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!

 

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!

Review: Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James

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Goodreads Summary:

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. 

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price? 

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. 

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

***I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest Review****

My Review

I really struggled with this book, and I tried to enjoy it but I just could not get into it whatsoever! And to be honest, I didn’t finish Gilded Cage. I usually don’t write reviews for books I don’t finish, but I did get 62% through so I feel I should at least plead my case.

Gilded Cage starts off by following the lives of the Hadley family as they decide to embark on their “slave days” in which they must commit to a mandatory 1o years of servitude in a specific location. Everyone in this book is subject to performing these 10 years at some point in their lives. In the world of Gilded Cage, regular people have very little rights and are at the mercy of Equals who have something called Skill which basically means they have some kind of significant power that makes them more important than others.

The concept of the story caught my attention immediately, which is why I couldn’t’ wait to start it. I wish I could have enjoyed it more but I just didn’t. The beginning was pretty solid, however as the plot continued they kept throwing in more points of view and it just got messy and hard to follow. I found myself not caring about these other POVs and getting frustrated that there was this much content dedicated to these characters. The story quickly lost it’s appeal. The overall concept was certainly there but I think the foundation of the story got a little too jumbled for  me.

Has anyone else read Gilded Cage yet? Did you dislike it as well? Is it just me?

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!

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Reread and Review: Indebted (The Premonition #3) by Amy A. Bartol

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Goodreads Summary:

I hang my head in sorrow for just a moment when I know I am truly alone. I feel like I’m going to my execution, just as he had said. Then I move forward again. I hop a fence of fieldstone and cross a field dotted with Queen Anne’s lace. Goose bumps rise on my arms as I pass the cluster of windmills that I have seen in a dream. The scent is sweet in the field though, not the scent of heat, like it had been when it was forced upon me in visions. I gaze down the hill, beyond the small, whitewashed house that I knew would be there. The church looms dark and grim with its rough-hewn, timber façade, capped by tall, oblong spires reaching to the sky. Black, ominous clouds have collected above the roofline, as if Heaven is showing me the way.

My Review

I was so ecstatic to finally reread Indebted in my overly long journey of rereading The Premonition series so I can at last read the final book in the series! I absolutely love this series, and book three was just as fantastic the second time around!

Evie now has survived everything her crazy world has to throw at her: including archangels  and a hoard of fairies. Yeah this series really is this insane! After having just barely escaped Brennus with the help of Russell and getting thrown into the fire of Dominion, Evie must remain alert at all times for any other new threats. She is most definitely not out of the storm yet as she encounters creatures she never could have imagined existed!

Indebted is a pivotal novel in this series in that it makes you reevaluate the difference between good and evil. It also tears at your heart and emotions like never before. Although I am forever team Reed, I began to see things from Brennus’ perspective and sympathize with his love for Evie. Book three really delves into the layers of each character.   Of course I was hooked from the very start! And even though there were super frustrating parts in this book, I couldn’t put it down. The action and developments were non-stop! It was utterly enthralling and I am more in love with Reed than ever before!

I would most definitely recommend anyone who has started this series to continue on with it! I can’t wait to read more!

Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

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Goodreads Summary:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both. 

My Review

After absolutely loving An Ember in the Ashes, I was more than ready to get my hands on this second book! And can I just say: WOW! Tahir most certainly does not disappoint! A Torch Against the Night picks up right where the first book left off, with Laia having just freed Elias from execution under the terms that he promise to help free her brother Darin from the most guarded prison in the land.

While reading this, I needed to know that everything would be ok, because there were just so many heart wrenching events that occurred. Tahir is definitely cut throat when it comes to how far a character will go to get what they want. I would definitely not categorize this book as Young Adult just because of how brutal some of the killings are. Throughout the story, I kept freaking out over how things would possibly turn out in their favor, and honestly some things went to hell so quickly. I think Tahir utilized these terrible events to further drive the need to see the protagonists eventually succeed. I feel as if I have just as much of a burning need for vengeance as the main characters have.

Laia and Elias’ relationship evolves so much more in this second edition, which was wonderful to finally experience. They make one another stronger, and it is plain to see as their stamina is continuously tested. There was one particular plot twist that was revealed that absolutely blew my mind and changed everything for events to come. I am reeling after finishing this book, both from joy over certain romantic developments, and anticipation of the payback that is to come! Unfortunately, I have to wait till “bleeding” 2018 to read book three, which hurts my soul in every possible way!!

I would most definitely recommend you read book two in A Torch Against the Night!! Pick it up on Amazon here!

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!