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The Remedy by Suzanne Young

My rating: 5 / 5 stars  | Goodreads rating: 4.24 / 5 stars

After how much I enjoyed the first two novels in Suzanne Young’s Program series , I was very much looking forward to picking up this third novel. (You can find my reviews for The Program and The Treatment here.) To my surprise, though, The Remedy did not deal with the same characters, and it is actually set before the suicide epidemic or the Program even started. I was a little disappointed, but I ended up enjoying this book just as much as I enjoyed The Program, if not more. Continue reading “The Remedy by Suzanne Young”

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The Program and The Treatment by Suzanne Young

My rating: 5 / 5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.07 / 5 stars

Guys. I loved this book! (I love when I get to say that!)

The Program is set in an alternate, dystopian version of modern America where there has been a massive spike in teen suicide. Nobody knows why or how to stop it. In an attempt to prevent depression and suicide in teenagers, the ominous “Department of Health” has created the Program, a fate feared among the general population almost as much as depression and suicide themselves. Teenagers can be admitted to the Program, against their will, at the slightest sign or suggestion of onsetting depression. Nobody who has not been through the Program is quite sure what happens in its facilities, but those who come back are always different, eerily tranquil, the picture of good citizens. Continue reading “The Program and The Treatment by Suzanne Young”

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Paper Towns by John Green

My rating: 5 / 5 stars | Goodreads rating: 3.87 / 5 stars

Hello, friends! Nothing follows a review about a John Green book quite like a review of another John Green book. Let’s get started!

Paper Towns is my favorite John Green book to date. (Granted, I haven’t read Turtles All the Way Down yet, but to be honest, the title isn’t inspiring a lot of confidence.) I think I enjoy Paper Towns so much because it deals with questions I spend a lot of my own time pondering: Who am I? Who are all these other people? Is it possible to ever truly understand someone else? Continue reading “Paper Towns by John Green”

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

My rating: 5/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.12/5 stars

FANTASTIC.

That’s it, I’m done. This review is over. We can all go home.

“But, Natalie! We want to know more!” Well, all right! If you insist! I can hardly begin to tell you how much I loved this book. Geekerella is a modern retelling of the story of Cinderella. (I know. “Another one?” But bear with me.) The story of Cinderella is probably one of the most well-known, long-standing fairy tales in history. The idea of a girl with nothing being found, despite all odds, by the boy with everything has appealed to people across generations and nations. Author Ashley Poston brings a new twist to the tale in the form of — in case you couldn’t guess — total and absolute geekdom.

It was awesome. Continue reading “Geekerella by Ashley Poston”

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 5/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.02/5 stars

I was suspicious as soon as I opened King’s Cage, because while the first two novels in the series (Red Queen and Glass Sword) had been narrated singularly from Mare’s point of view, the chapters in this novel are each marked with the name of the narrator. I know what that means: the main character’s death is imminent. Narration shifts are just an author’s trick to try to get readers used to hearing other characters’ thoughts so we are prepared, so the story can go on even after the main character is gone! Continue reading “King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard”

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Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner

My rating: 5/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.53/5 stars

Deception’s Princess is one of eight books in the Princesses of Myth collection by Esther Friesner. This collection takes old legends from various cultures around the world and reimagines them as novels. (Usually, two novels are devoted to each legend.) I had not heard of Friesner’s works before I happened across them in the library, but it is obvious by this point that I do, in fact, judge books by their covers, and the cover of Deception’s Princess intrigued me. Combine a picture of a red-haired girl who looks like Disney’s Merida, a falcon on her arm about to take flight, and the fact that I am a sucker for all things princess, and we have a very good recipe for a book that Natalie is going to read! Continue reading “Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner”

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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

My rating: 5/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 4.22/5 stars

Jennifer A. Nielsen’s The False Prince lacks for nothing. Sass. Adventure. Sass. Competition. Sass. Action, plot twists, humor, a few light sprinkles of romance to top it all off.

And did I mention sass?

This book follows the tale of Sage, a young orphan boy who gets pulled into a regent’s scheme for power. Lord Bevin Conner pulls three young nobodies from the kingdom’s orphanages and trains them to imitate the kingdom’s long-lost prince, but only one can claim victory–and keep his life.

Continue reading “The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen”