Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
 
Remember. Survive. Run.

PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press

PAGES: 375

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Okay, let me preface this book review by saying that I am an idiot. Really and truly. I picked this book up about two years ago, read a chapter or two, and decided to drop it because, and I quote, “it was boring.” I don’t know what was wrong with me two years ago, but I am so happy to say that I have been cured of whatever made me think that this series could ever be boring. Hah. Stupid past Erin. I decided to give this series a second chance after it was bestowed upon me on a recent very, very, very long road trip.

Oh, and please read the synopsis above… there is absolutely no way I can sum this series up. If that bugs you, please stop at the nearest book store and Continue reading

Review: Riot by Sarah Mussi

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A hard hitting, near future thriller from the author of SIEGE

Years of cuts have devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.

The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment. The country is aghast, but the politicians are unshakeable. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need.

It’s time for the young to take to the streets. It’s time for them to RIOT.

Will Be Available: May 1, 2014

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

When I began this novel, I almost dropped it. I don’t have much tolerance for bad writing, unless the story plot is incredibly interesting. The writing in this book was incredibly choppy and Continue reading

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing, but Kate Warren doesn’t know why.

The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm “inside” their classroom.

Jarrod doesn’t believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her “hocus pocus” notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate’s theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey — one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod’s family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

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I’ve read this book before, but when I spotted it in the bookshelves of Powell’s, well, the opportunity to own this book and read it again was too great to ignore! I read this book as a part of my 100 books in a year about four years ago, but it was a delight to Continue reading