Review: The Lost Causes

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Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting

Mystery/Young Adult/Fantasy>Paranormal/Thriller

Misfits. Outcasts. And the only ones who can find a killer.

They’re the last people you’d ask to help with anything, much less a murder investigation. The rich girl, the obsessive, the hypochondriac, the addict and the hot-tempered athlete—people think they’re beyond help. Lost causes. But where the world sees losers, the FBI sees its only hope.

With the help of a dangerous serum, the FBI erases the teens’ past problems and unlocks a psychic ability within each of them. In return, all they have to do is help find the killer who’s turned their small town upside down.

But as they close in on a suspect, they expose a conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who—if anyone—they can really trust.

If anything happens to them, will anyone even care?

This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review.

Unfortunately, this book was a DNF at Chapter 11 (my kindle says 23%). I seriously wanted to like this book, from the description it sounded like it could’ve been really great. It just didn’t work for me.

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Review: A Grey Sun (The Denounced #1)

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SJ Sherwood

Young Adult/Science Fiction>Dystopia

A convicted Denounced, sentenced to Death.

When sixteen-year-old Ned is wrongly convicted and kidnapped to a secret location, he meets ninety ‘Denounced’, and a terrifying truth begins to unfold – one that will change the world forever. 

Forced to lead a Pod of five, Ned begins to realise thousands of lives could depend upon him. A survivor by nature, he now has to face his past, confront his destiny, and fight a System that has never lost.

A Grey Sun is the first in a three-part series following six Denounced teenagers as they struggle to live in a world where a simple mistake will cost you your life…

This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review.

This is an alright debut for a beginning author. It was an entertaining read with nothing really major to complain about. The main character, Ned, lives in an world with a government that conforms everyone to a secular world and those who protest are denounced and killed. Very interesting idea and I am glad it is being published after the craze of dystopian novels because I think it would have not been utterly lost in the masses.

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Review: Fahrenheit 451

fahrenheit451Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Classic/Science Fiction/Dystopian

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

With only myself to blame it took me three months to finish this book. It had nothing to do with it being boring or me not being interested, I just get going with life and don’t find time to sit down and read. Or I fall asleep a half a page in.

Anyways, I liked this book a lot. There is a reason why it is a classic. I think the story can apply to all generations and I think everybody should read it at least once. It’s one of those books that make you think. I am glad that I chose to read it on my own though and didn’t read it for a class. Reading books for high school kinda ruins them for me as you are forced to analyze and dissect every single aspect of it.

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