Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sketchy by Olivia Samms

A short blurb from the Goodreads page:  A popular cheerleader—raped, beaten, and left for dead. An edgy outsider with a gift. Can they team up to catch a killer?

Bea’s life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman—the one who survived—doesn’t remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new “skill”: she can see—and then draw—images from other people’s minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa’s secrets—and who can take down the killer before he strikes again

My Take:
This book was edge of your seat material.  It really moved so fast and I loved the characters, especially Bea.  The twists and turns were exciting and Bea (while not perfect by any means) is extraordinary.   I’m excited to read more about her exploits.  I’m giving this little gem 5 sketchy kisses!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of an early book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, March 18, 2013

Stung by Bethany Wiggins

A bit from the author's webpage:

There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn't remember going to sleep.  But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered - her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead.  Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand - a black oval with five marks on either side - that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost.  She's right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone - and on the wrong side of the wall.
My Take:

Stung was awesome!  One of the best books I’ve read in a while.  It was fast paced with unexpected turns around each corner.  I could not put it down and read it in two days.  It’s set in Denver which was also kind of a neat little thing for me, since I live very near Denver.  The storyline was spectacular and the characters were wonderful.  And isn't the cover cool too?!   I’m giving this one 5 big stinging smaks!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Here's a bit from Harper Collins site:  “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.”

Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.

So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her best friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.

My Take:

Geek Girl was a great read!  Harriet Manners is quirky, fun and the kind of girl you can relate to.  She knows all these interesting facts that she can’t help but share.  I really loved the characters in this book.  Some of them aren’t always who you think they’re going to be and I found that so refreshing.  I’m giving Geek Girl 4 air kisses, so as not to muss the makeup!  ;)

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