The Emotion Test

Some Quiet Place

Hello readers and welcome back! This week we are going to be talking about Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions, but she does see them in human form. They come and go as they are needed with other people’s emotions. All emotions but Fear have given up on her. Fear is determined to figure out why Elizabeth is this way and he is going to make her feel.

There is something strange about Elizabeth, other than not feeling anything, of course, Elizabeth’s dreams are haunted by a boy and girl. The girl is so lost in grief over the dead or dying boy that she screams into the sky. Why does Elizabeth keep having this dream? Where did it come from? Why can she see emotions when no one else can?

During all of this, Elizabeth is just trying to get through high school. She is trying to avoid getting in trouble at home where her father beats her, her mother hates her, and her brother ignores everything. But, most importantly, Elizabeth just wants to be left alone.

Elizabeth’s life takes a turn for the worse when a dark presence starts stalking her life. Even the emotions are afraid. What is stalking her and what does it want with a slightly abnormal girl like Elizabeth? Elizabeth’s life may depend on finding the answers and she may not be able to count on Fear to help her. There is more to her than meets the eye.

Kelsey Sutton takes us on an emotional ride in this novel, all puns intended. That’s all for this week. Check in next week for more, and happy reading everyone!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Vampire Hunter or Unicorn?

Drink Slay Love

Hello readers, and welcome back! This week we’re going to be talking about Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst, because everyone needs their vampire fix.

Pearl is your average sixteen-year-old vampire. She sleeps during the day and terrorizes unsuspecting humans at night. Everything is going great until one night when Pearl gets attacked by a unicorn. But everyone knows unicorns don’t exist.

Pearl’s family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter and tell her she is lucky to be alive. The biggest surprise comes when it’s discovered that Pearl can now withstand the sunlight without bursting into flame. Soon after this surprise comes out, the king of the New England Coven announces that he has chosen Pearl’s family to host the feast. This means the family needs to find a food supply, and a lot of it.

So Pearl is heading to high school, where she is befriended by two goody-goody humans. This shouldn’t be a problem except happily-evil Pearl is starting to feel twinges of a conscience. Pearl is supposed to deliver her high school “friends” up to feed the king’s appetite, but how can she do that? Pearl is starting to care about these new friends.

Pearl has to make a choice — betray her new friends and let them die or be killed for betraying her family? What is a sunlight-loving vampire to do? Sarah Beth Durst takes us on a wild ride in this book. Vampires and unicorns battle it out in Drink Slay Love.

That’s all for this week, check back next week for another book review. Happy reading, everyone!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Four Minutes Too Late

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Hello readers, and welcome back. This week we will be talking about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.

Hadley Sullivan is on her way to her estranged father’s wedding. He’ll be marrying a women Hadley has never met. Hadley is heading to England for the wedding and plans to spend twenty-four hours there–get in and get out as quickly as possible. Then disaster strikes. She misses her flight by a mere four minutes.

The next flight isn’t for a couple of hours, which means Hadley will barely have enough time to make it to the wedding. She’s set to be a bridesmaid in the wedding…if she can make it there at all. The only good thing about this mess is that Hadley meets a boy named Oliver in the airport, who just so happens to be taking the same flight as her. And they are sitting next to each other.

They spend the night getting to know each other, talking and making jokes. Oliver makes Hadley forget about her claustrophobia and she thinks she might be falling for this boy she just met, but even the longest flight has to end. At the airport, Hadley and Oliver lose each other in the crowd. Hadley has to get to her father’s wedding so she heads out.

Will Hadley ever see Oliver again? Will she make it to her father’s wedding on time? Can she bridge the distance between her and her father? Is there such a thing as love at first sight? Jennifer Smith crafts a fast-paced story that leaves you wishing you could find your Oliver sitting next to you on an airplane.

That’s all for this week! Check in next week for another book review, and happy reading!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Color My Blood

Red Queen

Hello, readers and welcome back! This week we are going to look at Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

Mare lives in a world that is divided by the color of your blood. In this world, there are Silvers and Reds. Silvers are the nobles and royals, while Reds are the peasants. Silvers all have special powers, which is what makes them different and strong.

Mare is just trying to get by before she is taken off to war just like her three older brothers. Anyone who doesn’t have a job by their eighteenth birthday is taken to fight in the war. Mare’s day is coming, and then the unexpected happens–Mare gets a job. And not just any job.

Mare gets a job working as a servant at the royals’ summer home. While preforming her duties, the unimaginable happens–Mare shoots lightning out of her hands. But Mare is a Red, and Reds aren’t supposed to have abilities. Because of this incident, Mare is forced into the role of a lost Silver Princess and is engaged to the second-in-line Prince.

Ripped away from her life and forced to hide who she really is, Mare is angry. Then she realizes she is in a unique position to help the rebel force, The Scarlet Guard. Mare gets ready to play a power game and maybe even change the rules.

Everything is changing for Mare and she might be in over her head. One wrong move and she will lose her life. This is a game Mare doesn’t understand, but she’d better learn quickly if she wants to get out alive.

Betrayal, death, and affection are all passengers on the wild ride that is Red Queen. Victoria Aveyard weaves an engaging story that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

That’s all for this week, check back next week for another book review. Happy Reading!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Heaven’s Angel or Hell’s Demon

Hush Hush

Hello, readers and welcome back! This week we will be talking about Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Nora is just your everyday sophomore in high school. She goes to class, she hangs out with her best friend Vee, and does normal teenage things. She’s never had a serious boyfriend, much to her best friend’s dismay. Nora just hasn’t found a boy she cares enough about to date, until Patch comes along.

Patch gets under Nora’s skin in a way no one else can. He seems to know more about her than even Vee knows. Is this guy stalking her? How does he know all these things about her? Nora is determined to ignore him. If she doesn’t respond to his advances, he’ll go away…right?

Then strange things start happening to Nora. She hits a man with her car and there is nothing to prove it but a tiny fracture in the windshield. She thinks she falls off a rollercoaster, but is safely buckled into the seat. What is happening to her and how is Patch connected to it? None of these weird things happened before he became a part of her life.

Nora soon finds out that there is more to Patch than meets the eye and trying to figure him out might be more than she bargained for. Life and death are hanging in the balance for Nora, but just who is trying to hurt her and why? Is Patch trying to help or hurt her? Find out in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush.

That’s all for this week, check back next week for another book review. Happy reading, everyone!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Beware the Maze

The Maze Runner

Hello, readers and welcome back! This week we will be talking about The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Some of you may have seen the movie adaptation that recently came out, but let me tell you, the book is always better (even if I did enjoy the movie). Thomas is confused, he wakes up in a box and can’t remember anything but his name. Where is he? Where did he come from?

Suddenly the box comes alive and starts moving upward. When the box stops moving, the doors at the top of the box are thrown open and sunlight streams in. The opening to the box is surrounded by teenagers who are all about Thomas’ age. Here’s the kicker–they’re all boys.

Welcome to the Glade, a place surrounded by a giant maze that always changes at night. There may not be a way out. As Thomas is shown around the Glade, he finds out that every month, like clockwork, a boy and supplies arrive in the Glade. He also discovers that none of the boys in the Glade can remember anything before waking up in the box. Who put them here and why? What is the point?

When the first day ends, Thomas is just as confused as he was when he woke up in the box, except now he has more to think about. The next day, Thomas gets assigned a job to see what he is good at. He needs to contribute to the Glade running smoothly. Everything is going well until the box alarm goes off…a month early. When the box is opened, there is only one thing inside: a girl.

What does this mean? Why send a girl into the maze? How can they escape the maze? Everything is changing in the Glade, the only option is to get out, but can they get out alive? All these questions and more are answered in The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Thanks for reading and check back for the next book of the week!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

If Roses Could Talk

Rose Bush

Hello, readers and welcome back! This week we will be talking about Michele Jaffe’s Rosebush.

Jane is having a bad morning. The night after a big party, Jane wakes up in the hospital paralyzed from a hit-and-run accident. She has no memory of how she ended up there. She’s surrounded by friends and her loving boyfriend, so things start to look better until Jane starts to remember what happened. Jane’s accident might not have been so accidental, but that would mean one of her friends is out to kill her.

As Jane starts to piece together what happened that night at the party, things start to get weird. Jane starts receiving threatening phone calls from someone who claims they want to kill her. The only problem is, Jane is the only one around when they call. Is Jane making up the threatening messages? Is she being paranoid? The police claim they caught the people who ran her over, so why is Jane still feeling threatened? Jane may be losing her mind or maybe someone really is after her.

Everyone is a suspect, and there is no one Jane can trust, but she must figure out who’s trying to kill her before they strike again and finish the job. Time is ticking down for Jane. As she heals from her injuries and can move again, she must prove that she is not going crazy and attempt to catch a would-be killer all by herself.

Michele Jaffe crafts a beautiful mystery that has you hooked until the last page. You’ll be wondering who the killer is or if there is a killer at all. That’s all for this week, check in next week for another book review.

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Edtior