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DNF ARC Review – The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Title: The Mark of the Dragonfly
Author: Jaleigh Johnson
Series: No
Source: Received for review from Netgalley
Release Date: 3/25/2014

 Description from Goodreads:

Fans of The City of Ember will love The Mark of the Dragonfly, an adventure story set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.
Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields.
The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home.
The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect–everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible.
Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.


This book was received from the publisher for review via Netgalley.

I really wanted to like this book. When I read the description, it sounded interesting. However, I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t find Piper to be an interesting character, and I just couldn’t relate to her world. I was actually a little confused.

Even after the meteor shower, when some more “exciting” things started happening, I was still bored. I just felt like nothing was really happening. I think I gave it to 25%, which is about 100 pages, and I still just didn’t care about the story at all. I wasn’t even curious about what was going to happen, and I really struggled to even get to that point. I’ve been in enough of a reading slump lately without forcing myself to read books that I’m not enjoying.

I’ve never heard of The City of Ember, but if that type of fantasy is your thing, you might like The Mark of the Dragonfly. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the book for me.


ARC Review – My Life From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Title: My Life From Hell
Author: Tellulah Darling
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #3
Source: Received for review from Netgalley
Release Date: 3/20/2014

 Description from Goodreads:

To say that Sophie Bloom is at the top of her game with one only week until spring equinox and the final showdown with Zeus and Hades would be, well, lying. The Goddess of Spring feels more like the Goddess of Bzz Thanks For Playing than the savior of humanity. And could her relationships be any more messed up?

Good times.

Sophie is convinced that things can’t get any worse than crawling back to her mother Demeter and begging for help. But she’s about to find out how very wrong she is.

It’s a race against time for Sophie to implement the big battle strategy in the YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology finale My Life From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book three of this teen fantasy romance series. Save herself; save the world. Humanity may be screwed.


This book was received from the publisher for review via Netgalley.

My Life From  Hell was one of my most anticipated books for this year, so I was really excited when I got approved for it on Netgalley, and I read it right away. Unfortunately, I was going through a reading slump at the time, so it took me a while to get into it.

When we left Sophie at the end of My Date From Hell, she had just been stabbed, and we were left unsure (sort of) as to whether or not she was going to survive. My Life From Hell picks up shortly thereafter, and she is alive and well physically. However, between her disagreement with Kai and the pressure of what’s to come, she is not necessarily mentally stable.

I was really drawn into the first section of My Life From Hell. However, and I don’t want to spoil it, so this may not make a lot of sense, but there’s a big twist partway through that really just turns everything upside down. Everything was so different that it left me a little confused and a little disconnected from the book. Looking back on it, it was actually pretty cool, but at the time, I just had a hard time getting into it.

However, after this section, when things picked up again, they really picked up! The final battle and the subsequent ending were so much more amazing than I ever could have predicted, and I really loved it. Even thinking back on it now, I get warm fuzzies toward Tellulah Darling on her absolutely amazing, unpredictable ending.

Overall, I thought that My Life From Hell was a great ending to the the Blooming Goddess trilogy, and I would definitely recommend it to people who like Greek Mythology, YA Romance, or just a good story!

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ARC Review – Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

Title: Ask Again Later
Author: Liz Czukas
Series: No
Source: Received for free from Odyssey Books
Release Date: 3/11/2014

 Description from Goodreads:

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…


I’ve had Ask Again Later on my to-read shelf for a long time, so when I saw that Odyssey Books was giving away an ARC while I was at the Story Crush tour, I had to scoop it up! However, I had forgotten what it was about. Once I read the description, I was really excited to start it!

If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while, you know that I love parallel universe/alternate reality stories, and Ask Again Later is one of those. Heart is planning on going to the prom with a group of friends until she gets two separate requests. Both are asking her for different reasons, though neither is interested in her. She thinks both have good reasons, so she can’t decide. After her friend makes a joke, she flips a coin to decide. And this is where the story really gets interesting.

As soon as Heart goes to see the results of the coin toss, the book splits into two sections. It fast-forwards to prom night, and we get to see what happens on both dates. I hope it’s not a spoiler to say that neither date is all sunshine and roses, which definitely leads to some amusing times for the reader! As usual, I really enjoyed when the same thing would happen but in different ways in both scenarios.

I found the ending to be a little bit predictable, but I still really loved it and thought that it was perfect. I really liked Heart and her journey throughout the story.

Overall, I was very happy with Ask Again Later, and I would definitely recommend it. It reminded me a lot of Just Like Fate, so if you’ve read and loved that one, definitely give this one a try!

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ARC Review – Blood Orange Soda by James Michael Larranaga

Title: Blood Orange Soda
Author: James Michael Larranaga
Series: No
Source: Received for review from Netgalley
Release Date: 3/15/2014

 Description from Goodreads:

Darius Hunter is a bullied high school freshman. When he drinks Blood Orange Soda to transform into a Vampire and earn respect, he soon learns life as a Vampire has its own challenges.

Set in the future on the rural landscape of St. Cloud, Minnesota where pre-Vampire teens are required by the government to take a daily Red pill to prevent their urge to bite, Blood Orange Soda is a coming of age story of love, life and death.


This book was received from the publisher for review via Netgalley.

I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting when I read the description for Blood Orange Soda and decided to download it from Netgalley, but it definitely was not what I got.

For most of Blood Orange Soda, Darius is just a Goth, a pre-Vampire, who is being bullied at school. After standing up to his bully one day, and then agreeing to a one-on-one fight with him, he starts the transformation process into a Vampire and starts drinking Blood Orange Soda to speed up his transformation. Oh, he also meets Shelby, a girl who is also transforming into a Vampire.

I’ve got to admit that I seriously considered DNF’ing this one. For probably close to the first half of the book, I didn’t feel like much really happened, other than Darius agreeing to the fight and meeting Shelby. It was really a lot of day-to-day, tedious stuff. However, Blood Orange Soda does open with a funeral, so I was a little curious about who died.

Right about the halfway point, I felt like things picked up a bit. I started getting a weird feeling about Shelby and was curious to find out whether she was actually going to be good for Darius or the absolute wrong person. I also got a bit more curious about the funeral, the fight, and Darius’s mom’s health. These few things are what kept me reading, and I do believe that the story got better as it went.

It’s really hard to say too much about Blood Orange Soda, because it’s definitely a different take on vampires, and it was kind of weird but interesting at the same time.

Overall, I don’t think that Blood Orange Soda was a bad book, and it had a really good ending, but it’s hard to fully recommend it with how slow it was for me to get into. I guess give it a shot if you think it sounds good, and at least you’re forewarned?

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