Review: Concealed In The Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith

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Title: Concealed In The Shadows

Author: Gabrielle Arrowsmith

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Release Date: May 17, 2013

Source: ebook

My Copy: FREE FROM AMAZON

Rating: 4 STARS

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS

Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12, 2033, her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared  to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together. Escaping will be dangerous. Citizens are bound  to their county by sophisticated chip implants that delivers shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.

REVIEW

This is a good, dystopian book. It’s hard for me to come across a dystopian that I really like these days. It doesn’t matter if it’s YA or Adult, there is something about a good dystopian. You can’t just throw in a few characters and add in a bunch of rules, places, and actions. Gabrielle Arrowsmith gives you all of that, but with a great world to place it in. I love it! 2033 is near, so she didn’t go very far into the future in this world of hers.

It started off with me already wanting to know more, even though I was just on the first page. Sydney, our MC, is very smart. She has found a way to get the heck out of dodge, so to speak. But, she will not leave without her sister, and she has to wait until she turns 18 to get guardianship. She finds a sort of happiness(?) living on the outside, but that changes fairly quickly, with people after her. She doesn’t know who to trust and with two different organizations after her, she has to make a choice or her sister is dead.

I must say again that this is a good book. If you like YA Dystopia, then this is a good book to act that genre.

4 STARS misc_58misc_58misc_58misc_58

Review: The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis

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 Title: The Key

Author: Jennifer Anne Davis

Release Date: November 16, 2013

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Source: ebook 

My Copy: FREE FROM AMAZON

Rating: 3 STARS

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people. 

When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

REVIEW

 This book was okay for me. While I love Medieval/Historical Romances, this one just didn’t quite do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book, and i’m sure others will enjoy it more than I did. There is a lot of deceit going on in this book. Gah! I was beginning to think that one  thing was this, and turn around and it’s another. I applaud Rema, the heroine, because she is so strong and fiercely protective of her family. Although I love a well narrated story, this felt like too much for me with the different POVs. Yes, it’s interesting to get a good impression on the characters, but sometimes it felt like I was in a maze and couldn’t get out. I don’t like when a book does that to me. The romance was good and I appreciated Darmik’s character. He is like a balm to Rema and he keeps her head above water.

Then there are the evil characters. Lennek, is just deceitful.  I think the book would have been flat out boring if it weren’t for the shadiness of these characters. All the secrets and lies are well placed and that helped me stick with this book. The cliffhanger at the end? Why? Seriously, give me something other than that. I’m not sure if I’ll jump right into the next book just yet. I have others that I need to chop off my TBR list first. But, all in all, I did enjoy it somewhat.

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Stacking The Shelves#3

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that allows us bloggers and readers to show off all of the books we got this week. Whether they were purchased, free, won, or ARCs, let us know what goodies you got. This week I tried not to buy any, but me being the book lover that I am, I had to buy at least two. Lets face it, I can’t help myself and I am not ashamed. 🙂

PURCHASED

17162437 Shadows by Paula Weston (excited to read this one)

7137327 Enclave by Ann Aguirre

WON

18130928 Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash (Thanks Stacey!)

18281997 Night Owls by Lauren Roy (Thanks Anya @On Starships and Dragonwings)

NETGALLEY

18519239 Snitch by Olivia Samms

18513759 The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz

AMAZON FREEBIES

17673256 The Frog Prince by Jennie James

17701652 Obsession by Ivory Quinn

18306031 Cornerstone by Kelly Walker (doesn’t the cover model look like Daenerys *Khaleesi* from Game of Thrones?)

Excited to read these books. I’ve already started one of them, so I should be done by tomorrow if I don’t get too busy. What books did you get this week?