I wanted to write quick reviews of these books since they’ve been out for quite some time, but they deserve some more attention! Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!
The last two books counted toward my Shelf Love Challenge!
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 12/1/15
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.
Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.
Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.
When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.
I have absolutely adored this series!! In this final installment, we get a new romance between Sofia and Gideon, but we also get all of our favorite characters back and LOTS of tie-ins to the previous two books. The first half of the book (or so) focuses on Sofia and Gideon – both of them have been trying to fight back against LaRoux Industries, but Sofia has also been running from an unknown entity who is stalking her, making her life a living hell at every turn. Gideon has lived his life in secret in a different way – hiding behind technology to do his worst to LaRoux. So neither of these two are able to trust easily, and the road to romance for them is paved with heartache.
Just when I was starting to get worried that the romance was going to be dragged out too long for my tastes, the story did a complete 180 and changed focus almost completely. I won’t tell you exactly what happens, of course, but I will say that there’s a catastrophic incident and everything goes haywire. Plus, this is when old friends are reintroduced. From that point on, the book was action-packed and exciting and full of pretty much everything I’ve loved about the series (but lighter on the romance at that point, which bothered some people – I was okay with that). One other noteworthy point – I loved the little snippets that we get at the beginning of each chapter from the Whispers’ POV – this not only gave us lots of their perspective on the humans they’d been dealing with for three books (and before), but also brought us to the eventual thrilling end! I did feel like this book moved a little slower than the others for me at first, so I give this installment 4.5/5 stars.
Overall, this series has easily made it onto my All-Time Favorites list!!
Published by HarperTeen on 7/2/13
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.
So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.
She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
I only have two major complaints about the book. The first is that this was another one of those cases where almost all of the conflict was caused by people simply not talking to each other. Caymen thinks that Xander has a girlfriend but doesn’t actually ask him about her. She also doesn’t talk to her mom, and her mom hides a lot of things from her (even though they’re supposedly really close). My second issue was with how quickly and easily everything was wrapped up. There were some major revelations, and then like ten pages later all of the problems were solved (or at least on their way to being solved) and the book was over! I kept looking at how close I was to the end, thinking, There’s no way this can all get wrapped up this quickly! It was. Still, the book was overall a really enjoyable read and I flew through it, so it was easily a solid 3.5/5 stars for me.
***Disclosure: Confession time. I got this book at RT last year, but I honestly don’t remember if this is one of the ones I bought so I could get a signed copy or if it was one of the ones I got free from the publisher. Either way, all opinions are my own and my rating was not affected.***
Published by Entangled Teen on 5/7/13
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Won It!
On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl’s body isn’t just unknown, it’s anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.
I picked this book up because I was in the mood for a light, quick read, and it pretty much hit the spot! In middle school Maddie got made fun of (very publicly) because of her love of comic books, and so she’s been hiding that part of herself – and anything else she worries might be deemed geeky – for years. Even though she’s dating the high school quarterback, she’s not that into him, and she’s been secretly crushing on a fellow comic book nerd, Logan. When she gets the opportunity to spend more time with him (and with the geeky pursuits of comic books, LARPing and more!) she can’t resist – even if it could lead to social suicide if anyone finds out. Maddie was endearing, even though I sometimes wanted to shake her and tell her to just confess already! (Especially to her best friend, who was sweet and understanding, and there was absolutely no reason why Maddie shouldn’t confide in her). But, at the same time, I realize that the pressure to be “cool” in high school is real, and I could definitely see how Maddie’s past embarrassment had shaped her fear of letting anyone know the real her. The pressure we put on ourselves to fit in (in any scenario – not just high school) can sometimes be way more powerful even than pressure put on us from any outside source. Oh, and I loved the LARPing scenes – SO much fun!!
If I had one complaint, it would be that Maddie’s issues with her best friend and boyfriend were settled really quickly and easily. She had to work a little harder for Logan, but in all of those cases I would have liked to see just a little bit more of the repercussions of her actions. Still, this book was just what it was meant to be – lighthearted and entertaining and sweet. I give it 4 stars.