I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on July 21st 2015
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22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.
Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.
After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.
Now that she’s Lucy Black, she's able to begin again. She's even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy's forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.
One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .
I have one picture left of my brother. I use to keep it in my underwear drawer with the other photos I’d hidden from my parents, confident that my lacy unmentionables, at least, would be safe from my dad’s searching hands.
What I thought of this book
Damage Done was a bit of a twisted read. The ending was like what…eww…what! I mean I knew something was up but I wasn’t prepared for that ending..lol.
Lucy use to be Julia till her parents moved her from her home town to start over after what happened at the last school. She doesn’t remember those twenty two minutes but everyone seems to think she is just like her brother.
In a new town nobody knows what happened back then, but then a man from her past starts coming around and soon her world starts to unravel.
Honestly it’s hard to talk about this book without giving away something even talking about Lucy could give something away.
Lucy is very smart and an interesting character. She is very complex. I really liked her sort of boyfriend Michael and her quirky friend Alane. I also felt sorry for both of these characters as well.
Damage Done is just so messed up, but was so good at the same time..lol. Seriously you just have to try it for yourself.
If you like YA psychological thriller type novels then you might find this one interesting.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Published by Delacorte Press on July 14th 2015
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"Intense, original, compelling . . . bristles with attitude. So cool. Just read it."--Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone and
In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.
Here for Blood. Three dark Riders. In single file.
What I thought of this book
Stone Rider is a dystopian that is sort of a cross between Mad Max and a really jacked up western with bikes instead of horses.
It’s about Adam who is a rider and he lives in Blackwater which is not really anything. The only thing to do is either ride or work in a mine. Adam is a great rider and he is going to enter into the Blackwater trail for a chance to win a place up in Sky Base. We don’t know much about Sky Base but it must be where are the good stuff is cause riders are prepared to die trying to win this race across the desert that has bandits, cannibals, wicked obstacle courses and other Riders who will do what ever it takes to win.
Before the Race starts Adam meets Kane, he is an outsider. Nobody knows where he came from. Adam also has problems with Levi who pretty much thinks he is pretty hot stuff cause his dad runs Blackwater. Sadie is Levi’s sister and they are so totally opposite of each other. During the race Kane, Adam and Sadie sort of form their own tribe by riding together even though they didn’t start out together.
It’s a hard race and you have to be tough to make it and they run into a lot of obstacles but the main ones are Levi and his tribe.
They say the books is suppose to be sort of in the vein of The Outsiders, but I didn’t really see it unless you count the part where Levi tells Sadie that Bloods don’t ride with Stones.
Adam is a very driven character, his brother told him he was meant to do special things. I found it hard to connect with him though, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like him. Kane is really out there and a interesting character and I kind of thought I knew who he was and I was right when it’s revealed. That poor guy had gone through a lot of things and was still alive and kicking! Sadie was probably my favorite character because she was a spitfire! She even takes on her brother who is a crazy psychopath!
Stone Rider is a fast read, but I do think that more guys will find it appealing over girls, not to say that girls won’t like it. But it’s about a tough rugged land, violence and motorcycles. The whole book is about riding your motorcycle across what could be considered the badlands. I thought it was okay and not like a lot of the other dystopians that are out there and if you like dystopians and motorcycles you might enjoy this one.
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- Summer COYER