[DNF ARC Review] Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

(Arclight #1)
Author: Josin L. McQuein
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Science Fiction

No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.

When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?

I love dystopia and post-apocalyptic books so I was very excited to read Arclight. This book seems so interesting from the summary. BUT, once I started reading, it just couldn’t capture my attention and my mind continually wandered everywhere. I had to read the first three chapters three times because I just couldn’t connect with anything.

I honestly didn’t enjoy the writing and on page something – I think around chapter 5 – there were too many direct speeches in one page for my taste. -_- Like I said before, I just couldn’t connect with anything especially the characters. Marina, the MC, is supposed to be a girl with a mysterious past but I just didn’t care and I didn’t bother to know. She’s dull and basically unlikable…

I started this book last month yet I’m not even halfway of it. I put off this book a lot of time and managed to finish four books. Yet when I tried to continue this book again, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I finally decided not to finish this book because well… I didn’t like it so far, it was boring and now I barely remember what happened in those ten chapters I managed to read. It wasn’t that memorable for me. 🙁

I won’t stop you from reading this book if you want to, as I believe people have different taste. It’s completely possible that Arclight was just not the right book for me. 

Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for sending me this galley. 🙂 

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[ARC Review] The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App
Author: Katie Sise
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Contemporary

In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?


I was so excited to start reading this. Fortunately, I spent my time and energy on the right book. 🙂

The Boyfriend App is narrated by Audrey and I tell you what – she is not annoying! I think Audrey is a likable MC. She’s smart, funny and awesome in her own way. Life’s not always easy and Audrey tries to solve her problems and faces them quite well, I thought. I enjoyed the writing – it’s expressive and fun without being too overly-described, if you know what I mean. While I admit that I didn’t have any particular feelings towards the other characters at first, they definitely grew on me throughout the story. But in the end, I thought I was a bit disappointed with the way Audrey’s friends just accept every news/rumors they hear.

As for the plot. When everything is great and everyone is happy and Audrey gets her happiness. Well, you just know that it won’t last long. I could sense something bad was gonna happen. But when I tried to predict, it’s none of my guesses. The plot is surprising that way. Besides, the concept is quite uncommon in YA contemporary world. You may think that this book is too scientific, but really, it’s not. Katie Sise has mixed science and contemporary in a good way. Technology plays a big role in The Boyfriend App and we all know what will happen if it’s not used wisely.

The romance is slowly built. It’s vaguely hinted in the beginning and not developed until halfway of the book. I generally liked Aidan and the interaction between him and Audrey. I think the romance is a nice add to the book – even though without, I’m sure I will still like the book anyway because Audrey is basically the main thing that makes this book so interesting for me.

The reason that I have to detract one star from this book is the ending. It felt too rushed and I thought some characters could have been explored more before the book ends. Moreover, some things are left hanging and unanswered. But if it’s seen from the romance angle, I guess Katie Sise has concluded Audrey’s love life pretty well. Hmm, now I’m wondering is this book gonna be a standalone or series…

Overall, The Boyfriend App is an entertaining contemporary mixed with awesome MC and fun concept! You don’t want to miss this one!

Huge thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for sending me this galley!!

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