17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

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Author: Nova Ren Suma
Publication: March 21st, 2014 by Dutton Juvenile
Page count: 353 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
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Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

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(The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication: January 27th, 2015 by Square Fish
Page count: 552 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

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[Review] Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

days of blood and starlightDays of Blood and Starlight
(Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication: February 25th, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page count: 513 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
This is not that world.
Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is–and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

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[Review] Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Alienated
(Alienated #1)
Author: Melissa Landers
Publication: January 6th, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Page count: 368 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Science Fiction
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Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life-not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Not incredibly impressive but a decent read nonetheless.

Alienated caught my eye last year with its beautifully vibrant cover though I didn’t give it a chance until last month when I decided to order it out of curiosity. And uncontrollable urge to own a physical copy to show off on my shelf.

Ehem, okay. So, moving on to the actual review.

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[Review] Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Anna and the French Kiss 
(Anna and the French Kiss #1)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication: July 16th, 2013 by Speak
Page count: 372 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

Five years since its first publication date and countless raving reviews later, I finally picked up Anna and the French Kiss because, well, I was in need of a fluffy read and this book did put a smile on my face!

We have Anna who is sent to a boarding school in Paris. Not only did this book seem like a light read, but the setting also intrigued me a lot. I’ve never read anything set in Paris, let alone go to the City of Light, so you can say that I was pretty ecstatic. Boy, from the description Paris sounds like a gorgeous place, with its gray-ish evenings and flickering lights at nights. <3

At first, I found Anna’s voice to be slightly peculiar because some sentences are written in caps lock. I guess to express Anna’s emotion more clearly. But still, the writing seemed weird. I don’t normally come across this much caps lock in a book. (Then again, I myself OFTEN use caps lock so I shouldn’t be saying this -_-) Fortunately, I got accustomed to it gradually and later found it to be rather endearing. I think Anna’s voice is the right mixture of lightness and bitterness, cynical and hopeful altogether.

Étienne is also a really sweet guy and I personally loved the fact that their relationship started out as friendship. They both were such good friends to each other I wish I had a guy best friend like that *dreamy sigh* Additionally, the side characters were so fun to read about, though I wish there had been more interaction between Anna and them… Just because she is the protagonist and Étienne is the love interest doesn’t mean that it’s okay to ignore the rest of the characters, you know…

However, despite being highly absorbed by this book, Anna and the French Kiss didn’t leave me with as much impact as I had expected. The thing that bugged me the most was how complicated Anna and Étienne’s relationship becomes. I enjoyed their friendship, but the evolution into “something more than friends” isn’t quite smooth in my opinion. Stuff they did is pretty messed up as well and to be utterly honest I found some of them a little hard to tolerate. Moreover, there are also unnecessary dramas with the typical high school queen bee, the misunderstandings, how Anna and Étienne weren’t mature enough to be clear about each other’s feelings…

Nevertheless, the book still ends satisfactorily, leaving me eager to start Stephanie Perkins’s other work. Anna and the French Kiss has flaws which didn’t escape me, but on the whole, it gave me a positive impression and I didn’t regret the time I spent on this book at all.

3-stars