Category: YA


#Review: 4 stars to In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken #BookBloggers #YA

Posted 24 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Dystopian, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

four-stars
Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.
When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.
Review:
Alrighty. I started this book in April? I finished it in June. Well, alright then. No biggy. I’ll explain.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like the story, but I felt that…535 pages could have been narrowed down to 400. When I felt I’d read several  hundred pages, it turned out to be just 120 (that was when I went back to reading it 2 months later). It took a good chunk of time before I felt anything was really happening and then when it did…boy did it HAPPEN!
I think shit started hitting the fan around the 350 mark, and then the hits just kept on coming. It was unreal. With this being the final in the series, I wanted things to wrap up, but I didn’t expect certain things to happen. I don’t wanna spoil but…OH MY GOD. 
And then Ruby with all her secrets and determination to FUCK UP HER OWN RELATIONSHIPS?! WHY? What is her problem? If she was only HONEST with them, maybe things wouldn’t turn out so badly. Anyway, good things did happen, like ZU! Also, Ruby’s on/off/on/off/on again/sort of off phases with Liam. I was seriously dizzy. Also, confused because it looked like Cole really fancied her, and then she’d make and break and make up again with Liam. and Then CLANCY! I honestly thought him and Ruby had a connection…ya know? Despite him being a stone cold bastard. Karma bites, don’t it? 
The massive shit show that was Ruby doing her whole heroic thing was terrifying and the whole time I thought for sure she wouldn’t survive. I mean, I knew evidently she would, but you never know? It wouldn’t be the first time a main character had been killed off in YA. (Ehem) Anyway. PHEW!
By the time everything calmed down and I wasn’t biting my nails down to the core any more, I actually didn’t want the series to end. I know, it’s annoying when that happens. Basically, the pacing in this book wasn’t brilliant and I would have probably rated it lower if it weren’t for the last quarter that just made up for it all. Especially considering how I wasn’t the biggest fan of Never Fade. But hey ho, no worries. I’m now considering buying the collection of novellas ( called Through The Dark) but it’s expencive and I’m on a restricted book buying diet. Sigh.
SO there you have it. I tell you what, when I moved on to my next book, I couldn’t stop thinking about this series and being all book hangover-y and wishing I could rewind the clock to read it fresh again. UGH. I need a time turner!
If you haven’t already picked up this series, you really need to! it’s beyond brilliant (yeah yeah I know, but my thoughts don’t mean it isn’t so) and Alexandra Bracken is a goddess.
🙂
-Kat

 

four-stars
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Waiting On Wednesday: Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman #bookbloggers #preorder

Posted 15 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Sci-Fi, Updates, Waiting On Wednesday, YA / 1 Comment

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless


 

Yah, so that’s it. I don’t think I’m gonna survive this. Or this wait. It comes out in October! Dammit! I failed at getting a copy at YALLWEST and I failed at getting a copy from RockTheBoat publishers. Sigh. I had preordered from Amazon UK…and everything was going well until I first got an email a few weeks ago about how the date had been moved to November. Okay, fine. But then I got another email a couple days ago on how the order had been cancelled because the book had become UNAVAILABLE?! WTF?!
They said the paperback is available to preorder. Uh…no I’m good thanks. Any other book, yeah, sure. But the covers for the HB in this series are phenomenal! 
So, I decided to preorder from Amazon USA. I’d had to get the HB of Illuminae from there in the end anyway, and despite the RIDICULOUS cost, at least I get it. Y’know? Better safe than sorry…or whatever. Ugh. Amazon, you piece of— amazingness. lol
Are you excited for this book? I got sent a sampler of it, and I love it…all 23 pages of it. >_< But no really, I’m so beyond excited for this, you have no idea. I’m sad it’s not from the same POVs as Illuminae, but I’ll be okay as long as they’re in it. 🙂 
-Kat
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Review: 4 stars to Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine #bookbloggers #Morganville

Posted 15 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Funny, Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 1 Comment

MIDNIGHT BITES, the new Morganville Vampires short story anthology! It will bring together almost everything that I’ve written in short form about Morganville … though I did leave out some of the original “diary” entries that appeared on an earlier version of the Morganville website, simply because they were just scenes and not stories, and were generally really short snippets. This is all short fiction, and it’s been carefully organized into the timeline, so you can read from the earliest adventures (some of which belong to vampires) all the way through some post-Daylighters goodies.

MIDNIGHT BITES includes a total of more than 50,000 words of brand new content, which makes me very happy indeed (and I hope will also make you happy, too). From stories featuring our favorite bunny-slipper-wearing mad scientist to a mystery solved by police chief Hannah Moses, I think you’ll find this is a diverse group of stories that will shine a little more light in the murkiest corners of Morganville.

Review:
As a fan of Morganville Vampires from the beginning, I was so so happy when this collection of short stories was announced. I can’t say I read short stories often, mostly because they’re usually in ebook form. SO this was lovely!
I’ll admit, I didn’t read every single story in this, but I only missed about 3, maybe 4, and that was because they were from character’s pov’s I’m not too keen on. The rest, however, I scoffed up and indulged. I love Myrnin and Shane. I’d missed them so much, and to have them back in my life again, even for such a short amount of time was pure bliss. 
I won’t spoil what these are about, but there also one story about Michael where he gets…what one can only describe as one hell of a buzz from canned blood. It made me cackle so hard! 
The stories from Eve’s POV were fun, as she was a great character we didn’t see quite as much of in the novels. 
Now, if I had one complaint about this book, it’s minimal, but it’s this: I realise this was edited for the UK audience, BUT, It is weird to have words like ‘mom’ changed to ‘mum’. It’s fair enough changing words to have a ‘u’ in them, like ‘favourite’, because that often happens, but in my opinion, if the character is American, have them use American words. I mean, there were words like ‘petrol station’ which I KNOW would never be used in the novels. I don’t know what happened in editing, but this just kinda bugged me. 
Anyway, besides that, I loved how many stories were included, as it was far more than I expected. Having them so short was helpful in me finishing it faster, too, so yay! I will always love Morganville, and I hope, maybe someday, that Rachel goes back to it for something else. Perhaps a Myrnin spin off? Who knows. 
Thank you for giving us this treat, anyway! 🙂
-Kat
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Waiting On Wednesday: Paper and Fire

Posted 8 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Updates, Waiting On Wednesday, YA / 7 Comments

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I want to bring to your attention the second in a series:
Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine
I literally just finished book 1, Ink and Bone, and I want to read the sequel like NOW! It comes out 21st July 2016. So not too long…but long enough. 
If you haven’t seen my review for Ink and Bone, check it out here
There’s far too much left open, and I need to know…I NEED TO KNOW…
🙂
-Kat
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Audiobook Review: 4 stars to Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

Posted 8 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Audiobooks, Fantasy, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 2 Comments

Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.

In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.

Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market book smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar . . . but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.

Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn. . . .

Review:
This one surprised me. I got the paperback not long after it was released, excited to read it. But either I wasn’t in the mood or something about the writing didn’t hook me, I stopped. I then tried the audiobook, and loved the narrator! I had high hopes, and those hopes didn’t let me down. Ben Allen narrates Ink and Bone, and wow, does he make the characters come alive or what!? All the characters have their own individual voices, accents and all, and I was hooked line and sinker. I became so engrossed with Jess, and his experience with the Library.
The idea that the Great Library controls everything related to books, and having originals is seen as illegal and people can only read Blanks (which from what I can gather are just copies of the original?). There’s a whole black market system going on in the background and everything. It’s fascinating. 
The great (yet somehow confusing) understanding is that if I’d just read the paperback, I wouldn’t have known the accents these characters had. Especially Scholar Wolfe. Who knew he’d be Scottish? 
And those that started out as complete assholes, turned out to be decent human beings – except the owners of the Library. Who knew they’d be the villains? It’s amazing. 
Jess was a very easy character to like, but that didn’t mean he was a simple person with no flaws. No, he had a lot of challenges to face and it was heartbreaking some of the things he had to go through, the secrets he had to keep and the people he had to lose. It’s amazing how much war and sacrifice goes into this story and it’s quite shocking, some of it, when I was listening and covering my mouth in horror. 
Besides Jess, and Morgan – I was shipping Jess and Morgan so hard! – my favourites have to be Thomas – though I wasn’t sure about him at first – and Khalila (Probably spelling that wrong…oops). I mean, in a way, I came to care about all of them.
One thing I had trouble figuring out though was whether this was set in a fantasy future, or an AU past time…either way, it’s one hell of a ride. I need book 2 but I’m concerned there won’t be the same narrator 🙁 I have a hard time picking decent narrators because of their voices. >_< 
Anyway, if you haven’t read this, I implore you to do so! 
-Kat
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Review: 4 stars to Magnus Chase & The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan

Posted 4 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Fantasy, Funny, Reviews, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Review:
Wow. Riordan has done it again. I was, to begin with, unsure how I’d like this book, but I took to it like a duck to water. *inside joke* 
Norse Gods were new to me – I’d only ever seen Thor movies – and so I’d ultimately pictured things differently, and wow, did this turn the images in my head upside down. 
I loved the way Magnus Chase talked, I loved his sense of humour, his quick witted remarks. I saw some comments on Goodreads regarding how he ‘sounded just like Percy and Jason’  but though I agree, yeah, he sounds similar, there was one thing that helped me decide my opinion: Magnus didn’t irritate me like Percy did, and it read easier than Jason Chase because it was in first person. So, yeah.
Sure, there were moments where he made me roll my eyes, annoyed by his behaviour, but it wouldn’t be a Rick Riordan novel if that DIDN’T happen, y’know? Blitz and Hearth really gave this some life, too, and Sam was just the right amount of disciplinarian that it balanced out Magnus’s sense of ‘let’s get ourselves in as much trouble as possible’. Although…they still managed that, didn’t they?
I won’t go into much detail, but there’s plenty of giants, Elves, Dwarves, Gods and other monsters to keep you occupied and bitchy Valkyries that don’t believe you when you say you’ve been attacked by a certain God. I mean, talk about stupid? Also…talking swords? ????????? – I can’t say more, because my confusion is so vast and would last for days.
By the way, Annabeth. ANNABETH! Oh…wow. I wasn’t expecting that. And Loki…he was a rogue sonofabitch, but man is he charming. I’m not sure how else to explain how baffled I was at some of the stunts Magnus and his friends pulled off, so I’ll leave this review like this. I can’t wait for the sequel, and I’m sure it’ll be just as astounding. 
-Kat
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Waiting On Wednesday: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Posted 1 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Updates, Waiting On Wednesday, YA / 3 Comments

 

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

 
Okay so I still haven’t finished the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series BUT  I’m excited to see what this new series is going to be like! It comes out near the end of September so YAYAYAYAYAY! Still, it’s a long way away but y’know…
 
-Kat
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Review: 4 stars to Vicious by V.E. Schwab #Adult #Superpowers

Posted 28 May, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Espionage, Mature, Mystery, Paranormal, Reviews, Supernatural / 0 Comments

four-stars
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers. Victor and Eli started out as college roommates?brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognised the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find?aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge?but who will be left alive at the end? In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
Review:
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I’ll admit, I’d not read anything of V.E. Schwab’s before Vicious and I had heard wonderful things about it. I knew it was an adult book, but I didn’t expect the back and forth “flashbacks” as it were, with the characters Victor and Eli. It helped me, because I think if it had been purely “adult” I might have struggled. I don’t know. It usually has nothing to do with the writing style, but more because I generally PREFER YA. 
In any case, Vicious was a great tale of super heroes gone rogue. Or something like that. Eli and Victor didn’t always start out as enemies, but something happened when they both took on an experiment. How were EO’s (ExtraOrdinaries) created? Were they born or made to become through death? It was truly fascinating the research that went into this on the characters behalf. Please humour me, it felt like Victor and Eli were REAL. It’s such a thrill to find a book that does that to me. To make me so invested in the characters lives. I don’t usually like superhero stories, either. Not like this, anyway. It had an element of ‘Steelheart’ by Brandon Sanderson to me, but at the same time, the story was SO much better than that. 
I had liked Eli and first, but then after a while he started getting a bit too…I wanna say preachy? I think my non-religious mind was getting too “eye-rolly” of his attitude. The whole “He made me like this for a reason.” nonsense. Um…no. Sorry but that got annoying. He did nothing. YOU did this. Anyway, my ranting apart, it was nice to have a bad character have their reasons, as opposed to just being ‘evil’. He thought HE was the hero of his own story, and he really wasn’t. Neither, admittedly, was Victor. They both had their reasons for doing what they did, and it intrigued me. At one point I was getting restless, I just wanted to know what was going to happen. But I didn’t want to skip any pages. I was HOOKED!
Sydney and Serena were like opposite ends of the pole. I instantly became attached to Sydney. I felt for her on every level, I understood her (though not from personal experience, but because she was so well written) and I stuck by her when her sister, Serena, became someone to be feared.
Serena irritated me. She seemed to think she was the exception and though she apparently hated her power, and wanted people to fight back, she still continued to do bad things. It bugged me to no end. 
Every other character was so…well done. Mitch was a person I didn’t expect to like so much, but like with the others, he made a mark. Same with the investigators. They all became important to this story. I was left stunned at the ending. I was like “What? That’s it? No!” Because of how it ended, I thought there might be a sequel. I thought this WAS a series, or something. 
Anyway, I am so glad I gave this book a shot. I think it’ll be one to reread in the future. I give this 4 stars. 1 star knocked off because of the irritating Eli and Serena. Everything else was perfect. 🙂
-Kat
four-stars
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