ARC Review: Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

ARC Review: Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

13597757Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness
Release Date:  September 2nd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.

Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together… which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.

It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn’t sure she’s brave enough to let herself fall.

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson, this debut novel from Rachel M. Wilson is a moving story of a talented girl who’s fighting an increasingly severe anxiety disorder, and the friends and family who stand by her.

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Reading this book felt like walking on glass. Any wrong move could make the glass shatter–any little thing can make me completely love or hate the book. Until this moment of writing this review, I could suddenly realize little things and lower or raise my rating. This book’s a fragile read for me, if you can call it that.

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ARC Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

ARC Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

JackabyGenres: Paranormal, Mystery, Young Adult
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Publisher Algonquin Young Readers
Source:  eARC from Edelweiss
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Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

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When I first saw that this book was being pitched as Sherlock meets Doctor Who, I lost it in the best way possible. My expectations sored and as I saw my friends enjoying it, I started to really look forward to reading it. The sad thing is that while this book was good, it just wasn’t the kind of good you would expect when a book is pitched as Sherlock meets Doctor Who. I only watch one of the two shows and have seen season 1 of the other, but even with that, this novel doesn’t even begin to cover the awesomeness of the two tv shows and that’s what majorly let me down.

Instead of being the mind-blowing, addicting as hell book that I expected, I got brain candy. It was fluffy. FLUFFY. It also read a tad bit like Sherlock fanfiction. That I didn’t mind too much considering how the author built her own world and the book was overall fun, but there wasn’t a whole lot originality to this book.

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Mini Reviews: Vampire Academy Graphic Novels (#1-3) by Richelle Mead

Mini Reviews: Vampire Academy Graphic Novels (#1-3) by Richelle Mead

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VAMPIRE ACADEMY | FROSTBITE | SHADOW KISS

Author: Richelle Mead
Illustrator: Emma Vieceli
Adapter: Leigh Dragoon

Genres: Graphic Novels, Vampires, Young Adult
Release Date: August 23rd 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
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After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger—and even romance.

Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.

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ARC Review: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

ARC Review: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

14059024Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Adventure
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publishing House: Disney Hyperion
Other reviews: The Screaming Staircase
Number of pages:
400
Source:
ARC from Netgalley
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In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.

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So you live in a haunted house, and are regularly disturbed by… erm, supernatural beings day in and day out. You have work in the morning, but god forbid that female ghost roaming in the halls freaking you out to the point of pissing your pants. You want to sleep but you can’t shake off that weird feeling following you around the house. One day, your patience has been stretched to the point of no return when a hostile entity manifests itself, and you promptly realize that this has to be stopped.

So, who do you call?

LOCKWOOD AND CO.!!!

 

Close enough.

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Release Day Review: Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley

Release Day Review: Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley

Rites of PassageGenres: Realistic, Military, Young Adult
Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Publisher HarperTeen
Source:  eARC from Edelweiss
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Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

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This book was not a joy to read but will definitely be a highlight of my year, and something I will continuously push to people to try out. It’s a well-written book that deals with an important issue in today’s world: sexism.

No matter how much people want to bury their heads in the sand, sexism is a thing and many women suffer the consequences of the ideals certain people refuse to let go. Joy highlights those so very well in her debut. She doesn’t brush over things, she doesn’t sugar coat them. She gives us the hard truth.

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Potato Strip #2: Blog Name Part 2

Potato Strip #2: Blog Name Part 2

Hi, guys! Welcome to the awesome feature here on The Social Potato! Here, we feature weakly”comic strips”, drawn and told by yours truly, talking about whatever stories we want to tell. Right now, I’ve decided to draw about how The Social Potato came to be, right from the very beginning! Once this “volume” finishes, we’ll try out different other stories! In any case, I really hope you like it!

Potato Strip #2: BLOG NAME Part 2

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I don’t know about you guys, but when I first told some close friends and family of mine about my blog name, a lot were pretty confused about what it was about. Come on, it’s The Social Potato, and potato is… well… a food. Mashed potatoes, french fries, chips… and they were a bit puzzled why I should be talking about books, of all things, with a potato name. But no matter, it’s cute, right?! And it’s catchy! And I can make potato mascots! (Okay, maybe I’m not too happy about that…)

What about you? What did your family or friends think about your blog name? Did you get any weird reactions?

ARC Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

ARC Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Illusions of FateGenres: Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Publisher HarperTeen
Source:  eARC from Edelweiss
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“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.

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Illusions of Fate is a book that would have completely won me over pre-blogging, but now, not so much. I still had a lot of fun reading it but the problem is that I am somewhat of a critique; I now notice things that might have completely escaped my attention before I became a blogger and that’s why I didn’t love this book.
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ARC Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – “A Bit of Rants, a Bit of Fangirling~”

ARC Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – “A Bit of Rants, a Bit of Fangirling~”

Heir of FireGenres: Young Adult, Action, Fantasy
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Number of pages: 565
Sources: ARC from Netgalley
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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love

WARNING: THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS. YOU CAN GO TO THE SUMMARIZED LAST PARAGRAPH OR NOT READ THE REVIEW AT ALL IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED.

Ah…Heir of Fire. I really don’t know what to do with you. I loved you, then I hated you, felt teased, then cheated, then wanted more. Seriously, my mind is torn and conflicted what to feel about you in general.

Please don’t get me wrong here. I love this series. Well, to make that crystal clear, I loved it after Crown of Midnight, so I anticipated this one so, so much that I expected a 5-star read. Plus, if you scoop around the world wide web, bloggers left and right are saying it’s the best thing since sliced bread (and sliced bread is pretty damn awesome if you ask me). So I was absolutely bewildered why I wasn’t loving it as much as I expected to. Yes, I did enjoy it as a whole – there were many good aspects, but I didn’t feel satisfied… especially not if the first thing I thought of when I turned the last page was, “Well, that was a hundred or so pages longer than it should have been…”

I have a lot of positive and negative points, so I’ll write them in a “list form”.

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Random Things in Motion #9: Bad Boys

Random Things in Motion #9: Bad Boys

If you know me, you’ll also know that I am not a fan of bad boys. Particularly in YA. Especially those kind of bad boys who have sad back stories that’s supposed to be a justification as to why they act like assholes and also the kind of bad boys who usually have their heads stuck up their asses. But I’ve been thinking: to what extent is this true? Do I feel like this about every bad boy or are there exceptions? What really got the wheels in my head turning was finishing Untold. Of course, I won’t spoil anything, but if you’re read Unspoken, you’ll know that Jared is kind of a bad boy. He’s not popular by any means, and most people would rather avoid him, but he definitely has the bad boy vibes. He’s got the background sob story; he can be a huge jerk too; but at the heart of it all, he’s also a huge softie. Sound like an annoying character? Yeah, I’d definitely think so. Am I annoyed by him? Nope. In fact, I love him. To bits and pieces. So I wonder, is there a way to get bad boys right? Is there a way that won’t make you roll their eyes and will instead make you take them seriously?

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