Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves|April 2017 Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly or monthly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.



Purchased:


Sent to me:



What books did you get this month?

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
Rating: 

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
Rating: 

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
Rating: 

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? 


Monday, April 17, 2017

New Releases|April 18th, 2017


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




"Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love."

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Disappearances By Emily Bain Murphy|Review



The Disappearances
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on July 4th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Rating: 

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

My Thoughts

I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been on the hunt for mystery for some time now. I thought for sure my search had finally come to an end when I found this book. Unfortunately, my search still continues.

The Disappearances was not what I was expecting at all. I imagined urgent and fast-paced writing that would draw out the mystery to the very last page. Sadly, shortly after diving in, the story became incredibly slow, the middle especially. I found it hard to want to keep reading. I had no motivation or sympathy for any of the character to care what happened to them in the end. 

I think The Disappearances is an interesting concept but wish it carried throughout the entire book. In the middle, it was almost as if the mystery had been put on hold. It wasn’t until the end when the story finally began to pick up again. But by then, there were only a few pages left.

For the most part, the characters were well developed and had some depth to them. However, there are many similar characters to them outside of this book in other mysteries. They didn’t feel genuine. They were more there to lead the story in the direction the author wanted and not in their own direction.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Daughter of the Burning City|Waiting on Wednesday


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Daughter of the Burning City hits the shelves July 25th, 2017.

"A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires. Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show. But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered. Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. "

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

July Thunder By Shannon A. Thompson|Review


July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3)

Published by Clean Teen Publishing on April 10th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 3
Format: e-copy
Rating: 

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name—citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.
Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That's when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who's attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery—and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.
Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed. 

My Thoughts

I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchanged for an honest review. Thank you so much, Shannon! I absolutely love this new addition to the Bad Blood series!

Like always, I absolutely admire Thompson’s writing ability. The development of her characters never ceases to amaze me. In just a few pages, we find out so much about the characters. Thompson does a fantastic job at establishing each of the characters goals. They feel genuine. But most importantly, they are relatable. And with the addition of new characters comes new abilities. Nuo's ability is, by far, my favorite. However, The mixture of different POV’s really added to the story. New perspectives. New abilities. New situations. 

From the start, Thompson grabs your attention. You’re sitting on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait too long for answers. 

Seeing familiar characters helped tie the book into perspective. With a new political movement on the horizons, the plot took off in all different and exciting directions. The world building was phenomenal! Also, can we just take a minute and look at that cover!

I hope to dive into July Lightning soon!

Monday, April 10, 2017

New Releases|April 11th, 2017


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



"It all started with the burning of the spindles.
No.
It all started with a curse...

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king's headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora's blood--and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.

Spindle Fire is the first book in a lush fantasy duology set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines."


"A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. 

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. 

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word? 

The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”"


"Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given."





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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Garden of Thorns By Amber Mitchell|Review



Garden of Thorns
Published by Entangled Teen on March 6th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 370
Format: eARC
Rating: 

After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.

My Thoughts

I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One word. Predictable.

I cannot count how many times I found myself foretelling the outcome of every situation within this book. 

After reading the synopsis and gazing at the cover for an unhealthy amount of time, I believed this book was going to exceed my expectations. Unfortunately, Garden of Thorns did not even meet my expectations. I was left utterly disappointed with the lack of world building and character development. 

I did; however, admire the writing style. Though it was sloppy and confusing at times, I thought it united the story in places where the world building or plot failed to. 

Overall, there was little to no world building. There are two countries and they are at war with one another. Besides that, we don’t really get any more information about how their society works. There are a few pieces sprinkled here and there, but they aren’t entirely useful to the plot. 

The characters did not impress me. For the most part, they are your average oppressed group that desires a change in society. My biggest issue with the character was their abnormal healing speed. It is possible that I may have missed the explanation or they just have a high tolerance for pain. However, continuing to fight with a deep gash in your shoulder would surely be felt immediately. 

I was not impressed with this book; however, it did have its moments. I would not completely rule this readout but I would also not place it as an urgent read.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Library of Fates|Waiting on Wednesday


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The Library of Fates hits the shelves July 18th, 2017.

"A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough. The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them. Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?"

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Current TV Fandoms|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 Five is:









What made your Top Ten?

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Releases|April 4th, 2017


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



"Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that's now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth's robotic "mech" armies for decades with no end in sight. 

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel's programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis--even though her plan to win the war will kill him. 

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel's devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming."


"Gem & Dixie is the new novel from renowned young adult author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr—a deep, nuanced, and gorgeously written story about the complex relationship between two sisters from a broken home.

Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table; and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other.

When their dad returns for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie, on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she's tried so hard to keep.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr has written her most personal and affecting book yet—an unforgettable story of breaking apart and of coming together again."

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 2017|Infinite's Book Club

April's book is...

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray



Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that's now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth's robotic "mech" armies for decades with no end in sight. 

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel's programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis--even though her plan to win the war will kill him. 

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel's devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Joining is easy!

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