Ghetto by M L Sparrow

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Ghetto is an exciting read, full of action, adventure and intense relationships.

The futuristic world was realistic and characters extremely well-developed. The ghetto itself is reminiscent of the Jewish ghettos in Poland during Nazi occupation and is just as horrifying. The propaganda, which allows the general public to continue life blind to the horrors occurring next door, rang true and hit home as this is close to the reality of our South African past.

History has a habit of repeating itself and books like Ghetto are excellent reminders of where we don’t want to be in the future.4 Star

Recommended age: 13+

Title: Ghetto
Author: M L SparrowGhetto
Publication Date: 15 September 2015
Publisher: M L Sparrow
Source: Free copy from author in exchange for honest review
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My name’s Sunny Grace Beaumont. Branded SGB/2/6895/03.12.93. Only child, self-taught computer geek and cancer survivor. Oh, and did I mention my dad’s the President? As you can imagine that’s sometimes a little problematic, especially when I want to sneak out. But it never got me into quite as much trouble as the night I ventured into the Ghetto – don’t ask me why I was there in the first place… it was stupid. Everyone knows that the Ghetto is where hardened criminals are sent to live out the remainder of their lives. At first the men that kidnap me are just as I’d imagine, mean and thoughtless, but slowly I begin to have doubts. 

I meet a guy. His name’s Sin, he has no Brand – a crime punishable by death – and he’s the rebel leader. I should hate him… but I don’t. Instead he opens my eyes to a whole other side of the Ghetto, where people are innocent of the crimes they’re accused of and helpless children suffer dreadful poverty. Is it possible that I’ve been lied to my entire life… that the governments been deceiving everyone? And how can I challenge the law my own dad is adamant to uphold?   — Extract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received this copy of this book from the author does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout Don't Look Back crop

I loved this book. Unpredictable and scary, the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. I had to hang on with my nails – there was no way I was going to put the book down!

I didn’t recognise the name on the street sign. . .

The words flowed easily across the pages and delivered the well thought out plot in bite size pieces, just enough to keep me on my toes. The cover is beautiful and really effective, but I hope it’s girliness won’t put off  male readers because this book transcends gender.

This is the first of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books that I have read, but it definitely won’t be the last.5 Star

Recommended age: 13+

Title: Don’t Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentroutx Don't Look Back Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: 15 April 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Purchased

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Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?   — Extract from Goodreads.com

Hell Bent by Karen Crompton

Hell Bent by Karen Crompton

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A contemporary young adult fiction with a welcome change – a male POV. This was one of the deciding points when I agreed to read the book for review.

Grief is portrayed realistically in this solid, if predictable story but I was so disappointed when the secrets behind the story were revealed too soon, leaving little to look forward too.

I disliked the central character Beau intensely and just couldn’t connect with him. It wasn’t the bad boy behaviour that I didn’t like but the appalling way he treats girls and although his attitude eventually improves I wasn’t convinced it was genuine.

 

Recommended age: 14+3 Star

Title: Hell Bent
Series: South Shore Beach # 1
Author: Karen Crompton                          Hellbent
Publication Date: 13 November 21014
Publisher: Silky Oak Press
Source: Free copy from author in exchange for honest review

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He’s charming. He’s rebellious. And he’s as beautiful as he is damaged. 

South Shore’s bad-boy surfer Beau Huntington has a solid plan to get through life: one night stands, getting wasted, and walls so high no one can ever get in – it’s all about numbing the pain. 
And his plan’s working fine – until he meets Corrie Johnson. 

Corrie is smart, determined and focused on an elite swimming scholarship. But she has a dark past of her own, and keeps her secrets closely guarded. She’s made promises to herself not to let history repeat – ever. But is there more to Beau than he’s letting on? And is it time to let herself feel again? 

It’s summer holidays and that’s when things start to unravel. 
Because falling in love was never part of the plan. 

It’s time for Beau to learn that the fight of his life doesn’t involve his fists.
— Extract from Goodreads.com

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Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry 

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This anticipated book tells Isaiah’s story. Isaiah, the guy who won our hearts playing secondary roles in Pushing the Limits and Dare to You.

But… despite an amazing story where Katie McGarry, one of my favourite authors and Queen of the messed up, edgy characters which I adore, I just didn’t feel the passion between Rachel and Isaiah. I tried, I really tried hard. I loved both Isaiah and Rachel, just not together. Their relationship didn’t feel authentic.

This doesn’t mean the story wasn’t good, it was. Intense, gritty and furious this is a great read. But if, like me, you’ve been dying for Isaiah’s chance to find love, you may be disappointed.4 Star

Recommended age: 14+

Title: Crash into You                              Crash into you
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication Date: 1 November 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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The girl with straight A’s and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. 

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.  — Extract from Goodreads.com

You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz

You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz

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How can a person be

filled with life

and then be empty?

Where does it go?

This book deals with grief from an unusual perspective and the girl left behind is forced to hide her feelings of rejection and loss.

When we were together,

I was willing to take whatever you gave.

And after you died

I was able to see

how little that was.

Unfortunately, I did not feel the depth of emotion the author was trying to convey and the book fell short of packing the punch needed to make it a more memorable read.

Recommended age: 13+3 Star

 

Title: You Are Not Here You Are Not Here
Author: Samantha Schutz
Publication Date: 1 June 2012
(1st published 1 October 2010)
Publisher: Push
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Annaleah and Brian shared something special – Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn’t need anyone else. It didn’t matter that their relationship was
secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other.

And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely.
How can you recover from a loss that no one will let you have?     — Extract from Goodreads.com

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