Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: Captive

Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2)For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

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I really enjoyed the first book in this series. There was a lot of excitement and I loved the world building. So I've very excited to pick up the second book in her newest series November 25th! It looks amazing!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost Review

The Paladin Prophecy (The Paladin Prophecy, #1)Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he's capable of--physical and mental feats that should be impossible--and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.

Co-creator of the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks, Mark Frost brings his unique vision to this sophisticated adventure, which combines mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.

Check it out on goodreads! 5 stars 

What I liked: Where do I begin? I loved the world-building and the school grounds are so awesome. I would totally love to visit ;) With a very large coat. I also really loved how the plot just grew and grew and kept adding on. There are literally no boring parts to this book! It's exciting in the first chapter, it's exciting in the last chapter, and everywhere in between. I remembered some of the plot from before so I don't actually remember if I guessed anything...I don't think I did...

Anyway, plot, world-building, excitement...all amazing. I really like the writing style it flows really easily and it doesn't treat you like your stupid. It gets you into the character's head and dives into the plot. I want to say that the writing is deep, and it sort of was. But it was deep and intense without seeming very intense. Which is pretty talented I think.

The characters are really diverse and in my case I fell in love pretty easily. They're all really interesting and funny. They're not all smart and it does a good job of illustrating the importance of intelligence and doing what you want in the future and believing you can create that future. It also shows that even if you aren't as smart you still have your talents and can use them just as well. Another thing I really loved about this book, and I can remember loving it the first time I read it too, are the rules that Will's dad has made up. And they're really great and wise rules. And it also adds a very unique element to the story.

What I didn't like so much:I really can't think of anything I didn't like.

Overall, this is such an amazing book and I enjoyed it just as much rereading it as I did the first time. There's honestly not anything that I can think of that I didn't like. Everything was on point and very well written. I would highly suggest this book if you enjoy fantasy/action/adventure and I'm planning on forcing my brother to read it :D

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman Review

Blonde OpsPitched as The Devil Wears Prada meets James Bond for teens, featuring a fashion magazine intern in Rome who uncovers a plot to kidnap the First Lady.

Expelled from yet another boarding school for hacking, sixteen-year-old Rebecca

"Bec" Jackson is shipped off to Rome to intern for Parker Phillips, the editor-in-chief of one of the world’s top fashion magazines. But when a mysterious accident lands Parker in a coma, former supermodel and notorious drama queen Candace Worthington takes the reins of the magazine. The First Lady is in Rome for a cover shoot, and all hands are on deck to make sure her visit goes smoothly.

Bec quickly realizes that Parker's "accident" may not have been quite so accidental, and when the First Lady's life is threatened, Bec is determined to uncover the truth. On top of that, Bec must contend with b****y models, her new boss, Candace, who is just as difficult as the tabloids say, and two guys, a hunky Italian bike messenger with a thousand-watt smile and a fashion blogger with a razor-sharp wit, who are both vying for her heart.

Can Bec catch the person who's after the First Lady, solve the mystery of Parker's accident, and juggle two cute boys at the same time? Blonde Ops is a fun, action-packed romp through the hallways of a fashion magazine and the cobblestone streets of Rome.

Check it out on Goodreads! 4 stars. 

What I liked:Well for one, hacking is pretty cool. I'm too lazy and dumb to learn how but I would love to be able to magically do it. So that makes Bec pretty cool. I also liked that she had her own sense of style. The flavor of this book was European and pretty fun and lighthearted. Until people started getting into car accidents and kidnapped! So while there is a lot of sneaking around and the ending is pretty exciting, the overall pace of this book was pretty moderate. So it's not quite Alex Rider speed, but good in its own way. I enjoyed the writing style and the mystery of figuring out who was behind everything. The romance was alright, pretty cute I guess.

What I didn't like so much: Bec could come across a little annoying, sometimes she would be told not to do something and she'd just do it without much caution. So that got on my nerves some. Obviously some of the characters are written to be annoying but sometimes Bec's impressions of them at first cloud her judgment. I also found it weird that she was torn between two guys. I mean I know that it happens a lot in books but it bugged me a good bit in this one because, to me, it felt like she was leading them both on a little bit. Dunno. There were times where things got a little slow but it typically picked up pretty quickly.

Overall, I found this book to be pretty unique and I liked it for that. The settings was great, the mystery was interesting and I don't think I figured very much out of it. I may have guessed one plot twist, maybe? Either way it was exciting and a fun book! I enjoyed the spy element and the hacking a lot, maybe the most (along with the setting). If you like a good spy-like book I would recommend it! And I'm thankful for my librarian for recommending it to me ;)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: Catalyst

Catalyst (Insignia, #3)The explosive conclusion to the series reviewers have likened to Ender’s Game and “Hogwarts-in-Space”

This exhilarating, explosive, and heartrending conclusion to the Insignia trilogy brings Tom and his intelligent, passionate, and brave young friends stunning tests and dangerous confrontations and through to an impossible future they could never have predicted.

Tom Raines and his friends are eager to return to the Pentagonal Spire to continue training for the elite Intrasolar Forces, but they soon discover troubling changes: strict new regulations and the revelation that the Spire is under new military control. What begins as an irritating adjustment soon reveals a dangerous shift in reality. Those now in control are aligned with corporate sponsors and their ruthless agendas. And when the military academy begins welcoming new cadets with suspicious neural processors, the first step in a plan with horrifying worldwide ramifications, Tom is desperate to stop it, even if that means keeping secrets from his closest allies.

Then a mysterious figure, the other ghost in the machine, begins fighting against the corporations, but with methods even Tom finds shocking. And when the enemy comes for Tom, how much can Tom endure in the battle to save himself? He must decide if he can still fight when the odds of success seem to be sliding from his grip.

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I really loved the first two books. The writing is great, the characters are brilliant, the world building makes me drool, and the adventure is just plain awesome. I would definitely recommend this series and I'm definitely dying for this book to comes out! Sadly, I have to wait until October 28th ;-;

Monday, August 4, 2014

Skylark by Meagan Spooner Review

Skylark (Skylark, #1)Sixteen-year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.

Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it’s Lark’s turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it’s been stripped.

Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city’s clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She’s heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret—but can she stay alive long enough to find them?

Check it out on goodreads! 3 stars.

What I liked:I liked the dystopian/fantasy/steampunk genre and vibe. It's a mix of steampunk like machines in a dystopian world that run on magic. Which lark also has. So it's very interesting and unique. I liked lark. Because while she was special and strove to be special she didn't let it make her become big headed. That's probably in part due to what she had gone through escaping from those who only wanted her power with no regard to the toll it would have on her. She also had a good genuine care for human life. The plot was interesting enough I did have a few issues with it but it was alright. Not super complex but there are a few mysteries yet to be solved.

What I didn't love: the plot could be confusing. The first few chapters were very confusing because you don't know what all the names mean that she's talking about. There was also a few other minor times I got confused, but I think the beginning was the main part. There is maybe a few chapters in the middle that were a bit slow. It's hard not understanding larks power but I assume it's partly because she doesn't understand it either and partly because it will be explained at another time in a future book.

Overall, I was pretty happy with this book. Once I got past some confusion and into the story it was enjoyable. I wouldn't say it was an amazing book but it was a good one and I plan on finishing the series! :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Art Of Lainey by Paula Stokes

The Art of LaineySoccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they're sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few "dates", it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What's a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you're meant to be with if you're still figuring out the person you're meant to be?

Check it out on Goodreads. 4 stars.

I'm literally so behind on all of my reviews, super sorry! I enjoyed this book, it was my first by this author and I liked her style a lot. I didn't really know what to expect, I just knew that it was an anticipated release this summer/late spring. Although it had a somewhat predictable and some might say cliche plot (boy leaves girl, girl tries to get him back with the help of guy friend and ends up falling for the guy friend), but the writing style was fun and I liked the characters. :) It was spunky and fun, Lainey was very unique and I really enjoyed her and Bianca's friendship. The way they used The Art Of War was great. It really had some wise ideas and I enjoyed the way the author had the girls apply them to the win-back-the-boyfriend-mission. There was also a bit of soccer thrown in, which I liked but as Lainey was reinventing herself in some areas and really looking at her life it wasn't focused on it as much. Which is alright, but I enjoyed the soccer-y parts :) I may have gotten a little bored here and there but overall I really did like this book and I would definitely pick up another book from this author and read it!