Caitlin’s #CBR5 #55: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

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It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a sci-fi twist thrown in for fun. There’s a domed city where these creepy roses need blood or else all the people will starve and be forced to live in the desert like monsters. Speaking of monsters, there’s these scaly folks who live in the desert, but they are slowly dying of starvation. The scaly folks decide to break into the city and steal some of the roses, but they are caught. They must leave behind Gem, the son of the chief, as a prisoner. During the attack, one of the monstrous killed the king, so his daughter is now in charge. Isra has been hidden away in a tower because she’s blind and, she assumes, hideous. She seeks Gem’s help in growing a garden that will cure her people of deformities (Yes, despite the dome and the blood-roses, people are still deformed). Faster than you can say Stockholm syndrome, the two are falling in love. It’s too bad that the roses only like to eat the blood of the queen, and that the city is failing fast.

The plot sounds sort of silly when you write it out, so I went with that. It’s actually a decent book.

You can read my full review here.

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Caitlin’s #CBR5 #54: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

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This book completely exceeded my expectations. It ended up being really disturbing and creepy in the most awesome way.

It starts when the girl is found, Annaliese Rose Gordon, who has been missing for a year. She is returned to her parents with no memories of where she was and no memories of her old life. As bits and pieces come back to her, one thing becomes apparent: she is not Annaliese Rose Gordon.

You can read my full review here.

Caitlin’s #CBR5 #53: The Originals by Cat Patrick

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The story of three girls pretending to be one girl. They are actually clones being hidden away by their “mother,” the woman who stole them from the lab where she used to work. Now, the girls struggle with only living one-third of a life. There’s also dangerous people on their trail because their mother hasn’t exactly been honest with them.

I don’t have anything bad to say about this book. It’s not my favorite, but I liked it well enough.

You can read my full review with more luke warm praise here.

Caitlin’s #CBR5 #51: Prep School Confidential by Cara Taylor

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This is a fun mystery set in a boarding school. Anne accidentally burns down her school’s auditorium. She is then sent away to Wheatley School. She expects a boring school year, but after her roommate is murdered, it’s bound to be eventful. Kudos to the author for writing a mystery that I didn’t guess automatically. There was also an intriguing cliffhanger at the end to set up the next mystery, which I am very excited about.

You can read my full review here.

Caitlin’s #CBR5 #49: The Potty Mouth at the Table by Laurie Notaro

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I really liked Laurie Notaro’s other books, but I think that multiple readings may have numbed me to the humor. I got a couple laughs out of this book, but a majority of it was complaining about kids these days and things that seem too old for me to comprehend yet.

You can read my full review here.