Sunday, November 29, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #81

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?



This meme comes now comes from The Book Date



Books I Read Last Week:
The Darkest Minds (#1) by Alexandra Bracken (4 Stars)
Never Fade (#2) by Alexandra Bracken (4 Stars)
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (4 Stars)
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Number of Pages: 1,384

Currently Reading:

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


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Summary from Goodreads:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

My Review:

I've been meaning to read the Darkest Minds series for a good year now and I'm finally making my way through the entire series.

Some of the plot dragged in places but about half way through it picked up. The cliff hanger shocked me and I picked up the second novel straight away.

The world building and plot were okay but my favorite things about the series was the characters and the powers that they have.

Chubs surprisingly is my all time favorite male YA character and Ruby is a great lead POV. Plus, I loved the fact that the book was not written in duel POVS! :) Finally.

I recommend checking out this YA paranormal series.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Omen by Kelley Armstrong


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Summary from Goodreads:

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancĂ©, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

My Review:

It has taken years to finally pick up this new series by Armstrong, and sadly it was not my favorite of her novels.

The world is interesting, Cainsville, and the elements of paranormal with the omens is extremely interesting but the downside is the lack of those elements.

Instead it mixes other genres and strays away from the paranormal aspects I was hoping to read about, I just hope if I keep reading the series the next one will have more supernatural things.

I did like the main character Olivia and her experience with finding out her parents were serial killers but did not like the random povs of other characters.

I recommend reading if you enjoy thrillers/murder mysteries.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #79

Stacking the Shelves



Reviews:

Leaving Time: Review
Burning Kingdoms: Review
Dangerous Lies: Review

Library:

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For Review:



Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick


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Summary from Goodreads:

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, theNew York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…
 

My Review:

I'm always excited to read YA thrillers (sometimes the adult ones have a little too much graphic stuff) because I enjoy mystery and trying to guess what will happen.

The ending was interesting but I felt that it wasn't that exciting or shocking to keep my interest. Plus, I had a hard time liking the main character.

I bet I would have enjoyed it more without the romance aspect and if the ending had a better twist.

I recommend checking out Black Ice, I think it is a much better example of her writing.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: Burning Kingdoms (#2) by Lauren DeStefano


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Summary from Goodreads:

Danger descends in the second book of The Internment Chronicles, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy.

After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home.

The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park.

It is also a land at war.

Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven, but now they’re caught under the watchful eye of another king who wants to dominate his world. They may have made it to the ground, but have they dragged Internment with them?

My Review:

I put off finishing this series, mainly because the second novel drags quite a bit. Also, I read the first novel way too long ago and was lost in the beginning of the novel and forgot some of the characters.

I'm planning reading the last novel soon before I have the chance to forget the plot again, lol, I like the main character but I'm not a huge fan of the others.

It is an okay series but I like it less as it goes on.

I recommend checking out the series but try and read one after the other so they make sense.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult


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Summary from Goodreads:

For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers.

My Review:

I took a break from Picoult novels after I read a lot of them in high school (I was sick of the duel povs in the majority of her books) but now I want to catch up with her new novels because of them.

Despite the use of POVS (and I did not care for some of the characters POVS) I liked the characters like Alice and Jenna and how the story unfolded through flashbacks and present time.

The best part of the novel was the use of Elephants and that Alice was a scientist that studied them and all of the information the author gives you about the creatures.

I was completely shocked by the ending of this book, I did not see it coming at all and I love books that can do that.

I recommend checking out this book if you love Elephants and shocking endings.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Monday, November 16, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #80

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING?



This meme comes now comes from The Book Date


Books I Read Last Week:

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick (3 Stars)
Omens by Kelley Armstrong (3 Stars)

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Number of Pages:    896


Currently Reading:

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #78

Stacking the Shelves



Reviews:

Heart of Betrayal: Review
After You: Review
The Young Elites: Review
None of the Above: Review


From Library (a bunch of books for my upcoming papers):

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For Review:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Review: The Heart of Betrayal (#2) by Mary E. Pearson


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Summary from Goodreads:

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia's life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There's Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.

My Review:

I put off reading this because I was not a huge fan of the first novel, with the mystery of who was the Prince and who was the Assassin.

I was pleasantly surprised by this sequel and I enjoyed it ten times more than the first novel.

The Komizar was a terrifying and well-written villain and he drove the suspense in the novel.

My favorite character was Lia, she is becoming such a strong character but I was not a huge fan of the POVS of Rafe/Kaden, I think the author should have just stayed with Lia.

I loved the world building and can't wait for the next novel, plus the growing magic in it reminds me Throne of Glass where it took a while for the powers to manifest.

I recommend this series for the amazing characters, the world building, and the magic elements.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Review: After You by Jojo Moyes


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Summary from Goodreads:

***THE SEQUEL TO THE WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON ME BEFORE YOU ***

Jojo Moyes says: "I hadn't planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again."

My Review:

This was one of my most anticipated novel of this year because I loved the first novel, Me Before You.

However, depsite my hype I just had a hard time getting through the novel. I think it would have been better if there was no sequel because the new romance did not seem realistic to me.

Plus, her family from the first novel was left out of the novel, and I loved them so much in the first one.  

I recommend checking it out just for the main character Lou. 

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 78



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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Summary from Goodreads:

The heart-wrenching new novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world, from the author of Falling into Place.

Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivian moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship, as long as no one finds out about it.

But when Janie is date-raped by the most popular guy in school—a guy she’s had a crush on for years—she finds herself ostracized by all the people she thought were her friends. Now only Micah seems to believe she’s telling the truth. But when even Micah expresses doubt about whether or not she was “asking for it,” it leads to disastrous consequences, and Janie Vivian goes missing.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang’s astonishing second novel masterfully reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance

My Notes:

Her first novel was amazing and this one sounds heart-breaking.



Wishlist Wednesday # 78



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

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Summary from Goodreads:

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. 

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

My Notes:

I need to finally read this series!

Review: The Young Elites (#1) by Marie Lu


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Summary from Goodreads:

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

My Review:

It took me a while to finally read Lu's new series and it was a slow paced read, however, I did enjoy the story and the characters.

It is interesting that Lu is giving us the main character Adelina, who is not a heroine and instead could become a villain.

I would have liked more world building and a faster paced plot but it was a still a solid first novel.

The ending, and what happened makes me want to read what happens next and hope that we get more world building and new characters.


My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio


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Summary from Goodreads:

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex... and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts."

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

My Review:

I mainly picked up this book because of the cover and the unique plot, characters and plots involving intersex do not tend to be discussed or shown.

Despite how much I liked the novel it was really hard to read because it was very emotional and I hated what was happening to the main character.







I recommend checking out this new author and this amazing novel.

My Rating:


Four Stars Out of Five.



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward #75


1. MockingJay Part 2. I'll be sad to see this series end.
2. A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, I just want this be out already!
3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I think this will be amazing with Tim Burton as the director.
4. Alice Through the Looking Glass.
5. The BFG. I love the novel and the older film.

6. Me Before You. I just want a trailer so bad.
7. Looking for Alaska. I still need to see Paper Towns.
8. The Darkest Minds. Maybe this will make me finally read the series.
9. Beauty and the Beast. I need this in my life.
10. The Little Mermaid. They better get this right.