Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Reviews: Digital Me and Perfect Opposite

Here are some long-overdue reviews for two books that I received as advanced copies from the authors for honest reviews. It must be said that I'm always slightly skeptical when agreeing to take on these early-release copies, because often times they are still in early stages of editing, and the professional copyeditor/proofreader in me screams out for a red pen or commenting feature while reading. However, I'm a sucker for new stories and I'm hardly ever disappointed when all is said and done. I really enjoyed both of these!

Digital Me by J.M. Varner

3/5 stars

All kids these days have been warned about the importance of discretion on the internet. Most, however, have not witnessed or experienced any situations personally that would prove why being careful is so important. This book gives one such example. And it does so in such an initially innocent way that the same situation could have happened to anyone, making it hit even closer to home.

Sara couldn’t wait for the social networking site Digital Me to be opened to high school students (think Facebook in 2005). Soon she is consumed in the online world, creating her own new persona and alienating her few real-life friends in the process. When a computer hacker across the globe targets Sara and her friends, things spiral out of control very quickly in this novel that serves as a warning of the dangers of personal information on the internet.
My only concern with this book is that the target audience might not have witnessed the significance first hand of Facebook opening up to high school students. I remember this being a huge deal, and could therefore relate to this book on a personal level. However, I love that this book can still be applicable today, nearly ten years later. The only possible mature situation in the book was merely implied, so I love that this book can also be suitable for middle school students who will soon be able to create their own Facebook accounts.

Perfect Opposite by Zoya Tessi

4/5 stars

Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. Both characters were so enjoyable that I found myself craving more of them and returning to my iPhone to read it numerous times throughout the day. (With two little kiddos at home, it’s hard to find long stretches where I can indulge my need to read… but I made exceptions for this book!)

Sasha is the daughter of a man with some shady connections. When a deal gone wrong leaves her father and therefore Sasha as targets, Alex is hired as a personal bodyguard. Nobody realizes just how personal it will get. I loved how Alex helps Sasha work through some PTSD she’s dealing with. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Sasha and her roommate.

Zoya Tessi did a wonderful job adding humor and suspense into the love story that shouldn’t have worked but does oh so well!


Teaser Tuesday!

This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should be Reading. I love this idea! It's simple:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 lines (teaser sentences) from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful not to include spoilers... you don't want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers ;-)

This week's teaser:

Mannie woke the next morning uncertain if he had dreamed. Outside it was still pitch dark, but the habit of getting up early for work or war didn't change even if the world had.

From All Is Silence by Robert L. Slater
45% into the e-book on my Kindle app

Looking forward to hearing about the books you're into :-) Happy reading today!

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey is a fun way to recap what you've recently read, what you're currently reading, and what's next on the list. Join in on the fun by visiting here!

So here's what I have going on... It's been a while since I've posted, and I've read a number of books recently (yes, I've been doing a lot more reading than blogging!).

Here's the list of what's completed:

And here's what I'm working on:

What's up next (subject to change):