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May Wrap Up

I read a total of 8 books this month! I enjoyed everything I read this month.

The Darkest minds: 4 out of 5 stars.
Four: 4 out of 5 stars
The Heir: 4 out of 5 stars
What my Mother Doesn’t Know: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Ignite Me: 5 out of 5 stars
The Queen of the Tearling: 4 out of 5 stars
The Realm of Possibilities: 5 out of 5 stars
What my Girlfriend Doesn’t Know: 4 out of 5 stars

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The Darkest Minds Review

This month I read The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Where to begin. We follow Ruby the main character as she is taken from her parents at the age of 10 and placed into a camp for children with supernatural powers. In this camp Ruby is labeled as a green, or a kid who can solve puzzles and do math in record time. For six years Ruby grows up in this camp until the Childers League tries to break her out.

On the way to the Childers Leagues headquarters Ruby discovers that they are not what they seem and so she takes off. She stumbles upon a car with three other teens like her. I mean ironically they are exactly like her, supernatural and all.

Chubs, Liam, Zu, and Ruby all head onto this road trip to find the Slip Kid. The Slip Kid is rumored to have a paradise for kids with super powers and can even contact your family if you so wish.

This book was a ok book. I enjoyed it a lot. There just wasn’t anything that really jumped out at me. I feel as though I have read this story before. The ending was very good and shocking. I did not see it coming. I am hoping that this was just a introduction into this broken world and that Never Fade is better. I think that this is well worth the read but it was a slow paced book.

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December Wrap Up

So….I took a month off from reading in a slump. I read one book this month which was Branded. You can find the review here and also my rant about ebooks here.

The only other thing I read this month was a Christmas present that my mom gave me. It was a hand written journal to me from my grandma when she was dying back when I was to young to remember much.

I hope you had a much better reading month than me!

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Review: Branded

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This book has been floating slowly around booktube and I love dystopian so naturally I picked it up. We follow the story of Lexi who is taken to be branded. Each brand is a different sin represents by a tattoo around the persons neck in a certain color. Lexi is accused of the sin lust. Therefore she is branded with a blue band and sent to the Hole, where sinners go after they are branded.

I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I had a lot of issues with it but I still really liked the story.

I love this first half of the book. Though there is insta-love which you can tell the authors where trying not to do, the story started off strong. It even made me tear up. But half way threw I got so confused. I feel like the wording and sentences where missing things. It’s hard to explain. It was like saying “I wanted the ice cream,” but it read as “I want cream.” You as a reader had to fill in the holes that where not explained which made it so confusing.

Lexi makes a 360 degree change. I love the Lexi in the beginning of this book. But then she just froze up. She became a different person with a change of the page.

The worst part was the second half’s plot was interesting but I couldn’t believe it with the lack of descriptions. It just didn’t seem realistic. And it was even hard to follow.

It took me a week to get threw the second half of the book where it only took me a day to get half way through.

The good news is the last chapter picked up. Though it was predicable for the ending, it was a good conclusion for this book. And even though I had issues I do plan on reading the next book in this series. In fact I am part of the street team for this series so plan on seeing some updates for that!

If you like dystopian I think you will like this book. Just push through the ending because it is worth the story.

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November Wrap Up

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This month I finished 6 books. Overall I am really happy with the books I read this month. I read a lot of wonderful books!
 
First I read Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber. This is the final book in the Vampire Kisses series. I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending of this series. I found in this book and the one before it Raven wasn’t acting her age. She came off as annoying. And I feel like the scene I have been waiting for throughout this series happened really fast. Overall I liked this series but the last two books weren’t my favorite.
 
Next I finally got to read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and I loved it! I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book and I think it is one of my favorite books that I have read this year!
 
Another awesome book that I read this month was Dark Days by Kate Ormand. This is a fast dystopian book that I believe is a stand alone. It was definitely worth the read. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars and also have a full review up that you can find here.
 
Next I read Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi and oh my god guys! This book gave me all the feels! This is the second book in the Shatter Me series and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
 
Next I read The Young Elites by Marie Lu. This is a new series by Marie Lu. It was slow at the start and there is a lot of back story but I absolutely loved this book and can not wait for the next one! I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars and also have a full review up that you can read here.
 
Finally I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This book is huge but didn’t take long to read. The illustrations are so beautiful and I loved the story which gave me all the feels! I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and have a full review up here.

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Review: Dark Days

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From the moment I watched a review video on YouTube I was dying to have this book. So last week I bought a bunch of new books and finally got my hands on Dark Days by Kate Ormand.

This book was everything that I though it was going to be and so much more. I have Dark Days 4.5 out of 5 stars.

To start I do not like this cover. I think the background is hard to see and the pink in over powering. BUT PLEASE DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER. Especially not this book!

Now I think with all dystopian type books, people who have read The Hunger Games always seek out hunger games like similarities. And yes there are some in this book but this book is completely different than the Hunger Games.

We are introduced to Sia. And she has 15 days left until a cyborg army comes and kills everyone in her sector. Everyone in this sector lives in the same types of houses with the same types of furniture. No one is allowed to be unique and different. The only people in her sector that are not being killed are being taken to the New World. They are being picked because they bring something more into this world than normal people and Sia already knows that here family will not be picked.

I read this book within 24 hours. It was fast paced and gripping. I was shocked at some of the plot twists and the directions they went.

I honestly think this book could have been longer. It could have been a series but in a way I like it as a short book. It is only 250 pages long. If you are looking for a fast dystopian that will engage you this book is for you.

Now like I mentioned before this book does have a few Hunger Games like aspects to it but what I liked the most is one of the characters you meet reminds me of Effie. But this Effie like character goes bad. It kind of makes me image if Effie ever snapped in Mockingjay this would have been her. I couldn’t stop laughing at the image,

I really loved this book. Now I took off .5 stars on it because I felt like there was some repeating paragraphs throughout the book but other than that it was a awesome adventure and I really wish/hope there will be another book like this by Kate Ormand!

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Review: Rainbow Boys

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I read Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez in high school which was almost 8 years ago. Holy cow! Now I do not normally reread books. I don’t like to know what’s going to happen or I lose interest in the book. But when my best friend asked me to read Rainbow Boys with him I said yes.

I gave this book originally 5 out of 5 stars and I kept it 5 out of 5 stars the second time I read it. The story follows Nelson, Jason, and Kyle. Three gay students who are trying to discover themselves. Nelson has embrace his inner gay and is out. Meaning everyone knows he is gay. Kyle is in the closet so to speak. Then we have Jason who has always dated girls but recently is having thoughts about guys.

Rainbow boys shows the bulling that happens in schools and also how hard families take to the news that their child is gay. I love the different points of views we get to see between Jason, Kyle, and Nelson. I also love how Alex Sanchez was not afraid to add in the issue of HIV.

I have read many gay and lesbian books in my life time and one subject that not a lot of authors like to add on is HIV and AIDS. I know because I read all the books in this series that the thought of HIV and AIDS is not just in Rainbow boys but it is also a hot topic in the other two books; Rainbow High and Rainbow Road. And even though HIV/AIDS is a touchy subject I think that Alex Sanchez hit it on the nail. He didn’t make the whole book about it but he didn’t leave the issue out. Instead he gave his best way to tell the readers about how serious safe sex is, male or female.

This is one of my favorite coming of age stories. I think anyone would love this book and I highly recommend it. I think this not only helped me understand my gay friends better and what they were going through but it also touches on some hard topics.

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October Wrap Up

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I read a total of 4 and a half books this month. First book that I read was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is the half of book that I read this month. I would have finished Shatter Me but my copy had a misprint in it and I was hoping that my replacement copy would be in by now. But it is now 3 weeks since I contacted HarperCollins about the issue and I still have not gotten my replacement. 😦
 
Next I read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars and also have a full review which you ca find here.
 
Then I read Vampirates by Justin Somper. I gave this book 2.5 out of 5 stars. I though this book was just to young for me. The story is nice and I understand why it would be a good book for kids but I just could not get into it.
 
Then I read The Selection stories by Kiera Cass. These contained two novellas; The Prince and the Guard. I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. I not only reviews this book but I also did a full series review that you can find here.
 
And finally I re read Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars originally. I have not read this book since freshman year in high school and have decide to keep its a 5 out of 5 star rating. I loved this book. It was great the second time around and I caught a few things that I hadn’t caught when I read it the first time. I will have a review of this book up soon.
 
Overall I feel like I had a good reading month. I finally kicked my reading slump in the face and should have a even better reading month in November.

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Review: The Selection Series

 
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I really enjoyed The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. This series follows America Singer and her adventures in the selection. We start with book one: The Selection were we are brought into this dystopian world were everyone in society is broken up into castes.

Caste 1 you are a royal.
Caste 2 -3 are pretty wealthy families. Jobs include modeling and other more expensive business.
Caste 4-5 are lower middle class. America and her family work in arts and music.
Then there is Caste 6 – the lowest of the casts. These are servants of sorts. Unless you work for the royal family 6’s are frowned upon.
Finally you can be casteless. This means you are lower than a 6. You belong no where.

On top of this caste system, you can only marry within your caste or above your caste. For example if you are a 5 you can marry into a 5 or higher, but you cannot marry lower than a 5. This is not illegal but is very frowned upon.

Once a royal prince or princess is of age the selection happens. Prince Maxon is of age and gets to pick out of 35 girls one to be his wife. American does not want to participate but pressure from family and friends makes her put her name into the pool. And she is picked to be one of the 35 girls to be in the selection. Not only will she be taken from her true love in her home town now she must learn to become a future princess while of course avoiding girl drama.

I gave The Selection 5 out of 5 stars.

For The Elite and The One I do not want to go into to much detail to avoid spoiling others on what happens. I think that people who like contemporary and the bachelor and the hunger games will enjoy this book because it is all theses things in one. I gave The Elite and The One both 5 out of 5 stars.

The only thing I did not like about The One was the ending. It was a good ending no doubt but the drama and everything happened to fast. After I was done with The One I just wanted more. I wanted a bigger ending then it was. It wasn’t that the ending was bad I just wanted more.

Recently I read The Selection Stories novellas; The Prince and The Guard. Together I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars but if I rated them separately I would give The Prince 3 out of 5 stars and The Guard 5 out of 5 stars.

Now these novellas seem that most people either love or hate them. So please do not go by what I say to buy the novellas if you are not sure about them. For me, The Prince was awful. I hated how Maxon acted and wanted him to grow up. Sure this was a novella that took place in the beginning of The Selection but for a prince I had higher hopes for him.

I never expected to like The Guard. I mean I liked Aspen in the books but I never loved him. But in The Guard he surprised me. He was what I wanted Maxon to be!

All in all I really love this series. I can not wait for The Heir to come out! May 2015 get here already!

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Wrap Up: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

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For my first 24 hour readathon I was so nervous! But I did it! Now I didn’t read every hour, that was pretty hard when my mom wanted me to help out with some early Christmas shopping. But none the less I am proud with how I did.

Hours before (ok the morning before) the readathon started, I finished Obsidian by Jennfier L. Armentrout. I counted this toward my readathon books read because the book was on my TBR for the readathin. I already have a review for this book so if you want to hear more on what I thought you can click here.

Next I went to read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This was going really well and I was hoping to finish the book. I was on chapter 36 when I found something wrong with my book. Chapters 37 through 41 were missing and in their places laid a extra copy of chapters 32 through 36. I did mange to get to Barns and Noble during the readathon but sadly they were out of stuck for Shatter Me. I was able to read a total of 248 pages even though I did not get a chance to finish the book. And if you are wondering I was really enjoying the book!

Finally on the last 12 hours I read Vampirates by Justin Somper. I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. The action was a little to slow for me. But I realized when reading it that this was a middle grade book. Maybe even a advanced elementary grade book. So it is understandable why the plot was slow and it was hard to read. It was because I am so use to fast past action and fast world building. Also I love complicated characters and while you get some complicated characters in this book they are not as complicated as I would have liked them to be. Don’t get me wrong this was a enjoyable book but it was just to young for me. I gave it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

In total I read 935 pages. I really enjoyed the readathon even though I had no idea what I was doing other than reading. I know realized that every hour I could have entered the book I was reading and how many pages I had read and also signed up for prizes on the Dewey’s website. I did not know until now, almost 24 hours after the readathon that those things were happening. But even though I didn’t win anything I won getting my TBR pile down for this month which helped and I definitely will be participating in the Dewey’s 24 hour readathin next time! If you want to see what kinds of fun a Dewey’s 24 hour readthon brings you can click here to go to their website.