Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)Title: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Format: Hardback (Disney Hyperion | Borrowed)

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Blurb (Goodreads):

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.

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick up this book?

I have heard people talking about this series since last year and the reviews I read were mainly positive. I mentioned in previous reviews before that I’m wary of those over-hyped books as I had bad experiences with some of them. I’m glad that this book did not disappoint me mainly because my expectations weren’t that high despite the hype.

The Plot:

The book is set in America and a few years after young children started dying due to a widespread disease however, some children did not die of it. And children who were suspected of carrying the disease were brought to camps to be quarantined. However, we find out that that’s not true as the government were actually afraid of the children who weren’t infected or immune to the disease. So Ruby, she’s was sent to the camp at 10 and she lied to one of the scientists’ that she was a Green. The children were classified according to their abilities. So the greens were the most normal among all the other colors. So in fact Ruby is an Orange meaning she has paranormal powers which was luckily dormant during her stay in the camp. One day, someone from the inside helped her escape and she claims to be against the government and there to help her. They were about to bring Ruby to their place but Ruby escaped from them and decided to join a gang of other kids who were on the run. Although they said that they do not have the resources to keep her with them, the group allowed her to stay and follow them. These kids were on a quest to find the Slip Kid hoping to contact their family and also to find solace. During their search for the Slip Kid, Ruby learnt more about herself and the world outside.

I felt that it was kind of slow-paced but it was essential that the world-building has a stable foundation before moving on. I kind of got bored after a while, but soon enough there was action going on and things started to move pretty quickly. I find the pacing really comfortable as there are breaks in-between fast-paced chapters and I dont feel that the author is rushing through the plot nor is it too slow to bore me. I really want to find out more about the disease and why is the government so afraid of the kids who were immune to it.

The Characters:

We have got great characters in this book and I really love Ruby’s and Liam’s conversations as well as Chubs. Their conversation really brought me closer to them and I felt more connected to them and could relate to them more. Then there’s Zu, she reminds me of Rue from the Hunger Games 9I’m not sure why). When Ruby and Zu were trying out clothes they really look like sisters playing dress-up which was really sweet. Although Zu does not talk, I really admire the special way they communicate with each other.

The writing:

It was pretty easy to get accustomed to and it was a breeze for me while reading. I wished there were alternating POVs as I felt that it would give the story a much more in-depth and fuller plot.

What do I look for in the sequel?

I wish to learn more about the children’s abilities and how is it related to their immunity to the disease. I also wish to know more about what the government is really plotting and why are they afraid of the kids with immunity to the disease.

Rating: 4/5 stars

4 stars

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Title: Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) Author: Danielle Paige Format: ebook( HarperCollins| Owned) Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository Blurb (Goodreads): I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.But when your whole life gets swept … Continue reading

ARC Review: The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling

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The Diamond ThiefTitle: The Diamond Thief

Author: Sharon Gosling

Format: E-ARC (Capstone Switch Press | Owned)

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Blurb (Goodreads):

No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Rémy Brunel. But Rémy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.

Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?

 

 

I received this ARC from Netgalley  and this my honest review of it

My Thoughts:

The Plot:

I find it pretty okay but not full enough. I also felt that the length of this stand-alone was a little too short for a mystery book. I expected it to be at least 400 pages long. I did not really have high hopes for this book as I have not read any of Sharon Gosling’s book and it’s an ARC so there are bound to be flaws in it. Overall, it was a light read. I felt that the suspense did not really build up to the point which made me want to know what will happen next. I guess that was the downside of this book. I felt that more events could be added and more discoveries. I felt that the discoveries made were done too easily. That’s not how mystery book normally goes. The characters will first suspect and when they investigate further, they end up with dead-ends. So I guess that was what was lacking in this book.

The Characters:

I felt that they were pretty flat and I did not feel connected to them at all. They are pretty much two-dimensional most of the time throughout the whole book. I did not love or hate them and just felt okay with them. It was more of a meh feeling.

The writing:

I kind of like how Sharon Gosling writes descriptions. They are pretty original and it kind of gave me the ambience of the Victorian era. They matched pretty well and that got me settled into the world pretty quickly.

Please do share with me if you have read the published version of this book if there are improvements to the plot.

Rating: 3/5 stars3 stars

Review: Infinite by Jodi Meadows

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Infinite (Newsoul, #3)Title: Infinite (Newsoul #3)

Author: Jodi Meadows

Format: Hardcover ( Katherine Tegen Books| Borrowed)

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Blurb (Goodreads):

DESTRUCTION
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

FLIGHT
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

CHOICE
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

I read the first and second book in January this year and I want to finish the series. As I am participating in the 2014 Series Challenge, I want to clear as many unfinished series as possible. I reserved this book from the library as I wanted to read it ASAP as I did not have any reading plans then.

The Plot:

It was the best of all three books as there’s full of action and there were disputes between characters. And most of the time when I was reading I was like this:

 


 

 

 

 

 

I could not wait to see what happens next to the extend that I skipped several lines to find out what happen.

It was very well paced and it was a total roller coaster. Like in the previous book, Ana and Sam fought and they did too in this book and it was much worse which makes the whole atmosphere really tense. I like how Jodi Meadows added the voices of the Sylph and the Dragons into the plot. It was like Ana was the only one who could communicate with them. And that leads me to my first question which went unanswered. Is it because Ana’s a newsoul or is she really the only one who could do so? When it comes to the final book, I’m mostly looking out for closure. Yes it ended well and Janan is no longer in the picture and so is reincarnation. However, we did not go into detail about the year. In the three books there is the Year of Souls and a few others which were mentioned. There was also Soul Night which was not explained. I kind of felt frustrated as I’m pretty sure the different Years had a meaning behind them something like the Chinese zodiac. As this series revolves around Souls, I think Soul Night is a festival that the people of the Heart celebrates and I was hoping for an explanation in the final book. I was kind of disappointed as this played a role in the world building.

The Characters:

I loved the interaction between the characters particularly in this book. I felt that they were more three dimensional in this book especially the non-main ones like Stef and the others. Their involvement in this book was much more instead of the two protagonist. I usually have hate towards antagonists but this time round its extreme. I really hated Janan to the core as he’s someone whose got power all over in his head. There’s not a single bit of humanity or moral in him at all.

The Writing:

I hardly had difficulty reading the book and it was such a breeze. There weren’t too many flowery words used and neither do I come across parts that beat around the bush. I prefer books which cut straight to the point as the suspense is already killing me. By beating about the bush, I would say its torture.

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Prodigy (Legend, #2) Title: Prodigy (Legend #2)

Author: Marie Lu

Format: Hardcover ( Putnam Juvenile | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Blurb (Goodreads):

 Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the  Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who  thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for  help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they  trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

I read Legend back in 2013 and I really enjoyed it. As I am participating in the 2014 Series Challenge, I want to clear as many unfinished series as possible. I saw it was available in the Library and decided to pick it up.

 

The Plot:

It was much more exciting and thrilling than the first. The first already sort of left me “breathless” the second also did the same to me. In this book, I felt more attached to the characters and my reaction towards their actions and people’s actions towards them was stronger. Like the first, it is written in alternating POVs and im Legend the chapter’s on June’s POV was written in gold and this time, it’s Day’s turn and its in blue. I guess that was what made me want to know what’s going to happen next and increased my reading speed. We learn more about the Patriots and their activities as Day is now working with them. As for June, she learns more about the current Elector who is now Anden (son of deceased Elector). She finds out that Anden was not what she and the people of the Republic imagined him as. It ended with a bittersweet ending and that made me want to read Champion soon.

 

The Characters:

June and Day grew a lot in this installment. Their relationship and trust was also put to the test. When June was working undercover and playing her role in front of Anden, she did not have direct communication with Day at all. As she knows he’s watching her through the cameras, she used signals to hint to Day that Anden is not what they think he is. Also the realization Tess has a crush on Day although in Day’s eyes she’s his sister. That was when I was against how Tess’ actions towards Day and her intentions behind them. Then there’s Anden’s interest in June. This is all going to get pretty tangled I guess in the next book.

 

The Writing:

I really loved Marie Lu’s writing. It was short and sweet. I seldom had to reread lines and that was one of the main reasons I enjoyed reading. I don’t really enjoy books that had me to reread lines as it disrupts the flow of my reading. I’ll be looking forward to Marie Lu’s new series The Young Elites which would be published this year. Can’t wait. I’m fangirling over it now and currently following Marie Lu’s Pinterest board for the book.

 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

 Title: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) Author: Marie Rutkoski Format: E-book ( Farrar Straus Giroux | Owned) Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository Blurb (Goodreads):  Winning what you want may cost you everything you love   As a general’s daughter in a vast empire … Continue reading

Review: Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) Title: Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea (Between #1)

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke

Format: Hardback (Dial| Borrowed)

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Summary (Goodreads):

 You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

 Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes  along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to  happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

 Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something  more?

 Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-  haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you  want to kiss back. 

 Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

 Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a  dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

First of all, I was attracted by its cover which I saw on Goodreads and when I read the blurb, it seems like the kind of book I like to read. Yes I love gothic stuff. I also read the reviews and it seems like a book that I would enjoy and has been pinning to read it until I saw it in the library and I decided to pick it up.

 

The Plot:

Well I must say, it was spooky and gothic and dark. I like it. However, I did not like how things turn out when Brodie (River and Neely’s half brother) came into the picture and the situation was worse than the current one. I felt that the events could be spaced out to allow character to have the opportunity to react to it. Since its going to be a series, I don’t see why is there a need to introduce Brodie to us. I felt that I have yet to know Neely and in came a new character. I felt that it was rather rushed and not properly spaced out. That’s so far the only flaw. The whole paranormal thing really spooked me out. I also like how Violet’s life is somehow linked with her grandmother’s past. With the events happening in town, Violet went to search for her Grandmother’s letters if she left any for Violet to find and she found out that her Grandmother had relations with Jack’s grandfather and also River’s grandfather (if I’m not wrong). I find that whole part really cool and I’m looking forward to more of such stuff in the sequels.

 

The Characters:

The book could have been better if we had stronger characters and I mean Violet and River. No wonder they are perfect match. They simply loose their strength when the other is present. I could not stand it and that is a big no-no. I got tired of them and that hindered my reading. Fine I accept that in the beginning the characters have not grown and the events will help them grow. But no, there isn’t any character development for either of them. Except that they found each other. I guess they did not even have love in their relationship. I guess its infatuation. For both of them. One example is despite River telling lies, she still forgives him. I mean he lied so many times, he’s got a motive up there. She’s just clouded by her own perception of him.

If that’s what you call character development. Then there’s Sunshine. She’s a flashy girl. She practically throws herself at almost any guy she sees.  There’s Luke, Violet’s twin brother. He’s a loose guy, he’s horny and his thoughts were most of the time voiced out. It’s quite sad, they only thing I knew about them at the end (which was obviously stated) that their interest in each other is for real and not to make Violet jealous.  Ughh the characters just fit too perfectly for each other. So we have the weaklings and the loose people. I feel so bad shamming them, but that’s all I read.

 

Rating: 3.5/5 stars