by Bethany Griffin
Young Adult / Steampunk
|[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.
In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.
Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.
With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.[/learn_more]
by Eve Silver
Young Adult / Sci-Fi
|[learn_more caption=”Book Description”]Rush pulls you headlong into the thrilling, high-stakes world of Eve Silver’s teen series The Game, about teens pulled into and out of an alternate reality in which battling aliens is more than a game—it’s life and death. This teen debut novel offers science fiction and gaming fans romantic thrills at a breakneck pace.
Seventeen-year-old Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby—pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.
There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says that the game is more than that, and that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.[/learn_more]
I really need to read Masque of the Red Death! And Rush is on my Wishlist, despite the mediocre reviews.
Sometimes poor reviews make me want to read a book even more.
I think it depends on who’s leaving the poor review. If it’s a lot of people that I don’t know (and especially if their reasoning is because it’s a genre they don’t like or a plot choice like a cliff hanger or something that I don’t mind) then I’m much more likely to read it and decide for myself.
But if it’s poor reviews from a number of people that I really trust and have the same taste I do, then I’m more inclined not to read it.