Category: Sci-Fi


4 stars to Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Posted 16 January, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM UGLIES. 

Review:

If I’m honest, I wasn’t expecting to like this, the sequel to Uglies. The beginning wasn’t a huge opening for me, so I continued with baited breath, tip-toeing my way through the chapters until finally, something interesting happened and from then on I was hooked.

Tally became Pretty so she could take the cure and discover if it worked or not. Unfortunately, she didn’t take into consideration that becoming Pretty would also mean she’d lose a lot of her memories. Namely, why she became pretty. This makes the story more intriguing, because we then see Tally fall for another Pretty, who is also a “Crim” (a Pretty who did rebellious stuff back in his Ugly days.) Zane is also one who doesn’t want to be Pretty anymore. The only way they can get their minds to their original state, so to speak, is to be “Bubbly”. This means doing such outrageous stuff that your brain is jolted and you can remember what you were like, what you did, who you are. Because when you become Pretty, you also…become rather dim.

When an Ugly Tally knew from the Smoke appears at a party, she realises her past is catching up with her. A message is left, and two pills, and Tally finds out just what is going on.  Remember, at the end of Uglies she wrote herself a letter to remind her why she turned herself in, and therefore, she now has to decide. Take the cure, or stay pretty?

It’s truly a rollar-coaster ride from then on and I think I enjoyed this MORE so than Uglies. Originally I found Tally’s whole mindset of being Ugly and Pretty really annoying, and at least here she recognises that being Pretty isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But taking the cure could also leave her brain dead, and that is the risk she inevitably takes with Zane.

I won’t say anymore, but there is a rather interesting twist at the end. I have come to really dislike Shay, which isn’t surprising since she bugged me from the beginning. David and the crew come back into this, but not in the best way, and Tally has more problems to think of than an ex-sort of boyfriend.

A real page turner, I can’t wait to read the next book. I have it here somewhere.

Kat

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YA BOOK RELEASES 2014

Posted 10 January, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

WELCOME TO 2014!

Once again we find ourselves in another year and more wonderful books to anticipate! Here is our list for the first half of the year  (January thru June) of books WE think you should check out!

JANUARY

  • 28th

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3) by Veronica Rossi

FEBRUARY

  • 4th

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Alienated (Alienated, #1) by Melissa Landers

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

  • 13th

Vengeance (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda

  • 25th

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott 

  • 27th

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

 

MARCH

  • 4th

Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall, #2) by Shannon Messenger

Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess 

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy #1) by Sally Green 

Sing Sweet Nightingale (The Dream War Saga #1)

  • 11th

Ruins  by Dan Wells (USA release)

  • 18th

Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam 

APRIL

  • 1st

Illusion (Chronicles of Nick, #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  • 29th

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3) by Wendy Higgins (USA RELEASE)

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting

MAY

  • 6th

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass 

  • 13th

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller 

  • 20th

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes 

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

  • 22nd

Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Evil #3) by Wendy Higgins (UK RELEASE)

  • 27th

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

JUNE

  • 19th

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

We may add more as the weeks go by so make sure to keep checking back!

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4 stars to School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson

Posted 23 December, 2013 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the “Flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly. It seems like a dream come true–except that they’re being hunted by half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” who can fly, too.

In Book 2 of the series, the Flock members are taken under the wing of an FBI agent and try to live “normal” lives by going to school, making friends–and continuing their relentless search for their parents. But the Erasers return, forcing the Flock to abandon their search and make their escape once again. The voice inside Max’s head keeps telling her that it’s up to her to save the world, but this is especially challenging to do when she is faced with her ultimate match: a newer and better version of herself, Maximum Ride II.

Review:

After the immense start of the Flock’s journey to freedom in The Angel Experiment, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the sequel.

As is it, I was impressed and somewhat enjoyed this more. There’s far more action, more drama, and plenty of funny moments.

I love Max and Fang mostly, but Nudge and Iggy I’m learning to like more. I’m not sure how I feel about the rest.

And although Ari is the bad guy, it’s annoying how he’s supposedly so “misunderstood”. At seven years old…I mean, he thinks by attacking and trapping Max, he can get her to LIKE him? Eh no. If anything, he’s making an idiot of himself. So Ari did get on my nerves a lot. But enough about him. How about the fact the Flock get to go to School? A real school, that is.

After an incident leaves Fang badly injured, the FBI find them and Anne, a pleasant yet sketchy (according to Max’s inner gut feeling) woman, is kind enough to let them stay with her, in exchange for information. Things become too peaceful, and of course, life is never peaceful for runaway bird kids, right?

Insert education, mischief and Erasers, and you have your self a disaster in the making. They discover answers to mysteries, and a cloned Max decides to take over the gang. Things are not going well.

There were a few editing errors, and annoyances, but over all it’s a cracking read and I can’t wait to read the third book.

Kat

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4 stars to 1.4 (Point 4 #2) by Mike A. Lancaster

Posted 19 December, 2013 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Paranormal, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

It’s a brave new world. In the far future, people no longer know what to believe…Did Kyle Straker ever exist? Or were his prophecies of human upgrades nothing more than a hoax?

Peter Vincent is nearly 16, and has never thought about the things that Strakerites believe. His father — David Vincent, creator of the artificial bees that saved the world’s crops — made sure of that. When the Strakerites pronounce that another upgrade is imminent, Peter starts to uncover a conspiracy amongst the leaders of the establishment, a conspiracy that puts him into direct conflict with his father. But it’s not a good idea to pick a fight with someone who controls all the artificial bees in the world.

Review:

A thousand years after Kyle Straker made those tapes, depicting what happened to the human race.  Peter Vincent, a 15 yr old boy who is so smart he attends college, is finding out life just isn’t as normal as he’d thought. New technology, the Link connects person to person via thought and it pretty much controls their lives. But nobody has ever questioned its motives, until now.

David Vincent, Peter’s father, is an award winning scientist who discovered a way to save the bees. Or maybe, replace them. Because of this, people look up to him. They consider him a well deserved genius. All except his son, Peter.

His father is unloving, self involved and couldn’t care less what Peter gets up to unless it directly affects him. So when Peter finds out his memory of his mother, the last time he ever saw her, was altered, he begins to wonder what else in his life has been a lie. And with that discovery, he realises life could end pretty soon. When there’s a countdown to a new upgrade.

I actually cannot believe this, but I read this in a DAY! Well, less than a day. It was fast paced, intriguing, freaky and makes me wonder what technology will be like in say 20 or 30 years time.

A spine chilling sequel to 0.4.

Kat

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5 stars to Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Posted 19 December, 2013 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you approach the edge. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close can lead to madness, like her older brother Len, a Jumper. She takes solace in her best friend Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry. When she investigates the first murder in a generation, she meets Judas. The suspect was betrothed to the victim, but Morgan believes he is innocent. Nothing can prepare Morgan for the secrets she will find – or whom she will lose.

Review:

Wow, Lauren DeStefano has done it again. Another fantastic read, admirable characters, beautiful prose and a world completely and utterly original. (well, for me.)

I can’t get over how this book blew me away and that’s no pun. Or maybe it is. Hmm.

Perfect Ruin is one of those stories that’ll make you think “why didn’t I think of that?” because that idea of a…island? Country? In the sky, is just…unthinkable.  I mean, planets, yes. But one that’s still in the earths atmosphere? No.

So this was something new, something different and I was sucked IN. In the city of Internment, Morgan Stockhour is a daydreamer and someone who doesn’t comply to rules. Or so it would seem. Her brother, Lex was a jumper. This left him blind and therefore unable to see the way their world is changing. Especially when a murder happens. The first in many years. It’s so unheard of that some people start questioning the safety of Internment and whether it’s becoming corrupt.

Morgan is one of those people, and she begins to wonder what is beyond Internment. The Ground is fascinating to her, and she isn’t content with what she has. She is warned from thinking about it. It’s classified as treason, after all. Not knowing who she can trust, Morgan feels trapped.

In this world, everyone is partnered with a betrothed from before they’re born, everything runs on a schedule, and anyone caught straying from the path is classed as “Irrational”. I personally loved Basil, Morgan’s betrothed, but I also had a soft spot for Judas.

When tragedy strikes, Morgan soon realises there is a hidden rebellion beneath the world she knows and it rocks her. Eager to join in the plans, she goes on a journey that may or may not kill her.

I am stupidly excited  to read the sequel. The ending to this left me high and dry and holding my breath. I mean…I was biting my nails with anxiety throughout most of the book. Lauren really has a gift for telling a story. One thing I must say is I’m glad there isn’t as much “fancy prose” as there was with the Chemical Garden series. But that’s just a personal preference.)

Great job!

Kat

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Zombies: Why the brains? Check out @DefinitionHouse’s #YA Kickstarter project #DeadNewWorld to find out!

Posted 8 December, 2013 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Interviews, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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Here at BookNerds we’re pleased to be hosting Dead New World by Ryan Hill. Check it out…Zzzzzzzzombies!

DEAD NEW WORLD

HoltZombies aren’t mindless anymore.

They follow orders. And if Holt and Ambrose want to kill some undead, they’ll do the same. But when a routine mission goes horribly wrong, the best friends’ lives are flayed to the bone.

Now there’s only one light in the darkness of Holt’s life, and when she’s taken, he’ll do anything to get her back. Even if that means defying orders and using his best friend as a weapon. Holt and Ambrose risk all to save her, but what they discover among the hordes threatens to remake humanity. Again.

In the end, will there be anything left to live for in this dead new world?

The Campaign:

The Kickstarter campaign is live! It’ll run from November 14 to December 14, and we are so excited! We believe that by using crowd-sourcing we will be able to generate buzz and interact with readers even before the book is published. It also brings authors and readers together so that they are both part of the publication journey. And as the publisher, we look forward to strengthening that bond. We’ve chosen Ryan Hill’s Dead New World as our first project and are looking forward to sharing it with you. Thank you for spreading the word. Now let’s make beautiful zombies together!

Check out how you can help get this project going by visiting Kickstarter:
Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/definitionhouse/dead-new-world-a-young-adult-dystopian-zombie-nove?ref=live

Zombies: Why the brains? By Ryan Hill

Of all the body parts available to munch on if you’re a zombie, why is it always the brain that seems the most delectable? Does it have some kind of nutritional content I’m unaware of? Maybe brains are high in protein. Regardless, zombies seem to love them.

Isaac Marion, in his wonderful novel Warm Bodies (which also made a very enjoyable film), posits that zombies love brains because it allows them to relive the memories of their victims. It’s the closest to living they’ll ever get in their deathly state. Marion may have a point. They want most what they don’t have life.

Why do zombies predominantly try to eat people, which according to Richard Connell, is the most dangerous game? Just go after cats or something. Maybe it’s because misery loves company. The zombies are dead, so why not drag down everybody else with them?

Honestly though, I sort of side with Marion on this. Not that I think they want to relive life through their victim’s memories, but the brain is what separates them from the living (well that and a healthy complexion), so that’s what they want the most. And when you’re dead, you don’t really have any responsibilities or, you know, feelings, so who cares if you eat a few brains?

Dead New World book trailer:

Some info on the author:

Ryan Hill likes to keep zombies in a safe place—his head. If zombies ever do take over, the thought of living off canned beans is not enticing. At all.

Ryan uses a healthy dose of real life and imagination to come up with stories, and typically spends his time, reading, writing, and watching movies or TV shows…anything involving a good story. Drop him a line on Twitter @J_Ryan.

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Thanks to Definition House. 😀

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5 stars to Hover (The Taking #2) by Melissa West

Posted 4 September, 2013 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because in this world, pleasure is everything, held up by a ruling body that keeps their people in check by giving them what they want and closing their eyes to what’s really happening around them. The only hope Loge has is to move its people to Earth, and they have a plan.

Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth’s atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems…and no one can be trusted.

 

Warning: May contain spoilers from Gravity and lots of sobbing.

Review:

Just finished what I think is the most traumatic book so far this year. I…I am not okay.

So from last we heard in Gravity, Ari had ended up in Loge, the planet in which the gorgeous and delightful Jackson Locke comes from.

Zeus, his grandfather, wants to, essentially, take over Earth.

This is not good.

So now I must go into what Hover brings to the party. Action, romance, tears (from the characters, that is), angst, tears, fighting, more tears, more romance, freaking DEATHS, and then I end up rocking back and forth from the traumatic experience I have just gone through.

I cannot EXPRESS enough how much Melissa West’s writing has improved from Gravity, and even then it was fantastic. Albeit I found Gravity maybe a little heavy on the description side of things, but that’s fairly typical for such an in-depth plot and world that has been created. You’re getting to know the ins and outs. Now in Hover, it’s alllllll going on.

The pacing is spot. on. I cannot tell you how I didn’t want this book to end. It was only 228 pages, after all. A really short book for such a kick ass story.

Ari Alexander just shows all the other heroines in books what a heroine should be like! I mean, sure, she’s maybe a little intense for one girl, but she sure knows where her loyalties lie and she doesn’t sit around waiting for things to fall in her lap. She goes for it. She might break down in the process, but boy does she go in for the kill. And sometimes literally.

She’s learning who Jackson really is, also, and at first their trust is shattered. Although he greatly cares for her. Some might even go as far as to mention the L word, but we won’t tease you. No we won’t. *throws rose petals and hearts everywhere* Okay Cupid, show yourself!

I truly LOVE these two. Ari and Jackson, throughout all their faults and disagreements, they really are two of a kind. They fit each other so perfectly (if I may use this word) that I found myself clutching my chest and awwwwing while reading some scenes. And some scenes might have left me fanning myself. Someone should have warned me about that. I mean, really.

Anyway, Zeus. What can I say about the fella? Apart from me wanting to kill him about as much as half of Loge and wishing a blackhole would suck his ugly ass down and spit out his eyeballs, there’s not much to say. He has to be one of the most wicked alien/man/thing ever. He’s cunning, sick, twisted, and just…sad. Also, if I had to read about him “grinning” one more freaking time, I’d have blown a fuse. I know it was part of the character, but oh my god…would someone wipe that smirk off his face?

Whereas on Earth, things are changing, and not for good. Law has become a different person, as far as Ari is concerned and Gretchen, her once friend, is falling apart.

We also get to meet other relatives, such as Vill, the housemate of Jackson, and Emmy and Mami, who are sisters. They  are so cute. The different abilities they all have, as well, just made me jealous. I know, silly of me.  But throughout the book, whoever Ari talked to, I waited for the other shoe to drop.

You can’t trust anyone.

The sci-fi aspect of this is just so well thought out, and there’s one particular room…that especially creeps me out.

I cannot recommend this enough, and if you haven’t already read Gravity (what are you reading this review for?) GO DO SO NOW! And then read Hover because your mind will be blown to pieces and you’ll be finding bits all over the place. Just saying. Especially when you get to the whopping cliff hanger of an ending.

If I could give 10 stars, I would.

Excellent.

Can’t wait for Collide. *squeals*

Kat

 

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5 stars to The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Posted 30 August, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

 

Review:

As I have said in other reviews, I’m not much of a fan of aliens. Well, that about changed when I picked up The 5th Wave.

Exciting, thrilling, funny, romantic, I had it all in the palm of my hands. Oh and add scary to that list, because boy, imagine if an alien spaceship hovered over your world and billions of people were killed? Yeah. Pretty frightening.

Rick Yancey’s mind must be a gold mine because this book was fantastic. From page to page something was happening, and if it wasn’t, myself especially, was anticipating something intense to happen. Especially in the days when Cassie was injured, alone, then saved by this mysterious man. She’s held up for weeks and her doubts about who Evan Walker really is just get worse and worse. I too was worried. I could feel something building up, but there was no clue on when it would happen.

Cassie’s pov was something that lightened my mood even when pure tragedy was going on. Her wit and general sense of humour made me laugh, and then someone would die and you wouldn’t know how to feel. I really liked her personality.

My only nitpick is the change in POV’s, when the book gets split into  sections, confused me at first. It took me about 3 pages to realise I was reading a guys POV. >_< Anyway, I got used to it, and boy, both sides of this story were nail bitingly crazy. I knew they would both join up at some point, but for crying out loud, talk about a dragged out process of waiting for the ball to drop! At least it kept me reading, it kept me wondering, and it kept me on edge.

Really, I enjoyed all of the characters, although not the bad guys. Nope.

The alien race begin using children as an army. This idea freaked me the hell out; to have five year olds with semi-automatic guns? No way. No one should have those, let alone a child!

I literally don’t know how else to explain how much I enjoyed this book, but let me just tell you, you HAVE to read it. If you don’t like aliens, fine, but bear in mind these aliens look HUMAN. How freaky is that? They could be walking among us right now… O_O *peers outside window*

The sequel comes out next year, which is way too long, but I can respectfully appreciate the writing process for something this intricate and intense must take a lot of time and effort and concentration. Because, I really had to concentrate to understand what was happening sometimes, when things went crazy. Lots of deaths, lots of bombs, lots of fighting. But the romance was also unexpected, and that pleased me. I don’t always want cliche “oh yeah I can see what’s going to happen” moments, but I did think it was a bit fast.

Thoroughly enjoyable novel that I will remember for a long long time to come. Probably not suitable for kids due to some language and content, but the rest of you…GO. READ. NOW. 🙂

Kat

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5 stars to Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 29 August, 2013 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

Review:

Warning: i just finished the book and I’m not okay.

If you know anything about me then you’re aware that Jennifer L. Armentrout is my favorite author. Well, she out did herself with this book and that says something.

ORIGIN begins where OPAL left off. Katy is captured by Daedalus. And Daemon is willing to do literally anything to save her.
A lot happens in ORIGIN. It’s like a Lux book on steroids. There’s a whole lot of action, way more than the previous books. The continuous action and plot twists had me on edge throughout the whole book. Like I said, a whole lot happens in the fourth instalment of Lux. And most of it is totally mind-blowing. So prepare yourselves, people, because you’re either going to want to murder Jen after this cliffy or you’ll be too shocked to even think about anything other than “WTF”. And it’s not even just the cliffhanger. It’s the whole freaking book. [deep breaths]

Where romance is concerned- well, it’s JLA. There are so many hot scenes in this book. I’m pretty I swooned multiple times in the hours it took me to read ORIGIN. It’s not even just the white hot passion between Katy and Daemon (even though I do adore their sexy chemistry). Their relationship is taken to a whole other level. Their love for each other is so obvious, and they do anything but stop showing it. The sweetness of it all is otherworldly. Keep in mind that Katy is almost nineteen in this book so the hot scenes between her and Daemon are even hotter. Like I said, Lux on steroids. (◕‿◕✿)

Another thing that I adored is the focus is not completely on Katy and Daemon. There is a whole gang who are willing to help them (and themselves later on, since stuff happen). Katy and Daemon remain their awesome selves in this book. Katy is badass, funny and a plain HEROINE. I loved her even more in ORIGIN. She goes through a lot but she manages to stay sane and running. Daemon is, well, Daemon. I think that says everything there is to be said.

Now onto the rest of the gang. Let me just say how freaking much I love Luc. I swear I want to kiss those smart lips of his. And we finally get to know what he is! There’s a new character, too: Archer. He’s kind of the silent dude that can turn into a killing machine in seconds and you just can’t not swoon over him. Dee’s back! FINALLY. I missed her and her friendship with Katy. Also, the other Luxen we know are back, willing to help Daemon and Katy.

Last but not least, let’s take a moment to appreciate how damn good Jen’s writing is. It’s addictive, hilarious and incredibly vivid. The story flows so well you never get bored. However, in my opinion, her humour is what makes her books so good. She has a unique way to make a grave situation light through her characters. She can make you laugh and cry at the same time. And when a book does that to me I can honestly say that it’s a damn good book, alright.

If you like Lux and Jennifer L. Armentrout, you’re bounded to like ORIGIN. It has everything- action, romance, heartbreak, humour and many plot twists. By far, the best Lux book so far. Amazing!

– Helena

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4.5 stars to Quicksilver (Ultraviolet #2) by R.J Anderson

Posted 26 August, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Back in her hometown, Tori Beaugrand had everything a teenaged girl could want—popularity, money, beauty. But she also had a secret. A secret that could change her life in an instant, or destroy it.

Now she’s left everything from her old life behind, including her real name and Alison, the one friend who truly understood her. She can’t escape who and what she is. But if she wants to have anything like a normal life, she has to blend in and hide her unusual… talents.

Plans change when the enigmatic Sebastian Faraday reappears and gives Tori some bad news: she hasn’t escaped her past. In fact, she’s attracted new interest in the form of an obsessed ex-cop turned investigator for a genetics lab.

She has one last shot at getting her enemies off her trail and winning the security and independence she’s always longed for. But saving herself will take every ounce of Tori’s incredible electronics and engineering skills—and even then, she may need to sacrifice more than she could possibly imagine if she wants to be free.

 

Review:

When I’d read Ultraviolet back…waaay back in when was it, 2011? I thought this book is so good, SO good, there must be a sequel. But I remember on the back page the author said they hadn’t decided on another one. I was bummed, to put it lightly. I’d never been into aliens, and when I first read Ultraviolet I had no idea it was actually about…well…aliens. Sure, they’re not the evil kind (well mostly) but it still surprised me.

So fast forward to 2013 and Quicksilver is released, I’m all over it. But I didn’t realise it would be about a different character. Sometimes when a sequel is from a different pov, it gets me uneasy. Will I like the voice? Will It be a character I liked before? Will previously loved characters show up? Yknow, the usual worries.

Silly me put off reading the book for months because of this. Then one day I’m going through my books and decide to give it a go, and guess what? I loved it. I thought the voice of Tori was nice and refreshing, especially with the humour in some parts. And I may have squealed when Sebastian turned up. I have to say, I hadn’t expected it.

I did get confused at times with the different past and present chapters, and the whole way the chapters were numbered. But I figured it out pretty quickly.

I missed Alison, so having her mentioned, and the odd contact between her and Tori made me smile, but not because of the situation. Just…because.

Milo was an interesting character. At first I thought he was going to be some kind of love interest, and I suppose he was in a weird way. When I found out Tori’s…uh….situation, I found it nice that we could have a close relationship between two characters but there was no reason for it to go further, if that makes sense. It’s actually the first book I’ve read where the MC has been that way. You’ll know what I mean when/if you read it.

I both loved and hated Sebastian. He’s sneaky, mysterious and also really UNF so he messed with my emotions a bit. It was nice to have his character make some development, even if the end made me cringe and want to smack him senseless. The dude has so many issues, he wouldn’t stop beating himself up over stuff. Not literally, though. I kind of felt sorry for him.

Over all, this was an exciting sequel. The pace wasn’t too fast, and could sympathise well with Tori. Deckard creeped me out. That’s all I can really say because…he just did. Ha.

I don’t know if there’ll be a third, but in some ways it would be cool to have Sebastian’s POV from when Quicksilver finished. I don’t know. Just throwing it out there, =P

If you haven’t read Ultraviolet – GO DO IT! If you have, then don’t delay, go pick up Quicksilver NOW because you won’t be disappointed. 😀

 

Kat

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