Friday, 28 June 2013

The Twisted Window Review

The Twisted Window
Author: Lois Duncan
Current Publication Date: Aug 28 2012
Source : Open Road Media via Netgalley (Thank you!)


The new guy at Tracy's school is handsome, intense, and desperately needs her help--but there's something about him that isn't quite right

High school junior Tracy Lloyd is unsure about the new guy in school. Brad Johnson is attractive, smart, and polite, but Tracy can't help but feel he watches her too closely. Then one day Brad confides in Tracy a horrible secret: His little sister Mindy has been kidnapped by his stepfather, and he needs Tracy's help to get her back. But even as Tracy commits to a plan to help her vulnerable new friend, details emerge that suggest nothing is what it seems.





Last summer Tracy Lloyd’s mother died which forced her to move to Winfield to live with her aunt and uncle. Tracy’s distant, she doesn’t get attached, and she’s blasé to guys who might approach her. She has no interests in having friends either, except for the usual hot-blonde-long-legged best friend, Gina who she keeps at arm’s length but shares a locker with. Instantly were introduced to New Blood, Brad Johnson, who Gina pegs as “Mr. Gorgeous” with his curly hair and a “face that launched a thousand ships.”

Monday, 24 June 2013

The Academy: Game On Review

The Academy: Game On (The Academy #1)
Author: Monica Seles and James LaRosa
Publication Date: June 6, 2013
Source: Bloomsbury UK



The Academy is the hottest international sports school for teen athletes. There are only two ways in: money – and lots of it – or enough talent to earn a scholarship.

Young tennis star Maya’s dreams have finally come true! She’s got the scholarship. She’s got the drive. She’s on her way from small town to pro career . . . But when Maya starts boarding at the sports training school, her fantasy of the Academy doesn’t quite match the reality – because where there are beautiful, talented teens, there’s plenty of drama.




So...this isn't my usual read, and because of it I wouldn't necessarily have bought The Academy: Game On, which is a shame, but I received a copy from Bloomsbury

It was a quick, light read that I started in-between books and honestly even though I wasn't in love with this book, it was hard to put down. Alright, it was really cheesy in some places, mainly with Travis, but I could deal with that.

Onto the characters, we have;

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson Review

Author: J.R. Johansson
Published June 8th 2013 by Flux


Her eyes saved his life.
Her dreams released his darkness.

After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can't take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he's made eye contact with. If he doesn't sleep soon, Parker will die.

Parker Chipp hasn't slept for four years, deep insomnia a `curse' of a `watcher' never sleeps and is projected into the dreams of the last person they make eye contact with that day/night. The description fascinated me from the go, and the opening dream sequence was definitely murderous. What interested me though, was the `layers' of the dreams, that made a dream seem like a hallucination on acid to plain old reality. Parker can distinguish the layers and can tell what part of the dream is something that is real, a part of a memory, to the fantasy of the dreamer.