Review: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You

Publication: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Action, Romance
Format: eBook
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Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, is not your ordinary private school, as Cammie Morgan can attest. All of it's attendies are trained in martial arts, fourteen languages, hacking, and covert operations- in short, they're trained to be spies. But when she meets an ordinary boy while on a training excerise, she has no idea what to do.

With the ten-year anniversery of publication of this one, I've been hearing really good things about these books. Now, having read it, I have to admit that I'm... kind of disappointed. I feel like I missed something.

I think part of the problem is that this felt too juvenile for me. I don't generally have a problem with books targetted toward younger audiences... but this time it got to me. It limited me ability to relate to the characters, and the simple writing style didn't appeal to me.

The most frustrating part was the boy Cammie liked. It seemed like a disproportionate amount of trouble to go to for someone she'd met once and had one pretty boring conversation with. Again, I feel like I missed what was interesting about him? Maybe it's because I didn't really get crushes in high school, so I was unable to relate...

I think because of that everything else fell apart. It seemed like trained spies (or even half-trained ones) would just... include meeting a person  in their report? And not make some truly ridiculous mistakes. I also would have liked to see more of their training... what we did see left something to be desired. I appreciated what the author was trying to do, but it just fell a bit flat for me... I didn't connect to any of the characters, and the plot failed to grab my attention.

The overall verdict, I think is "this one just wasn't for me." It wasn't what I was hoping for from a spy school, and I think the plot was a little to juvenile and/or unrelatable for me. I can see it being fun for a younger audience, even the writing, characters, and humour where not to my taste. I might give the sequel a try... but I kind of suspect that this series just isn't something I'll enjoy.

Hot Books To Add On Your Growing TBR Pile

This post is included in my Stacking The Shelves category since the books that I'm about to share are the newest on my to-be read shelf. Anyway, it's been a long time since I recommended books for everyone to get interested in. Some may have been read it already but I hope most would love to come back on my blog someday because of my recommendations.

The Graces (The Graces #1)
by Laure Eve
In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay.
Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident.
This fabulously addictive fantasy combines sophisticated and haunting prose with a gut-punching twist that readers will be dying to discuss. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars as well as nostalgic classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 1996 movie The Craft, The Graces marks the beginning of a new wave of teen witches.

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1)
by Deanna Raybourn
London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.
But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2)
by Deanna Raybourn
"London, 1887." Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman s noose in a week s time if Veronica cannot find the real killer.
But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia s life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed...."

The Girls
by Emma Cline
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

Girl in Pieces
by Kathleen Glasgow
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

Ink and Bone
by Lisa Unger
Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.
Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.
As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

Thank you publishers: ABRAMS Kids, Amulet Books, Berkley Books, Random House, Delacorte Press and Touchstone, and Netgalley.

Have you read any of these books? What have you thought of these titles? What books would you highly recommend for me to read next? Any other hot titles you want me to add on my shelf?

Science Fiction Gone Wrong

Publication: May 30th 2014 by Perfect Edge Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
Format: Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Source: Publisher through NG (Thank you!)
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Set in a world where every men, women and child are bald, this book failed to meet my hopes. I was really expecting this to be exciting. I wondered and still wondered how it ended. Honestly, I just skimmed everything. Lucky for me I was half through it but still there’s nothing agitating to read it further. I will not recommend this—NO, NEVER.

Series: Themis Files #1
Publication: April 26th 2016 by Del Rey
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Source: Publisher through NG (Thank you!)
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This reminds me of Illuminae (though I have not read it, I know what’s inside and what it is about) but then… a big disappoint occurred on how things turned out on the three-fifth book—it made me stop reading it for a while. I want to enjoy the book, the idea is interesting but the writing doesn’t pursue you to read more.

Series: Sweet #1
Publication: June 2nd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: ARC, 272 pages
Source: Won from Publisher (Thank you!)
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The romance of Sweet is cute. I did not expect for the protagonist to get such relationship and in such horrifying cruise. I intensely love how the book went from their innocence of the food the sweetener they are taking to the gruesome reality of the sweetener. I was marked by uncontrolled emotion on reading Sweet. I love the pace that it made me feel like I am part of the book.

Have you read any of these books? Are you a fan of science fiction books? What SCIFI books would you recommend for me to read next?

P.S. I apologize for my June hiatus. I did not expect that my fourth year in uni would be that hella crazy busy.

Review: Starflight

Publication: February 2, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Fantasy
Format: Hardcover 
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All Solara Brooks wants is a one-way ticket to the outer realm. Even struggling for her existence on a barely terraformed planet would be better than living in a place where she's defined by the felony tattoos on her knuckles. She's desperate enough to sign on as an indentured servant to Doran Spaulding, a privileged former classmate who made her high school life miserable, in exchange for passage. They quickly find themselves on The Banshee, on the run from the law, after Doran is framed for conspiracy- making Solara a wanted accomplice. In an effort to clear both of their names, the head for Planet X, where Doran was meant to make an information pick-up, only to find that what waits there may change their world forever.

I have been away for six million years because I am the worst. That's all I will say on the subject.

So. This book. I only really heard about it well after it came out, but was immediately intrigued by the fact that it takes place in outer space, because, well, outer space. I love outer space. I'm always ready to read a novel set on a spaceship... (Illuminae, anyone?) I suspect seeing Star Wars in the fifth grade may have shaped me as a person.

And this one was a fun read. I wasn't thrilled with every part of it, but overall quite enjoyed it. It was almost like an introduction to a lot of tropes, but it was done in a way that wasn't completely irritating. While I didn't initially love the characters, Solara had traits that I could respect and I enjoyed watching Doran grow into a person I didn't hate.

Watching the characters grow was probably the most interesting part of the book. For the most part, they're trapped on a ship together, at close quarters with each other and the rest of the crew- a ragtag group, some of whom are keeping dangerous secrets. It was fun learning about the rest of the crew, and watching Solara and Doran figure each other out. I wasn't totally engaged in either of them all the time (especially at the beginning), but I still enjoyed reading their journey.

The plot was fairly fast-paced and featured running from the police, space pirates, and sneaking. This was a plot that basically started quickly and didn't really abate until the last chapter or so, though some of the events felt a bit disconnected or not entirely necessary to the plot. The ship is a pretty well-constructed setting (though I would have really liked a blueprint, just because I really like maps, okay?)

Overall this was an enjoyable read- I wasn't blown away, but it contained enough elements that I liked that it was still worth picking up, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book!

Cruel, Cruel Crown

Series: Red Queen 0.1-0.2 • Publication: Published January 5th 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult • Format: Paperback, 208 pages
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Two women on either side of the Silver and Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Queen Song
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars
Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.

Cruel Crown consists of two prequels, Queen Song and Steel Scars. Both are available as digital novellas. Queen Song is in the voice of Queen Coriane, as we all know fans of Red Queen as first wife of King Tiberias and mother of Cal, while Steel Scars is Captain Farley’s. These characters are not much the attention of the first book but they hold much the secrets of Norta, in both sides’ silvers and reds. In Red Queen, we hold them much dear that we want to know who these people are and what they mean to Norta and the rest.

Unfortunately, Cruel Crown did not give justice for our eagerness to know. I want to know more. Cruel Crown is not enough. But, maybe, there’s another novella coming before the third book? I hope in that, I’ll have the answers.

However, there are still interesting parts that made me rate Cruel Crown higher. Like knowing Mare’s brother, Shade Barrow, and the feels on Coriane and the crown prince’s courtship. There are more but that would spoil you more.

Though Cruel Crown did not totally quench my thirst, it was remarkable.

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