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Monday, September 29, 2014

BLACKBIRD by Anna Carey, Book Review

Written by: Anna Carey
Published by: Harper Teen
Released on: September 16th, 2014
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A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

A thrilling, suspenseful YA read that will leave you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very end. Anna Carey has crafted a chilling, mystery with a dark undertone that I didn't see coming. 

This is a book that literally had me from page one. I wanted to know more about the girl who woke up in a subway with no memories. The few provisions she had with her, were just enough things to give her a head start. What she needs a head start from is part of the suspense of the story. When you have no memory of who you are, how you got there, and where are from, but you know you're in dangerous trouble, it's hard to figure out who trust and where you should go.

From the get go readers are thrust into the mystery and danger that surrounds her, and her story. Who is this mystery girl? What does the tattoo on her wrist mean? Where did her money and provisions come from? Who are the people who are following her trying to kill her? I wasn't hard for me to root for this girl from the get go. She's smart, resilient, and thankfully listens to her instincts to stay ahead in this deadly game of cat and mouse. 

Though the cast of characters is small, they're complex. Everyone is a suspect and no one is to be trusted. When I finally started to trust one of them, Carey throws in a shocking twist, and now I'm trying to figure out how the heck I didn't see it coming, and what's going to happen now. Can we say action packed?! Seriously, this book is one crazy adrenaline ride. Just as I feel that things can't get crazier, Carey proves me wrong. That ending? Yeah, didn't see that one coming. 

The romance. Since our girl wakes with no memories, and is in trouble, she doesn't have much to go on. She ends up getting help from Ben, a guy who seems nice, though he has his own set of troubles he's dealing with. I'll just say it, I didn't buy into the relationship with our two main characters. I got their friendship, but once it crossed that line I wasn't sold on it. For the sake of spoilers, I'll just say that there is another boy I want to know more about that plays a huge role in her life before she awakes nameless, with no memories on the subway tracks. Through out the story as some of her memories vaguely come back, she keeps remembering this guy. She does so all the while she's with Ben, the boy who helps her out now. I felt there was more to the boy she's remembering than what she and Ben had. 

While I liked the thrill of the story, there are dark undertones. I'm normally not a fan of it, but it worked for this story. BLACKBIRD is a suspenseful story about survival, keeping your wits about you, suspense and mystery. Talk about a killer of an ending... This story seriously took an unexpected turn.  I'm looking forward to reading the sequel! I need answers!!! *There are mentions of drugs, murder, and sensual scenes in this book.

3 stars 

New Paranormal Reads from Entangled Teen!

October is almost here which means the haunting season is upon us. Why not dig into these two new paranormal reads from Entangled Teen to get into the mood.

A new companion novel to Alison Kemper's Donna of the Dead
(Both titles can be read as standalones and involve completely separate characters)
About the book: 

The end of the world just might be their perfect beginning… 
Glenview, North Carolina. Also known—at least to sixteen-year-old Ava Pegg—as the Land of Incredibly Boring Vacations. What exactly were her parents thinking when they bought a summer home here? Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic…hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town.

At first, Ava’s certain that Cole spent a little too much time with his head in the moonshine barrel. But when someone—or something—rotted and terrifying emerges from behind the woodpile, Ava realizes this is no hooch hallucination. The undead are walking in Glenview, and they are hungry. Panicked, Ava and Cole flee into the national forest. No supplies, no weapons. Just two teenagers who don’t even like each other fighting for their lives. But that’s the funny thing about the Zombpocalypse. You never know when you’ll meet your undead end. Or when you’ll fall dead over heels for a boy…

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The exciting conclusion to the Salt duology!
About the book:

A little salt. And a whole lot of magic…

Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the demons away?
But power has a dark side.

Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who formerly had no magic are developing out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons—it’s threatened by the same witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change. Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope transforms into something far beyond his worst fears…

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Mundane Monday #223- The Dark Artifices (TDA) Snippet

Happy Mundane Monday!

Have you read the latest TDA (The Dark Artifices) snippet Cassandra Clare shared with fans? 
Check it out below:
“Emma —“
“I’m calling.” Emma lunged for her phone.
“No!” Julian said, forcefully enough to stop her. “You know we can’t tell anyone. About Mark —“
“You’re not going to bleed to death in a car for Mark!”  
“No,” he said, looking at her. His eyes were eerily green-blue, the only bright color in the dark interior of the car. “You’re going to fix me.”

I can not wait for this series to be out! These snippets are killing me. 

Cassandra Clare Announces European Tour Dates

European Shadowhunters, Cassandra Clare is coming to you this Fall!
Check it out, a few days ago Cassandra posted her upcoming tour dates for conferences and signings that she has scheduled in Europe. Mark your calendars:
Hey Cassie! I was just wondering what book or writing conferences and events you were planing on attending this year?!? If any…
Holly and I will both be at:
  •  Anderson’s 11th Annual Young Adult Literature Conference this weekend. Info here
  • We’ll also be at the Bath Festival in England, October 4. Info here.
  • And while not strictly festivaly, our tour of Europe is looking like this:
  • PortugalNov 4-5 
  • SpainNov 5-8 
  • Belgium/Netherlands: Nov 8-11 
  • Germany: Nov 11-15/16
Details coming. Meanwhile much to do!
This is exciting news!! Are you planning on going? If so, let us know!