Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch

never missing never foundTitle: Never Missing, Never Found
Author: Amanda Panitch
Publication Date: June 28th 2016 by Random House BFYR
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★
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Synopsis

A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it’s too late?

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

Having read Amanda Panitch’s debut, Damage Done, I knew exactly what I signed up for. Damage Done is one of the best thrillers I’ve read last year so when I heard that she’s going to write another thriller, I immediately put it on my TBR.

Panitch’s writing style is simple yet effective. It hooks the reader in all the right spots which prevents them from putting down the book. That’s exactly what happened to me.

“You know what they say: never missing, never found.”

Apart from the writing style, the narration is amazing as well. It’s not that complex but it’s really interesting because it sometimes seem like the narrator is unreliable. I also like how somehow it focus on the central character, Scarlett. For some books, it’s a bit of a problem for me but for this one, it works perfectly and it’s integral to the story as well. It’s easy to follow Scarlett’s character and narration and every chapter would leave you almost hanging and definitely wanting more.

The plot twists worked in a way that made my mind go crazy. It’s exhilarating to read the story unfold from the turning point. I know it seems vague but it’s better to dive into the story without knowing anything. Just trust me, I had several WTF moments but they’re all worth it.

“This is the fourth choice. And it’s the choices we make that make us who we are.”

The flashbacks work really well with the narration of the story and how they all pieced together. They’re well crafted and I love how they made the past complement and balance out the present events in the story.

This book definitely met my expectations and I need more! It’s a great read for readers looking for quality YA thrillers and suspense.

*Review also posted on YA Books Central*

inah

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: 100 Hours by Rachel Vincent

Hey guys! I have a cover reveal today! I’m super excited to share the cover of Rachel Vincent’s new novel, 100 Hours! But before that, read what Rachel has to say about her book.

A note from Rachel Vincent

In my upcoming YA suspense 100 HOURS, Genesis and her cousin Maddie come from opposite ends of the privilege spectrum, but when they wind up kidnapped for ransom during spring break in Colombia and have no one else to count on, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought.

If you’ve read any of my previous releases, 100 HOURS probably seems like a departure for a Rachel Vincent book. And that’s what I thought, back when it was just me and an idea. But as I wrote the story and got to know the characters, I realized that even though this book is set in the Colombian jungle and these characters have no supernatural abilities, 100 HOURS is very much a book about the themes that draw me in over and over. Survival. Family friction and loyalty. High-stakes pulse-racing action. Twists, turns, secrets, and revelations. Girls who can fend for themselves—and for anyone else who needs help.

100 hours

Title: 100 Hours
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Date: March 28, 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Preorder on: Amazon | Find on Goodreads

Synopsis

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

About Rachel Vincent

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Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.

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Giveaway

ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED SET of a paperback copy of THE STARS NEVER RISE + an ARC of THE FLAME NEVER DIES

Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on July 11th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Unpopular OpinionsBook Tag

Hey everyone! So out of sheer boredom and lack of creativity for a blog post, I’ve decided to do this tag along with my good friend Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again. It’s the first time I’m doing this tag thing and I’m really excited about it!

A popular book or series you didn’t like.

The Mortal Instruments Series is one. I remember reading City of Bones years ago but I ended up bored with it so I kept on putting off reading it. I don’t even remember if it was before or after seeing the movie. I don’t know, I just didn’t feel the whole shadowhunter world. My friends are trying to get me into it though, but I kept on refusing, though I might have promised some of them that I will check out The Infernal Devices because they said it’s better. Hmmm… we shall see.

Also the Divergent series. I’ve only read Divergent but I generally lost interest in continuing the rest of the series. I saw both Divergent and Insurgent movies though and I’ve also lost interest in watching Allegiant, unless it comes out on cable tv maybe I’ll give it a try. Also, I was accidentally spoiled about the ending and yet I didn’t give any crap about it so yeah.

A book or series that everyone hates but you the year we fell apartlove.

This one’s pretty hard for me because I mostly discover books from the hype train and most of them I end up loving so I had to consult Goodreads for this one and I was very surprised. One of my favorite books for this year so far have a pretty low average (at least for me) rating. It’s The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin. It has generally mixed reviews but this book is really special to me. I was crying from reading the first chapter. I never cried that early from a book! Hahaha!

A love triangle where the MC ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with.

AHAHAHAHAHAHA ADAMJULIETTEWARNER AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Okay okay. I love the Shatter Me series but this series made me want to stay away from love triangles because I was very traumatized. Even I was confused as hell as to which person to pick between Adam and Warner. I was rooting for Adam since the start but I can’t deny that Warner had some effect on me, that’s why reading Ignite Me was a crazy experience for me. Still, I thought that it was too good to be true so yeah I didn’t buy the whole Juliette-Warner romance. And after that, I decided to be Team Kenji instead. ^^

(Also Gale Hawthorne… HAHAHAHA! I just felt like he wasn’t given enough justice and was used as a plot device)

A popular book genre you rarely reach for.

Historical fiction or sometimes retellings. I just never had the interest of reading much of them. I mostly find them boring. Although, I enjoyed The Madman’s Daughter and the sequel, Her Dark Curiosity. I’ve yet to read A Cold Legacy and seriously, I don’t know if I’ll ever come around to reading it.

A popular beloved character you didn’t like.

Miles Archer from Ugly Love. Okay, I don’t know if it seems fair since I’ve never got around to finish the book but based on his behavior from the first few chapters I’ve read, I’ve seen redflags okay. But people love the guy.

A popular author you can’t seem to get into.

Cassandra Clare, Lauren Oliver, Richelle Mead, Ally Condie. Well, I’ve already established why Clare, but the others, their books just seem like they’re not into my alley, especially with Ally Condie.

I tried to read Delirium but I fell asleep, so I watched that one pilot thing with Emma Roberts and I think it had a lot of potential until I heard that the whole book was cramped into that pilot.

I’ve lost interest with vampires so I’m probably not going to read Mead’s books anytime soon, although I was really impressed with the concept of Vampire Academy when I saw the movie.

A popular trope you’re tired of seeing.

I loathe Alpha Males that’s why I drifted away from reading New Adult novels because that’s what most of them contain and I hate it so much with a burning passion. I mean, it’s nice to be taken care of by a man sometimes but there’s a limit they shouldn’t cross and once they have started to take care of literally everything, unless you’re Chris Evans or Sebastian Stan, BOY YOU SHOULD BACK OFF AND LET ME LIVE MY LIFE THE WAY I WANT TO!

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I’m also tired of seeing love-triangles, especially when they’re handled badly and it all ends up in a big pile of mess. Also, insta-love! I get insta-attraction though, but insta-love? Yikes.

I also don’t like damsels in distress with zero character development. Sure, you need a man to save you but girl you better learn to stand on your own. Octavia Blake has done it, Sansa Stark is doing it. Trust me. It’s a big help.

Popular series you have no interest in reading

Well yeah, *goes back two questions ago* Again, the premise of their books just don’t grab my attention.

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Though I might check out The Infernal Devices, idk.

The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie / tv do you prefer more than the book?

The 100. I haven’t read the books but I’ve read enough reviews that made me decide to stay away from the books. Besides, I don’t want to ruin the character’s first impression on me since I started to watch the series.

Perks of Being A Wallflower. I loved the book but I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE MOVIE.

The Shannara Chronicles. This one, like The 100, the books generally had low rated reviews so I’m not gonna touch them. I started watching the series but I got busy with school so I never got to finish the first season and I’m planning to rewatch it from the start. And it’s super fantastic!

So yeah, there you go! Did you agree or disagree to any of my unpopular opinions? Let me know what you think!

inah

The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

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Title: The Museum of Heartbreak
Author: Meg Leder
Publication Date: June 7th 2016 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★
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Synopsis

In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.

Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.

Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.

But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

The Museum of Heartbreaks is one of my most anticipated reads for this year. I instantly fell in love with the cover because it’s totally beautiful.

Meg Leder’s writing style is catchy, simple yet it expresses a lot of emotions. Penelope’s emotions and thoughts are very easy to pick up. She’s a true romantic, she likes that “sweep-me-off-my-feet” kind of romance. While I do admit that it’s a bit adorable, it seems Pen’s a little too much of that. She is a bookworm though, and I love how she collects those things that ended up in the “Museum” because I love collecting things as well. ALSO SHE LOVES TWIN PEAKS!! The other characters are interesting somehow but I think they fell a little flat for me.

“Pen, here’s the thing: I fucking love you,” he said.
The beautiful words hurtled towards me with the momentum of a meteorite, fierce and terrible and un-take-back-able.

It seems that most of characters were written as a plot-device, thus they ended up flat. I like Eph though, he’s kind of the guy I want to hang out with. I don’t know if him being pretty bad at expressing his emotions can be considered good for the story. I just don’t know. Good thing that he’s a really good guy but sometimes he tends to be a bit passive. I feel the same way about Keats, Audrey and Pen’s other friends like Grace.

The plot might be a little cliche but I liked it and it has interesting points. The tropes presented in the book are typical but it did not take away the joy of reading the story. Although yeah, I have to admit there were times where I want to whack Penelope, or Eph, or Keats’s head.

Sometimes you get hurt. And sometimes you’re the one doing the hurting.

To be honest, it’s really hard for me to write this review because I feel like the book is a balance between great and meh. There are times when I really felt the story but also felt detached to it. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t gush or swoon hard but it’s a fun read though, and a quick one as well.

I think the book is a great read for contemporary romance lovers.

You can also check out this review on YA Books Central!

inah