Cassandra’s review of Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy

23018259Two targets are on their way to California. One is the asteroid BR1019, an asteroid big enough to destroy the West Coast. Another is Yuri Strelnikov, a seventeen year old physics prodigy. There are seventeen days before BR1019 hits home, can Yuri save the world in time? It is already hard enough without the fact that no one listens to his ideas. Just when Yuri starts to get a tad bit suicidal, he meets Dovie, a “normal”-ish teenage girl who is oblivious to the incoming danger. By spending time with her, he not only learns how to swear appropriately but also learns more about what kind of person he is and could be.

I deeply enjoyed Learning to Swear in America. Yuri is a very interesting and unique character. He is an extreme math and physics geek who is actually quite cute at times. He may be a genius, but he doesn’t know a lot of stuff about life, which Dovie slowly teaches him. Dovie is a perfect complement to Yuri. They are complete opposites of each other. The best scene in the novel is when Yuri visits a typical high school. SO FUNNY!!! If you want to read a humorous realistic fiction stand alone, then Learning to Swear in America is damn right for you! (Disclaimer: the swearing is used for emphasis only; no harm is intended.)

Cassandra rates this book 5/5

Cassandra’s Review of The Young Elites by Marie Lu

20821111The Young Elites describes a world weakened by a deadly illness. Most people who got the illness perished, but many children, who survived, obtained strange scars. In the kingdom of Kenettra, the survivors are considered abominations (malfettos). A majority of the marked are innocent, but some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and they have come to be known as the Young Elites. This story is about the Young Elites and their struggle to bring justice to the malfettos.

I really enjoyed The Young Elites! The novel is told in three different perspectives, including both people in the Young Elites group and in the Inquisition Axis, a force that strives to hunt down the Young Elites. Though the characters are not very likable, I really loved the world building and plot line. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy. Thankfully, The Young Elites is followed by two more wonderful novels: The Rose Society and The Midnight Star. This trilogy is a safe bet for high class fantasy.

Cassandra rates this book 5/5

Review: Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

41f0anc74bl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker are not as different as they seem. Although Mina possesses mind blowing powers of deduction and Evaline is constantly searching for new vampires to kill, both are committed to discovering the connection between the mysterious death of two girls and Egyptian scarabs even if it means putting their own lives at risk. As they reluctantly join forces to solve this mystery, both of them develop romantic interests in two extremely intriguing men. The plot of this story is filled with a few twists and can be interesting to the reader. I liked that the female characters had desirable traits such as courage, passion and even empathy. However, the ending did not reveal the true identity of the woman who had referred to herself as the Ankh and who had been highly involved with the mystery of the Egyptian Scarabs.

The Clockwork Scarab is the first in a series of four captivating books. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy mysteries with some elements of romance. Although some romance is involved, the mystery and the setting is the main focus of the novel. Details of Evaline’s encounters with a man named Pix and Mina’s encounters with Dylan are smoothly integrated into the plot of the story.

This reviewer rates the book 4.5/5

Cassandra’s review of Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh

17196290“Chaos cannot claim everything, you know- there are always objects and points of stability in the worst of it.” Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh follows sixteen-year old Lark, who is sent on a mission to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec after foreseeing a Troth invasion through her power of Sight. Yet, Lark is not the only party that needs help. The kingdom of Tarnec has called her there for a far more dangerous task… Lark is chosen as Guardian of Life, who must recover a stolen amulet to keep the world in balance. With the help of her Complement, a beautiful white horse, and an awesome gnome, Lark is ready to soar into the Chaos.

I really enjoyed Lark Rising, because it has a fantastical Lord of the Rings feeling. Waugh uses beautiful imagery to set the stage for the novel. Although Lark can get annoying sometimes, she is able to blossom from an almost hermit to a true Guardian of Tarnec. Overall, I would recommend Lark Rising to anyone who wants a fantasy romance that is written in a non YA-like way. The Guardians of Tarnec deserves to have a third and fourth book published!!!

Cassandra rates this book 5/5

Sai’s review of My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

22840421To generally start off, the genre of this book is romance. At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger suggested by the man who is at the right hand of Jane’s cousin, King Edward (the king must get someone ready for the throne because he is sick and about to die). However, there is also a conspiracy that people trying to rob him of his throne. Unfortunately, right after Jane’s marriage there are rumors in the country that the King is dead. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England. Unless…

I would recommend this book to a person who is interested in revenge, adventure, and romance. I would recommend this book to someone who is willing to dedicate their time to read it thoroughly. Even though there are detailed details on very page, every page kept me going. I have finished this thick book in a matter of two days! It’s really good!

Sai rates this book 5/5

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalA Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is set in the Faery world that is separated from the mortal worlds by a wall. The main character Feyre (Fey-ruh), a huntress whose family is struck by poverty kills a Faery wolf. Later, Tamlin, a High Fae returns for retribution. Feyre not only breaks the treaty between Faeries and the humans but she also kills Tamlin’s closest friend who happened to be in a wolf form. When she is taken to Tamlin’s mansion in the Faery world, her hate for Tamlin and his people changes when she finds herself in love with him. This is the first book of a Trilogy followed by A court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruins, which will be out in May.

I really like this book even though the main character is not as cool as Celaena from the Throne of Glass series (Maas’s other book series) I found myself liking the setting and Maas’s writing. Her character development is exceptional and her world building is phenomenal. The only negative thing about this book for some people is that it is very violent and does contain adult content. Other than that, anyone above the age of 15 can read it.

This reviewer gives this book a 5/5

Alicia’s review of The Rose Society (Young Elites book #2) by Marie Lu

512bflulfz5l-_sy344_bo1204203200_“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.” Adelina Amouteru has the ability to create different types of illusions, including the illusion of pain. These powers are fed by fear and hate and have started to grow out of control. After being turned away by everyone she cared about, she does not trust anyone and has grown a bitter, dark heart. Adelina tries to destroy the Inquisition Axis, the people who tried to kill her, while struggling to find the good in herself.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fast-paced, dark fantasy novels. This was unlike any book I have ever read before, and it was an exhilarating ride! But beware, Adelina is not the heroine of the story; instead, she is the anti-hero fueled by anger and hate. Yet, the reader is able to sympathize with her journey and hope the best for her.

Alicia rates this book 5/5