Category: Dystopian


#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

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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

 

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#Review: 4 stars to The Heir (The Selection series #4) by Kiera Cass #YA #Dystopian @HarperChildrens @kieracass

Posted 2 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Eighteen years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

 

 

 

 

Might be some spoilers if you haven’t read the Selection series/or don’t want total fangirlisms 😛

Review:

Having loved the Selection series (1-3) I was sad it ended….

Until it didn’t.

What’s that, you say? A 4th book?

 

Yeah, so that was my reaction. But it took me some time to come to terms that it wasn’t from America’s pov. Damn! I left it some time after getting the book before delving in.

I’ll admit, it didn’t hook me right away. I had to put it down and take a break. Read something else. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to read contemporary dystopian, you know? Anyway, then I got the audio book from Scribd just to see if that would help me get through it. I managed a chapter. Oh boy, was the narrator annoying! What is it with female narrators for YA books sounding like they should be reading erotica instead?

In the end, I picked up the book once more and stuck to it. And I was not disappointed. Though there were times Eadlyn pissed me off. I mean, when it first said she was 18. I was like “What? You’re 18?!” Because, you have to admit (if you’ve read it) that she behaved more like a 14/15 year old spoilt brat! And  okay, she’s a princess, about to be Queen, but fml.

I got over that.

When her parents (squeeee! MAXON AND AMERICA FOREVAAAA) decide Eadlyn should have a Selection to help settle down disturbance among the force. HAHA. I mean, land. Eady baby is not pleased. She doesn’t want to get married (reminds me of Katsa in Graceling, which I’d just read) and is determined to be in control (again…familiar) but is quickly shaken when the boys in question begin to get close to her. 

It’s a fascinating concept, and fun, seeing the whole process from the other side of the situation. I mean, we all know what it’s like for the Selected, but never from the Selectee, so to speak. Eadlyn’s behaviour changed somewhat, from wanting to sabotage to actually considering her choices. Not that that particularly surprised me. It was obvious that would happen.

I love Kile. Can I say that? He was not so much the dark horse but also a complete non-cliche. He wasn’t fawning over her, he wasn’t obsessive (Uh…hello Aspen!) and was cool. But then you have others, like Hale and Ean. But call me crazy, but they didn’t have much of an effect on me. I just like Kile. 

I do hope she chooses him. 

The ending had be hyperventilating and crying. Seriously. I mean, it was completely thrown out of nowhere and I was like “where the hell did that come from?!”. I’m glad it shook Eadlyn as well, because she needed a wake up call. 

Over all, definitely can’t wait for the next book. Though it is sad Maxon’s all aged now, and a father, and damn my dream bubble has been burst! lol

-Kat

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#Review: 5 stars to The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken #YA

Posted 29 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 2 Comments

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Review:

I can’t believe how many books I’ve had to start and quit early before I got to one I really really liked. I’ve been in a reading slump for quite some time and only when I finally bought The Darkest Minds did I think, yes, I’ve found the ONE!

I loved everything about this book, though in some aspects it reminded me a bit of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. But that could be just because of the whole ‘super powers’ thing and that Ruby doesn’t want to touch anyone for fear something bad will happen. It’s really quite unique in its own way, and scary in parts. Especially the chapter on Ruby’s parents and how what happened..happened. I won’t spoil, because it’s all part of the journey, but it’s really something.

Ruby and Liam made the perfect couple in my opinion and DAMN, why you have to go and write THAT ending, Alex? *sobs* I can’t wait to read Never Fade, as I need to find out what happens next. 

The only person I really couldn’t stand was Clancy, but I think that was probably the point. He was manipulative, temperamental and sleezy in all sense of the word. At first, I thought yeah maybe I could dig this kid, but then after about a page I was like NO! There were times when I wondered if Ruby and her group (Zu, Chubs and Liam) were stupid, with the situations they ended up in. 

Chubs is probably my favourite character. And that’s saying something because it took a long time for him to soften to Ruby, but I liked the fact he stuck by his guns (metaphorically speaking) and knew what he wanted out of life. He knew, when they ended up at East River, that things weren’t all that they seemed, and yet no one listened because…well…why would they? Everyone else was having a grand old time. It made me appreciate just how much outsiders listen and observe more than those that instantly fit in. I’ve always been an outsider myself, and I tend to grasp what is happening to others before they do, and it helps when someone suddenly realises and I’m like HAHA NAILED IT! Just kidding. I’m not that shallow. 😛

Anyway, this book had everything I wanted. Action, romance, a bit of amusement, drama, tales of woe…just everything. POWERS! I love books about super powers. 

I saw Alexandra Bracken at SDCC, though from a distance, and I wish I had bothered to get the book then to have it signed because man, it’s definitely up there with my favourites. 

YAY!

 

-Kat

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#ReleaseDay Book Blitz & Giveaway: Awakening by Shannon Duffy #YA @shannonduffylit @entangledteen

Posted 7 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Dystopian, Giveaways, Interviews, Release Day Blitz, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Awakening-ShannonDuffy-500x750Awakening
by Shannon Duffy
Release Date: 04/07/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn’t even think to question when Darien, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darien shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree’s help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she’s ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darien be able to escape the Protectorate before it’s too late?

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Top Favorite Things

Top 3 Favourite snacks while writing and why:
Coffee, popcorn, and nuts because the coffee keeps me alert and the other stuff I love.
Top 3 Favourite books that inspired you to write:
Narnia, Twilight, and Hush Hush.
Top 3 favourite techniques to overcome writers block and why:
Take a break from writing, read, do CP work. These things help to press the reset button for me and get me back in the writing groove.
Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why
Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera—because they’re awesome!
Top 4 favourite movies of all time
The Notebook, Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix and Ace Ventura (SO many more awesome ones).
Top 3 favourite actors/actresses and why
Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling because they are really talented and always pull me in or make me laugh.
Top 3 favourite dream destinations:
Bora Bora, Australia, and Italy

 

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Author of MG and YA books full of adventure. I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now live in Ontario. I love writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling.

 

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#BOOKHAUL #1 – March 2015 edition #YA #Fantasy #Contemporary #Dystopian

Posted 28 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

BOOK HAUL #1

March 2015

I’ve not done a book haul in….oh god, years? I’m pretty sure this is either the second or third post I’ve ever done on it. I keep meaning to, but you know how it goes…

Now, I know the end of the month is a weird time to put one up, but granted, I don’t get books all the time, so it might not be every month, and when in the month I don’t know. I’m confusing myself. Right…On with it.

This month I seem to have accumulated quite a few books, from either the library or buying, or even as freebies ( Who doesn’t like a freebie, huh?)

Bought books:

Legend/Prodigy/Champion by Marie Lu – Last year sometime, I got Legend from the library. It took me ages to track it down, but once I did, I read it and loved it and I guess I got a bit sidetracked because I kept meaning to get the next two but didn’t. And the book shop would always have one without the others, so I couldn’t buy them in order. Until now, that is. FINALLY. I saw the Legend series in Waterstones and I was like “Those are MINE!” kinda like Gollum except not quite as creepy. I can’t wait to continue reading the series, but as you’ll find out, I have many more to get one with.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton – What feels like a long time ago now (but was only actually a few months) I requested and was accepted a copy of Seeker from Netgalley. Now, for those of you new to reading my blog, I’m TERRIBLE at reading ebooks.  I don’t have a kindle so I read off my laptop. I prefer print copies, therefore when I saw this in shop, I had to get it. Now I can flit through it like a…very fast reader? I dunno, I’m not fast at anything. But I’m excited to try this. It’s got a fantasy element with lots of action and adventure. 🙂

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve had this book a good month or more, which I guess doesn’t count as a march haul, but it will do for now. I had heard such big things about it, and also…some not. So I’m a bit unsure about how I’m going to get on with it. Still, it will be interesting. Sometimes I’ll hear bad things and then read it, only to find I love it. Everyone’s different.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I had pre ordered this way back in November, and finally managed to pick it up in February (the warehouse had issues, and apparently didn’t want to email me to tell me that Waterstones had the book delivered already -.-) so again, not technically a March book, but you get the picture. I’m catching up. I am currently half way through this beast of a book, and let me tell you…it’s a good one. However, I’ve hit a bit of a…rut, as it were, with reading and so have come to a halt. I want to finish it, but it might be a while. I blame Netflix. Then again, I was the one that signed up for a month…*sigh*

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve waited for EVER to get this. I’ve seen reviews and also, I loved Hex Hall (though the sequel…not as much…) so I was looking forward to this. When the paperback was finally up on Amazon, I grabbed it. Unfortunately, I have tried to read a bit of it, and I just can’t seem to get into it. Maybe once I’m fully out of my rut, I’ll have a fresher head to deal with complex descriptions, but for now it’s going on the back burner.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – Another one I’ve heard endless praise for and when I saw it, I thought oh what the hell? I haven’t started it yet, but I’ll let you all know when I do.

 

Library Books:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Not necessarily a book I’ll read twice, but people have talked about it and it’s got me intrigued. I think it’s a horror kind of story so I’m unsure. But hey…the name caught my interest.

Tape by Steven Camden – The name, the cover, the blurb on the back…It’s not my usual kind of book, but it sounds good.

Riot by Sarah Mussi – Again, the cover caught my attention. I think I’ve seen this advertised before, but wasn’t sure about it. So that’s why I get from the library the ones I’m on the edge about. 

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – I’ve seen this around for ages, but now I finally bit the bullet and got it. 🙂

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – I was meant to get this last summer. I’d entered a contemporary kick and was all over them like a crazy person. But what bit I had read of this, I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it. So now I can read it without the added commitment…squeee! 

 

Freebies!!!

As I said before, who doesn’t like free books?! I recently got invited to a book blogger event for Maria V Snyder, promoting her new book Shadow Seeker. Though I’m shy and awkward and socially inept, I did have a good time. It was lovely to meet Maria and the many other book bloggers. I don’t usually get involved in the community like others do, so it was a bit daunting. I hadn’t known what to expect as it was my first ever blogger event, so I was surprised when they gave out goody bags at the end.

Inside these were:

Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry – I loved Pushing The Limits, but didn’t necessarily like the others in that series, so I’m so happy to finally have more of Echo and Noah. 

Monster by C. J. Skuse – I’ve not heard of this before, but I guess that makes sense as it’s an advanced copy. Anyway, it looks great and I can’t wait to dig in.

I also got given a copy of Shadow Seeker by Maria V Snyder. It was funny because I’d only rushed out that day to get it to get signed…only to be handed one at the event. Sods law, really. I’m a few chapters in to it now and loving it! FYI the UK cover is so much better. 😛

 

I would mention what I got from Netgalley as well but I’m afraid that might make me sound worse than I feel. HaHa.

What are you reading? Any books you’re looking forward to that are out in April? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

xxKatxx

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#BlogTour & Giveaway: Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West @MB_West @EntangledTeen #YA #SciFi

Posted 12 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Dystopian, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

collideCollide (The Taking #3)

by Melissa West

Release Date: 02/09/15

Entangled Teen

320 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she’s ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender.

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

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EXCERPT!!!!

I walk down the dirt road and stare off into the distance, my mind on the impending war, when my eye catches on something beside the road. A half mile away, but absolutely there. I edge closer, another step, then another, my heartbeat picking up. The wind slowly slips around me, throwing my hair in my face as I strain to see.

The figure moves toward me, and I toward it, then I see long white hair whip in the wind and suddenly my blood stops pumping, my legs stop moving, my lungs stop drawing breath. But still, he continues to move. I scramble back, falling, digging into the dirt, desperate to get away. I have no weapon, nothing. I’m not prepared. I can’t fight him. Not here. Not now. And then in a blink of the eye, he’s in front of me and every muscle in my body quakes with fear. A slow smile creeps across Zeus’s face, and then one word is placed in my mind as though it were my thought instead of his.

Soon.

Ah!” I gasp for a breath that won’t come and scramble up, only to find myself tangled in blankets. I fight against them, just as Jackson pulls me against him. “Jackson?” I blink hard, momentarily disoriented. “How did I get back here? Where is he? Did you see him?”

I try to stand, but Jackson forces me to sit still. “Ari, it was just a dream. You had a dream.”

No. You weren’t in here. I was alone and then I went outside and—”

You didn’t. I came in shortly after we all went to bed. I couldn’t sleep without you. And I’m sorry about earlier.”

My mind reels, unable to stop. “Wait, no, you weren’t here, and I left. I went outside. I—”

Why don’t I get you some water? Stay here, okay? I’ll be right back.”

He steps outside the makeshift curtain, and I sit back in my bed, my hands shaking. I clench them together in hopes of steadying them, and that’s when my gaze lands on my fingers, on the thick red mud caked underneath each nail. I hold them out in front of me, fighting to keep a sob from escaping my lips.

It wasn’t a dream. Zeus is here.

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Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

 

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#ARC #Review: 3.5 stars to Mind Games by Teri Terry #SCIFI #UKYA

Posted 10 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 1 Comment

Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late?

Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer.

The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing…

Released March 5th 2015 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So, well, okay where to start? First off, I just want to say how pleased I was to be accepted when I requested this. I loved the Slated series and so was really anticipating new stuff from Teri Terry!

I’ve been torn, severely, about what to rate this, however, so excuse me while I get my thoughts in order.

The premise sounded great, and I can really see that technology may well get to the point where we’re given implants and live mostly in a virtual world. It’s scary. I found myself so captivated by the prospect, and the world, and how it all escalated so quickly.

I’m still not sure if I liked Luna. I guess I did, but then certain things she did, or that happened to her, made me want to throw the book across the room in frustration.  She never stayed consistent with her moods.

I didn’t like Gecko at first. I expected he would be some kind of love interest to Luna and it instantly put me off. I thought Luna was strong enough to deal on her own, and she was. But actually, Gecko turned out to be a decent guy. I ended up feeling sorry for him in the end. He definitely came off worse, in my opinion.

Hex. I liked him at first. He was fairly minor, not really in nor out of the story. After a while, though, I just didn’t trust him.

Luna’s family I felt were a bit of a nonevent. I found I didn’t care about them. Some parents in books I instantly GET, and like, but these people were just…there. The same with Luna’s grandmother who, I thought, was going to be some kind of major part of the book.

Tempo was a tricky character. I thought she was a bit too…evil-doer, and not a lot else to her. Not much back story there. There were many other minor characters who were good, who I would have loved to hear more of, but they just…disappeared. The sad part is, I can’t even remember their names now, but I know at the time I liked them. 

The whole book was like a roller-coaster that never seemed to stop. It was up one minute, down the next, and I’d go from hooked, to really annoyed to really hooked again. A lot of people have said the ending was bad, and though I agree it was wrapped up quick, I thought it was decent enough. At first, I forgot this was a standalone. In which case, yeah maybe it could have used more…detail.  In some ways, the ending seemed more like a lead up to a sequel, but that’s okay if it’s not. I don’t like harsh ending’s anyway. And funny, because I’ve never been a fan of epilogues, and this time we get one with limited detail and here I am like “GIMME MORE!” 

I wish I could have rated this higher, but there were just too many “Argh!” moments for that to happen. It’s okay, though, because I stuck with it. I wouldn’t have given up. I think Teri has such a refreshing way of telling stories, that I knew it would get better. And it did. Just not consistently enough for me. :/

-Kat

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The ‘Avril (freaking!) Lavigne’ #BOOKTAG! #YA

Posted 1 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fun, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Everybody in the blogosphere seems to be doing the Taylor Swift book tag. Now, I LOVE TayTay. But I think if I were to do that, I’d be jumping on THAT particular band wagon. Time for a mix up, eh? So this time, I’m going to bring out the old school music and go for…

Avril (FREAKING!!!) Lavigne!

Granted, her older stuff is way better than the new, but who cares? Here goes my list!

(P.S. Sorry about the set up. I’ve tried it fix it like…10 times, but the alignments just won’t do what I want.)

Anything But Ordinary

 

This book. Oh this book. I got it a few months after it came out. I heard all the hype. I tried it, didn’t like it, couldn’t get into it, dropped it. Months later, tried again. Same result. A year later…I read it, and BOOM. Something in my brain clicked, and then I couldn’t get enough! This is definitely anything but ordinary!

 

 

My Happy Ending

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’d LOVED the first two, Divergent and Insurgent. I’d had hopes for Allegiant, but since so many complained about it before I’d managed to get a copy, I found myself losing faith…Why couldn’t we have worked it out?!

What The Hell?!

So this could be both ‘what hell were you thinking?” or ‘what the hell, I’m gonna like this even if you don’t!” And with that, I declare:

The Fallen series is my biggest ‘WHAT THE HELL?!” series ever. I loved it (granted, the last book was let down a bit, but the rest…great.) Now. I’m sure you’re wondering why I haven’t put Twilight under this tag. I would. But so many others have also done this, it now seems redundant.

 

Push

“Maybe you should just shut up
Even when it gets tough
Baby ‘cause this is love.
And you know when push comes to shove
It’s gonna take the both of us
Baby, this is love
Baby, this is love”

 

NEED I (or Avril?) SAY MORE? All the hearts.

Goodbye

“Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye my love
I can’t hide, can’t hide, can’t hide what has come

I have to go
I have to go
I have to go
And leave you alone
But always know
Always know
Always know that I love you so
I love you so
I love you so, oh”

 

Here’s To Never Growing Up

 

Pretty sure this title has to go to Harry Potter. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the books and though I know it’s read by many adults, it’s still the first fantasy book I ever picked up (at 14? I think.). I’ll never forget it. ♥

I’d put in pictures, but there are too many. haha.

 

Not Enough

The House Of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast.

Sorry, but I’d loved these books…and then by book 9 they just started to get ridiculous. I can’t believe they’re still going, or have just finished –  I lost track. It saddens me when this happens.

“I’m sorry if this hurts you
But I tried to keep what we had once I was wrong
It wasn’t keeping me awake

You didn’t listen, you didn’t hear me
When I said I want more, I got no more
You weren’t stealing me away

It’s not enough, it’s not enough
To give me what it is I want
It’s not enough, it’s not enough
To get me everything I need
And I, I wish it was
I think it’s time to give this up”

4 Real

“‘Cause I’m 4 real, are you 4 real?
I can’t help myself, it’s the way I feel
When you look me in the eyes, like you did last night
I can’t stand to hear you say goodbye

Well, it feels so right ’cause it feels so right
Just to have you standing by my side
So don’t let me go ’cause you have my soul
And I just wanted you to know

I don’t wanna look back ’cause I know that we have
Something the past could never change
And now I’m stuck in the moment and my heart is open
Tell me that you feel the same.”

The award goes to:

Silver Shadows Collage

I can’t believe this series is coming to an end, with Ruby Circle being the last book. *hear my cries!* I’m going to miss Adrian. SYDRIAN FEELS EVERYWHERE! And just…the whole world that Richelle Mead has created. I look forward to what she does next, but I don’t know…will it…CAN it…top this?

The Best Damn Thing

It’s a toss up between:

       AND          

I recently discovered the Geek Girl series and I am in love, but then Silver Shadows was the best thing ever and….*sigh*

 

When You’re Gone

“When you’re gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you’re gone
The face I came to know is missing too

When you’re gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through
The day and make it ok
I miss you”

Yeah, I really miss this. I reread all the time, but it’s not really the same, is it?

Innocence

“It’s the state of bliss you think you’re dreaming
It’s the happiness inside that you’re feeling
It’s so beautiful, it makes you wanna cry.”

This book was one raved about book and I am so glad it came into my world. I loved it. The world, the people, the story itself…

All the hearts!

 Wish You Were Here

This goes for several series that have ended, but the biggest one (and yes, I know she hasn’t ended the world of Shadowhunters, she has finished this series!) has to be:

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

I actually wanted to put Twilight, lol. I really want to. Can I have two? I think…okay. So this song goes to both Twilight and TMI AND TID and well okay SO many. But yeah…you get the picture. *sniffles*

Last but not least!

Smile

“Yo-u said “Hey,
What’s your name?”
It took one look
And now we’re not the same
Yeah you said “Hey.”
And since that day
You stole my heart
And you’re the one to blame”

‘Nuff said. 😀

Lyrics from MetroLyrics and pictures from goodreads and google.

I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

Dude, that was hard to do! lol

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#CoverReveal: Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith #Historical #Romance @Keely_keith

Posted 13 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Dystopian, Mature, New Adult, Romance, YA / 1 Comment

Want to see the cover for Keely Brooke Keith’s upcoming sequel to Land Uncharted?!
Well…here we go!
Title: Uncharted Redemption
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press
Description: Levi Colburn, resentful of his father, haunted by his
mother’s tragic death, and pained by his love for the unattainable Mandy
Foster, breaks from the Land’s tradition and begins to build a life of his own.
When rebels tear through the village of Good Springs, Levi vows to deliver
justice and restore the woman he loves. As tradition stands in the way of
redemption and threats from the outside world begin to appear, Levi must learn
his greatest battles cannot be fought with his fists. Romantic, suspenseful,
and filled with adventure, Uncharted
Redemption
weaves dramatic new layers into life in the Land.
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is the second book in the Uncharted series. If you haven’t read The Land Uncharted, it’s best to start here:
The Land Uncharted

Book One:

Title: The Land Uncharted
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

 

Summary:
Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor.
 
Naval Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war. A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land. 
 
Lydia risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations.
 
Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection.
 
As Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to survive?
 
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Advance Praise for The Land Uncharted:
“Not only is Keely’s writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of ReverieThe Land Uncharted captured my interest from the opening lines. Keely Brooke Keith skillfully weaves an engaging story that explores the possibilities of a simple, peaceful existence in a society set apart from a world ravaged by conflict. Equal parts suspense and romance, this debut novel is a compelling read.” -Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

 

About the Author

Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores. 
 
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#YA releases in #2015 – TOP 20

Posted 2 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Funny, Mature, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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So for the past few years I’ve assembled a list of books released in the year, month by month. But because of time and effort, I’ve decided to compile my top 20 most anticipated books in Young Adult!

In no particular order:

1: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead

It’ll be such a shame to see this amazing series end. I have loved every book of Bloodlines, just as I had with Vampire Academy. I’m really excited to see how it ends. Sad, too.

2) The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3) by Maureen Johnson

It seems like decades ago since book 2 was released. After that cliff hanger, I thought I wouldn’t survive the wait, but here I am. Alive and kicking and screaming, wanting book 3!

3) The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

When The One was released, I read it as fast as I could and then suffered from the biggest book-hangover. The prospect of having MORE of these adorable characters….words fail me.

4) End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3) by Susan Ee

I was a late comer to this partaaay! But I fell in love with Penryn and Raffe, and can’t wait for more.

5) All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Yikes! It feels like forever since the Gallagher Girls series ended, and then you had Heist Society which seems to have gone on a break – and I’m very excited for All Fall Down. The wait is nearly over!

6) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

What can I say? It’s Rainbow!

7) Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve heard a lot about this book and I look forward to putting the rumours to rest. I’m sure I’ll love it!

8) Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters kicking butt…just the way I like it. 🙂

9) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han

I wasn’t sure if there was ever going to be a sequel, but here we are. And I am bouncing.

10) All That Glitters (Geek Girl, Book 4) by Holly Smale

I’ve yet to finish Geek Girl 3 (I’d been reading it in the book shop because I’m waiting for it come out in paperback) but am hopping with excitement over book 4!

11) The Selection Stories: The Queen & The Favorite (The Selection, #0.4, #2.6) by Keira Cass

It’s Kiera. End of discussion.

12) Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

I’ve enjoyed Maria’s other word (Poison Study series, and I’ve got the others somewhere…) so I’m looking forward to this.

13) The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

I missed Rachel’s work. I loved the Soul Screamer series, and this sounds just as good!

14) Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters. LOVE IT!

15) The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Interested.

16) Menagerie (Menagerie, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Another new gem from Rachel and I can’t freaking WAIT!

17) Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I heard this is a Middle Grade story, but I don’t care. I heart Tahereh’s writing so much. She’s just…perfection.

18) Burn (The Rephaim, #4) by Paula Weston

Ahhhhhh! This has to be one of the most underrated series ever. I love these.

19) Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles, #2) by Lauren DeStefano

SQUEEE!

20) Please Remain Calm (This Is Not a Test, #2) by Courtney Summers

Book 1 was wild. Book 2 must be CRAZY.

As you can see most of these are continuations of a series, but there are a few that are new. Let me know what you’re excited for in the comments below. 😀

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