Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To

Hey guys! I haven't done Top Ten Tuesday in a while but I decided it's time to start it up again, because it's one of my favorite memes. 

Here's the top ten debuts I'm looking forward to in the upcoming year!
2193693724529123Into the Dim2327202822864430226927402551728323546634The Year We Fell Apart17933522 

What debuts are you looking forward to?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Book Review: Nexis by A.L. Davroe

21480858Title: Nexis
Author: A.L. Davroe
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Dystopian
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: eARC

In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.
Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.
But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.
And it’s been waiting for Ella.

**Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

To me, virtual reality stories are hidden gems in the science fiction genre. As soon as I find one, I squeal with glee like a little child and immediately begin reading. However, Nexis is not one that I had to find. In fact, Nexis came to me, and as soon as I saw it, I knew that it was going to end up being yet another book that I loved. 

I was right.

Nexis follows a girl named Ella. Her father just created a virtual reality world in the future that they live in. If you couldn't tell by the title, the game is called Nexis. Basically, you can create a virtual character and be whoever you want and do whatever you want. The only catch is that you can only play for six hours and then you have to take an eighteen hour break. The game literally kicks you after six hours and won't let you log back on for another eighteen, which I feel our games today should do! (No, but really, I could still play Guitar Hero for 24 hours straight if my drowsiness never caught up with me.)

Ella's father, after creating the game, wins an award and the two of them end up being part of the Aristocracy. However, while the two of them are in their home that night, the pod crashes and Ella's father is killed. Ella survives, though she lost her legs and finds herself alone in a room. All she has is her robot whom she's known all her life. Therefore she decides to play Nexis for once. The book follows her adventures and discoveries while she's in the game, and outside the game.

Ella was an amazing character. Despite her horrible loss, she somehow managed to say pretty strong and fight for herself, which I extremely respected. I definitely felt horrible for her, though I won't go into details about exactly why because that may be a bit spoilery. I think that my favorite character was definitely Gus. He was just so caring and sweet towards Ella and he showed her what love really is. The two of them were absolutely perfect together.

I loved the idea of the virtual reality called Nexis. At one point, there was even a description about how everyone in the game can basically do what they want to do. One person may be fulfilling their dream while another is just going on quests. I found that just amazing. It could also be used as a way to actually fall in love with someone, because the Aristocrats just married whom their parents said they'd marry. I also really loved the world that Davroe has created. 

Honestly, a lot of dystopians have seemed kind of the same to me lately. Nexis, however, has definitely stood out to me and that's why I think it's worth the read. I definitely can't wait to see what happens in book two. I just hope the wait isn't too long, because I need more of Gus and Ella in my life ASAP!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Book Review: Ascendancy by Karri Thompson

27396930Title: Ascendancy
Author: Karri Thompson
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Genre: Dystopian
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: eARC

I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated—again. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity and respect. I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right? I’m the one with the power to re-populate this dying world. But the clones want to control me, force me to give birth over and over again. And my daughters will face the same fate—unless I change it.

My awakening into this future should have been a chance for a new life, but it just promises a living death. With Michael on my side, though, maybe I can save us. He’s the only person I can trust.

I hear rumors of others… A secret society is growing. Tension is building.

A rebellion is imminent.

**Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**

Ascendancy was an absolute whirlwind of a novel. The book follows Cassie, who has had three kids-a set of twins and a daughter named Victoria. It starts off with her traveling to Tasma, which is Tasmania. She's traveling with Victoria and her boyfriend, Michael. The three of them have been living unbanded and think that Tasma would be a better place to continue the Van Winkle project themselves where they are in control.

I seriously felt so bad for Cassie through a lot of this! She has a set of twins with Michael that she has never even seen before. She kept getting told that she'd be able to see her daughters though it kept getting postponed, which was extremely fishy. However, I did like that Cassie was from the 21st century. She was so dorky when she saw a telephone, I found it absolutely hilarious! Michael, being from the future time that they're in, didn't get why she was so happy about it. That was definitely one of my favorite parts. 

I don't know how she is such a badass with a child though. It's pretty awesome to witness. She's extremely strong-willed and will do anything to protect her family. Because of that, she's an extremely respectful character.  

It's extremely crazy to think that she, along with her daughters now, are the only fertile women on the planet. The future literally lies in their hands. Cassie had so much riding on her!

In the end, Ascendancy was a pretty awesome sequel. I highly suggest checking out Mirror X and Ascendancy if you have the chance to do so!


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