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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: 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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Stacking The Shelves #9

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks

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Bought:

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Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy Mcginnis
Published: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Amazon
Hardcover

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13645069Title: Find Me
Author: Romily Bernard
Published: September 24th 2013 by HarperTeen
Source: Won in a contest from read rinse repeat/Signed by the author
ARC Paperback

*My first murder mystery! I hope it is a good first timer.

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Title: The Memory of After|Level 2
Author: Lenore Appelhans
Published: September 3rd 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books
Source: Goodreads: First Reads
Paperback

Review already posted Click here 

Stacking The Shelves #8

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks

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Bought:

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Title: Hex Hall
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Published: 2010 by Hyperion Book
Source: Half Price Books
Hardcover

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Title: Starling
Author: Lesley Livingston
Published: August 28th 2012 by HarperTeen
Source: Amazon
Hardcover

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Title: The Ask and the Answers ( Chaos Walking #2 )
Author: Patrick Ness
Published: August 10th 2010 by Candlewick Press
Source: Half Price Books
Paperback

 

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Trade:

11387483Title: Rock On
Authors: Denise Vega
Published: March 5th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Bookmooch
Paperback

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Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Published: October 1st 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Paperback Swap
Paperback

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YA ARC Book Review: Angel Fever The Final in The Angel Series

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Title: Angel Fever ( Angel #3 )

Author: L.A Weatherly

Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Candlewick

Type: Angels, Paranormal, Fantasy

Source: Librarything Early Reviewers Via Publisher

ARC, 496 pages

Pre- Order: Amazon | B&N

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Summery: As half-angel Willow strives to save the world from her parasitic otherworldly kin, romance and tension heat up to a climactic finale.

In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in “refugee” camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?

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* Don’t read this review if you haven’t read the whole series it may have spoilers.

My Review: After what happens to Mexico City Willow and who left including Alex, Search for AKs to take down the angels once and for all. Alex finds out news that might just stop them so he takes off without telling the real reason on what’s going on. You could really feel Willows emotions thew this part. It was so heart breaking.

You watch Seb and willow go threw a lot on there a relationship. there feeling and closeness has changed. You watch Seb fall in love with someone who wasn’t Willow, but he was so suborn to see it threw out the whole book. After a year since Alex left Willow gets a vision short of, that something huge was gonna happen. She sets off to Pawtucket NY with Seb to try and stop it and her father who is an Angel. she comes across some her old classmates and Nina. she finds out that somehow her energy was protecting the people who she has encountered, giving off some kind of immunity to the angels.

Angel Fever is just one huge sad depressing ride. It  puts you threw a lot of heart break and Emotional battles. it is auction packed.

I understood where Willow was coming from after Alex returns but then again i wanted to slap her out of it.  Willow is a tide annoying in Angel fever,  I just wanted to know more about Alex and what he was going threw but all i got was a chapter pretty much. I just really wanted more.

Seb finally realizes that is over Willow, he was just too suborn to see it. I really hated how Willow would mess with Sebs feelings all the time. Just leave the guy alone. Willow and Seb will always have a Brother/Sister relationship. it just would’t work any other way.

Angel Fever is a good ending to the whole series, but it could of had more. i just felt like the story was rushed is spot that needed more. and parts that just needed to be rushed cause it was getting dull.

Willow is not the same person she was in Angel Burn, but that is understandable for what she has went threw. She is a lot tougher and a fighter in Angel Fever. she isn’t someone you messed with that is for sure. She has been threw so much turmoil.

The ending was adorable and cute a great way to end the story. Willow and Alex gets there happy ending, And so does Seb.

I thought the cover was confusing at first but once you get towards the middle you start to understand. The cover is really pretty. I do like the US covers better then the UKs. The UKs covers just look really dark and Gothic looking.

Angel Fever was a great way to end the series but yes it did have it’s up and downs threw the book, But the whole concept was the story is interesting. Angel Burn is still my favorite of the series, and Angel Fever isn’t as good as Angel Fire. I did still really enjoyed the book.

Overall: Pretty Cover, Good Concept, Amazing Adventure, A really great series. I will repeat this for the 3rd time. READ THE SERIES!

 

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YA Book Review: Angel Fire

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Title: Angel Fire ( Angel #2 )

Author: L.A Weatherly

Published: 2011 By Candlewick Press

Type: Angels, Paranormal, Fantasy

Source: Bought on B&N

Paperback,  638 Pages

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Summery: In book two of L. A. Weatherly’s wildly romantic, action-packed trilogy, the angels are back with a vengeance . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.

In the wake of the Second Wave, the angel menace has exploded, and Alex and Willow are on the lam. They connect with a fledgling group of angel killers, and Alex takes charge of training. Meanwhile, Willow dreams of a mysterious boy, and when brooding, gorgeous Seb shows up in the flesh, he turns out to be another — possibly the world’s only other — half angel. When Alex enlists this rival to help keep Willow safe, he can’t predict what chemistry will pass between them . . . or how far Willow might go to keep Alex safe. Will their love endure or spell doomsday for the human race?

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My Review: Talk about a emotional roller-coaster this book was. So many plot turns, made my mind go crazy.

Alex and Willow go threw many battles for there relationship, when a half-angel Seb comes along. I wasn’t really happy with the love triangle in this book. I didn’t really mind it, Seb has really grown on me but i would of just liked it to be Alex and Willow with the whole love triangle thing.

Willow and Alex go to Mexico to find more AKs if there was any, to stop the angels from taking over the world after the Second Wave. Angels are taking over and draining the Humans energy Willow gets a vision to got to Mexico City and that when to they come across a couple of AKs, and one Alex has known for a while, And Seb the half Angel.

Seb has been looking for another Half-Angel for years, he always knew it was a girl around his age, he was about to give up on her, but then he finds a Photo Willow and goes to Mexico City for find her.

I have mix-feelings over this book. There was a few parts i felt like it just dragged on to long, and then there was parts that left me puzzled, with the love triangle between Will and Alex and then Willow and Seb. I just wanted Willow to be with Alex and i can have Seb…yes me want him to myself.

Alex starts getting sick in this book, and Willow starts thinking it’s her fault because of being half-angel and all with the Angel burn that angels give Humans after draining there energy. When that was happening i fault soo bad like Alex LOVES i mean LOVES Willow. But there was parts Alex was being such an arse. I didn’t blame Willow for going to Seb.

The book might not be as good as the first but still a really good read. Has lots more action in it. Plot turns that will have you griping the pages. You watch Willow Grow to be stronger and more brave. She when’t from being a Weird kid at a high school to having to save the human race in such a short time.

The ending is  short of a happy ending minus the world almost ending and more things to come. The Love Willow and Alex has is so strong and heart warming. Yes there was moments where i wanted to go threw the book and slap them both for acting so silly!.

Everyone i think will like the new characters in this book like seb and SAM! Sam has this Attitude about him, he leaves off this”he doesn’t care but you just have to love him anyways” Feel.

And Seb has had a ruff childhood growing up in Mexico. for a while he didn’t care what the angels did really all he cared about was finding his Half angel but you watch grow to want to save the world from the angels for what they where doing to the human race.

The book is THICK! filled with a LOT of pages. I couldn’t believe how big the book was when i opened the box i was like ” Holy Mother Of Books! this is HUGEE”. I knew when reading i was gonna have to get comfortable because the book was so huge i knew it was gonna be crazy ride.

Overall: If you haven’t read the series, i repeat once more TO READ THEM! amazing story telling of angels. Angel fire isn’t as good as Angel Burn but still awesome in it’s own right. I can’t wait to read my ARC of Angel Fever. I want more Alex and have all my unanswered questions being answered. I give this book a 4/5 stars.

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