Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
Publisher: Viking Books
Buy or Borrow: Buy
After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she’s the Nazis’ worst nightmare. – First to Read.
As a person who rarely reads spy, crime or mystery novels, this was a great choice.
Matt Killeen created a world that was intense and eye opening about the time in history no one can ever forget, WWII. He put in time to display alot of history that happened throughout the book. Although you’ll find certain parts a tad bit slow, it’s was overall a fast read.
Sarah was a strong, sharp and refreshing female protagonist. Honestly, she was the best part of this novel. She molded herself to get her job done and proved many times that she should not be underestimated. Her struggle to figure things out and not get caught will have you rooting for her! There are several characters that you would never forget as well.
It became very hard to keep reading and finding out how much crazier the world around war truly can be as I made my way toward the end of the novel . It was sometimes difficult to read through some scenes, but it paid off. I think the book may have a sequel as we’re left with some questions that I need the author to answer!
I’d recommend this book to the older teens (>16) even though it’s YA.
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review .
Wired by Julie Garwood
A brilliant hacker & a hot shot FBI? Sign me up!
Allison is completing her senior year in college when FBI agent, Liam askes her to help solve an important case by doing some hacking. Allison, who have some dirt in her past became hesitant to help when she doesn’t knows what will happen once Liam found out about them?
Allison was a complex heroine with her family drama, modeling career and impressive ability to do just about anything with a computer. Liam was the brooding yet caring agent who was not completely fleshed out as a hero because we barely got to know him. He came across when ever you needed him, that I eventually could tell when he will show up and disappear from the storyline.
There were heavy and repetitive plot lines – how beautiful and too selfless Allison is- which didn’t move the story anywhere. The constant reminder kept breaking the pace of the novel. Also, the timeline at the beginning of the novel wasn’t clear. There were scenes that seem like flashbacks but also perceived as current actions in the first few chapters. I found that as the novel moved along, the best parts, are the action scenes. The different hiccups that derailed both characters were fun to read but not necessary. The novel should have delved deeper into the original issue and use that rather than the last big incident that occurred to build the whole novel.
When I got this novel, I was ready to dive into some intense suspense and I didn’t get that by the end of it. The heroine apt ability to code was by far my favorite part. We need more heroine like Allison and less attention on her beauty.
Check out the novel and lets have a chat on what you thought about it,
Will Never Fade by Jenna Sutton
Pub Date: December 13, 2016
Will Never Fade is part of the Riley O’Brien & CO.***
**Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Candid characters with an unforgettable plot.
We’re shown how the main character, Phoebe, is trying to live a seclusive life after surviving one of the worst events in a person’s life. Her plan goes south once an ex lover, Garrett, re-enters her life and is making plans to stay forever.
Phoebe is well developed as a character who stays true to the struggle of the plot. Phoebe is relatable: she worries about the unknown and almost always let it get in her way of living life. I think many people can see a part of themselves in her.
I liked Garrett’s openness to lay all his cards on the table and show his intent pretty early on. We don’t get many male characters doing that. As much as I do like Garrett, he seemed too perfect. He wasn’t as fleshed out as Phoebe was and I think in the context of the plot, it made up for his 2D actions. I think some flaws would’ve made him more realistic.
I read through this novella very quickly because the writing is simple and direct. Though at times, I found it oversimplifying certain things. I enjoyed reading the novella and was educated on the matters the characters were going through. The chemistry between Phoebe and Garrett was top shelf hot, and I liked that it was well balanced throughout the whole novel because it didn’t overshadow the main story. Sutton took a serious plot, added heartache, love and for us to accepts the things that are out of our control.
A novella I’ll be reading again because its just that kind of work.
Bad Boy by Elliot Wake
Pub by: Atria Books
Pub Date: Dec 6 2016
**Received for free in exchange for an honest review**
Absolutely worth the binge read I did. Although I’ll warn that I went into this book completely blind. As in, I didn’t know about the synopsis, the author or that Cam Girl and Black Iris are really good starters before Bad Boy. Bad Boy spoils the aforementioned books, so honestly it’s up to you to read those first.
Renard Grant, “Ren” is a trans-boy who has found fame on YouTube documenting his ever going journey to claiming his true identity. He’s also a part of Black Iris, a vigilante group that makes sure that online misogynists get their due through severe punishments for trolling women. After a botched mission, Ren was targeted and everything he had worked for is questioned.Ren is a beautifully flawed and real character that I absolutely adore. His friends in Black Iris are well developed characters that helped flesh out what Ren was going through.
I got an education on the process of transitioning (although I doubt that was the author’s intension), the need to have a good support system as well as what happens when it’s absent. Bad Boy also shows that even after accomplishing the goal, there are always struggles that are needed to overcome on an everyday basis, because believe it or not, its what makes us human.
One of the most stunning part of the novel is that Ren compares himself to another character constantly but we see that the other character does the same. He found himself looking up to Ren for what he has done for himself. There is a message here for everyone to stop searching for the perfect way we’re supposed to be. Its enough to be a continuous work in progress: it strenghtens us.
I love the way that Wake writes. This is my introduction to his writing and he writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading. The prose is packed with allusions as well feeling as if you’re in the scenes with the charcaters. I felt as if I was in the club, dancing and observing the events that unraveled within those walls. I felt the suspense that was weaved into the novel but I found that there was way too much foreshadowing that gave away the culprit so early and easily. I think this was purposely done because the focus of the novel wasn’t the suspense as much as it was about getting to know the mental, physical and emotional state of Ren.
Bad Boy gripped me by surprise with its plot and I’m not disappointed. I’m looking forward to reading the previous books as well as Wake’s future works.