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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil

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Review: Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil
Get Dirty
Gretchen McNeil
Series: Don't Get Mad #2
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, YA
Publication date: June 16, 2015
by Balzer & Bray

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The members of Don’t Get Mad aren’t just mad anymore . . . they’re afraid. And with Margot in a coma and Bree stuck in juvie, it’s up to Olivia and Kitty to try to catch their deadly tormentor. But just as the girls are about to go on the offensive, Ed the Head reveals a shocking secret that turns all their theories upside down. The killer could be anyone, and this time he—or she—is out for more than just revenge.

The girls desperately try to discover the killer’s identity as their personal lives are falling apart: Donté is pulling away from Kitty and seems to be hiding a secret of his own, Bree is under house arrest, and Olivia’s mother is on an emotional downward spiral. The killer is closing in, the threats are becoming more personal, and when the police refuse to listen, the girls have no choice but to confront their anonymous friend . . . or die trying.
-A copy was provided by Balzer + Bray for review-

Remember the time when I kept sayingGet Even, the first book of this duology, was better as a standalone?

Well, I now eat my words, because if that book was a standalone, Get Dirty wouldn’t exist, and I would have missed a book that was BAD. ASS. AWESOME. Seriously, guys. I enjoyed this way more than I expected to, and I’m so happy with how everything was written and concluded!

I mean, seriously? It doesn’t only has suspense (I was on my toes the whole time), unpredictability (I swear I couldn’t guess who the perpetrator was… the timing of the clues and how they were laid out and everything made me SECOND-GUESS EVERYONE), girl power (four girls with different personalities being fantastic together and individually), but humor, too! I swear, guys, this one made me cackle like a madwoman drunk on power because of how funny he was.

Olivia threw her arms wide in despair. “We’re never going to figure this out. Bree’s going to rot in jail. She’ll shave off her hair, take over a prison gang, and start calling herself Bitchslap.”

Obviously, this one picks up where Get Even left off – where the stakes have gone higher than ever before and the situation has gone absolutely apeshit insane. A killer is on the loose and they only have dead ends for leads. What’s so special about here is that it doesn’t just include the four original girls now, other people have joined the fray and have decided to combine forces to stop this mayhem once and for all. And oh my goodness, guys, the epicness really goes off the roof, especially with the addition of Ed the Head, the “weirdo” with a penchant for digging up scoops and locating impossible-to-find information. And did I mention he adds a lot of comedic relief? Yes, yes he does.

“Bree trusts him,” Olivia said. “Enough to have him make contact with us. I thought that was a good enough reason to swear him into DGM.”

Ed laughed. “Awesome. I was getting tired of being the only penis around here.”

Kitty narrowed her eyes. “You may not be the only penis, but you’ll still be the only dick.”

I seriously love all the characters. Kitty, Bree, Olivia, Margot… they are all seriously so well-written and portrayed here, all having their own distinct personalities and quirks that make them memorable and special in their own ways. I love how a common goal held them together, solidying a friendship that is so genuine and relatable. It’s definitely a refreshing perspective, considering a lot of YA novels have so much girl-to-girl hate. They all compliment one another and support each other; they don’t just have their own interests at heart but the group’s too, and it’s just so fulfilling to see them do all this and figure out the mystery at the same time.

And the writing! Gods, for me, this book was simply written better than the first one, in which it’s not just the personalities of the characters that jump from the pages, but the atmosphere and emotions, too. It really builds the suspense and mystery well, leaving you hanging in every chapter… I don’t know about you, guys, but this rarely happens to me in the mysteries I read now. It continuously keeps you intrigued throughout each reveal, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you flip pages faster than The Flash can run. 

All I can say, this book was such a fun read and made me remember how mysteries and thrillers can be so enjoyable. I love how despite the fact this was set in a high school setting, the atmosphere still felt so ominous and sinister; its unpredictability makes us pay better attention to the characters and their gestures. 4 stars! Give it a jacket!

4 Stars
4 Hot Espressos

Blog Tour: The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe – Review and Giveaway

Blog Tour: The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe – Review and Giveaway

Posted by on 02/26/2015 • 9 Comments

This book was very refreshing. The MC was such a fabulous voice and I really liked reading this from his POV. While I didn’t always like the character, he was really wonderful and I felt for him. I loved the writing and how he would be telling us something and create a scenario, then tell us that wasn’t what really happened. It was entertaining. He was bright and creative.

Billy was one of those characters that you really feel. He is not the stereotypical rich kid at all. In fact, he doesn’t really care about any of that and he sometimes thinks things would be easier if he was not the child of rich parents. Not to mention the death of his sister that is a constant ache for…

Review: Losing at Love by Jennifer Iacopelli + Giveaway

Review: Losing at Love by Jennifer Iacopelli + Giveaway

Posted by on 02/25/2015 • 6 Comments

Penny, Jasmine, and Indy are back in all their wonderful glory! Losing at Love is the sequel to Game. Set. Match. which I completely loved when I read it 2 years ago. And even though so much time has past since, I was easily taken back into the world of tennis and competitions and romance and drama. This novel is more character than plot driven – the later doesn’t progress all that much, but the friendships and personal goals do, which are just as important for the story to move forward.

All in all, this novel is a character driven drama about these girls’ complicated lives as Tennis pros. Don’t let this scare you off, however, I know squat about that sport, and I was completely captivated by the…

Review: Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash

Review: Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash

Posted by on 02/24/2015 • 8 Comments

This was very dark, very gritty, and very powerful. I have read a few books about school shootings, and while my favorite will always be Nineteen Minutes, this is one I’m not likely to forget any time soon.

Silent Alarm focuses more on after the fact than the shooting itself. We do see the event unfold, but the story is more about Alys having to live with what her brother did. As expected, there’s a great amount of grief, of guilt, of “what ifs” on her part. Her character is developed in a way that even though she closes herself off emotionally – self preservation and all – she still lets us in. With many emotional books like this, I keep myself at arm’s length due to the overwhelming…

Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Posted by on 02/23/2015 • 17 Comments

It’s been a little bit since I have read a contemporary, especially one that sucked me in and I read the book in one day. This book did just that. Well, almost. I actually started the book late at night and only got a few chapters in, then when I picked it up the next day I didn’t stop until I was done. I really liked the characters and their stories were hard, but amazing. I understood where both the MC’s were coming from, even if sometimes their behaviors did irritate me. Most of all, the overall story was just great. All of it, from beginning to end. And I loved that it was dual POV so we get to be in both Skylar and Josh’s head.

Skylar was…

Cover Madness Giveaway: Winter 2015!

Cover Madness Giveaway: Winter 2015!

Posted by on 02/23/2015 • 7 Comments

There are some great covers that have been popping up this winter, and what better way to show them off than with a Cover Madness giveaway!? For those who are not familiar with this giveaway (we’ve been doing one every few months for a couple of years, now), basically it’s to feature some of our favorite new covers of upcoming books, and you get to win one of them! Since none of these are actually released yet, you’ll be winning a pre-order of the book of your choice from the pretty selection below!

 

What’s up for grabs:

Two winners will have their pick from the new covers below:

**If the book chosen happens to become unavailable at TBD the winner will have…

Giselle’s Stacking the Shelves [February 22nd]

Giselle’s Stacking the Shelves [February 22nd]

Posted by on 02/22/2015 • 23 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews featuring the books we got this week, and I also mention blog news/happenings of the past week. Hi bookish lovelies! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I’ve been fighting off a cold for the past week so I’m mostly doing nothing or watching TV – which I’m not complaining about I guess Any good movies you’ve seen lately? I’ve been binge-watching The Good Wife but once that’s done I’ll need some new entertainment! So this week I only got a few eBooks. I think our city and driveaway are so deeply buried in snow that no mail could even reach be to be honest >.<

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I received for review:

Fresh Batch (New Releases February 22nd – 28th)

Fresh Batch (New Releases February 22nd – 28th)

Posted by on 02/21/2015 • 10 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

A Darker Shade of Magic V.E. Schwab Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #1 Publication date: February 24th 2015by Tor Books

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Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black…