Review of The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing

The White Rose (The Lone City #2)  by Amy Ewing

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Review: I have to start off by saying how much I love this cover! There is so much detail that you don’t even see at first and have to keep looking at it to see the rest.

Ok, now that is out of the way….

I really liked how the romance was not the main point of this book, I know it wasn’t in the first one… But it did kind of come out of nowhere. But the author did a great job having it in the background, while focusing the main story plot on more important things. Things like rebelling back.

Even though this book didn’t have a lot to it, meaning it really felt like a filler ( or set up for the next book). So it was still a good read even though it was just laying out the plan for the next in the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

308 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Dystopia.

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)  by Rick Yancey

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Review: I don’t think I have ever been so let down by a book so much in my life.

I had waited years for the second book of this series to come out, but once it did and I had it. I put off reading it till the third and last book in the series came out. Mostly because I did not want to have to wait so long again and because I was nervous. The first book was so incredibly good and the ending was insane. That I was really worried how the second book would compare. And it seems that the second book not only brought my doubts to real life but made them worse.

I don’t think I have ever read such a bad second book before. It felt as if someone else wrote it. Also it barely had anything to it, like the depth from the first book was nonexistent. It made me feel like the first book might have just been a dream or that I imagined the whole thing.

I really don’t know if I will or ever could read the last book of this series.

300 pages. Hardback.

1 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Science Fiction. Fantasy.  Dystopia. Adventure.

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Summary: How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride #9) by James Patterson

Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride #9)  by James Patterson

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Review: The only thing I thought of when I saw this book was, ” I wonder how much Patterson messed up my favorite characters again.”

Man was I wrong. It seems that James Patterson finally came back to who and what these characters really are. Along with the plot for the series.

I have never been so surprised by how good a book really, and how much I loved it. Since I  read the first Maximum Ride book all those years ago. Because reading this book after the awfulness that was the eighth book in the series. Reading this felt like coming home.

I have never loved a character or looked up to one as much as I do Max. Ever since I was a young girl in middle school reading all of the flocks adventures. That is why this book has made me so happy to see them as they should be, and not that crap they were in the eighth book.

Anyway back to the book… The flock, Max and Fang. All were perfect and even though they face some pretty bad stuff in this book and are able to overcome it all. they were able to save some of the world, along with make some people for the world tooo. I’ll let you sit on that and think about it.

400 pages. Hardback.

5 out of 5 stars.

Young Adult. Romance. Adventure. Fiction. Science fiction. Dystopia.

Published by jimmy Patterson.

Summary: THE NINTH AND ULTIMATE MAXIMUM RIDE STORY IS HERE! Legions of Max fans won’t be disappointed by this encore episode in the beloved series about the incredible adventures of a teenage girl who can fly. As Maximum Ride boldly navigates a post-apocalyptic world, she and her broken flock are roaming the earth, searching for answers to what happened. All will be revealed in this last spectacular “ride”- a brand-new grand finale featuring all of the nonstop action, twists and turns that readers can rely on in a blockbuster Patterson page turner!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #5) by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #5)  by Marissa Meyer

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Review: I could care less about any of the small stories in this collection. But I did and still do care a whole lot about the story Something old, Something new. I was so happy the whole time I was reading it, I could not get my smile to stop. Even after I had finished it, I smiled for like two weeks on end because of how it ended.

The only real thing I did and still do wish for is a real ending or more of one for Thorn and Cress. Because they are my OTP ( one true pairing)  in this series and I just LOVE them together!!!! Don’t get me wrong I love all of the other pairings and characters, but Cress and Thorn are just it for me.

Anyway back to the book….

The whole book full of different stories is nice, because its mostly that of the characters from the Lunar Chronicles before they all meet up. But most of it was stuff I didn’t really care to know about, except for the last story. Which is the best end for the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

369 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Re-telling. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Dystopia. 

Published by Feiwel & Friends.

Summary: The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection #4)  by Kiera Cass

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Review: When I first heard about this book all I could think about was why, why was more being made from this lackluster plotline. The first half of this series with America was bad enough, but now the second half with her daughter?! No Way!

Although the more I heard about the book and what it was about, it made it sound really good to me. So on the off chance that I found the book at a Half Price Books, I bought it. I should have know better… I mean I really should have.

But I read the book and disliked every single part of it, mostly the worst part of the book was America’s daughter Eadlyn. The whole time I was reading, she just kept thinking and talking about how she was the most important thing in the world. I just wanted to smack her so bad, but I thought she might wise up later on in the book. Sadly I was mistaken. I hope I never pick up another one of these books again, their like torture.

1 out of 5 stars.

346 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Dystopia. Science Fiction.

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)  by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

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Review: I have been hearing about this series for a little while now and just never have gotten around to reading it. Then when Amie Kaufman came into town for a book signing I had to get all of her books, because I have no clue when she might ever come back over here!

Anyway I have a fun time reading the book, though it did take me awhile to finish reading it and getting through it all. Only because I was going through a weird book slump and some parts of the plot were a bit slow in the beginning.

But once I got rolling, there was no way for you to stop me from reading it all up! I really loved Tarver and Lilac and their super cool story line. I am just dying for more! I must read the rest of the series now please! I am making it a top priority to finish up the series once I’m done with my ARC’s. I am really interested to see how the rest of the series will go in this cool universe that has been made, and if I might be lucky enough to see Tarver and Lilac again!

4 out of 5 stars.

374 pages. Paperback.

Young Adult. Romance. Science Fiction. Fantasy. Dystopia. Space. Adventure.

Published by Allen & Unwin.

Summary: It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder – would they be better off staying in this place forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

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Review: I can’t even begin to talk about how awesome this books was. I mean guy’s I can barely believe its out now, and that we know what happens to our characters. The whole three days I was reading this book, I just kept jumping up and down and smiling. It was so good for all of my pairings I had in this series. I mean there were some seriously adorable moments that I actually squealed during and just had to keep reading over and over again. You know, just to make sure it was real and not some part of my imagination. Because be still my beating heart, Cress and Thorne! Ah! So unbelievably cute interactions and oh the feels you will get from reading their parts!!!! By far they are my favorite pairing because well Cress is so adorable as Throne puts it…

Anyway enough of my gushing. The climatic final to this very long five book series ( I’m counting the novel Fairest along with Winter in this total), could not have ended any better then Marissa Meyer could have planned out. Along with the ending and a short distance future we get to see about what the characters are planning for after Winter. I do have to say though the amazing fight scenes and descriptions about everything going down where some of my favorite parts as well. Not because of the violence, but because I felt as if I was there fighting along side my characters. We will get an even juicer ending with Stars Above which will include the short novellas that were only available in E-format, and a special big wedding scene from the future of the Lunar Chronicles including all our favorite characters! I can’t wait, I just keep trying to figure who it will be getting married and how far in the future it will take place.

 

5 out of 5 stars.

827 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Last in a series. Science fiction. Dystopia.

Published by Feiwel and Friends.

Summary: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)  by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

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Review: I had no clue at all what this book was about, even after I bought it. I did not read the inside flap or back cover to find out what was in store for me.  But I had the best time reading this book with no for knowledge other than what the authors of this book said at their book signing ( which I happened to be at when I bought the book/started it too). For every sentence that I read, I was pulled deeper and deeper into this book. At times when I was reading it I felt as if it was eating me.

I have never in my entire life so far, ever read a book like this. I normally don’t read Sci-fi just because I haven’t found the right series or books for me yet in that genre. but after reading this book and being destroyed by it, I am hoping to find more sci-fi up my ally to read, because I feel a bit addicted now.

This is the top book of the year for me and I thought my top spot was already taken by another book, but it seems that Illuminae kicked the crap out of its ass to take the number one spot. All in all this book drove me crazy! I was really scared, pissed off, upset, and exhausted. This book will take you on a roller coaster of feelings and then dump you wondering what all happened and what’s going to go down next. The authors are also really amazing too guys, so if I were you I would go check out some of the interviews they gave or something because they are so funny and great.

Anyway , this book is actually hard to describe because of its amazingness. But I will say a few things that should help you if you decided to pick it up and take it home. Pay close attention to everything!! Nothing is just there, ok. Also when you get to the last 200 pages, stop everything you are doing and just read the book along away from everyone and thing. And do not go looking for spoilers already people. This is what my friend told me to do once I got this book and it was the best advice someone could have given me!

5 out of 5 stars.

599 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Science Fiction. Fantasy. Dystopia. Space. Adventure.

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Summary: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Offering (The Pledge #3) by Kimberly Derting

The Offering (The Pledge #3)  by Kimberly Derting

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Review: I would like to start off with, I love Kimberly Derting and her work, but …. This series has never been a favorite of mine, I always felt like it just had a little too much going on. I think the biggest thing was I just never liked the main character Charlie, she just never seemed to be relatable or that strong of a character in my book. There were also the problems of having too many different points of views from four to five different characters in the book, even though each chapter was labeled on who was talking that time. I just felt like the story was almost separated then put together as a whole. I know many will not like this review or even argue with me about, go ahead. I love to hear peoples different opinions that I loved or otherwise did not. I do look forward to reading many more series from Kimberly Derting, hopefully not the same as this one.

2 out of 5 stars.

304 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Fantasy. Dystopia. Science Fiction. Paranormal.

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Summary: True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection #3)  by Kiera Cass

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Review: I am very happy that this series is finally over, I don’t think I could take anymore of America going on and on about not being able to choose a guy.

The best part of this book was when it was over, I mean really that was the only good thing to come out of this series. It’s ending. I’m just happy because now, I don’t have to read anymore of America in the new spin off series about her daughter. Her daughter by the way seems like a way better character to read about and seems to actually have depth to her person.

The thing in The One that bugged and shocked me the most in this final instalment was how quickly the characters could change from who they have been the whole time into awful people at some points in the book. I felt like I got smacked in the face from some of the changes I saw from the most unlikely characters. The only thing I am looking forward to now that the series is over is the spin off of the daughter and how her life is.

3 out 5 stars.

323 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Dystopian. Fiction.

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

-Summary from GoodReads.com