Monday, September 22, 2014

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (review)

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) 
Dorothy Must Die (1)
by Danielle Paige
Genre(s): Retellings, Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 464
Published: April 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins

 Summary:  "I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission

Review: I want to start off by saying that when I started this book I what I would think if it. My twisted sense of curiosity is what got the best of me on this one and I am glad it did. Lots of twisted and backwards adventure to be found here!

Amy Gunn is your average girl who has been dealt a bad hadn at life. She has no friends (thanks to nasty Ms. Madison), her father left when she was young and her mom is is a druggie. She wants nothing more than to get away from her crappy trailer life. Well she gets her wish; just no how she expected it.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Program by Suzanne Young (review)

The Program (The Program, #1)The Program (1)

by Suzanne Young

Genre(s) Young Adult, Dystopian
 Pages: 405
Published: April 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Summary:  "In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them."

Review:   Suicide rates are higher than ever in the time period for this book. Seems mostly similar to current time but medical technology is higher and civilization control it tighter. Why? because 1 in 3 teens are offing themselves.

Right from the beginning the program annoys me in how high risks are decided. I see why people are concerned... But they are asked these daily questions such as "Are you overwhelmed or lonely?" Who isn't, once in a while at least, 1 of those things. Ugh...they need a better set of standards to filter people. You can't cry in public that is bad. If you know someone who died that is bad and if you dare contact with someone just out of The Program, WATCH OUT!

Happy Marriage Vol 4, by Maki Enjojo (review)

Happy Marriage ?!, volume 4 
Happy Marriage Volume 4
by Maki Enjoji
Genre(s) Manga, Graphic Novels
Pages: 192
Published: February 2014
Publisher: Viz Media

Summary:  "In order to help her father, Chiwa Takanashi agrees to an arranged marriage with the company president, Hokuto Mamiya—a man she doesn’t know—at the request of Hokuto’s grandfather. Chiwa believes the arrangement isn’t binding, but her new partner seems to think otherwise. Can two strangers living together find their way to a happy marriage?!
Chiwa Takanashi has married a total stranger—company president Hokuto Mamiya—to get her father out of debt.

With her first attempt at making love with her husband foiled, Chiwa starts going out drinking every night with Yu Yagami. Hokuto blames himself for what happened, but how long will Chiwa allow her husband to keep her at a distance?"
Review:  Huge turning points finally happen in this volume! Oh and a forewarnign of lots of smut in this volume. That combined with a kidnapping made this a fairly intense volume!

#TackleTBR- Wrap Up

Sign up for the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon!!! 

Well that is it.  It's over.  I didn't do as well as I would have liked but I didn't fair too badly either.  

Books I completed during the read-a-thon:
Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)Out of the EasyThe Program (The Program, #1)Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)Puppet 

and I made progress in: