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!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Book Review: For the Record by Charlotte Huang

21424692Title: For the Record
Author: Charlotte Huang
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: eARC

If Almost Famous were a YA novel... a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road.
Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like... until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything
 Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated. Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule... Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

**Thanks so much to Penguin RandomHouse for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I'm a huge fan of music. Honestly, in this day in age, I don't know who isn't. It's uplifting and lets you forget about life for a little while, or even enjoy life more. It's a way to connect to others and know that you're not the only one going through something tough in your life. It's a way to bring the world together.

That's why I knew that For The Record was going to be a book that I loved.

The story follows a girl named Chelsea who has recently become the new lead singer for a band called Melbourne. The past lead singer, Hollis, decided to give singing a break because she wanted a normal life so she went off to college. Now, Chelsea has to try to find a way to fit in and please the fans as well as her new band  members. For all she knows, everyone will just want Chelsea back. 

Chelsea was such an awesome character and I loved how dorky she was. She actually made it onto a singing show a while back though nobody in her town appreciated it! Chelsea even said that it actually made her even more of an outcast, which made me feel bad for her. I'd be totally proud if someone from my town made it onto TV. One year, someone from my town actually made it on to Big Brother and there were literally parties at the local pizza joint where everyone would go and watch it together.

Okay, back to the review!

I think that my favorite character would have to be Beckett. He was extremely sweet to Chelsea and I loved how he always made her feel welcome, even though everything regarding going on tour was completely new to her. I also liked Mandy, Chelsea's friend. I found it hilarious that the band decided to call her Merch Mandy since she sold the band's merchandise for the tour.

After reading this book, I know that I'd probably read it again. I definitely suggest giving it a read if you're a music fan!
 
 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting on Inherit the Stars!


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Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.
Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family's livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren's life... possibly from the hands of their own father.
But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

Inherit the Stars will be released on December 8 by Running Press Kids.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

18081809Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Library
Edition: Hardcover (308 pages)

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply-but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can't go. She's a TV writer, and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her-Neal is always a little upset with Georgie-but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. If she's ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It's not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts...
Is that what she's supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Before I picked this book up, all I knew was that so many people had read it and not liked it as much as Rainbow Rowell's other novels. However, when I finally got around to reading it, I absolutely loved it! I thought that it wasn't any better or worse than her other novels, because it's on a playing field of its own. It's an adult novel, yet it has a sort of time travel element to it, which I'm a total sucker for.

Georgie writes for a television show with her best friend Seth. The two of them met in college and have been planning their own television show ever since then, and now they finally have the chance to make their dream come true. However, the meeting is scheduled over Christmas break when Georgie was supposed to travel to Omaha with her kids and her husband Neal. Neal ends up just taking the kids to Omaha and leaving Georgie behind.

Her mom keeps nagging her to not be alone this Christmas, so she spends pretty much the whole week at her mom's house in her old bedroom. There's a yellow plug-in phone in her old room that she decides to use to call Neal, since she left her phone charger at her house one night. She ends up calling, only to talk to Neal from college! It's crazy, but everytime she calls him from the yellow phone, she ends up talking to College Neal. This makes her question if she could change the path that her life took, as well as whether she really wants to change it.

I loved the time travel aspect of this book. It was cool because it wasn't exactly time travel, though at the same time it was because Georgie could talk to Neal from the past. Seth was definitely my favorite character though, because he was her best friend. I don't know how Neal dealt with Seth being with Georgie all the time, especially because it seemed pretty obvious that Seth had a thing for Georgie since forever.

My favorite parts of this book were probably when there were flashbacks. I loved learning about Georgie's past and how she met Seth and Neal. The story of how she met Neal was just the cutest! I don't want to give it away, but as a huge comic fan, I absolutely adored it. I'd highly suggest giving this one a read, as well as Rowell's other novels.


**SORRY FOR ALL THE QUOTES, BUT THIS BOOK WAS WONDERFUL AND I HAD TO STOP MYSELF FROM QUOTING EVERY SINGLE LINE*

I think I can live without you, but it won't be any kind of life.

Wasn't that the point of life? To find someone to share it with? And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn't everything else just scenery?

It's more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one-and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You have to make a commitment and hope that you're right.

Neal didn't take Georgie's breath away. Maybe the opposite. But that was okay-that was really good, actually, to be near someone who filled your lungs with air.

Nobody's lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It's something you make happen-because you love each other. 

You don't know when you're twenty-three. You don't know what it really means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten-in fifteen. When Georgie thought about the divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems. She didn't know at twenty-three.





Have you read this book? Leave a comment; I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Waiting on The Trouble With Destiny!


18982137It's not about the destination, it's about the journey...
With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm-the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize.
Liza can't imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She's therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking surprisingly hipster-hot. And she's especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza's ex-best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that's the band's greatest competition.
But it's not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza's best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she's about to find herself lost at sea. 

The Trouble With Destiny will be released on December 8 by Delacorte.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Book Review: Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

25953603Title: Shattered Blue
Author: Lauren Bird Horowitz
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she's irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.
But in Noa's world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch-or a kiss. And Callum's not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their move may not be what she thought? 

**Thank you to Skyscape for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

Shattered Blue was a wonderfully unique read, especially considering I've not read a book involving fae mythology since I read The Iron King years ago. The story follows a girl named Noa, whose sister recently died. One day at her school, a new guy named Callum comes and she's immediately drawn in by him. The two of them begin to share more secrets and before long he gets taken away, in which his brother, Judah comes along. Will they be able to get Callum back?

I adored the fae element to this book. I've not read anything involving fae in a while, as it's a rarity for me in the books I read, which has definitely made this book special in my eyes. However, it was very insta-lovey in the beginning. I know that this bothers a lot of people, but in this case, it didn't actually bother me. I was rooting for Callum and Noa the entire time; I loved them together.

This book also involved a love triangle though, which I also know is not everyone's favorite element of young adult literature. To make things a little stranger, the love triangle actually involves two brothers, so I guess it's kind of like Vampire Diaries in that way. However, I didn't much mind it because I just kept rooting for Callum.

Saying all that, I can't wait for the sequel to come out!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review: Abby and the Cute One by Erin Butler

Abby and the Cute OneTitle: Abby and the Cute One
Author: Erin Butler
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: eArc

He's cute. He's famous. And he could ruin everything...
Every member of Seconds to Juliet has a girlfriend-except for Nathan Strong. Now the band's manager is leaning hard on "The Cute One" to play the role of the band's heartthrob. With the band's sales in decline, it's up to Nathan to keep the fans' fantasy alive.
The plan is to stage a fake relationship and a fake breakup, and then let the fans fight to be the one to mend Nathan's broken heart. Just one problem. There's another girl in the picture-one Nathan can't stay away from. In private, Nathan's stealing kisses with the band's new opening act, Abby Curtis.
If they're caught, no one wins. Abby will be fired, and the band might not recover the success they need to survive. But even with the pressure mounting, Nathan and Abby can't stop themselves from stealing one more touch, one more kiss. And it's only a matter of time before it all falls apart.

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

 The second that I got an email about Abby and the Cute One, I knew that I had to read it. The Backstage Pass series is everything I've always wanted in a series of books, so I couldn't pass up a story about the last boy in the band.

I loved how quickly this story jumped right in. The reader is immediately introduced to Nathan, who is seen as the band's most eligible bachelor. Since everyone else in the band is now taken, he must be seen as the one to date. There's even a huge publicity stunt for him to be dating other celebrities in order for the band to be open to other fan bases. However, Nathan isn't really into that. He likes real, down-to-earth girls, which is why he immediately falls for Abby. Abby is a wonderful character. She is known for her covers on YouTube and ends up trying out to be Seconds to Juliet's opening act for the tour. Of course, she gets the gig, though now that she's on the tour, she and Nathan aren't really supposed to have anything to do with each other.

I absolutely adored getting to know more about Nathan! I really liked how sweet he was and how he actually liked girls who weren't all dolled up like the celebrity girls he was used to. I also really liked Abby and I found her to be a special character because in a way, she was kind of famous already from her YouTube videos. That made her unlike any of the other girls that the guys in the past had fallen for. 

My favorite part was actually how the two of them met. I won't spoil anything (even though it's pretty early on), but I'm telling you it's super cute and adorable. I honestly won't stop recommending this series to people, especially now that not one book in this marvelous series has let me down. Each book in the Backstage pass series has an amazing swoon-worthy romance, and Abby and the Cute One is no exception.



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Since this series is all about music, I also decided to make a list of my top 3 favorite bands with some of their videos for you guys to check out! Also, be sure to click on the photo above to check out what some of the authors of the Backstage Pass series have to say about their favorite music!

1. Imagine Dragons
I've talked about this band countless times before, but their music makes me so happy. I just love their tune and the sound of their voices. I honestly don't know what else to say about them besides "give them a listen and you'll love them too"!


2. Halsey
I recently found Halsey and I'm honestly in love with her music. Her voice is so unique and her music is incredibly catchy.


3. Shawn Mendes
Though he's a singer and thus this isn't technically a band, I absolutely adore his song "Stitches". It came out a while ago and I still can't help but dance when I hear it!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Book Review: Infinity Lost by S. Harrison

26580636Title: Infinity Lost
Author: S. Harrison
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: November 1, 2015
Genre: Dystopian
Edition: Paperback

In the near future, one corporation, Blackstone Technologies, has changed the world: no disasters, no poverty, and life-altering technology. Blackstone has the impunity to destroy—or create—as it sees fit.
Infinity “Finn” Blackstone is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Blackstone’s reclusive CEO—but she’s never even met him. When disturbing dreams about a past she doesn’t remember begin to torment her, Finn knows there’s only one person who can provide answers: her father.
After Finn and an elite group of peers are invited to Blackstone’s top-secret HQ, Finn realizes she may have a chance to confront her father. But when a highly sophisticated company AI morphs into a killing machine, the trip descends into chaos. Trapped inside shape-shifting walls, Finn and her friends are at the mercy of an all-seeing intelligence that will destroy everything to get to her.
With no hope of help, Finn’s dream-memories may be the only chance of survival. But will she remember in time to save her own life and the lives of those around her?
**Thank you so much to Wunderkind PR for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

Infinity Lost was an extremely original young adult dystopian novel. The story follows Finn, who is the daughter of Blackstone Technologies' CEO. Blackstone Technologies basically creates every piece of technology that the world uses, so everyone knows about the company. However, nobody has ever seen the man behind it all, even Finn, his daughter. So after telling her roommate to hack into Blackstone, Finn's class gets to take a trip to Blackstone Technologies. They're the first class to ever get to go and visit, which is pretty cool. Finn just hopes she can finally see her father.

I absolutely loved Finn as a character. I felt really bad for her because of how little she actually knew about her father, considering she had never met him. The flashbacks to Finn's past made me feel especially said about her situation. It must have been very hard to grow up without any family whatsoever. I mean, the poor girl basically only grew up with a nanny in an extremely huge house. She didn't even go to school because she was homeschooled. The only other kid she knew that was her age was the stable boy's son. Her life was definitely not ordinary.

I really liked the world, too. For some reason I'm always fascinated by a world which has become overrun by technology, mainly because I think that it could totally happen, which makes the story all the more scarier and frightening. 

After finishing this book, I was quite happy to find that it's book one in a trilogy. I know for sure that I'll be keeping an eye out for book two when it's released, because I can't wait to read it!


Stacking the Shelves (82)


For Review:
2658063625278470
Infinity Lost by S. Harrison (Thank you so much to Wunderkind PR and Skyscape!)
Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson (Thanks so much to Penguin Random House!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Waiting on Nexis!

21480858
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 that 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.

Nexis will be released on December 1 by Entangled teen.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My Momentous Month | October 2015

Woah! I can't believe that it's November already. Sadly, I didn't get much reading done this month, though it's because I've been applying to colleges early action! Hopefully I'll get a bit more reading done this month.

Books Read
H20 by Virginia Bergin ★★★★☆
The Storm by Virginia Bergin ★★★★☆
Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown ★★★★☆
Bliss by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney ★★★★☆
Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall ★★★★★
Macbeth by William Shakespeare ★★★★☆
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett ★★★★★
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen ★★★★☆
Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz ★★★★☆
Macbeth #killlingit ★★★★★
My Secret to Tell by Natalie D. Richards ★★★☆☆
Paint My Body Red by Heidi R. Kling ★★★★★
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn ★★★★☆

November TBR
Abby and the Cute One by Erin Butler
For the Record by Charlotte Huang
NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Favorite Book of October 2015
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Favorites in Each Genre
Contemporary | The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Science Fiction | Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
Fantasy | N/A
Paranormal | N/A
Graphic Novel | N/A

Favorite Cover of the Month
Signs Point to Yes

Favorite Characters of the Month
Boy | Jack from The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Girl | Paige from Paint My Body Red
 
Favorite Setting of the Month
I absolutely loved the settings in Bliss by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney. I loved that the setting was so many different places!

What were your favorites of the month?

Book Review: Hardwired by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie

24872560Title: Hardwired
Author: Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: November 8, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: ARC

Genetically flawed. Perfectly human.

When seventeen-year-old Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene—a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence—he is shipped off to an impregnable government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas is labeled safe to return home.

But any hope Lucas has of returning to a normal life is shattered when the van transporting him to the reintegration facility is forced off the road by a group of radicals intent on accessing the facility and exposing it's dehumanizing practices. And Lucas is their ticket through the front door.
Spurred by rumors that the facility is secretly holding one of his old friends captive, Lucas and his bunk mate, Chris, agree to infiltrate the testing facility’s inner sanctum. But once inside, Lucas’s carefully laid plans begin to unravel, and he's forced to seek help from a group of kids he neither knows nor trusts. And when every genetic test claims your only allies are hardwired to become the next Charles Manson, it’s impossible to know who has your back.

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

 If you couldn't tell already from my blog title, I'm a huge fan of science fiction. That's why Hardwired caught my attention immediately when I heard about it. The story follows a boy named Lucas who lives in a world where the warrior gene exists. This gene is usually found in humans who display acts of violence, so this future world has found a way to test for that gene. If you test positive for the gene, you are sent to a facility for testing. You may only go back to normal society if you successfully pass the tests, though usually after going back to society, everyone looks at you differently because of the gene that you possess. 

Lucas has been at the facility for a while when the reader first meets him. It turns out that he actually has an older brother who had the gene as well, though things didn't end well for him upon his return back home after testing. Lucas really doesn't want to do testing anymore. Out of luck, a bus that he's on ends up crashing, and him and his friend Chris end up escaping. What are they to do now? The rest of the book follows their journey.

I absolutely loved the idea of a gene that could ultimately reason whether a person is going to be into violence or not. It's also extremely creepy though, in a way. Imagine if you were told that you have the gene, but you're the sweetest person in the world! Everyone could turn on you because they're scared of what you could possibly do now. So I guess knowing about a gene like this has its pros and cons, like everything else in this world.

Lucas was a very interesting character. I loved learning more about him and his family, especially his brother. He'd kind of already been through all of this facility stuff before because of the stories from his brother, so in a way he kind of knew what he was doing more than everyone else there. I also liked Chris; he was pretty funny, especially in the beginning.

This book was very fast-paced and I loved that. Its length and the action allowed me to fly right through it! I know for sure that I'll be picking up more by these authors in the future.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Book Review: No True Echo by Gareth P. Jones

24795911Title: No True Echo
Author: Gareth P. Jones
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: ARC

Nothing ever happens in idyllic Wellcome Valley, much to Eddie Dane’s dismay. Then, one day, Scarlett White steps onto the school bus. She’s a stranger but somehow familiar. Equal parts smitten and intrigued, Eddie tries to get to know her but finds she has more questions about him. Curious questions about his dead mother.
One day he follows Scarlett to a remote house, where he witnesses a brutal murder, and suddenly he’s back on the school bus the day he first met Scarlett! Caught in a repeating time loop, Eddie learns the truth about his mother’s death, the nature of his connection to Scarlett, and how his past has shaped a dangerous future…one that he can prevent if he lets go of a person he loves.
Smart, gripping, and romantic, this is a time-travel novel that’s really about the importance of human connection and the possibility of choosing the person you become.

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

No True Echo was honestly a mind-bending read that I just could not bring myself to put down. It was about a highschool student named Eddie. He and his best friend, Angus, live in a rather boring town called Wellcome Valley. One day when he gets on the bus, a new girl named Scarlett gets on. She's unlike anything that Eddie had ever seen before. In English class, she even has a lot to say about Frankenstein. However, after getting to know her a little bit, Eddie finds that Scarlett has a lot of secrets about life, especially his future.

Eddie was a wonderful character. I loved going on this magical journey with him. He grew up with his grandmother because his mother died, and he never even knew his father. However, he managed to stay pretty happy with the life that he was given, though he couldn't help but imagine what would happen if his mom was still alive. I also loved his best friend, Angus. He was absolutely hilarious in my opinion, especially in some of the later chapters.

Scarlett, on the other hand, I was a little worried about. Sometimes I couldn't tell what side she was actually on, though of course everything worked out in the end. I found it really funny when she tried to keep everything from Eddie and I found her to be rather comedic as well. I really liked Cornish as a character, though mainly in the beginning. He's pretty complex and his story was pretty interesting. 

One thing that I found really cool about this book was that you were just as confused as Eddie was. I'd be reading, and something would happen which would bring me to a completely different time line, and my confusion would be shown through Eddie's behavior. It definitely made me like him more because my emotions could connect with his. I can't wait to read more from Gareth P. Jones in the future.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book Review: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

17973145Title: Dreamstrider
Author: Lindsay Smith
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: ARC

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.
A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.

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

As soon as I heard about Dreamstrider, I knew that it would be a story I'd never forget, nor regret reading.

The story follows a girl named Livia, who used to be in the tunnels. However, after this man finds out she has a special gift, she becomes a spy for the Barstadt Empire, and doesn't have to live in the tunnels anymore. Now, she works as a dreamstrider. Basically, a dreamstrider can inhabit the bodies of others while they're sleeping, which is pretty amazing. She uses this power to find out secret information, along with Brandt. 

Livia was a pretty amazing character. I like how she was originally kind of a servant, so she knows what it's like to work hard and become something more. I also liked her because of her strength, plus she had some pretty awesome powers too. However, I'd be incredibly scared to do what she does! I'd be worried I wouldn't make it back in time to my body if the person I was inhabiting started to wake up and realize what was going on. I also really liked Brandt as a character. I honestly liked him right from the start. As soon as Livia met him, I knew he'd be one of my favorites.

In addition, this story is a fantasy spy novel. I don't read much fantasy and I honestly don't think there are a lot of spy novels in YA, so this book is incredibly unique. The book was filled with a lot of espionage which I absolutely ate up.

I have to say that the whole idea of dreamstriding is pretty amazing and I definitely praise Lindsay Smith for coming up with the idea. I know I keep mentioning it, but it's just one of the coolest things! The idea alone is enough to make you want to read the book. I honestly suggest that you check this one out if you have the chance. In the meantime, I'm going to pick up Lindsay's other books!


Friday, November 6, 2015

Mini Book Review: Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

23281658Title: Immaculate
Author: Katelyn Detweiler
Publisher: Viking Children's
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Genre: Fiction/Magic Realism
Source: Giveaway Win
Edition: Hardcover (464 pages)

Mina is seventeen. A virgin. And pregnant.
Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school, able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant-despite having never had sex-her orderly world collapses. Almost nobody believes Mina's claims of virginity. Her father assumes that her boyfriend is responsible; her boyfriend believes she must have cheated on him. As news of Mina's story spreads, there are those who brand her a liar. There are those who brand her a heretic. And there are those who believe that miracles are possible-and that Mina's unborn child could be the greatest miracle of all. 

As soon as I heard about Immaculate,  I knew that it was going to be a special book. I mean a girl who is a virgin yet ends up pregnant? It sounded pretty interesting, obviously.

The story follows Mina who ends up being pregnant even though she's a virgin. She had the perfect life before becoming pregnant too. Now, everything is different. As the story goes on, she has to try to come to terms with what has happened to her.

I think this story fell flat for me a bit mainly because of the ending. I thought that the story was going to be absolutely amazing and have an even more mind-blowing ending, though it didn't in my opinion. It kind of just ended and left many of my questions to be answered. On that note, I'd still suggest giving it a read if you're interested, because it is very unique.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Book Review: My Secret to Tell by Natalie D. Richards

24827938Title: My Secret to Tell
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: eARC

There was blood on his hands. Where was the guilt in his eyes?
Emmie's had a crush on her best friend's brother forever. Deacon is the town bad boy who's always in trouble, but she sees his soft side when he volunteers with her at the local animal shelter. She doesn't think he's dangerous…until he shows up in her bedroom with blood on his hands.
Deacon's father has been violently assaulted and Deacon is suspect number one. Emmie's smart enough to know how this looks, but she also knows Deacon's biggest secret—he's paralyzed by the sight of blood. She's sure he didn't do this. Or did he? Because even Deacon's own sister thinks he's guilty…

**Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

After reading Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards last year, I knew that I would read absolutely anything else that she wrote. That's why I ultimately decided to give My Secret to Tell a read.

My Secret to Tell follows a teenager named Emerson whose best friend's father was just brutally hurt. Everyone keeps pinning the near-murder on her best friend Chelsea's brother, Deacon. However, she knows very well that it was not Deacon because he's completely scared of blood and has been ever since he was a child. In addition, she always helps Deacon clean up his blood when he's injured. As a matter of fact, she cleans blood off of him right after his father gets hurt. Throughout the story, Emmie works to try to prove Deacon's innocence.

Sadly, this story fell short for me because I kind of fleshed out who caused the incident very soon after the story began. I'm finding that it's hard for me to enjoy mysteries because a lot of the time I can figure out who it is and I don't much like that. My suspicions were only questioned once towards the very end of the story, though the next page just rose them again because it finally admitted who did it all. 

Despite that, I really loved the characters. Emmie was very sweet and I loved how hard she worked to prove Deacon's innocence. I felt horrible for Deacon often because everyone was just throwing him under the bus without question. It was obvious that he wasn't the kind of person to do such bad things. However, My Secret to Tell was still a pretty enjoyable read and I'd still pick up anything else that Natalie writes.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Book Review: Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

24804505Title: Forget Tomorrow
Author: Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided...by your future self.
It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie's case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

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

If you can't tell already by my blog title, I'm obsessed with anything science fiction. Since Forget Tomorrow fell in that category, I had a strong feeling that I'd love the story before I even had the chance to read it. 

Forget Tomorrow takes place in a world where at the age of seventeen, everyone receives a memory from their future selves. This memory always comes true and is an exact representation of what's to come. It could show any moment of your life, really. You never know what your future self is going to send you. Some people see themselves in their careers, while others see themselves killing someone else, which means that now they're branded as a criminal. This is what happens to the main character, Callie. Her memory shows her killing her sister, so she's taken away and is imprisoned because of her future criminal ways. In addition to all of this, Callie's sister is actually a psychic, which is pretty much prohibited in this society. If someone has psychic abilities and they're caught, then they're taken away to be tested on. 

I really liked Callie as a character. She was completely headstrong and was very much a leader. She worked hard to fight for what she believed in, which is a trait that I love in protagonists. However, I think that Logan was definitely my favorite character. He was Callie's best friend in the past, though after his brother was taken away for using psychic powers, he stopped talking to her and she never knew why. I found him to be a very sweet guy and I loved how he was always looking out for Callie even when she didn't know it. 

I think my favorite thing about this story was the world that it took place in. I absolutely loved it because it was so unique. I was pretty devastated at the ending, though after looking the book up on Goodreads I found that it's actually the first book in the series! While I wait for the sequel to come out, I highly suggest that YOU give the book a read!


Waiting on Dangerous Lies!


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Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.
After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother's drug dealer.
But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She's not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.
As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases-because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks...

Dangerous Lies will be released on November 10 by Simon & Schuster.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book Review: Paint My Body Red by Heidi R. Kling

25967369Title: Paint My Body Red 
Author: Heidi R. Kling
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 2, 2015
Genre: Contemporary/Horror
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

The world isn't just black or white. Sometimes it's red...
They think I'm next. That I'll be the seventh kid to step in front of a train and end my life. With the rash of suicides at my school, Mom's shipped me off to my dad's Wyoming ranch for “my own safety.” They think I’m just another depressed teenager whose blood will end up on the tracks. They don't know my secrets...or what I’ve done.

I wasn't expecting Dad to be so sick, for the ranch I loved to be falling to bits, or for Jake—the cute boy I knew years ago—to have grown into a full-fledged, hot-as-hell cowboy. Suddenly, I don't want to run anymore, but the secrets from home have found me...even here. And this time, it's up to me to face them—and myself—if I want to live...

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

I went into Paint My Body Red only knowing that it had something to do with suicide. Other than that, I knew absolutely nothing. I think that may be partly why I ended up loving Paint My Body Red so much; it completely blew me away and touched on subjects that I didn't even think it would.

The story follows a girl named Paige who lives in California. In her town, teenagers have been mysteriously killing themselves by standing in the way of a train, though nobody knows exactly why. However, it's strange that so many people are committing suicide at the same time in the same way at the same exact place. For that reason, Paige's mother sends Paige away to spend time in Wyoming with her sick father. She's not looking forward to it all--she jut wants to go to Wesleyan and can't wait for summer to be over. In Wyoming, she finds that her father is way sicker than she thought. She also meets a boy named Jake who has been helping her father a lot. 

Paige was a very interesting character. I felt horrible for her as I learned more of her story, which is told throughout the pages. She's been through a lot and is still very strong considering what she has had to endure. Plus, so many people at her school were committing suicide. It's rather scary. I'm glad that she met Jake. I loved their relationship; the two of them were great. Jake really helped Paige loosen up a bit which was nice to see. I know that she liked it too. 

I love the way that this story was told, and I feel that it's worth mentioning. Paige loves writing and is actually going to college for creative writing. She keeps a journal in which she's been trying to tell her story of what she's been through. The reader actually gets to read about the past through entries titled "then" which are scattered throughout the "now" story. Sometimes I thought that I liked the "then" parts better, though the more I read, the more I knew that I honestly loved the "now" parts as well. That's why Paint My Body Red is an all-around amazing book that I won't cease recommending.