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Book Title:
Empress of a Thousand Skies
Book Author:
Rhoda Belleza
Publishing Date:
February 7th, 2017
Publisher:
Razorbill
Date Read:
February 5th, 2017
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

Empress

Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive

Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he's forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

Madman

With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

My Review

“Honor, loyalty, bravery.  Revenge.” Empress of a Thousand Skies is definitely a fast paced adventure from the very first page until the end of the book, without a boring moment in between.  In fact, you really have to try your … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Iceling
Book Author:
Sasha Stephenson
Book Series:
Icelings, #1
Publishing Date:
December 13th, 2016
Publisher:
Razorbill
Date Read:
December 9th, 2016
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

Lorna’s adopted sister, Callie, is part of a mysterious group of non-lingual teens, Icelings, born on a remote Arctic island, who may not be entirely human. Now Callie wants to go home.

Seventeen-year-old Lorna loves her adoptive sister, Callie. But Callie can’t say “I love you” back. In fact, Callie can’t say anything at all.

Because Callie is an Iceling—one of hundreds of teens who were discovered sixteen years ago on a remote Arctic island, all of them lacking the ability to speak or understand any known human language.

Mysterious and panicked events lead to the two sisters embarking on a journey to the north, and now Lorna starts to see that there’s a lot more to Callie’s origin story than she’d been led to believe. Little does she know what’s in store, and that she’s about to uncover the terrifying secret about who—and what—Callie really is.

My Review

This book has been on my radar since I first heard about it months ago.  It seemed like it was going to be the perfect blend of science fiction, family relationships, and a whole bunch of twists that were sure … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
The Infinity of You & Me
Book Author:
J.Q. Coyle
Publishing Date:
November 8th, 2016
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Date Read:
November 4th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?

Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.

My Review

The first thing that I noticed about this book was how absolutely stunning the cover was.  I know, don’t judge a book by its cover and all that, but really, it’s so beautiful.  And incredibly fitting for the story, too. … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Scorch Trials
Book Author:
James Dashner
Book Series:
The Maze Runner, #2
Publishing Date:
October 12th, 2010
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Date Read:
July 27th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch--the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction--and they're determined to survive.

My Review

I don’t know how I feel about this book.  I’m completely torn between liking it and being so bored I kind of just wanted to skip to the last few chapters just so I could stop falling asleep and dropping … Continue reading

3 stars
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Book Title:
Alight
Book Author:
Scott Aigler
Book Series:
Generations Trilogy, #2
Publishing Date:
April 5th, 2016
Publisher:
Del Ray
Date Read:
March 9th, 2016
Source:
eARC from publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis

In Alive, Scott Sigler introduced readers to an unforgettable young heroine and a mysterious new world reminiscent of those of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising. Now he expands his singular vision in the next thrilling novel of this powerful sci-fi adventure series.

“If it’s war they want, they messed with the wrong girl.”

M. Savage—or Em, as she is called—has made a bewildering and ominous discovery. She and the other young people she was chosen to lead awoke in strange coffins with no memory of their names or their pasts. They faced an empty, unknown place of twisting tunnels and human bones. With only one another to depend on, they searched for answers and found the truth about their terrifying fate. Confronted by a monstrous enemy, they vowed never to surrender—and, by any means, to survive.

The planet Omeyocan may be the sanctuary Em and her comrades seek. But the planet for which they were created turns out not to be a pristine, virgin world. Vestiges of a lost civilization testify to a horrifying past that may yet repeat itself. And when a new enemy creeps from the jungle shadows, Em and her young refugees learn there’s nowhere left to run. They face a simple choice: fight or die.

In the midst of this desperate struggle, their unity is compromised from within—and a dangerous zealot devoted to a bloodthirsty god moves to usurp Em’s command, threatening to lead them all down a path to violent doom.

My Review

This book, like the first book in the series, is really difficult for me to review.  I guess that it doesn’t help that I read it months ago, and then kind of got distracted by tons of other things (like … Continue reading

3.5 stars
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Book Title:
Change Places with Me
Book Author:
Lois Metzger
Publishing Date:
June 14th, 2016
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Date Read:
June 16th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and hair don’t suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There’s no more sadness in her life; she’s bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who’s still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

My Review

“‘It’s as if you’re not here.’ Rose felt her throat tighten.  ‘So where am I?’ ‘Somewhere else.’ Rose couldn’t believe it.  What was she talking about?” I feel like that quote right there could probably sum up this entire book.  … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
The Maze Runner
Book Author:
James Dashner
Book Series:
The Maze Runner Series, #1
Publishing Date:
October 6th, 2009
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Date Read:
June 1st, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

My Review

Ah yes, The Maze Runner.  Until now, it has been one of those books that I have been seeing and hearing about for years..and there’s even a movie out for it now.  Honestly, I don’t know what took me so … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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Book Title:
Dark Energy
Book Author:
Robison Wells
Publishing Date:
March 29th, 2016
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Date Read:
March 27th, 2016

Synopsis

WE ARE NOT ALONE

Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest, killing thousands of people. Since then, nothing–or no one–has come out.

THEY HAVE ARRIVED

If it were up to Alive, she’d be watching all of this on the news from Miami, Florida. Instead, she’s the newest student at a boarding school not far from the crash site–because her dad is the director of special projects for NASA, and if anything’s a special project, it’s this.

AND THERE’S NO GOING BACK

A shell-shocked country is waiting, glued to televisions and computer screens, for a sign of what the future holds. But when the aliens emerge, they’re nothing like what Alice expected. And only one thing is clear: Nothing will ever be the same again.

My Review

I do love YA science fiction, even if it doesn’t seem like I read enough of it.  So, in an effort to go about changing that, when I heard about this one, I decided that I was going to read … Continue reading

3 stars
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Book Title:
Beyond the Red
Book Author:
Ava Jae
Publishing Date:
March 1st, 2016
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Date Read:
March 7th, 2016

Synopsis

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

My Review

I really love science fiction and fantasy, but for some reason, I find myself not reading enough of it.  So when I heard about this book, I was more or less through the roof about reading it, because I had … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Bluescreen
Book Author:
Dan Wells
Book Series:
Mirador, #1
Publishing Date:
February 16th, 2016
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Date Read:
February 24th, 2016

Synopsis

Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. One of those connections is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.

My Review

Bluescreen is a gripping science fiction thriller that gives us an interesting look into what our future might end up looking like, particularly if we keep making technological advances at such an accelerated rate. Marisa loves playing the virtual reality … Continue reading

4 stars
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