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YA Book Review: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

16279856Title: The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1)
Author: James Dashner
published: October 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books
Type: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: Half Price Books
Hardcover

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Mindsis the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

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I wanna say that i LOVE The Maze Runner series and really excited to watch the movie next year (i hate waiting). I was really happy to hear that Dashner was writing another series and it happened to be The Eye of Minds. When i read about it, i remember jumping up and down with enjoyment. I had such high hopes for the series. I am a huge fan of Science Fiction and Dystopian and well Video Games. With all that added, i knew the book was gonna be right down my alley.

in the beginning the story to drag on a little bit, i did find myself bored a few times. But the story does get better the more you read. I didn’t love this book a 100%, not as much as The Maze Runner, but i still really enjoyed the book.

The characters in the book wasn’t as memorable, but i did really like them. They just don’t stand out to me as much as i would have liked. Tho some characters did grow on me more towards the end. Like Sarah’s character. I really liked her personally. I feel like Michael without Sarah would have been pointless. She had book smarts and kept them on their toes. And the fact she was the only girl in their little group. Just means she is my favorite…Just saying.

When you get more towards the end, Everything gets more intense. full suspense adventures. The story is pact with twist and turns, Things i wasn’t expecting.

I have to say, The ending kinda left me in a daze. Lets just say i didn’t see it coming. I feel like everyone will be shocked by it. And it makes waiting for the second book hard, cause i just really want to know what teh F— Dashner.

There was a part with Sarah and Michael that had me almost in tears. Just like The Maze Runner, Dashner is not shy of writing and knows just what to get you. I might not have loved the story but i sure did like it. If you loved The Maze Runner series you wont be disappointed in The eye of Minds. I 100% recommend it.

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YA Book Review: Champion by Marie Lu

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Title: Champion ( Legend #3 )
Author: Marie Lu
Published: November 5th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Type: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: Amazon
Hardcover

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

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I fell in love with this series from the start. I loved June and Day so much and their sides of the story. But i was a little disappointed in Champion. I felt very disconnected to June, i didn’t really get what her side of the story until the end. Day steals the show in champion. Marie Lu did a good job portraying Days struggle with his emotions of his past.

I did in fact liked how the plot was heading but then hit a bump and felt disappointing..I guess i was expecting some huge battle and what i got was a confusing ending..I really didn’t see the point in. I guess i’m just a sucker for a happy ending and when i don’t i just get confused and blaa.

Now that was really my only problems with it. Everything else i loved! Mostly because Day is such a bad ass even tho ( Spoiler Warning ) he was dying he still got right in the front of the chaos to fight for the people he loved. and then have to lose his memorys of june, was freaking heartbreaking ( End of spoiler )

You do get that action and romance we all craved in the series in champion and it is very fan-girl worthy. you get glimpse of new territory and let me tell you video games geeks in the world will love it. Since the book did recently come out i don’t want to say too much.

Overall: I liked the book, specially Days side of the story. I did feel like something was missing in the story and wish i didn’t feel so disconnected to June. I can see a lot of people loving the story and people who might not.

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YA Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
Type: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Paranormal
Source: Amazon
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: 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.

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The book starts off with Ruby when she was ten. Depending on you power you where put into groups of color: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. Red being the most dangerous of them all. Ruby is an Orange hidden away as green. She uses her power to trick them. The thing about Ruby is she could never control her power ..well more like never tried. She was more scared of her self then anything else. She can read peoples minds and even take away their memory’s. She tries her best to never touch people. To her if she just listens to the rules and does what she is told she will be fine.

six years later. these people break her out with warning that she was caught and they will kill her. Not having any choice, she escapes out of the camp. Ruby soon after realizes that they are lying to her and keeping something from her. so she runs from them.

Ruby comes across a little girl name Zue and two boys named Liam and Chubs. They set off to East River to find the Slip Kid, a place rumored to be a save zone for kids like them. On there adventure she tries to keep her power a secret and lies to them even tho she is slowly falling in love with Liam. The book tricks you into thinking there is a love triangle but no..oh no far from a love triangle. Ruby learns she can’t trust the people in East Rivers and lets just say the other guys is a huge A-Hole.

The ending of the book was really sad. You watch Ruby grow more towards the end. In the beginning she was more stand off-ish but when you get towards the end you see that she becomes more brave and strong. She does what ever she can to keep the people she cares for save even it meant to make them forget.

I really enjoyed the book a lot. Another book this week that i couldn’t find much flaws. The writing was really good and so is the characters. I highly recommend this book. I don’t know if its cause i just really like dystopian’s or what but this week has been a good week of reading. I hope you guys enjoy this book like i did. The book is good from the beginning to the shocking ending. I really can not wait to get my hands on the 2nd book. Like i want it not i just might sell my soul.

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YA Book Review: InHuman By Kat Falls

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Title: InHuman ( Fetch #1 )
Author: Kat Falls
Published: September 24th 2013 by Scholastic, Inc.
Type: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Paranormal
Source: NetGalley
Ebook

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.

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I fell in love with the story right off the bat. The Writing was done beautiful. I just really love to read about Lane and her adventures outside the wall.

She always wanted to see outside the walls. Her and group of friends try to take a little toy helicopter with a camera and then was shot down. They run away before getting caught. But when Lane thought everything was fine, men in mask comes and takes her. Lane has been put in a tough spot. She is forced to go outside of the walls to find her father on a mission.

What i thought was really interesting about the whole story was people get mutated into mix animals like: Monkeys, Lions, Dogs, and any other animal you can think of. They slowly turn into monsters..but some take longer and they can still talk and act some what normal. But overtime they slowly become insane and without warning.

Finding her father she comes across Everson and Rafe a hunter.  all three of them head into the Feral Zone to help find her father and Everson to find the cure. The book hints to a love triangle but it’s dealble( I don’t know if that’s even a word ). Lane isn’t obsessed with ether of them..she see that finding her father is more important. I like how the book wasn’t all about the romance and the love triangle and you got to really read and feel the overall story.

Lane and Rafe have a connection. Rafe has know her father since he was a boy. Her father has been telling them story’s of each other mix in fairy tale story’s. The book towards the end reminded me of Beauty and the Beast and Wizard of oz once you have read the story you will understand why i have to point that out. You know Lane cares for both of the boys..but you can tell she will always care for Rafe more. And just thinking about it makes me so sad for Rafe.

Rafe and Everson together makes me crack up at times..Both completely different people but they bicker like siblings. You get to meet a lot of great characters and even funny ones. One i am to sad to mention cause his ending, i have to say was the saddest of them all. I was in a puddle of freaking tears lets just say.

Overall i was hooked from beginning to the end. I was hooked to ever word. The book has it’s really funny moments and really sad moments. But the Action Adventure will have readers zone in to the story, clinging to the pages. I really had a hard time putting the book down because i loved it so much. I can honestly say this book is one of my favorites this year.

I really want more Lane and Rafe someway..i freaking most! I really like Everson but i just don’t think he can handle Lane like Rafe can//*Wink*  Overall the story is fan-girl worthy..I couldn’t find a single flaw about this book. I totally recommend YA readers to give this Dystopian book a chance. It’s amazing.

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YA Book Review: Aberrant by Ruth Silver [ May have Spoilers ]

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Title: Aberrant ( Book one )
Author: Ruth Silver
Published: September 23rd 2013 by Patchwork Press
Type: Dytsopia, Science fiction, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Ebook

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery:In the future dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

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*I have received this copy threw NeGalley for a honest review.

Reading the summery i could already tell it was gonna be similar to other Dystopian books like Matched, With the whole pairing couples to be with and merry. I did like the whole concept of people being test tube babies, cause women can’t get pregnant.. Once married you have to win the lottery to be given children. and that’s the reason why everyone wanted Olivia, her mother give birth to her naturally and Olivia is suspected to do the same. Some want her dead to keep the secret down and control people and others want her to bear children against her will.

They set off outside the wall from the government to join the rebels. They find out that they are keep secrets after discover what they want her she leaves the rebel city. Following the map to a secret city not on any other map and the a gang of fighting solders of the rebels. Under different names they have no choice but to join the fight.

The book does a LOT of similarity to books like Matched and Hunger games. a little bit of divergent. I didn’t really mind tho, i knew it was gonna be like that before i started reading it. I did get a little annoyed of Olivia and josh relationship. it didn’t start making since to me. More towards the end you get to really start to understand there relationship a little bit. They already had a bound from being best friends since children. But i do wish i could have gotten to see there relationship grow more instead of insta love kinda thing. Dating a best friend can be awkward.

The book did have very little flaws. The book doesn’t get really good until the end and you just really want more. I was disappointing in the fact the book was short. I was enjoying the suspense to much. I can’t say the book was my favorite but i did like where the plot was heading toward so my overall rating 3.5.  I honest recommend readers that like Matched and Hunger games, to read it. People will love the characters and the adventure. I will be reading the next book for sure.

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YA Book Review: Not a Drop to Drink

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Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy Mcginnis
Publish: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Type: Dystopia, Survival, Fiction
Hardback, 350 pages

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Summery:Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

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I read about this book a while back and when i read about the back, it just seemed like my type of book. I am a huge fan of Dystopian books and i have said this probably like a billion of times.  Lynn and her mother fight everyday with survival. Lynn has every known: Shoot, Kill, protect the pond. She grew up cold. shooting at ever came in her path. Water is running out and there pond is there life. Lynn and her mother as always lived at the same house. Lynn’s mother dies and and she has to take over everything. The only men who lives near that Lynn and her mother hasn’t killed, starts to help Lynn to survival. Lynn learns that there is still humanity to the world and watch grow a heart. she learns to start caring for others when a group of three need there help.

The story is sad and depressing but it had it’s sweet moments when you get to see Lynn start to care and open up. It was full of suspense and heart breaking moments that did have me close to tears. The book did get a little slow at times but then it would hurry and pick back up. if you’re looking for a dystopian adventure this book is not it. It’s mostly about survival. Lynn is pretty much in the same place threw out the whole book. I did love Lynn’s bad ass attitude she had. Like if things got crazy i would want her backing me up.

A little warning the ending SUCKED. i was really disappointed in the ending but i get what the author was doing and i totally get it but it made me so mad i wanted to throw the book out the window mad. Like who writes a ending like that? come on now! how freaking rude. This is just a minor spoiler..a lot of people die. sorry but there is a lot of death and it’s gonna make you cry.

Overall i liked the story a lot. The writing was easy to follow along with and i love the cover. if it wasn’t for the ending and it getting a little slow at times  i would of give it a five star rating but i couldn’t fully love this book as much i wanted to.

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Waiting on Wednesday #5

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

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Title: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)

Author: Aimee Carter

Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

Type: Dystopia, Science Fiction

Summery: YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked – surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed, and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

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I haven’t read any of Aimee Carters other books yet called The Goddess Test, but i do plan on reading it eventually. After reading the summery i just really thought it sounded really different and cool. I love dystopian book, it’s my favorite genre of books. Really can’y wait to read this book and if i like it then i might just read The Goddess Test even sooner. Who knows? I’m not much a fan of the cover but the book does look like it’s gonna be a really awesome read.  It also sounds like i might cry a few times. The book just seems really dark and suspenseful. This book is on my TBR list for sure. High Five!

I don’t think there is much else to say, you can just read the summery and know it’s gonna be awesome! I hope others check it out also. Let me know what you think about the book.

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