21 July 2017

Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines REVIEW

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Summary:

During the week, Lyn lives in a big house in Cambridge and hangs out with friends in Harvard Square. But over the weekend, she cheers her father on as he gears up for neo-gladiator competition--a high profile televised blood sport that rivals the NFL. Lyn's father is the top player in the league, and the paparazzi that have always swarmed him have started to dog Lyn's every move. All this fame comes with another price--Lyn's family lives with the constant presence of violence, uncertainty, and a strict cultural code set by the Gladiator Sports Association. When a skilled young fighter slays Lyn's father, the GSA imposes an unthinkable sentence--Lyn must marry her father's murderer. Though her mother has made a career out of marrying into Glad culture, Lyn is prepared to do whatever it takes to claim her independence. Even if it means going into the arena herself . . .

My Thoughts:

This book was very different than other books I've read, and a lot different than I thought it would be. Lyn is actually for nonviolence, and doesn't care much for Glad society/culture. And her brother, Thad, is special needs, and can also tell the future, as he predicted their father's death a year before it happened. Lyn is determined not to marry her father's murderer, and to take care of her family herself, even after her mother commits suicide.
There's no action until the end, and that's when Lyn starts to fight the murderer instead of marrying him. And despite telling a family friend NOT to bring Thad to the fight, they do, and he gets injured trying to get to Lyn. That's about when the book stops, and the conflict/fight was supposed to carry on another time, but as far as I know, there's no sequel.
Yes, the author doesn't use quotation marks, which is a bit confusing, but not too confusing to make me stop reading. The Glad rules are kind of stupid and unnecessary, but I guess that's what happens with a society like this. The only problem I have with this book was the lack of successful end of conflict, and a few things that could have been explained more.

My Rating: 5 stars

18 July 2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White REVIEW


Summary:

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins who helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets--instead they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to question whether she can continue in this life when she's offered the challenge of a lifetime--determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family's history, their very name?
As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the crown--so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, Peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.
When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth--about Peter's past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.

My Thoughts:

First, I'd like to correct the summary: Rosemary pretends to be a librarian, not a historian.
Next, I'd like to say how hard it was to put this book down: very hard.
At the beginning the story is interesting but then for a bit was boring; however it got very exciting later on.
What's funny is that Rosemary is there to prove him guilty of being loyal to Germany but actually ends up proving him innocent. And falling in love with him. And also marrying him.
Peter is trying very hard to hide the fact that he writes novels under a pen name because a lot of people hate him because they think he's guilty.
I will definitely look into reading more of this series when the next books come out.

My Rating: 5 stars

**I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for review. Thank you!**

05 July 2017

Dove Alight by Karen Bao REVIEW

**sequel to Dove Arising and Dove Exiled**
Summary:

Shy, introverted Phaet Theta has gone from being a top student to an interplanetary fugitive to the reluctant but fierce leader of a revolution. With the Earthbound on their side, she and her friends finally have a chance at toppling the evil leaders who've held the people of the Moon hostage for decades. But as the death tolls rise, the cost of war weighs heavily on Phaet, even as she's forced to lead her siblings and Wes, the love of her life, into unimaginable danger.
Phaet began this war because she lost a person she loved. Will she have to lose another to end it?

My Thoughts:

The answer to the last question is yes, she loses Wes. I'm not even totally sure why he had to stay behind, but even though I had a feeling it would happen, I still cried at that part. Also, she ends up marrying the friend who had feelings for her from the beginning--another thing I saw coming.
Other than those things, I loved this book a lot, and I really hope the author continues to write more books not related to this series, since this is the last book.
I saw someone else's review on this and they said it was "the hunger games but in space" and I got really annoyed. Sure, there are a few small similarities, but there are tons more differences than similarities. Other than the fact that there's a corrupt government and a revolution, there's not really any more similarities, big or small.

My Rating: 4.5 stars