Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: N/A
Published by: Disney-Hyperion on April 15th 2014
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 369
Source: Purchased- Hardcover

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My Rating: 5 stars2

 

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Samantha can’t remember a single thing about her past. She can’t remember anything at all. She wakes up to people who are her parents, but has no clue who they are. Her best friend Cassie is missing and could possibly be dead somewhere. Samantha was the last person to see Cassie that night before she disappeared but Sam can’t remember anything.

As time ticks on, memories start to pop up but nothing concrete; just flashes. Is getting her memory back really important? Does she want to go back to being the rude and popular girl? What are the people hiding that they don’t want Sam to know?

my thoughts 2

JLA is just perfect. She has done it again! Another perfect book written by her!!

This book was fantastic from beginning to end. The suspense and mystery was fantastic! You think you know who did what when it turns out you may be wrong. I thought I knew who, but I was wrong. I was COMPLETELY shocked. This book was fantastic. A lot of people that have read this already knew who it was but I didn’t. I had my mind set on a different character and I really did think it was that character, but I was totally not expecting that character!!!

I’m getting tired of love triangles, but JLA did this one perfectly! Sam had a boyfriend previous to loosing her memory. But since her memories are gone, she doesn’t remember anything, including her boyfriend. She sees Carson (who used to be her best friend) and thinks that’s her boyfriend. PERFECT triangle; done perfectly!

Carson was amazing, I love that boy now. Every male character she writes, ends up on my top book boyfriends list! Sam and Carson’s relationship was just so cute. So perfect. Jennifer L. Armentrout is perfect at writing romances- that’s definitely her strong part. Every romance I’ve read have been absolutely amazing! She never fails with the romance! To top off the amazing romance, the suspense and mystery of the book was just -awe- perfection.

Let’s put it this way- if your a fan of Pretty Little Liars/The Lying Game/Mean Girls, then this is absolutely PERFECT for you! It’s those 3 combined basically. :)

favorite quotes

“Are you drunk or just a dumb bitch?”

“Excuse me?” Veronica shot back, lip curling. “You can’t possibly be talking to me.”

Julie got right up in her face. “You’re right, there are a few dumb bitches her. But I’m talking to you. So what’s your problem?” — page 208

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“I really hoped I didn’t have a porn addiction I’d forgotten about.” — page 264

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“I’m not sure I want to go to prom.”

“What?” I let him lead me over to his father’s truck. “You don’t want to go?”

He opened the door for me. “I’m not sure I want to share you with anyone.” — page 310

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Review: The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

the last policemanThe Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
Series: The Last Policeman #1
Published by: Quirk Books on July 10th 2012
Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction, Pre-Apocalyptic, Adult
Pages: 316
Source: Publisher- Paperback

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My Rating: 3.5 stars

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?

Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.

The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.

The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?

Earth is about to be struck by a HUGE asteroid which will kill any living thing on the planet. Everyone has heard about the asteroid and they know exactly when it’s going to strike the Earth. Many people think there’s no point in living anymore.

The suicide rate/death rate is increasing fast. Detective Hank Palace is on a suicide case but is convinced it’s something else.

But with the world ending soon, is it worth continuing the investigation if they are all just going to die anyway?

my thoughts 2

I had a lot of fun with this book! I kept thinking of The Walking Dead while reading it. Obviously there’s no zombies in this! But, just the kind of world where pretty much everyone is dead and it’s fight for survival, I just kept thinking of this show while reading. Hank- the main character reminded me a lot of Rick in The Walking Dead. I don’t know why his character came to mind while reading, but just the two worlds are very similar (despite the zombies).

I’ve never really read any adult books, maybe a couple romance books here and there. But I typically read YA and some New Adult, so it was nice to have a completely different view. I thought  I would have trouble understanding the characters because they are a lot older than me- I recently just stopped being a teenager, now 20. But I didn’t actually and that was great!

I liked that despite the world ending from the asteroid coming, Hank didn’t give up the investigation. He continued trying to find clues as to why this person died and how.

I’m really excited to see what happens next!

favorite quotes

“There is little novelty in the detective who cannot solve himself.”– Ben H. Winters, The Last Policeman

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Review: The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein

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The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein
Series: N/A
Published by: Jessica Schein by October 29th 2013
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 338
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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My Rating: 2 stars

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A new four-book e-novella series featuring four different characters trying to find out the answer to one big question: where is Lizzy Ross?

Book 1: Mimi Lerner and Lizzy Ross have been best friends since high school began and now, as seniors, they’ve made big plans together—from a trip to the Bahamas only months away to going to college the following year and ruling it like they do high school. But when Lizzy goes MIA after a party Mimi throws at a posh Manhattan hotel, everything is suddenly up in the air and Mimi must face facts: Lizzy Ross may not be the girl she knew, and the life she thought she’d have is going in a very different direction.

Please note that this book ends in a cliffhanger and book 2 will be told by another character.

Keep an eye out for the next installment, as told by a different character, of the Lizzy Ross series in early 2014!

About the Author: Jessica Schein was born and raised in Manhattan and is a graduate of both Bates College and Lesley University, from which she received her M.F.A in Creative Writing. After school, she spent nearly eight years working in the marketing departments of a number of children’s publishing houses and dreaming of the day she’d publish her own stories. She currently lives in Seattle with her dog, Owen, who is—of course—named after a well-known literary character. When not writing, she can be found cooking, running, doing yoga, or spacing out.

Mimi and Lizzy have been best friends since they were little. They are both very wealthy and attend a private school. They go out and party every weekend and do drugs and drink alcohol. Lizzy is very secretive about herself and doesn’t tell her best friend, Mimi everything. Mimi is “dating” a guy named Jared who she gets her cocaine from. Mimi has an addiction to cocaine.

One day Mimi and Lizzy book a hotel room for a party one weekend. Both show up to the hotel earlier to set up and everything. The next day, Mimi can’t get a hold of Lizzy and she doesn’t really think it was a big deal at the time. Days pass and Lizzy still isn’t answering her phone or texts. Mimi starts to get worried but still doesn’t think much of it. She believes that this is just something Lizzy does occasionally. After about a week and a half, Mimi goes over to Lizzy’s house just to make sure she’s alright. Neither the maid or Lizzy’s parents have heard from her either. Mimi starts getting worried, but still doesn’t tell anyone about it. After 2 weeks the police have become involved and Lizzy is considered a missing person at this point. No one knows where she is or what happened to her.

My Thoughts:

I was really excited to start this book because it sounded really interesting! Hello, the title explains it! Lizzy is missing! Well, nothing was really solved…

I was kept looking at the reviews that are on Goodreads and kept telling myself to keep reading. Mimi is VERY addicted to cocaine and will do anything to get her hands on it. I found this extremely annoying. I didn’t connect to Mimi at all, or any character for that manner. I felt that all Mimi did was worry about the next time she was getting her drugs and what she was going to do to Jared to get a hold of it. She didn’t care to much that her BEST FRIEND has gone missing and could possibly be dead on the side of the road somewhere.

About 60% into this, I was really hoping it’d pick up and Mimi would clean up her act and start helping…. Nope… She continued to worry about Jared and her drugs…

“Where is Lizzy? Where is Jared? When will I get more coke?”

Nothing was resolved and nothing continued after the fact that Lizzy went missing. The police didn’t do much to help find her.

What I did like is the plot of the story. I was super excited to get into this story because it sounded very interesting.. As I said earlier. I also liked the fact that Mimi did stick up for her best friend when some people were talking bad about Lizzy.

Favorite Quote:

“Only in Manhattan does a father call a lawyer before the cops when his kid is missing.”

ARC Review: Projection by Risa Green

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The book begins with the back story of two characters- Plotinus and Gemina. The story is first set in Rome 249 A.D. Gemina is married to Castricius who is the Senator of the city or town. She is trying to find out if her husband is cheating on her and stealing her money (which her father gave her) to this other woman. The other character, Plotinus is an older man who is a philosopher and very smart. He has heard about this ability to project each others souls into the other person’s body.

“Twice now, he has done it. He has projected his soul through the Oculus. He has passed through the highest part of the Pantheon, leaving his body behind while his soul floated among the stars!” (p. 2)

Gemina’s best friend, Amphiclea is to be the witness of this projection. In order for this to work, she has to wear a gold bracelet which she chooses to wear on her ankle. Gemina wants to switch bodies with Plotinus to figure out what her husband is up to.

We then switch back to two years ago in Delphi, California. We met two best friends- Gretchen and Jessica who are at their 8th grade graduation. They are the “popular” kids in school and Gretchen’s mom is a member in the Oculus Society. It is a secret society that hides the secret of Plotinus and Gemina’s ability to project. None of these group of women know that the ability still exists, but still protect the secret of it because it has been done for centuries.

Gretchen’s mom throws her a graduation party that night at their house and invites all the kids from school, excluding a girl named Ariel Miller. Ariel moved to Delphi not too long ago and Gretchen and Jessica thought it would be a nice thing to do to try and befriend Ariel. Little did they know that Ariel would turn out to be “weird” and “annoying”. Gretchen notices her mom wearing the gold bracelet on her ankle and wanted to know about it. Her mom told her:

“Things are going to start happening to you. Things you can’t even imagine.” (p. 18)

Later that night, Gretchen and Jessica hear screaming from inside the house and find out that Gretchen’s mom had been killed. Gretchen had found her mom face down on the bed with marks on her neck and the bracelet gone. There are no leads as to who the killer might be. Gretchen and Jessica have made it their mission to figure out who was behind the murder.

Things I liked:

I loved all the plot twists that happened throughout this book! I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! I could not put the book down while reading! I just wanted to figure out the killer and was very surprised when the girls figured out who it was that murdered Gretchen’s mom.

I enjoyed having the back story about Gemina and Plotinus and how this ability worked and what happened to the two of them in the end.

My favorite character would definitely have to be Ariel Miller; I can somewhat relate to her. I loved her character and the fact that she didn’t let things get to her and let it ruin her life. She went head-on with what struggles came towards her. I was very shocked at how well her character developed in the two years that had passed since the murder.

Things I didn’t like:

Michelle- I had an good and bad relationship with her; one minute I’d hate her then the next I’d feel sorry for her. I really didn’t like her attitude and what she thought about for 2/3rds of this book. Some things she did really annoyed me and how she would justify what she just did why it was okay.

quotes

“If the perfect life is within human reach, the man attaining it attains happiness…” (p. 140)

Review: Projection by Risa Green

projectionProjection by Risa Green
Release Date: September 2013
Publisher: SoHo Teen
Source: ARC copy from Goodreads Giveaway

Pages: 284
Rating: 4 stars2

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from a Goodreads giveaway. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Buy the book: Amazon, Book Depository, Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble

When 13-year-old Gretchen Harris’s mother is murdered at Gretchen’s 8th Grade graduation party, everyone in the town of Delphi, California, suspects a power struggle within the Oculus Society: Delphi’s version of the Junior League.  Gretchen’s best friend, Jessica Shaw, might even hold the key to finding the culprit withThe Plotinus Ability: the Oculus Society’s jealously guarded secret power to trade souls, which hinges on a kiss. Gretchen’s hope at finding the murderer ends in tragedy when Ariel Miller—the class outcast—stalks Gretchen and Jessica and surreptitiously films them exchanging a kiss to test if the Plotinus Ability is real, not knowing their motives. The ensuing YouTube video (“Popular Girls = Secret Lovers”) goes viral, Gretchen’s and Jessica’s lives are further shattered, and they vanish from Delphi.

Flash forward two years later: Ariel is suddenly the most popular junior in town, but wracked with guilt over what she did to Gretchen and Jessica.  When both girls reappear after their mysterious absence, Ariel finds herself pawn, suspect, and key player in their scheme to bring the murderer to justice. Goodreads

My Review:

The book begins with the back story of two characters- Plotinus and Gemina. The story is first set in Rome 249 A.D. Gemina is married to Castricius who is the Senator of the city or town. She is trying to find out if her husband is cheating on her and stealing her money (which her father gave her) to this other woman. The other character, Plotinus is an older man who is a philosopher and very smart. He has heard about this ability to project each others souls into the other person’s body.

“Twice now, he has done it. He has projected his soul through the Oculus. He has passed through the highest part of the Pantheon, leaving his body behind while his soul floated among the stars!” (p. 2)

Gemina’s best friend, Amphiclea is to be the witness of this projection. In order for this to work, she has to wear a gold bracelet which she chooses to wear on her ankle. Gemina wants to switch bodies with Plotinus to figure out what her husband is up to.

We then switch back to two years ago in Delphi, California. We met two best friends- Gretchen and Jessica who are at their 8th grade graduation. They are the “popular” kids in school and Gretchen’s mom is a member in the Oculus Society. It is a secret society that hides the secret of Plotinus and Gemina’s ability to project. None of these group of women know that the ability still exists, but still protect the secret of it because it has been done for centuries.

Gretchen’s mom throws her a graduation party that night at their house and invites all the kids from school, excluding a girl named Ariel Miller. Ariel moved to Delphi not too long ago and Gretchen and Jessica thought it would be a nice thing to do to try and befriend Ariel. Little did they know that Ariel would turn out to be “weird” and “annoying”. Gretchen notices her mom wearing the gold bracelet on her ankle and wanted to know about it. Her mom told her:

“Things are going to start happening to you. Things you can’t even imagine.” (p. 18)

Later that night, Gretchen and Jessica hear screaming from inside the house and find out that Gretchen’s mom had been killed. Gretchen had found her mom face down on the bed with marks on her neck and the bracelet gone. There are no leads as to who the killer might be. Gretchen and Jessica have made it their mission to figure out who was behind the murder.

Things I liked:

I loved all the plot twists that happened throughout this book! I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! I could not put the book down while reading! I just wanted to figure out the killer and was very surprised when the girls figured out who it was that murdered Gretchen’s mom.

I enjoyed having the back story about Gemina and Plotinus and how this ability worked and what happened to the two of them in the end.

My favorite character would definitely have to be Ariel Miller; I can somewhat relate to her. I loved her character and the fact that she didn’t let things get to her and let it ruin her life. She went head-on with what struggles came towards her. I was very shocked at how well her character developed in the two years that had passed since the murder.

Things I didn’t like:

Michelle- I had an good and bad relationship with her; one minute I’d hate her then the next I’d feel sorry for her. I really didn’t like her attitude and what she thought about for 2/3rds of this book. Some things she did really annoyed me and how she would justify what she just did why it was okay.

Favorite Quote:

“If the perfect life is within human reach, the man attaining it attains happiness…” (p. 140)