Rush | Frost Like Night | The Cemetery Boys | MiniReviews

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Another day, another post of mini reviews. So, this time around you will see that I am not 100 about all three of these books, however, one of these was absolutely worth my time. The rest, well, I am ambivalent in my opinions.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rush | Frost Like Night | The Cemetery Boys | MiniReviewsRush by Eve Silver
Series: The Game #1
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Length: 9 Hours 31 Minutes
Published by HarperCollins on June 11th 2013
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, General, Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Audiobook, eARC, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9780062192134
Goodreads
two-stars

Rush pulls you headlong into the thrilling, high-stakes world of Eve Silver's teen series The Game, about teens pulled in and out of an alternate reality where battling aliens is more than a game—it's life and death. Eve Silver's teen debut offers science fiction and gaming fans romantic thrills at a breakneck pace. New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong says, "Smart and original, Rush is an action-packed ride with plenty of heart."
Sixteen-year-old Miki Jones's carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she's run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby—pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader, Jackson Tate, who says the game is more than that and what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival—and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn't. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

Rush by Eve Silver is a book that I picked out on Hoopla because it was my oldest outstanding need to be reviewed from Edelweiss. I mean, aside from the cool cover and the seemingly interesting story. Of course, I went the audiobook route due to my limited time. Also, Amy Rubinate is an excellent narrator – so if anything I knew I would be down for the good narration.

Eve Silver’s Rush is about a girl named Miki Jones. Miki is one of the popular girls, or at least that was my impression of her. She has some good friends at first. However, her picture perfect life is not all that great. Her mom died and her dad treats his grief by drinking a lot of alcohol. Things are looking up as a blast from Miki’s past begins attending her school again, a boy named Luka. Unfortunately, different factors conspire to pull Miki from her life and outside of time and space into a game. There she and other teenagers team up to fight these aliens called the Drau. It’s actually quite terrifying.

Rush is a quick listen with a whole lot of action. Plus, there’s some friend drama, which keeps my attention. There is also a love triangle between Miki and Luka and this other guy, Jackson. Oh, and Miki’s friends are into both Luka and Jackson. You might need a diagram. I think I would have rated this higher if the romance was better, but in all it’s an okay listen. If anything, Amy Rubinate’s narration will have me coming back to listen to the sequels via audio.

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Rush | Frost Like Night | The Cemetery Boys | MiniReviewsFrost Like Night by Sara Raasch
Also by this author: Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire
Series: Snow Like Ashes #3
Also in this series: Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire
Published by HarperCollins on September 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, General, Family, Orphans & Foster Homes, Romance
Pages: 496
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780062287007
Goodreads
two-stars

Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this shocking and action-packed fantasy—the highly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Snow Like Ashes series.
Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.
Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, Meira jumps at the chance.  But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms.  To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control-- and make the biggest sacrifice of all.
Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels.  But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.
Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner.  But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.
As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

I actually was highly anticipating Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch. I had really enjoyed both Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire. Unfortunately, this book did not quite pan out the way that I had hoped it would. I actually wanted to love it as much as I did the other books in the series.

So, basically Frost Like Night picks up exactly where Ice Like Fire leaves off. Meira is trying to figure out a way to end magic and stop Angra. This leads to her discovering that she has to make a big sacrifice. Also, the love triangle is over pretty much with this book. We finally get to see Primoria. Oh and Ceridwen gets point of view chapters now. This book does wrap up the series so that there are no more loose threads which I appreciated.

HOWEVER, the thing was that I felt like reading Frost Like Night was kind of like pulling teeth. It took me FOREVER and a day to get through. I mean, yes I do have limited time lately. However, I still am able to read and finish books on a much faster rate than I was able to finish up this book. It really dragged for me, I think I just did not care about or connect to the characters as much as I wanted to. I would find myself dreading my time with this book too. I mean, I did end up finishing it right to the very end. Perhaps it is a matter of wrong book at the wrong time for me, but I just find myself quite disappointed on the whole.

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The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
Narrator: Kirby Heybourne
Length: 7 Hours 24 Minutes
Published by Harper Collins on March 31st 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Horror, Social Themes, Peer Pressure, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Pages: 288
Format: Audiobook, eARC, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9780062307903
Goodreads
four-stars

Part Hitchcock, part Hinton, this first-ever stand-alone novel from Heather Brewer, New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, uses classic horror elements to tell a darkly funny coming-of-age story about the dangerous power of belief and the cost of blind loyalty that Kirkus Reviews called “a slick, spooky, chilling mystery.”
When Stephen's dad says they're moving, Stephen knows it's pointless to argue. They're broke from paying Mom's hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen's grandmother in Spencer, a backward small town that's like something out of The Twilight Zone. Population: 814.
Stephen's summer starts looking up when he meets punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. With Cara, he feels safe and understood—and yeah, okay, she's totally hot. In Devon and his group, he sees a chance at making real friends. Only, as the summer presses on, and harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn, Stephen starts to suspect that Devon is less a friend than a leader. And he might be leading them to a very sinister end. . . .

The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer (Zac Brewer’s pseudonym) is my first Brewer book! I KNOW! I even have a box set of those Vlad Tod books. So, I did not really have a whole lot of expectations going in. I just decided on listening to this book on the basis of it being a short audiobook. Maybe I should make this decision more often because I absolutely enjoyed The Cemetery Boys.

Essentially, The Cemetery Boys is about this guy named Stephen who moves from St. Louis with his dad to this awful small town called Spencer in Michigan. No one ever leaves the town and it sort of seems like a dead end town. Anyways, Stephen falls in with a group of boys headed by Devon. Devon is sort of weird, but people in town are afraid of him. Devon has a twin named Cara who Stephen totally has a thing for. So, eventually Stephen realizes that perhaps there is something sinister about Devon. There’s also a sort of supernatural element as well.

What I really loved about The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer (Zac Brewer) were the unexpected twists and turns that it took. The ending really shocked me, it was sad but at the same time, I really enjoyed it. This book really had me in a fall mood as well. If you’re looking for a Halloween appropriate read, HERE YOU GO. Read this book.

As for the audiobook narration, as always Kirby Heybourne is on point. I’ve listened to a ton of Heybourne’s narrations and I have yet to be disappointed. It’s a great commute listen and one that I think you’ll immediately be pulled into. Also, if you like quick reads, the audiobook is under 10 hours and if you listen to it via Hoopla or Audible, you can speed up the narration. I listened to it at 1.25x speed like I do with pretty much all audiobooks.

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April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.

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