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YA Book Review: Ashes by Ilisa J. Bick


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 Ashes ( Ashes #1 )
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
published: August 28th 2012 by EgmontUSA
Type: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic
Source: B&N
Paperback

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An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

Gripped me from beginning to end – dark, creepy and suspenseful. James Dashner,
New York Times Best-Selling author of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials

A haunting and epic story of survival in a shattered world, ASHES is a must read.
Michael Grant, New York Times Best-Selling author of Gone 

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First i want to point out the beginning will bring you chills. so keep the lights out if you hate zombies. Zombies well sort of, are like the movie The Crazies. They aren’t really the living dead, eating brains. They are Alive but freaking crazy cannibals, but pretty much zombies. in the short of beginning you learn they affect the younger ages, like children and teens.

The thing about me is, i don’t like zombies. I have nightmares of zombies all the time. They just freak me out. but i also really love The Walking Dead. Ashes was such a epic story, it was more then just about zombies. It had such a deep interesting story that give the book brownie points.

I liked how you got more of the story then just zombie-like crazy people every 10 seconds of the book. Tho the book didn’t have that much action, i would have loved for more of Action. But the overall story was a major impact on me. It had me thinking of what i would do if i was in her shoes. Now i probably wouldn’t be as much as a bad-ass as she is but damn i would try. Let’s face it i might be the ones who kick pick-off from the start. I don’t do much activity… so i guess you can say i’m weak.

You easy fall love with the Characters. Even the ones you shouldn’t but let me tell you i just couldn’t hate them. You get a awesome packed adventure of these people and watch the struggle to survive. I walked in the story feeling like it would have been too much for my taste, but walked out a fan. I loved the story.

Out of all the Characters i fell in love with Tom, he didn’t have to stay and help but he did. You can see his been threw so much but has a huge heart. If the world ends up like ashes i would want Tom on my side.

The ending of the book opens up to more on the darker side of the story that you wont even find out until the next book…which i am gonna buy a.s.a.p. The ending was freaking crazy and that’s all i am gonna say.

Overall a good read, I really liked it and recommend the book to my reading buddies.  I was a little disappointed in the lack of action but the overall story makes-up for it.

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YA Book Review: Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz

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Title: Revelations (Blue Bloods #3)
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Published: November 11th 2009 by Disney/Hyperion
Type: Paranormal, Romance, Vampires
Source: PBS
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Schuyler Van Allen’s blood legacy has just been called into question: is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.

When an ancient place of power is threatened in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high, the battle is bloody; and through it all Schuyler is torn between duty and passion, love and freedom.

Romance, glamour, and vampire love collide in the highly anticipated third book in the best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series.

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I have to say this series just keeps getting better. There is a little more action going on in this book compared to the rest even tho it doesn’t happens until towards the end. you could tell the the book was leading to something much bigger then what we have been dealing with in the blue bloods series.

I really enjoy Melissa Writing. She knows how to keep you reading. You could really feel the characters in her writing. you don;t they to be told who you are reading about , it just comes to you easily. The characters all have such different personality’s it’s really hard to get confused on who is who.

The more the books go the more i find Jack and Schuyler are annoying together.  I really like all the characters just hate the obsessed romance they have. It get’s pretty clear that they are not meant to be together. you can’t feel the connection between the two. I more of Sky and Ollie. I really feel bad, he cares so much for Sky but no matter how hard he tries to make sky get it, she just doesn’t see. I wanted to slap her a few times in the series…i mean come on! yeah jack is like awesome but how can you say no to Ollie?

There was a few parts in the book that had me close to tears and parts that really shocked me. The series just keeps getting better and darker when it comes with the plot. Not only does Sky have to deal with Mimi but she also has to deal with darker evil then the sliver bloods and protect her grandfather.

The book was full of shocking turns that literately had me gasping for air and me going ” No, no…omg, omg!” Bliss has more of the spotlight in this book..her character in Revelations is really important..and i was shocked on finding out what happened to her and Dylan and everything.

The book does have some little flaws but the overall book itself overpowers them. If you haven’t read the first book in the series…i will repeat read it. You will love the characters good and bad. like i said the book really does just get better and better, so far anyways. Even tho i do feel like the book could have done without the love triangles.

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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: Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman

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Title: Shadow of Time
Author: Jen Minkman
Published: January 1st 2013 by CreateSpace
Type: Romance, Fantasy, paranormal
Source: From the Author Via Booklikes
Ebook, 400 pages

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery:All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

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*This review may contain Spoilers. You have been warned.

 

I was really excited to read this book. The summery and the cover was to die for. but when i open the book i was disappointed. The beginning just seemed awkward and you go threw so much Yada Yada before stuff gets good, And when things start to good it goes away in a flash. I really liked what the “real” plot was aiming on with creatures hunting her and her get flashes of the past. Instead most of the book was about Hannah obsessing over Josh and there on and back again fling..Love drama.

you have Hannah who is like 24 who teaches high school students for a living. She comes back for home for the summer to visit her brother Ben. She instantly gets attracted to her brothers childhood friend, Josh who is 17. Josh has this “stand back” kinda of attitude were he pushes people away and has secrets. The whole relationship was just awkward to me cause of her being 24 and a teacher. I know a lot of people probably don’t care and ” love just being a number ” but i just couldn’t take the whole story-line seriously because of that fact. I have family who are together and there is a huge age gap between them. It’s just she is a “Teacher” teaching that age group. Just awkward. I didn’t like Hannah she was annoying and always acts like everything was about her when really she was the reason Josh was stand offish towards her.

Now that’s really all i had a problem with. I feel like if the author just focused more on the paranormal plot of the story it would’ve been more enjoyable book to read. I’m sure the author has really good books and good ideas but for me this story was just not for me. I feel bad cause i really wanted to love this story. I loved Josh’s character. He regenerates after he dies and has to go threw life again to stop evil. It would’ve been awesome if the book was in his P.O.V instead of Hanna’s. Just wanted to point that out. I loved the authors writing and her concept. The cover is really beautiful. Overall and the fact it took me days to get threw this book, i have to give it a 2.5.  Just because i didn’t like it does not mean others won’t. I do recommend people to give this book a shot and judge it for yourself. This book is category as YA but is my opinion its leaning on New Adult.

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YA Book Review: The Immortal Rules By Julie Kagawa

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Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published: 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Type: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires
Paperback

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Summery:To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

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(warning this review may or may not count as a spoiler)

Put Vampires in a Dystopian world and add the amazing Author Julie Kagawa and you my fine readers have a awesome recipe for an epic story. I have been a huge fan of Julie for a little while now. I first fell in love with her with The Iron Fey series. That series is just really amazing. Julie takes a whole different turn in the Immortal Rules series. Those books are completely different but amazing in there own right. I just love to be able to step in another world of Julie Kagawa. The funny thing is that i didn’t even mean to by The Immortal Rules, it was a oopsie buy that i don’t even remember. I been wanting to read this book for a while now but never got around to it, so i like to think of it as fate.

I really loved the whole concept of the story, of a Dystopian world run by vampires. I love Dystopians and vampires and to have them combined is a instant win in my book. If you read The Iron Fey series, it was more of a light story of love. But The Immortal Rules was so much more then that. The Book just has this dark feel to it. Allison’s lives in slums of a walled up vampire city with the unregisterers, worrying about food and vampires. Things to a dark turn for Allison and she turns in to the one thing she hated the most..a Vampire. She has to survive outside of the walls with the Rapids, nasty monsters that prey flash.  Years ago a virus swept the world and killed most the humans and turning vampires into rapids.

Allison’s comes across a group and helps them to this place called Eden. Allison’s has to learn to blend in. The story if full of adventure, and shocking twist and turns. You will shed a tear or thousands when reading the book. It is a love story in a dark world. The story is intense, that will have you griping the pages. I feel like everyone will love Allison’s kick ass personally.

I am happy to say i was not disappointed! The series was a hell of a ride but an awesome one. The book ends with a cliff hanger! Can’t wait to seek my teeth in the 2nd book. Julie Kagawa knows what the readers want and she knows how to deliver it. I happy i get to step in another world of Julie Kagawa and can’t wait to step in more awesome story’s by this awesome human. I 100% recommend this book if you haven’t already read it.

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YA Book Review + Giveaway: The Waking Dreamer By J.E. Alexander

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Title: The Waking Dreamer
Author: J.E. Alexander
Published: September 22nd 2013 by Mechanical Owl Media
Type: Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Source: Sign Copy from the Author for a honest review.

Paperback, 343 pages

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Summery:Emmett’s dream is always the same. Tingling with half-forgotten memories, he stands in an unknown room surrounded by mirrors, curio cabinets, and nesting dolls. A painting, Belshazzar’s Feast, hangs on the wall, its disembodied hand numbering the King’s final days. Then comes the stranger, the serpent-wielding young woman with the glittering amber eyes. Her words are always the same. Emmett will soon save her. Then the supposed hero awakens to his unremarkable life, awaiting the next night and the same maddeningly familiar dream.

Seventeen-year-old orphan Emmett Brennan remembers nothing of his past—not the boiler room in which his needle-ravaged mother gave birth to him, nor the Druids who tenderly delivered him. He can’t remember the cabal-summoned Revenant that clawed itself from shadow to hunt him, or why his mystical midwives hid him from the necromantic creature. Approaching adulthood, he is unaware of the dark forces that still search for him or the mysterious sentinels who secretly protect him, but on the eve of his eighteenth birthday that will change. The Revenants will find him. Only the young woman from his dreams can help him confront all he was once made to forget. Together, they will brave the nightmarish landscape Emmett’s waking world will soon become.

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* I received the book from the author for a honest review

The book is counted as a Young-Adult and New Adult. My first thought before i started reading the book was ” I LOVE the cover” Seriously tho whoever did the cover art did such a amazing job on it. I love every part of the art work. The quotes in the beginning with William Blake and Alice in Wonderland was so spot on,  fantastic way to start the book.

The beginning did confuse me just a little bit, i didn’t really get what was going on until i kept reading and all made somewhat sense and i was like “Oh yeahhhh”. I really enjoyed all the movie references, some where my favorites. I really liked Emmett’s personally and could relate to him to a certain extent. he reminds me of well a male version of me when it comes to my nerdy obsessions.

The Book was packed with things that bump into the night, loved J.E Alexander’s imagination. Emmett heads out town to search for his mother. What just seemed like a somewhat simple trip to Florida minus no money and a almost broken down car can get ya. Turns in to a crazy Adventure of survival with monsters and  spooky mythical creatures, full of twist an turns.

The Story can get a little complex and parts i didn’t really get but overall thought the story was a fun and unique. I can’t say that i 100% love it, but i did like it and do recommend the book. I really feel like the guy readers in the world would like the book. Thumps up to the author.

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YA Book Review: Frozen By Melissa De La Cruz

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Title: Frozen ( Heart of Dread #1 )
Authors: Melissa De La Cruz, Michael Johnston
Published: September 17th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Type: Dystopia, Scienice Fiction, Fantasy
Hardcover, 336 pages

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Summery: From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

rbI love the quote before the books starts it was amazing and when they used the line from Imagine Dragons song “It’s Time” I giggled like a crazy person. I am obsessed with that band. I was really Pumped to read the book after that.

I really liked the Blue Blood series. I haven’t finished the whole series but the ones i have read where awesome. I was really happy to Hear that Melissa was writing a dystopian books. They are my favorite type of books. To see Melissa and Micheal’s P.o.v to a dystopian book was awesome. I thought they did a good job on portraying the whole concept.

The first pages called ” The Voice of the Monster ” was really spooky and intense. I loved it. The Beginning won me over. I just loved how the book was written. It was easy to follow. Watching these people go threw survival and struggle to get where they need to go was beautifully written and honest.

Nat has a voice in her head telling her what to do, she tried to fight it but soon she finds out how much she is connected  to the voice and she most not ignore it. She escapes solitary and goes hiding in New Vegas. She is trying to find the Blue water that has known to be a myth. The word is full cold and the waters are black. Around New Vegas is just a waste land. People who have a mark have powers and are Rotting away.

Wes is a formal Marine at age sixteen He struggles to earn money for his crew. he is part of the Military Secret Division, But jobs are hard to come by. Wes and Nats lives connect when Wes is the only person and his crew that can help her to the Blue Waters. They go threw a lot of problems and struggles and even lose people on the way.

Frozen is action packed. A dystopian with a touch of romance but not to much to make the book cheesy. They book wasn’t all about the romance it was so much more then that. There is a lot of twist and turns that will make your heart just stop. There was not Love triangle which i was very thankful for…at-least not yet! who knows what the 2nd book is gonna be about. I thought the whole concept and plot was interesting and different. There wasn’t a dull moment in the back.. A great dystopian book i recommend it for sure.

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