3 07, 2017

Review: ASH AND QUILL by Rachel Caine (Giveaway)

By | Monday, July 3, 2017|3 Comments

  This series continues to leave me in angst. Jess and his crew manage to find themselves in even more hot water this time as they cross into enemy burner territory. This time Jess, Thomas, Morgan, Khalila, Dario, Glain, Wolfe and Santi is caught by burners and taken to their headquarters in Philadelphia. […]

13 12, 2016

Review: THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers

By | Tuesday, December 13, 2016|0 Comments

THE CIRCLE explores the problem of oversharing in social media. The Circle is a large internet provider that requires honesty in it’s users. There are no pseudonyms, only one form of identity, and fraud is a thing of the past. The internet company branches out to encourage its uses to become transparent, broadcasting […]

4 10, 2016

Review: DISRUPTION by Jessica Shirvington

By | Tuesday, October 4, 2016|4 Comments

Review: DISRUPTION by Jessica ShirvingtonDisruption by Jessica Shirvington
Series: Disruption #1
Published by Harper Paperbacks on Pages: 416
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
ARC provided by BEA 2016, HarperCollins

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The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series.
What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love? Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation's M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer - heir to the M-Corp empire - has become key to Maggie's plan.But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin's involvement destroy everything she's fought for? In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.
Ages 14+

Very good, very good! Disruption hooked me right away. This story takes place in a dystopian/sci-fi world where social rating is everything. Everyone wears an M-Band that displays their social love compatibility rating for you and anyone near you to see. This book had so much I love about dystopian YA: Protagonist that […]

26 08, 2016

Review: METALTOWN by Kristen Simmons

By | Friday, August 26, 2016|20 Comments

Review: METALTOWN by Kristen SimmonsMetaltown by Kristen Simmons
Published by Tor Teen on September 20th 2016
Pages: 384
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction, General
ARC provided by BEA 2016, Macmillan

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Kristen Simmons's Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.
In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

Colin and Ty are thick as thieves. They don’t have much choice being “small-parts” factory employees. The pay is crap, the work is horrible, and they work mandatory overtime all the time to keep up with quotas. Being residents of Metaltown, they are not alone in their poverty, but Small Parts is one […]

27 05, 2016

Review: INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine

By | Friday, May 27, 2016|7 Comments

Review: INK AND BONE by Rachel CaineInk and Bone by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Also in this series: Paper and Fire, Ash and Quill
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on July 7th 2015
Pages: 368
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic, Books & Libraries, Dystopian
Also by this author: Paper and Fire, Ash and Quill
eARC provided by NAL

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In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…   Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.   Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.   When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. Ink and Bone is amazing! Ink and Bone is a book about books. Now that the sequel is about to come out, I am kinda glad I waited to read this. I need the sequel immediately! Jess lives in a world where […]

6 04, 2016

Review: TELL THE WIND AND FIRE by Sarah Rees Brennan

By | Wednesday, April 6, 2016|8 Comments

Review: TELL THE WIND AND FIRE by Sarah Rees BrennanTell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Clarion Books on April 5th 2016
Pages: 368
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.
Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Lucia was born in the dark city, but she now lives in the light city. Like most light citizens she has light magic, hers is the power to heal. She is in love with the son of one of the reigning council members of light city. The council is responsible for all the […]

4 04, 2016

Review: SIREN’S FURY by Mary Weber

By | Monday, April 4, 2016|2 Comments

Review: SIREN’S FURY by Mary WeberSiren's Fury by Mary Weber
Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy #2
Also in this series: Storm Siren
Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers on June 2nd 2015
Pages: 368
Genres: Young Adult, Religious, Christian, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Dystopian
Also by this author: Storm Siren
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"I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it's no use. The curse I've spent my entire life abhorring--the thing I trained so hard to control--no longer exists."
 
Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.
 
Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he's brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.
 
As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can't let go.

*This review will contain spoilers for Storm Siren* So, the end of Storm Siren was a bit of a cliffhanger. Eogan and Nym have won and they are now safe and happy together. Except they are not because Eogan isn’t really himself. The evil Draewulf is now inhabiting Eogan’s body. Nym is beside […]

21 03, 2016

Review: THE FIRE SERMON by Francesca Haig

By | Monday, March 21, 2016|6 Comments

Review: THE FIRE SERMON by Francesca HaigThe Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
Series: The Fire Sermon #1
Also in this series: The Map of Bones (Fire Sermon, Book 2)
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 10th 2015
Pages: 384
Genres: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, General, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Genetic Engineering, Dystopian
Also by this author: The Map of Bones (Fire Sermon, Book 2)
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The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large.

With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

This story follows the synopsis pretty well. The Fire Sermon definitely has Cormac McCarthy’s The Road feel to it. In the far future, after a nuclear apocalypse, the survivors carry a genetic abnormality. Every baby is born a fraternal twin, one boy one girl. One twin is “normal” (Alpha), the other twin has a […]

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