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Book Review: Between The Spark and The Burn (Between # 2) by April Genevieve Tucholke

Dial Published Aug. 14, 2014 320 Pages
Published Aug. 14, 2014
320 Pages

River West Redding has left Violet in her lonely world. With his brother Neely, Violet is left to worry about the boy that shattered her world that is until one early morning, they hear a radio feed about a town experiencing strange events.

Immediately, they go in search for answers and in search of River. But it isn’t long before the find danger or a secret that can destroy Violet and Neely’s relationship. 

Here is the review for book one.


I try to give certain books a second chance by reading the second book. This action bit me in the ass with this book.

Violet is a depressing girl with almost zero personality and wouldn’t understand the difference between love and sick torment if it punched her in the face. I have to give her slight slack because she is young but she doesn’t get much. I also didn’t care of Neely. Both characters lack a personality and a spark of life.

The title of the book is wonderful as well as the cover but it does nothing to enhance the writing in this book.  It was slow, it was all over the place and it lacked a better purpose. Violet doesn’t understand love. She tries to find River because he gave her attention in a way she never had.

It is rough to read a book like this when you know there isn’t any personal development.  Reading this book was hard and it was almost a DNF.

Overall, no.

1 Pickle

Book Review: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

Bloomsbury USA Childrens To Be Published July 22, 2014 352 Pages
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
To Be Published July 22, 2014
352 Pages

Sabine has two lives. Every 24 hours she “shifts” into her new life exactly where she left off. In one life she is the perfect daughter with perfect friends and boyfriend and in the other life she is a rebel. 

Sabine has everything under control but when she discovers a glitch in her both of her lives, her control begins to slip and things drastically changes.

I picked up this book because of two reason. The cover was beautiful and I liked the idea of two lives happening at the same time. It is a really cool time warp, two dimensions thing.

However, sad to say Ms. Jessica has delivered another book that I completely dislike.

Sabine is a decent character. She is smart and is able to handle herself pretty well. However, things start jacking up when she discovers a glitch and decides to test her theory. This turns out really bad for her and she can’t regain her footing after.

The book was slow however it was captivating. I really stuck through the book because I needed to know what happened at the end. But what the author did was really rude. Not only did Sabine “fall in love” with her “doctor” in a psych ward after barely a two weeks but his random death was the climax of the story.


I kid you not. I felt the author was insulting my intelligence, imagination and everything in between. To add more depth to the character you create a love that has no chemistry and for all purpose of the word, seems forced. But hold on that is in one life.

In the second life, to show that not all is what it seems you have an attempted rape, have the victim pity the attacker AND have her friends abandon her. BUT!!!! All is okay because the guy that passed away in the first life is alive in the second life -_-

I’m done. No ratings.

NetGalley Review: The Feral Child by Che Golden

Quercus  To Be Published June 3, 2014 256 Pages
To Be Published June 3, 2014
256 Pages

*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Maddy is an orphan living in Ireland with her Grandparent. Sick of living in Ireland, sick of her cousins, Maddy has had enough. One day when walking the dog she goes to a castle ruin that is forbidden at night. There she meets a strange boy who wants to play with her when she refuses she realizes that something is wrong with this boy and believes he is a faerie.

Able to escape, Maddy goes home and tells her tale. No one believes her even when the little boy next door is taken no one believes her. When the boy is found, Maddy knows that there is something different about him. She knows he is a changeling.

Determined to get him back, Maddy with the help of her cousins go to save the boy.

I could not stand this book and it is all because of Maddy. Such an angry child. I understand; she lost both of her parents and had to move from her home to place she doesn’t exactly feel accepted. However, she treats her grandparents like crap, not only is she constantly fighting but she slapped her Aunt. Maddy has no respect for anyone and wants to do as she pleases.

The only thing that changes about Maddy at the end of the book is her violence. She still has a attitude and is still rude.

The only thing I can actually say I enjoyed about this book was the dark faeries. The descriptions and the details the author put into them was amazing that I cannot fathom why Maddy was written the way she was. The faeries is what kept me pushing through this book; Maddy was unbearable.

Overall, this book gets 1 Pickle.

Book Review: A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

Ummm let’s just say this isn’t what I expected from the master of horror.

       Feiwel & Friends    Published July 2, 2013                250 Pages
Feiwel & Friends
Published July 2, 2013
250 Pages

Claire has the perfect life; her family owns a movie company (although on the brink of bankruptcy) and she has an amazing best friend Delia (who is the perfect image). The only snag in Claire world is Jake, the boy she is in love with loves Delia and Delia loves Shawn (Jake’s best friend) who is in love with Claire.

Although Claire and Delia are trying to get the attention of their boys of choice they are also trying to launch their movie career by staring in the remake of Mayhem Manor. Mayhem Manor is a haunted house in which three teenagers making a movie died accidently. Claire’s family owned movie company is trying to remake it when you guessed it accidents begin to happen and people begin to die.

This book had so much potential it was dripping from the pages. But R.L. Stine dropped the ball big time. This book was nothing I would ever recommend. There was no personal struggle. All Claire cared about was getting the boy she liked to like her back; when things starting getting weird it affected none of the teenagers. A costar died and you’re going to the cheesecake factory -.- or you’re making corny jokes after you beat the bad guy.

The book was cheesy and it was poorly written. You cling on and keep reading because it’s R.L. Stine and you’re hoping for the big horror of the book. But the biggest horror was how the crappy the characters were and their lack of substance.

The only good thing about the book was the idea itself, not the Shakespeare part because it was really unnecessary.  The idea of a movie company remaking a movie in which real deaths take place in a haunted mansion was pretty cool.

Overall, the book gets 4 out of 5. Sorry Mr. Stine but you fell short on this one big time. Also i really really think the Shakespeare aspect was completely completely unecessary.


Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles