February 8, 2020     Laurie     Reviews

I haven’t done reviews in a while, but today I will bring you a buncyh of visual reviews. Why? Because I already talked about these books in my January overview. Well, here are the reviews I’m still missing!

The bear and the nightingale by Katherine Arden

Mini-reviewsThe bear and the nightingale by Katherine Arden
Series: Winternight trilogy #1
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 323
Genres: Fantasy
Published by Del Rey Books on January 10, 2017
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
ISBN: 9781101885932

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa's stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Mini-reviewsScythe by Neal Shusterman
Series: Arc of a Scythe #1
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Young Adult
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 22, 2016
Length: 10 hours, 32 minutes
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
ISBN: 9781442472426

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

You asked for perfect by Laura Silverman

Mini-reviewsYou asked for perfect by Laura Silverman
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Genres: Young Adult
Published by SourcebooksFire on March 5, 2019
ISBN: 9781492658276

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard - really hard - to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

Dirty little secrets by Jo Spain

Mini-reviewsDirty little secrets by Jo Spain
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Genres: Thriller
Published by Quercus on January 24, 2019
ISBN: 9781787474321

Death stalked the Vale.
In every corner, every whisper.
They just didn't know it yet.

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good.

There's just one problem.

Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive's neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.

The new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Confession, perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door.

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Mini-reviewsSupernova by Marissa Meyer
Series: Renegades #3
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 552
Genres: Young Adult
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 5, 2019
ISBN: 9781250078384
Also by this author: Scarlet, Cress, Levana, Winter, Alle sterren, Alter ego, Aartsrivaal
Also in this series: Alter ego, Aartsrivaal

All's fair in love and anarchy...

The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer's thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian fighting to keep their identities secret. While the battle rages on between their alter egos and their allies, there is a darker threat shrouding Gatlon City.

The Renegades' worst enemy is back among them, threatening to reclaim Gatlon City. Nova and Adrian must brave lies and betrayal to protect those they love. Their greatest fears are about to come to life, and unless they can bridge the divide between heroes and villains, they stand to lose everything. Including each other.

Intrigue and action will leave readers on edge until the final, shocking secrets are revealed.

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