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.

Reaper (Soul Screamers #3.5) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title – Reaper

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Series – Soul Screamers #3.5

EBook – 64 pages

Publishing House – Harlequin Teen

Published December 1st 2010

Characters – Tod Hudson,Nash Hudson

Summary

Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him–and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

Suddenly Tod’s future wasn’t so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life… Death… or something Between….

An ebook exclusive Soul Screamers series novella.

Review

I think I just fell in love with Tod all over again! I mean seriously guys you cannot read Reaper and not love Tod,it just isn’t possible. I was having conflicted feelings regarding being Team Nash or Team Tod but after Reaper no more confliction. Team Tod it is!
Reaper was absolutely amazing and I completely enjoyed every single second of it. However, this story also includes Tod’s pain & sacrifice which was heartbreaking to read. You will surely look at Tod in a different way after Reaper. On the sunnier side this novel cracked me up a number of times. Salute to Tod’s sarcasm for giving us so many LOL moments.
This novella is a perfect glimpse into Tod’s life. But unfortunately as is the case with most novellas it just left me wanting more. I would love to read a spin off of Tod’s afterlife. He’s just such an interesting character, that it’s hard not to love him.

Favorite Quotes 

“So,would you say I’m closer to a zombie or a vampire? I gotta know—are my parts going to rot and fall off, or am I forever frozen in youthful perfection?” 

“Can’t clean up after you anymore, baby brother, so don’t punk out. Make it count.” 

“If I weren’t already dead, I’d be alive with joy.” 

“I’m confiscating your hair dryer—you’ve fried your brain.” 

“What if the house catches fire?” 
“Roast marshmallows. And if it floods, you’ll go down with the ship. If there’s a tornado, I’ll meet both you and this house in Oz, after my shift. Got it?”