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Scowler by Daniel KrausSCOWLER by Daniel Kraus Book Review
Publication Date: March 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Poor

Book Summary: Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too?

Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father’s physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler. 

Scowler by Daniel Kraus Book Review Overview:

  • Jaw-dropping book that keeps you on the edge of your seat
  • The fantastical/magical/hallucinations were too much for me
  • The audiobook was way too long

Ever since I read Rotters by Daniel Kraus, I know that as an author, Kraus has the ability to keep me up awake and scared at night. He is definitely the first author I think of when I think of YA Horror. For a horror book, SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus is perfect.

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Juliet Immortal by Stacey JayJULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay Book Review
Series: Juliet Immortal, #1
Publication Date: August 9th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Poor

Book Summary: The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

Juliet Immortal Book Review Overview:

  • Convoluted plot
  • The insta-love just made me want to cringe
  • The only thing I liked was the development of the mother/daughter relationship

I don’t know how I managed to get through the entire audiobook of JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay. From the very beginning, my alarm bells were already going off, and I knew that there was nothing to change my first impression. JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay is just not the book for me.

After a serious car accident, Juliet finds herself in the body of Ariel. Much to her horror, she sits next to the reincarnation of her biggest enemy and her former soul mate, Romeo. Juliet had been sent back to bring together two soul mates, her best friend, Gemma, and Ben, the new boy in town. Juliet must solidify their love before Romeo can kill her.

I just couldn’t get into the plot itself. As I was summarizing the audiobook, the plot just seemed to sound more and more ridiculous. Romeo and Juliet are reincarnated throughout years since their deaths. Juliet is forever reincarnated to bring soul mates together. On the other hand, Romeo is sent back to kill her by these immortal Mercenaries. The reincarnation of Romeo and Juliet in these teenage bodies just didn’t sit right with me. I was also just not into the idea of these higher beings controlling the souls of Romeo and Juliet to do their bidding.

The mixture of insta-love and a convoluted love square is not my kind of romance. I found myself cringing at the declarations of love. The dialogue was cheesy, and I did not feel the connection just a few chapters into the story.  I’m sorry, but you cannot convince me that these characters are madly in love with each other after three days.

The only highlight of JULIET IMMORTAL was the development of the mother/daughter relationship between Ariel and her mother. Like most mother/daughter relationships in YA, their relationship was rocky. I really enjoyed how Ariel and her mother learned how to communicate with one another. It’s the only part of the book where I didn’t really dislike the protagonist. My heart actually warmed up just a little and for a while, the audiobook became bearable to listen to.

I’m really disappointed by JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay. I can’t help but feel that such an iconic couple in literature has been butchered by a poorly executed novel.



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Diva by Jillian LarkinDIVA by Jillian Larkin Book Review
Series: Flappers, #3
Publication Date: July 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Acceptable |

Book Summary: If you love The Great Gatsby, you’ll want to read the Flappers series.

Joy and tragedy collide in DIVA, the riveting conclusion to the Flappers series, set in the dazzling Roaring Twenties. Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn’t have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she’s going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.

Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer’s dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she’s grown up a lot these past few months. She can’t bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?

Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton’s swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria’s keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .

Book Review Overview:

  • Watch out for an homage to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in one of the storylines!
  • Characters have definitely grown since the first book and I just wanted them all to have a happy ending
  • Not the best conclusion to a series, but I was still satisfied
I continued to enjoy the different perspectives in Diva by Jillian Larkin because I loved seeing how the storylines would intersect. Diva continues through the perspectives of Gloria, Clara, and Lorraine in the 1920’s Prohibition in New York City. I was a little sad at first that Vera was no longer in the picture but it seemed like she already had her happily ever after.
Basically, the theme for this book is redemption. Lorraine wants her friends back, Clara wants Marcus back, and Gloria just wants her life back with Jerome. Jillian Larkin manages to keep me engaged into the different plots with various surprises along the way.
However, Gloria’s subplot to uncover the mystery behind the rich Forrest Hamilton became a little predictable. The Flappers series is pitched for fans of The Great Gatsby, and it became a little too clear by the time I finished the book: Gloria’s subplot mimics the storyline of F. Scott Fitsgerald’s famous novel. If it were any other novel, I probably would have been aghast. But since The Flappers is  a fun series, I looked at it as a nice homage to the author that inspired the books.
For the most part, I read Diva to hope for my happily ever afters. After reading Ingenue, I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, so I just had to finish up the series to get my fix of romance.
It was also a treat to travel back to the 1920’s. I think that Jillian Larkin captures the best in her series is the music. I really get a lot of the setting’s mood and atmosphere through the different types of music that we are exposed to as a reader. I actually wished that there was a playlist that I could listen to while I read Diva. It made me crave for jazz and a little bit of showtunes. I also would have loved to hear Gloria sing!
What makes Diva a little different from the other books in the series is that there is a lot less emphasis on the nightlife in the Prohibition era. The characters in the first two novels were so involved in speakeasies and gin joints. But in Diva, there are only mentions of these places. A lot has to do with the fact that the characters have grown since the last book: Gloria has been arrested, Lorraine has finally matured, and Clara has lost her one true love. For the most part, their partying days are behind them.
Instead, Diva focuses on the life of the young and the rich in the 1920’s. Lorraine is a Barnard girl, Clara is a successful writer for a popular magazine, and Gloria is hanging out with the rich in Long Island. It was a nice change of pace, and it prevented Diva from being too similar from Ingenue, the previous book.

Diva is not the best conclusion to a series that I’ve ever read, but it was good enough. I got my fix of romance and history.



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