Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (111)

 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Broke and the Bookish!
Top Ten Books To Read If You Liked A Court of Thorns and Roses 
I'm sure I'm not the only one who is anxiously awaiting the next book in the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas!  In the meantime, I've been reading a lot of books about the Fae/fairies/fantasy in general to tide me over! Here are some books you might like if you loved ACOTAR!
1. Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
2. The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
4. Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour
5. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
6. Modern Faerie Tales Series by Holly Black
7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare 
8. The Castor Chronicles Series by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
9. Inkworld Series by Cornelia Funke
10. The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black

Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Dangerous Lies

Title: Dangerous Lies
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 400 pages
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:
A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…

            Yet again, Becca Fitzpatrick has captured me with her storytelling, this time with her soon-to–be-released YA thriller, Dangerous Lies.  For those who are upset that Fitzpatrick has slowly been breaking away from writing paranormal romance after she finished the Hush Hush saga, I want to reassure you that her writing is still as fantastic as ever.  I’ve read all of her published books and not one have I rated lower than 4 stars.  Much like Fitzpatrick’s other thriller, Black Ice, Dangerous Lies hooks you with its intensity and keeps your attention with dynamic characters. 
            Initial thoughts: I disliked the stereotypical plot line of city girl leaves for country life.  Estella (or Stella) started off as a pretentious snob who spent a lot of time worrying about herself and lashing out at those around her.  Even the officers from Witness Protection who are trying to place her in a safer location end up on the receiving end of her attitude.  Having said that though, once I finished the book I realized how important it was to showcase this side of Stella.  She had some growing up to do and her old life isn’t who she really was meant to be as a person all along. 
            Despite Stella’s character eventually growing on me, I found myself liking Carmina the best.  She’s a retired cop who lives on her own and doesn’t take crap from anyone.  When the two of them are first introduced, they both have a chip on their shoulder.  Each of them are carrying baggage the other knows nothing about and as their relationship progresses and Stella starts to bond with Carmina, they start to open up to one another.  I think Carmina filled that void of a mother figure that Stella used to have before her mom started doing drugs. 
            I liked that Carmina AND Stella both grew as characters.  I think we assume that with age comes wisdom, and while I will agree with that statement, I also think we can still learn from those who are younger than us.  In this case I thought Carmina learned a lot from Stella about starting over, taking chances, and opening her heart once more.  The focus of the book was obviously on Stella, but I liked that Becca Fitzpatrick showed some growth in her minor characters as well.
            If you’ve read a lot of Fitzpatrick’s writing, then perhaps you’ve noticed this as well, but I had a thought regarding the male leading characters in her books.  WHY ARE THEY ALWAYS ALONE?! Honestly though, in all of her books the male protagonist or love interest has no parents because they either died or abandoned them.  It’s like the YA equivalent of Disney princesses! I suppose it makes it easier when writing a book to just explain away the parents involvement by killing them off, but I would enjoy seeing a male character in her work going forward that still has his parents (or at least one of them). 
            If the plot of this book still doesn’t sound like something you’d pick up, let me leave you with one last thought.  Chet, the boy Stella meets when she relocates to Nebraska, is an absolute heartthrob.  The romance alone in Dangerous Lies would be enough to convince me to read this again in the future.


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