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{Review} Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Paperback, 452 pages

Published February 4th 2014 by Square Fish (first published February 5th 2013)

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

~Review~

“She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him.”

After falling in love with Cinder, it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on the sequel, Scarlet, and Scarlet did not disappoint. I loved it! While the first book was all cyborgs and disease and political strife, Scarlet rounded out the entire world by bringing in family, felons, wolf people, and war. Oh! And space. This is the second novel in The Lunar Chronicles, which is a re-telling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood. Of course, this is not the classic we’ve all grown up with, this is a completely different and creative spin on the tale. I love, LOVE this series so far! I have always loved fairy tales and this is probably one of the best re-tellings I’ve ever read! Marissa Meyer’s writing is very good and she takes the classic fairy tales of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood and places them in a very unique world that makes sense to the actual story. Very, very unique~ I mean, EVERYTHING about this series is just pure genius. Marissa Meyer has an incredible way with words and an even more incredible way of weaving all these stories together. I mean… she literally manages to include both the smallest and largest of details from each fairy tale without it being obvious or forced. And that’s not an easy task.

Much like the first book I couldn’t put this down, it was captivating from the start.  Cinder, and Scarlet this one was just as addictive and drew me into the world from word one, and I couldn’t stop. I just loved the first book so much and was really looking forward to reading the sequel right away, which is why I bought the series so I could just read them all! haha

“I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.” 

The story starts with Scarlet who is worried sick because her Grandma’s been missing for a couple of days. She’s never done that before so Scarlet knows something was wrong. But of course, the authorities seem to think otherwise. They assume she ran off or killed herself. And of course, they wouldn’t listen. But Scarlet would do whatever it takes to find her Grandma, even if it meant teaming up with someone she doesn’t fully know or trust to get to her.

That’s when she meets Wolf, and learns from her father that her grandmother is held captive by tattooed torturers. I really liked Scarlet and Wolf. A lot more than I thought I would, actually.

Meanwhile, Cinder is escaping prison with the help of another criminal, Captain Thorne. And well… I don’t want to spoil what happens… soo you’ll have to read the book!

“I just think we shouldn’t judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. Crazy notion, I know.” 

Scarlet is such a kick-ass female lead in this book. She’s tough when she needs to be but at the same time very vulnerable, making her character much more relatable. Wolf is a nice addition to this series. His bad-boy persona is one I could swoon over for once, not being tarnished by a controlling or creepy side that, unfortunately, often goes hand in hand with this type. He had charm, tact, and motive; his development bloomed to perfection throughout the novel. AND THE ROMANCE/RELATIONSHIP between WOLF AND SCARLET, soooo cute :3 This book definitely had more of a swoon-worthy romance going for it than the first one.

The book also features most of the characters from the fist book such as Cinder, Kai, Iko and Queen Levana. I thought Cinder became more interesting in this story as we get to start to see the price Cinder is having to pay for her new-found powers. I also LOVED the addition of the new character, Captain Thorne. He adds a touch of humor into the story.

“A captain always knows where his ship is. It’s like a psychic bond.”
“If only we had a captain here.”

When a book features an awesome gang, chaos, war, prison breaks, evil monarchs, bloodthirsty beasts, fights and psychic powers, it’s impossible not to love it ! I mean, there is LITERALLY everything you could ever possibly want in this book, no, in this series~ I highly recommend it!

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Marissa Meyer

~Author Bio~

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on December 21, 2017 in Ana's Bookshelf, Review

 

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Waiting on Wednesday  ~ Before Now by Norah Olson


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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event on my blog; So Many Books So Little Time, which spotlights highly anticipating upcoming new releases.  Usually posted on Wednesdays.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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Before Now by Norah Olson

Hardcover, 208 pages

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Expected publication: December 26th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

~Description~

A harrowing and heartbreaking teen romance expertly told with a reverse timeline, Before Now is another emotionally charged novel from suspense author Norah Olson about a young couple who runs headlong into tragedy while trying to escape their complicated pasts.

The odds were against them, but somehow aspiring astronomer Atty and her troubled boyfriend, Cole, managed to escape their old lives in the rough neighborhoods of Minneapolis and the judgmental eyes of their parents, who couldn’t see that Atty and Cole were meant to be. But they don’t get away clean. Eventually the mistakes and betrayals from their pasts catch up to them. Atty is lying about why Cole is being hounded by the cops and Cole won’t go quietly to jail—or anywhere without Atty. Then the unthinkable becomes reality and the future is instantly unwritten.

Through Atty’s journal, all the intimate details of her tragic romance with Cole unfold from finish to start, including the mystery of what brought them together—and tore them apart.

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What are you waiting on?

 

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Teaser Tuesday (#52)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

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#1:

“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”

#2:

“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”

#3:

“Cress?”
“It’s beautiful out there.”
A hesitation, before, “Could you be more specific?”
“The sky is gorgeous, intense blue color.” She pressed her fingers to the glass and traced the wavy hills on the horizon.
“Oh, good. You’ve really narrowed it down for me.”
“I’m sorry, it’s just…” She tried to stamp down the rush of emotion. “I think we’re in a desert.”
“Cactuses and tumbleweeds?”
“No just a lot of sand. It’s kind of orangish-gold, with hints of pink, and I can see tiny clouds of it floating above the ground, like…like smoke.”
“Piles up in lots of hills?”
“Yes, exactly! And it’s beautiful.”
Thorne snorted. “If this is how you feel about a desert, I can’t wait until you see your first real tree. Your mind will explode.”

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{Review} V Games: Fresh From The Grave by Caroline Peckham


V Games: Fresh From The Grave (The Vampire Games Trilogy, #2)

V Games: Fresh From The Grave by Caroline Peckham

(The V Games, #2)

Kindle Edition
Publication: December 10th 2017

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Selena Grey has faced death and won. Freedom awaits so long as she can let go of the last thing that ties her to the island where the V Games were held. But despite the fact surviving has always been her priority, suddenly, she finds herself torn between her head and her heart.
Meanwhile, the Helsings are about to host a brand new game on the Isle of Lidelse where blood and money rule above all else. But when Selena finds out a devastating truth that puts her loyalty to the test, will she find the courage to go on? Or will she retreat from a life she never wanted, even if that means giving up the one person her heart beats for?

~Review~

*a copy was provided by the author*

AHHHHMAZINGGGGG!

After reading and LOVING the first book, I absolutely needed to read this! And let me tell you I just DEVOURED this novel!!!

As I mentioned in my review of the first book, I haven’t read a GOOD vampire/supernatural book in forever; this one is a very unique vampire book! And I mean it, it’s very different; this trilogy so far is something else! I don’t know why, but I’m so amazed and I feel happy; the first two books have brought me so much joy! Vampire/supernatural/fantasy books are one of my favourite genres and not all are as unique as this. One thing I really liked was the different POVs, I always love when authors do this! I love, love, love knowing what’s going through all the characters minds!

I was hooked from the very first page and was devastated when I finished it and now I’m desperately waiting for the next book!! I NEED IT NOW! LIKE right NOW~ haha *cries* I wish I had a time traveler thingy so I could just hop into the future to read the next book! Gahhh!

Sooo, V Games: Fresh from the Grave, starts off exactly where the first book ended. Selena escaped Raskdød, she’s currently in the middle of the North Sea on a yacht, with no fuel, no food or water and only static when she tries to call the coastguard. If someone doesn’t rescue her she’ll probably die. She’s at the point where she would rather be back on Raskdød with the Helsings than on a yacht in the middle of no where…  Sure enough, a boat sails up with a man, named Ulvic, who comes to her aid, and he knows exactly who she is and while Selena doesn’t know if she can really trust him but she doesn’t have much of a choice since staying on the yacht means death so, she takes her chance with Ulvic on his catamaran. Ulvic actually has his own island Skorpa, which he takes Selena to. Here she meets Ulvic’s werewolves, Reason and Mekiah! I thought the werewolves were a nice addition!  I know werewolves were in the first book, but they didn’t really have a role until now.

Selena has a crazy plan to save Varick, she and Ulvic go all the way back to Raskdød. Which in my opinion was a bad idea, I would never, ever go back there :c … Selena finds herself competing in the games once again, and while this time she has an idea of what to expect, she finds that the Helsings have raised the stakes with a whole new version of the games, on a whole new island, the Isle of Lidelse! Also, this time it’s huge, luxury hotel, casino, strip club, hot springs spa even the V Experience where you can actually kill vampires plus of course the games themselves. And let me tell you, IT IS BRUTAL! I thought the games in Book 1 were bad, these are sooo much worse! 

This is novel two; so I definitely don’t want to ruin or spoil anything… Mhmm, maybe I kinda did spoil a few things buuuut, I mean, its soo hard for me to not tell you everything!! Oh and the cliffhanger; WoWW, WOOW, WOW! There were many things in this novel took that I was definitely not expecting. I absolutely love this world the author created. I love every aspect of this series; it’s entertaining, action-packed, fast-paced, adrenaline pumping, intense and super twisted. 

I cannot wait until the next novel is released. I highly recommend this series!!

Check out my review of book 1: V Games by Caroline Peckham

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~Author Bio~

Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on December 18, 2017 in Ana's Bookshelf, ARC, Review

 

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{Review} Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa


Children of Eden (Children of Eden #1)

Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa

Paperback, 288 pages

Published May 30th 2017 by Atria/Keywords Press (first published October 1st 2016)

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

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What would you do in order to survive if your very existence were illegal?

Rowan is a second child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden.

utside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron Al-Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world.

As an illegal second child, Rowan has been hidden away from the ruthless Center government in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run.

~Review~

I used to watch Joey, from when he had 100k subscribers, but now I hardly even watch YouTube. I had seen Children of Eden the video he posted, and the synopsis sounded interesting enough that I eventually picked it up. There are two things that should be noted about this book before picking it up. The first being that it isn’t written solely by Joey. I know there is no indication on the cover, it clearly states on the title page that it is with Laura L. Sullivan. And the second thing, while this book is ostensibly a standalone, it really is not. The story does not end with any kind of resolution and actually leaves more questions than have been answered. I know there is a second book that was released a few months ago, whether I read it, is the question…

“But alone is good. Alone is safe.” 

Children of Eden is a dystopian novel, set in a post-apocalyptic world where the sole survivors of Earth now live in Eden, where everything is regulated, including the human population. Each family is only allowed to have one child, in order to preserve the little amounts of food that exists in Eden. Second Children are illegal and are usually killed before they are even born. Those who have been hidden away in secret by their families, usually live a life of imprisonment and are not able to live a normal life, unless they are able to obtain black market lenses that are used for identification, and assume a new identity. Rowan is a Second Child and comes from a well-respected family who have the means to buy her a pair of lenses and a new identity. However, having this new identity and freedom means that she can never see her family again. When Rowan learns about this, she has her first act of rebellion and escapes from her house for a night. There she meets a friend but this taste of freedom leads to dangerous and tragic consequences. Soon, she finds herself on the run from the Greenshirts and meets other Second Children along the way.

“For a second I marvel at the technology humans can create. How did we get to be so powerful, but so destructive? With so much intelligence, couldn’t we see the point past which one begets the other?

I have mixed feelings on the writing. While most of the writing was good and better than I had expected going into the book. I liked the world in this book a lot. It was well conceptualized and nicely described. But there was too much focus on World-Building, I felt like the there was hardly any character building… In my opinion it seemed as if, instead of letting the characters and plot develop organically through the writing process, the writers decided upon certain elements and wrote around them.

Like in many, many, many other YA novels, there is a preoccupation with eyes. A major plot point in this story is the people of Eden get fitted with  “kaleidoscope” lenses that make them look “flat”. Then, of course, the government that is lying to everyone. Classic. And before I forget to mention the pubescent children who somehow are able to break into government buildings and take down armed guards. Another Classic! AND Of course, what’s a story without love/affection? Love that is immediate and unwarranted. Also, a love triangle…but not any love triangle; a bisexual love triangle. Which was cute and all, BUT DEVELOPED WAYY TOOO FAST… like unbelievably fast, and it felt extremely forced… I felt like there wasn’t much leading up to the ‘love’ part…. it was basically, from the moment of actually meeting Lark … ‘Lark, Lark, Lark, Lark, Lark, Lark,” I thought, “I wonder what Lark is doing, etc” (not a quote from the book, just my way of looking at the insant love)… Mehh… 

“Lark rolls toward me, propping herself up on her elbow. She looks into my eyes and says solemnly, “I chose you.”
Then, slowly, she bends until her lips touch mine. Her lilac hair tumbles over us, and though it I can see the stars shining. Oh Earth, they’re spinning! They’re dancing…”

I wouldn’t say this was a completely original story line, it did have some originality and it was entertaining at times. I thought it included some interesting elements, small twists and turns throughout the story that kind of kept me on my toes and turning the pages. But it’s definitely similar to other worlds that I’ve read about before. Having said that, I do think that too much of the book was dedicated to the world building and there wasn’t a lot of anything else in the novel.

One thing that was distracting and took away from the gravity of the plot was the fake curse words that peppered in throughout the book… I felt like the fake curse words were a bit stupid and very unrealistic. Though it became humorous to read the characters exclaiming “bik” or whatever like that during what were meant to be emotionally devastating situations… Yeah very unrealistic… This was one of the reasons why I’m rating this a 3.5 … 

All problems aside, the story is intriguing, and I really did enjoy this book. It was an easy, quick read that was kinda fun. I think this is the first and last book of Joey’s I’ll ever review. Also, I’m not sure if I’ll read the next book in the series. I recommend it to those of you that like typical YA dystioian books. 

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~Author Bio~

Joey GraceffaJoey Graceffa is one of the fastest-growing personalities on YouTube. A popular brand ambassador, he has partnered with Topshop, Audible, eBay, and H&R Block. In 2013, between his daily vlogs and gameplay videos, Joey produced and starred in his own Kickstarter–funded supernatural series, “Storytellers,” for which he won a Streamy Award. He also starred in The Amazing Race on CBS and returned in 2014 for the all-star edition. He grew up with his family in Boston before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment.

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on December 14, 2017 in Ana's Bookshelf, Review

 

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In My Mailbox (#35)


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In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. The purpose of this meme is to share books purchased/received with readers. These can be ARCs, books purchased, books requested for review by authors and publishers, eBooks, free reads stumbled upon and audiobooks. Posted randomly and sometimes twice a week.

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~Recent Purchases~

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Ahhhh finally got the second book in the EndGame series! I can’t wait to read it~

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I often post pictures of the books I purchase/ARC received/am currently reading on my bookstagram ~ Instagram! Be sure to follow to see what books I get!

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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in In My Mailbox

 

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Teaser Tuesday (#51)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”

#2:

“She sighed, annoyed at her restlessness. “So,” she said, disrupting Wolf in another backward glance.
“Who would win in a fight—you or a pack of wolves?”
He frowned at her, all seriousness. “Depends,” he said, slowly, like he was trying to figure out her motive for asking. “How big is the pack?”
“I don’t know, what’s normal? Six?”
“I could win against six,” he said. “Any more than that and it could be a close call.”
Scarlet smirked. “You’re not in danger of low self-esteem, at least.”
“What do you mean?”
“Nothing at all.” She kicked a stone from their path. “How about you and … a lion?”
“A cat? Don’t insult me.”
She laughed, the sound sharp and surprising. “How about a bear?”
“Why, do you see one out there?”
“Not yet, but I want to be prepared in case I have to rescue you.”
The smile she’d been waiting for warmed his face, a glint of white teeth flashing. “I’m not sure. I’ve never had to fight a bear before.”

#3:

“Kai neared his desk again, seeing that the fugitive’s profile had been transferred to the screen. His frown deepened. Perhaps not dangerous, but young and inarguably good-looking. His prison photo showed him flippantly winking at the camera. Kai hated him immediately.”

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Posted by on December 12, 2017 in Teaser Tuesday

 

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