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Early Review: Rebel by Amy Tintera

April 15th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Amy Tintera, Dystopian, Rebel, Reboot Series, Review, Young Adult

Rebel Amy TinteraTitle: Rebel

Author: Amy Tintera

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: Reboot (Book #2)

Publication DateMay 13, 2014

FormatHardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062217100 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062217103 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


The sequel to the action-packed Reboot is a can’t-miss thrill ride, perfect for fans of James Patterson, Veronica Roth, and Marie Lu.

After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn’t what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren’s instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he’s underestimated Wren and Callum.

The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.

Quick & Dirty: Brimming with suspense, action, and romance this series is a must read for all young adult dystopian fans. Tintera delivered a wonderful ending to this dazzling series that has quickly become one of my favorite reads of the year.

Opening Sentence: Wren was silent.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

There was a virus that spread and killed thousands of people, but some of those people Rebooted or in other words, came back to life. The longer you were dead the stronger you were, but you also had fewer emotions. All the Reboots were taken and forced to work for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Wren and Callum are both Reboots that lived in the Rosa Reboot facility, but they recently escaped. There were rumors that there is a Reboot Reservation that is safe for all  Reboots looking for freedom, but what they find is very different than what they expected.

The Reservation is run by a ruthless leader that is set on getting revenge. He feels that Reboots are the superior race and the only way for them to prosper is to completely eliminate their enemies, which is the entire human race. Wren wants nothing more than to run away with Callum, but Callum refuses to just stand by and watch his family get slaughtered. Is there a way to save everyone they care about — human and reboot? Wren and Callum are about to find out!

Wren is a wonderful heroine and she grows so much in this story. She is more open and honest about how she feels, which made her way easier to relate too. She’s not use to dealing with feelings because it’s a Reboot’s nature to suppress them and the HARC trained them to do that as well. I loved seeing this softer side of Wren, it in no way made her seem weak, just stronger all around. It brought out her human side and made her a more admirable character.

Callum also grew by leaps and bounds in this book, which made him sexier. When it came to expressing how you feel and being smart, he was an expert, but when it came to fighting or taking control of a situation, he really struggled with it. But luckily he has found something worth fighting for and he ends up really standing out as a leader. He is still that great adorable guy that can easily make you smile, but he shows a tougher side to him that made him a better rounded character. His relationship with Wren is so sweet, they really balance each other out perfectly, and they also had really great chemistry. They were both wonderful characters and I am sad to see their story come to a close.

Rebel starts off with a bang and is a fast paced adventure the whole way through. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and luckily this one was just as good. Just like in Reboot, this was told from both Wren and Callum’s POV, which I really liked. I liked being able to see what each of them was thinking, but there were a few times I did get a little confused on whose head I was in. Both characters were so easy to like, as were all the wonderful secondary characters. The plot was intriguing and intense, it easily kept me interested. The romance is adorable and I loved how it developed slowly and realistically. I really enjoy Tintera’s writing, it is captivating and she really knows how to tell a great story. This was the ending to the series, which made me sad because I loved it so much. But the ending was very satisfying and I am really looking forward to whatever Tintera comes out with next. I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a fast paced dystopian novel with loveable characters, swoony romance, and heart pounding adventure.

Notable Scene:

Beth and Addie exchanged a horrified expression and a sick feeling started to build in my stomach.

“On the hunt?” Addie said, her voice barely above a whisper.

“Technically she went to find the Reboots who didn’t come back, but I think they were going to hunt if they could.” I swallowed. “Why? What’s wrong?”

“Did they tell her what the hunt was?” Addie’s eyes were big, worry mixing with fear.

“I . . . I don’t know.” I glanced from her to Beth.

“What’s the hunt?”

Reboot Series:

1. Reboot

2. Rebel (May 13, 2014)


FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Rebel. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: This Strange and Familiar Place by Rachel Carter

April 14th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Rachel Carter, Review, Science Fiction, So Close to You Trilogy, This Strange and Familiar Place, Young Adult

This Strange and Familiar PlaceTitle: This Strange and Familiar Place

Author: Rachel Carter

GenreYA Sci-Fi

Series: So Close to You (Book #2)

Publication Date: July 2, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 272 Pages

ISBN-10: 006208108X (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062081087 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project’s subjects are “recruits” from across time, recruits like Wes, Lydia’s ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family…

The conspiracy theorists were right about the Montauk Project all along. In this sequel to So Close to You, they’re coming for Lydia next…

Quick & Dirty: Wonderful sequel filled with mystery, suspense and romance. I love this series and would highly recommend it to all young adult sci-fi fans.

Opening Sentence: My eyes open.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I wanted to start off by saying that even though I tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible there are a few spoilers from the first book in this review. So I would suggest that you read the first book before reading this review.

Lydia Bentley has returned to a life that’s not her own. When she traveled back into the year 1944 she changed something in time that has had a very negative rippling effect to her life. Her grandfather disappeared years ago, her relationship with her friends and family is totally different, and she is a stranger to the girl she is in this life. There is only one person that knows the real her and she hasn’t seen Wes since she returned to her own time.

When Wes suddenly appears in her bedroom one night to say goodbye for good, Lydia makes the choice to not let that happen. She decides to convince him to let her follow him back to the year 1989 and help him with his mission. She also wants to try and figure out a way to get Wes out of the Montauk Project for good so they can finally be together. That is the year her grandfather disappeared and if fate is on her side, maybe she can fix her future as well as save Wes. But the Projects have their own plans and Lydia is a big part of them.

I completely adore Lydia she is such a sweet girl that loves fiercely and will go to great lengths to save everyone she cares about. The life she returned to was so foreign to her and it was awkward to watch her try to stagger through her everyday life. Once she reconnects with Wes she gets back to being the same Lydia that I connected with in the first story.  I admire her determination and strength to always try to do what she thought was right. She doesn’t always make the best decisions but her flaws make her easier to relate too. I think she is a great character and I can’t wait to see her grow even more in the next book.

Wes is just totally dreamy. He has put up walls around his emotions because that is what he has been trained to do, but with Lydia he starts to let some of those walls crumble. I loved learning more about his background and where he came from, it made him feel more realistic. He is very protective of Lydia and I loved watching their relationship develop. He is a great love interest with the perfect amount of mystery and sexiness.

This Strange and Familiar Place was a great sequel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure. It started off a little slow for me but once things picked up, I found that I couldn’t wait to finish it. There were some big plot twists that took me completely by surprise in a very good way. I adore the characters and felt that my connection with them just intensified more in this book. Carter’s writing is so captivating and full of suspense that it is easy to get lost in her stories. Also, I wanted to mention how perfect the title of this book fits the story perfectly, and I just really like it! This is the first time travel series I have read and I loved it so far. The ending is complete torture, but fortunately for me the last book comes out in a few months. I would highly recommend this series to anyone that is a time travel or sci-fi fan.

Notable Scene:

“We can’t let them win.” I push my hands forward, as though the idea is a physical thing I’m holding out to him.”You know that better than anyone, especially after what you saw tonight. I refuse to let this be our fate—apart no matter what we do. I don’t know how we’re going to find a way out of this, but we can do something right now. We can choose each other.”

He shuts his eyes as if in pain. When he opens them, there’s a look I never seen in his gaze before—something bright and wild.

He moves closer. “You might be giving up everything. Are you sure this is what you want?”

“Yes.” No hesitation.

I hold my breath, waiting for him to send me away again. But then he slips his hand into mine. “I want to be where you are, too.”

So Close to You Series:

1. So Close to You

2. This Strange and Familiar Place

3. Find Me Where the Water Ends (July 1, 2014)


FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of This Strange and Familiar Place. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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March Book Haul Part One

April 14th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Book Haul Tags: Beauty, Eleanor & Park, Fever, Gayle Forman, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jessica Brody, Just One Day, Lauren DeStefano, Lili St. Crow, Nameless, Nancy Ohlin, Rachel Hawkins, Rainbow Rowell, Rebel Belle, Shift, Shine, Stacey Kade, The Rules, Unremembered, Wither

I got a lot of great books in the month of March, so many in fact, I had to actually do two book hauls. So here is the first one showing all the books I bought and traded for the last month. The next book haul will posted later this week sometime. If you like watching our YouTube videos make sure to subscribe to our channel right here so you never miss anything.

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Preview of New Releases this Week

April 13th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under New Releases Tags: A Shard of Ice, A World Without Princes, Alivia Anders, Beth Fehlbaum, Big Fat Disaster, Birdie Clark, Burn Out, Cara McKenna, Christine d'Abo, D.L. McDermott, Dana Cameron, Diango Wexler, Don't Look Back, Double Take, Emery Lord, Erin Bowman, Far & Gone, Forbidden, Frozen, Her Best Laid Plans, High & Dry, Hollow World, House of Ivy & Sorrow, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Armentrout, Jennifer E. Smith, Jenny Han. The Forever Song, Jessica Arnold, Jessica Sorensen, Joseph Delaney, Julie Kagawa, Kristi Helvig, Laura Griffin, Lauren Blakely, Leslie Kelly, Lisa Renee Jones, Lori Adams, Lovecraft's Monsters, Marcella Burnard, Meljean Brook, Michael J. Sullivan, Mike Mullin, Nailed, Natalie Whipple, Neil Gaiman Nightmare Ink, New Releases, Night After Night, Nova and Quinton: No Regrets, Open Road Summer, Pack of Strays, Pittacus Lore, Rebecca's Lost Journals, Return to Paradise, Sarah Skilton, Silver Skin, Soman Chainani, Sunrise, Tatiana De Rosnay, The forbidden Library, The Geography of You and Me, The Kraken King Part One, The Last Apprentice: The Fury of the Seventh Son, The Lokking Glass, The Other Story, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, What I thought Was True, You Only Live Once

It is already the second week in April and there are some amazing books releasing this week.  It is a really big week for young adult books and some of my all time favorite authors have books coming out. What new releases are you most looking forward to this week?

New Releases for the Week of April 14th-April 20th









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Review: Blood from a Silver Cross by E.S. Moore

April 12th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Steph under Review Tags: Blood from a Silver Cross, E. S. Moore, Kat Redding Series, Review, Urban Fantasy

Blood from a Silver CrossTitle: Blood from a Silver Cross

Author: E.S. Moore

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Kat Redding (Book 4)

Publication Date: February 6, 2014

Format: eBook, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 1601832427 (Kensington)

ISBN-13:  978-1601832429 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Steph


Trust is a dangerous business.

Some people still call Kat Redding by her hunter name: Lady Death. But she’s not eager to see more violence brought to her doorstep. The neverending tide of hungry supes and vicious humans doesn’t change the math—sooner or later Kat’s one-vamp battle against the nightmares that infest Columbus is going to leave her dead. And she has innocent people—well, a werewolf and a demon-summoner—depending on her now.

But when a rogue werewolf who’s opted out of the bloodbath is found crucified and mutilated with toxic silver, Kat knows she’ll be tangling again with the dangerous Pureblood murderers of the cult of the Left Hand. She already has an undead countess blackmailing her into taking out the city’s garbage and a demon playing with her head. Add to that her serious suspicions about changes at the house of her uneasy ally Jonathan Alucard, werewolf denmaster, and Kat might have finally gotten in danger so deep, not even Lady Death can survive…

Quick & Dirty: While the main storyline kept my attention, the secondary plotlines from previous books just served to confuse me, thus hampering my overall enjoyment of the book.

Opening Sentence: Ethan drummed his fingers on the table in a steady staccato.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

While there were strong hints of a good book here, in the end, I was mainly disappointed. I had issues with the main character and just felt that, in the end, not much happened. I will also admit to not reading the first three books in this series, which does obviously color my opinion, as I spent a large amount of time feeling confused, so my review will be a bit biased in that sense. That being said, I felt there were enough good parts of the book that I had to give it three stars rather than two.

In the world that Moore has created, vampires and werewolves rule the night. Humans, or Purebloods, know not to go out after dark unless they have a death wish. Kat hates being a vampire, and has dedicated her life to eradicating monsters. She’s known as Lady Death. In the past year, however, she’s had to admit that not all monsters are bad. When Jonathan, the Denmaster of the Luna Cult, asks for her help to find a killer, she can’t say no. The victim was a werewolf, found crucified, with a silver crucifix burned into his forehead. Kat immediately suspects the Left Hand, a radical Pureblood group that does not see the difference between good and bad monsters. There’s no easy way to know who Left Hand members are though, so Kat basically has to bide her time until there’s another attack. Will she be able to track the Left Hand down, or will many more die at the hands of this insane group?

I honestly don’t know what to think of Kat. She’s very standoffish, which makes sense for an assassin, but at the same time, the scenes we get that are supposed to show her humanity didn’t work for me for some reason. They came off feeling flat or forced, and that succeeded in making me feel very disconnected from her as the main character. Since the story is told in first person narration, the fact that I couldn’t connect to the narrator made it very hard for me to get into the story.

The thing that bothered me more than Kat though was that there seemed to be a lot of extra storylines that don’t do anything other than set up potential future plotlines. It was these storylines that led to a lot of my confusion because they were carried over from previous books. If the book had just focused on the Left Hand and their string of killings, I think I would have rated the book much higher because I greatly enjoyed the parts of the book that focused on this main plotline.

As I said, I greatly enjoyed the main plotline of the book. It’s action packed and leaves the reader on the edge of their seat up until the very end. However, my reaction to Kat as the main character and my confusion due to secondary storylines dragged the book down for me. I believe fans of this series will greatly enjoy this installment, as they should already know about these secondary storylines. While I was largely disappointed, the ending intrigued me enough that I am thinking of finding time to go back and try the first book in the series to see if that changes my opinion.

Notable Scene:

“If you don’t get to the point soon, I’m leaving.”

Beligral chuckled. “I feel that the day is coming when my services will no longer be required. You are gaining power of your own, power that you hardly know what to do with.”

“That doesn’t sound like a bad thing,” I said.

He laughed again, this time a full-throated laugh that shook the walls, before turning his burning gaze on me. “But with that power, you will lose something you so desperately want.”

“Yeah,” I said, swallowing hard. It was a struggle not to meet his eye. “What’s that?”

“Your humanity.”

I couldn’t help it. My eyes rose to meet his own. Our gazes locked and he had me. I couldn’t look away. I could feel him rooting around inside my head and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I felt paralyzed, weaker than I’d ever felt before.

“Stop,” Ethan said. I could feel him next to me, but couldn’t look away from the demon long enough to reassure myself he wasn’t going to do something stupid. “Stop now or I’ll send you back.”

Beligral held my gaze a moment longer before turning away.

My entire body sagged as if his stare had been the only thing holding me up. I leaned against the wall, breath coming fast and hard. I felt like I’d just gone twenty rounds with a dozen very pissed off werewolves. My chest burned and my head thumped so hard, it felt like my skull might explode.

“Are you okay?” Ethan whispered, resting a hand on my wrist.

I nodded and forced myself to stand erect. “I’m leaving,” I said. “We’re done. Don’t ever bother me again.” I turned away, this time fully intent on leaving for good. I could no longer feel the mark behind my ear. Apparently, it had vanished sometime during our little staring contest. I was free.

My foot hit the first step just as the demon spoke.

“I can make you human again.”

Kat Redding Series:

1. To Walk the Night

2. Tainted Night, Tainted Blood

3. Blessed by a Demon’s Mark

4. Blood from a Silver Cross

5. Souls of the Damned (June 19, 2014)


FTC Advisory: Kensington provided me with a copy of Blood from a Silver Cross. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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