River’s Quickie Reviews! #2

13438572Title: Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho (October 9th 2014 by Viking Children’s)

Synopsis: What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track?

Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.

River’s Review: Jesus H. Christ that book was like a kick in the stomach. I don’t remember the last time I related to a book THIS STRONGLY. Change the characters names, New York to Japan, and this is my story plus-minus a few things. God I want to cry now.

Also the writing is fucking amazing. AMAZING. This is the type of story that makes you feel nostalgic for the life you wish you’d had (or did have and left behind).

I am so happy I read this. Even if I do feel like crying. – 5/5 Stars


16005219Title: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil (September 16th 2014 by Balzer & Bray)

Synopsis: The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

River’s Review: NEXT BOOK PLEASE! Wow, I flew through this. Totally loved it. There were a lot of characters so sometimes it was difficult to keep track of whos-who, but overall I really enjoyed everything about this! The tension was tight, the mystery kept me guessing (and I’m STILL guessing because it doesn’t get solved in this book, omg need the next one now!) and the romance was juuuuust enough. I really liked all of the girls, their friendship and dynamics, the setting… everything! And omg all of the Star Wars quotes. Amazing. – 4.5/5 Stars

Huge thank you to Balzer + Bray, Viking Children’s, and Edelweiss for these ARCs!


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