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Throne of GlassSarah J Maas

Bloomsbury (2012)

ISBN: 9781408832332

Reviewed by Tamara Felsinger

Celaena is an assassin working in salt mines to serve her life’s sentence after getting caught. But the prince and his captain take her away earlier than anticipated in order to enter her in a tournament against the most brutal criminals in the land so that she might win the right to become the king’s Champion. Except, when she gets there, she discovers someone’s killing competitors in the most horrific ways, and she might be next.

I really wanted to like this book. A Cinderella retelling where she’s an assassin sounded cool. But I usually read books in a day, and months later I’m still only halfway through this one so I decided to call it quits. There are plenty of other books in my TBR (To Be Read) pile demanding my attention.

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Brigid Kemmerer

Elemental, book 2

K-Teen (2012)

ISBN: 9780758272829

Reviewed by Tamara Felsinger

Spark is the second book in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. The first book Storm has done very well in Australia and has just been picked by the popular blogger website Smart Bitches Trashy Books as July’s sizzling book club read. (Link)

Spark is written from Gabriel’s point of view, the bad boy of the Merrick twins. After the chaos from the last few weeks, things aren’t even close to settling down. The Guides are still a threat looming on the horizon and there’s an arsonist in town … which is looking bad for Gabriel considering his element is fire.

As if things aren’t bad enough, Gabriel’s failing math and faces the possibility of being kicked out of his sports teams if he doesn’t start passing. He turns to the smart, quiet Layne in his class for help and discovers she has more in common with him than he first thought.

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Brigid Kemmerer

Elementals, book 1

Kensington

ISBN: 9780758272812

Reviewed by Tamara Felsinger

Do you remember the days before YA paranormals were big, and you actually enjoyed the genre?

No? This book isn’t for you.

Yes? That’s a different story.

I cringe at the thought of reading YA paranormals these days, but I couldn’t say no to this one. The plot sounded so similar to my first manuscript that I just had to see how the author did it. Now I’m so glad I had the chance to read Storm. While some of the YA clichés are still there, Storm has enough to help it stand out from the crowd. It felt like it was written by someone who actually remembered what it was like to be a teenager. It awoke the teen-fangurl in me, something not many other books have been able to claim. Plus there are five super hot guys in it.

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