Title: The Wolves of Winter
Author: Tyrell Johnson
Published: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Title: The Wolves of Winter
Author: Tyrell Johnson
Published: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Author: Scott Reintgen
Published: September 21st, 2017
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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Disclosure: I was sent this book for review. As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.
Every life has a price in Scott Reintgen pulse-pounding new sci-fi adventure, Nyxia, as a group of teens are taken to the far reaches of the universe and forced to decide what they’re willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune.
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden-a planet that Babel has kept hidden-where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.
Nyxia has been on my radar for a long time. It’s genre has increasingly become more frequent on my bookshelves and with my huge love for the 100, this looked like it could fill that void in my bookish heart after finishing the series so far. When I was given the oppertunity to read NYXIA (thank you, Beth!), I jumped at it, obviously. And I even have a code for you guys to use for money off Little Wren UK – an Etsy store with the cutest designs! Check out the bottom of this post for all the info you’ll need for that!
Emmett Atwater is given the chance he could only dream of in this near-future dystopian masterpiece. Along with nine others, he’s given the opportunity by the Babel Corporation to compete against each other to get to Eden – a new Planet; a place that only eight of them can make it through to. But Emmett knows that something about it doesn’t feel right and doesn’t sit well with him. The other recruits aren’t wealthy, either, and they want this just as much. Still, he knows that if he doesn’t win, his life won’t improve. He wants to save his Mother’s life and get back on the right track. But as he becomes close to the other recruits and feelings get tethered, along with suspicions about Babel, Emmett isn’t so certain anymore.
One thing is for certain with NYXIA, and that is that it’s life changing. It’s got this certain thing that just makes it so likeable and I couldn’t put it down. There’s the huge diversity which is a huge plus for me because it’s about time that there was. Another, is that all the characters had functional and meaningful places in the novel and they didn’t just feel like secondary characters. I could bond with them, and Emmett, in the same way that you like to when reading a book.
Overall, NYXIA is a must-read for fans of the 100, The Hunger Games, and Science-Fiction lovers. I cannot wait for the next novel, Scott. It was unpredictable (in the best way), brilliantly paced, had characters that were flawed (and showed their true strengths and weaknesses) and made me turn pages fast and root for them. It had me totally fixated on the inner workings of the bigger picture, also. I dare you to not be a fan of Nyxia by the time you’re finished. Huge five stars!
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Title: Mind Games
Author: Teri Terry
Published: March 5th, 2015
Publisher: Orchard Books (Hachette)
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Title: Red Rising
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Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
Juliette was such a strong person on the inside (and out), that her narration, even when she was feeling vulnerable and weak, lit up the pages like fireflies. I couldn’t really compare Juliette’s narration to anything I’ve read before, but she had a very bold personality alike Tris (from Divergent), that ultimately made me hooked and commanded to continue reading constantly.
Adam, who I was certain I might hate after the first few chapters in the Asylum with Juliette, turned out to be my second favourite character of the book. I’m definitely hoping that him and Juliette do get a chance at things in book two (no spoilers please!) because they did have something I just can’t explain that was just, to put it simply; beautiful.
As for Warner, he was in my opinion, a broken person. I think that he had been through a lot that we haven’t maybe seen yet and that he did have some sort of fascination with Juliette that came across in two different ways in alternate chapters; strange and adoring. It was nice getting to have a peak into his imagination in the back of Shatter Me with the journal/log entries. I do really want to see his character explored a little more and yes, even though I am team Juliette/Adam for now, I want to see how things with him and Juliette would’ve played out.
Kenji! He was quite the character. He reminded me a lot of Patch from Hush, Hush, just because of his charisma and how I can imagine him making a joke of everything, not forgetting that he hit on Juliette multiple times with Adam around, and would risk her deadly touch. He was just a real fun character to have as a sort-of sidekick and the ending chapters for me when a secret of his was revealed, I was totally taken aback! In a really good way.
I can’t put into words how
brilliant enchantingly phenomenal Shatter Me truly is. I can’t wait to start Unravel Me as soon as I can, but will say that even after that last page was closed, I’m still thinking about it! Tahereh really does know how to write a story to get hooked on. Time to join the fandom for this one, I guess! Big fan.
Title: The Only Boy
Mary’s never seen a boy—the Matriarch cut the pictures of men from the textbooks—and she doesn’t suspect Taylor’s secret. If she knew, she might understand the need to stop the girls from teasing him. If she knew, she might realize why she breaks the rules, just to be near him.
Taylor should go. The Matriarch is watching his every move. But running means leaving Mary—and braving the land beyond the compound’s boundaries.
I’m actually so happy that Jordan contacted me about The Only Boy, because it is exactly what I was needing. I hadn’t heard of The Only Boy before I read it, but there were a few reviews (highly praising) so I went in with a good image of what I thought it would be like. And I love the cover. It looks very fitting to the dystopian image.
The premise of The Only Boy was pretty explanatory. We did delve into the storyline right away, but by the middle I was absorbed until the end in just one weekend of reading. I felt that I could understand how it would feel that Mary and Taylor were watched by the Matriarch all the time with every move they made. It was definitely spot-on for a dystopian world and the society was a very original idea that I loved.
Immediately, we are thrown into the mix of the story in the alternate POV’s of Mary and Taylor. Personally, I felt more compatible reading Mary’s point of view, maybe because her voice just sounded better in my head than Taylor’s, or maybe because I resonated with her as a girl. But nevertheless, with the alternative POV’s weaving quick from one to the other, sometimes I felt a little lost because of that quick-moving point of view, but because it was passed faster than usual, I did like that I didn’t miss out on any of the action.
Mary, our lead female role, is stuck in Section One, surrounded by hundreds of women in a hospital, but being cooped up didn’t stop her mind from drifting. I would describe her state of mind as very “wanderer” as in she was very interested in the times that had passed and liked to think of a time when things weren’t so strict and controlled by the Matriarch. Whereas Taylor holds a very harmful secret that could get him exiled, even killed, that he was a boy in a compound where they aren’t permitted. And after having a connection with Mary, risking breaking the rules would mean being away from her. So does his other choice; running. So there are a lot of reasons why nothing goes smooth sailing for them.
Together, I thought they were pretty much right for each other. By the Epilogue, I was so captivated by their amazing journey and story. I was happy and sad; happy that things were good for them being with each other, but sad that the story was over. It was a bittersweet feeling.
I was pleasantly surprised and caught up in the twists and turns that The Only Boy took me on. It was unique in it’s society and rules, engrossing in it’s words and throughout; amazing. For fans of Dystopia and Post Apocalyptic books, this would be a perfect fit.
Have you read “The Only Boy“?
Title: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered. The same one that got her killed…and one Kitty believes in.
Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.
Pawn will always be a favourite of mine – the first book I read of 2014, too! Not to mention in just a few days I read it all (and insomnia-fueled nights…).
I was surprised with every new turn of events and it wasn’t at all predictable or similar to anything out there…
Kitty was the lead character and of course I liked her best. She was smart, wise and headstrong, all the best things we like in our lead heroines. Even when she was Lila, she was still the Kitty we loved at heart. Seeing her personality stay the same was one of my favourite parts of the transformation between Kitty and Lila. How often can you actually get to walk in someone else’s shoes? It’s such an original plot.
Aside from being newly rich and loved, Kitty still had a boyfriend; Benji. He was sweet and so loyal to her. Even when she had to let him go and leave him behind, they were reunited soon after and I was pleasantly surprised that the romance in the book was very subtle and didn’t divide the Dystopian setting. Just a hint of romance.
Though, Lila had a fiancé, which meant Kitty now had a fiancé. And his name was Knox. There was some unmissable chemistry between him and Kitty, that I wasn’t sure would possibly develop into something else…but I’m hoping for Kitty and Benji, because they were the sweetest. I can’t wait to see what happens with these characters and the rest when the series continues! Definitely one to watch.
This is an unmissable, stunning dystopian novel with the unique and unpredictable aspects that everyone loves. In a league of it’s own, truly.
Recommendations: for anyone who loves YA Dystopia or Post-Apocalyptic novels will love this. If you’re looking for your first dystopian read, then Pawn is also a great starting point and will set a huge bar that so many can’t beat. If you’re a fan of Aimée’s other novels and love her writing style, then you’ll definitely want this one on your shelf!
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I had read a few spoilers online but didn’t take anything into consideration when I started reading Allegiant. I wanted to read it for myself and not take anyone else’s word for it, although I did see that Veronica had to explain the ending because of some really bad reactions to the conclusion, so I ultimately knew something bad had upset some of the fans at the ending of the series. That being said, this is Veronica’s series and I’m 100% sure she wouldn’t just be reckless with characters for effect unless it was her initial plan all along, so I didn’t take that to heart, even though it maybe would come as a shock if a favourite character of mine had died or something.
Tris was…herself. Brave, selfless, hasty and curious. She had changed a little from Insurgent, because I think seeing outside of Chicago had changed her. She could see growing up somewhere else, and a new beginning. But she put all that aside to save the people she loved, most importantly Tobias, and her brother Caleb. I was distraught when she died toward the end. Seeing the way Tobias, Caleb and Christina were afterwards was so heartbreaking. Tobias had lost the last person he could trust and the love of his life, Caleb had betrayed a sister that he loved and just barely got his forgiveness, and Christina had lost her last best friend. But what came of this was a new-found friendship for Tobias and Christina, and that was really amazing to see.
Having the split point-of-view’s was interesting. There was a slight distinction between the two voices but I can understand how some people say they sound alike. But Tris and Tobias were a lot alike, so that’s how I understood it. It was definitely great to see how Tris through someone else’s eyes. One of my favourite quotes that Tobias said about Tris was in a short chapter towards the end about when he first saw her jump first in Divergent. About how her eyes were so stern, so insistent. Beautiful. THAT was a tear-worthy chapter.
I was so sad to see Tori die so early on, even after her brother wasn’t dead after all, and he was safe inside the Fringe. It was devastating, alike Uriah dying and seeing Zeke and Hana say goodbye to him. The, well, I guess it was a sort of farewell to Tris, on the zip-line when Tobias faces his fear to spread her ashes…that was *beautiful*.
And when Tris is dying, that moment when she sees her Mom…I was just so happy and sad, simultaneously. She had finally finished what her mother had started, saved so many lives and the city. She had been the bravest, most selfless of all. Another cry-worthy scene.
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Expected publication: March 18th 2014 by Penguin/InterMix Books
How amazing does this sound?! It’s got that dystopia element that I love, a touch of romance and what looks like a hectic mix of adventure and thrills to rope me in.
Count me in for waiting on this one!
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Title: Aberrant (#1)
In the future dystopian
society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers
its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for
everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question,
including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the
Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children
as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth
birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood
best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment
and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and
thrown in prison.
The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is
unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The
truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one
simple fact would destroy the perfect system.
help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together
they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and
new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they
reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in
order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large
expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts
an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a
world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.
Unique dystopian premises always catch my eye and Aberrant sounded like mix between The Hunger Games and maybe with a dash of Divergent in there somewhere with the whole “perfect system” element, so I was super eager to read this.
The world that Ruth Silver created in Aberrant had me hooked instantly.
The beginning was a very light and steady introduction to the dystopian world, the characters; Olivia; the main character and Joshua; her childhood best friend and future “match” to be married to when she turned eighteen. But unknown to her, Olivia isn’t like the others and is quickly thrown in jail for being brought into the world differently to everyone else and not from the Day of the Chosen. Joshua soon helps her escape and together they go on the run for answers and seek refuge in a new beginning together.
The rules in each town, like Haven and Cabal alike, are very different. So when Olivia and Joshua reach the town of Haven, the system is quite different to get used to and to stay, they have to adapt to this new way. But they are forced to stay knowing that the government is plotting to destroy her and then her secret and Olivia will be gone forever, so you’ll see just why Aberrant is so addictive once you know how these surprising elements keep creeping up and mixing up the appeal with every new unveiling.
I can’t imagine living in a world where everything is selected for me; like absolutely everything–things that make us individuals. It was believable and unpredictable, fast-paced and enthralling in addition. There was strength in the core of the plot, with it’s captivating premise and overall package of promise and connectivity to the characters was great, too.
Olivia was the main character in Aberrant, and although the story is very much about her and how this secret of who she truly is being released into the public knowledge, I couldn’t connect with her fully. I was still mesmerized by the plot and it’s structure, and although Olivia was a perplex and interesting character, on a level of 1 to 10 I probably connected with her around a 6, which is still understanding her to some level. Nevertheless, her and Joshua were a great team of characters that I felt is quite rare to read of in a book.
Overall, Aberrant is a quick-paced and surprising novel for fans of all the best Dystopia out there at the moment, including Ally Condie and Suzanne Collins. I was very impressed and loved reading Aberrant. It was one of those books that is just really easy to get into and leaves you with a feeling that you’ve read an amazing story at the end.
Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Um. No thanks. Lina’s already fallen in love with a boy she met online named
Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his
When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among
the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin
to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the
outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy
would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?
Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only
ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and
companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for
her that she never thought possible.
She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.
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I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our
cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat
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I have a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College,
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