Review: Duplicity by N.K. Travers

Review: Duplicity by N.K. Travers

Review: Duplicity by N.K. Travers

Duplicity

by N.K Traver

Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Publication date: March 17th, 2015
by Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Hardcover

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A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both.

In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires.

Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something—washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places.

And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and no one will even know he's gone.
I received this book for free from Thomas Dunne Books in exchange for an honest review.

Duplicity is a book I can easily classify as brain candy. I had a lot of issues with the book itself but the premise just made it so much fun to read about even if the main character and  I didn’t get along at all.

This book is fantastically imagined and the fact that I am not a computer programmer and barely understand HTML, did not hinder my understanding. The author never left us technologically challenged people out of the loop (at least I felt that way) and gave explanations instead to make the whole idea behind the book seem more plausible (because it is a little bizarre at first and takes some getting used to).

Which is why this book was so fricking fun to read. I was already drawn in by the premise and hoped the book would blow my mind but sadly that did not happen.

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ARC Review: Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler

ARC Review: Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler

ARC Review: Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler

Jinn and Juice

by Nicole Peeler

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: April 7th, 2015
by Orbit
Format: eARC

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Cursed to be a jinni for a thousand years, Leila nears the end of her servitude—only to be bound once again against her will. Will she risk all to be human?

Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry—by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself.

If she can remain unBound, Leila's curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans.
Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh's steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more—it could risk her very soul...
I received this book for free from Orbit in exchange for an honest review.

I adore Jinn stories. Jinn are my favorite PNR creatures ever so whenever I hear about a book coming out that features them, I get superrr excited. Just like I was about this one. Sadly though, it didn’t amaze me the way I wanted it to.

There are so many things about it that I love and so many others that just didn’t work for me and this book just makes me want to throw my hands up in the air with frustration.

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ARC Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

ARC Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

ARC Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above

by I.W. Gregorio

Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: April 7th 2015
by Balzer + Bray
Format: eARC

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A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned--something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts."

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?
I received this book for free from Balzer + Bray in exchange for an honest review.

Ever heard of the term intersex? Before coming across this book, I already knew that there were people who outwardly looked like a true male/female, but had other parts, but I never really knew anything about this condition other than that. None of the Above opened my eyes to this concept, and I believe everyone should at least give this book a shot. It may be a heavy topic to center the book around, but it was important and meaningful.

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ARC Review: The World Forgot by Martin Leicht

ARC Review: The World Forgot by Martin Leicht

ARC Review: The World Forgot by Martin Leicht

The World Forgot

by Isla Neal, Martin Leicht

Genres: Humor, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication date: April 14th, 2015
by Simon and Schuster BfYR
Format: eARC

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In this hilarious, action-packed conclusion to The Ever-Expanding Universe trilogy, teen mom Elvie Nara is on a quest across the universe to save her daughter (and maybe stop an alien race war in the process).

After dealing with killer whales, evil scientists, the return of her long-lost mother and, certainly not least of all, the challenges of breastfeeding, Elvie Nara has just about had it. And then the Jin'Kai (along with the aforementioned estranged mom) kidnap her baby.

And before she knows it, another Jin'Kai attack puts her on the run again, but not before discovering that Olivia was implanted with a genetic tracking device. So along with Cole, Ducky, and her dad, Elvie goes back out into space to follow the signal. There she finds evil Dr. Marsden up to some evil tricks and realizes that Mars may hold the secret to defeating her enemies once and for all. So, off to Mars she goes. Because alien race war aside, Elvie really wants to be back with her daughter. For a kid she wasn’t even sure she wanted, Olivia has come to mean the world to Elvie—and she’ll search the universe to be with her again.
I received this book for free from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.

It seems that none of the books in this series ever really blew my mind but I will say that this one was a worthy conclusion to the series.

I felt a little sad after finishing the book because it was kind of like saying goodbye to that nice co-worker who you were never really close to but thought were cool. I didn’t love the series as a while, but I did grow fond of it and the characters and loved seeing them grow.

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ARC Review: Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

ARC Review: Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

ARC Review: Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

Don't Stay Up Late

by R.L. Stine

Genres: Horror, Middle Grade
Publication date: April 7th, 2015
by St. Martin's Griffin
Format: eARC

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In the small town of Shadyside, don’t stay up late, because horrible things can happen...

 

Both day and night, Lisa Brooks is plagued with nightmares and hallucinations. Could they be caused by the horrifying accident that landed her in the hospital for weeks? When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her little boy, Lisa jumps at the chance to keep busy and take her mind off of her troubling thoughts. But then the murders start -- and her friends begin dying one by one. Are Lisa's nightmares coming true? Find out in the next installment of R.L. Stine's Fear Street series, Don't Stay Up Late.
I received this book for free from St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first foray into R.L. Stine’s works and unfortunately, it wasn’t a very successful one. I feel like ‘it’s so bad it’s good’ would be applicable here but at the same time, my biggest problem with the book was not the story itself but the writing style.

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ARC Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

ARC Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

ARC Review: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

5 to 1

by Holly Bodger

Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Publication date: May 12, 2015
by Knopf Books
Format: eARC

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In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa, though, doesn't want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view-Sudasa's in verse and Kiran's in prose-allowing readers to experience both characters' pain and their brave struggle for hope.
I received this book for free from Knopf Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.

Today, Aimee and I will be reviewing this gem of a book together. To say we loved this is an understatement… we absolutely adored it to the moon and back. It’s amazing to finally find a dystopia that’s refreshing and original and new, springing from a society we haven’t read much of. Without further ado, here are our thoughts regarding this beautiful narrative.

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Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Season 2 Episode 10 – “An Episode of Faith”

Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Season 2 Episode 10 – “An Episode of Faith”

Recaps, Rants, Raves is a sporadic feature here at The Social Potato where we’ll share our thoughts of a TV show every Saturday! For now, we have the second season of The 100!

Disclaimer: Ahead are recaps, reactions, and rants about the CW show The 100. If you haven’t watched the episode or the series, and you plan to do so, it is advised not to proceed due to inevitable spoilers. Otherwise, enjoy!

Time for the newest episode (well, for me, anyway. I know this show has had its season finale already… haha) of The 100! I wrote notes while watching and I ended up writing 3 pages of thoughts. WOW! I don’t know about you guys, but this show forces me to think somehow. I swear it has some subtle magic thingy going on!

The Episode in a Nutshell:

An episode of faiths, of taking leaps of faiths, and wanting others to have faith in them while they not having faith in others. HAH! L

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ARC Review: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

ARC Review: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

ARC Review: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Forbidden

by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Genres: Adventure, Historical, Young Adult
Publication date: November 4th, 2014
by Harpercollins
Format: ARC

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In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.
I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

I think this book should be renamed to All The Bad Things That Can Happen to Jayden Over the Course of the Book. I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING. Jayden has the worst luck in the entire world. From the beginning of the novel to the end, tragedy seems to follow her around and she can never catch a break!

Which was why my feelings towards this novel were initially a jumble. I absolutely hate that she had to go through all these things and would have loved to see her catch a break that wasn’t just  in the form of a romantic interest (although given that their romance is forbidden I don’t know how much of a break it really was). I feel like having all of these tragic things happen to her sometimes just made it hard for me to relate to her but the more I think about it, the more I realize that none of these tragedies are implausible, it’s just that it’s bothersome that someone could have SO MUCH fucking bad luck! *shudders*

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Potato Prints #6: Shatter Me + The Perks of Being a Wallflower + The Book Thief + Scorpio Races

Potato Prints #6: Shatter Me + The Perks of Being a Wallflower + The Book Thief + Scorpio Races

potato prints

Thankfully, summer is finally upon us, and that means more time for Faye and I to give you guys sets of wallpapers and quotes! This time around, we are highlighting five quotes from four books. I made the sets of Shatter Me, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Faye made the sets of The Book Thief, and The Scorpion Races. Hope you guys love them and enjoy! If you want to request quotes to be made into wallpapers and bookmarks, just fill out the form below! :)

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