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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly - Stephanie Oakes

I've had this book on my TBR list ever since it was first announced. The concept was intriguing, and I raced through it. I enjoyed the story, but the ending felt a bit rushed and manufactured. However, I'd definitely recommend it.

Into Darkness - Hayley Barrett

The book begins with the spoiled daughter of a judge being sentenced to prison for a crime she didn't commit. INTO DARKNESS chronicles the dystopian adventures of Alexandra as she travels from the comfort of the city to a youth detention center in the New Zealand bush. There are elements of The Hunger Games and other popular dystopian novels that will appeal to many readers, and I had a difficult time putting this book down. The adventure and romance was top notch; however, the novel seemed about 100 pages too short. I would have loved more detail and world building and to see more of the backstory of Alexandra and the other characters revealed.While some of the details seemed glossed over for brevity, I was very impressed with this book, and I hope to read more from Hayley Barrett.

The ending is quiet open, so there is hope that there will be a sequel.