ARC Review: The Vanishing Girl

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Author: Laura Thalassa

Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Publication Date: March 15, 2014; January 27, 2015

Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing Group; Amazon

Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It’s a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows. A week after her eighteenth birthday, when frustratingly handsome Caden Hawthorne captures her, delivers her to the government, and then disappears before her eyes, Ember realizes two things: One, she is not alone. And two, people like her—teleporters—are being used as weapons. Dragged off to a remote facility where others like her live, Ember’s forced to pair up with her former captor, Caden, to learn how to survive inside until she can escape. Only Caden’s making escape seem less and less appealing. But even as Ember falls for the boy who got her into this mess, she knows that she is running out of time. Because the government has plans for those like her, and those plans might just cost Ember her life.

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Review: Pioneer Girl + Giveaway

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Title: Pioneer Girl
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Family, Literature
Publisher: Viking Adult; Penguin Group
Publication Date: February 6, 2014; January 27, 2015
Source: eARC from Netgalley

I’d already introduced this book on my previous post.

Historical fiction and I don’t seem to get along although I am poorly working on that. Literature and I aren’t also buddies so I am surprised I liked this book. The plot is fairly simple. What captured my interest was the mystery — of Rose Wilder Lane’s and Lee’s lives — and how the author was able to link their stories. I haven’t yet experienced a long term obsession with an object, a subject, a person, or anything, really, so I could not relate to Lee’s obsession to uncover the story behind the golden pin, which was what started it all. Ages ago in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), a white American woman named Rose used to visit Lee’s grandfather Ong Hai‘s cafe. On her last visit, she left behind the golden pin. Lee’s grandfather and her mother kept it and brought it with them when they fled to America. This story was a family thing because Rose was remarkable to Ong Hai and Lee’s mother. Continue reading →

Q&A: Bich Minh Nguyen

Q&ABMN-authorpicBich Minh Nguyen often goes by the name Beth. She is the author of three books, all with Viking Penguin. Short Girls, a novel, was an American Book Award winner in fiction and a Library Journal best book of the year. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, a memoir, received the PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center and was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner has been featured as a common read selection within numerous communities and universities. Nguyen’s work has also appeared in publications including The New York Times and the FOUND Magazine anthology. Her most recent novel is Pioneer Girl. She is at work on a series of essays.

Her latest book

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Title: Pioneer Girl
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary,
Mystery, Family, Literature
Pulication Date: February 6, 2014; January 27, 2015
Publisher: Viking Adult; Penguin Group

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About the book:

From an award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American family’s ties to The Little House on the Prairie

Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to findherself contending with issues she’s evaded since college. But when her brother disappears, heleaves behind an object from their mother’s Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that mightbe an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers’ lives as well as her own.

A dazzling literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic, Pioneer Girl is also the deeply moving tale of a second-generation Vietnamese daughter, the parents she struggles to honor, the missing brother she is expected to bring home—even as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential.

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Book Review Requests | Policy

I work full time but I love to read in my free time. I absolutely love young adult fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary fiction. I have also started read adult fantasy fiction. Some subgenres I like are high fantasy, urban fantasy, magic realism, paranormal/supernatural fantasy, sword and sorcery, and dystopian.

My Books

Most of my books are digital copies I received as gifts from authors and giveaways and some I requested from Netgalley. I only have a few print copies and I usually purchase them myself.

For Authors and Publishers

I’m fairly new to book blogging so I’m only doing book reviews at the moment. However, if you want a novel featured for cover reveals or new releases for instance, feel free to contact me on my email (voguishperusal@gmail.com). I love interacting with you lovely people. Also, I love receiving free books for review so just talk to me and we’ll work it out.

Review Policy

My reviews will be based on my honest feelings and thoughts. I will try to make them spoiler-free to be fair to other readers. No bashing and foul mouths included so you don’t have to worry about that.

I prefer hard copies but I don’t have an issue with ebooks. However, I now have too many files on my kindle app. I am always interested in a new book so if you are interested in a review, just send me an email.

One last thing, I love books with pretty covers. Before reading a book, I check the summary and reviews first and if it grabs my interest, I immediately mark it as to be read. I have the right to decline a book I’m not interested in reading and reviewing.

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Review List

Here is the list of all of my book reviews arranged alphabetically by author.

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Review: Unstrung

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TITLE: Unstrung
AUTHOR: Kendra C. Highley
GENRE:  Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Love, Romance
 PUBLISHER: Smashwords
PUBLICATION DATE: October 17th 2014
FORMAT: EBOOK
SOURCE: Kathy of I Am A Reader

Thank you, Kathy, for giving me a copy of Unstrung!

Summary from Goodreads:

Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing—plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn says he knows who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.

Let me just ask something. What are your ideas or expectations after reading that summary? Bad-ass female protagonist? Crazy world with crazy scientists who create genetically-engineered humans to do their crazy work? YES! And so much more.

When I started Unstrung, I got bored during the first few chapters because it was so slow. But don’t let that keep you from this book. It might not have started out strong but it does have a promising plot plus a few — okay, a lot — of mind-blowing secrets. Continue reading →

Ignite (Ignite #1) by Lily Paradis

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Title: Ignite
Author: Lily Paradis
Genre:  Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Drama
 Publisher: Empire Books
Publication Date: August 26th 2014
Format: Ebook
Source: Author

Thank you, Ms. Lily, for sending me a free copy of Ignite!

I have mixed feelings about this book. I’ve been seeing it in other blogs and thought the cover is very pretty (Yes, I am guilty of obsessing over books with pretty covers.) and when I finally got a copy, I was very excited. I decided that it was going to be my last read for 2014 so I read it, finally (but that plan failed). I’m not sure if at the back of my mind, I was assuming that this was a fantasy book or a sci-fi. Seriously, I realized that this was a contemporary novel when I covered, like, 30% of the book. I guess it’s my fault for not checking it out on goodreads beforehand.

The Plot: The plot is nothing we haven’t seen before. A female protagonist whose father is dead and has a bad relationship with her mother is still finding herself, wanting to belong. Her heart is guarded because of a few tragedies and she has trust issues. She’s had time to heal after her father’s death and now insert the death of her stepmother and three kids to watch over and her life is in turmoil once again. There’s also this swoony guy who seems perfect and who she can’t help but get drawn into. Add a few secrets and mysteries into the scene and her peaceful life is in more havoc. Continue reading →