Do It In 140: Harper Buzz Books (4)

Posted 10 July, 2015 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Tweet-Short Reviews | 11 Comments

17661416Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

(YA Contemporary, hardcover, 448 pages; published May 19, 2015 by Greenwillow Books; source: publisher)

Mama Bear came out strong while reading this one–I just wanted to hug Alice, who’s struggling so hard and her quest for a normal life. Fantastic unreliable narrator.

22588585Solitaire (Solitaire #1) by Alice Oseman

(YA Contemporary, hardcover, US, 368 pages; published March 30th 2015 by HarperTeen, source: publisher)

Liked the premise, the realistic school atmosphere. Didn’t enjoy the MC; some of the computer/hacking stuff was already outdated (Internet Explorer? Really?).

22392915Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

(YA Contemporary, hardcover, 336 pages; published February 17, 2015 by HarperTeen, source: publisher)

Quick read, strong writing. Really liked the love interest…except the MC already has a boyfriend when Declan steps on the scene AND she cheats! W/ no consequences!

22403036No Parking at the End of Times by Bryan Bliss

(YA Contemporary, hardcover, 272 pages; published February 24, 2015 by Greenwillow Books, source: publisher)

Doomsday cult with no apocalypse. Oops! Liked how the family tried to pull itself together after that big disappointment. Interesting take on family, homelessness.

22840398Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

(YA Fantasy, hardcover, 361 pages; published May 19, 2015 by Greenwillow Books, source: publisher)

Twisty, turny story w/ an interesting male MC. Wish the worldbuilding was more solid, progressive. Enjoyed the side notes, steampunk-y atmosphere.

22836576The Death Code (The Murder Complex #2) by Lindsay Cummings

(YA SciFi, hardcover, 496 pages; published May 26, 2015 by Greenwillow Books, source: publisher)

Dark and twisted, jam-packed with blood and violence. The pacing is fast and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Too bad I wanted Zephyr, the MC, to bite the big one.

23215464The Fog Diver by Joel Ross

(MG Fantasy, hardcover, 336 pages; published May 26, 2015 by HarperCollins, source: publisher)

This story reminds me of why I enjoy MG Fantasy. I don’t read it often but still. Great MC, interesting worldbuilding, intriguing plot. Loved Chess and the other characters.

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11 Responses to “Do It In 140: Harper Buzz Books (4)”

  1. Mary you are a reading machine! I bow down to the speed at which you read. I have a number of these books on my shelf waiting for me to read them and I just haven’t had the time. Fail. I do want to read The Death Code though now I’m a little nervous since Zephyr didn’t seem to appeal much to you in this second installment (did you like her in the first?). Fabulous tweet-length reviews!
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