Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Mini(BkRv) :: 12 - 13

:: 12 :: 
new girl
Paige Harbison
@paigeharbison :: website

YA | Contemporary

FIRST LINE :: The panoramic view outside the windows of the bus showed a world that wasn’t mine.

SUMMARY :: from the B&N website
Welcome to Manderley Academy

I hadn't wanted to go, but my parents were so excited. So here I am, the new girl at Manderley, a true fish out of water. But mine's not the name on everyone's lips. Oh, no.

It's Becca Normandy they can't stop talking about. Perfect, beautiful Becca. She went missing at the end of last year, leaving a spot open at Manderley - the spot that I got. And everyone acts like it's my fault that infallible, beloved Becca is gone and has been replaced by not perfect, completely fallible, unknown Me.

Then, there's the name on my lips - Max Holloway. Becca's ex. The one boy I should avoid, but can't. Thing is, it seems like he wants me, too. But the memory of Becca is always between us. And as much as I'm starting to like it at Manderley, I can't help but think she's out there, somewhere, watching me take her place.

Waiting to take it back.
REVIEW :: What is with the growing popularity of books that go bump in the night? new girl follows this dark vein as we follow New Girl into a new school where the queen bee Becca rules with an iron fist despite the fact that she has vanished into thin air. Paige Harbison expertly builds the tension slowly but surely as it dances around the question of Becca’s current whereabouts – not to mention, New Girl’s actual name. If I had to describe new girl using other books, I would probably say it is a chimera of here lies bridget, choker, and all those “new girl at boarding school and rooms with the weird girl” stories. All the jealousies, heartaches, and spine tinglies will help to suck readers into new girl as the story behind Becca’s disappearance resurfaces and threatens to pull New Girl into dangerous waters.


:: 12 :: 
Finding Fiona
Emily Ann Ward
@emilyannw :: website

YA | Sci-Fi | Novella

FIRST LINE :: Smoke choked her lungs and made her eyes water.

SUMMARY :: from the publisher
The victim of a brutal attack, Fiona remembers little about her life until she meets someone who claims to be from her past. He tells her that her parents were killed for a human replication machine. He's shocked to discover she's still alive since her body was found in the wreckage of the fire.

She soon travels to her old home in New York to figure out what happened to her and her family. She needs to find out who she is, but more importantly, confront the men who killed her parents.

This coming-of-age scifi novella is full of mystery, action, and romance.
REVIEW :: Finding Fiona sounds promising – I mean, who doesn’t find human replication fascinating? Not to mention, a big baddie who is willing to kill for this discovery? – and Emily Ann Ward delivers some definitely thrilling moments, but overall I feel that the story still needed a little more oomph to really make it stand out on the shelf. I did not quite buy into how Fiona finds out about her past; the set-up was all too convenient. For example, I don’t know how many teenagers would willingly pick up American Physics on their spare time. The characters had potential, but I wish they had a few more quirks to make them more personable and less perfunctory to the storyline. Fiona and James had a past worth mentioning, but where was all that tension when they have to reconnect and work together? Perhaps I expected too much from this novella, but I think Finding Fiona had great potential to being a stand-out if it turns into something full-length.



  1. I like more Finding Fiona, it sound more interesting (to me)

    Great review

  2. It's sad when an interesting premise doens't live up to its promise.


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