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​Otherworld (Otherworld, #1)by Jason Segel

Synopsis

The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming. 


Review 

I was sent an Arc of otherworld for an honest review

Other world is not necessarily a book I would have generally picked up to read however I was pleasantly surprised with the overall story and how easy it was to follow in read this story would definitely appeal to those people who loves video games, online gaming and the concept of the idea of not living in the real world.

It starts with Simon, who has stolen his mom’s credit card to purchase a headset and grear that will allow him to enter into the beta test group for the newest game. The Otherworld is an MMO game, where people can go to live their best lives, do all the things they’ve always wanted to do. Whether that means turning yourself into a bear slayer, or hanging out at the spa all day.

However Simon real eason for wanring to play is so he can meet up with his gamer friend Kat, who has mysteriously stopped speaking to him.

When Kat is hurt in an accident, she is chosen to receive a headset that connects to a place called the White City. She doesn’t have to be trapped in a paralyzed body. She can live her days out there. But when Kat wakes up screaming- Simon knows something is seriously wrong and he needs to get her out of there.

What follows is lots and lots of actions both in game and in reality. I don’t want to say anymore because of spoilers.

This is it’s definitely one of those stories you’re either going to read in love or it’s just not going to be your cup of tea but it is definitely worth a look and I’ll be very interested what happens in book 2. 

​Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross


Synopsis

Lulu and Jek are science nerds, and have been best friends since they were young…or at least they used to be. Lately Jek has been pulling away from Lulu, just as she’s coming to terms with how she really feels about him. Just as she was ready to see if there could be something more between them. 

But Lulu’s thoughts are derailed by a mysterious new guy who’s showing up at local parties. Hyde is the definition of a bad boy, and everybody knows it…but no one can seem to resist his charms. Girls can’t stay away from him, and guys all want to be him. And even though Lulu’s heart belongs to Jek, she can’t deny Hyde’s attraction either. 

She also knows that there’s something not quite right about Hyde. That the rumors of his backwoods parties make them sound a little more dangerous than what any of her friends are accustomed to. And she doesn’t like the fact that Hyde seems to be cozying up to Jek, and that they seem to be intertwined in ways that have Lulu worrying for Jek’s safety. 

If Hyde has a dark secret, Lulu is determined to find out what it is, and to help Jek…before it’s too late for both of them. 

Review
I recived a Arc copy for a honesty review.

Let me start by saying that i have a real soft spot for Jekyll and Hyde storys. There is just something about the characters that intrigues me.

Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross is a modern day retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. This novel follows our main character Lulu who is more of a tec nerd along with her best friend Jek a science nerd. They remind me a little of ‘the big bang’ though a little more risky. But there world is changed when Hyde shows up.

Hyde is trouble but the teenagers can’t help but still be drawn to him. It is like he has them under a spell.  Lulu’s heart belongs to Jek but she is also drawn to Hyde.

Lulu sees that Jek and Hyde are intertwined in some way that has Lulu worrying for Jek’s safety. Lulu is determined to figure out Hyde’s dark secret and to help Jek before it’s too late and something truly terrible happens.

This is Amy Ross’s debut in YA, and I absolutely adored it.

I found that even if at first it was a bit slow, but as the story progresses  it pick up and you will love it. It showed all the drugs and parties of high school but it also focused on how they all want to still go to school and they have that aim for themselves. Which was a interesting concept.   As this is not something you would normally associate with people and drug use.

Overall I think this book will appeal to a wide range of people whether you’re a fan of Jekyll and Hyde or perhaps looking at your first introduction into the idea of Jekyll and Hyde

​Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody 

Synopsis 
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. 

Review

Daughter of the Burning City is a  fabulous debut Novel,  full of magic, murder, and mystery.

I always love a circus based story. There is something about the mystery  and magic that they hold that fascinates  me. Which is part of the reason why i was so fascinated by the concept of thid story. A girl without eyes who can  creates illusions that are being killed off. Place the location that travels and moves but yet at the same time seems so settled and grounded. 

Gomorrah is more of a travelling city of magicians, thieves, and sex workers as opposed to what we would consider “performers.” Would be ( e.g.  clowns, aerials) .

 Sorrina is a very down to earth protagonists. She’s hellbent on finding who has been killing her family.  She is also dealing with her own insecurities of being “a freak.” She’s a real teen girl who just wants to find love and be with her family, though they are palpable figments of her imagination. 

Luca’s character strikes an interesting balance between the stereotypical arrogant bad boy love interest with a dark past, and an actually compassionate individual.

 This is a definitely a page turner full of unique magic, dark secrets, and exciting mystery. I would definitely recommend to all my fantasy lovers, and I even think non-fantasy lovers would enjoy because of how subtle the magic is woven into the world.

The suspense was also perfect throughout the novel, The plot was so exquisitely woven. 

This is a perfect blend of magic and mystery. It is a great read and will leave  you thinking about running away to join the circus. 

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares  by Krystal Sutherland


Synopsis 
Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an agoraphobe who hasn’t left the basement in six years. Then there’s her twin brother, Eugene, whose fear of the dark goes far beyond the things that go bump in the night. And her mother, Rosemary, is absolutely terrified of bad luck.

As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse…so far. She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. 

Esther thinks she has it all figured out, until she’s reunited with an old elementary school classmate—and first crush—Jonah Smallwood. The encounter leaves her stranded at a bus stop and swindled out of her phone, all her cash, a Fruit Roll-Up she’d been saving, and her list—not to mention her dignity. But the theft is also the beginning of an unexpected friendship between the two, one that sends the pair on a journey of self-discovery as they try to break the curse that’s consumed Esther’s family. Together they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love.
Review 

Let me start by saying that this is a beautiful story that touches on some very serious issues. Such as depression, anxiety, and suicide. But it also encourages you to face your fears, and learning to accept help when you need it most.  Some people may find this hard to read, but it is worth it.

Can you imagen a life that is consumed by  a fear or the idea that the thing you fear the most will be what kills you? That the idea stops you from living, from discovering who you are?

That is the case gor Esther. She is as far from a normal teenage as you can get. Her life is dominated by her semi-definitive list of 50 worst nightmares and the curse on her family.  Not to mentioned that she hides behind the cloths she wears.

Then there is her twin brother who is deathly afraid of the dark, her best friend who is a ghost like mute and the boy who broke her heart. 

 A contemporary novel with fantasy elements. The story does cover a wide range of topics that are all relatable in todays society. Topics like suicide, mental health, domestic violence and addiction. There is a lot going on in this book, but it never feels overwhelming. A Teenage life is filled with conflicts with family, uncertainty about yourself and about love, challenges with making and keeping friends, and all the other layers of life. All of which are portrayed  perfectly in this story.

​Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel 

Synopsis

It’s been sixty-five days since the accident that killed Juniper’s sister, and ripped Juniper’s world apart.

Then she finds the love letter: written by Camilla on the day of the accident, addressed mysteriously to “You,” but never sent. Desperate to learn You’s identity and deliver the message, Juniper starts to investigate.

Until she loses something. A card from her Happiness Index: a ritual started by sunny Camie for logging positives each day. It’s what’s been holding Juniper together since her death – but a lost card only widens the hole she left behind. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own dark secret: a memory she can’t let anyone else find out.

The search for You and her card take Juniper to even less expected places, and as she connects with those whose secrets she upturns in the effort, she may just find the means to make peace with her own.

This is a smart, funny, poignant book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry – and maybe even take notes.

Review

This is the first book I have read by
Julie Israel. It is a beautifully written contemporary book.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index is a moving story about grief, romance,  friendships, forgivness and the daily rituals that get us through all of the above.

Juniper has a ritual were she writes down everything she liked or disliked about her day in her happiness index. It’s something her older sister Camilla suggested and is now a habit she can not let go of. They are now what gers her through her day and the only connection  she has to her sister  Camilla.

But when she loses one of her index cards, her world will be changed forever. It will take her on a journey of rediscovery and growth.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, touches on many issues, in particular the grieving process.
Friendship plays a large role in this book and demonstrates how important a strong and caring friendships is.
The secondary characters in this book are well developed, relatable  and introduce their own variety of issues and themes.  

Juniper Lemon, is a character filled with personality and flaws.
Her heart is most always in the right place, even when she makes questionable choices.

This is a beautiful story that will make you think about how important those in your life are.