Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review: Taken by Erin Bowman

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side (goodreads)?

ARC provided by the dolls at HarperTeen

What started off as a questionable read became an instant 2013 read!

Gray's adventure starts on the last day that he will ever see his brother alive. In order to escape this faith he attempts to climb over the wall that seals his small town and finds himself in the middle of a war that will decide the fate of Claysoot. 

Taken begins Hunger Games-eque. Gray lives in a poor town with little to no technology. Bowman doesn't waste any time, she introduces the problem, a couple of key characters, and the book is nonstop from there.In the  beginning it started off a bit rushed, with Gray being taken from point A, to point B, to point C. Like honestly, I had to take a break because there were too many locations, too much new information and too many betrayals for one-sitting. Once the real enemy surfaced,  I was able to follow the plot better and I felt like it had an end point with clear direction. Once I understood the direction this story was taking I could appreciate everything that happened. I understood what Bowman wanted to do with this story but the pacing at the beginning could have better. 

Gray....Gray was an interesting character. I wasn't his biggest fan, but I enjoyed going along with him for his adventures. He was a bit petty at times and sometimes I felt that his character was lost in all of the chaos of the plot.  I thought he was a well-written and complex character. What I thought was most interesting was the love triangle that surrounded him. I don't normally read about love triangles centered around a male protagonist so it was interesting to read about the inner struggle that Gray was having and how he dealt with having these conflicting emotions. 

This book confused me, intrigued me and had me jumping up and down for more. I can see this becoming a movie sometime in the near future. Erin Bowman, you've got yourself a fan!

Sunday Ramblings

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your weekend has been relaxing and sun-filled. I'm working on my Arabic exam and watching a new TV show that has caught my attention, and I think that any sci-fi YA novel buff will enjoy it. It's called Orphan Black. 

and here is the first opening scene:

Are you watching it? Do you like it? So far I am immensely intrigued!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#38]

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders (goodreads).

Why I'm Waiting: 

It looks like androids/robots are what are hot nowadays. I can get behind that! :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday #21

I scroll down. Bret's name is right where I expect it to be, at the top of the lengthy cast list. The next three names are all ones I recognize. So far everything is exactly as I remember it. I keep scrolling, looking for my name. There's Kirby. There's the guy who plays Bret's other sidekick. My name should be next.

'Please let it be there, please let it be there.'

It isn't.
eARC page 53

Sunday, April 21, 2013

and update...again!

So I'm back from Disneyland (and currently planning my vacation to Disney World this Fall) YAY!

I'm back and ready to start blogging constantly! YAY

And my job just promoted me (like four times) YAY!
Or BOOO. ):

This could either go two ways, I will have extra time to dedicate to blogging because I'll have different responsibilities. OORRRR I will get DOUBLE the responsibilities and never have a single moment to myself. 

But for now let's just be happy! I missed ALL of you! Vous m'manquez! So get me up to date on all of the awesome books that I need to read please! :3

Review: MILA 2.0

Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel (goodreads).

ARC copy provided! <3 

Mila is just an ordinary girl. She likes horses, she has a shady best friend and she can survive being thrown full-force into a ravine. No big. 

To be quite honest, I had a hard time getting into this book when I first cracked it open. It felt like the run of the mill girl-finds-out-that-she's-different-from-everyone-else-and-there-are-people-who-want-to-use-her. But this book has a lot more heart and a lot less action, which I am a sucker for. This book really picked up after Mila finds out her true origins and has to fight for her own life. It was un-put-downable and definitely had me emotionally invested until the end. Sadly I couldn't give this book 5 stars simply because of the ending. I'm not too sure I know or like where this story is headed.

I really liked Mila as a character; in the beginning she was a bit of a pushover because she was surrounded by such strong personalities (ie mean girls) but once the realization of not being human kind of dawned on her. She became very introspective and just very aware of everything around her, I liked what she had to say and I liked how she put everything into perspective. Every reaction she had lined up to what you would expect from a teenage android (regardless of how rare those are). I could have done without the attempted love story because I feel like MILA 2.0 should be about a girl trying to find the meaning of her artificial life, about a girl who is looking for answers, not about a girl who will continuously be distracted by some boy as she's fighting off unknown military agents. 

The story was told from Mila's point of view which I think made me so emotionally invested in the story. Driza writes Mila as such a complex character and does a fabulous job delivering her distress and distraught. I found Mila to fascinating even when she came across weak. 

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed this video and I'm curious (and admittedly a bit hesitant) to read the sequel! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday [#37]

“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”

Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.
England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.
Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time (goodreads).

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

update on my life.

So obviously I haven't been around a lot.


Yeah I have yet to adjust to working full time, going to grad school part time and planning a wedding. All and all it's all sorts of exhausting and I've gone WEEKS without turning on my computer (I KNOW, I didn't think it wasn't possible either).

I'm going to try to post at least once a week, because while I haven't been on the internet, I've been keeping up with my reading and I have some reviews that desperately need to go up (like 8 behind).

Oh! And because my weary mind has been worked beyond it's capacities, me and the fiance are going on vacation (SEE YOU IN TWO DAYS DISNEYLAND), so I'll see you all next week!


Tu me manques!

[Meme] Teaser Tuesday #20

I closed my eyes, rubbed them, then opened them again. The blond sex-go was back, stroking his companion's jaw with his hand, brushing his fingers to her lips-with sharp yellow talons that protruded from a hand that looked as if a thin layer of rotting gray skin had been stretched over a corpse's bones.

Page 68
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Monday, March 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Kings of Charleston

Hi all! I'm happy to be apart of the Kings of Charleston blog tour hosted by the lovely Giselle!

Casper Whitley is forced to move to Charleston, South Carolina where she’ll be the new kid her senior year of high school. Casper’s upset about the move until she meets the Roman family’s gorgeous son, Cal, but there’s a problem. A mystery surrounds him which can be summed up in one word…Kythera. Never heard of it? Neither has Casper until she finds the word tattooed on cars, paintings and all her new friends.
After Casper’s life is threatened, someone is forced to tell the truth about her parents, the Romans and Kythera’s motives for her being in Charleston. Once the truth is revealed, she must decide whether to protect her family and Kythera’s secrets or walk away from everything she has ever known.


.about the author.

Kat has been a writer her entire life, but never pursued a writing career until the characters from a short story she wrote in high school refused to go away. Finally, she sat down and wrote their story which would became The Kings of Charleston series.

Kat has been an avid reader her entire life. She enjoys all genres, but particularly Mystery and Young Adult. Mary Higgins Clark is one of her favorite authors who inspired her love of mysteries. 

When she isn't writing, Kat loves to travel, try out new recipes and hang out with her husband. She is originally from Kentucky, but currently resides in South Georgia with her husband, a cat named Frank and a dog named Lil.

.find Kat.
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