ARC Review : Pop Sonnets

24869805Title : Pop Sonnets, Shakespearean Spins of Your Favourite Songs
Author : Erik Didriksen
Published : October 6th 2015

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(I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books)

The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in Pop Sonnets, a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets. All of your favorite artists are represented in these pages—from Bon Jovi and Green Day to Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, and beyond. Already a smash sensation on the Internet—the Tumblr page has 20,000+ followers—Pop Sonnets has been featured by the A.V. Club, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair, among many others. More than half of these pop sonnets are exclusive to this collection and have never been published in any form.

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Shakespeare would approve

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REVIEW : Gnomon

25765861Title : Gnomon
Author : Luchia Dertien
Published : September 1st 2015

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Emile Delaurier is a beautiful militant revolutionary, a living beacon of righteous justice for the world. For Renaire, an artist in a constant battle against the demons in the bottle, it was obsession at first sight. His devotion led to two years of homicidal partnership as Renaire followed Delaurier in his ruthless quest for equality through the death of the corrupt […].
Then Delaurier breaks his pattern, leading Renaire into Russia to kill a reporter with no immoral background, and gives no explanation for his actions.
When Interpol contacts Renaire, he already has enough problems—keeping Delaurier alive, dealing with the shift in their relationship, and surviving the broken past that still haunts him. But when he learns what Interpol wants from him, Renaire must face the truth about Delaurier: that a noble man isn’t always a good one.

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As much as i like the original, this version needs more

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Review : American Gods

american godsTitle : American Gods
Author : Neil Gaiman
Published : 2001 (first publication)

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Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

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Magical and gritty and deep, all at the same time

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Review : The Institute

24340711Title : The Institute
Author : Kayla Howarth
Published : January 7th 2015

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(I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown [and] to Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison than the safe-haven they promote themselves to be. When Allira stumbles across a car crash involving two of her school classmates, she ignores all of her father’s warnings of laying low and not drawing attention to herself. By doing so, she may have just caught the eye of the Institute.
Allira and her family need to make decisions. Do they stay, or do they flee again? Will they be coming for her?
Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.

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COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, but it’s got potential

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Review : Inked

22511892Title : Inked
Author : Eric Smith
Published : January 20th 2015

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Tattoos once were an act of rebellion. Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.
And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.
But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.
Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

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Not quite up to my expectations, but I LIKED IT NONETHELESS

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Review : Pride & Prejudice

1885Title : Pride & Prejudice
Author : Jane Austen
Published : 1813 (first edition)

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

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TAKE THESE FEELINGS AWAY FROM ME, I’M A PILE OF GOO ON THE FLOOR

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Review : Pretty Dancer

24964637Title : Pretty Dancer
Author : Cora Graham
Published : February 17th 2015

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(I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

A story about a girl who pours everything she has into her dancing. Her dream? To get accepted into The Elite Academy of Dance, and spend the rest of her life dancing on stage. To her, that’s easier than dealing with the demons from her past and the scars they left on the person she has become today. A smart mouthed, take no shit, tough girl who’s also scared, lonely, and closed off to accepting anyone new into her heart.
But in the process of wearing a hole in her ballet slippers, and the help of an ever faithful best friend, her bull headed and overprotective twin brother, and a certain boy who knows how to push her buttons, leaves her wanting for things she never thought she’d want, and just does it for her, she starts to think that maybe, just maybe, there is something more worth fighting her demons for.

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It manageD to hook me

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