Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Bad Girls Don’t Die

Author: Katie Alender

Published: 2009

Series: Bad Girls Don’t Die

I’m going to get my major pet peeve with this novel out of the way, so I can talk about all of the things I really liked about it: multiple personalities are not a part of schizophrenia, so page 189 making that allusion threw me out of the story for a bit. I also don’t know if I like how that part of the storyline wrapped up in the end, but I’m not going to crusade against the novel because of this pet peeve. As my partner reminded me, it’s not something that the Joe Average Reader would pick up on.

I may be bringing up this novel in the child abnormal psychology course I’ll be taking at university this fall to see if any of my classmates have read it and what they felt about it if we end up talking about how mental illness is portrayed in popular culture.

That said, I really liked the novel. Once I started reading it, I was engaged for 80% of my reading. I could relate to nearly all of the characters and found myself really intrigued by how classic this modern thriller felt.

I cannot wait to get book two in the series and continue reading Alender’s work.

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The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee

The Body at the Tower (The Agency, #2)The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: The Body at the Tower
Author: Y.S. Lee
Series: The Agency
Published: 2010
Summary: Victorian Girl Spies! (Part Two!)

This book was just as good as the first! I’m really, really loving this series. I really do want to know exactly why Mary was crying at the end. I have a really good guess (which automatically makes me mad at James Easton), but I can’t wait to know for sure.

I really, really, really enjoy this series.

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A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

A Spy in the House (The Agency, #1)A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: A Spy in the House
Author: Y.S. Lee
Series: The Agency
Published: 2009
Summary: Victorian Girl Spies!

I came across this book by chance; it and the second book in the series were returned to my work through the book drop and I just so happened to be checking things in when they did. I’m a fan of Victorian-era England already, so it wasn’t a stretch that I would at least look at the flap on the inside of the front cover. What really got me was that even the author herself describes the book as simply, “Victorian girl spies!”. From that moment on, I knew I had to read the series and that I would be severely disappointed if I didn’t like it.

Thankfully, I adored this first novel and I cannot wait to finish the second! Also, admittedly, I was somewhat hoping for a relationship of sorts between Mary Quinn and James Easton; they reminded me somewhat of Alexia Tarabotti (Lady Maccon) and Connall Maccon from Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. (I even tweeted while reading the first book saying that I would love for Lee and Carriger to write something together and I stand by that! I would read it over and over again!)

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Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer

Twelfth Grade Kills (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #5)Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Twelfth Grade Kills

Author: Heather Brewer

Series: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

Published: 2010

Summary: It’s Vlad’s senior year of high school, which comes with more than just a typical teenager’s frustrations.

This book is my absolute favourite of the Vlad Tod series. It’s so well-written and I just could not put it down! I teared up a bit at the end, mostly because the series is over but also because the ending is beautiful and touching in its own way.

I cannot wait to read more from Brewer. She’s a great YA author.

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You by Charles Benoit

YouYou by Charles Benoit
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: You

Author: Charles Benoit

Published: 2010

Summary: You are Kyle Chase, a kid who is going nowhere in life. You are unmotivated and angry at the world. That is, until you meet the new kid at school. Zack McDade shows promise and the ability to flip your world upside down.

I picked up this novel for two reasons: 1) It’s written in second person, which is my favourite of the 3 modes of point-of-view. 2) The description from the inside flap tricked me and got me interested.

The novel itself is an easy read and second-person narrative really helps the story along. My main issue is with the ending. I felt like things were unresolved and while Benoit may have done this on purpose, I really don’t think it helped the story.

For my own headcanon in regards to this story, I’m just going to imagine that Kyle Chase ended up mortally wounding Zack McDade.

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Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

Fixing DelilahFixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Fixing Delilah

Author: Sarah Ockler

Published: 2010

Summary: When tragedy strikes the Hannaford family, Delilah finds herself back in her childhood summer home. While there, she is surrounded by painful memories and hidden truths that she must face with her mother and aunt.

I’ve had this on my to-read pile at home for a week or so now and I’d been avoiding it for a bit since I’m currently going through a family crisis of my own and thought it would hit a bit too close to home.

Thankfully, that was not the case and I was able to finish this novel in on sitting earlier this afternoon. I really enjoyed it, even though I felt there were quite a few places where the story dragged or otherwise lost my interest.

Memorable quotes from the novel include:

“My sisters may have a lot of the world figured out, but when C chases me in front of the black water while the entire state of Vermont is deep in their dreams, I close my eyes and spin around and wonder if they will ever get a chance to feel this way.” — page 93

“‘I was, but then I realized that I was holding on to something that didn’t exist anymore. That the person I missed didn’t exist anymore. People change. The things we like and dislike change. And we can wish they wouldn’t all day long, but that never works.'” — page 142

(this review is being cross-posted to She Loves Books: https://shelovesbooks.wordpress.com)

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is my first ever video blog for She Loves Books! In this video, I’m joined by my mother and we ramble on about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Basically, we both liked it and give it 3 or 3.5 stars. I haven’t read the next two books yet, but my mother has and she’s just dying to spoil the series for me. And now, without further ado, SLB Hunger Games Vlog #1:

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