ARC Review: Contact by Laurisa White Reyes

 

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Release Date: June 23, 2014

Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Format: eARC

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 3 Stars

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From Goodreads: Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already, and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira, it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.

To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth…but proving it just might get her killed!

Review: Mira Ortiz is in the hospital, yet again, for another suicide attempt. She just wants it all to go away– the memories, feelings, emotions, etc… from touching other people. She realizes that she has always had that feeling of reading ones emotions, but since she recently was immunized with the drug, Gaudium, it has become more enhanced. As she’s leaving her therapist’s office, she trips and falls over David (She literally falls in love with him). Days later she bumps into him again at one of her father’s functions. He’s vying for Governor, and is also under investigation for things that happened over 16 years ago with his pharmaceutical company (It’s a long story). The next morning she finds her mother unresponsive in her bed, and Mira’s life becomes chaos afterwards. She figures out things about her father and soon begins to put more pieces together, but she really has no idea who is behind the madness that is her life.

I really wanted to love this, I really did. Mira was so naive and gullible, it made me sick. One minute she was getting to the truth (sort of), and then she was berating herself for thinking the things she was thinking. In the end, it mattered, but not while trying to put the pieces together concerning her life and the mysterious gift she has. I can say that, if you read this book, don’t trust any revelations because in the end, you will be surprised. I was like, seriously? David is a great guy, with his own secrets. I actually liked his character more than Mira. For the most part, the premise is great. I liked the actual science of how Mira got her gift of reading people through touch. Some of the phrases at the end with her and Jordan, her father’s bodyguard? minion?, was a bit juvenile. Yes this is a YA book, but it was so not cool. Overall, it was okay. I can say that if there shall be a book 2, which the ending hinted at, I want to read it to see where it goes. Just okay, okay.

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ARC Review: Creators by Tiffany Truitt

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Title: Creators (The Lost Souls #3)

Author: Tiffany Truitt

Release Date: April 28, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Source: eARC from publisher

Genre: YA/Science-Fiction/Dystopia

Rating: 3 Stars

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SYNOPSIS: Heartbroken but determined more than ever after a tense showdown in the woods, sixteen-year-old Tess once again returns to the safety of her community of  Isolationists. Bolstered by new alliances and desperate to protect those she loves, this time she knows she can return stronger and more powerful than ever to take back what is hers. As she trains in combat and grows more confident, Tess receives beautiful letters penned by her forbidden love, the chosen one James, from his prison in Templeton. He is now serving as a bodyguard to the creators- the team of scientists who created artificial life in the first place. And what he has discovered about the true origin of the illness that halted natural life could change everything. Enemy will become ally and death will bring new hope in this stunning conclusion to Tiffany Truitt’s epic Lost Souls trilogy.


REVIEW

When I agreed to review this book, I wanted to see if I could understand at least some of it without reading it’s predecessors. I feel that if you can start a book in the middle or end of a series/ trilogy, and it is good, then that is one good book. Creators lived up to that, seeing as I enjoyed reading it.

We start off with Tess who is trying to figure out what happened to her father (I didn’t read the previous book, but this picks up after that). They find refuge at a compound that Tess has been to before with Eric and McNair. Finding out that  her sister, Louisa, is pregnant makes Tess all kinds of freaked out because apparently that is forbidden(?) in their world. Again, I had no idea what to expect regarding these characters and this world they live in. Tess makes for a great heroine to me, simply because she tries to do the right thing by fighting for their freedom.

I didn’t like her father at all. He was too keen on exacting revenge, while Tess wanted to fight for different, honorable reasons. I really can’t say too much about James character. I only got to know him through the letters that he penned to his love, and he seems likable. So to my surprise, I felt kinda bad by the end of this book. I can’t say it was a good or bad ending to this trilogy, because I’m clueless about the series as a whole, as to just this last book.

I now have to go back and read the first two later, so expect an update to this review. It is a good book and I very much enjoyed reading it. It goes to say that if I plan on going back to read previous books in a series, then the author did her job. I’M SOLD!! I would recommend this to readers that love YA/Dystopia. Please read them in order though, that way you can enjoy the series as a whole.

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You can find the first book 12792988 here, and the second book 15811135 here.

Stacking The Shelves #4

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that showcases the books we’ve gotten. Whether they are checked out from the library, won, bought or ARCs, share what you have. Sharing is caring 🙂 I got a few this week for review, so I only purchased one. I know, shocking right? After I knock these ARCs out of the way, then i’m gonna go on a shopping spree on Amazon and get more of my TBR books. Most will be physical books, as i’m trying to fill my new bookshelf that my fiancee’ bought. I’ve turned one of my guest rooms into a mini library (as my 4 yr. old niece says). Okay, on to the goodies…..


From NetGalley

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Blur (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James Pre-Order From Amazon

By Any Means by Chris Culver Pre-Order From Amazon

Fury (The Cure #1) by Charlotte McConaghy –Read My Review Here –

Kindle Version- Fury: Book One of The Cure (Omnibus Edition)

We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt Pre-Order From Amazon


From Booklook Bloggers

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The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley 

Available From Amazon: The Queen’s Handmaid


From Author

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Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr –

Available From Amazon:Reflection Pond


From Entangled Teen

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Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye Pre-Order:Fragile Line (Entangled Teen)

Creators by Tiffany Truitt Pre-Order:Creators (Entangled Teen)


Won

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Edge of Shadows by Cege Smith

Available On Amazon:Edge of Shadows (Shadows #1)

Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Available On Amazon:Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser Series)

Trinkets, Treasures and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Available On Amazon:Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser Series)


Purchased

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Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Available On Amazon:Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends

I have a slew of freebies from Amazon that if I post them, i’ll be here all night trying to edit this. I really need to catch up on my TBR before I go crazy adding more books. It’s already going to be years before I even finish reading them all. It currently sits at 750+, and I haven’t even added the books from the past few weeks to the list yet. *sigh* Anyhoo, what books did you get this week? Sharing is caring people!!!

 

Free Amazon Kindle Books

I’m going to start posting free books once a week, that I find on Amazon. I will try to post them by genre so that it will be easier for you to choose the ones that interest you. I’m gonna try to stick with Thursdays. I only found a few that interest me, but next week i’ll try to post more. Fill free to check them out….







Note: All of these books are free at the time of posting. PLEASE check the price before downloading, as it may have changed!!!

Review: Tethers by Jack Croxall

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Title: Tethers (The Tethers Trilogy #1)

Author: Jack Croxall

Release Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Amazon 

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Historical/Adventure

Source: ebook 

Rating: 4 STARS


BRIEF SYNOPSIS

In the wake of a cold Victorian winter, Karl Scheffer and Esther Emerson discover an anonymous journal filled with strange passages and bizarre scribblings. The journal soon draws them into a covert and sinister conspiracy, a conspiracy centered around  an otherworldly artifact with the power to change everything. The voyage the teenagers soon find themselves undertaking is one of desperate importance and true peril; it will change the way they see the world, and each other, forever.

REVIEW

Thirteen-year-olds Karl and Esther are best friends who discover a mysterious journal in their neighbor’s house. When Karl find his and Esther’s name on the last page of the journal, they soon find themselves in a conspiracy concerning a gem with strange powers.

Karl and Esther are very precocious characters. Smart and witty are just two of their likable qualities. These two are always looking for a chance to adventure out of the small village that they’ve only known their whole lives. From the very first page, you are easily pulled in by their friendly banter. As the story unfolds, you can’t help but wonder what will happen next. I found it hard to put down at times when I had to sleep for work.

I love all the elements that make up this book. There’s the fantasy side, but with science-fiction trait. Of course there is the historical aspect, as it’s set in the Victorian Era. It’s also very adventurous and thrilling at times, which is what our two main characters long for. A great start to a trilogy in my opinion, and I can’t wait to read Unwoven (The Tethers Trilogy #2). Definitely recommend!!

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