Friday, April 28, 2017

July Lightning By Shannon A. Thompson|Review

July Lightning (Bad Bloods, #4)
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on May 1st, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 321
Format: e-copy

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name—son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won't be easy. Enemies wait around every corner—and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.
Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice. 

My Thoughts

I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchanged for an honest review. This in no way affects my views or opinions of the book.

You'd think after reading four of Thompson's books you'd eventually get over her poetic writing and not fall completely head over heels over it for the fourth time. Her writing takes you to a different place. You're immediately drawn in from the start. The one thing that I truly admire about Thompson is how each of her books begins. Yes, you want to grab the readers attention, but don't want to be too forceful that it completely rubs the reader the wrong way. Thompson never ceases to surprise me. I'm always hooked from the beginning until the end. Those plot twists! Need I say more?!

Thompson does such an amazing job at establishing the plot, characters, and setting. I hope to someday gain that talent as well. However, it didn't feel as close to the characters as I had in previous books. They didn't feel as genuine as they had before. And though I can't stand love triangles, I'll let this one pass because it wasn't nearly as annoying as some I have read in the past.

Once again it was nice to see some familiar faces (names). I love series that create a set of character and one book and another set in the next book. And when those two sets meet, everything is magical! It almost made my want to read the duologies all over again. And I just might.

Overall, July Lighting was an electrifying (see what I did there :D), heart pounding, squeal-inducing experience. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mindwalker By A.J. Steiger|Review

Mindwalker (Mindwalker #1)
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on June 4th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 400
Format: Hardback

At seventeen, Lain Fisher has already aced the Institute's elite training program for Mindwalkers, therapists who use a direct neural link to erase a patient's traumatic memories. A prodigy and the daughter of a renowned scientist-whose unexplained death left her alone in the world-Lain is driven by the need to save others.

When Steven, a troubled classmate, asks her to wipe a horrific childhood experience from his mind, Lain's superiors warn her to stay away. Steven's scars are too deep, they say; the risk too great. Yet the more time Lain spends with him, the more she begins to question everything about her society. As she defies the warnings and explores Steven's memories, it becomes clear that he's connected to something much bigger…something the Institute doesn't want the world to discover.

Lain never expected to be a rule breaker. She certainly didn't plan on falling in love with a boy she's been forbidden to help. But then, she never expected to stumble into a conspiracy that could ignite a revolution.

My Thoughts

Besides the cliche of a dystopian romance, I found this book to be quite interesting. Overall, the concept had me hooked from the beginning. 
Lain, the strong female lead is a Mindwalker. She has killed. But the blood is not on her hands. Through memories, Lain helps those who wish to forget a certain event. Whether be war or an ex, Lain has got you covered. However, when a fellow classmate requests her specialty, Lain stumbles upon something she shouldn’t have. 
Though I wasn’t completely blown away by this book, I did enjoy some aspects. I was very invested in the process and procedure of mind walking. But the readers are only given that classified information when Lain is mind walking. The story did lack world building. Based on the technology and the attitudes toward the government, it is clearly dystopian novel. But we don’t get much more information than that. In all honestly, I was not a fan of the characters either. Mostly Lain, was underdeveloped and weak. She also came off a little whiny, which immediately turned me off. 
Overall, I liked the concept of the book, but my expectations weren’t blown away.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Little Monsters|Waiting on Wednesday

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Little Monsters hits the shelves July 25th, 2017.

"For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls. Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them. Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident. But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers. Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone. "

What are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten Two is:

Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Love triangles

Contemporary Romance

What books made your Top Ten?

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Releases|April 25th, 2017

Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!

"Lucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, sexual assault, and self-worth, from the author of the acclaimed novel Tease. Perfect for readers of Sara Zarr and Courtney Summers.

Being a pretty girl is who Rosie is, but it’s the start of a new school year and she wants to be more. Namely, she’s determined to be better to her best friend, Maddie, who’s just back from a summer program abroad having totally blossomed into her own looks. Rosie isn’t thrilled when Maddie connects with a football player who Rosie was hooking up with—but if it makes her friend happy, she’s prepared to move on. Plus someone even more interesting has moved to town: Alex, who recently garnered public attention after he stopped a classmate from carrying out a shooting rampage at his old high school. Rosie is drawn to Alex in a way she’s never really experienced for a boy before—and she is surprised to discover that, unlike every other guy, he seems to see more to her than her beauty.

Then one night, in the midst of a devastating storm, Rosie suffers an assault that tears apart her life and friendship with Maddie. Forced to face uncomfortable truths about beauty, reputation, and what it really means to be a friend, Rosie realizes that change doesn’t always happen the way you want it to—every disaster has consequences. But with a lot of help and the right people around you, there might also be a way forward."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mind Games By Kiersten White|Review

Mind Games (Mind Games #1)
Published by HarperTeen on December 3rd, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 237
Format: Hardback

Fia and Annie are as close as two sisters can be. They look out for each other. Protect each other. And most importantly, they keep each other's secrets, even the most dangerous ones: Annie is blind, but can see visions of the future; Fia was born with flawless intuition—her first impulse is always exactly right.

When the sisters are offered a place at an elite boarding school, Fia realizes that something is wrong . . . but she doesn't grasp just how wrong. The Keane Institute is no ordinary school, and Fia is soon used for everything from picking stocks to planting bombs. If she tries to refuse, they threaten her with Annie's life.

Now Fia's falling in love with a boy who has dark secrets of his own. And with his help, she's ready to fight back. They stole her past. They control her present. But she won't let them take her future.

My Thoughts

Why. Why? WHY!
Why did I read this?
From the very little description on and inside the book, I was kind of interested. Long story short, my expectations were completely blown out of the water in the worst ways possible.
The writing was honestly painful to read, especially from Fia's perspective. Let's be honest, most of her content was repeated halfway down the page and then again a few pages later.
I could not stand Fia's character one bit. The inconsistencies in her character made me want to toss the book out of the window. Fia is a hardcore assassin who has been trained to kill anyone in her way or on her friend's strange list. No questions asked. She'll kill the person in order to keep her sister safe. That is until she meets Adam.
Inconsistency #1: After seeing Adam's eyes and love for a lost puppy, Fia declares that she cannot kill him. What? I'm sure she had seen her other victim's eyes and didn't stop for a second to question if she had the guts to kill them or not. But Fia stops for Adam for some odd, out of character reason. 
Inconsistency #2: Fia risks her own sister's life to save a guy she was assigned to kill. Really? If she really was true to her character, Adam would've been dead within seconds. 
Inconsistency #3: As a trained assassin, Fia is completely and utterly chill about being overdosed with drugs Adam injected into her WITHOUT her knowledge. She simply shrugs off the confession as if they were discussing what to get for dinner.
But no book this terrible isn't complete with a useless love triangle! Yes, sir. Mind Games has got it all!
But looking back on the story as a whole, nothing happened at all. I don't even know why I bothered wasting my time with this book.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waste of Space|Waiting on Wednesday

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Waste of Space hits the shelves July 12th, 2017.

"Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality."

What are you waiting on?