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February 8, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles • January 31, 2017 • Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.

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I received this book for free from Bloomsbury for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Zoe met X on a Sunday in February, when there was a storm on its way from Canada and the sky was so dark it looked like someone was closing a giant coffin lid over Montana.”

DNF-ed at Chapter 8

I should’ve known that anything that features a lot of snow will fill me up with boredom and lull me into a deep sleep. The Edge of Everything seemed promising—it had bounty hunters! I admit, I did not read this synopsis thoroughly. Any promise of bounty hunters, I’m immediately onboard, and boy, what a mistake to board this train towards the Lowlands. 

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January 22, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos • January 3, 2017 • Bloomsbury
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Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.

Gone is her mom’s attention and cooking and parent-teacher conferences. Gone is her sister’s trust ever since she’s been dazzled by the cameras and new-found infamy. Gone is her privacy. Gone is the whole family’s dignity as ATN twists their words and makes a public mockery of their lives on Life and Death. But most of all, Jackie fears that one day very soon her father will just be . . . gone. Armed only with her ingenuity and the power of the internet, Jackie is determined to end the show and reclaim all of their lives, even in death.

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I received this book for free from Bloomsbury for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Jackie Stone loved her father.”

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January 19, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee • January 3, 2017 • Random House Books for Young Readers
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Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls™— the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman™, Supergirl™, Batgirl™, and some of the world’s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!

Batgirl has always hidden in the shadows—but does she have what it takes to stand in the spotlight at Super Hero High?

Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz, and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara’s talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She’s always had the heart of a hero . . . but now she’ll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge!

Did I screech in excitement when I heard Batgirl was getting her own Super Hero High book? You bet I did. Did I refrain from scaring the Random House publicist when she asked if I want to take part in the Batgirl at Super Hero High blog tour? Yup.

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I received this book for free from Random House for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Oh, sure, there were injuries.”

Na na na na na na na na Batgirl! Batgirl!

In this third book in the Super Hero High series, Batgirl has decided that she doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore while her friends are out there saving people. She wants to attend Super Hero High, but her dad, Commissioner Gordon, absolutely refuses to allow her. With her superior reasoning skills, she manages to convince her reluctant dad to let her attend the school (but with a few set of rules she must abide by). In Batgirl at Super Hero High, Batgirl has to deal with her desire to save people like her dad, a worried dad who doesn’t want Batgirl to get hurt, stress from all the different work loads she’s juggling, a reality show about technologically savvy people, and much more!

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January 13, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

Dear Marissa Meyer & Wires and Nerve,

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series. Goodreads

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November 25, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones by Wendelin Van Draanen • October 25, 2016 • Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House)
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My secret life is filled with psychic vampires, wheelchair zombies, chain-rattlin’ ghosts, and a one-eyed cat. But they’re nothing compared to my real-life stalker: a sixth-grade girl named Kandi Kain. . . .

Lincoln Jones is always working on the latest story he’s got going in his notebook. Those stories are his refuge. A place where the hero always prevails and the bad guy goes to jail. Real life is messy and complicated, so Lincoln sticks to fiction and keeps to himself. Which works fine until a nosy girl at his new school starts prying into his private business. She wants to know what he’s writing, where he disappears to after school, and why he never talks to anybody. . . .

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First sentence: “Ruby Hobbs came out of her room, dancing and singing, buck naked, again. “

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November 15, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

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This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills • October 4, 2016 • Henry Holt & Co BYR (Macmillan)
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Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

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I received this book for free from Macmillan for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “My immediate priority is air.”

Sloane just moved to Florida from New York, and she’s dragged to a party where she’s not interested in mingling with the locals. In comes the twins—Vera and Gabe—and Sloane’s world begins to change. She’s welcomed into their world and gains friends—something she had never experienced so deeply in her life. She navigates this new life of hers with a bit of awkwardness and love.

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