ARC Review: Soulprint by Megan Miranda

soulprint by megan miranda

Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.

Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book, to be published February 3rd, 2015, via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. 


This book was incredibly surprising to me because I, in no way, thought I would like this book as much as I did. Sure, it has an interesting plot, but it carries that plot all the way out until the end–and doesn’t release until it’s done.

There are so many great themes to SOULPRINT, and I felt like every single one of them was unique in it’s own way. I loved the idea of soul printing, and the world-building behind this book is entirely real. I can quite literally see Alina’s world through the United States, or even the Canada, of today. For those people who feel like dystopian/future-based novels just aren’t plausible enough, I urge to try SOULPRINT.

It wasn’t even the setting in SOULPRINT that really stuck out of me in the beginning. It was Alina, and the characters around her. The very first thing I thought when I heard her name was Marie Lu’s Alina, and I expected this (somewhat) to end up being a villain’s story.

But’s it’s not, in a weird way, and that’s a lot of the beauty of SOULPRINT.

She’s flawed. She longs for revenge, even when revenge is probably not the smartest thing to be thinking about at the moment. She’s smart but can make stupid decisions. She wants to be free, and she doesn’t want to be judged by people. She even fears that June really is her, at the core.

There were so many things I loved about Alina that were really just nuances of her, and that was why I felt like she was perfect for this story. I did feel like the other characters were solid as well, but I didn’t love them as much as her.

SOULPRINT was a great, really fun read for me. I would definitely recommend it, even though I was slow to like it in the beginning, and will be rereading. 4.3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 368

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Once Upon A Gif: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Once upon a gif is a feature by Hafsah and Asma at Iceybooks, where a pre-review is written with gifs. My full review of LIARS, INC. will come out on February 20th, 2015. 

liars, inc. by paula stokes

For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

Description taken from Goodreads.


LIARS, INC. impressed me from the very beginning. It wasn’t stand-and-shout-to-the-world-how-much-you-love-this-book good, but it was exciting, well-written and with great descriptions.

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Max is one of the more out-of-the-box characters I’ve read. There were so many times when I felt bad for him, or I cheered him on, or he completely disgusted me. For the most part, he was a hero that.. isn’t really a hero at all. Someone could/should do a complete post on the many faces of Max Cantrell. It’d be worth reading. Despite that fact, Max still very much retains who he is at the core (not in a Rob Swanson way, but in a Max way) and it was something I loved about him throughout LIARS, INC.

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I loved how flawed each of the character in this story are, and it was easy to keep track of the cast because not too many people show up in this story.

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Stokes take us into a world spun of lies and everything that leads up to Max in a cabin in the middle of the woods facing two FBI agents. The world-building is beautifully done and everything is well organized so that the mystery remains a mystery but it’s easy to understand.

And the romance. I will say, Parvati isn’t my favorite YA girl. Far far away. Like where Shrek lives far away. But at the same time, I did like her at times, and I didn’t hate her in the end. In fact, I rather liked her romance with Max, and I LOVED how this book turned out. Parvati tries to act tough and cool in the beginning, but as time went on I began to see more of a different side of her. It took way longer than Preston and Max and the other characters, but I came to like her. When she does show vulnerability eventually, it makes it more important to the story.

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Then everything blew up. Not literally, but quite figuratively. The villain was definitely not who I thought they were, and I got so confused (in a good way!) about who was what. Things get more and more messed up, and I came to finally see how perverse it all is.

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Then something happened that truly threw me over the edge, something I wrestled with for awhile and debated not reviewing this book over.

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Check back on February 20th to see my full review!

pg count for the hardback: 368

Review: The Final Four by Paul Volponi

the final four by paul volponi

Four players with one thing in common: the will to win

Malcolm wants to get to the NBA ASAP. Roko wants to be the pride of his native Croatia. Crispin wants the girl of his dreams. M.J. just wants a chance.

March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams left in the NCAA basketball championship. The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first game in the semifinals, and it’s there that the fates of Malcolm, Roko, Crispin, and M.J. intertwine. As the last moments tick down on the game clock, you’ll learn how each player went from being a kid who loved to shoot hoops to a powerful force in one of the most important games of the year. Which team will leave the Superdome victorious? In the end it will come down to which players have the most skill, the most drive, and the most heart.

Description taken from Goodreads.


THE FINAL FOUR was a lot of fun, in a way that I didn’t expect. I picked up this book because I loved CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander and SWAGGER by Paul Dertler and wanted another story along those lines. THE FINAL FOUR wasn’t like those books, but it was still great.

It all comes down to the final four, and this story is told in four different point of views from four very different characters. I can’t say I enjoyed every single part of this story, but it told these stories very well. I thought that each individual character was shown in a way that displayed their differences and how they got to the point that they were at. The story is broken up to the point where it’s almost hard to keep up with sometimes, but I still found myself enjoying it a lot. There are very few bad influences to this story even though it talks about college players, and it’s really about four kids trying to leave their past behind and shoot (intended) for a better future.

At times, this story is heartbreaking, and at times it’s heartwarming. There’s some decent trash talk in it and the elements of a fast-paced ball game are in it as well. I can’t say I’m entirely happy with how things ended, but the characters each grew a lot (especially Malcolm) as they really find out what they’re fighting for.

I think that kids who grew up on basketball books will really enjoy this story, and help them to come into the world of YA books. It’s fast paced enough to keep a reader occupied, and not hard to understand even for someone who’s not an avid basketball fan. Not my favorite story, but still very entertaining and a fun read that I would recommend. 3.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 256

Once Upon a Gif: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Once upon a gif is a feature by Hafsah and Asma at Iceybooks, where a pre-review is written with gifs. My full review of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU will come out on February 2nd, 2015. 

a thousand pieces of you by claudia gray

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

Description taken from Goodreads.


At first, I thought this book was clever.

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But then I realized it was so much more. I got to love the protag, and the people around her, and her relationships with them.

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Then I got into the schematics of it all and the physics and worldbuilding and plot.

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I loved so much of this book, and it truly was amazing to read. I did have a few minor problems with it, but overall it could end up being one of my favorite book of the year. Check back on February 2nd to see my full review!

pg count for the hardback: 339

Series: Anna and the French Kiss

ARC Review: Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

gone too far by natalie d. richards

Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.

Piper Woods can’t wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She’s sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone’s sure it’s suicide, but Piper remembers Stella’s name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.

Drowning in secrets she doesn’t want to keep, Piper’s fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished…

Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book, to be released January 6th, 2015, in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.


Shall we say… Death Note?

Okay, no.. just, no. But GONE TOO FAR can stand on it’s own.

Probably my favorite thing about GONE TOO FAR is the characters in it. When I first opened this book up, I expected it to be at least as good as Six Months Later, but it wasn’t.

It was so much better.

The mystery was the very first thing that I noticed I was enjoying much more than SIX MONTHS LATER (not that SML was bad, it just wasn’t my favorite book. I actually really enjoyed it). The mystery goes by at a fairly fast pace. It isn’t too hard to figure out, but it kept me occupied the entire course of the story. I enjoyed watching every aspect of the book play out, especially when I saw where everything was going.

The fact of the matter is that in the beginning, Piper just wasn’t very likable to me. Sure, there were plenty of strong points about her. She was never so unlikable that I thought about not reading the book the whole way through because of her, just irritating in many ways, especially when faced with the ups and downs as well as consequences of what she brings about in the aftermath of Stella’s death. In fact, Piper is likable in a lot of ways. She’s smart, she knows what her weaknesses/strengths are, she’s realistic and she’s relatable.

But she’s also reckless at times, and dives straight into the idea of revenge without looking at the mysterious texter seriously sideways even once, what her actions could mean for other people. I also didn’t love how she handled the realization that the so-called vigilante had “gone too far”, to bring in the namesake of this book.

Things got way better after Piper realized that she had to do something about the situation at hand, to reverse things and make them better instead of worse. After that point, she came to genuinely think about the assumptions she’d made to get her to that point and help her out of it. Then an awesome character change came into place. The development that happens here, because of the events that have happened and the people around her, Richards highlights her characters at their very best and very worst in a way that shows how nuanced and real GONE TOO FAR is.

I think my greatest disappointment with GONE TOO FAR was that at the end, it struck me that this book could’ve been more. There were a few scenes that were spent on petty drama that I especially wanted to stick out more, to reach farther, to dig deeper into the mystery and the mess Piper got herself into, or get into the emotional weight of certain scenes more.

Overall, I really enjoyed GONE TOO FAR. The observations by Piper are vivid, well-drawn and allowed me into her world. Richards shows the relationships, growing, broken and the way they are in the beginning/end extremely well. They’re not just kind or mean, they’re everything in between. GONE TOO FAR has a complicated villain, a great mystery, an endearing heroine and writing that completely transported me into the middle of it all. I would recommend this book for people who liked DEAR KILLER by Katherine Ewell but wanted more. For people who have read GONE TOO FAR already and wanted more from it, I would recommend LIARS, INC. by Paula Stokes. 3.5 stars.

pg count for the paperback: 304

Review: Ignite by Sara B. Larson (Defy #2)

ignite by sara b. larson

Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

Description taken from Goodreads.


**This review does have some small spoilers**

I started 2014 off with DEFY, the first book in this trilogy, and 2014 ended up being pretty freaking spectacular so I decided to start 2015 off with IGNITE.

IGNITE starts out where Damian and Alexa left off. And Damian’s king, which makes this book entirely different from DEFY. In the spirit of love and honor, let’s talk about the romance first.

This series is a love triangle. To be honest, I don’t really enjoy love triangles, but I’m open to them when a good one comes up (i.e. Marie Rutkoski’s THE WINNER’S CURSE). This book really teeters in the middle of a good love triangle and a bad one for me. For one thing, I do like the romance. Damian and Alexa seem like a good couple to me, but Alexa and Rylan? I really just don’t see why the love triangle exists, or if it’s even a love triangle, because Alexa has absolutely no interest in Rylan in that way and for most of IGNITE Damian doesn’t even know that Rylan likes Alexa. It’s basically all Rylan by himself, so I don’t know if something is going to happen in DEFY #3 or what, but I had wanted to see more of Rylan and what’s going on in IGNITE.

Despite that, the romance was still very much in IGNITE. One thing I thought was a little sketch was when Alexa reveals all her fears to Damian and he brushes them away by saying that maybe all people aren’t like that and his opinion is the only one that matters. I can kind of accept this, but Alexa being convinced that he’s right and that the people will just love her because Damian said so and Damian’s opinion is the only one that matters when he’s a king and he’s got a nation to rule? ehhhhhh probably not.

There were a few other instances I’m not going to name here of things going a little towards the direction of suspended disbelief, but I really did love the romance in IGNITE. Alexa and Damian finally get somewhere, and they confront the fears from both Damian and Alexa’s sides. Larson did a fantastic job with Alexa’s inner-conflict and acceptance, and I hope that she continues on with Alexa. Initially, in DEFY, I didn’t think that Alexa could grow very much as a character, but she does in IGNITE, and I was really impressed by that.

As for plot, I did think it went around in circles a little where Damian and Alexa are stuck in this trap of trying to save everyone and everything that goes awry. I really enjoyed the cliffhanger that Larson leaves off on, but I CANNOT wait for the next book in the series. Larson also really focused on Damian’s struggle with his new duty as king and the scars that come back from his past. She wrote the political sides to this story very well, in a way that wasn’t boring and moved quickly but still covered what needed to be covered.

Overall, I think that IGNITE was much better organized than DEFY. I never had to go back to see what was going on and the book follows a very clear storyline. I was interested the entire time that I was reading it, and the pace never slowed down too much. I did want a little more action/actual fight scenes and less of the Girl Terminator archetype, but this book isn’t nearly as bad as many of those that have come out recently.

There’s plenty going on to keep the reader occupied, and the plot points are well-covered but not frustrating. IGNITE was very realistic in the sense that it talked about Alexa’s struggles with herself and others, and I enjoyed those parts a lot. It also went way more in-depth with the supporting characters and showed me different sides to them.

I would recommend DEFY and IGNITE to high fantasy fans and people who loved DEFY. Whether you want good juju or you’re simply looking for a great book, pick up a copy of IGNITE and join me in starting off 2015 right. :D 4 stars

pg count for the ebook: 304

Series: Defy #2

Dream Cast + Giveaway Winner: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

all the bright places by jennifer niven

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