Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

DangerousMaisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There's no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?

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I was a bit scared to start this book. But then I was excited at the same time. Shannon Hale was the first YA author I read and the first YA book I read was her book, The Goose Girl. She's been a favorite of mine for a very long time. She's been, sadly, quiet lately. She had a middle grade book come out last year and I was a little disappointed with it. Partly because I expected a lot and also because I was older and so some things I see differently than I would have if I were still a tween. However with this book I was pleasantly surprised. And really happily surprised. I wasn't sure what to expect so I didn't even think about it that much. I'm pretty sure that I had read the summary before I picked it up and I knew it wasn't going to be the more...girly (fairy tale-like) type that most of her books have been like. So I pick it up and I'm very happy with this more dangerous genre that she is writing in. It's kind of science fiction/superhero/adventure I guess. It's a really lovely book and I think that it's a good different that she is trying. I thought that her writing style had a nice flow and it fit the genre. 

Maisie was a very sweet character and I liked her a lot. She and her best friend Luther were adorable together, such nerds. I really liked her for being geeky, it was cool and it definitely helped her in her mission to save the earth. Wilder I wasn't especially sure about. There were times that I liked him but then others where I didn't trust him at all. In the end I did like his character though. I liked Maisie's parents as well as the other adult characters in the book (excluding Wilder's father). The rest of the fireteam had some issues. I liked them in the beginning but once they started changing...well yeah. Which brings me to the fireteam and you know the...artifacts or whatsits. They were awesome. And cool. And everything that makes my nerdy fangirl scream. They were just amazing. I mean techno, thinker, strength, shooter, and a body armor like disc thingy that bonds with you and gives you nanotmites or something and you get these awesome abilities...superhero much? I loved it. It also helped some of the less exciting parts to be interesting because it would usually be something about how they worked or just something. But really, there weren't many slow parts. It was really exciting and there were some great plot twists as well!!
5 stars
Overall, I was very very happy with this book and I cannot wait for more from Shannon Hale because she is a great author. I would love to see more from this sort of genre as well because she did a great job with it!
Other books by Shannon Hale.
Sorry this was a day late :o

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing

romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines 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.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

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I was so scared to start this book. I was scared about it ending and the series that I had grown to love being finished. And last books are always scary because you don't know if you'll agree with the ending or not. But so far everything has been brilliant and masterfully written. Tahereh Mafi has a certain way of writing that is simplistic and artistic and just plain wonderful. It hasn't stood out as much so far in this book however. I'm as in love with Kenji and James as ever. And right now I honestly prefer Warner to Adam. I hadn't completely switched over in Unravel Me, like so many others did. But after the way Adam has been acting I'm switched over fully. I like this new Juliette a good deal. She's much stronger and seems to know what she wants but she hasn't forgotten about her relationships. She's somewhere in the middle I guess. I like it. (picking up now that I've finished the book) Wow. I think that this was a really good ending to the series. I think that the final battle scene was a little off, it seemed to easy for some of the things Juliette did. But then you have to step back and remember how powerful she is. So it just sat a tiny bit wrong with me. But everything else I adored. I loved Warner and Juliette's relationship and I switched to Team Warner during the first chapter. I'm not sure if it was partly because I had read Unravel Me so long ago or just Warner's actions compared to Adam's in this book but it was really no contest who won my affections. Kenji was adorable as always and just hilarious. really. I loved his friendship with Juliette too. I loved Juliette in this book because it was her getting ignited. Rather like Katniss becoming the girl on fire ;) She stood up for herself and put her fears and doubts behind her and went after what she wanted and took it. She was strong in this book, she still had help from her friends and she still had problems but she didn't let the things that got in her way slow her down. Girl power ;) This book wasn't like super exciting with battles and stuff, but it was a fast read for me because I wanted to know what was going to happen and I wanted to know the ending. Also the writing style flows very easily and just draws you in. And the ending was pretty exciting ;)
5 stars
Overall, I was quite happy with this book. Even though I'm sad that the series has ended it was a really sweet and lovely ending and I just loved it. The characters and writing style were amazing and the plot was interesting and well done as well. And the was so swoon-worthy ♥.♥ If you like dystopian, pick it up. If you're looking for something in romance but a bit more exciting grab it. If you read the other two books but haven't read it yet...READ IT! ;) :*
My review of Shatter Me

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Going Rogue by Robin Benway

Going Rogue by Robin Benway Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver.

Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux.
Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo.

Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names.

Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.

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I wasn't exactly sure what I was to expect from this sequel. It turns out that I was really happy with the way it was done. Picking up where the first book (Also Know As) has left off we find Maggie still learning how to balance spy life and a normal life, probably even struggling with it a little more. We also get to find out more about how far gone the agency that she and her parents work for has be infiltrated and how many agents have been compromised. Which was quite interesting. So in the spy areas I found it was really strong although towards the end it took on a Gallagher Girls feel...hmmm. You get introduced to some new characters who I thought were pretty cool. And it got pretty exciting about half way through, too. And Roux....she is always gonna be a favorite character of mine. I like Maggie but Roux is just hilarious!
4 stars
Overall, I think that this was a good sequel. I think that first book was still better...but this one held it's own and it's an awesome and fun spy book!

(sorry if my reviews are shorter with some and longer with others...sometimes I don't write the review until later and my mind blanks :/)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Something Real by Heather DemetriosSeventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show's cancellation, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it's about to fall apart . . . because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™'s mom and the show's producers won't let her quit and soon the life that she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

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This was a really interesting, Even about a week after reading it, it was still present in my mind, I saw some ad in a gossip page about Kate what's her name with 8 kids from Kate plus eight, and I couldn't help wondering about her relationship with her kids and with ex-husband has been affected by the cameras. This really gave you an inside look at the horror that can be reality TV. I thought it was very realistic in the sense that reality TV is very unrealistic and scripted and harsh. 
I absolutely loved the characters!! Bonnie/Chloe was a little messed up but I think it helps us to understand the situation better. Benton, her brother was absolutely and completely lovable. Her besties were so cute and what's his face Patrick or whatever was super sweet and lovely. I got interested in the plot pretty quickly and I thought it was well done. I read it quickly and it's one of the most unique contemporary books I've ever read.
4 stars
Overall, I enjoyed it and it was definitely something that you (or at least I) don't read about in a book everyday. I think it was really well done in expressing how hard being famous can be and especially growing up with it as a child.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.

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Hey guys :) Long time no blog. Or at least one that wasn't an update. So I guess that long time no review would be a better term. I haven't been reading as much as usual with all the crazy stuff that has been going on, but hopefully I'll be able to get back into the swing of things and get back into the reading mood as well.
So last night I finished reading Fever by Lauren Stefano. I read it over maybe five days but there were several days that I didn't pick it up. It was a pretty quick and grabbing book once I got into it. I had read the first book, Wither, some time before, I'm not sure how long a space there had been between the time that I read the two. I remembered some of what had happened in the first book and things gradually came back to me as I read farther. I found that the first...half I guess didn't seem to match the style that was found in the rest of the book and the style that I had been expecting. It demonstrated more of the outside world which is something we hadn't gotten to see as much of in the first book. But despite that fact I preferred the later half of the book much more and I thought it was more interesting and exciting as well. Once a certain plot twist happened things got much more exciting and I tore through the rest of it. I put it down wanting to go and grab the third book and find out what was going to happen....right away!

As for the characters I liked Rhine. I think in some ways she might be a little selfish or foolish but there are reasons behind those emotions/actions and you can tell she's not doing it on purpose. She genuinely cares about the people she loves around her and wants to protect them. And she seems fierce too. And driven. and also unique, with her eyes and all. You just know that she's got something special, especially with all of the hints dropped in this book.
Gabriel was a little weak to me. I'm not sure why. I liked him but I didn't really care that much about him. I thought Silas, Maddie, Lilac/Grace were all lovely characters and I liked them. I think that Vaughn is a sort of good bad guy. He wants to do the right thing but his methods aren't exactly humane. And he's creepy!!! And seems heartless most of the time. Linden I felt a little more sorry for and I felt like I understood him better than Gabriel. Although I still don't know how good Linden is for Rhine compared with Gabriel I think I can feel his character better. I feel like he has more emotion or something. Maybe it was just the emotional ending though ;)
4 stars
Overall, I enjoyed this book and while it isn't a favorite that I'll go out and buy I'll still recommend it to any of my friends who like dystopian and I'll definitely be finishing the series!!! I also really enjoyed the world that the author created, it's a great and memorable one.
I think I'm going to be reading Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi next. I loved Shatter Me and Unravel Me and I'm so scared for this series to end and be...over. And ended :((( But I can't wait to dive in, all the same.