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Rush (The Game #1) – Eve Silver
Book Reviews
June 10, 2013 posted by Nichole

Rush (The Game #1) – Eve Silver

13571953So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.


I’ll be honest, the summary of Rush made me a bit nervous. How on earth was an author going to create a book about a girl in a video game world killing aliens? It sounds ridiculous. Fortunately, I actually really enjoyed it. It was fresh, fun and new. Yes, there were a few downfalls for me, but overall the ups made up for the downs.

My absolute favorite part of Rush was Jackson Tate. I found myself speed reading to find scenes with him. He. Was. AMAZING! It’s not easy to find a male character to fall head over heels in love with, but Jackson Tate is going to be a big hit with girls all across the globe. Ladies, if for no other reason, you MUST read this book for Jackson Tate!

The concept of the “video game” actually ended up being pretty cool. First of all, it never really felt to me that they were in a video game. For a large part of the book they are in reality, and then they get “pulled” to this alternate universe to kill Drau. So, it’s just like these really awesome action scenes that had me on the edge of my seat. The only downfalls with it were that there weren’t enough of those scenes for me. Also, it drove me nuts that I didn’t know how to pronounce Drau. I hate it when I don’t know how something is pronounced, because I spend the whole saying it different ways in my head. Not a big issue, but it did bug me a bit.

There were a couple downfalls to Rush, but nothing that really made me say WTF? It’s very, very, very, VERY insta lovey. Miki and Jackson hit it off like that and before you know it it’s the “I love you” and “I love you moooooooore!” I loved Jackson, so I couldn’t get too annoyed, but cmon! I need the pressure and the hesitation! I need my romances to develop over a very lengthy period of time.

Another thing that drove me absolutely bonkers was the fact that everything got answered at the very end of the book. It starts out with Miki dying and going into this alternate universe, and she knows absolutely nothing. Of course Jackson is an a-hole and doesn’t tell her anything. He just leaves her in suspense (as well as us!) and throws out tidbits of information here and there. In the very last few chapters of the book is when the information starts to come out. By that time, I was agitated. Just give me the information. Or at least don’t make me wait until the end of the book.

Finally, the book was very predictable. There were a few things that happened that I didn’t necessarily suspect to happen, but it was a very predictable plot. This isn’t a bad thing! Some things predictable is nice! In this case, though, I wanted more than the average cliché. I wanted suspense, unpredictability, and a plot that would leave me DYING for the next book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to read the next book, and I’m very upset that I probably have to wait like a year for it, but nothing happened at the end of the book that I didn’t see coming.

Overall, this was a fun summer read. It was something that I haven’t read about before, and that’s what makes this book special. This book is not for everyone, but I would recommend that everyone give it a shot. This book released tomorrow, so make sure you get your copies!


Pages: 352

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: June 11th, 2013

Rating: : ★★★½☆

Flutter Giveaway
October 28, 2012 posted by Nichole

Flutter Giveaway

Gina Linko is the author of the newly released book, Flutter. A story about love, betrayal and, yes, time-travel, Flutter brings to the table both a beautiful romance and inspiring characters. Here at YaReads, we are offering prizes for 2 lucky winners. Gina Linko is offering a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card to one lucky winner, and we are offering an additional winner a finished copy of Flutter. Simply fill out the rafflecopter below!

All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. They’re extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes. It appears that she’s tapping into parts of the brain typically left untouched by normal human beings.

Escaping from the hospital, Emery travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash’s life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. His journey is very much entwined with Emery’s loops. 

Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it’s too late

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Interview with Gina Linko
Author Interviews
October 25, 2012 posted by Nichole

Interview with Gina Linko

Gina Linko is the author of Flutter, a novel about romance and time-travel. Flutter released on October 23, 2012. You can find out more about Gina Linko and her books on her website.

Favorite horror movie?  Ooooh, I am a child of the 80s, so I would have to go with the original Nightmare on Elm Street.  That scared me out of sleeping for several nights.

What is the best thing about Halloween/October?  I love fall so much, because it’s a time of change.  WIth the weather cooling and the leaves turning, it’s like we’re all getting ready to hibernate for a few months.  Lots of time for the to-be-read pile!

What is the coolest costume you’ve ever worn?  I was Cleopatra one year in junior high, and that was a pretty cool costume.  I had a great headband with a silver, red-eyed snake on it, and a matching armband.  I loved that thing.  I think I wore it for several weeks afterward.  ; )


Can you tell us about your latest book, FLUTTER?  I would love to!

My breath came in fits and starts. And I was gone, in a flash, back to the loop. Back to my other…my other me… my other places. My other times.

All Emery Land wants is to be like any other seventeen year old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal.  But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from something akin to seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to mysterious places. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. Although they don’t believe her claims of time travel, the doctors are extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes – too interested.  What is it they think she is capable of?  Is she tapping into never-before-used parts of the brain?   Is this clairvoyance of some sort? Telepathy?  Or something else completely?

When Emery encounters a young boy—a guide of sorts who offers cryptic warnings—she intuitively knows she must decipher his clues to uncover what is really happening to her. Escaping from the hospital, she travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she meets a guarded and mysterious good Samaritan, Asher Clarke. A series of coincidences draw them together, and Emery quickly realizes that their individual mysteries – their singular secrets — might not be so separate after all.  With time running out for Emery, they must unravel their complicated connection before it’s too late.

What prompted you to write a book about time-traveling?  I think the idea of time-traveling is fascinating.  It just opens up so many possibilities, second chances, and moral questions.  And it could literally fix all of our problems, in theory, couldn’t it?  What isn’t to like about that?

Were there parts of the book that were harder or easier to write than others?  I found Ash’s story harder to write than Emery’s.  To me, Ash’s story is much more tragic.  The kind of story you wish didn’t exist in real life, but surely it does.

Was it ever difficult writing about Emery’s father, with him being such an intense character?  There is one part in FLUTTER, where Emery talks about the worst kinds of problems in life — which I won’t quote here — but I think that this section in the book sums up the crux of the problem between her father and her.  We all have these moments, these decisions in life, in which we have to decide if we are going to make ourselves happy, or someone else.  It’s an intense relationship between Emery and her father, and I tried to show that even though he is INTENSE, it is still coming from love.  Whether it is right or not. 

The ending of Flutter seemed pretty final. Can we expect more from Emery and Ash or is their story finished?  I think that FLUTTER is a full journey, start to finish.  But never say never.

What can readers expect from you next?  My next book, INDIGO, will be out next fall.  I’m so excited about it!  The summary is here:  After the death of her little sister, seventeen-year-old Corrine Harlowe moves with her family to moody, atmospheric New Orleans, where Corrine tries to keep the circle small — to keep from harming anyone else.  She believes she is to blame for Sophie’s death, believes she caused it with her strange indigo touch, until she meets a boy, who convinces her that, rather than taking life, her touch has the power to give it.


Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?  I have been so overwhelmed by the amount of support from readers, book bloggers, and the online community.  I just want to send a heartfelt thank-you to each and every one of you.  If I could, I’d hand-deliver a homemade cupcake too.  ; )

What is currently in your To-Be-Read pile?  I just started THE DIVINERS, and then it is, WHERE DID YOU GO, BERNADETTE?



Flutter – Gina Linko
Book Reviews
October 24, 2012 posted by Nichole

Flutter – Gina Linko

All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. They’re extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes. It appears that she’s tapping into parts of the brain typically left untouched by normal human beings.

Escaping from the hospital, Emery travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash’s life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. His journey is very much entwined with Emery’s loops. 

Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it’s too late.


For as long as Emery can remember she has had the ability to time travel. She calls them loops: traveling both to her future and home loops. One thing? Whenever Emery loops she has a horrible seizure, something she knows is slowly killing her. Emery’s father is convinced that he can save Emery, but he also wants to use her as his own scientific experiment. It doesn’t matter if it might be better for Emery to lead a normal life, he has to be the one to identify the problem, which causes him to treat Emery like a lab rat.

Sick of being treated like a freak, Emery runs away to Esperanza, a town that the boy in her loops has been showing her. There she finds love, friendship, self identity and pleasure. Four things she didn’t much feel back home. Intent on keeping those essential things in her life, Emery must fight to stay alive, battle a struggling romance and stay off of her father’s radar all at the same time. If only it was that simple.


I received Flutter a few weeks ago from Random House, and I strayed away because I tend to dislike a lot of contemporary novels. One day, I came to the conclusion that I could find absolutely nothing good to read. I mean nothing. Desperate, I started to search the piles littering my house, and I gave Flutter a closer look. Before I set it back down I decided that I was going to check Goodreads and see what everyone else thought about the book. Little did I know that Flutter wasn’t just a contemp, it was also about time-travel. Well, that did it. I set everything aside and dived into Gina Linko’s book, Flutter.

The romance in Flutter was so beautiful that it started to become really difficult for me to put the book down. Of course I had both school and work that week, so I’m afraid I got a bit grumpy during the many times I wasn’t able to read the book. Emery and Asher were simply perfect for each other. Honestly, I often felt that I was in a book that Jennifer Echols and Linda Howard tag teamed on. It was that gorgeous.

Above all else, I really enjoyed Emery’s character. I loved her from page one and I never wavered. I can’t even imagine how someone could become nearly as strong as Emery. If I were in a hospital, time traveling back and forth, with the knowledge that I was going to die (not to mention that my father thought I was a lab rat), I would want to curl up in tiny little ball and cry my eyes out. I would be a useless, emotional wreck (at least I can admit it), and would NEVER be able to accomplish everything that Emery managed to. I was so, so, so proud of her for everything she did, and I found myself looking up to her in many places. It takes a lot of skill to create such inspiring characters and a beautiful storyline, and this book had the whole package.

Although I loved this book, I did have a couple of problems. First, I was not a big fan of the time traveling aspect of the story. If this book had strictly focused around Emery and Asher’s romance and her time in Esperanza, it would have received a full 5 stars from me. For most of the book, I did actually consider it 5 stars worthy,  but I really couldn’t get into the time traveling portion of the book. Second, I didn’t enjoy the last few chapters of the book nearly as much as I did the rest of it. Again, this comes down to the time traveling aspect. The last few chapters of the book really focused on the looping and Emery’s father, something that I just wasn’t interested in. And, finally, the very final surprise made me angry.  These reasons made me knock off a star and a half, but I know that this probably won’t bother a lot of people. Don’t get me wrong, I would read this book again, and I will read everything else that Gina Linko writes. I just really wish this book would have been strictly contemporary.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Gina Linko created such a beautiful world and characters that you won’t be able to help but lose yourself in it. Fans of Jennifer Echols will adore this book, as the romance in it was simply heartbreaking and brilliant. Move aside, Echols, it’s time to introduce Gina Linko. Go order your copy of Flutter now!

Pages: 352

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

Rating: : ★★★½☆


Teaser Quote: “Well, go get him, you dummy” Daisy offered. I started to move toward him and he saw me. He did that thing again, where he put a hand over his heart, and he stopped dead in his tracks, gave me a smile.

Yesterday – C.K. Kelly Martin
Book of the Month
September 3, 2012 posted by Nichole

Yesterday – C.K. Kelly Martin

THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas’s life. Until that world starts to crumble.

NOW: It’s 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father’s death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can’t get him out of her head. She’s sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they’ve never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from.Yesterday will appeal to fans of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Amy Ryan’s Glow, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Ally Condie’s Matched. 

Let’s start out in the year 2063. The world is facing mass extinction. Animals that existed before, such as Killer Whales and Tigers, no longer exist. When a child is sent to their room a force field can appear in their doorway, keeping them from ever leaving. It’s unheard of to travel. Before, it was common to travel by planes or trains to exotic countries. Now, the threat of terrorism is too great to allow that luxury. Life in 2063 is much different that we experience here in 2012.

Now let’s backtrack to the year 1985. Freya Kallas and her family have just moved from New Zealand to Canada. She’s now enrolled in school, and she is making new friends. There’s only one problem: something seems to be wrong with Freya’s memories. Oh, she has memories, but they seem to be photo stills lodged in her brain. When she tries to think about her old best friends favorite band or her time with her dad at the lake, she draws a blank. Freya also finds herself suffering from intense headaches, something she cannot remember suffering from before her move to Canada.

On a school field trip, Freya notices a boy that immediately catches her attention. Yes, he’s hot, which is something Freya does not overlook, but there seems to be something else about him, something familiar. Freya just cannot shake the feeling that she knows this boy. After confronting said boy (whose name happens to be Garren), and being treated like a psychotic freak, Freya is even more determined to figure out what is going on. She knows that she has met Garren before. She knows that Garren was somehow, sometime, a part of her life. She knows that something is going on with her memory. But what is it? Follow Freya and Garren on their rollercoaster ride of an adventure, and join Freya as she unravels the mysteries of her mind.

I am a huge fan of Dystopia books. I enjoy being placed into different worlds, times, cultures, anything that is out of the norm. When I received Yesterday I was really excited to read about both the future and the past. I haven’t read too much about time travel, and it was something that I was really interested in. I thought it was really cool how the book took place in two different times and places. I wish that there would have been a little more time dedicated to the future, as I found that environment really cool. What was funny was that I kept forgetting that the book took place in 1985. I kept it replacing with 2012, and then I would get really confused about some of the music and television shows that they were listening to and watching because, well, they were very popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

I was a big fan of Freya. It was fun to watch her character grow throughout the entire book. I also really enjoyed all of the emotions that she made me feel. I felt sympathy for her when she was trying to distance herself from others at school. I cringed when she followed Garren home and acted like a total nutcase. And I was cheering her on for being so brave throughout most of the book. My only complaint about Freya was that I kept forgetting that she was an older teenager. She actually came across as a bit younger, but that didn’t change my feelings for her at all.

The teen romance was really sweet. After having a thing for Garren in the future, I thought that it was appropriate that she got the guy in the past. The best part, though, was that they didn’t automatically jump into their relationship, if that’s what you want to call it. It wasn’t one of those cases where they looked at eachother and automatically went “Oh my God, you are my soulmate! We are going to be hooked throughout this entire book, starting from page 1!” No. It took Garren quite awhile to think that Freya shouldn’t be in a mental institution. It was hilarious watching how cautious he was around her. I really enjoyed watching their relationship progress.

Really, my only complaint is that I wish there would have been a little more action in the book. There was a biiiig chunk of the book that was just about them running and trying to survive. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed those parts, I just wish that a little more action would have happened. I am really excited to read the next book, and I HOPE that we get to see more of the future.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to everyone, especially to fans of Dystopia books. It was a great read, and I am looking forward to read more from C.K. Kelly Martin.

Pages: 368

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

Publisher: Random House

Rating: : ★★★★☆

Teaser Quote: “And you probably didn’t picture running for your life.” I say. “Living by candlelight and wearing someone else’s clothes.”

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Book Reviews
June 4, 2012 posted by Kiona

Timepiece — Myra McEntire

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…

Kaleb Ballard’s relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…

Kaleb Ballard’s entire world is in turmoil. The man who murdered his father, Jack Landers, is still at large and on the loose. Emerson’s life is in danger, as are the lives of everyone Kaleb cares for the most. Meanwhile, the time continuum seems to be falling apart and all the rules are changing. Kaleb, along with Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass students need to find a way to stop Jack, even if that means allying with an even greater enemy, to restore balance.

Timepiece is even more enthralling than Hourglass. It exceeds all my expectations and further propels this series to the top of my list of favorites. Timepiece is told from my favorite character’s point of view: Kaleb Ballard. This switch may not be necessary to the series as a whole, but it’s definitely welcome and I think it’ll please a lot of people who had trouble with Hourglass and Emerson’s character. Personally, I prefer Kaleb’s point of view. He’s funny, sexy, deeply compassionate, and his ability to read emotions is equally fascinating and entertaining. His dialogue is witty and snarky (somewhat reminiscent of Jace Lightwood– although, of course, there will only ever be one Jace). He is a thoroughly flawed, lovable protagonist and I hope, hope, HOPE the third book continues with his point of view, as I believe it will.

One of my favorite things about Timepiece is that McEntire doesn’t go the love-triangle route. The love triangle was quickly established in Hourglass and McEntire could have easily played it up. But the YA genre is saturated with love triangles and Kaleb’s love for Emerson develops in a much more natural way; she comes to feel more like a sister to him, which is a great development. Emerson’s best friend, Lily, captures Kaleb’s attention though. Lily is probably my second-favorite character in the book. Her personality jumps off the page; she’s sassy, fiery, and doesn’t let any book walk all over her. Her interactions with Kaleb are a real treat. Their relationship/non-friendship is one of the most interesting and realistic and I love every second of it.

The second book in the series focuses a lot on character development, which I always love. I generally tend to fall in love with characters first, plot second. While the plot is further developed and more twists spin the novel in a ton of crazy directions, the book does seem to suffer a bit of middle-book syndrome. There’s definitely a heavier focus on relationships and the characters’ abilities than the issue with Jack. But there’s plenty of action to satisfy and new, riveting explanations about time and time travel. I would have liked to see more of Dune, Nate, and Ava again; these peripheral characters are all so interesting, but McEntire only seems to use them as a means for the main characters to get information, which I don’t think is fair. But I assume we’ll see more of them in the third book. As it stands, there is a little more development to Ava’s characters and we finally get to meet some of the Big Bads mentioned in Hourglass.

Oddly enough, I don’t really care about Emerson and Michael in this book. Once we establish that they’re still happy together, they sort of fall of my radar. I don’t mind that so much though. This is more of Kaleb’s story and not only do I find his story more interesting, but he’s also been involved in this world a lot longer so he’s able to answer a lot more questions for us about the Hourglass, time travel, and other abilities. Basically, Timepiece has all the elements of Hourglass I first fell in love with, but it’s even better. McEntire has come up with a super-intriguing world and fun X-Men style characters. Plus, this book doesn’t end on one of those annoying cliffhangers. The ending is satisfying for the book, but will also lead into an exciting opening for the next in the series. Now that I finished it, I feel like it ended too soon, but I’m definitely looking forward to rereading this series.

Pages: 342
Publication Date: June 2012
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Source: NetGalley
Rating : ★★★★½

Teaser Quote: “If I’ve learned something from all this crap with Jack,” she continued, “it’s that living anywhere other than in the moment is a mistake. Like Michael always says, the future is subjective. The past could be a lie–not just my past–but all our pasts…”

The Golden Spiral – Lisa Mangum
Book Reviews
June 27, 2011 posted by Kiona

The Golden Spiral – Lisa Mangum

The hourglass door has closed behind Dante, sending him back in time to hunt down Zo, Tony, and V. Although giving him up was the hardest test she ever faced, Abby knows that Dante is the only one who can stop the others from destroying time itself. But almost immediately, things start to change, and Abby’s worst fears are realized when Zo begins targeting her past specifically.

With each change that ripples into her present, Abby’s life continues to spiral out of control. Her relationships with Jason, Natalie, and even her family are threatened to the breaking point. Zo’s power is greater than Abby ever imagined. Will her love for Dante be enough to turn the tide?

The Golden Spiral picks up right where The Hourglass Door left off. Many of the characters return in this intricately planned sequel – but some return only to be erased from Abby’s life by Zo. With Dante gone for the time-being, Abby finds herself facing off against Zo alone as he’s determined to completely unravel her life and, possibly, the world.

Lisa Magnum is a master at story-crafting. Her lyrical descriptions at times border on poetry and her plot is so unique, full of twists and turns. While Abby solves mysteries from The Hourglass Door, she finds herself unraveling new, more complicated ones. Without Dante by her side, her strength is tested over and over. Abby grows a lot in this book and reasserts her independence, proving that she doesn’t need Dante to protect her, but that the two make each other stronger. Abby also learns to take more risks and trust in herself. Despite the fact that Zo attempts to rip her life apart, she refuses to back down to him, which is admirable given his all-around creepiness and nearly god-like power.

I was also really impressed by Abby’s friends in this book. Natalie really steps up to the plate when Abby decides to confide in her, proving that yes, she is human and therefore needs support and friendship. Natalie’s hesitance is believable, as well as her eventual of acceptance. It’s important for Abby to maintain her relationships with her old friends and I’m glad she acknowledges this, rather than abandon her friends for her gorgeous boyfriend and his complicated life. Speaking of complicated, poor Valerie. Her descent into delirium is equal parts fascinating and depressing. At first I thought she had gone completely crazy, but I was happily surprised to find out she was still hanging on, if just barely. I’m still worried about her, but glad to see that perhaps all hope isn’t lost.

If you thought The Hourglass Door was unique, The Golden Spiral pushes that kind of creativity even further. Abby’s and Leo’s use of photography is downright fascinating. Also, V’s unexpected character development is adorably awesome, though it comes with a price, and Zo’s cryptic messages are creepily alluring. Mangum blurs the line between friend and fo so that you’re left guessing up until the very end, when she drops a few major bombs. The characters are repeatedly tested and while the tests usually leave them stronger, they suffer a few devastating losses by the end of the book. And again, Mangum leaves us with a cliffhanger that leaves me, at least, craving the conclusion to the trilogy.

Pages: 362
Publication Date: May 2010
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Challenge: N/A
Rating : ★★★★☆

Teaser Quote: “He is nowhere. He is everywhere. He is in between. He doesn’t like it. The darkness presses on him and it hurts.”