Goodbye 2015!

Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe that it is already the last day of 2015! It seems that this year has passed by so quickly. It was a very busy and exciting year for me. It has also been a year filled with some amazing reading! I had a little bit of a tough time deciding what my best book of the year was, but I just kept going back to a book that was sent to me to review in May. I happened upon a post asking for reviewers when I very first started my blog, and I decided to give this author a try on a whim: I am incredibly thankful that I did! Not only is the first of two books that I have reviewed for him this year my favorite book of the year, he is my favorite new author of the year:

Chemical Burn by Quincy J. Allen

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This novel is a Sci-Fi Thriller, and it is awesome! I still think about it, and I am really hoping for more in this series! Mr. Allen is a cross-genre author, and he does it flawlessly. His other novel, Blood Ties (you can find my full initial reviews for both of these on the blog) is a steampunk/western. It never seems forced when he crosses the genre barriers, the words and stories flow beautifully. I cannot wait to read more from this author. If you like sci-fi, you really should check this novel out. I hope that you will fall in love with his writing, as I have.

Thank you all, again, for indulging me and keeping me going on this blog. I hope that you all have a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve!! As always, thanks for reading.

-T

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, Book 2)

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Author: Veronica Rossi

Series: Under the Never Sky

Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 368

 

After being forced to separate at the end of the first book, Aria and Perry are finally reunited in the desert. Aria has spent much of their time apart with Roar, training both her battle skills and their shared gift. Perry has gained a group of faithful followers, and has become the Blood Lord of the Tides. When Aria accompanies him back to the Tides, though, they are not a fan of her due to her being a Dweller. Events stemming from this, as well as a deal that Aria had to make in order to save Talon, force her to steal away in the night with Roar without Perry’s knowledge. When Perry finds out, he knows that he has to stay with the Tides rather than follow after them, and do his duty as Blood Lord. They all have a goal, a mission, to accomplish separately before they can come back together.

The second book in the series was actually more interesting than the first, in my opinion. The world and character building continued to improve, as did the relationship building. Several relationships were strengthened in this book, as well as those that completely fell apart. The story line got even better, as we watch Perry try to figure out the best way to be a leader to what is now his tribe and keep his relationship with Aria together at the same time. Aria seems to have settled in to the world outside of Reverie now, and she is trying to find her way as and prove herself to be more than a Dweller. More interesting characters are introduced that should play an interesting role as he story progresses. I think that the last book in this trilogy will be quite interesting to see how it plays out.

 

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, Book 1)

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Author: Veronica Rossi

Series: Under the Never Sky

Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 400

 

Aria has lived her entire life in the enclosed city of Reverie, where the only glimpses of a world outside of hers that she has seen have been artificial ones through her smart eye. That is, until a horrible event finds her exiled from her protected city and thrown in to the land known only to her as The Death Shop. She knows that she is sure to die out there, as her immune system is not made to withstand the world outside of the carefully controlled environment of Reverie. Perry has lived his life as an Outsider, a Savage. He is a gifted hunter for his tribe, where his brother is a blood lord. He is marked, meaning he has special abilities. When he and Aria meet, he is on a mission of redemption, after his nephew was taken while in his care. They soon realize that they can help one another, if they can stand each other long enough.

This is the first book in a trilogy, and it is a promising start. It has some interesting elements to it: the enclosed pod-like cities, the ether in the skies, etc. The characters were well developed and the world building was great. It read fairly quickly and only dragged in a couple of places. I am interested enough to read the next book in the trilogy to see what happens to Aria and Perry, as they continue on their journey. If you’re looking for something quick to pick up, this may be a good one to grab!

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, Book 3)

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Author: Pittacus Lore

Series: Lorien Legacies

Genre: Sci-Fi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 416

John (#4) and Nine managed to escape the Mogadorian compound- barely- but they lost Sam in the process. They are on the run now, and trying to figure out where to go and what to do next. Six, Marina, and Ella, along with Ella’s Cepan, are trying to find Eight in India and return to America to meet up with the others. They know that they all need to be together now, because the Mogadorian leader has come and the big battle is looming. Six manages to get separated and captured during travel, and no one knows where she is or how to find her. No one knows where Sam is either. All that they know is that the safest place that they ca be is together, even if it is in the middle of danger.

This installment had even more ups and downs than the previous one. There is definitely more action and battle involved in it, and many more questions that are just begging to be answered- like where is that last freaking Garde member?! The story switches POV’s several more times than the last two did, so I had to pay a little closer attention to it. I’m definitely curious to see how it all plays out, now.

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, Book 2)

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Author: Pittacus Lore

Series: Lorien Legacies

Genre: Sci-Fi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 448

In this second installment of the Lorien Legacies, John (#4), Six, and Sam are on the run after escaping the Mogadorians in Paradise, and are trying to find the rest of the remaining Nine. We are also introduced to Marina (#7), who has been hiding away in an orphanage in Spain for far too long. Her guardian hasn’t been doing her job very well, and Marina knows that she needs to leave soon. The problem is that she doesn’t know how, or who she can trust.

I Am Number Four was a great introduction to the series and had some good action in it, but this one was much more action packed than the last! I also enjoyed getting to know more about the different characters, their legacies, and how they have survived all of this time. This series is turning out to be a lot of fun to read.

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, Book 1)

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Author: Pittacus Lore

Series: Lorien Legacies

Genre: Sci-Fi

Publisher: Harper

Pages: 448

When their planet was destroyed by Mogadorians seeking to steal their resources, because they had killed their own planet, nine Loric children gifted with Legacies (special gifts) escaped with their guardians. A charm was placed on them so that they could only be killed in number order, so long as they remained separated from one another. The Mogadorians have already hunted down and killed the first three, and are tracking the others. John Smith is Number Four. His Legacies have begun to develop, but will they be strong enough by the time that he is found?

I waited a while to start this series, because I was afraid that it was going to be like The Maze Runner was for me all over again. It really wasn’t. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Unlike a lot of the sci-fi that I read, I didn’t have to think too hard about it to follow it, since it is written for younger readers to enjoy. It has a good story line and character development that made it enjoyable for me to read, too. I’m interested to follow the story and learn more about the other kids and their legacies, and to see what develops if more of them come together. It ought to be fun!

Just A Little August Update

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to say hi and give you guys a little update on my reading for the year, so far. I have already exceeded my reading goal for the year, granted a good bit of that was re-reading series that I read again every year (*cough* Harry Potter *cough*), but still! A lot of that has been due to this blog, so I thank you for keeping me going. It has been a bit stressful, with having to change blog sites, and only being able to recover so many reviews, but overall it has been a lot of fun. There are still a lot of books to be read this year, and a lot of reviews to be written, so thanks for hanging with me and making me at least somewhat relevant. 🙂

So far, my best book of the year is still Chemical Burn by Quincy J. Allen. That review was, thankfully, one that I was able to recover, so it is on the site. It was amazing, and I am so glad that I was privileged enough to be chosen to review it for him. If you are a sci-fi fan, you have to read it! I still think about it after all of this time, and I need more of it in my life… I’m looking at you Mr. Allen! Here’s the cover again, so that you can find it:

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Thanks again for following the blog! Love you guys!!

-T