Monday, July 25, 2016

Burning Midnight by Will Mcintosh | Review

25489041Title: Burning Midnight
Author: Will Mcintosh
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: Science Fiction
Edition: eARC (320 pages)

This YA novel pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.
Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn't pay much-Alex Holliday's stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers-but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement-and the more expensive the sphere.
When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold-a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.
There's no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they're here. 

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

The second I started this book, I knew that it was going to be different. I've always been a fan of science fiction worlds, but this one was so different than the ones that I'd read about in the past! Burning Midnight follows a character named Sully who lives in this future world where spheres can be found. Basically, a sphere is a little orb that can be used to give you special abilities and powers, only if you have a pair of them. For instance, a sphere could give you musical abilities while another one could make you prettier and alter your genetics. Sully doesn't exactly use these spheres. Instead, he likes to find them and sell them in order to make a living. However, he ends up meeting a girl named Hunter who really likes looking for the spheres and together they go out into the world and find a sphere that hasn't ever been found before. 

I think my favorite thing about this book would have to be the world-building. I think it would be so awesome to live in a world with these spheres! However, it also brings the whole morality debate in to question as well. Is it right to alter your life like this when everyone has the ability to do so?

Sully was a great character. I liked that he wasn't really all about the spheres because he didn't want to use them. He really just wanted them to help himself make a living, which was really admirable. When everyone was using this spheres to be different versions of themselves, Sully was just being his one true self through and through. 

Hunter was also a pretty interesting character. I liked that she was really tough and didn't mind getting dirty to find certain spheres out in the world. She was also very intelligent and took the time to calculate areas that she thought nobody else would've visited.

In the end, I think that Burning Midnight was a very different science fiction read with awesome world-building. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Meet Flo! | SBPT

Hey guys! Today I have yet another wonderful author to share with you all as part of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour brought to you by The Book Bratz. That wonderful person is Flo! 


Hi! Flo from Book Nerds Across America here. Thanks so much to Krystianna for having me on Downright Dystopian today. Since summer is a good time to go the movies, we thought I'd share some of my favorite book to movie adaptations, and hopefully we can hear yours. 

I am firmly in the court of, "The book is always better than the movie." In my experience, this has held true to all but one, which I'll share later in this post. That being said, while a lot of book to movie adaptions have come up wanting (*sniff* Percy Jackson *sniff* The Mortal Instruments), there are some that I think have been really well done:

1. The Hunger Games series: Disclaimer -- I am on staff at a Hunger Games fansite, Down With the Capitol. I read these books before they became movies, and because of being with the site, I followed the casting and the filming religiously. I even went to 3 of the 4 movie premieres. But I think both directors, Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence, got it. They took images from my head and brought them to life vividly. They made edits, as you have to in movies, but I didn't think any of the changes made harmed the story. 

2. Harry Potter series: These books, too, I read first for the most part. What a complex and magical world. I have all the ultimate edition DVDs and I love watching all the behind the scenes stuff to learn how they created magic, essentially.

3. Divergent, but only the first one: Divergent was my favorite book of 2011, when it was released, and I really do think everyone involved in the first movie did a great job. The big changes from book to movie didn't start happening until book-to-movie 2. But I own Divergent and have happily watched it several times.

4 The Fault in Our Stars: The book destroyed me. The movie destroyed me. Oh Hazel and Augustus! *sobs*

5. The Maze Runner: This is the one I was talking about earlier, where I like the movie better than the book. Here's why: Thomas in the book annoyed me. (I wrote a whole blog post on this here.) He was demanding and whiny and thought he was entitled. I predicted that they would tone him down for the movie, and I was right. I really enjoyed the movie. So much so that I didn't read The Scorch Trials, but I did decide to see the movie. I will also see The Death Cure, whenever Dylan is healed enough for them to complete it.

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Quirky little book, quirky little movie. All the feels for both. 

7. The Notebook: I know things have gotten a little out of hand with all the Nicholas Sparks books-to-movies (Okay, confession -- I've seen them all! Guilty pleasure!) but my favorite is The Notebook (with A Walk to Remember a close second). Another movie I can watch again and again and it will make me cry every time. 

8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: I loved reading these stories, and watching the movies gives me the exact same warm, fuzzy feeling. Blake, Amber, America, and Alexis are all fantastic actresses, and I feel like a proud big sister seeing how they have grown up as actresses and women. I got to meet Amber last year and she was so sweet! 

Do you agree and/or disagree with any of these selections? What are some other good ones that I missed? Let us know in the comments. Thank you, Krystianna, for having me over!


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (101)

Hey guys! I actually haven't posted one of these hauls in a few weeks, so this is kind of cumulative. 

For Review:
Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for these fabulous reads!

From the Library:
Alienated by Melissa Landers

What books have you gotten recently?