Saturday, May 26, 2018

Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.






Pages: 615
Format: Hardback
Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Illustrator: Marie Lu
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Series: Illuminae Files

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was another amazing continuation of the Illuminae Files, taking place right after the events of Gemina, but with an addition of new perspectives. I loved it almost as much as the first two, my biggest problem with the book is there were quite a few moments where the viewpoints throughout the novel were from previous characters from the series, and I felt that I didn't get to really know the characters in this book as much. It was still a great book, and hooked me from the beginning, and didn't take any time at all for me to finish. Obsidio takes place on Kerenza, which is Kady, Ezra, and Asha's home planet, and the planet that our previous characters are heading. Overall, I feel that there isn't as much going on as with the previous novels, there is mainly only one thing happening: BeiTech and the resistance.

So I really liked Asha, but she wasn't as hands-on kick-butt as our previous heroines, although she was willing to do everything in her power to protect a little girl in her care. She's still a very strong female character. I was also a huge fan of Rhys, and I felt that if we had seen more of him than I would have liked him more than Ezra because he has a strong moral compass and isn't afraid to challenge what he thinks is wrong. The big problem I had with this book in regards to our romance is that I just didn't feel the chemistry as much with these characters as I did with our previous couples, but I still liked Asha and Rhys as a couple.

And once more, my favorite part about this series was the way it was told through documents: emails/IMs, files, reports, interviews, and art. I just loved the uniqueness in that regard.

I would highly recommend this series if you haven't yet had the chance to pick it up yet. Yes, it's a rather long series, but because of the way it's written, it's a fairly quick read (in my opinon), and didn't take long to get through.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Pages: 659
Format: Hardback
Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Illustrator: Marie Lu
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Series: Illuminae Files

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the continuation of Illuminae, taking place right after but from different perspectives, and as was the case with the first novel - it was one of the best novels I've read and I loved it as equally as Illuminae. I was already hooked from the first novel, but it took me even less time to get through Gemina. It was a blend of action, intrigue, and the perfect dose of romance between Hannah and Nik. This story takes place on the Heimdall station that Kady and Ezra are currently heading for, and as before a lot goes on in this novel: BeiTech causing more problems, a space-time continuum concern, and aliens feasting on the people on the station.

What I love most about this series is how kick-butt our female heroines are. Hanna wasn't afraid to do anything if it meant protecting her friends and doing what must be done. She's also really good with hand-to-hand combat and she has a great personality. Nik is a hardened criminal who has a sweet side to him, and he's also really great (personally I love Ezra more). And I just love the flirting, and the slow building of the relationship between Nik and Hanna. Anothe great thing about this book is that you get another female hacker, Nik's cousin, Ella. And all of our characters from book one make an appearance in this novel, including our friendly murderous AI, AIDAN.

One of my favorite things about this novel was obviously how the story was told through documents: emails/IMs, files, reports, interviews, and art. I just love how unique this series is in that regard.

I would highly recommend this novel if you haven't yet had the chance to pick it up. Yes, it's a rather long novel, but because of the way it was written, it's such a quick read (at least it was for me), and didn't take me long to get through.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tour + Excerpt, Trailer, and Teasers: Phoenix Cycle: Best Shall Rise by Bob Collopy


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Genre: YA/Adult Dystopian
Release Date: July 21st 2017
The Department of Smoke

The Best Shall Rise

New San Francisco is the last city standing on a world ravaged by storms of ash and debris. The city survived by putting the ideals of the American dream on steroids and inspiring its people to persevere, though they have become ruthless in the process. Its citizens are ruled by the General, who has made sure that his people understand that gentleness and pity have become weaknesses that nature no longer tolerates.

Now Steve and Leslie must choose whether they will apply for the General’s once in a lifetime opportunity to “Rise from the Ashes” and join the Inner Circle that rules the city. If they don’t, they will be damned to spend the rest of their lives in the ghettos of Edingburg, a place where virtual reality has become a government-subsidized addiction.

For Steve, the choice is easy. His loyalties lie with the IRA, a revolutionary army led by a voice only known as “Mom.” They are trying to overthrow the General and free the people of New San Francisco from the cruelties of the City Guard. Steve’s mission is to broadcast a recording of a speech that a famous philosopher died to tell. Many thousands have and will perish to get this message out, but is anyone willing to listen?


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About the Author
Bob Collopy was raised on southern values. A world of rigidity and blind faith. He was then moved to Sedona. A near cultlike world, grown from 1960's flower children. He was then moved to Scottsdale. A world of extreme wealth and vice. He then went to college and joined a fraternity so notorious it was on national and world news multiple times. 
Due to these shifts, Bob always found himself the the semilucid observer; constantly confused and adjusting to new and opposing sets of norms few cultures would ever call normal or even acceptable. 
The city Bob has created is a blending of these intense and opposing cultures and the people trying to survive and conquer them.



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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Reread, Rewrite, or Burn Tag

So I'm trying to get back into the swing of doing tags since it's been awhile since I last did one. And now that school is out of the way, I can finally do more than just reviews and tour posts on my page. Although, I am potentially going to do fewer and fewer tours and blitzes than I have done in the past, just so my blog features more than that.

Anyway, unto this Tag: Reread, Rewrite, or Burn Tag. Essentially you have three books that you have to decide whether you are going to reread, rewrite, or burn the book. Since I am doing this on a blog rather than a vlog, I'm going to randomize and choose through my Goodreads read list. And since I am using Goodreads, there will be older and newer books.

I am going to do 10 because otherwise, I think it would take forever for me to complete. I am also doing one for my adult blog, which you can check out here. This will have 15.

1. Intertwined by Gena Showalter, Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers, and Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
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This one was rather easy. I would definitely reread Evolution of Mara Dyer because I loved everything about that trilogy, I would rewrite Intertwined because although I did enjoy the book, there were a few things that I didn't love about it, and I would burn Freedom Writers Diary (which isn't a bad book, and I think everyone should try to read it - it just wasn't a favorite nonfiction book that I have read).

2. Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols, and Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
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This was another easy one. Immortal Rules would be a definite reread because it's amazing, and one of the few vampire books that I love. Boys Next Door would be the rewrite because looking back, I don't think I would have enjoyed this one as much and I know I would have more issues with it. And the burn would be Swan Kingdom because it wasn't a really memorable read and I didn't enjoy it that much.

3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, In the Shadow of the Lamp by Susanne Dunlap, and Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
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This one was not so easy, at least for burn and rewrite. The reread was easy because there's only one book on this list that I really enjoyed and that is Under the Never Sky. The problem is In the Shadow of the Lamp wasn't memorable and I don't really know what I liked and did not like about this book but I really didn't like Forest of Hands and Teeth, but I know why and I know that I could fix it if I chose to rewrite it. So I think I would rewrite In the Shadow of the Lamp, and burn Forest of Hands and Teeth because I just feel like I could love In the Shadow of the Lamp more because of what it is about.

4. Host by Stephanie Meyer, Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, and Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie
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So this was another more difficult one, but for a little different reason. I loved Madness So Discreet, so that would be a definite reread. The hard part is which one to burn and which one to rewrite because I really enjoyed both the Host and Scarlet Moon. In the end, I think I would go with Scarlet Moon as a rewrite because I prefer fairytale retellings, and therefore I would have to burn the Host.

5. Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz, Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic, and Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz
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This was easy, thank goodness. I would reread Deadly Little Secret because out of the three, it was my favorite. I would rewrite Masquerade because there was potential for the book, and I would hands down burn Never Eighteen because I could barely stand this book, and I only finished it because it was a quick read.

6. Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher, Possessions by Nancy Holder, and Lucky in Love by Kasie West

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This was once more, rather easy to do. I loved Lucky in Love by Kasie West and would definitely reread. I absolutely hated Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls, and don't know why I didn't just DNF the book, but anyway, I would burn it. Therefore I would rewrite Possessions because it's last and it does have potential to be an amazing book.

7. Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott, Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and Dark Visions by L.J. Smith
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This was too easy. I would reread Salt & Stone over and over and over. I would burn Knife of Never Letting Go because it wasn't a favorite of mine, and even though I gave it 3 stars, I'm fairly certain if I were to reread it now, I would give it 2 stars. That leaves Dark Visions to be rewritten, which works because I feel that it has a lot of potential.

8. Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol, and Wither by Lauren DeStefano
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This was another difficult one. So first off, I would burn Anya's Ghost because I really didn't care for the character of the plot, but it was a quick read because it was a comic which is why I didn't DNF it. That leaves rereading and rewriting, and I'm so conflicted, but in the end, I'm going to go with Escape from Asylum for rewriting because there were a few slow scenes that I didn't care for, and I'm going to reread Wither because I just loved the concept of the trilogy.

9. Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber, Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield, and Supernaturally by Kiersten White
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This is rough. I enjoyed all of these, and although I didn't equally rate them, I don't really want to burn any of them. So this is what I would do, I would reread Darker Still because it was an interesting and amazing book. I would rewrite Hanging by a Thread because it had so much potential, and I am going to burn Supernaturally because I'm fine with having read it once in my life.

And finally onto the last one...

10. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin, and Betrayal by Gregg Olsen
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This is another tough one. So, although I really enjoyed Perfect Chemistry, it's not really in the running, so I'm going to burn it. This is much harder than my choice back at #8 was. I think I'm going to go with Betrayal as my reread because I love everything about this book and series, and I'm going to rewrite Masque of the Red Death in a way that will make the second book have to also be rewritten so that I like that one much better.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Goodreads Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge

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This summer I am planning on tackling the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge, which you can find by clicking this link here: Summer Reading Challenge. There are two different challenges depending on if you want to do the Beginner Level or the Expert Level - I personally am going to do the Beginner Level, because I have a lot happening this summer, and won't have as much time to read for the Expert Level Challenge. So my summer has already started, so personally, I am starting this challenge this Monday, May 21st, and I am ending on the last day of August.

I'm also doing something a little different with this challenge, because there are so many categories to read and because of the time restrictions that I will have over the summer, I am doing this challenge as a combined challenge for my YA and Adult books. This will also be posted over on my Adult blog, and when I have completed the challenge it will also be featured there.

So here are the requirements for the challenge:

Summer-Related Tasks:
Into the Great Wide Open: Read a book that takes place out in the great wide open
Get Your Grill On: Read a book that features summer recipes or outdoor summer activities
Colors of Summer: Read a book that features a yellow, green, or sandy cover
Beach Bum: Read a book that could be considered a "beach read"
Sand Between My Toes: Read a book that takes place in or around a beach/ocean
Ocean Blue: Read a book that takes place on the water
Hook 'Em: Read a book that features fishing or fisherman
Sports-a-holic: Read a book that features a popular summer sport
Campfire Story: Read a book that scares the crap out of you
One and Done: Read a book that you can finish in one day

Tasks to Stretch Your Comfort Zone
Let's Get it On: Read a book that features falling in or out of love
Take Pride: Read a book written by an LGBTQIA author or that features an LGBTQIA character
Read the World: Read a book that takes place in a country - or about a culture - other than your own
Diversify Yourself: Read a book by an author of color
You Have a Lovely Accent: Read a book that was translated from another language
Won't Be Long: Read a collection of short stories or essays
Poet at Heart: Read a book of poetry
My, What Big Teeth You Have: Read a book that puts a spin on a well-known fairytale
High Noon: Read a classic or contemporary western
TBRing: Read a book from the bottom of your TBR pile
Unshelve It: Read a book that's been sitting on your Goodreads Shelves for a while
Childhood Reboot: Read a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel
Listen to Me: Listen to an audiobook

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Scallywagathon 2018 TBR

The Scallywagathon is a readathon that is from May 20th-27th and is hosted by Ali from HardbackHoarder (you should definitely check out her youtube page if you haven't already) and Amanda from Read All the Books. So the Scallywagathon is a readathon where the goal is to complete 4 of the challenges. You start between 1-5, and then you follow the path to the next challenge on the map. Here is the link to the official page for the readathon where the map and challenges are: Scallywagathon. I am also including the map below and the challenges. For example, if you choose to start on challenge 1, after completion, you can either go to challenge 6 or 7. If you start with challenge 5, you can go to challenge 6 or 8. But if you want to do it by actually following the paths, you stick to the color scheme. From 5, you can go to 8, but you can't go to 5 from 8, only A or C.


So for this readathon, I have decided to start with challenge 5. So this is what I am planning to read starting on Monday for this readathon, but who knows what will happen when next week gets here.

5) Valiant by Lesley Livingston
6) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
A) Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young
10) This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Blast + Giveaway: Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger


Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger

Love. Obsession. Jealousy. Murder.

No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow.

Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she's finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But Snapchat... That's safer, right?

After months of living under the radar, Tessa emerges from hiding, forced to face the deadly consequences of her past. But in the interrogation room, answers only lead to more questions in the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology.











Praise for FOLLOW ME BACK

"Debut author Geiger's social-media-saturated thriller (which fittingly got its start on Wattpad) should transfix teens for whom online relationships (romantic and otherwise) are integral parts of daily life, and catfishing and hacking are genuine fears. Tweets, direct messages, and police interrogation transcripts are incorporated throughout, throwing the reliability of both narrators into question and hinting at the sinister thread underlying this boy-meets-girl story. " ―Publishers Weekly


"Pieces are revealed one at a time until they all come together at the end-right before everything falls apart before a final, dark twist. A page-turner for young adults invested in social media, fandoms, and mysteries." ―School Library Journal


"Told though alternating points of view, tweets, and police reports, this novel is perfect for fans of Sara Shepard, April Henry, or Kimberly Derting. In her debut novel, Geiger creates a rich horror story which is all the more intriguing because of its conceivable possibilities. Using fan culture and social media communications to the best effect, she makes the setting and plot convincingly real." ―VOYA Magazine


"Follow Me Back is the perfect mix of fandom with just the right amount of suspense. An enthralling page turner from beginning to end." ―Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series


"Timely, twisty, and totally thrilling. Follow Me Back will have readers wondering about the identity of every online friend and follower they've got. A riveting read that will keep you up late and keep you guessing!" ―Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc. and Vicarious


"Dark and suspenseful, Follow Me Back is sure to be the next big thing in YA Thrillers." ―Ali Novak, author of The Heartbreak Chronicles and My Life with the Walter Boys

"Follow Me Back is an unforgettable page-turner, and a cautionary tale for any fan who's ever wished that their favorite celebrity followed them on social media." ―Sandy Hall, author of Signs Point to Yes and A Little Something Different


“Follow Me Back is a mystery/thriller/suspense roller coaster ride that keeps readers on their toes. Jaw-droppingly twisty and continually surprising.” ―Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts


EXCLUSIVE E-BOOK SALE

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TELL ME NO LIES (Follow Me Back Book #2) is available for preorder. Enter the giveaway for a chance to win an advance copy!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


A.V. Geiger is an epidemiologist who spends far too much spare time on social media. By day, she studies women’s psychiatric and reproductive health. By night, she can be found fangirling, following people back, and photoshopping the heads of band members onto the bodies of unicorns. Her writing career began with celebrity fan fiction, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with online fan culture. Her original teen fiction has received millions of hits on the story-sharing website Wattpad, ranking as high as #1 in the mystery-thriller genre. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin boys.

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TWITTER: @av_geiger



GIVEAWAY:


--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of TELL ME NO LIES (Follow Me Back #2) by A.V. Geiger.
- 1 Winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon/PayPal Gift Card.



ENDS: JUNE 08, 2018