Friday, October 27, 2017

The Dark Intercept

33414251Title: The Dark Intercept
Author: Julia Keller
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Source: Netgalley

The Dark Intercept is the first novel in a "riveting" (Emmy Laybourne) science fiction series for teens by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller that challenges the voluntary surrender of liberties for the perception of safety.
When the state controls your emotions, how hard will you fight to feel free? 
In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth's Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's every known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.
Much like the device itself, The Dark Intercept might get under your skin.

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

I decided to try something new with this review & bullet my thoughts!
  • The idea of two worlds was amazing. How awesome is that? An Old Earth and a New Earth.
  • The idea of Intercept was interesting. I found it so incredibly fascinating and loved learning more about it throughout the whole book.
  • Violet was a great protagonist. She was incredibly smart and I loved following her around and listening to her commentary.
  • The writing style was incredible. I can't wait to read more by Keller in the future.
  • I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I literally love the cover of this one. All the lightening and the city skyscape. It's beautiful.
  • I overall loved this book and I can't wait for book two.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Satellite Blog Tour

29543122Title: Satellite
Author: Nick Lake
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 3, 2017

A teenage boy born in space makes his first trip to Earth.
He's going to a place he's never known before: home.
Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth. It travels 17,500 miles an hour, making one full orbit every ninety minutes. It's also the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known.
Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. They've been "parented" by teams of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to ready themselves for every conceivable difficulty they might face on the flight.
But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma? Because while the planet may be home to billions of people, living there is more treacherous than Leo and his friends could ever have imagined, and their very survival will mean defying impossible odds.

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

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew that I wanted to get the chance to read it. I was so excited when I was asked to be part of the blog tour!

I get a lot of vibes from The Martian and the movie The Space Between Us which have similar ideas in outer space. I loved both of those pieces of pop culture, so I knew that I was going to like this one too. Plus, it was written by Nick Lake. I've heard amazing things about his other books, so needless to say, I went in with a lot of expectations.

Before I start off, I just have to mention the text speak in the novel. There's quite a bit of it, so brace yourself. I honestly don't think it changes how a story is told, in my opinion, though I know that people think differently.

A lot of this book was humorous too, in the weirdest ways. There was quite a bit of swearing, but I didn't really care. However, if you're under 17, this may not be the greatest book for you. 

I really loved Leo. I loved following him throughout the book and him trying to understand gravity for the first time. 

Needless to say, I'm excited to read more by Nick Lake in the future.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Last Star Burning | Review

28797211Title: Last Star Burning
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Series: Last Star Burning #1

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal-a star burned into her hand. That's the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.
Now her mother's body is displayed above Traitor's Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she's more valuable alive than dead.
When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombinb, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev's only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person-Howl, the chairman's son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can't help but wonder if he knows more about her past-and her mother's crimes-than he lets on.
But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev's life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.
**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I really don't read enough fantasy novels, so I was so excited to be approved for this one on Netgalley. I started it as soon as I could. After starting it, however, I realized that it was a little more sci-fi than I had thought, which was awesome!

I absolutely loved Sev. She was incredibly strong and hilarious. She was even a little awkward at times, which made her really relatable. Plus, there was a great romance. 

The ending... let's just say I'm really glad that there's going to be a book two! I can't wait to find out what happens next.

Also, I have to comment on the writing. I don't know what it is about it, but I loved it. I'll definitely be checking out more by Sangster in the future! 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Protected by Claire Zorn | Review

34351042Title: Protected
Author: Claire Zorn
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Source: Netgalley

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old. 
Hannah's world is in pieces and she doesn't need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn't have problems?
Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn't afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?
In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl's struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

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

I was originally drawn into this book because of the premise. It sounded really interesting-especially the beginning part! I had to know what had happened to Katie. I didn't know if it was because of death, or if the book was going to take a sci-fi turn. Even the cover didn't really give much away, so needless to say, I was completely intrigued.

The book completely sucked me in and I felt for Hannah so much. She had been mistreated by so many people in her life, especially everyone at school. It's not Hannah's fault that she is different. 

In addition, the novel also takes place in Australia, which I found super awesome. I've never read a book that takes place there, so I really liked that aspect. 

I don't want to go into too much detail about what went down with Katie, so I'm just going to tell you to go read this book for yourself. The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because I found it a little slow at times.