Get Even (Don’t Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil
Published September 16th 2014 by Balzer & Bray
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 3 stars
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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.
Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.
When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.
My Thoughts –
Ya know, I didn’t have any intention of reading Get Even until the sequel, Get Dirty, landed on my doorstep. I love a good thriller/suspense, but they tend to me over the top and unrealistic in the young adult genre. And yes, Get Even was unrealistic in a sense, it was still SO fun!
What I enjoyed most about Get Even was how everyone’s lives some way or another, intertwined. You had 4 girls – all with different backgrounds, social status and interests. Joining together for one common goal – to get even. But as the story progresses, we discover that the smallest of things affect each other and they have more in common than they thought.
Not only do we have the mystery, we also have the building of some great friendships and romances as well. At first glance, it seems like there is a lot going on but it’s written so well I was never overwhelmed. That being said – the different POVs are hard to differentiate with at first, so it’s crucial to pay attention.
Overall – I liked it!
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
Published April 1st 2014 by HarperCollins
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy/Retellings
Rating: 3.5 stars
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I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission.
Dorothy Must Die was one of my most anticipated releases last year – but one I never go around to reading. For several reasons, to which I won’t get into at the moment. However, one of my close blogger friends told me to give it a go – that I wouldn’t regret it – so I did.
Dorothy Must Die had great potential to be amaze-balls. Which some aspects where, there were a few things that kept me from loving it.
What I loved? It was gory and ruthless. Call me morbid – but I love it when an author doesn’t hold back when it comes to the nitty-gritty. There were a few scenes that gave me goosebumps and kind of grossed me out. But I loved it. I loved the twist of Oz. This is not the Oz we have come to know and love – and I ate it up! I also enjoyed Amy’s character. Initially, she was hard to like and relate to, she was pretty selfish and naive. But she had a lot of character growth throughout the book.
What kept me from loving? Dorothy is one. Her character is written as a “queen bee” not an “evil princess” that took over Oz. She IS ruthless and cruel, but not on the level that I hoped would come about. She acted like a spoiled brat 99% of the time. It didn’t just didn’t FIT.
This book was on the longer side, and it felt that way too. There were about 150 pages – give or take – that were so freaking boring and dragged. Also, I was disappointed with the ending.
Overall – it was okay. I haven’t decided if I will read The Wicked Will Rise – but it’s possible.
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Published May 5th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.
Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?
Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.
**I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
I loved Hodge’s debut, Cruel Beauty and I was beyond excited to see what she would bring us next. However, Crimson Bound is probably one of my biggest disappointments this year.
My main reason for DNF was plainly – I was bored. The beginning was very interesting and enthralling, but it just became a snooze fest about the first 20% or so. I wasn’t interested in the characters and I didn’t care for the building romance – View Spoiler » which I heard develops into a triangle almost right after where I quit reading. « Hide Spoiler The world building was info-dumpy and this is probably just me, confusing as hell.
I seem to be in the minority with this one – so give it a go and see what you think. I might pick it up on a later date but for now, nope.
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- Have you read either of these books? If so, what did you think?
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