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.

Get your copy today:

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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.” 

Catch Up on the Series:

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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.

 

Reach Wendy Online:

Email: wendyhigginswrites@gmail.com

Website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com

Twitter: @Wendy_Higgins https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins

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Excerpt & Cover Reveal: Unrest (The Unknown Series #2) by Wendy Higgins

Today I’m revealing an excerpt from 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.

Preorder Today:

Kindle or Nook 

Get your copy of Unrest:

AmazonUS / AmazonUK / B&N / iTunes / Book Depository

 Unrest Teaser Image

Exclusive Excerpt:

A golden hue of sunrise turned night into dawn. I sat on a small boulder, staring at the sliver of sun through trees of the Nevada parkland, the same spot where I’d been sitting silently in the dark for two hours in the cold. I couldn’t take Remy’s whimpering and soul-crushing cries each time she fell back asleep in the tent, venturing into nightmares of what she’d seen the night before. What we’d all seen. I might never sleep again.

Mom. Dad. Abuela.

I fought back another wave of debilitating grief that made my bones feel like liquid—like I’d never have the ability to stand again. Have to be strong. Have to be strong. I rocked back and forth with my eyes shut tight. I couldn’t afford to give in to the loss. If I did, it would consume me whole and devour my will to live. I took a deep breath in and let it out slowly.

We’d been fired up to leave the nature preserve last night and head north to the base in Utah after hearing the Morse code message, supposedly from other military personnel in hiding, like us. But we decided to wait until morning since we needed more light to plan our trip on the map. Plus, headlights in the night would be too easy to spot, and we were all worthless last night, running on adrenaline and vengeance, one step away from crashing. I never did crash or sleep a wink, even though my adrenaline was long gone.

The soft sunrise was too pretty—too majestic—for the way I felt inside. Raw. Like my heart had been grated. During the night, I’d begun to believe the sun would never rise again, and now that it was I felt as if the Earth were mocking what we’d been through, reminding me just how miniscule and unremarkable we were. A new day was happening despite what we’d lost. The world wasn’t stopping to mourn. It felt wrong.

We’d been so close to the camp yesterday where the Disaster Relief Initiative, the DRI personnel, had taken my parents, my grandmother, Remy’s parents, and Rylen’s wife Livia. We watched in confusion as those DRI bastards fled. Then we’d watched in disbelief as Air Force jets dropped a bomb on that camp, obliterating our family and the people from our town. Oh, God.

I pressed the back of my hand to my mouth and squeezed my eyes shut. Even while the world fell apart around us, I never imagined anything would happen to my parents. I never let myself believe it was possible, even after watching my Grandpa Tate shot and killed by a Disaster Relief Personnel—fucking Derps. Who was I without my parents? I was the daughter of an Army man and a Mexican dancer. A Green Machine and a Señorita. A small bubble of laughter worked its way through a sob in my throat when I thought about my parents’ silly banter with each other. Their relentless love and devotion to me and my older brother, Tater.

The sound of a tent’s zipper wrenched through the morning solitude and I quickly wiped my eyes. I looked over and saw Rylen crouching as he pushed through the opening. The golden hue of sun made his blond hair and the scruff on his face stand out. His eyes met mine and I had to swallow hard at the sight of pain in his expression. I’d already cried so much last night.

Seeing those solemn gray eyes brought back a flood of memories: young, scrawny Rylen Fite, loved and cared for by my parents like he was their own son. And his eyes reflected his remembrance too, as if he felt their absence as prominently as I did. But he’d lost a wife, as well. Maybe she hadn’t been his wife in every technical sense of the word, but he’d been trying to make it right. Every bit of his loss was reflected in the heavy way he sat on the rock beside me and rubbed his face before staring out at the sunrise.

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.

 Reach Wendy Online:

Email: wendyhigginswrites@gmail.com

Website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com

Twitter: @Wendy_Higgins  https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins

Facebook: WendyHigginsWrites  https://www.facebook.com/WendyHigginsWrites/

Instagram: @wendyhigginswrites  https://www.instagram.com/wendyhigginswrites/

Repost-Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

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Blurb:

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”

Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest 

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”

—    Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

 “…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” —Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

 

My Review

Rarity from the Hollow is by far one of the most bizarre and different books I’ve ever come across as a reader. I don’t think you will find anything quite like it anywhere you look. It definitely had me doing a double take as I read through the content.

Lacy Dawn is a unique narrator; not quite a child, but not quite an adult either. Her explanations and perceptions of life are way beyond her years but at her core she is still just a little girl looking for acceptance from her parents and a real future with the “boy” she loves. Rarity from the Hollow began as a juxtaposition of domestic abuse realistic fiction and futuristic scifi, but quickly became wholly and completely a science fiction novel! I have to admit, parts of this book were really hard to follow! There was just so much going on and so much information, it was a little difficult to keep up. However, I was definitely intrigued by the plot all the way through if only for how entirely unpredictable the story was.

I could have never anticipated the direction this book went in! The events essentially did a complete 180! I was also surprised to find myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion at the absurdity of the events! It was all just so ridiculously unheard of and yet somehow I just had to know how it all was going to play out. If you are a science fiction fan I would most definitely recommend you pick up this book, especially if you are looking for something entirely new to experience!

You can buy Rarity from the Hollow on Amazon here, all proceeds go toward the prevention of child abuse!

Purchase links:

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http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44

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Public Author Contacts:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books of 2016

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

My top ten books of 2016 include books I listened to on audio, because obviously they’re books too! This year had some pretty darn good ones I must say! Particularly in the audiobook department, which was very unexpected for me. Here they are in no particular order.

 

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

I listened to the first half of Prisoner of Azkaban on audio that I had checked out through Overdrive. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish listening to it before it expired. Hence why it took me three months to have the chance to finish it by reading my own copy! I had forgotten how much I absolutely love the third book in this beloved series!! SO MUCH LOVE! So I’m very pleased to bring you the third edition of Harry Potter movie comparison post!

WARNING: BOOK/MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Movie: Harry meets and rides Buckbeak for the first time during his very first class of Care of Magical Creatures with Hagrid. Harry is the only one who really interacts with a hippogriff as Buckbeak is the only one present.

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Book: Hagrid has multiple hippogriff grazing and multiple students get to interact with them.

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Book: Harry overhears a conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Weasley at the Leaky Cauldron about Black being after Harry. Mr Weasley never approaches Harry personally. 

 

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Movie: Harry steps up to bogart in Professor Lupin’s class and it turns into a dementor in which Lupin jumps in front of Harry to block. 

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Book:Harry never gets a chance to approach the bogart, Lupin stops the class right before Harry can step up to it.

 

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Movie: Harry, Ron, and Hermione find their own to their first class of Divinations.

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Book: A knight Sir Cadogan who is quite buffoon leads them to their class. He is only briefly shown once in the movies and is noticeable only to those who have read the book. He replaces the Fat Lady as the password keeper for Gryffindor after she gets attacked by Sirius.

 

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Movie: Harry receives the Firebolt from Sirius at the very last scene that arrives with a hippogriff feather.

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Book: Harry mysteriously receives a Firebolt as a Christmas present. Nobody can figure out who its from. Hermione suspects its from Sirius whom she believes to be a criminal still at the time. She turns it in to Professor McGonagall who proceeds to have it thoroughly checked for jinxes before returning it back to Harry to use to win the Quidditch Cup, which they do in fact win.

 

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Movie: Harry uses the memory of his parents “just talking” to defeat the dementor bogart when he is training with Lupin. 

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Book: Harry meets with Lupin multiple times in order to finally achieve a patronus. The memory he uses to do so is of him being told he is a wizard and that he will be leaving the Dursleys. 

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Movie: Sirius attacks the fat lady and is not seen in human form again on the grounds.

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Book: Ron gets attacked in the middle of the night in the boys dormitory. His bed curtains are slashed and McGonagall comes out in her dressing gown to see whats going on. There is actually a deleted freeze frame (seen above) that I think is from this scene but we never actually see it in the movie.

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Movie: Harry sneaks out to Hogsmeade under the invisibility  cloak, and throws snowballs at Malfoy and depants Crabbe and gets away with it.

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Book: Harry throws mud at Malfoy but his cloak slips in the process and Malfoy sees his head. He then runs off and tells Snape who confiscates the Marauders Map from him. The map proceeds to insult him in more than one way. Snape then summons Lupin to read the map who takes it from there. 

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Movie: The whomping willow is on Hogwarts grounds and it just so happens to be located on top of the secret entrance to the shrieking shack.

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Book:Lupin reveals to Harry, Ron, and Hermione whilst they’re all in the shrieking shack that the unique tree was planted specifically for Lupin to use as a form of protection from others when he transformed into a werewolf. 

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Movie: Hermione howls to distract Lupin from attacking them causing him to run after her and Harry. Lupin as a werewolf then comes after them and almost kills them when Buckbeak fends him off. 

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Book: No suspenseful werewolf forrest scene takes place and the book is no less exciting for it! 

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Movie: As stated previously–at the end of the film, Sirius flys off on Buckbeak after having a heartfelt goodbye with Harry and Hermione. That is the last we see or hear from him until the next film.

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Book: Sirius sends a letter to Harry with a tiny cute owl while Harry is on the Hogwarts Express heading back to the Dursleys for the Summer. This is the point in time when he reveals to Harry that it was him that sent him the Firebolt at Christmas. He also tells Ron to keep the owl who had sent the letter so that he would have a new pet to replace Scabbers. 

 

 

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

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Goodreads Summary:

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew… 

My Review

I listened to Paper Towns on audiobook which may or may not have been a mistake. I definitely feel like I missed some of the great lines from this book that were probably really profound. I’m honestly not really sure if I would have enjoyed Paper Towns more if I had physically read the book or not. I didn’t dislike Paper Towns by any means, but I wasn’t in love with it.

The story focuses on the point of view of Quentin who is a senior in high school and is just trying to make it through to graduation. He has known Margo Roth Spiegleman almost all of his life but they have drifted apart over the years. That is until she takes him on a wild night full of adventure and crime! However, when she disappears the next day, Q is determined to find her no matter what it takes. Though finding her is much easier said than done.

The beginning of Paper Towns was complete perfection! I was hooked on the characters from the beginning and thoroughly entertained! Though I totally found myself totally annoyed by Margo as time went on!! She just seemed like such a conceited b****, granted I didn’t feel so strongly in the beginning, but as events progressed I began to dislike her more. Although I was really intrigued by Quentin and his friends. Each one of them was so layered and structured. Their interactions were hilarious! Though the beginning and a lot of the middle and some of the end were very well done, I couldn’t help but feel super agitated by the conclusion! I just expected so much more after such a big buildup! I was left feeling bereft.

I still recommend reading Paper Towns, however I would exercise caution when approaching the end. Don’t look for things to work out as planned. I’m starting to notice a pattern with John Green and his endings…

Buy Paper Towns on Amazon here!