Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Inside cover blurb:

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

Thoughts:

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What did I just read?

Pretty sure I didn’t follow a lot of this book’s plot, other than the fact that there were a lot of demons and zombies and gods and vampires and werewolves….and maybe some sort of time travel element?

Yeah this book is basically a cluster.

Felt like there were a lot of plot holes with info being dropped into my lap with no follow up…And why did Nick hardly ever react to all the weird things going on around him?

Plus: Cool New Orleans setting with a voodoo vibe. There’s definitely something intriguing there with the gods story line, but not sure if I’m willing to read the rest of the series to find out…stay tuned.

Minus: Not a big fan of the main character. I felt like he was the stereotype of what the author thinks teenage boys are like. Also the entire plot of the book seemed a bit anticlimactic by the end.

If you like this book, try:

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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lisa McBride– Zombies and necromancy, but set in the Pacific Northwest.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Inside cover blurb:

Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing news: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.

Kate can’t believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who’s never been in trouble would do something like that. But by the time she arrives at Grace Hall, Kate’s faced with far more devastating news. Amelia is dead.

Seemingly unable to cope with what she’d done, a despondent Amelia has jumped from the school’s roof in an act of “spontaneous” suicide. At least that’s the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. And overwhelmed as she is by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story that Kate believes until she gets the anonymous text:

She didn’t jump.

Sifting through Amelia’s emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate is determined to learn the heartbreaking truth about why Amelia was on Grace Hall’s roof that day-and why she died.

Thoughts:

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I’ve been really into thrillers lately, but never the predictable/formulaic type and Reconstructing Amelia was neither of those things.

I never could have guessed in a million years all the plot twists this book threw my way!

Secret romances, secret societies, secret lives, so many secrets! I feel like I can’t say much without giving it all away, so I’ll just say it’s great for anybody who likes an incredible mystery or stories about the challenges of being a modern teen. But really, it’s great for everybody!

Plus: I like that the narration flips between Amelia and Kate’s perspectives because it reveals the story in layers. Amelia’s was definitely the more intriguing voice, in my opinion.

Minus: There are some aspects of the plot I’d like to know more about because some of the character connections seemed a bit implausible. Also, my favorite character in the whole book happens to be dead…

If you like this book, try:

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart– Also about secret clubs at a ritzy private school, but much more lighthearted.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Inside cover blurb:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Thoughts:

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Well done, Nicola Yoon.

Honestly, I was skeptical when I started this book. Another pair of star-crossed YA lovers to add to the list. But I will admit I was wrong. Not about the stereotypical star-crossed lovers, that’s definitely a main story line here, but the relationship between Madeline and her mother is much more intriguing.

And the ending, that’s where Yoon really drives it home. So, so good! I think I will actually see the movie now, to see how that plays out on screen.

Plus: The ending is definitely the best part about this book, but also I enjoyed the format: short chapters interspersed with drawings and other little extras. It definitely drove me to devour the book even more quickly.

Minus: The love story falls a little flat in my opinion. If that’s what you want out of this book, I would recommend Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star instead.

If you like this book, try:

Extraordinary Means

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider