Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. You can post your blog link to her site to share your reading list as well as learn about other books you might want to add from the other bloggers. 

Books Finished Last Week:
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Atlantia by Ally Condie
The Insider's Guide to Getting an Agent by Lori Perkins

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Review: Snow Like Ashes + 2nd Book Release Date

Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 2014

                        Goodreads Summary:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #7


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The rules include writing a blog post in response to the Question of the Week and then following the hosts, the two featured bloggers, and anyone else in the original list you like. The goal is to gain new friends and followers, so comment on every blog post you come across. For more specific rules, check out their much more substantial posts!

Question: Where do you post your reviews besides your blogs? Where else do you post your reviews? - Via A Great Read

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles #1)

Title: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles Book #1)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 2014



Goodreads' Summary:


A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day. She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection. She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father. She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Monday, January 19, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. You can post your blog link to her site to share your reading list as well as learn about other books you might want to add from the other bloggers. 

Books Finished Last Week:
Graduation Day (Testing Series #3) by Joelle Charbonneau
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Friday, January 16, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #6


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The rules include writing a blog post in response to the Question of the Week and then following the hosts, the two featured bloggers, and anyone else in the original list you like. The goal is to gain new friends and followers, so comment on every blog post you come across. For more specific rules, check out their much more substantial posts!

Question of the Week: Do you own any doubles of your books? What led to getting that second, third, or fourth copy? - Suggested via A Great Read

Mini Book Review: How to Kill Your Senator

I was asked by the authors to provide an honest review in anticipation of the upcoming release of this short story. I was not compensated for this review in any way. 

Title: "How to Kill Your Senator"
Authors: James Courtney and Kaisy Wilkerson-Mills
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 10
Release: January 16, 2015


Authors' Summary:

In City-State, politics can be deadly...

Jackson Cartwright has murdered the entire City-State Senate. In the aftermath, Jackson meets a mysterious creature named Jinn. Jinn attempts to show Jackson the root of City-State's political corruption, but Jackson fails to comprehend the clear message that Jinn displays and represents.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

End of Revision Round 1 for NaNo 2014 Novel

Sure, I wrote the novel, but do you know how tough rewrites are?

FINALLY. The edits and rewrites for the first revision of my NaNoWriMo 2014 novel (titled A Second Chance as of this moment) have come to an end. Two of my three beta readers for this period have confirmed they have the manuscript in their hands and I'm waiting (impatiently) for the third to get back to me.

I have decided to not touch the novel until I get feedback from my readers, which means I can focus on my dream dystopian novel! I wanted to write it for NaNo, but I realized this kind of story needed to be written over a longer period of time. Dystopia worlds are not something that should be breezed through.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Review: Graduation Day (The Testing #3)

Your time is almost up.


Goodreads' summary:


In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves - and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

My review: 


The Testing Series has been a roller coaster for me. Cia Vale has been a strong character and the politics have been well placed and developed. Unfortunately, the second book and the first half of the third novel were the best parts. The ending didn't quite hit it for me.

Monday, January 12, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. Most bloggers have adorable original blog photos, but because I'm a newbie to the game, I'm using the image straight from Book Journey (so no photo design credit to me).

Books Finished This Week:
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Book Review: Independent Study (Testing Series #2)

"What can the United Commonwealth Government do for you?"


Summary on Goodreads: In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

My review:

Joelle Charbonneau's Independent Study evolved in the ways The Testing did not. There was more political intrigue, more character development, and much less focus on romance than on potential allies and killers. Overall, a much more satisfying read in the installment!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #5


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The rules include writing a blog post in response to the Question of the Week and then following the hosts, the two featured bloggers, and anyone else in the original list you like. The goal is to gain new friends and followers, so comment on every blog post you come across. For more specific rules, check out their much more substantial posts!

Question of the Week: Do you have any fun collections other than books? - Suggested via Peace Love Books


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Review: Requiem (Delirium #3)

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.


Summary from Goodreads:

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana's points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.


My review:
Requiem by Lauren Oliver is the shocking ending to the Delirium Trilogy. In a world where love has been cured and eradicated in the cities, Lena and her band of Invalids are on a mission to break down the barriers. Meanwhile, Hana's POV intercepts in a way I've been waiting for since Delirium. Finally, I got to see the world through Hana's eyes and it's just as bad as Lena's.

The novel was phenomenal. The switching points of view allow the reader to understand life in the Wilds and life in Portland during the start of the war. Even though I had to crawl along with Hana (her chapters felt shorter than Lena's even though they probably weren't), it provided a blindingly bright light on the evils and manipulations of the government, something we saw only briefly with Julian Fineman in Pandemonium.

The love triangle. Oh. My. It was intense. I imagined who Lena would choose and I was wrong. For the first time in quite a while, the romance was just as thrilling as the political demises and they flowed together seamlessly. Granted, the plot focuses on the idea that love is a disease, so love should have been a main plot line, but we also see love between family and friends that is pushed and strained in a way that will make you question whether love is such a great thing after all.

And Hana. Hana, how could you?! I have never felt to betrayed and then redeemed by a character since Peter in Divergent. Not only that, but Lena never annoyed me, not even once. She matured into the kind of character this series deserved, especially after all the deaths. Oh, the deaths. They're still wounding to think about.

Overall, Requiem was phenomenal (did I say that already? Too bad. Phenomenal, phenomenal, phenomenal!) At first, I was worried it would be too open an ending, but Oliver patched everything up in the final two pages. Two pages. I would have liked to be told something about my biggest question before then, but at least she gave me something. Read this series if you haven't. You need this in your life.

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

If you haven't read (and you need to), you can get a physical copy here or a digital copy here.

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme hosted by Book Journey. You review the list you read the week before and include the books you have plans to finish this week. Most bloggers have adorable original blog photos, but because I'm a newbie to the game, I'm using the image straight from Book Journey (so no photo design credit to me).

Books Finished This Week:
Avoidables: Series 1 (Hope's Awakening) by Rachel Medhurst

Friday, January 2, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #4


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The rules include writing a blog post in response to the Question of the Week and then following the hosts, the two featured bloggers, and anyone else in the original list you like. The goal is to gain new friends and followers, so comment on every blog post you come across. For more specific rules, check out their much more substantial posts!

Question of the Week: What was your favorite book (or books) of 2014? - suggested via Alison Can Read