ARC Review : The Social Code (The Start-Up #1) by Sadie Hayes

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The Social Code By Sadie HayesImage

Paperback : 320 pages

Series : The Start-Up #1

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013

Rating : 4/5 Stars

Summary :

In a world where anyone can rise to the top, the only rule is… watch your back.

Eighteen-year-old twins Adam and Amelia Dory learned the hard way to rely only on each other, growing up in a small town where they understood the meaning of coming from nothing. But everything changes when both are offered scholarships to Stanford University – and catapulted into the dazzling world of Silicon Valley, where anyone with a good enough idea can skyrocket to fame and fortune in the blink of an eye…

Amelia is almost as pretty as she is smart – almost. A shy girl and genius, she is happiest alone in the computer lab, but her brother has other plans for her talents: A new company that will be the next Silicon Valley hit, and will thrust Amelia into the spotlight whether she likes it or not. Where Amelia’s the brains, Adam’s the ambition – he sees the privileged lifestyle of the Silicon Valley kids and wants a piece of what they have. He especially wants a piece of Lisa Bristol, the stunning daughter of one of the Valley’s biggest tycoons.

As Adam and Amelia begin to hatch their new company, they find themselves going from nothing to the verge of everything seemingly overnight. But no amount of prestige can prepare them for the envy, backstabbing and cool calculation of their new powerful peers.

Welcome to Silicon Valley, where fortune, success – and betrayal – are only a breath away…

Review :

I’m pleasantly surprised with this book. I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did and am so glad that I stuck with it.
Two siblings who have had a hard life and now have made it big in Silicon Valley. I wondered what their life was before the scholarship like, what will they do with this new found fame? Adam and Amelia story was interesting to follow.
The two main characters, Adam and Amelia haven’t always had any easy life. Amelia is extremely smart when it comes to technology, and works in the lab most of the time. Adam is what I would call a wanna be socialite. There were some secondary characters, T.J. and Patty who were involved in the story a lot. T.J. had issued with being controlled by his father, and Patty had her own issues.
The plot moved at a fairly fast pace, with a few sub-plots going on. You have the new business that Amelia and Adam and the story behind it all. They have the help of a man who happens to be quite wealthy and does all he can to make the company work. There is of course the evil villain that wants to take them down for some things that happened. And he was certainly a good villain. 
The romance in this, it was not just one love triangle, but 2 of them, for both Amelia and Adam. And just when thing started to get interesting, it ended. Abruptly. I assume that since this is the first in the series, there will be more. I did like the bond that Adam and Amelia had, and how they always stuck together. 
The Social Code is a fast read, I think fans of book filled with betrayals, back stabbing, lies and drama will enjoy this.

*** Cover Reveal *** CAPSTONE By Misty Provencher

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About The Book :

 
Release Date : Sept 30, 2013
 
Summary:

It’s supposed to stink. That’s what Cusps do.
The Ianua, Nalena and Garrett’s own community, have welcomed them back by charging  them as traitors and chucking them into the Hotel Celare’s slammer.
And outside the fortress walls, it’s no better.  
The Cusp is at full-boil as the world finally surrenders to The Fury’s lifestyle. Looting, 
riots, murders—every kind of crime has become the norm—and The Fury want to make it  all permanent.  They might even succeed, now that they’ve nabbed all thirteen of the Ianua’s Cornerstones.
To preserve mankind, the only chance the Ianua have left is to beat The Fury to the 
Earth’s Core and somehow trigger the Reset.
Like that’s easy.
There’s no manual on how to activate a Reset. Nobody even knows if there’s an actual Core to the Earth.  
Shoot, it could be one big myth; an epic waste of effort. 
But the Addo thinks there is one last hope.  
Maybe.
So long as someone is willing to sacrifice everything to be mankind’s long shot.

*** Double Cover Reveal *** Before / Beyond By Melissa Pearl

What could be more exciting than a double cover reveal?? 😀 

Here, have a look at these amazing covers! 🙂

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About The Book :

BEFORE (Betwixt Novella #0.5)

Description:

Dale Finnigan is a teenage rebel; he lives for parties, girls and joy riding in stolen cars. In spite of his uptight parents’ constant warnings and lectures, he continues to run wild. His crazy lifestyle is the only way he can live and feel free…until his reckless behavior takes him down a path where there is no going back.

In this prequel to BETWIXT, find out who Dale Finnigan was before he became known as “scar-face”—the unassuming hero everyone underestimates.

Add BEFORE to your Goodreads TBR List: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18392767-before?from_search=true

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BEYOND (Betwixt Novella #1.5)

Description:

Have you ever been so in love with someone, but not had the courage to tell them? Nicole Tepper is that girl. She loves her boyfriend Dale, but fearing rejection, keeps her feelings buried deep. She can’t even let on how heartbroken she is when Dale begins applying for colleges thousands of miles away from her; never even whispering a word about how much she wishes he would stay close.

But, when Dale is rejected from Colombia University in NYC, due to a police report that follows him wherever he goes, Nicole soon discovers that love can drive her to do things she never thought possible.

There’s more than one way to say, I love you and Nicole Tepper is about to prove to Dale that she loves him beyond all common sense.

Add BEYOND to your Goodreads TBR List: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18392772-beyond?from_search=true

About The Author :

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“I used to be a full time teacher (11-13 year olds) then I became a full time mother. During that time I also found my passion for writing. Over the last ten years I have been studying the craft and putting myself out there.

My first trilogy came out in November, 2011. It has been a wild ride swimming in this indie river and I have loved so much of it. I have learned so many amazing things and met so many great people. It has totally solidified the fact I want to be a writer for as long as I possibly can!

I now have five books published and am working on a new YA Fantasy trilogy for 2013. I am having so much fun with it and can’t wait to share it with everybody.

I am from New Zealand, but am currently living in China with my husband and two sons. It has been a culture shock, but it’s pretty cool living in such a different country.” ~Melissa Pearl

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