I went into We Were Liars one cocky son of a biscuit eater, feeling above it all right from page one. I’d seen this book talked about so heavily by other bloggers and how some never saw the twist coming or how others totally saw that twist coming. All the while, I was sitting on the sidelines with my shades on, posted up with my arms folded, saying, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. Hot potato.” That’s not to say I didn’t want to read this book, because I did. I even had an ARC sitting on my shelf for the longest time, but due to a lot of the hype, I kept putting it off. Plus, I’m one of those people who usually can easily figure out a plot twist and I didn’t want to dive into something where a lot of people already mentioned figuring it out.
A conversation with myself in which I try to figure out what the hell to rate this book.
M1: I honestly don’t know. Jodi Lynn Anderson did her patented thing where she uses her words to crack your heart like a lobster shell and then play with your insides and it was beautiful and poetic and atmospheric it’s just that nothing happened.
M2: Bullshit. Things happened, it’s just that they were small, life things for the most part. And, you know, the whole serial killer on the loose thing.
M1: I object to you bringing up the serial killer, that makes it sound like that was more of a thing than it was.
M2: Fair enough. But the serial killer isn’t the point of the book. The point is Maggie and the story of Maggie, Pauline and Liam’s friendship
M2: What are you sighing about? You loved them.
“You know, I love going to outer space,” says Kat as she steps out of our space shuttle.
I look over at her frowning. “For what?” The last time we were in space it ended with me crashing Veronica Rossi’s ship. Not my finest moment, I assure you.
“Is that a trick question?” asks Meg. She’s got this goofy grin on her face and I can tell she’ll behave just as a child would in a candy shop for most of this trip.
We’ve just landed on Mars to meet up with the awesome Phoebe North, author of Starglass and Starbreak, for an interview. She’s asked us to meet her here because she’s going to take us for a tour of the galaxy in her Spark V. I want to tell you that nothing could possibly go wrong on this trip, but, well, famous last words and all that shiz.
Welcome to Hot New Titles, the weekly feature that possesses the super power to make your wallet cry! It’s July 1st and that means Hot New Titles has now moved to Tuesdays to report on releases as they happen! Yay! Goodbye to your monies… faster!
New releases include Sinner by Maggie Stiefavter, The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson and The Vast and Brutal Sea by Zoraida Córdova.
Book Deals to put on your radar: Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies, Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler, and A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes.
Cover reveals include a few from the brand new Simon & Schuster imprint, SAGA: redesigns of Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey, The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, and The Grace of Kings by Ken Lui. We also have the stunning covers for Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly, our fav of the week!
Want to get a taste of an upcoming title without a full review or spoilers? We’re here to do that for you! It’s not a real review, and there are definitely no spoilers – just a bunch of reasons to read or not read or pass on this title.
Reasons to Read:
How I feel about this book:
It’s a totally different story to These Broken Stars
These Broken Stars wasn’t your jazz? Can’t stand walking books and survival stories? Good. That’s not what This Shattered World is all about. It’s rebels against military. Skirmishes and fire fights.
Captain Lee Chase is going to kick your ass
I love her. I have a total girl crush on her.
Shit Gets Real
There are a few moments that you will probably be like, “Faaaaaaaaarrrrrk!”
Reasons to Pass
Okay, that’s not necessarily true…
I had issues with the ending and the sense that it made and the way it was done.