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Review, Young Adult / July 8, 2015
The Cost of All Things by Maggie LehrmanThe Cost of All Things
Author: Maggie Lehrman
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Date: May 2015
416 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Contemporary
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking and brilliantly written debut that is part love story, part mystery, part high-stakes drama.

What would you pay to cure your heartbreak? Banish your sadness? Transform your looks? The right spell can fix anything…. When Ari's boyfriend Win dies, she gets a spell to erase all memory of him. But spells come at a cost, and this one sets off a chain of events that reveal the hidden—and sometimes dangerous—connections between Ari, her friends, and the boyfriend she can no longer remember.

Told from four different points of view, this original and affecting novel weaves past and present in a suspenseful narrative that unveils the truth behind a terrible tragedy.

The Cost of All Things is a book that reminded me a lot of We Were Liars, except I finished this book. I did not finish We Were Liars, so that made me almost put this book down. Several times I almost quit this book yet I pushed myself to finish. This is a story about four teenagers in a town (civilization?) where it is the norm to go to special people, Hekamists, to buy specific spells. That is right – spells. Either you can purchase one for yourself or it could be for someone else. Regardless, nobody is fazed by the fact that it can be done and it seems to be done often by parents and children alike. In this particular story, these four teenagers each react very differently to the death of a fellow high school classmate. As a result, friendships are tested, lines are crossed, and truths are revealed. Now I am not saying this was a good story, I am saying that the concept of the story was interesting. This story fell short of the low expectations I had set for it. read more

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By: Sara
Review, Teenage Musings, Young Adult / October 17, 2013

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Reviewed by: Lenn

What would you feel when you lost someone so important without even knowing what really happened to her?

I really loved this book. John Green really made me stop, stare for a moment and cry. I loved how this book was well written and how it’s quite full of surprises. I liked how the main characters are so… carefree. How they don’t care about everything and how they are so eager to live their lives at its best. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Teenage Musings, Young Adult / September 23, 2013

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I have been planning to read this for a long time, but I was always so broke when I visited a bookstore. When I heard that they’re making a movie out of it, I was eager to read it, so I didn’t hesitate in buying it, since I have this rule that I wouldn’t be watching an adaptation if I still haven’t read the book. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Teenage Musings, Young Adult / July 29, 2013

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Reviewed by: Jack

The Giver is such a famous dystopian novel, I was really intrigued to see why. The title itself was quite intriguing, so I was looking forward to reading it when I picked it up at the library. I have to say that it took me longer than than usual to read such a short novel, but there was something about The Giver that was special, something that left me wanting more. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / March 8, 2013
Sister Assassin by Kiersten WhiteSister Assassin (Mind Games)
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Date: February 2013
302 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
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She never chose her deadly gift but now she’s forced to use it. How far would you go to protect the only family you have left?

Annie is beset by fleeting strange visions and a guilty conscience. Blind and orphaned, she struggles to care for her feisty younger sister Fia, but things look up when both sisters are offered a place at Kessler School for Exceptional Girls.

Born with flawless intuition, Fia immediately knows that something’s wrong, but bites her tongue… until it’s too late. For Fia is the perfect weapon to carry out criminal plans and there are those at Kessler who will do anything to ensure her co-operation.

With Annie trapped in Kessler’s sinister clutches, instincts keep Fia from killing an innocent guy and everything unravels. Is manipulative James the key to the sisters’ freedom or an even darker prison? And how can Fia atone for the blood on her hands?

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book because I thoroughly enjoyed Kiersten White’s debut Paranormalcy series. I purposely kept my knowledge of the book vague, but given both titles Sister Assassin in the UK and Mind Games in the US, I was generally expecting kick-ass sisters with cool mind powers. Instead I got so much more. The story was heart-pounding, dark action with an abundance of humanity. read more

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By: Daphne