Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Hey guys! It is time for another WoW! This weeks pick for me is something that happens on a daily basis, but I feel in under represented in YA fiction!

Bang

Bang by Barry Lyga

Expected Publication: April 18th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one–not even Sebastian himself–can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend–Aneesa–to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.

It took a gun to get him into this.

Now he needs a gun to get out.

Unflinching and honest, Bang is as true and as relevant as tomorrow’s headlines, the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed.

I think this book sounds really interesting and emotional and I am really looking forward reading it!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published: October 18th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

So, I finished Illuminae and HAD to order Gemina ASAP! It came two days later and I finished it within a few hours! It was highly addictive and I don’t know how I am supposed to adult without book 3!

Gemina is told from the Heimdall space station – which is where the Hypatia is headed after the events of the previous books. We are met with new problems from BeiTech and alien issues to boot! Like Illuminae, Gemina is set up like a case file/dossier – but I felt like it was told more through IM’s and surveillance footage with a few files in between, whereas Illuminae had a lot more files going on.

I love the fact that our MC’s are the most unlikely heroes there could be! Despite all the lessons, I wasn’t expecting Hanna to have actually listened to her dad during them and it was a breath of fresh air to have her being able to outthink the soldiers and people who were trained to do the job they were sent in to do. I also loved the fact that Nik was honourable despite his membership to the gang (family) and his story was a sad one! The voices of our MC’s didn’t meld together and it was so easy to tell them apart! I also loved the fact that they were also completely different from the voices in Illuminae!

I didn’t find it difficult to follow what was going on, despite having no idea about science, wormholes etc. It was extremely easy to follow and I also liked the fact that they put in a background to the bits that were a little different (like the alien species). The plot was quick paced and it had a lot going on which made me want to turn the pages and find out what was going to happen next… and I can I just say EW TO THE COWS!!!! So gross…

I enjoyed the character dynamic within this book – I loved watching the relationships change and grow as they began to get to know one another better because expectations and social stigmas began to shift and they began to appreciate one another in a way they would never have been able to do had the events never happened.

I loved the ending of this book and it’s definitely left me hanging for the next book! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!! All in all, I really enjoyed myself reading this book and I cannot wait for October! I gave this book 5/5 stars

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so others can see what you picked! 

Hey guys! This weeks pick for me is a book that I got from Amazon last week! It is a Goodreads Backlog Book (my mission is to read at least one goodreads backlog book per month) and I am really looking forward to getting to it! Also, I absolutely love all of the covers in this series!

Etiquette and espionage

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Published: February 5th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

I definitely think this looks fun and quirky and I can’t wait to get to it!

March Wrap Up

Hey guys! It is that time of month again to look back on everything I have read this month! I feel like I disliked more book than I actually liked… so I guess we shall see!

Read: 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – 5/5 stars

Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee – 5/5 stars

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay, ARC copy, DNF – 2/5 stars

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell, ARC copy – 4/5 stars

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne, ARC copy – 2/5 stars

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon, DNF – 1/5 stars

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, DNF – 1/5 stars

Death Knock by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel, Review Copy, DNF – 1/5 stars

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 5/5 stars

Long My She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas – 3/5 stars

Eternity Fades by Katelyn Anderson – Beta Read 

Acquired:

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Bought, physical

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas – Bought, physical

Ravenfrost by Tracy Renae – ARC (Author) Kindle

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – ARC (Netgalley) Kindle

Dark Dreams and Dead Things by Martina McAtee – Review copy (author)

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay – ARC (Author)

Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell – ARC (Netgalley) Kindle

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne – ARC (Netgalley) Kindle

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon – Bought, Kindle

Death Knocks by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel, Review copy (Netgalley)

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Bought, Physical

Asylum by Madeleine Roux . Bought, Physical

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – Bought, Physical

Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger – Bought, Physical

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking – Bought, Physical

Goodreads Monday:

March 6th – Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

March 13th – Black City by Elizabeth Richards

March 20th – Conversion by Katherine Howe

March 27th – Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Special Posts: 

Cover Reveal – Illusionary by Desiree Williams

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

 

 

 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.

I didn’t pick up this book for the longest time because I was literally so convinced that I wasn’t going to like it based on the way that it is set up. So I kept putting it off and putting it off… and now I feel like I could (and should) kick myself! I absolutely loved this book and I could not put it down!

So, I was shopping at the weekend, and whilst searching for a completely different book, I decided to bite the bullet and by a hardback of this book. I am so glad that I did! I absolutely loved the way that this was set up. It was so unique and it definitely kept me turning the pages. This book is set up in a case file/dossier made up of IM’s, documents, footage from cameras etc. It took a couple of pages to get used to the way this book is set up, but as soon as I did, I physically could not put it down. I HAD to know what was going to happen next and I loved the fact that the story was told in a completely unique way.

I also love the fact that, despite the unique set up, I was still able to connect with the characters and form that reader/character relationship that I feel is a must with any book I read. I actually feel like the set up helped create an even more unique relationship because I feel like – with hacked documents, footage etc. we’ve gotten an insight into characters in a way that we never would have done if it was written in the normal sense. I empathised with all of the characters here (including AIDAN – despite everything) and I found myself wanting them to succeed and pull through – even though things were looking grim!

With everything going on, I never once had the feeling that there was too much to keep up with – which I think deserves a medal considering how much was actually going on. I felt it was really easy to keep up with everything and where we were and I feel like the plot, along with the character development, kept me hooked. All of the events flowed and were kept together pretty well. I loved the fact that there were briefing notes on the corner, which constantly kept the idea that we were reading a dossier fresh in the readers minds.

All in all, I absolutely adored this book and I CANNOT even wait to get my hands on a copy of Gemina! I need more and I could definitely kick myself for not picking this up sooner! I gave this book 5/5 stars!

Death Knocks by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel

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Death Knocks by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel

Published: September 26th 2014 by Quixotic Publishing

Who knew a knock at the door could rupture your entire world?

They don’t demand money or possessions…they want much more than that, they want your life.

Maverick is preparing for senior year: he’s no longer stuck in the “friend-zone” with the girl of his dreams, he’s looking forward to choosing the right college and being on his own, and he plans to have a blast along the way.

But a knock on the door changes all of that forever.

Maverick begins a mind-altering, life-changing journey to discover the truth—a truth that certain individuals will do anything to keep hidden.

Death Knocks is a Young Adult paranormal thriller about the strange global phenomenon known as the Black-Eyed Kids. Take a creepy and exciting ride in a world where myth meets reality.

Note: I received a review copy of this via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

I think the first thing that drew me toward requesting this book is the cover! It definitely sucked me in, and as soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to request it. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t for me and I ended up DNFing it.

I think, whilst the synopsis is definitely unique, the execution definitely lacked. I liked the idea of taken this particular urban legend because it’s not particularly represented (as far as I have seen). I struggled to keep up with the idea of the kids being what they were and I felt like it didn’t really fit into the urban legend scene itself in the sense of what it is.

I also found it difficult to connect to the characters. I felt like it was extremely choppy and it didn’t leave much room to get to know the characters themselves. Without that connection, I didn’t feel compelled to actually pick the book up and read it and often found myself doing something else.

Unfortunately this book just wasn’t for me and I don’t really have much else to say because I didn’t get that far into it. I felt like the writing was pretty choppy and didn’t allow connections to be made with main characters. I gave this book 1/5 star.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Hey guys! It is time for another WoW and this weeks pick for me is a book that I think looks really interesting and has all the signs of a twisty book!

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Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

Expected Publication: October 10th 2017 by HarperTeen

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe.

Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.

As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.

This sounds really interesting and I cannot wait for its release!

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so that others can see what you picked! 

Hey guys! Can you believe it’s the end of March?? I’m going to be 23 next month :-O … Let’s just run away and pretend it’s not happening! Anyway! This weeks Goodreads Monday is a book that I actually went to 2 different bookstores to find over the weekend… AND THE DIDN’T HAVE IT! Looks like Amazon is going to have to be my trusty friend again!

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Published: March 14th 2017 by HarperTeen

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

I have had this on my TBR for ages now and I am so looking forward to finally getting a copy!

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Published: August 30th 2016 by Harper Collins

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

I’ve been looking forward to reading this for ages because it was pegged as a futuristic Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I was hoping to and I ended up DNFing it and googling the ending.

I think my biggest issue with this book was that the characters blended together. This book is told from multiple POVs and I struggled to differentiate between the characters themselves because I felt like the voices were all the same! If I put the book down to do something else, I would struggle to remember whose perspective I was reading.

I think another issue I had was that it wasn’t Pretty Little Liars meets Gossip Girl in the future. There was a lot of drama going on, but it didn’t meet the same sort of level in what I read. I felt like Eris was the only person whose drama was actual drama and the rest was mostly petty stuff. I didn’t really care about the characters or their issues.

I actually ended up googling the end to see what happened because I wanted to know who fell. When I found out what happened and who fell and why, it was bit iffy… I think the book could’ve been interesting toward the end, but I wasn’t prepared to get that far!

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book, but I am glad that the cover is pretty! I gave this book 1/5 stars.

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

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Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Published: October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

So, I decided to start reading at least one book a month that has been on my Goodreads TBR backlog for a few years now! I always get so distracted by new releases, that I feel like I have forgotten about the not so new books – they need some love! So, here is my first backlog book… and to be honest, it was a DNF! I was majorly disappointed with this book! It is not a good start to my backlog books plan!

My major issue with this was the fact that it was basically a Twilight copy cat. I actually had the feeling I was reading Twilight and I often confused myself because it was just so similar! I mean, I am grateful to Twilight and everything because it got me back into reading and I own all of the Twilight books, I even own multiple copies of certain books (including in another language) – so Twilight is a guilty pleasure. However, I don’t want to be reading a book that copies it.

Another major issue I had was the fact that insta love happened 3% of the way through the book. I mean… insta love, ok – not the best thing in the world – but 3% of the way into the book? It became really repetitive and really boring listening to the MC pine after Edward…I mean Adam… and wondering why he is so hostile toward her.

I was just bored! I didn’t feel connected to the characters; I wasn’t a fan of the fact that we weren’t even introduced to what was going on before insta love happened; and I was not a fan of the fact that the book was written in the sense that it was telling me what was going on rather than showing me. The writing itself was extremely choppy and it changed so suddenly from one scene to another – it made it difficult to actually get into the book and to connect with the characters.

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book. It’s a shame that the words did not live up to the pretty cover! I also found out that the third book was never actually published – so maybe it’s better that I didn’t like it! That way I won’t be disappointed with not being able to get the third book! I gave this book 1/5 stars.