Saturday, December 3, 2016

Week 49 Reviews: Zeroes, Swarm


From Goodreads:
Don't call them heroes.

But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. 

Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He's got a voice inside him that'll say whatever you want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't--like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days. 

Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group's "glorious leader." After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the recue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.


Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening installment of a thrilling new series. 

From Goodreads:
X-Men meets Heroes when New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld teams up with award-winning authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti in the second book of an explosive new trilogy about a group of teens with amazing abilities.

They thought they'd already faced their toughest fight. But there's no relaxing for the reunited Zeroes.

These six teens with unique abilities have taken on bank robbers, drug dealers and mobsters. Now they're trying to lay low so they can get their new illegal nightclub off the ground.

But the quiet doesn't last long when two strangers come to town, bringing with them a whole different kind of crowd-based chaos. And hot on their tails is a crowd-power even more dangerous and sinister.

Up against these new enemies, every Zero is under threat. Mob is crippled by the killing-crowd buzz—is she really evil at her core? Flicker is forced to watch the worst things a crowd can do. Crash’s conscience—and her heart—get a workout. Anon and Scam must both put family loyalties on the line for the sake of survival. And Bellwether's glorious-leader mojo deserts him.

Who's left to lead the Zeroes into battle against a new, murderous army? 

My Review:


Authors: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
Series: Zeroes #1, 2
Read: December 2nd, 2nd, 2016
Source: Ebook.bike, Publisher for Review
Reason Why: Love his books, and they sounded really great! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: September 25th 2015, September 27th 2016

Zeroes:
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars









Swarm:
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: Eleven Things I Promised

From Goodreads:
Catherine Clark has crafted a poignant story about the distances one girl is willing to go in the name of friendship that is at once funny, heartbreaking, and utterly romantic.

Seventeen-year-old Frances wouldn't describe herself as adventurous. Until now . . .

Frances has one week—while she'll be away from home competing in a high school bike race—to do every single thing on the Fix-It List. Ten crazy, totally out-of-character ideas her best friend, Stella, came up with to make the bike ride unforgettable. However, as each item on the F-It List opens Frances up to new adventures, new friends, and possibly even a new romance, it becomes increasingly difficult for Frances to keep the one promise that she knows she absolutely must obey—her promise to not tell anyone the truth about the accident that left Stella broken and angry, and started Frances on her quest to complete the list.

When it comes to friendship, Frances must decide what distances she's willing to go, and what risks she's willing to take, for the person she cares about the most. 

My Review:


Author: Catherine Clark
Read: December 2nd, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Loved her other book, and it's a SAC 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: April 5th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: The Capture

From Goodreads:
This second book in the Prey trilogy is a harrowing story of survival as Book and Hope travel back to the eerie Camp Liberty, where Book was once raised to be hunted for sport, to save those left behind. With new twists, new turns, and a new love triangle, The Capture is a gripping adventure for fans of The Maze Runner.

Every night it was the same: dreaming of those Less Thans shackled in the bunker beneath the tennis court. I couldn't let it go. As bad as the memory was, my dreams only made it worse....

It was why we had to get back to Camp Liberty. Why we had to free those Less Thans.

Book, Hope, and Cat cannot live with themselves—they cannot settle into a new free life knowing the rest of their fellow Less Thans and Sisters are still imprisoned. Now the teens must retrace their steps to save the others, destroy the compound, and thwart the evil plans of the Republic. 

With new enemies lurking—deranged Crazies and ominous Skull People among them—the group must put their fate in the hands of unexpected allies, including the woman with the long black hair and Miranda, the daughter of the Skull People's Chief Justice, who is drawn to Book. Both may come to their aid, but at what cost? As the teens race toward Camp Liberty, they must ask themselves what they're willing to do to free their friends, for the path back is filled with even more danger as motives are questioned and relationships tested. 

My Review:


Author: Tom Isbell
Series: The Prey #2
Read: December 1st, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: The first book is fantastic, and it's a 2016 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and a WoW book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: January 19th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: Alien in the Family

From Goodreads:
Planning any wedding is hard enough, but Katherine "Kitty" Katt and Jeff Martini have a lot more to worry about than seating arrangements, because multiple inter-stellar invasions, Alpha Team in mortal peril, and inter-alien conspiracies are all on the guest list—and the gifts they've brought contain some explosive surprises.

The discovery that Martini is actually a member of the Alpha Centaurion Royal Family brings additional bad news—emissaries are on their way to see if Kitty's royal bride material. And they're not the only things coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Amazonian assassins, spies, alien beasties, shape-shifters, and representatives from the Planetary Council, combined with a tabloid reporter who's a little too on the mark, create a deadly situation for Kitty and the rest of Alpha Team. When the assassins strike far too close to home for anyone's comfort, Kitty realizes it's going to come down to more than throwing a bouquet—she's going to have to face an entire planetary consciousness and dethrone a monarch in order to make it to the church on time...

My Review:


Author: Gini Koch
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt #3
Read: December 1st, 2016
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book!
Publisher: DAW
Published: April 5th 2011
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Reviews: Shattered Glass, Dawn Study


From Goodreads:
While trying to teach her adopted daughter, Reema, how to work with molten glass, Opal receives a letter from Master Magician Zitora Cowan requesting Opal's immediate help. Zitora resigned from the Sitian Council over two years ago to search for her lost sister, and no one has heard from her since. The letter is probably a trick, but Opal refuses to pass up the opportunity to help her mentor, who may be in genuine trouble. Good thing Opal isn't that easy to fool. With her two soldier friends Nic and Eve providing backup, the three travel to a small town in the Jewelrose Clan. But can they rescue the Master Magician without being caught in the same trap? 

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

My Review:


Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Glass #3.5, Soulfinder #3, Chronicles of Ixia #8.5, 9
Read: November 30th, 30th, 2016
Source: Bought,
Reason Why: Love her books so much, and this series! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books! And Dawn Study is a End of Series 2016 Book!
Publisher: Maria V. Snyder, MIRA
Published: November 16th 2016, January 31st 2017

Shattered Glass:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Dawn Study:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: The Stranger Game

From Goodreads:
The Stranger Game is a dark, suspenseful, and twisty young adult novel—perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and E. Lockhart—about fifteen-year-old Nico Walker, whose sister returns home after a four-year disappearance.

When Nico Walker's older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah's daily cruelties.

Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.

But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She's thin and drawn, where Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah's retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical—where she's been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah. . . 

My Review:


Author: Cylin Busby
Read: November 30th, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really great! And it's a SAC 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: October 25th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: By Your Side

From Goodreads:
An irresistible story from Kasie West that explores the timeless question What do you do when you fall for the person you least expect?

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn't think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn't know much about Dax except that he's trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he's not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn't come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax's side? 

My Review:


Author: Kasie West
Read: November 29th, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love her books, and it's a SAC 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: January 31st 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Reviews: All That Glows, All That Burns


From Goodreads:
Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city's draining technology, until she's sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn't any normal assignment—she's sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain's notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince's careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys's magic and heart to the test.

When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London's magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard's life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love. 

From Goodreads:
In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen's court and London's lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania's labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard's life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames? 

My Review:


Author: Ryan Graudin
Series: All That Burns #1, 2
Read: November 28th, 29th, 2016
Source: Bought, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book and WoW Books! And All that Glows is an RR Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: February 11th 2014, February 10th 2015

All That Glows:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









All That Burns:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: Of Fire and Stars

From Goodreads:
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria's formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there's more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna's intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare's independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other. 

My Review:


Author: Audrey Coulthurst
Read: November 29th, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a WoW Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: November 22nd 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 49 Review: Painless

From Goodreads:
A first kiss. Falling in love. Going to prom. These are all normal things that most teenagers experience. Except for 17-year-old David Hart. His life is anything but normal and more difficult than most. Because of the disease that wracks his body, David is unable to feel pain. He has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis--or CIPA for short. One of only a handful of people in the world who suffer from CIPA, David can't do the things every teenager does. He might accidentally break a limb and not know it. If he stands too close to a campfire, he could burn his skin and never feel it. He can't tell if he has a fever and his temperature is rising. Abandoned by his parents, David now lives with his elderly grandmother who is dying. When David's legal guardian tells him that he needs to move into an assisted living facility as he cannot live alone, David is determined to prove him wrong. He creates a bucket list, meets a girl with her own wish list, and then sets out to find his parents. All David wants to do is grow old, beat the odds, find love, travel the world, and see something spectacular. And he still wants to find his parents. While he still can.

My Review:


Author: S.A. Harazin
Read: November 28th, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really good, I enjoyed the excerpt in the Buzz Books, and it's a SAC 2016 Book and a Sophomore Challenge Book!
Publisher: AW Teen
Published: March 1st 2015
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars