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Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)Blood Red Road by Moira Young

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This was a very entertaining book! Set in a bleak, future version of the world, the author did such a good job describing the environment, you can practically taste the dust and feel sand blasting you in the face. The main character, Saba, is one tough cookie. Nothing is going to stop her from traveling across the wasteland to rescue her brother – not even mercenaries, cage fights, or evil overlords.

The bizarre dialect of this book was quite distracting at first, and the weird style without quotes around the dialogue. After a while, you forget about it though, and besides being very unique and actually pretty darn cool, it really adds to the flavour of the story.

I definitely thought there was a Mad Max feel to this book. I would recommend it to fans of dystopian fiction who enjoy a gritty tale full of action and adventure. There’s a touch of romance, but it’s not the focus of the story. The ending absolutely compelled me into reading book 2!



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Obsidian (Lux, #1)Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I had pretty high expectations going into this one because of the huge number of rave reviews. There were some aspects about Obsidian I enjoyed, like the alien-next-door premise and the overall world building. I feel like I missed something though because I don’t get the appeal of Daemon at all.

At the beginning of the story, Daemon is an arrogant jerk, just like it says in the book’s synopsis. By the end of the book, he’s … still an arrogant jerk. I get the appeal of a bad boy, but this guy is so rude and disrespectful to poor Katy, he completely leads her on, sending her such mixed messages it seems almost cruel. Of course, just by being around Katy, he’s also endangering her life due to his alien nature and the horde of enemies out to get him.

I have a feeling I won’t get around to continuing this series, which apparently makes me the odd one out this time.



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Requiem (Delirium, #3)Requiem by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I think Lauren Oliver is an extremely talented writer, and book #1 (Delirium) was pretty much my idea of the perfect novel. *spoilers for book 2 ahead* Oliver did such a good job making me fall in love with the characters, I spent all of book #2 wondering when Alex was going to make his reappearance. By the time he showed up literally on the last page just in time to witness the result of Lena and Julian’s insta-love, I felt really let down. I wondered how on earth that love triangle mess could possibly be resolved.

So onto book #3… while the writing style is still fantastic and the world and the story outside of the love triangle (square?) are so well done, the mess between Lena, Julian, and Alex made it impossible for me to truly enjoy the book. I didn’t have that spine-tingling feeling I normally get at the end of a series, but I don’t know how you can skip book #3 after reading the first two.



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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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Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I based my rating entirely on the author’s writing style, I would give a strong 5 stars. Oliver has a way of captivating your attention and sucking you into the story until you empathize with the characters to the point of feeling cold or hungry yourself when the characters are suffering.

I enjoyed the storyline and Lena’s continuing journey, however there was one element I kept waiting to see that didn’t show up until literally the last page of the book. It’s hard to say anything without spoiling the end, but my expectation and desire to see this particular element became downright distracting. Normally, I respect an author’s way of telling their story however they want to, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t horribly disappointed by the ending.

There are so many good things happening with this tale that I’m still rating Pandemonium 4 stars, but I feel a lot of trepidation going into book #3.



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Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy, #2)Of Triton by Anna Banks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the mermaid-like Syrena mythology this author has created, and I think the cast of characters is great. I’ll admit I didn’t enjoy Of Triton as much as Of Poseidon though. The firework chemistry between Emma and Galen seemed to cool off significantly from the previous book, and the plot focused on politics, which wasn’t as appealing to me. There were several instances where I felt pulled out of the story because the characters’ actions didn’t make sense. At one point Galen makes Emma promise to stay out of the ocean, but she goes jet-skiing and big surprise, falls into the water. Another time, they hire a helicopter and bribe the pilot to take them way out over the ocean and they jump out; there’s no way the pilot would just abandon them. For people trying not to draw attention or expose the Syrena, that scenario didn’t ring true for me. Also, I couldn’t help noticing numerous spelling errors and typos.

Overall, I do think the author is very talented and definitely does well at writing an entertaining story, but book 2 didn’t blow me away like the first one.



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Hemlock (Hemlock, #1)Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I love me a good werewolf book, and Hemlock did not disappoint!

This is one of the rare books where humans are completely aware of the werewolves’ existence. The powers that be are attempting to round up all the people infected with Lupine syndrome because they can be dangerous if affected by bloodlust. Unfortunately, the authorities don’t really know what to do with the werewolves once they’re caught, other than chuck them into camps until they find a cure. IF they find a cure. Consequently, most werewolves hide their infected status and try to pass themselves off as human.

Thrown into this great premise is the main character, Mac, who’s dealing with the aftermath of her best friend’s murder. No one seems to know what really happened, and Mac is determined to find out. Hemlock is full of mystery, with some great twists, a dash of romance, and heart-stopping action. An excellent start to this trilogy!



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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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