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More Than This

Finished May 11th, 2015

Author: Patrick Ness

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4 Stars

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A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.

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I really enjoyed this novel. Admittedly, it took me a while to get into the story, but even when I couldn’t I really enjoyed the writing. I found More Than This to be a pretty solid read.

I always hear people (particularly on BookTube) say that they want to go into a particular book blind. Until now, I have never really understood that feeling. The synopsis is in itself rather vague and I feel that was the intention. Also, John Green blurbed this book (just saying).

If left to my own devices, I don’t think that I would have picked up this novel (it was a Kris Kringle gift that I received last year), but I am really glad that I read it and am looking forward to picking up Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy.

To quote John Green, “Just read it”.

True Calling (True Calling #1)

Read from May 3rd-4th, 2015

Author: Siobhan Davis

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4.5 Stars

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Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent preoccupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

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A futuristic novel with dystopian vibes that had a touch a paranormal, True Calling was enthralling right from the start. Aside from a brief interlude when I had to physically force myself away from the book so that I could get some homework done, I could not put this book down, and hence neglected a stack of homework that I should have been doing instead… And who needs sleep on a Monday morning anyway? Pfft… *shakes head* No joke, some of my notes that I jotted down while reading included “just let me do my homework!!” and “I just want to read!! Why??” Yeah, so that happened…

So much happened in this book. Plot twists; huge character and story arcs; mystery; rebels; friendship; love; political intrigue; a Selection-like contest (except not); great family relationships and a range of dynamics; homo and bisexuality and what that means in terms of going from a modern society who largely accepts the different sexualities to a corrupt government controlling what was set out to be the perfect utopia; and so much more. As you can probably tell, chaos ensued – which I loved.

The only criticism that I have for this book is that despite the disasters that ripped the world apart and decimated the human population affected our entire species, on both Novo and Earth we only seem to hear about Americans. I mean, what happened to the rest of the world? In this reality, the claim is made that in 1996 various leaders from countries all over the world formed an alliance and started working on Nova – yet we don’t appear to see these other countries at all.

On a similar note, how did the new government come to be in power? Who chose? How were they chosen? Because they obviously weren’t the best choice… What’s the deal with the extrasensory abilities? The dreams and Ariana’s “6th sense”? What are the origins? Why do only a select few have them? Is there any correlation between them? Were they “chosen”? Maybe it has to do with one of the disasters that racked the Earth? Can the government impregnate people with their hormone injections? I have no clue, but I do love to speculate.

May I also note that the title was very aptly chosen – it tied into the story really well. Plus, the cover is beautiful. I mean, look at it.

True Calling was such a great, enjoyable read and I am super grateful to Siobhan Davis (the author) for approving my request on NetGallery for a copy of this book (and the next one!) in exchange for an honest review. She actually has a WordPress blog which I will be sure to check out and you should too. I cannot wait to dive into Beyond Reach which is the second installment in the series.

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

Finished on 27th February, 2015

Author: Rick Yancey

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5 Stars

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The 1st Wave took out half a million people.

The 2nd Wave put that number to shame.

The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.

In the 4th Wave you can’t trust that people are still people.

And the 5th Wave? No one knows. But it’s coming.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs.
Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth’s last survivors.

To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

To give up or to get up.

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The 5th Wave is a brilliant novel with a great plotline and interesting, engaging characters. Personally, I found it to be a great entrance into the sci-fi genre.

I found it really interesting that aside from your regular chapters, Yancey divided up the novel into 13 sections, varying in length, which represent a different point of view. Obviously some points of views are repeated, such as Cassie and “Zombie”‘s, but I find the idea to be quite ingenious. In the midst of the apocalypse, it is great to know what’s going on simultaneously at different locations. Sammy’s POV broke my heart, especially when “Nugget” was introduced to “Zombie”.

I loved Cassie from the get-go. She is not only the first dystopian heroine to actually actually stock up on tampons (that I have read), but she loves books and comes from a family of book lovers. Also, she is totally kick-ass while remaining completely human in her flaws and mistakes.

Ringer was also kick-ass awesome, and rather intelligent. Indeed, I believe it was her (or was it Zombie?) that figured out what the 5th Wave was. Zombie’s quest to make Ringer smile was absolutely adorable…

“Don’t you get it? The minute we decide that one person doesn’t matter anymore, they’ve won.”

Evan. I loved him, but initially I was incredibly skeptical of him – particularly after we see inside the head of the Silencer. He was seemingly too good to be true, and yet… He saved Cassie and I truly believe that he loves her and is willing to die for her. As for his biology… Who cares? It’s choices that form a person, not where they come from. Evan is a brilliant character and I loved him – especially how he dealt with situations.

“It’s hopeless. And it’s stupid. It’s suicidal. But love is a weapon they have no answer for. They know how you think, but they can’t know how you feel.”

“I’ll find you Cassie. Don’t I always find you?”

I want an Evan…

I hated Vosh with a passion – still do, really. When he appeared a second time with Camp Haven I was incredibly suspicious.  Everything seemed to fall into place but then he confused me with his talk of breaking points and started to convince me that he really was for humanity. Perhaps that was merely my wishful thinking coming into play. Either way, Vosh = Bad.

As a whole, The 5th Wave was action packed and, if done correctly, would look great on screen. Which apparently is happening – IMDB has the release date as 27th January 2016, which I’m super excited about. In particular, the rescue scene was brilliant, enthralling, can’t-take-my-eyes-off-the-pages-in-fear-I’ll-miss-something awesome. Everything just came together and it was amazing.

The end (by which I mean the last page or so) was dissatisfying. I ship Ben and Cassie too much in their respective relationships to be okay with it. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Infinite Sea – I need more Evan. More than that, I need more Evan and Cassie.

I highly recommend The 5th Wave to all those interested in a brilliant dystopian, sci-fi, apocalyptic, action packed, romantic novel. I now have a very strong urge to go out and buy The Infinite Sea immediately, despite already having an extensive pile of books to be read and hardly any time to read them.

Shadows (Lux #0.5)

Finished on 29th December, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.
 
Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.
 
Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.
 
Captivated. Lured. Loved.
 
Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself. 

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First of all, I would like to commend Jennifer L. Armed trout on creating such a beautiful, enthralling, captivating, well-written series. Lux is and will forever be one of my favourite series.
Shadows was the perfect prequel – another Armentrout gem. We finally got to see what Dawson and Beth we’re like before everything went to hell with the DOD – and they are so cute together!! We also got to see a lot of Adam and the Black family dynamics – and yes, I still love Daemon even though he’s a total ass. Daemon’s love for Dee and Dawson touched my heart so much.Though, I still wanted to bash Andrew and Ash over the head – multiple times – with a shovel – or just stick Daemon on them (like that was going to happen but I can dream, can’t I?)
I love how there was a heck of a lot of links and foreshadowing incorporated. There was so many times when I just wanted to scream at Dawson, Dee and Daemon that everything would be fine, they would find love and the DOD would go to hell.
Along with Ash and Andrew, I SO wanted to murder Will – more so, actually. Knowing what happened, what was going to happen and the unnecessary pain that everyone would have to go though just broke my heart – all because of that pathetic excuse of a human being.
Shadows was an absolutely brilliant read and I highly recommend it. Whether you read it before Obsidian, after Opposition (like I did) or somewhere in between, you certainly won’t regret it.
Awesome Quotes
Give up, young one, the Arum taunted, rising into the dark sky. You can’t defeat me. I promissse to make it painlesss.
Dawson gave a mental eye roll. Sure the Arum would. As painless as eating the last ice cream in the house and facing down his sister.
Bethany:
Glancing down at the table of paints, she frowned, knowing there was no way she’d get that hue of green right.
Yep, not obsessed at all.
Dawson:
He was obsessed.
Unable to remember the last time he had been this close to hyperventilating, which was amazing, since he didn’t really need to breathe, he glanced down at his phone. Again.
“What?” he demanded.
“Did you just…clean a dish?” Dee backed away slowly, blinking. She glanced at Daemon. “The world is going to end. And I’m still a vir—”
“No!” both the brothers yelled in unison.
Daemon looked like he was actually going to vomit. “Jesus, don’t ever finish that statement. Actually, don’t ever change that. Thank you.”
Her mouth dropped open.”You expect me to never have—”
“This isn’t a conversation I want to start my morning with.” Dawson grabbed his book bag off the kitchen table. “I’m so leaving for school before this gets more detailed.”
Then Ash twisted toward Daemon, her cheeks flushed. “I can’t believe you’re allowing him to do this. Next thing we know, you’ll be dating a human.”
Adam’s laugh followed. “Someone needed to put Andrew in his place. I always figured it would be Daemon. Who knew.”
“You’re my brother. The only one I have, so I am stuck with you.” He hugged Dawson back. “I do want you happy. And if Bethany makes you happy, then so be it. I’m not going to lose you over some girl.”

Opposition (Lux #5)

Read from 10-13th November, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

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Wow. Jennifer L. Armentrout never disappoints, and Opposition was no exception. Fast, action-packed, sassy, smooth, sexy, ripe with anticipation, plot twists and characters we all know and love, Opposition was the perfect finale to this absolutely stunning series. (Not to mention, the cover actually looks good! Seriously, you have no idea how glad I am that she’s had the covers redone.)

Jennifer has the amazing ability to draw you in and have each and every one of her characters either capture your heart or make it cold as stone. They’re all so relatable, amazing and real. Not to mention, I would kill to have a relationship like Katy and Daemon – they are just brilliant and so in love it’s crazyEven Beth and Dawson & Archer and Dee have brilliant relationships – I want some of that! Their strength in each other, unconditional love and support, compatibility, taking the other a they are and loving all of them – every flaw and personality trait, physically, emotionally, mentally… It’s truly awe-inspiring.

The plot was brilliant, with great developments, unseen surprises, heart-renching discoveries, light-hearted moments and new friends. Opposition truly has nothing in it for me to criticise (except for a typo on page 308, but that’s beside the point). Well, that and the fact that I have to re-read Obsidian to find out what on Earth Daemon told Katy on the last page! Gee, thanks Jennifer. Thanks a lot.

Recommended to mid to late teens and older, the series finale of Lux is a truly worthwhile read that will whole-heartedly suck you in.

 

“I broke every rule of my kind to heal you and keep you with me. I married you and burned down an entire city to keep you safe. I’ve killed for you. Did you think I’d forget what you mean to me? That anything in this world – in any world – would be stronger than my love for you?

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“And we are trying to fix it,” General Eaton responded. “Unless you all have something we haven’t thought of, then there is no other option.”

“I don’t know.” I pressed my fingers to my temples. “We could really use the Avengers right about now.”

“Screw that. We need Loki,” Daemon retorted.

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“You’d get jealous if she hugged a tree,” Archer tossed out.

“Maybe.” Daemon coasted to a stop in a parking space behind the car. “I’m needy like that.”

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Taken out. Deal with. I was starting to sound like a mobster.

Or Luc.

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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

Read from 22-23rd September, 2014

Author: Alexandra Bracken

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5 Stars

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

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Can I cry now? Please?

This book – I can’t even begin to say how absolutely amazing The Darkest Minds is. I have nothing but praise for this absolutely stunning, heart-wrenching piece of work.

The plot was thick, with hidden twists and turns all over the place. It was real, believable and I formed a real connection with the story in itself, as well as the characters – who, might I add, were absolutely fantastic. Chubs, with his medical skills, bad eye-sight and love of books; Zu, with her beautiful personality that made you fall in love with her time after time, so sweet and adorable, your heart breaks for her; Liam, the perfect guy – innovative, protective, a great leader, seeks the good in everyone and is just so pure; Ruby, with her kick-ass attitude, her wicked abilities that she wants to control, but will never abuse, her desire to protect her friends, her will to put others first, no matter what personal cost. I just fell in love with them all!! And, (please don’t kill me here) I also kind of fell in love with Clancy, so… yeah.

I was going to wait to read the rest of the series until I bought them, but… Well, let’s just say that despite the ginormous pile of books on my bedside table waiting to be read, that isn’t going to happen – this series is just too good.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in a dystopian, slightly supernatural/adventure read that has characters that will warm your heart and break it in the same sentence. (Okay, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but seriously, it’s amazing)

Buddy Read: What’s Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles #1) – Review

Read From 6-9th July, 2014

Aaaaaaand here it is! The final review ;). Thank you go those of you who have travelled with Stefanie and I this week as we’ve progressed through Kat Zhang’s first instalment of the Hybrid Chronicles What’s Left of Me.

I would also like to thank lilnerdling for allowing me to borrow her copy of this book and Stefanie for buddy-reading with me.

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4 Stars 🙂

What’s Left of Me is a dystopian novel based in a world of hybrids – that is, two souls in one body – but who end up “settling” at a young age – as in, one of the two souls permanently leaving. Those who don’t are considered “abnormal” and are hunted and feared. In this world, the government press all sorts of propaganda and lies against hybrids and foreigners, leading people to believe that they are “unnatural”, “dangerous” and “to be feared”.

I loved the world building in this book. It was enthralling and while what they did to the people of the Americas without them even knowing and to the hybrids made me sick, that’s how you’re supposed to feel.

Addie was quite frustrating for most of the book and there were times when I felt like tearing my hair out because of her. In the beginning, she came across as somewhat spoilt, but she seemed to grow out of it as the story progressed. Thankfully, she did change, growing a backbone and becoming strong, I really grew to like her in the end.

Eva was so sweet, and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her – trapped, paralysed and unable to move. I’m so glad that she got her chance! I love her and Ryan together and even before anything really happened, I shipped them so much!

I feel that we didn’t really get to know Devon all that much. He was the hacker, and rather anti-social. While I selfishly wish that something will happen between Addie and him, I know that that’s not going to happen (synopsis of the third book).

I love Ryan!! He is so cute, and obviously cares very deeply about Eva. He’s the mechanic and the coin sensors he made are just so awesome! Not to mention, he’s a bookworm too ;).

Hally and Lissa were just the best. While I couldn’t find much distinction between their personalities, I really enjoyed their character. I felt so sorry for them though – a half foreign hybrid? That’s just the hight of social outcast. Also, it’s always amazing when there’s a character with the same name as you that you really like :).

My heart went out to Lyle. He was just touched me so much and was filled with so much life. Since it was inevitable that Addie/Eva were going to have to stay in the hospital, I’m so glad that it meant that he was able to be healthy again! He, too, was a bookworm, which was super cool.

A point that I am really curious about is hybrid marriages. After Addie’s reaction when Eva and Ryan kissed, it brought this up in my mind. After all, they are two different people, and I really hope that this is a concept that will be explored further as we venture deeper into the trilogy.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable novel and I’ll certainly be on the lookout for the other two books.