Review: Frost Blood by Elly Blake

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Review by Poo Penny

Yay! Another special snowflake, get it?, story! Ruby is a fireblood, which means that she can produce a flame, and there are frostbloods, which means that they can control, oh you guessed it, frost! Well, the land, I forget what they call it, is controlled by a frostblood king, and he has basically wiped out all the firebloods. Ruby is the last, most precious. Insert eye roll. Some stuff happens, her mother is killed, she is captured, and her village is burned to the ground.

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Review: The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

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I love, love LOVE the concept of this series.  The execution – maybe not so much.  Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the US is now comprised of small independent territories, and the oceans are havens for pirates.  Without citizenship on the land, people on the sea are forced to live in flotillas and floating islands. They depend on pirates for the goods needed to survive, so piracy flourishes. In order to combat them, Reckoners, huge water beasts, are bred and trained to defend a ship that they have been bonded with.  What happens when the pirates try to harness the power and brutality of the Reckoners for themselves?  Mass chaos and a threat that puts the ocean biosphere at risk.

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Review: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

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I love books set in ancient time periods, so I was frothing to get my hands on The Valiant.  Fallon is a female gladiator. What could be more exciting?  A lot, apparently.  This wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for, and I almost DNF’ed it at the beginning, but I persevered.  Ultimately, it was a lackluster adventure, complete with mean girls, a gross, flesh eating cult, and an unconvincing love interest.

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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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Review by Poo Penny

Here is the deal. I enjoyed the book, but, there were a couple of very stereotypical YA things that kind of get annoying after a while.

Twylla is SUUUUUUUUUUUPER annoying, she has almost no character development in the whole book. She is extremely immature, and she has almost no interaction with people, so a lot of the time she doesn’t know how to act. She thinks herself in love after seeing collar bones. FREAKING COLLAR BONES. WTH people.

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Mini Review: The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

 

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The Rains is a cross between Charlie Higson’s The Enemy and War of the Worlds. It was not quite the “zombie” tale I was expecting, but the engaging narrative did drag me into the story. It’s a creepy, fast-paced horror story with emotionless monsters whose highest directive is to capture any kids who have escaped their evil clutches.

After an asteroid crashes into Chance and Patrick’s small farming community, it’s the adults against the kids as anyone over 18 is turned into a mindless drone. Overall a fun, but ultimately forgettable, read, barring the annoying cliffhanger.

Grade: C+

Review copy obtained from my local library

About the book

The first YA page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz
In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek’s Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding.
Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen–and Patrick’s birthday is only a few days away.
Determined to save Patrick’s life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites–and what they find is horrifying. Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.

Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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First, the setting was a delight. I am so tired of contemporaries, and dystopian settings in YA are a dime a dozen. Historical fiction set in the Ottoman Empire? It’s nice to see a book set in a time other than 1800 Europe or America – we need more variety in the stories offered by publishers, instead of cookie-cutter copies of the next ‘big’ thing.

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