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Teen SRC 2019 – Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

This review is for Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter.

The reason this review took so long to get to you guys was that I couldn’t find it on the library catalogue so I thought the library didn’t own it? But I just re-searched today and it’s on… that was a little odd but I’m not mad about it 🙂 Anyways, I read it on Hoopla so if you’re more of an e-book person, this one’s for you sis.

No synopsis for you guys, sorry but if you want to know what the books about just read the summaries from my reviews of the previous two books!

Thoughts: I LOVED this finale. It was a lot deeper than the first and second books which made it more emotion-filled (I cried. Just a little though!). The ending was very satisfying (especially in terms of romance) so if you’re one to get mad about unsatisfying conclusions (like me), you won’t be disappointed here. I really loved the romance that was in this book as well because it wasn’t super intense, not everything was about it; but it was always there, very sweet and very, very adorable. I HIGHLY recommend this book, you really will not regret it. My final rating is 5/5 stars.

P.S. From now on, I’m going to rate books out of 10 instead of 5 because I feel like there are amazing books and then there are completely life-changing ones and I really need to differentiate them.

Teen SRC 2019 – Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Hey guys! I finished the sequel to Uglies: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld; so here’s the review for y’all 🙂

*Note: I’d recommend you read my “Uglies” review first. It’ll help you get a way better feel for the series and understand my synopsis a bit more, I wouldn’t want you to get lost and not want to read the book because of that.

My thoughts (no spoilers): I remember saying Uglies was fairly fast-paced but didn’t leave much of a long-lasting impression on me and Pretties is a little bit better than that. It too has a very gripping plot that made me unable to put it down but once I finished, aside from maybe an hour of that “returning to reality” feeling, I was fine. What this means is that it’s a really good plot but the emotional side of the book could be improved. Overall it’s a 4/5 stars from me, not unreal but a very good read nonetheless. In reference, I will definitely be reading the rest of the books but not necessarily crying over them.

Synopsis (a few minor spoilers that you can also get from reading the back cover): Tally is finally pretty. She now parties every day in New Pretty Town with her best friends and her biggest worry is whether she’ll pass the initiation to become a member of a Pretty clique. But one day, she gets a letter from her past that acts like the pulling of a plug. All of a sudden, her old memories are flowing in and she remembers the dark side of being pretty.

Teen SRC 2019 – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This weekend I managed to finish Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and begin a little of the sequel, are you proud?

Summary (no spoilers, I’m not EVIL): This story takes place in a dystopian world where at age 16, everyone is given a surgery to make them incredibly pretty. After the surgery, they are taken away from “Uglyville” and into “New Pretty Town” to live. The story focuses around a girl named Tally who is just weeks away from her operation. Her best friend, Peris, has already moved to “New Pretty Town” and she’s left alone and ugly. One day when she’s sneaking into “New Pretty Town” to visit Peris, she meets another ugly trying to do the same thing: Shay. They become fast friends and soon, their operation day is coming up. Tally is super excited to finally become gorgeous but Shay is skeptical. She confesses that she doesn’t wanna turn pretty and is going to escape the city to a place where she won’t have to get the surgery. Tally grudgingly promises not to tell and bids goodbye, but the day Tally is scheduled to receive her surgery, she gets an unwelcomed surprise…

Thoughts: I’ve been meaning to read this book for SO long and I’m glad I finally got around to it because it’s honestly pretty good. There are many plot twists and a lot of mystery so you’re not reading through too much filler. The world-building is also better than I expected and I believe this could honestly be a possible future of our world. I wouldn’t say it’s AMAZING but I’d say it was a good read. Final rating: 3.5/5 (I feel like that’s a bit harsh but it just didn’t leave a lasting impression on me). I’d recommend this to fans of dystopia, technology, science fiction and a little bit of mystery.

Teen SRC 2019 – Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Hey guys, I’m back from a few days of Summer School and boy am I glad it’s the weekend, haha! Anyways, I’m continuing to review the Heist Society series so this is the second book: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter.

Starting off, I think I forgot to mention this in my previous previews but every single book in this series is very short and fast-paced. This means that I highly recommend these books to you if you’re a person who’s even busier in the summer than the school year (like me :)).

If you haven’t read my review of Heist Society (book 1) I highly recommend you do so because it’ll help you get an overall feel for the book and you’ll come back understanding what I’m talking about. Just click here. If you’re back from there, read on for a short synopsis and my thoughts for this one!

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Teen SRC 2019 – Heist Society by Ally Carter

Hey guys, first off, Happy Belated Canada Day! I hope you had some fun in the sun yesterday 🙂

This week I’m reviewing Heist Society by Ally Carter, who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors of all time. Her stories are always super action-filled and lately I’ve been reading A LOT of her books.

Summary (no spoilers, don’t worry): Heist Society is about a girl named Katarina (aka Kat) who has been training to be a thief since she was born, literally, meaning her first “job” (aka robbery) took place at the age of 3. She comes from a whole family of notoriously good thieves and therefore, the criminal life IS her life. However, Kat didn’t want to keep stealing anymore, so she conned her way into one of the best boarding schools in the world and ran away from the “family business”. Unfortunately, trouble just always seems to find her despite her efforts at a normal life…

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, it’s a light read and very fast-paced. I love the character relationships and her huge, crazy family too. To give you an idea for how much this story hooked me, I finished the entire trilogy in 2 and a half days. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone really, although I think it’ll appeal more to younger audiences as the topics aren’t very deep or serious. I’d rate this a 4/5 because the sequel and sequel to the sequel are way better because the plotline just keeps on developing!! Now what are you waiting for?? Go borrow it already!

Teen SRC 2019 – Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Since I’m starting summer school next week I wanna make sure I get a few reviews out before I become flooded with homework again… -_- For those of you with similar struggles, I feel you sis.

So… today I’m reviewing Mirage by Somaiya Daud and I actually read the advance reader copy (given to me at a meeting of the RPL Teen Ambassadors (which you should totally join 😉 ) ) of this book so I’m not sure if my review will be entirely accurate. However, I am inclined to assume that there aren’t any major plot changes between the real deal and the ARC. Below is a brief summary (no spoilers, don’t worry) and then my thoughts.

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Teen SRC 2019 – I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You; by Ally Carter

Hey guys, it’s that time of year again: time for the annual Teen SRC!! To start this year off, I’m reviewing I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.

This is a book about an all-girls spy school and the adventures a few of the students have. The main character is a girl named Cameron, nicknamed Cammie, code-named The Chameleon because she can blend in very well with her surroundings. Her mother is the principal of the school and also a professional secret agent as are all of her teachers. I picked this book up at the Whale of a Book Sale expecting a cute little spy story with an unimportant plotline and some lessons about friendship along the way but I got SO MUCH MORE than that. The story is actually very well thought-out, captivating and intricate. This is a classic example of “don’t judge a book by its cover” because guilty as charged, I tend to do that a lot XD.

This is the first of a 6 book series and it is the lightest read out of all of them. In a way, it’s kind of like Harry Potter, the plotline just gets darker as the girls get older which means although the “cute little spy story” stereotype may still apply a little to this first book, it completely disappears as the story progresses.

All in all, I absolutely LOVED this book although it is not my favourite in the series so I’ll have to give it 4/5 stars. The one thing about this book is that it probably would not interest boys and is very much geared towards girls. With that said though, !SPOILER ALERT!, a boys’ spy school might exist as well :))

Teen Book Review – Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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I was originally going to review another book this month but then I remembered that I needed to return this book soon due to others having holds on it. Therefore, I’m writing this review now before I lose the book and can no longer skim through for the details. So, this month I read Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare; aka Book 3 of the Dark Artifices, a spinoff from the Mortal Instruments or better known as the Shadowhunters series.

To start off… This book is ENORMOUS. I couldn’t bring it to school in fear of having my shoulders fully dented by the sheer weight of this thing… I’d say the only other book I’ve read of this size would be Kingdom of Ash, from the Throne of Glass series. I cannot reveal too much of the plot since this is still a pretty recent release but I can say the Emma and Julian (the two main characters) have a lot to deal with in this book and there are actually numerous side plotlines happening throughout which revolve around the Blackthorn siblings as well as the Seelie and Unseelie faerie courts. A few new characters are introduced although not many deaths of old ones. I think I’ll stop here and give a rating: 4/5 stars. Not a perfect rating…BUT I have absolutely nothing against the plotline or characters or even the writing. I just feel as if everything was wrapped up a bit too perfectly to be realistic/believable for me. Other than that, I highly reccommend it :))

Teen Book Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

First off, Happy New Year everyone! May 2019 treat you well :))

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This week I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I found it really quirky and cute but not as relatable as I thought it would be. That aside, I must say I enjoyed it far more than Eleanor and Park, also by Rainbow Rowell, which was the second hyped-up book that didn’t meet my standards (after The Hate You Give). Fangirl is about a young woman named Cather just getting used to college life. Her twin sister, Wren, has always been the risk-taker and the extrovert while Cath stayed in the background and lived in the fictional universe of popular series: Simon Snow, and now, in college, she’s feeling isolated more than ever. At the beginning of the book, Cath is super shy and goes out of her way to blend in and disappear. When she’s in her room, she avoids her roommate as well and instead focuses on the Simon Snow fan-fic she’s been working on her whole life. As the story progresses, however, she meets new people…whether she wanted to or not and starts to open up more and more.

Like any Rainbow Rowell or John Green book, there isn’t really a plot and the main component is just continued character development and relationships, which sadly, bores me quite a bit. However, I did like this book, just not as much as I probably would’ve had it had a more intense storyline. Overall rate: 4/5 stars, nice light read.

Teen Book Review – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Image result for scythe the bookScythe by Neal Shusterman is actually the book prize I won from the 2018 Summer Reading Club so naturally I was pretty hyped. I really like the dystopian genre, hence half of my other reviews and I mean, just LOOK at the cover 🙂 !!!! However, I had recently read The Hate You Give (which was another one of the Richmond teen picks) and sadly, I was pretty disappointed by it. Happily though, Scythe turned out even better than I expected. For those of you who don’t know already, Scythe takes place in a world where everything is perfect, nothing poses a threat to you, as you CANNOT die. However, since population growth still needs to be controlled, there are highly trained individuals around the world whose jobs are to “glean” (basically controlling the population by killing). They are scythes. Their job is to select victims randomly and glean a certain number per duration of time. They are held to the highest moral fibre of their being, meaning they need to rise above the seven deadly sins of humanity and glean with honour, justice and equality. Because after all, the first requirement to becoming a scythe is to not wish it. However, not everyone is as honorable as they claim, you might even find that a few, quite enjoy what they do. (round of applause for that rhyme there, thank you) I’m not gonna say anything else because if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it is spoilers…But I leave you with this last comment: This book is amazing, it is very well written and it’ll do you good to give it a try. 5/5 stars for the win! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go read the sequel, and remember, “thou shalt kill”.