Review:The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

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Goodreads Summary:

Solving the MazeSolving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive. was supposed to be the end. 

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

My Review

I’m so glad I was able to listen to the audiobook of The Scorch Trials so soon after finishing the first book in the Maze Runner series. I definitely enjoyed the sequel but I think I expected a little more out of it than what I was given.

The Scorch Trials picks up right where the first book left off, with Thomas and the rest of the gladers alongside Teresa having escaped the Maze. Though they were rescued by seemingly good people, things go south fast. Things got crazy right off the bat, I couldn’t even process the impossibility of it all. So many questions were thrown at me at once! I couldn’t believe what went down actually happened. And that’s the thing about these books, they constantly make you question the characters’ reality. You never really know if what is happening is real or not or if it’s just a delusion put on by WICKED.

New characters are introduced and plot twist are created that had me all kinds of excited to see how things would turn out. I gotta say, parts of this book made me super angry and frustrated!! I don’t know who to trust now, and I don’t see a happy ending in sight. Thomas essentially has no control of where is life is meant to go. It was heartbreaking to watch him and his friends struggle with each new catastrophe that came their way. If anything, I can’t wait to see how he will get his justice for the way he’s been treated.

Once again, book two concluded with a sense of false hope in the form of a deceivingly positive ending. I don’t believe it for a moment, there is definitely more havoc to come. I look forward to seeing how Dashner can possibly turn things around for these characters. I will most certainly be reading book three or to put it more realistically, listening to book three.

Buy The Scorch Trials on Amazon here! 

Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

Dying sucks
…and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand.

After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

My Review

I have been trying to finish reading Cursed for 6 months now and am so glad I was able to read it at last! I love Armentrout books and when I saw that this was a stand alone I got even more excited. Although, now after finishing it, I’m sad that there aren’t more books.

Cursed is a unique story focusing on the life of Ember, a girl who kills everything she touches. She hasn’t always had this power however. Since the day she got into a car crash and her sister brought her back from the dead, she’s had this deadly touch. She’s lived in the shadows ever since keeping to herself to avoid disaster, that is until she meets Hayden and her world is turned upside down. Soon she’s discovering that there are others with strange powers and the accident that killed her father might not have been an accident at all.

I most definitely enjoyed reading Cursed. I felt for Ember so much, her entire life becomes uprooted in the blink of an eye. She lives in such a miserable state, but seeing her relationship grow with Hayden made the story so worth wild. There were so many questions that got thrown around throughout, I was determined to find out the answers, no matter how predictable some of them were. That was the main flaw in the story in fact, was it’s predictability in the end. If anything, this was proof of how far JLA’s writing has come. I could tell this was one of her early books, though it was still good for sure, she has come so far with her incredible stories.

I would definitely recommend you read Cursed if you’re a JLA fan like me! It’s worth the read! Buy it on Amazon here!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs Movie

It’s that time again, I finally finished listening and reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire since once again, I wasn’t able to listen to all of the book on overdrive before it expired so I finished reading it with my physical copy.

WARNING: BOOK/MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Movie: The movie begins with Harry waking up in the Weasley’s home in preparedness for the world cup.

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Book: Mr. Weasley, Fred, George, and Ron arrive at the Dursley’s house to pick up Harry. They blow up the Dursley’s fireplace using the floo network. The twins purposely drop a toffee on the floor for Dudley to find and eat to which he grows an insanely long tongue, terrifying the Dursleys. (This scene was seriously wonderful!!)

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Movie: Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys go to the top of the stands to watch the game. Harry sees Barty Crouch Jr. (a dark shape to him then) shoot off the Dark Mark.

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Book: The gang meets the house elf Winky at the top of the stands at the World Cup who happens to be the house elf of Barty Crouch who works at the Ministry. She is then found knocked out after the Dark Mark shows up and is then blamed for casting it. 

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Movie: Hermione cares about creatures more than the rest of the gang. Her care for elves is implied but the organization SPEW does not exist. 

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Book: After witnessing how terribly Winky is treated by her masters and seeing the kitchens in which the house elves work at Hogwarts, Hermione is compelled to create the Society for the Promotion of elfish Welfare (SPEW). Ron gives her grief for it the entire book. 

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Movie: Neville is a herbology nerd who is told by Mad Eye about gillyweed and proceeds to give it to Harry to use in the second triwizard task. 

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Book: Dobby gives Harry the gillyweed, we later find out that Mad Eye planned for Dobby to overhear him talking about the plant so that he would give it to Harry.

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Movie: Harry finds Barty Crouch dead in the forest while walking through it with Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid.

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Book: Harry finds Mr. Crouch with Victor Krum after being briefed about the final task. Mr. Crouch is alive at the time and he is rambling about needing to see Dumbledore. You later find out that he was under the imperious curse the whole time and was starting to come off of the spell when Harry found him. We later discover that Crouch is killed.

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Movie: Rita Skeeter is slimy and conniving and writes a false article about Harry and another false article about his relationship with Harry. That’s the last we hear from her.

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Book: Rita Skeeter writes multiple articles on topics that she can’t possibly know any information about. Including the exposure of Hagrid as a half giant to the world. Hermione is continually humiliated by her stories about stealing Harry romantically, to which she receives many nasty letters from fans. Hermione is determined to figure out how Rita is finding out all these secrets and eventually captures Rita who is an undocumented animagus posing as a beetle.

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Movie: Barty Crouch Jr. is revealed to be the man behind Mad Eye Moody and admits his guilt after taking the veritaserum. Not much detail is revealed past that.

 

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Book: Barty Crouch Jr reveals his entire story: how his father broke him out of Azkaban using polyjuice potion and kept his son under the imperious curse for months under the supervision of the house elf Winky. Jr finally broke out of the spell and turned the tables on his father, Voldemort found him shortly after and they set to work on their plan.

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Movie:Harry is never shown explaining the full account of his experience in the graveyard with Voldemort. It is implied that he spoke only to Dumbledore about it.

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Book: Harry tells his story to both Dumbledore and Sirius who is on the school grounds as a dog. In fact, Harry keeps Sirius updated constantly about the triwizard tournament because he is staying near Hogsmeade. Dumbledore tells Mrs. Weasley, Bill Weasley, Ron, Hermione, and Snape that Voldemort has returned when Harry is in the hospital wing after the third task. He then has Sirius reveal himself to the group and Dumbledore forces Sirius and Snape to call a truce. 

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Movie: Dumbledore tells the school that Voldemort is back, and the fate of Barty Crouch Jr is never revealed. Though he is proof of Voldemort’s return, Fudge doesn’t except it in the next film. 

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Book: Barty Crouch Jr is kissed by a Dementor and has his soul sucked out because Cornelius Fudge is too stupid to stop it, believing him to be a terrible criminal. Crouch Jr is worse than dead and no good to anyone in proving the return of Voldemort. Dumbledore is livid over this fact, he was the key to Fudge seeing reason. (This seriously enlightened me so much as to why Fudge would be in such denial. I had completely forgotten about this part in the books)

 

Well there ya have it folks, I hope I was able to refresh your memories of the fourth book, I know I sure needed a refresher! Rereading these books has been such a lovely experience, and I hope to use these posts to never forget the little but so important details in these fantastic stories!

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Goodreads Summary:
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My Review

I have been meaning to read Fangirl since I discovered the title years ago when it first came out. I mean a book titled Fangirl? The very thing I epitomize, I had to get my hands on it! I bought it over the summer and here I am months later and I can’t believe I hadn’t read this little wonder sooner!

I related to Fangirl on almost a cellular level! Which might be kind of sad depending on how you look at it, I mean I am definitely not as socially awkward or introverted as Cath but I definitely felt like we were kindred  spirits when it came to certain characteristics. Rowell created a character who was so very aware of her vulnerablity but was still proud of who she was. She embraced her nerd on all platforms and was happy to show it. The story follows Cath as she enters college with her twin sister but must come to terms with the fact that her sister whom she’s shared everything with since birth is growing in a very different direction than she is. She is thrown into an atmosphere that is totally alien to her and she must adapt in the only way she knows how which is to further embrace her introversion.

Cath’s experiences and reactions were so heartfelt, and even though this story isn’t entirely fast paced, I found myself consumed by the content. The characters just felt so real, and the situations got to me. I had to make sure that Cath was going to be okay with so many new developments. I wanted to see her succeed, and most importantly, I wanted to see her relationships blossom. Fangirl is a beautiful coming of age story that spoke volumes to me and made me reflective. Rowell wrote so many amazing lines, that had me putting down the book to just contemplate what she said.

If you are looking for a lovely contemporary romance or college coming of age story, then I would most definitely recommend you reading Fangirl! Buy it on Amazon here!

Reread & Review: Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

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Goodreads Summary:

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

My Review

I read The Maze Runner back when it first came out, and was super into it and wanted to know what happened since it had ended on a cliffhanger! Unfortunately, by the time I realized book two was out, I had forgotten most of what had happened in book one and wanted to reread the first book before proceeding to the sequel. So here I am years later finally rereading the first book in the hopes of actually completely the series now!

I actually listened to The Maze Runner on audiobook this time around! I definitely enjoyed just as much the second time! The story is just so wholly unique! It’s like a bizarre combination of The Hunger Games and The Gone series in one crazy ride! The characters were all so layered and different. Dashner did a wonderful job of creating a world and characters you could feel for and grow with! There were so many questions throughout, some of which were answered, and some of which grew into bigger questions that left me wanting more!

I liked Thomas’ narration, he was fearless, committed and took everything in stride.I cannot wait to see what he does with the next curve ball that gets thrown at him because based on the insane ending, there is sure to be one. I look forward to book two, which I will also listen to on audiobook hopefully very soon and not within multiple years this time!

I would most definitely recommend  you read The Maze Runner if your a scifi young adult fan and looking for your next addiction. Buy it on Amazon here!

 

Release Day Launch: Unrest (Unknown #2) by Wendy Higgins

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Today I have the release day launch for UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

 

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

 

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Remy put her head on my shoulder and I got a small but distinct whiff of chocolate.

            “I might have to lick you, Rem,” I blurted.

            Both Tater and Rylen turned to us, nearly cracking heads in the process.

            “She smells like chocolate,” I explained. Tater shook his head and faced forward again. Ry gave me one last bemused look before turning back too.

            “Hey,” Remy whispered. She raised her free hand to my face, and to my shock, there was half of the tiny candy pinched between her finger and thumb. “I saved half for you.”

            My heart lurched with emotion. “Are you serious?”

            She nodded and her chin quivered as she raised the M&M to my mouth and fed it to me. She licked her fingers off while I savored the tiny morsel. My eyes watered as I crunched down and Remy said, “Good, right?”

            A second later we were hugging and crying all over again.

            “We have to save our water,” I choked.

            She sniffled and let go of me to wipe her face. “No more crying.” 

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About Wendy Higgins:

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Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

 

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Reread & Review: Incendiary (Premonition #4) by Amy A. Bartol

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Goodreads Summary:

Cold, fine drops of rain fall softly on my cheeks as I emerge from the darkness of the ship’s interior to the gray, overcast sky of the main deck. Pulling my dark pea coat tighter to my body, the wind lifts red tendrils of my hair. I walk slowly to the railing overlooking the water.

I catch my first sight of the Irish coastline; its craggy landscape makes me shiver in dread. I find it difficult to imagine now how the Gancanagh had made this their home for so long without anyone realizing it. The cold, moss-covered edifices practically scream their presence. As I study the shadows between the falling-down stone, I imagine creeping shapes of undead Faeries grasping the rock, waiting for our ship to draw nearer to their position.

Tipping my face up, I let the rain wash over me. It bathes away the frigid sweat of fear that has broken on my brow. “You don’t know how fiercely beautiful you are, do you?” A quiet voice behind me asks, causing me to stiffen and fix my eyes on the rocks along the shoreline.

My Review

I just realized that it has literally been 4 years since I read this book!! So of course a reread was necessary before I finally complete the series! I remember reading Incendiary the first time and flipping the flip out over what happened!!! I couldn’t stop reading the beautiful content. Now that I’ve read it again, I can’t believe how much I forgot and I remember why I was freaking out so much! This book is a remarkable addition to the series!

Incendiary picks up around where Indebted left off, which is with Evie on the run from Brennus and currently in hiding with her friends. I am not exaggerating when I say that SO MUCH HAPPENS IN THIS BOOK! Honestly it sucked cause it took me over two weeks to read it this time around (it’s a pretty long book in my defense), but wow, I felt as if I read two books in one . The first half was so utterly different then the second. Bartol packs a wallop with Incendiary. Developments are thrown around non-stop; there is most certainly not a single slow moment to be seen.

Quite a few new characters are introduced in book four that literally change the fabric of the story. And characters that you already know evolve in new unforeseen ways. Evie’s  relationship with Reed grows ever stronger and heart wrenchingly painful as events play out. Just when you think they are out of the storm, the clouds come in again. My heart could not take all of the emotion at once. Parts of the plot were just brutal to read but oh so worth seeing through to the end. I absolutely loved Incendiary and I am SO SO excited to finally, FINALLY get to read the last book in this beloved series several years after embarking on this journey.

I would most definitely recommend you get your hands on this series or continue on with it by reading Incendiary! Buy it on Amazon here!