This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis: Review & Discussion

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Thriller
Release date: October 10th, 2017
Dates read: November 14th-16th, 2017

Rating: ★ ½ / 5

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Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Note: This is a review of an advance reader’s edition, not the final product.

Mini, spoiler-free review: This book honestly was a bit of a mess. The premise itself just required too much suspension of disbelief for my tastes, the storyline was all over the place, and every single side character was poorly written and fell extremely flat. However, I did enjoy the unreliable narrator aspect of this story, even though it was a bit ridiculous at times. If you’re looking for a quick, somewhat dark read with unlikeable characters that shouldn’t be taken too seriously, then this book is for you, but if you (like me) think the premise is a little ridiculous, then I’d pass on this one. Also, I just want to warn anyone who is sensitive to gore and bodily harm that this book contains a lot of it.

Full (spoiler-y) review:

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer: Review & Discussion

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Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Release date: November 7th, 2017
Dates read: October 14th-November 1st, 2017

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ / 5

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Mini, spoiler-free review: Renegades was exactly what I was looking for – a fun, yet introspective novel about what it means to be a hero. Although it was a bit predictable at times and the side characters fell a little flat for me, the main characters were amazing and the storyline kept me hooked until the very end!

Full review (mild spoilers ahead):

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake: Review & Discussion

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Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: September 19th, 2017
Dates read: September 23rd-October 19th, 2017

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ / 5

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Mini, spoiler-free review: If you haven’t read Three Dark Crowns yet, do yourselves a favor and pick it up! It’s such a unique and well-crafted story with amazing characters that totally stands out. If you’ve read book 1, then buckle up, because book 2 is a wild ride that totally lives up to the first installment!

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INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin: Review & Discussion

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Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Sci-Fi, Historical fiction
Release date: September 26th, 2017
Dates read: August 20th-29th, 2017

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 Stars

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“Are you you without your memories? If not, who do you become?”

Review:

(This is a review of an advance reading copy. All details are subject to change.)

Invictus honestly had one of the coolest concepts I’d ever heard. It was also compared to Guardians of the Galaxy, which is my favorite movie of all time, so needless to say, I went in with extremely high expectations. It wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The story takes place in the distant future (the year 2371) after time travel has been discovered and follows a crew of teens who are hired by a black market dealer to obtain long-lost items from the past. Far, the captain of the crew, is infamous for being born in a place “outside of time” while his mother was time travelling. The crew also includes Priya, a doctor, Gram, an engineer, Imogen, a historian, and a mysterious girl who changes everything for them. Their travels take them to the Titanic, the Library of Alexandria, Ancient Rome, and more.

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