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Tantalising Trailers: Raging Sea by Michael Buckley

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Title: Raging Sea
Series: Undertow #2
Author: Michael Buckley
Publisher: HMH
Publication Date: 2 Feb 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads

In the first book of Michael Buckley’s Undertow trilogy, the Alpha arrived and the world was never the same. At the start of the second book, most of south Brooklyn is in ruins and the nation is terrified. Nearly everyone that Lyric Walker loves is either missing or presumed dead, including the mesmerizing prince Fathom. It’s up to Lyric to unite the Alpha before the second wave of a cataclysmic invasion wipes out mankind for good. The Undertow trilogy is an unforgettable reading experience that author E. Lockhart calls, “Allegorical and romantic, the book nevertheless reads like an action movie with especially awesome CGI.”

Firmly on my library wish-list ♥

Tantalising Trailers: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

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Title: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Series: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1
Author: Paige McKenzie
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s
Publication Date: March 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads

Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “ Gilmore Girls meetsParanormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…

Awaiting review by my wonderful yet hard to pin down students 😉

Tantalizing Trailers: Repentance by Meghan Quinn

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Title: Repentance
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 8 Oct 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads

Every choice you make in life comes with a consequence, which dictates the outcome of your future.

I was once on top, I was living the life I dreamt of, I had everything I could possibly hope for. I was happy, satisfied, content…until one night.

One off day.

One moment in time I wish I could take back. My biggest regret.

The once bright future I possessed vanished and in its place a dark world of self-hatred and loathing encompassed me.

People like to celebrate the day they were born, I like to celebrate the day my soul died.

This is my story of repentance.

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I should start by saying I haven’t read the Bourbon series thinking Kace’s story was a stand-alone. I do feel as if I would have benefitted from reading the series before embarking on Kace’s story to gain a little more insight in to the pivotal players of this story, especially as the dynamic of the group. The sexuality seems almost fluid for the outside observer, it is this aspect, as well as having clarity on the background of the other characters that I felt I would be cleared up by reading the other books in the series.

If you look up the definition of the word martyr in the dictionary you would see a picture of Kace. He really does go to extremes, while understandable to a certain degree, I couldn’t help but wish he would overcome the demons he carries on his shoulder. It isn’t as if they are chasing him, he is willing carrying a overlaod of guilt. While the incident that tipped the scales into martyrdom was tragic, it was not intentional and as the events are revealed it was a single monumental life altering moment, provoked by an outside source.

My heart literally went out to Kace for the situation he finds himself in, placing his trust in the wrong person, setting off a change of events into the deep, dark pit he finds himself in. His only outlet the bottom of a bottle and the community centre he is managing for his best friend.

The story unfolds in alternating chapters between the past and the present, told from Kace’s perspective. His attraction to Layla is undeniable and leads to some pretty steamy scenarios. I would have liked to get inside Layla’s mind a little more. Hints are dropped into the dialogue between the characters that all is not what it seems.

If you like your main characters tortured with more than a little alpha and your romance tense and angsty – then Repentance is most definitely your next read 😉

Tantalising Trailers: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Title: Illuminae
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: 22 Oct 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

UPDATE: Movie rights already sold with Brad Pitt set to Direct – please check the post on YA Interrobang for further information

Review: Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

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Title: Perfectly Imperfect
Author: Harper Sloan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 17 Nov 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

**Standalone novel**

Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?

I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’

And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.

The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.

The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.

Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.

No. That will never be me.

Because I’m completely imperfect.

And … I hate myself.

I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.

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REVIEW 

Firstly, please take the time to read the author’s notes in this book, they are both emotional and insightful adding a deeper connection to the story as a whole.

Perfectly Imperfect is told in dual first person narrative with more from Willow than Kane.

Willow has very low self-esteem having been subjected to criticism and verbal abuse by those closest to her following her mothers tragic death. Turning to food as a source of comfort escalated her problems adding body issues to her already fragile view of herself. The insight into the damage verbal abuse causes was heartbreaking to witness. Ultimately, the damage inflicted can only be overcome by inner strength until the person victimized can find their own strength, nothing and nobody can alter their perspective. I loved the quote ‘The influence of others only holds as much power as you let it‘ – words to live by. There may well be a catalyst to promote  the change but ultimately it has to come from deep within ourselves.

Perfectly Imperfect provides a perceptive look at bullying but that insight can be applied to any negative situation a person might find themselves in; although the experience is negative, being able to use the experience as a learning tool and channel it into something positive helping overcome the damage inflicted and making us ultimately emotionally stronger.

The peripheral characters in Willow’s life provide an amazing support system for her in the form of her best friends, Eddie and Kirby ♥

Kane is a super sexy movie star but there is so much more to him than a pretty face and hot body :) He is extremely self-aware and has an enviable level of emotional depth. He is also somewhat of a romantic, believing in soul mates and recognising everything he wants in his life partner in Willow, even down to the beautiful curves she hates so much ♥ Seeking that profound connection all his alpha tendencies spring forth at first glimpse of Willow making him determined to claim her for himself. SWOON

I loved witnessing the blossoming relationship between Kane and Willow especially Willow’s gaining self-confidence in all areas of her life. Although I have to say I did find the sub-plot a little superfluous.