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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been ages since I wrote a book review – in fact, I’ve read 33 more books since I wrote the last one! I suppose I’m just going to have to forget about reviewing them all, ha ha. Anyway, on with the review…

I was very curious about this book because it has so many rave reviews. However, the idea of a fairy tale retelling, where Cinderella is a cyborg, sounded a bit…silly. So I put off reading it for quite a while. Am I ever glad I gave it a try! All those great ratings are justified. I loved Cinder!

This book has so many good things happening: an excellent cast of characters (I think my favorite is Iko, Cinder’s android companion), a unique version of our future world, lots of action, plot twists and surprises, and of course, swoon-worthy romance.

I’d definitely recommend this captivating series for teens and adult fans of young adult fiction!



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These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a compelling sci-fi/fantasy novel – I thought it was great! I’d love to know how two authors manage to write a book together. These two authors apparently make an excellent team. :)

These Broken Stars is an intriguing adventure, which begins on more of a sci-fi note on a spaceship, and becomes a fantasy journey across an unknown planet. One of the main aspects of the book really reminded me of a particular episode of Star Trek Voyager I saw ages ago (I guess I can’t describe the episode or I’ll give away an important part of the plot). There was also a similar feel to the TV show Lost, where things certainly aren’t as they seem to be at first glance in this jungle-like setting.

I fell in love with Lilac and Tarver and their captivating experiences in this story. I’m sad the next book in the series isn’t focused on them, only because I enjoyed reading about them so much. I’m definitely looking forward to meeting the new cast of characters in book 2 though. I highly recommend this book!



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Thornhill (Hemlock, #2)Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s rare for me to like the second book in a series even better than the first, especially when the first was so good, but I really loved Thornhill! I mean, wow – everything about it was so fantastic!

The prison-like setting of the rehabilitation camp gave the story a dystopian flavour, which I found utterly captivating. The plot was intriguing and the action non-stop. The various characters and their relationships with each other were unique and felt genuine.

I can’t wait to read book 3! I definitely recommend this series for all fans of YA fantasy fiction.



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After Eden (After Eden, #1)After Eden by Helen Douglas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m surprised this book has such mixed reviews; I really enjoyed it! It was a quick, easy read and I found it entertaining, plus I absolutely love books with a time travel premise.

It was refreshing to see the relationship between Eden and Ryan unfold naturally – no insta-love, no love triangle, no girl falling for a guy who acts like a jerk half of the time. The pacing of the story and the gradual unveiling of Ryan’s secret was just right. The ending was exciting and satisfying, and I’m very curious to see what the future holds for this series.

I’d definitely recommend After Eden if you’re looking for a fun YA book about time travel. Another fantastic book I’d recommend if you enjoy this genre is All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, which is darker than After Eden, but riveting!



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Reboot (Reboot, #1)Reboot by Amy Tintera

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! So far, it’s my favorite read of 2014, which may not sound like a big deal seeing as it’s only January, but that means it’s my favorite of the 13 books I’ve read this year. The fabulous writing sucked me in from page one and kept me eagerly turning the pages to the exciting conclusion.

Based on the unique concept of being “rebooted,” the main character, Wren, dies and comes back to life. Reboots like Wren are stronger and faster than they were in their human lives, and are put to work as soldiers. Almost devoid of emotions at the beginning of the story, Wren’s feelings begin to crack through her tough exterior. Just as she’s discovering her capability to experience friendship and affection for others, Wren learns the corporation that controls her has sinister activities in the works.

Reboot is a fascinating adventure in a sci-fi/dystopian world with romance, non-stop action, and a plot that captivates from beginning to end. Can’t wait for book 2!



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Champion (Legend, #3)Champion by Marie Lu

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great trilogy – I enjoyed it so much I’m sad that it’s over!

The first book in the trilogy was my favorite, but Champion was still a five-star read for me. I really fell in love with the characters and their dystopian world. Once again, there was plenty of heart-pumping action, political intrigue, and true romance. It’s hard to please everyone when you’re ending a trilogy, but personally I felt satisfied with the way everything wrapped up.

I’m sad to bid these characters goodbye, but I look forward to seeing more from Marie Lu in the future!



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Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this book! I’m sure this will be one of my top reads of the year.

I wasn’t sure how a dystopian world where love is forbidden would work, but I think Lauren Oliver did a fantastic job creating this version of the future and explaining the logistics. The main character, Lena, is likeable and relatable, and she wants to follow the rules the way she’s been taught. She can’t help questioning some of the laws though, especially in relation to what happened to her mother and when she meets Alex.

Lena’s evolving attitudes toward the accepted practices felt real to me, as well as the relationship she develops with Alex. There’s plenty of action and intrigue in Delirium, and I had a hard time putting this book down. I eagerly rushed out to snap up book #2!



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Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I forget how I came across this book, but I was intrigued by more than just the synopsis. Many reviewers seemed unhappy with the point of view switching between two characters, particularly with one being in first person, the other in third. I personally love that narrative style, to the point where I used that style in writing my own books. I wondered if maybe the book just wasn’t well written. What I didn’t expect to happen was to completely fall in love with Of Poseidon!

I had no problem at all with the alternating points of view – I actually really liked that aspect of this book. I also loved everything else: the varied characters, the plot, the mermaid-like Syrena mythology, and the spine-tingling conclusion.

There’s something majestic and fascinating about the ocean – it makes the perfect setting for this vast and beautiful world, yet it’s also a place fraught with danger. I devoured this book in two days, and rushed out immediately to pick up the next book in the series, Of Triton.



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Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so neat and fun to read! On the surface, you have the regular old human world, and then there’s another whole world entirely that most people aren’t aware of. The main character, Karou, bridges both worlds, and her escapades are delightfully entertaining. She’s a quirky character, yet easy to identify with and care about right from the beginning of the story.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone has so much going for it: thrilling action scenes, a fascinating mix of characters, an intriguing fantasy world, and epic romances. I highly recommend this book for all fans of fantasy fiction.



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All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t read a time travel book in quite a while, and this novel reminded me how much I love that theme. It must be challenging to write a story with a time travel component; it would be difficult to avoid adding plot holes and inconsistencies. I think Cristin Terrill did an amazing job!

The book starts out perfectly: it’s like watching someone paint a picture while the setting, characters, and plot are colored in piece by piece. As the author drops little hints and clues, you feel so proud of yourself for figuring out another part of the puzzle.

It’s hard to say much more specifically about the story without giving anything away, but I can say that I really enjoyed everything about All Our Yesterdays, and I absolutely recommend it for any fan of YA sci-fi or time travel fiction. The listing on Goodreads says “All Our Yesterdays #1″ which implies there will be a #2… I wouldn’t say the ending leaves itself open to a sequel, but I’ll definitely give it a read if there is!



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