Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wickedpedia ~ Chris Van Etten (earc) review [@Scholastic #pointhorror]

Wickedpedia (Point Horror)
Scholastic Inc
June 24, 2014
224 pages
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It's the return of Point Horror for the Internet generation! Don't open the door. Don't answer your phone. And whatever you do, DON'T turn on your computer. . . .

Cole and Gavin love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astronaut on Jupiter. So after the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field.

It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident . . . just as Cole and Gavin predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways . . . and those entries start to come true as well.

To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.

Wickedpedia is a fun and suspenseful tale.  Cole  Redeker, in the running for valedictorian, needs to focus on school if he wants that top honor but his mind seems only to be on Winnie, His ex-girlfriend who is now dating Cole's former friend, school soccer captain and the one she dumped Cole for: Josh.

Cole is determined to make Winnie see the error of her ways; for her to see that Josh isn't good enough for her and come back to Cole. His best friend, Gavin, though thinks Cole needs to move on and forget all about 'Whinny.' More focused on having fun and pulling pranks than school work, Gavin is always trying ot get Cole to take part.

When the opportunity to combine Gavin's love of pranks and Cole's distaste for Josh presents itself, the boys can't help but seize it. Until their fun seems to foreshadow classmates' deaths.

Now Cole has to figure out who the killer is - and what part his prank played - if he wants to save his friends and himself.

The main characters are all seniors in high school, but feel much younger. The age makes sense as they are stressing over college applications and GPAs which all plays into the plot. Their actions and dialogue, however, do make them seem several years younger. Despite what the characters are experiencing in their lives (end of high school), it seems they would be more identifiable to older middle school, junior high students.

The book itself may be best for that age as well. While some of the happenings do, possibly, bring it more to a YA level, the characters, their behavior and the story felt more upper-MG. Albeit a bloody, murder-filled upper-MG.

Certain parts of the book are predictable, but still quite fun. The very end of the book was my least favorite part, but I liked how the pieces of the puzzle came together. Wickedpedia is not a book to read if you want a complicated murder mystery or a character focused tale. t is one to read, however, if you're looking for a quick, suspenseful and fun horror tale with an intriguing premise.








thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my copy to review

Friday, September 26, 2014

Messenger of Fear ~ Michael Grant review [@MichaelGrantBks @KatherineTegen @HarperTeen]

Messenger of Fear (Messenger of Fear #1)
Katherine Tegen Books
September 23, 2014
272 pages
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I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

And then the games began.

The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear.

But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . . .
Michael Grant's Messenger of Fear is a fun start to a new series from the author of the Gone books.

When Mara wakes up, she's unsure of nearly everything - including whether her name is, in fact, Mara. When the enigmatic young man she encounters introduces himself as Messenger but refuses to provide any other answers, her journey begins.

At first she's sure it is all a dream, but soon, Mara knows she could never dream such things. What Mara's part in it all is and how she came to be there are still to be discovered.

While Messenger of Fear is a quick read, it's not a particularly light read. The Messenger's job is not one of fluffy kittens and rainbows. It is one of darkness, death and fear.

That Mara is not given answers to her questions about her presence or the Messenger and what he does, pulls the reader into the story that much more. As she struggles to come to terms with her present situation and what it requires of her along with why it is all happening, we learn more about her and Messenger. It is much more rewarding than having the answers simply doled out upon request.

It was easy to predict the 'revelation' that was coming towards the end of the novel. Yet, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story or the path the characters had to take to that revelation.  While we are just introduced to the characters in this first book of the series, we begin to see enough of who they are that I'm eager to read more about them and discover more of their characters in the next books.

Though it is a quick read, Messenger of Fear, will leave you with something to think about long after you have read the last page. I look forward to seeing where things go for the plot and the characters in the next book.




Other books you may also enjoy: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade and Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans





thank you to the publisher for my copy of the book

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Made For You ~ Melissa Marr (earc) Tour Review + Giveaway [@harperteen @melissa_marr]



Made For You
HarperCollins
September 16, 2014
368 pages
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Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

Review:

Made for You was even more enjoyable than I was expecting. I was drawn to it because of the author and (let's be honest) that really fantastic cover. I was also curious about Melissa Marr writing a 'contemporary' novel. While I do think it bears mentioning that Made for You contains some paranormal elements (as I know some who are not comfortable reading any paranormal/supernatural), it is mostly a contemporary, realistic novel.

One I enjoyed even more than I expected. Eva is the 'It Girl' of Jessup, North Carolina. Her family pedigree - that is vitally important in Jessup - is the best of the best. With good looks, a nice boyfriend and good grades, Eva has it all. Including someone obsessed with her - and willing to kill.

After Eva is hit in a hit-and-run, she finds herself in the hospital, injured and unsure of what has happened, much less why it would happen, While she's recovering Eva discovers a new, confusing ability: the ability to foresee someone's death when they touch her.

If her new found ability can be believed, Eva is going to have to work to keep herself and her friends safe.

I loved that we were introduced to Eva prior to the accident. We see who she is with her friends, how she acts and how they act around her. It was a nice contrast for latter parts of the story, with both Eva's character development and how her friends behaved.

Both the characters and the story use the setting to its full advantage. Jessup is a small Southern town where who your family is - present and past - affects your reputation and how others view you. Definitely teh 'It Girl' of her high school, Eva's friends check with her before deciding what the (publicly) think about something and she knows that everyone is aware of the family she comes from - and what they then expect.

The idea that there are 'right' kinds of girls and guys, that even in high school you have to date someone from the right family, could feel dated. Yet, because of the way the characters approach it as well as how it impacts the story, it not only works but works well. It also plays in very well with the obsessed character and how they see things.

Some of my favorite parts of Made for You have to do with the friendships and the romance, both involving Eva. Who she chose to spend her time with, who she kept close and loved, said a lot about Eva and it's really enjoyable to see some of the growth her character achieves during the story.

The romance in Made for You was really great. It is a great support for Eva, while still causing some debate and concern. Fan of Colleen Hoover's Hopeless books should find in Made for You a couple they will love reading about. I really, actually, wish there was going to be more story about the two of them, in a novella or spin-off. Their chemistry is great.

With suspense, intrigue, a perfect small town setting, and really well done characters and relationships, Made for You is one to read.




Melissa Marr Bio:


Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday [@KatherineTegen @jodimeadows]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine



My pick for this week:


The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
published March 10th, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

I am pretty fond of princess stories. A fantasy, secret princess story with stealth and danger? Sounds even better. I am looking forward to The Orphan Queen.


What is your pick this week? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your own post!
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