Archive | February 2014

Review for Unremembered

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Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Rating: 4 bookmarks (Compelling, a page turner.)
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Goodreads Summary: When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe. Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world. Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them. Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget? From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

I haven’t read very many sci-fi books, so I don’t have much to base this on. I know some people were saying this was a cookie-cutter but I enjoyed it! The beginning was interesting because Violet/Sera survives the kind of plane crash that no one should have survived. When the medics ask her what year it is, she says 1609. I thought the moments between Zen and Sera were so sweet and I loved the part where he showed her how they met. The only reason I gave this book 4 bookmarks instead of 5 is because I felt like the beginning was a little slow. It seemed like it took Sera a long time to figure it out. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to Unforgotten.

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Review for Gateway

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Gateway by Christina Garner
Rating: 3 bookmarks (Enjoyable, a pleasant read.)
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Goodreads Summary: Ember has always known she doesn’t belong in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution. She’s soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He’s not what he seems, but what is he? When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her own. And leads her to… the Gateway.

This book wasn’t my favorite. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it just sounded like other books. It had a little bit of a Mortal Instruments feel to it. It was confusing at times but it was still a good book and I still wanted to read to the end to know what happened. I liked the names Ember and Taren but it felt like they were a little hard to connect to. I didn’t read this book as fast as I do other books so maybe that’s why I wasn’t too invested in it and I got a little confused. I still enjoyed it though, so that’s why I gave it 3 bookmarks.

ARC Review for The Wounded

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The Wounded by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Rating: 5 bookmarks (Fantastic, definitely a keeper.)
Release Date: February 28, 2014
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Goodreads Summary: You think you’re in control. That it’s your hands on the reins. But I’m starting to think either someone else is driving, or the reins are attached to nothing. Just flapping and snapping in the breeze. What could be simple, never is. Rosa doesn’t want to get used to being separated from Joseph, from Orry. So she must find the strength to battle her way back to her family, while mustering the courage to face her father, his secrets. With her best friend, Rash, by her side, she feels blessed and cursed. He is her saving grace, but will Joseph accept him and forgive her for leaving? Rosa must pull these threads together as she hacks her way to The Wall with the aid of her new companions but, heartbreakingly, without the one person she’d planned to save. Finding her way home is only the beginning. The biggest changes, the shocking truths, are waiting, hovering over the town like a menacing vapor. The Wounded have waited, nursed, and been dormant for too long. And now they’re coming… dragging the ghosts of their lost ones behind them.

*SPOILERS AHEAD!*

Amazing! This is by far one of the best books I’ve read ever! The imagery and the words Lauren used just put you right in the story and it was like I lived it with them. The last chapters had my heart pounding so hard. I don’t even know how to put into words how amazing this series is. It just keeps getting better with each book. I’m planning on buying paperback copies because it’s just one of those series that you love so much, you have to have it and read it over and over again. When I read the last chapters and I thought Rosa was dead, the first thing that popped into my head was Allegiant. I think those books are ok, I don’t hate them, it’s just that I don’t know how to feel when I think about the last book. It changed my view on that series and I just don’t love them or hate them. So, when I thought Rosa was dead, I was thinking that I wouldn’t like the series anymore and wondering how in the world the last book would go on without her. I’m so glad that Rosa is alive, even if she’s not with her family right now. I’m so excited for the fourth book and I can’t wait to see if she makes it back to Joseph, Orry, and everyone else. Thank you Lauren Taylor for writing an amazing book and giving me the chance to read it! 🙂

TBR Thursday: Doon

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Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
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Goodreads Summary: Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Winner’s Curse

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Goodreads Summary: Winning what you want may cost you everything you love. As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Teaser Tuesday: Leven Thumps (#1)

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Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye

Teaser (Page 63)

“Leven watched them squirm under the mobile home park fence. Astounded by what he had been able to do, he gaped after them in awe. He looked to the far distance, beyond the park and past the town water tower. He pictured a bolt of lightning and watched in wonder as it flashed out of the cloudy sky.”

Review for The Fault in Our Stars

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Rating: 5 bookmarks (Fantastic, definitely a keeper.)

Goodreads Summary: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

I read this book in about 3 hours and I completely adored it! It was an amazingly beautiful love story. The beginning was like watching someone slowly fall in love and it didn’t have any major plot twists. It was just a beautiful love story. Then, there’s the ending. I was in my room at 3 in the morning, crying, after finishing this book! I had seen things online about what happened in the end so I really didn’t think I was going to cry, but that was impossible. The story was just so raw and gritty and sad. The characters seemed so real and I felt all of their same emotions. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the bad language in it. I felt like it took away from the book for me and I think it could have been just as effective without it. I definitely will be seeing the movie and I hope it will live up to the expectations of the book.