Book Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

13188676TITLE: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)

AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi

PUBLICATION DATE: February 4th, 2014

GENRE: Dystopian, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

My reviews for Shatter Me and Unravel Me

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison

29806086TITLE: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1)

AUTHOR: Meg Elison

PUBLICATION DATE: October 11th, 2016

GENRE: Adult, Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Rape, Sexual Abuse, Pedophilia, Child Marriage, Female Mutilation, Sexual Slavery, Child Molestation 

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.

In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.

A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide. Continue reading

Book Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

13104080TITLE: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #1)

AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi

PUBLICATION DATE: February 5th, 2013

GENRE: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Review of Shatter Me #1

It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defense mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from.

She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin. Continue reading

Book Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

13455782TITLE: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

AUTHOR: Taherah Mafi

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2nd, 2012

GENRE: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. Continue reading

ARC Review:With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

41154268TITLE: With the Fire on High

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Acevedo

PUBLICATION DATE: May 7th, 2019

GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free. Continue reading

ARC Review: Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan

38526970TITLE: Keep This to Yourself

AUTHOR: Tom Ryan

PUBLICATION DATE: May 7th, 2019

GENRE: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery LGBTQ+

It’s been a year since the Catalog Killer terrorized the sleepy seaside town of Camera Cove, killing four people before disappearing without a trace. Like everyone else in town, eighteen-year-old Mac Bell is trying to put that horrible summer behind him—easier said than done since Mac’s best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim. But when he finds a cryptic message from Connor, he’s drawn back into the search for the killer—who might not have been a random drifter after all. Now nobody—friends, neighbors, or even the sexy stranger with his own connection to the case—is beyond suspicion. Sensing that someone is following his every move, Mac struggles to come to terms with his true feelings towards Connor while scrambling to uncover the truth. Continue reading