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Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

It’s been a while since I last posted a book review, so I decided to go Jane Austen-ish with a book I loved! Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

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Juliana wants to talk to publishers about getting the scientific book (about a lady beetles) she and her father have been working on published. Spencer is an undercover spy for the war office who investigating a local family who is leaking secrets to the enemy. By chance these two meet while Juliana has ended up on the side of a cliff, holding on for dear life, hoping for a farmer to rescue her, not a gentleman. As Juliana and Spencer get to know each other they have hatched a plan to help their friends become a couple, but in truth it is Juliana and Spencer (who had no intentions of falling in love) who get closer as the mystery unfolds.

I smiled and laughed through this book and wish there were more books like it in this world. The characters felt real and interesting to me, even set in a historical time period. Yes some compare Juliana to Emma, but I think it was a sweet romantic story about two people who had no intention of falling in love.

Book – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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Aaron has had trouble finding happiness since his dad killed himself in the tub. The only one he can really turn to is his girlfriend Genevieve. So when he meets Thomas and starts to hang out with him while Genevieve is away at camp, Aaron realizes something deep about himself. He likes dudes! And not just any dude, He likes Thomas. While all of this is happening there is a lot of talk about the Leteo Institute that can suppress memory. With one suicide attempt behind him, after his dads death, Aaron can’t face being gay. Not in his neighborhood.

This book took some interesting turns. I saw some things coming, but others not so much. This really isn’t my type of book, but I have to say it has a powerful message behind it. Adam Silvera is one author that you can always count on to surprise you. By the time I got close to the end I had a tear in my eye. When he goes to talk to Thomas at the end … Talk about emotional. I listened to the audio of this, but with about 20 pages left I had to switch to the actual book. I didn’t realize it was scifi at first. Yes Leteo’s memory procedure was mentioned early in the book, but I didn’t realize it would play such a big role in the story until after I heard that the mom was cleaning up the pamphlets about it. The end is one to really hit you with a punch to the gut.

Book – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red queen Mare Barrow is a thief. Her three older brothers have all been sent to the front lines to die for those with silver blood because they are all Reds (those with red blood). The Silvers are in charge and the Reds are just here to use and toss away. When Mare’s best friend is about to be sent to the front lines she makes a deal to get them both out of it and hidden away, but when her plan goes sideways and her younger sister is injured she meets a guy who saves her by getting her a job in the palace as a server. The Silvers are having a pageant (of sorts)to choose their new queen and princess. When the last contestant gets up to exhibit she pulls Mare into her show and Mare ends up showing off an ability she never knew she had. She can make and control electricity. This is unheard of in a Red. Only the Silver’s have powers and there is a good chance that they will kill her for having it.

I liked the story and didn’t see the twist at the end happening, but while this is a good read, I don’t know if I would say its a great read. Being that it is book one I am giving it some room to grow with the series, but while this follows the rules for an awesome dystopian novel there are elements that left me wanting to know more.  She grows up thinking that being able to hear the electricity is normal? And nobody in her family makes fun of her for this? How does she not see the sparking that comes when she is around electricity? How does her dad not see it when she fixed the power in their house?  Sounds fishy. The princes seem like buddies one min. and mortal enemy’s the next. Plus knowing that the queen can control people and get inside their minds should warn her about trusting anyone with her DNA. Being that evil she has to have an agenda of her own. Overall the book is good and the story is interesting if you can get over a few other flaws, but my judgement is yet to bee seen until I can get my hands on the rest of the series.