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Guest Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise – Reviewed by Ruth Silver

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Review of The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

4 Stars

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sisethe boyfriend app

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Published on April 30, 2013

 

 

In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?

 

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My Review of The Boyfriend App

I’ve been wanting to read The Boyfriend App since it’s release earlier this year. It looked quirky and fun. I found The Boyfriend App to be a constant page-turner. It was probably the romance up and downs that I found myself needing to read more.  Some scenes felt outrageous, but it’s fiction. It doesn’t have to be real.

Audrey was an interesting character. I liked her. Even though we’re not alike, I could still relate to her. I loved Aidan’s character and I was rooting for Audrey and Aidan to figure out their feelings for one another. The secondary characters also held dimension.

Some scenes were predictable, but there was a twist at about 70 percent of the book that held a hint of a paranormal aspect. I didn’t exactly love the twist, but I appreciate how the author took the idea and ran with it. The Boyfriend App 2.0 made sense in how it worked. It also made me wonder how plausible is this fictional idea from becoming something real. In a sort of science fiction meets the future.

Most of the techy geek speak made sense to me. I’m not a programmer, but I took programming in high school. I know enough about technology that I could follow the story and understand what was being said and explained. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Boyfriend App. At times it was predictable and at other times there were moments it wasn’t possible to see what was coming next. If you’re looking for a fun quick read, give it a try!

 

Review by Ruth Silver, author of the Aberrant series

Aberrant Series

 

Aberrant | Moirai | Isaura

Over 16 weeks on the Amazon Bestseller List 

Book Description – ABERRANT - In the future dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.
With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

Aberrant is the first book in the trilogy.

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Book Blitz: The Crimson and the Frost by John Williams & James Colletti

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The Crimson and the Frost

Title: The Crimson and the Frost

Author: John Williams & James Colletti

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Published on: September 6, 2013

 

Synopsis:

Delve into a world of wonder and magic…where mysteries wait around every turn and a war between two immortals looms on the icy horizon…

Late one night, as young Billy Hampton investigates a strange presence in the woods behind his house, he discovers a curious transport. He makes the hasty decision to climb aboard, and suddenly he is whisked away to the remote winter wastelands of the far north.

Billy finds himself in a town full of mystery and wonder, built by the legendary Crimson Wizard and his devoted followers. The residents had lived here in peace for centuries, protected by a powerful magic jewel known as the Heart of Polaris. It is their only defense against the wicked and covetous King of Winter who wants them cast out of the lands he claims are his alone.

Now, Billy accidentally loses the Heart of Polaris and without its protection, his newfound friends become vulnerable to the power and fury of the King of Winter and his army of savage grimghouls.

Its desperate race against time as Billy and his friends search for the Heart of Polaris before they fall victim to the impending onslaught.

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Guest Review: Streaks of Blue by Jack Chaucer – Reviewed by Ruth Silver

December 19, 2013 reviews 0

Review of Streaks of Blue by Jack Chaucer

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Streaks of Blue by Jack Chaucer

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Pages: 260

Published: August 30, 2013

 

Synopsis:

Adam Upton and Thomas “Lee” Harvey are plotting the next big school massacre at their New Hampshire high school. Nicole Janicek, who knew Adam in elementary school, tries to reconnect with the damaged teen at the start of their senior year. But will Nicole’s attempt to befriend the would-be killer disrupt the plot and turn Adam’s life around before the clock strikes 12:14?

Half of the proceeds from this novel will be donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund.

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My Review of Streaks of Blue

I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jack Chaucer took a tough subject, school shootings and wrote a very poignant book. I want to commend Chaucer for taking half the proceeds of the novel and donating it to the Newtown Memorial Fund.

The story follows Nicole and her friend Candace as they go on a trip hiking together and spend the night on the trail. Nicole has a very vivid dream, a warning and message that she believes to be true. The story has a hint of paranormal in how she obtains the message, a dream but it’s believable and even at times she questions if it’s real or not.

Nicole  befriends Adam, a troubled teen that hangs out with another boy which seems to be even more bad news. I’m grateful the author didn’t try and make it a love story with Adam. That wouldn’t have felt right and thankfully the story never went there. What the story did bring was realistic emotions and a plot that for most of the book was very true to life.

I have to admit, I was a little concerned how the end would wrap things up. Contemporary novels are known to kill off main characters and I was anxiously awaiting to see if the school shooting would end devastatingly as it has for many schools. I found Streaks of Blue to be a very relevant and timely novel. I attended Northern Illinois University. I graduated a few years before the Valentine’s day massacre on campus. My best friend was on campus that day, attending NIU. Thankfully she was okay, but the story is relateable which I think makes it feel even more real. School shootings is a tough subject to write about as well as read. I felt that Chaucer did it well and would recommend the novel to sixteen and up due to language, violence and subject matter.

 

Review by Ruth Silver, author of the Aberrant series

Aberrant Series

Aberrant | Moirai | Isaura

Over 16 weeks on the Amazon Bestseller List 

Book Description – ABERRANT - In the future dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.
With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

Aberrant is the first book in the trilogy.

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