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Thursday, August 29, 2013

TBR Thursday: Ignite


Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs,
bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love"
Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.
In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

Why I'm looking forward to this book: So why am I so excited for Ignite me? The first two books in this series were incredible! Tahereh Mafi has this way of writing that just captivates you and her writing style is totally unique. I'm so excited for this book and scared at the same time. I don't want the series to end! Still, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to find out the ending. Unfortunately I have to wait until February :/ Until then I might just sit here and stare at the gorgeous cover :)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Taken

 Taken by Erin Bowman.
Taken (Taken, #1)
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 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?

5  stars
I think I had read a review or two, I just knew I'd seen the cover before. So I just grabbed it when I saw it at my library hoping it'd be good :)

In the town of Claysoot all the males are heisted (mysteriously taken) at midnight the day of their eighteenth birthday. This all started, Claysoot and the heists, when the first kids came. They didn't know how they got there or where the adults were. But they knew some things like their names and how to care and raise food, mostly. Their town grew and they developed a town council and a set of rules. They developed the slatings to keep the population growing and everyone has a job. When the heists were discovered they set up a goodbye ceremony too.

Gray has just been to his brother's heist. He grieves him. His last relative. They don't know where they go, just that they're gone. Soon after Gray discovers a curious letter suggesting a secret, it makes him curious and unhappy. Even when he is slated for Emily, the only girl he's ever felt truly interested in. He's restless about what really happens when boys are heisted. The only way to know is to climb the wall surrounding the town...but all the others have been returned, as charred corpses. But once Gray learns more about the secret his mother kept he can't stay. He has to try.

Pros:World building!! It gets a A++! Why? Because there is Claysoot, which feels just perfect. Then you get outside and everything is so realistic and just wow. Really well done there, it felt developed and complex but I didn't have to force myself to imagine exactly how it looked, it kinda just came. She did a really great job separating the two worlds and "switching it up" sorta as Gray leaves Claysoot. The plot wasn't super amazing, but it was really good. I called some things because it seemed a little obvious, but there were still several things that really surprised me. It was good :) I did like Gray...the characters were strong yet I didn't fall in love with them immediately.

Cons:The romance was a little annoying because it felt conflicted and a little vengeful several times near the end. Still it was justified and it wasn't instalove, thank goodness! So it was really okay it just felt sad and mean :( Building up for the next book I'd imagine. It also seemed like the biggest/bigger plot reveals were revealed and then were explained in some dialogue that took up a few pages. That's just what it seemed like. Something would happen and turn up and then there would be the back-story behind it. Nothing wrong with that, it just kinda stood out to me a bit. It wasn't bad...just I wish it could have been worked in, it would have "looked" nicer I guess.
Content wise there was brief mention of making out in Gray's room with a girl near the end. There are the slatings which means one of the guys in Claysoot is set up to woo one of the girls and if they sleep together and make a baby? +1 in the population. It isn't required to sleep with them but it's encouraged and talked about briefly a couple times at the beginning. Gray kinda walks in on something, sorta. Some kisses. Shooting of guns, hunting, training, and brief battle type scene. Breaking some laws. Some drinking mentioned. Making clones(-ish) and there were about 10 cuss words.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was unique, a little science-y but a lot of action and rebellion too. It has to be one of the better dystopian books I've read in a while! I was really impressed with the world building! I'm excited for the next book!! I would recommend to teens who enjoy dystopian books and the hunger games. While this isn't as exciting, it's rather along those lines. And it's written from a guy's pov with some girly touches here and there. Good for guys and gals :D

Monday, August 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (7)

 This is from my STS post on The Book Belles :)))

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews  to share the virtual or physical books received that week.
 I feel kinda bad, this week wasn't very booky haha. I'm usually pretty careful with my money so if I buy a book it's either one I've heard was good that was cheap or one that I loved tons and had to buy. So if I don't get any review copies then it's usually a dorky little bunch from the library. :/



Infinityglass by Myra McEntire -I enjoyed the first book and the second book was interesting too. I'm hoping that this makes a good ending to the Hourglass series. I am a little concerned about another set of POVs for this book but I'm still hoping!

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini - I read the first five chapters in a sampler and I'm really dying to know what happens. I'm also a fan of greek mythology so that's a plus too :)

Soulbound by Heather Brewer -This one will be a reread, I'm hoping to get my hands on the second book soon and wanted to refresh my memory. This is a really exciting book and I enjoyed it :)

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie - I'm leading a homeschool literature club this school year and this is the first book we will be reading and discussing.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - I've been meaning to get around to this book for forever. It's had a lot of hype :) I'm really excited to start it and I just love the cover, so cute!



What did you guys get this week?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Golden

 Golden by Jessi Kirby.
Golden
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 Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

3.8

After reading a couple reviews and ogling the cover some I was happy to put this on a challenge reading list I'm doing and picked it up about a week or two ago.

Parker Frost is the honors-classes-and-headed-to-stanford-student. Her mom has always had a plan for her and she's stuck to it. Being good. Not dating, just focusing on her studies. She's the one who never seems to do anything unexpected. Until she finds the diary of a girl who now is dead. She's a teacher's assistant to an English teacher who does a project where his students write a journal about themselves as an assignment. Then ten years later the diaries are sent out to be read and looked back upon. This diary is the diary of Julianna Farnetti. She and her boyfriend were the town's golden couple. Then they died one night... they were Parker's age. Everyone in the town knows about them. Parker's even been nominated for the scholarship created in remembrance for them.

Parker is curious. She takes it and reads Julianna's story. It's different than she thought. But now Parker has discovered that there's more to that story and something daring too. Inspirational. So she does crazy things that she wouldn't have thought of doing before. And sets out to try and solve the mystery she's discovered in the diary that could right a wrong...just maybe.

Pros:This is a really sweet book. It's a lovely "pretty" one with words and tales interwoven with each other...sharing dreams and inspirations. There's Parker who is trying to find something that's missing in her life. Stay or go her mom or her friends etc. etc. Choices. And she feels like doing something crazy. Kissing her crush. Whatever. But she wants to do it before she leaves. It's all something that we feel at one time or another I feel. I've felt it. Just to do something a be "young" (while I hate the stereotypes put on teens by adults I do sometimes think they are justified and it is fun to be a little stupid sometimes). This is certainly a growing up book. facing college. Leaving home. The last hurrah. It's easy to relate to. And really lovely.

The writing was rather poetic and there were snippets of Robert Frost's poems throughout the book that gave it a rather fanciful and dream-like feeling. It was a nice story, it's hard to explain...it's like a story of a girl finding another story and using that story to help jump start her own. Kinda. I really liked Parker, she was like me in some ways. I'm not the most daring person ever. She was sweet. I really liked her best friend too. And the love interest was pretty nice, I was impressed with the way the romance was done, it was really sweet and clean.


Cons:There were a couple slower parts and I was a little annoyed or bored with a couple scenes but I enjoyed everything mostly :)
Content wise there were two kisses, language wise there were 27 or so (2 f words), and brief mention of drinking and smoking.

Overall, this was a really sweet book about choices, growing up, and daring adventures. It's an interesting tale and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for something slower yet still exciting that will make you smile and wonder about yourself when you put it down. 14+ girls who enjoy contemporary/realistic fiction and a slight mystery.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Simple Song

A Simple Song by Melody Carlson.
A Simple Song
 Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina’s best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father’s health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents’ wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?
Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it’s over?
3 stars
I'm not really a huge fan of Melody Carlson's books. Her last couple have been better but I'm usually a bit disappointed. However the last ya Amish book she wrote had been really good, so I was eager to see what this one would be like.

Katrina Yoder is an Amish girl who has always been told she has a beautiful voice, although her father doesn't want her to use it much. Because it would be vainglory. So she isn't to keen on the idea of going on a singing show to, well sing! But she knows she needs to, her father got hurt several years ago and he's just getting worse and worse. He needs an expensive surgery but Katrina's family doesn't have enough money for it!

So she goes on the show in hopes of winning enough money for her dad to have his surgery. She doesn't know hardly anything about the English life and certainly isn't prepared for what happens on the show, or even in the city! It's all so different! But she's determined to try her best.

Pros:It was a really sweet book. It had the whole behind the scenes look at a singing show and for fans of stuff like the voice, x factor, and american idol you'll get flashbacks of watching the shows. Or at least I did. Katrina was sweet, a little goody-goody at times, but sweet. The story is clean (apart from one brief scene where a character is drunk) and interesting. Not super exciting, but interesting enough.

Cons:I'm not a huge fan of some of the amish's rules. Although this is partly addressed Katrina believes that singing is bad...even when worshiping God it can be bad when her voice is shining out. And stuff like that just makes me sad :( Also I never got a real age on Katrina...I couldn't really tell how old she was. So that and the last page bugged me. (a proposal) And I'm like really?? And it was a little too rushed that last page, too.

Overall, this was an interesting book with some good scenes and it was a good story...but it wasn't too great. The first Amish book Carlson wrote was better. If you have enjoyed the author's other books or aren't to picky you might like it better. I just didn't prefer it. A good book for tween girls.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

TBR Tuesday:Charmed Vengeance

Charmed Vengeance (The Aether Chronicles, #2)
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In the Faerie realm, Noli Braddock's relationship with her best friend V has grown into something more. But V's mother, Faerie Queen Tiana, has ruled that they are forbidden to see each other. Returning to the mortal realm, Noli joins the crew of her brother's air-pirate ship, the Vixen's Revenge. There she discovers that her brother has hired the scallywag Faerie huntsman, Kevighn Silver. While serving as shipmates, Kevighn and Noli learn that the Earth Court King plans to find a forbidden artifact--one that will bring destruction to everyone Noli loves.

Why I'm looking forward to this book: Well I don't know if this exactly counts now as I read it yesterday :P I was excited for this one because I had enjoyed the first book and I do like steampunk books :) Review to come soon, this book was released August 8th.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love
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For those who thirst for accounts of paranormal romance, Trisha Telep has compiled some of the most thrilling takes of forbidden love in this collection. First crushes and last rites; dark spells and bright magic; forbidden lovers and enchanted beings -- and always, always the hungry games of desire. Pucker up for a darkly sweet collection of ghosts, shape shifters, fairies, unicorns, vampires, and demons in tales from today's biggest writers of the paranormal persuasion.
 3 stars
(title and author, then brief summary, then opinion then content)

The Assassin's Apprentice by Michele Zink- Rose is a descendant of angels whose parents were killed by the demon Bael. She meets an assassin who has been sent to kill Bael and starts to like him. Even though he says she shouldn't try to get Bael and tries to stop her.
Interesting, I liked it okay but not a favorite. A little bland.
Making out a battle, and angels and demons.

Errant by Diana Peterfreund-Gitta is a unicorn hunter and she's brought a unicorn hunter and she's brought a unicorn for the traditional hunt before a wedding. She thinks Elise is a rich, spoiled girl afraid to get dirty. But surprisingly they come to find that they aren't so different and they both want to save the unicorn from death.
I liked it okay, it was a sweet story. A little round about without much a point and a little boring though.
A kiss and a little violence.

The Spirit Jar by Karen Mahoney- Marie/Moth is a vampire sent to retrieve a book for her master. However she finds it taken by a strange human boy, or so she thought at first. Turns out he needs the book to save someone and she ends up helping him in order to get the book in the end.
Definitely interesting. I liked it a lot and Moth was pretty funny, I liked her character.
28 cuss words, deginn/genie things, vampires, and magic spirit-y stuff.

Lost by Justine Musk-Sasha has always been good at finding lost things. When a stranger pops up and starts giving her lessons and telling her about another realm she begins to do amazing things...maybe even things that are a little scary. And she's attracted to this stranger although she knows next to nothing about him...
I really liked the tie in of Greek mythology especially since the god in the one is one of my favorites. A great short story that like flips inside out from creepy to cool and sweet.
Some magic-y stuff and a god.

The spy who never grew up by Sarah Rees Brennan- Peter Pan is the boy who never grew up and while some things have changed (he's a spy for her majesty) there is still something he always wants, a mother.
Oh my wordy I loved this!! This author is so inventive and I really loved it. A little confused in the beginning but at the end? So perfect!!
Some fairies and magic.

Dungeons of Langeais by Becca Fitzpatrick- Chauncey is possessed by a fallen angel (-ish) and is fighting to break free. He steals the woman (Jolie) that the angel cares about and is with and hides her away in hope of being freed from the possession after 200 years.
I liked it alright and I'm certainly interesting in the series now! It was lovely writing.
3 cuss words, angels & demons, a death, mention of a slight romance in the past.

Behind the red door by Caitlin Kittredge- Jo goes to the ash house and discovers a ghost who isn't what he seems.
Creepy turned out okay but not really my type. Too creepy haha.
27 cuss words, murders, ghosts, gay characters, drinking & smoking/drugs (mentioned).

Hare Moon by Carrie Ryan- Tabitha sneaks out to the forest where the unconsecrated zombie like people live. She dreams and longs for adventure meets a guy and goes cuckoo before realizing what she needs to do what is her purpose.
Ehhh interesting enough, good moral but a bit morbid.
Zombie-ish, some injuries, and lust-ish.

Familiar by Michelle Rowen-Witch in training Brenda gets a familiar that turns out to be a semi-on-the-run shifter. A hot one too.
I really loved this one, definitely my favorite and so funny, exciting, and fantastical.
12 cuss words, magic, witches, shifters, werewolves, brief battle, 3 kisses.

Fearless by Rachel Vincent-Sabine goes to Holser house after a long-ish string of crimes. She is a Mara and can tell that something isn't right here...why is no one afraid??
I enjoyed it a good bit. Snarky and a fun mystery with a sweet ending.
18 cuss words, making out, mention of drinking, abuse, bulmia, violence, and bean sidhe and mara.

Vermillion by Daniel Marks-Velvet and Nick go to check out some disturbances in a nearby ghost government outpost thingy. They also meet a strange women, Amie, who they can't quite figure out...
Ehhhh confusing and I didn't like the characters all that much.
19 cuss words, making out, some lust-ish & nudity, ghosts, banshees and possession. Mention of gay.

The Hounds of Ulster by Maggie Stiefvater-Sullivan and Bryant play Irish music but Sullivan is slipping away. They're taking him away and Bryant doesn't know how to stop it.
Ehh interesting but the ending stunk. It was a bit confusing and I didn't realize it was a girl's pov until forever.
13 cuss words, drinking and fey like creatures.

Many Happy Returns by Daniel Waters-Basically a zombie story about kids coming back within a week of their death and being less expressive and this guy waiting for his daughter to come back. Hopefully.
Ehhh a little sad, boring, and confusing (because of it being form another series) and all together it didn't work so great for me. Still okay though.

News Flash

Hey y'all I'm sorry for poor posting these past few weeks and none the worst as this week...I came down a flu/cold thing the past couple days and just haven't been able to get around to nearly anything this week :( I'm wayyyy behind in some areas * coughs * school * coughs * So thanks for putting up with me and I'm definitely going to do a whole lot better :)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ender's Game

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Ender's Saga book one.
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
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In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender's Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
 5 stars.
I had had at least one or two people recommend this book to me, saying it was like Hunger Games and they thought I would enjoy it. And with the movie coming out and all...let's just say I was happy to finally pick this one up :)

Ender Wiggin has just had his monitor removed. They were watching him and now they won't be. His brother will be able to beat him up when he comes home. The bullies at school too. He knows this. So when the bullies attack, he fights back and doesn't hold back. He wins, more than wins. And now they are a little more than impressed. Because they're still watching. A short while later they come for Ender. They didn't take his sister or brother but they took Ender.

He's going to battle school to be train to fight buggers, aliens that look rather like insects who have tried to invade, twice, many years ago. The battle school trains officers to pilots to anyone who will be part of those fighting against the buggers for whenever they return...or if they become ready and attack back first. So at six Ender becomes a target as his teachers seek to put him in tough situations and push him to his limits. At six. But then he's their hope for the buggers destruction...

Pros:Could I say the whole book? Because it kinda felt like that. Seriously, the world building made me want to go and just research the whole place. It was so interesting!! And the book is mostly in space too...so it's just wow. Really fun and exciting. This book definitely kept me reading too! There were fights and just the sound of battle school sounds fun right? They have anti-gravity battle rooms and wars there. It kinda made me think of a Clone Wars episode I saw (with gravity) where the clones were training in a sparse room going through battle formations. There are different armies at battle school, once you get old enough to be in one and there are battles and personal and army standings. And it's like this whole ranking thing going on in several ways too! It seriously was intense. That and what follows for Ender. The plot was super interesting and the ending was wonderfully shocking...I never would have expected it! So yeah plot and world, amazing. I really did like Ender and boy was he a smart and strategic boy! There is a lot of cool strategy going on in this book as well. You can see right off why the teachers and people in charge want Ender to become a general or whatever. Someone big.

Cons:There were times when Ender had been pushed and pushed and I just felt sorry for him :( But apart from those times and a couple confusing things (they never explain some things on earth and at the beginning it's hard to piece what you know together) there are no complaints from me!
Content wise there is a good bit of language (not overly much but a bit), 63-ish cuss words, some crude jokes, beating someone up, injuries, and battles.

Overall, this book was so good. There was so much development character wise, plot wise and the way everything came together was perfect. If this book has been recommended to you, go read it. If it hasn't, I recommend it to you. It's a great science fiction/dystopian book! I would recommend to 14+ teens who enjoy science fiction, good plotting, and some excitement.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

TBR Tuesday:Infinityglass

Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3) 
 The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

 Why I'm looking forward to this book: The first in this series was great. The second was okay. And there is going to be some big showdown, I just know it. So high hopes that this will be a good ending to the series. And even if it isn't...the series had really gorgeous covers, hahaha.Releases August 6th.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (4)

 Wow I am so sorry guys. My mind has been wacko and I've been busy. Seriously, we went swimming and I sorta babysat this morning, then came home, ate, and then went and took a final exam for an online class I took over the summer (keyboarding) and then in about 30 minutes I'm leaving for babysitting again. Aghhh. Yeah. Sorry this is so late :(

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Keeper of the Lost Cities

 The Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. The first book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #1)
Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.”
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.
5 stars.
In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.


I had seen a review possibly (?) and I was familiar with the cover. So when I saw it at my library I grabbed it to try. Wow am I glad I did!

Sophie is a twelve year old girl nearing her graduation...from high school. She's a child prodigy who has been attempted to be hidden from to much attention. She knew she was special. Just not how special she REALLY was. Until one day she meets a strange boy only a little older than herself. He takes her to the lost cities such as Shangri-la and Atlantis to prove that she is indeed an elf. Just like him. Because elves do exist, more than she could imagine!

So now she's discovered a whole new world, a whole new side of herself. Her family isn't realyl her family and in order to survive in the elven world she must forget all she thought was "impossible". Life is very different but she's learning to adapt. Although she has many things to learn and catch up on, she's still as brilliant and special as she was in the human world.

She has very strong telepathic and telekinetic powers. She's special and no one knows why she was left in the human world. How did she get there? Well perhaps not everyone is totally clueless. Fitz, the boy who found her, and his family took her in when she was first discovered. His father still keeps in touch with her and she knows he knows more than he has let on about all that is going on around her. All the older elves think she shouldn't know about her past. And there are so many secrets about herself that she doesn't know!

Pros:Wow. I picked this up because it looked familiar and interesting. I AM so GLAD that I did! This book was amazing. It blew me away, the plot was superb and very developed. I was drawn in nearly immediately and I was so wrapped up I couldn't put it down! The characters and story were very good and kept me interested. The world was wonderful, oh my word. It was just so beautiful. It was perfect, I could see it so well! I really liked Sophie and it just wasn't her past and the secrets but it was also personal stuff. I can't even explain the feel of this book because there were several different ones. She was at this academy. She was out doing stuff, being kidnapped and just wow. Yeah.

Cons:Um....the first chapter of two felt a tiny bit to sudden, like they should have been chapters 3 and 4 instead. I got confused maybe once. It's pretty complex! I guessed a couple thing (which was kinda good, I like that in a plot) but otherwise this was wonderful!
Content wise there were semi-crushes, magic, special talents(telekinesis, telepathy, language talents, fire talent...), kidnapping, and minor-ish injuries.

Overall, I want the next book. Like now. And any other books by this author. I LOVED. It was THE best middle grade I've read in a long while, maybe ever. Teens and tweens who love fantasy and a good book will enjoy. This is clean enough for younger but so developed and well written that a teen or adult could enjoy it a lot!

~so sorry about not posting, I've been really bad about keeping up :(