Review: The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson

17910573Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 11, 2014

Pages: 304

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher via RandomBuzzers

Genre(s): Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From a former CIA officer comes the riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs

When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations? 

J.C. Carleson delivers a fascinating account of a girl—and a country—on the brink, and a rare glimpse at the personal side of international politics. 

Continue reading “Review: The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson”

Review: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl

imagePublisher: Dutton Juvenile

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Pages: 431

Format: Hardcover

Source: Bought

Series: N/A

Genre(s): Non Fiction, Biography

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

Continue reading “Review: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl”

Review: White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

13449631Publisher: Egmont USA

Release Date: February 11, 2014

Pages: 560

Format: eARC

Source: publisher via Edelweiss

Series: Dark Passages, #1

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it’s as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she’s real.

Then she writes “White Space,” a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

Unfortunately, “White Space” turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she’s never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she’s dropped into the very story she thought she’d written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they—and Emma—may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

Now what they must uncover is why they’ve been brought to this place—a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written—before someone pens their end.

Continue reading “Review: White Space by Ilsa J. Bick”