Book Review: What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Title: What I Thought Was True (2014)
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 422 pages
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodreads Description

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say goodbye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy.

Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen’s dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

Review

What I Thought Was True is the story of Gwen, who is unsatisfied with her life at this small, coastal town and wants better for herself. I picked it up after I finished (and loved!) Huntley Fitzpatrick’s other books, My Life Next Door and its companion/sequel, The Boy Most Likely To. I expected this book, like the other two, to be character-driven, more mature than the typical contemporary YA, and overall a good, solid story. Unfortunately, it succeeded on the first two counts, not so much the third. Let’s get to why.:)

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Book Review: The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski

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Title: The Winner’s Curse (2014)
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy – Book 1
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: Young Adult, Historical
Extent: 355 pages
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Review

The first time I saw The Winner’s Curse, I thought it was something akin to Kiera Cass’s The Selection, which I DNF-ed pretty much instantly. The cover, after all, is similar: there’s a girl in an extravagant ball gown, and her expression is not a happy one. Well… let me just say that the two are very, very different, and I regret not reading this book sooner.

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Book Looks: Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

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Title: Nevernight (2016)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Description:

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

Read the first lines… 

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