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Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper (Review)

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Publication date: September 29 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Number of pages: 269
My rating: 2/5 
Note: Dead Over Heels is not a sequel to Donna of the Dead. You do not have to read Donna of the Dead beforehand. I end up doing a lot of comparison between the two in this review that probably isn’t as relevant as it should be, but the basic ideas in my review still stand.
Dead Over Heels is a very formulaic, clichéd novel. It’s predecessor, Donna of the Dead, was mildly clichéd, but it also had a touch of originality and a cast of likable characters. However, Dead Over Heels was missing a lot of the originality that the previous book had. The general formula of surviving a zombie apocalypse was kind of fresh in Donna of the Dead, but repeating the same formula in Dead Over Heels led to a boring and predictable novel.
Ava’s parents bought a summer house in Glenville, North Carolina. Her parents hire Cole, their neighbour, to do some work on their yard. Soon, Cole runs into Ava’s house yelling…

Update

Hey, everyone!
So, I've been really inconsistent over the past year. Actually, I don't think I've ever been that consistent with posting. Also, I haven't updated my page with all my reviews on it for ages.
Oops.
Anyway, I was kind of busy with year twelve (the last year of high school in Australia), so I wasn't able to review books as frequently as I normally did.
I recently finished high school (yay!) so I should be able to post more reviews now.
However, I have many other hobbies and I've recently taken up ice skating and drawing. I have way too many hobbies, so I need to cut back on a couple.
So, while I'll be reviewing more frequently over the next few months, I will probably never reach the frequency and dedication I had in the past. 
I'll always be obsessed with reading and writing, and I'll still waste time on Goodreads. I just won't review as much.
Well, happy reading!

No Turning Back by Casey Peeler (Review)

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Release date: September 25 2013
Publisher: Casey Peeler
Number of pages: 305
My rating: 1.5/5 

Reading this book was like trying to march my way through a field of wet, squishy clay. It seemed that no matter how fast I read, this book remained slow. God, so slow…
Charley is finally in college after a hellish time in high school. She was drugged and raped in her last year of high school. She has a kind-of boyfriend who is a typical country cowboy, and also another kind-of boyfriend who is apparently super hot. She goes to college and goes to class, parties, and swims.
Now, you might look at my above synopsis and chastise me for doing such a half-assed job, but that’s all there really is in this book. We seriously follow Charley as she goes to random swim practise, and goes to the same club every Saturday night. These events weren’t really described in detail. If they were described in more detail, had some variation, or was actually relevant to the plot, then reading about all those events m…

Turning on a Dime by Maggie Dana (Review)

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Release date: May 14th 2014
Publisher: Maggie Dana
Number of pages: 240
My rating: 3/5
Wow, this is definitely a very unique horse book! There’s a huge mixture of stuff in this novel: time travel, special dimes, slavery, and horses. The topics covered can feel strange while mixed together, but I generally enjoyed it.
Samantha DeVries is the daughter of an Olympic horse rider. She’s been riding her entire life and is aiming to be the first African American to ride horses at the Olympics. When she goes on a trip to Mississippi with her father, she plans on finding out about her horse’s origins. When she gets to Mississippi, she finds an old dime from the 19th century. She takes a nap in a tank top that says Barn Bratz while listening to Lady Gaga and clutching the dime and is transported to 1863.
Caroline Chandler lives in Mississippi while the civil war is going on. She loves horses, especially her horse Pandora. When Sam is transported into her life, things start to change. Sam must avoid …

Deep Blue by Jules Barnard (Review)

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Release date: March 6 2014

Publisher: Jules Barnard

Number of pages: 239

My Rating: 4/5

You know, I don’t usually like new adult books. Call me childish, but I typically much prefer reading young adult books. This book was a great representation of the new adult genre. Yes, it does have some romance in it. Yes, the guy is really hot and muscular. But this book had so much more in it, too.

Calista has got everything figured out. She got accepted into Harvard Law, she has a boyfriend, and is going to spend a summer in Lake Tahoe. She plans to spend the summer working to save money for tuition fees and trying to mend her friend Genevieve’s broken heart. All her plans go awry as her plans and her relationship with Eric falls apart.
Cali was a really relatable character. She’s in between college and grad school, and she faces a bit of a crisis as she tries to decide what she really wants and what she should do with her life. Her problems never feel exaggerated or menial. I think that a lot of pe…

Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins (Review)

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Release date: June 15 2014

Publisher: Tudor Robins 

Number of pages: 244

My rating: 4/5

Note: an Appaloosa is a breed of horse.

As soon as I see a book about horses, my expectations immediately drop to the ground; I’ve just read too many bad ones. You know the ones: an important competition, a rich girl who is weirdly competitive, and then the main character always wins everything.
Thankfully, this was not one of those books.
After losing her beloved horse Major at a jumping competition, Megan is heartbroken. She goes to an island off the coast of Canada to work for two family friends at a bed and breakfast. She meets a guy on a tractor named Jared, and ends up getting an appaloosa named Salem in return for working cattle. Megan must train Salem to compete in a show jumping competition.
Ok, I admit it: my above description of the book is pretty poor. Don’t be fooled though, it’s a lot better than what I just made it sound like.
I loved Megan and Jared. They were both awesome people on their o…

ARV-3 by Cameo Renae (Review)

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Release date: November 26 2013

Publisher: Indie Inked

Number of pages: 370

My rating: DNF

I did not finish this book. My review is for the first 260 pages only.

This is probably one of the worst books I've read (or attempted to read) this year. Right from the beginning the book was fraught with problems. Bad world building and one dimensional characters were just two of the problems. Ultimately, as my hatred for this book become more and more potent, I gave up on it.

ARV-3 is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the earth or the sun shifted and then all the nuclear power plants screwed and killed everyone. Abigail Park's (Abi) family hid in an underground bunker for 13 years until the nuclear radiation started to fade away and the surface would become safe again. Unfortunately, for those who did not have a secret bunker, they would be vaccinated against radiation (theoretically, can that even happen?). This vaccination turned them into mutants called Arvies. Meanwhile, Abi's fa…

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow (ARC Review)

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Release date: February 25th 2014 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Number of pages: 384 My rating: 2/5 This is definitely one of those it’s not you, it’s me books. Some people will love it and find it fun, while others will find it annoying.
The Diamond sisters never knew their dad. When their mother has to go to rehab, they go to live with their dad. Well, it turns out that their dad is really rich, and they get to live on the top floor of his huge-ass hotel on the Vegas Strip. There are a couple of guys, one bitchy girl, and a shitload of expensive brands mentioned. Yep, that’s pretty much it.
The characters all start off likable. Savannah--the youngest sister at fifteen--seems a little immature and materialistic, but realistic for her age. Courtney (sixteen years old) seems likeable and hardworking. Peyton (seventeen years old) is a bit more bitter and has strong opinions, but her emotions seem justified.
Then they get to Vegas and all start to go downhill. Savannah becomes more and more annoyin…

Donna of the Dead by Alison Kemper (ARC Review)

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 Release date: March 4th 2014

Publisher: Entangled

Number of pages: 250

My rating: 4/5

Holy crap, I think this book gave me nightmares. Gory, freaky, and downright awesome, Donna of the Dead has an element of suspense that will keep you reading until it ends with a bang.

Donna (Ohmygod, I am loving my name right now!) Pierce is holidaying on a cruise ship, relaxing with her best friend Deke when a plague breaks out on the mainland. The plague spreads at an alarming rate, and soon the ship is infected with zombie-like victims. Donna and Deke narrowly escape, and hole up at their high school with some of their fellow students. The zombies are very, very hungry, and a mysterious boy in a red hat doesn’t help, either.
Donna of the Dead was so damn exciting. There is action everywhere, but there are plenty of moments without much action to balance it out. It never gets boring, and I never wanted to start skimming or anything. Don’t worry, there isn’t just action; there are plenty of cool charac…

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard (ARC Review)

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Release date: January 28 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Number of pages: 240

My rating: 2/5

This is definitely not a book for me. However, I can see this being perfect for a poetry lover.
Emily Beam is at a boarding school after her boyfriend commits suicide. She makes a few friends and begins writing poetry to deal with her problems.

Hmm… I’m honestly not entirely sure about my feelings towards this book. The writing is absolutely beautiful, and the poems are fantastic. But like poetry, it can sometimes be hard to understand and find meaning in the book.
There are a lot of flashbacks in this book. While all of them were interesting, they disconnected me from the story. This is really about the aftermath of Emily’s boyfriend’s death and her trying to deal with it. Because of this, the entire story of Paul and Emily’s relationship is told through flashbacks. I would have preferred it if more of the book took place in the present.
Also, while I’m on the topic of time, why is this set in 1992? …

Keeping Secrets by Maggie Dana (Review)

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Release date: November 1 2011 Publisher: Pageworks Press Number of pages: 176 My rating: 2/5 My feelings on the book can be accurately described by the phrase: “it’s not you, it’s me.” This book is just so clichéd, and I’ve become far too cynical for books like this. There’s no doubt that it’s well written and it’s definitely a decent book for anyone who loves horses, but I did have quite a few problems with this book.
Kate McGregor used to love horses a riding, but after a tragic accident that she was blamed for, she makes the decision to give up horses forever. She takes a summer job as a companion to Holly, a girl confined to a wheelchair. Problem is, Holly’s mother is a riding instructor and Holly loves horses. Kate’s secret is forced out into the open, and Angela Dean—the barn’s resident mean girl—has it out for her.
*sigh*. Does that synopsis sound like anything you’ve read before? That’s because the book is like almost every other horse book.
Let me summarise:
There’s a girl who either…

Me Since You by Laura Wiess (ARC Review)

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Release date: February 18 2014

Publisher: MTV books

Number of pages: 368

My rating: 4.5/5

This book left me an emotional wreck. It was so emotional, raw, and real. I loved almost every second of it, and it's one of the four books that have actually made me cry. (For some reason, I don't really cry while reading). 

Me Since You is about the events before and after the protagonist's father commits suicide. One day, he fails to save a man and his son from committing suicide off a bridge. He falls into depression and becomes hated on by most of the population. Rowan--the main character--feels guilty for setting off a chain of events that led to her father being called to the bridge. Eli, a good Samaritan tries to stop the man and his son but fails. Rowan's father eventually commits suicide, and both suicides impact on every character in the book.
Rowan is a likable and realistic protagonist. She's upset and weak for more of the book--as expected--but she never becomes whiny a…