for him with all the abuse he’d had to put up with. It did seem like some of his badness was probably down to this really, and he seemed to be a really nice person under his bad exterior.

“At least cars can’t express their disappointment in you.”

The storyline in this did seem a bit predictable with the whole ‘good girl falls in love with bad boy’ thing going on, and the way that Feltcher ended up living above Avery’s parent’s garage reminded me a bit of The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry. I did find some of this pair’s decision making skills a bit suspect at times though; who gets on the back of a motorcycle for this first time when they are totally drunk? And who thinks it’s a good idea to put a drunk girl on the back of their motorcycle?

“So… are you a novice at riding a motorcycle?”
I considered lying, but I was past the point of thinking anything I did was going to impress him. Not that I wanted to. “It’ll be my first time.”
His grin grew wider. “I like taking girls on their first ride.”

There was romance between the couple, with a nice scene where they get caught on Kiss-Cam at a Ball game.

“His hand snaked around the back of my neck and he planted a kiss on me that I thought might melt the camera lens.”

The ending to this was okay, and I was glad that things worked out for this pair.
6 out of 10

Xquisite (Xquisite, #1) by Ruby Laska

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Xquisite (Xquisite, #1)
Chelsea Ryder will give anything to protect her father's artistic legacy. But when a charismatic European dealer with vague credentials offers her a priceless masterpiece, she is shocked to discover what he demands in return…

Chelsea Ryder's struggling Los Angeles art gallery gives her entrée to the city's glittering art scene. Her goal is to amass the lost works of her father, artist Marcus Ryder, who died when Chelsea was only a child. When she is introduced to Ricardo de los Santos at a party, she is both intrigued and unsettled by his smoldering gaze and bold pursuit. Despite his claim to be an international art authenticator, Chelsea can discover little about the gorgeous, intense man whose invitations seem more like demands.

When Ricardo proposes to trade one of her father's works for a night of his pleasure, Chelsea fears it will unleash traumatic memories that she keeps at bay by maintaining rigid control of all of her relationships. Instead, Ricardo takes her to sensual extremes where pleasure comes from relinquishing control and true freedom is found only through submission.

Xquisite by Ruby Laska

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Xquisite (Xquisite, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Carson Five, and NetGalley.)

“In exchange for brokering the sale of this work to you, at a price that is well below its true value, I want you to spend a single night with me.”

This was an okay erotic romance, but I didn’t love it.

I didn’t really see what Chelsea saw in Ricardo in this story, when he first offered to sell her a painting at a knock-down price if she’d sleep with him, he came across as more cocky than anything, and not in a good way! When he then started to treat her like he owned her, instead of coming off as masterful and sexy, he came across as an ass-hole, and I really wasn’t impressed. Chelsea was also kind-of irritating with her insistence that a woman couldn’t possibly have more than one orgasm in a night. Sigh. I mean really?

The sex in this was very master/slave, and Chelsea seemed to be enjoying things, but I just didn’t get it. I didn’t think Ricardo was all that great at all. If anyone is interested there was bondage in this, back-door sex, and the use of butt plugs, I just didn’t really enjoy it, and for me this was very average.
6 out of 10

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Mama Cried by Talia Haven

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Mama Cried
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Jenny was enjoying herself on the swings when Azula, one of the guardians of the playground came to take her away.
Together they journey to a cinder building where Jenny must make a powerful decision.

Mama Cried by Talia Haven

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mama Cried(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Talia Haven.)

This was a short, but hard-hitting story, and although it’s hard to say anything about the plot of such a short story without giving too much away, this was a meaningful story too.
I have to say that I felt really sorry for Jenny, and really sorry for her Mama too, and I totally understood why Jenny chose to do what she chose to do.
7.5 out of 10

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds…two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Magonia(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

There were parts of this book that I liked, parts that were confusing, and parts that were really sad, but there were also parts that really bored me.

Aza was an okay character, and I liked her at points. I felt a bit sorry for her and the way she’d always been ill, and felt like she was a ‘professional patient’, and I could see where she was coming from with the whole ‘am I hallucinating now?’ thing. At points though, she just bored me.

The storyline in this was very hit and miss for me. Chapters 7 and 8 were absolutely brilliant – 5 star worthy – I absolutely cried my eyes out, but the rest of the book just didn’t compare. I felt like I had stumbled upon another ‘red rising’, where there was a brilliantly sad and beautiful part of the book, followed by something totally different! All the stuff about sky ships and Magonia just didn’t do it for me, and I got really bored.

There was some romance, and parts of it I really liked, by the end I was fed up of it though.

The ending made it clear that this wasn’t the end of Aza’s story, and I’m guessing there will be at least 1 sequel in the works. I’m not sure I’d want to read it though.
5 out of 10

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Invincible (Invincible #1) by Amy Reed

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Invincible (Invincible #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago and told that by now she’d be dead. Evie is grateful for every extra day she gets, but she knows that soon this disease will kill her. Until, miraculously, she may have a second chance to live.

All Evie had wanted was her life back, but now that she has it, she feels like there’s no place for her in it—at least, not for the girl she is now. Her friends and her parents still see her as Cancer Girl, and her boyfriend’s constant, doting attention is suddenly nothing short of suffocating.

Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly, fully alive. It’s better than a drug. His kiss makes her feel invincible—but she may be at the beginning of the biggest free fall of her life.

Invincible by Amy Reed

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Invincible(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This wasn’t your average ‘cancer’ story, and I was surprised that it ended with a cliff-hanger!

Evie was a girl who felt really lost. I felt sorry for her in the beginning, and I agreed with her that her boyfriend Will worrying about her getting addicted to morphine when she was dying was a bit silly. I understood how she felt once she realised that she suddenly had a future. For her to try and get back what she had lost felt insurmountable to her, and it was easy to see why when people kept telling her how far behind she was, and how she suddenly needed to think about her future.

The storyline in this wasn’t your average cancer story, and it wasn’t your average addiction story either. Evie’s problems were so much more complex than that, after having no life, to suddenly having to think about her future was just so daunting, and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. I think I’d have felt overwhelmed as well.

There was some romance in this book, and I could once again see where Evie was coming from, and how difficult it was for her to come to the realisation that maybe her old boyfriend wasn’t right for her any more.

The ending to this was a little disappointing because we got a cliff-hanger! I wanted to know more about Evie’s story, and I wanted her to find some kind of peace! I can’t believe I have to wait until Summer 2016 to find out what happens! Argh!
6.5 out of 10

Leather & Lace (Trident Security #1) by Samantha Cole

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Leather & Lace (Trident Security #1)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
Kristen Anders is starting her life over again after divorcing her cheating husband. An author of several 'vanilla' romance novels, she spiced up her latest one involving BDSM and it became a best-seller. Now she's researching the subject for her follow-up book and manages to get a tour of the elite, private sex club, The Covenant, and runs into the one person she never expected to see there.

Devon "Devil Dog" Sawyer is intrigued by a cute brunette he meets at a friend's Irish pub and does something he hasn't done in over twelve years. He asks her out on a date. While it might seem strange to most, Devon's only relationships since he was twenty-four have started and ended in the same place–a BDSM club.

What was supposed to be a single weekend of mutual pleasure and dirty sex, turns into something more. But while they fight their growing connection, a killer has Devon in his sights and Kristen may end up as collateral damage. Will they survive with their lives and hearts intact?

This book contains adult content.

Leather & Lace by Samantha Cole

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Leather & Lace (Trident Security #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Samantha Cole.)

“He wanted to own her, possess her and the, when he had his fill, he would walk away as he always did.”

This was a sexy erotic romance, with the added danger of an assassin thrown in.

I liked both Kristen and Devon in this story. Kristen wasn’t well versed when it came to sex and BDSM, but she was open to learning more, and happy to let Devon be her teacher.

“I wasn’t you to wear the sexiest dress or skirt that you own and no underwear. And I mean no panties or bra, Pet. You will go to dinner like that. If you disobey me on this, I’ll take you into the women’s restroom and remove them myself. Understood?”

The sex in this was really steamy, and Devon and Kristen really worked well together. There was an added bit of danger with the assassin on the loose, and lots of fun as Devon showed Kristen what BDSM was all about.

“And you’re thirteen minutes late, so I think that calls for thirteen smacks. It’s a decent amount for your first spanking.”

The ending to this was good, but I would be interested to find out if the next book in the series follows the same characters?
7 out of 10

Monday, 27 April 2015

Play On by Michelle Smith

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary, and NetGalley.
Play On
In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma's flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius, she's also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there's something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek--he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.

As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa s pain, it forces him to look beyond the facade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn t everything--maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together."

Play On by Michelle Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Play On(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Contemporary, and NetGalley.)

“Depression’s like a thief,” she continues, closing the suitcase and zipping it up. “It weasels its way into your body. Sometimes it’s slow, and sometimes it just barges in like it owns the place. It robs you. Before you know what’s happened, coal is in the place of your heart. Your soul? Empty. Nothing and no one can bring you out of it. No one but you – and sometimes that doesn’t even work.”

This was a YA contemporary romance dealing with baseball, and depression.

The characters in this were okay, although I connected with Marisa a lot more than Austin. I would have much preferred this book if it had been from Marisa’s point of view rather than Austin’s point of view, because I understood what Marisa was going through a lot more than Austin.

“She’s a gorgeous, pint-sized girl who has the best possible taste in baseball. Did God just say poof and bring one of my dreams to life?”

The storyline in this was about Austin’s baseball career, and Marisa’s problems with depression. Austin’s life had also been touched by depression, after his father committed suicide, but he wasn’t really equipped to deal with Marisa’s illness at all.

“Car accident. He drove off the town bridge when I was fifteen.”

There was some romance in this, and I was glad that Marisa and Austin found each other, I just didn’t get sucked into the romance though, possibly because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Austin.

“I’d be a great date, you know.” I pull her a little closer. “I’d wash my truck. Pick you up. Talk about guns with your dad. Even bring you flowers.”
Pressing her lips together, she nods. “Flowers?”
“I know a guy.”

The ending to this was happy, which was good, but overall, I didn’t love this book.
6 out of 10

The Originals: The Rise (The Originals #1) by Julie Plec

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep. Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they've escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus's attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus's volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?

The Originals: The Rise by Julie Plec

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Originals: The Rise(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)

This started off okay, but I lost interest.

First off, I obviously didn’t pay that much attention to the cover of this one, because I had no idea that this was anything to do with the Vampire Diaries until I started reading it. I haven’t read the Vampire Diaries series for years, and I only remember it being okay.

Anyway, I just got bored by this. I didn’t care what was happening or why. There were a couple of okay moments, and I did like the first couple of chapters, but after that it just all went downhill. I really don’t want to read any more books in this series.
4 out of 10

Sunday, 26 April 2015

City Love by Susane Colasanti

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City Love
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.

Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn't resist, she may find herself in city love.

Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl's life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.

City Love by Susane Colasanti

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

City Love(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Operation Shiny New Summer is a go.”

This was a YA contemporary story about the love lives of three girls living together in New York City.

I found it quite difficult to keep track of which girl’s story I was reading in this book, even though the girls were quite different, and kept having to go back to the start of the chapter just to check on who’s point of view I was reading!

Anyway, Sadie was a girl who couldn’t wait to go to college, and couldn’t wait to move away from home. She was doing an internship at the department of city planning, which is where she met Austin.

“I cannot freaking wait for college to start.”

Darcy had money and was determined to have a summer of fun, and to not tie herself down at all. She didn’t have a fake ID, because those were for amatures, and she was happy to hook up in random places if the boy was hot enough.

“Fake IDs are for amateurs. I’ve been crashing bars since I was fifteen.”

Rosanna was one of five kids so money was really tight. She was on a budget, unlike Darcy, or the boy that she meets called D.

“The total almost gives me a heart attack. Our dessert and coffee is basically my grocery money for the week.”

The storyline in this followed the three girls as they started their lives together in the city, and their romantic escapades. Other than a few dates, and a couple of encounters for Darcy, not a lot happened though, it was just these girls going out with these guys, and the dates weren’t even all that romantic.

“See you tomorrow,” he says. Then he hugs me goodbye.
I can wait for our first kiss.

There was one twist in the story, but to be honest I guessed that right from the start!

“He looks at me. And kind of forgets what he was saying.
Our eyes lock.”

The ending to this was okay, but other than the above twist, not a lot happened. The story just stopped, and we got told that the story would continue in the next book. Can’t say that I’m desperate to read the next one though unfortunately.
6 out of 10

Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy #2) by Sally Green

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Penguin Random House UK Children’s and NetGalley.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
"You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad." In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run--but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

Half Wild by Sally Green

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Penguin Random House UK Children’s and NetGalley.)

Well, this was another of those books that I should really have read the first in the series before requesting the second.

I honestly didn’t understand this book. I didn’t get what was going on or why, and I didn’t care. The writing was once again unusual…

“You bow your head and the rain runs off you, rivulets of red, to join the mud and the blood around you.”

The story was kind-of disgusting in places…

“I eat small animals mainly, though I don’t remember catching them. But I know it’s happening cos there’re little bones in my vomit and rags of furry skins and blood. There was a tail once.”

Just yuck.

I got confused, I got bored, I had no idea what was happening, and it just didn’t seem to get better he further into it I got. I really didn’t enjoy this book, and I really don’t want to read the third one. This series is really not for me.

4 out of 10

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Endangered by Lamar Giles

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Endangered is a thrilling page-turner perfect for fans of Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers. The one secret she cares about keeping—her identity—is about to be exposed. Unless Lauren "Panda" Daniels—an anonymous photoblogger who specializes in busting classmates and teachers in compromising positions—plays along with her blackmailer's little game of Dare or . . . Dare. But when the game turns deadly, Panda doesn't know what to do. And she may need to step out of the shadows to save herself . . . and everyone else on the Admirer's hit list.

Endangered by Lamar Giles

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Endangered(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“How do you get the color Gray? Throw a Panda in the blender and turn it on.”

There was nothing wrong with this story, I just didn’t really enjoy it, and the above quote is pretty gross.

I liked ‘Panda’ and I thought that her heart was in the right place. While what she was doing was wrong to a point, she was doing it for the right reasons, and I appreciated that she was exposing people to make up for their wrong doings rather than to bully them. I think she should have known that posting photos of a girl having sex with her coach would have consequences though.

“Oh. My. God.
I recognize him. Anyone who goes to Portside High would.
He’s been teaching there for years.”

The storyline in this book was okay – Panda taking photos of people, things going wrong, Panda becoming the one threatened, but for some reason I just didn’t enjoy it. I lost interest quite early on, and even though this book wasn’t long, it certainly felt it. The conversations between Panda and the person blackmailing her seemed to drag, and even though things were happening, I just couldn’t get excited about it.

“How do you like MY work? I call the piece I sent you Dante. Get it?”

The ending to this was okay, and I didn’t guess who the blackmailer was. I really wish I could have liked this story more, but I think this was just a case of wrong-person, wrong book for me.
5 out of 10