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Bookshelf update

Hello readers!!

Even though I am not around to read and write a review, I still want to try and post once in awhile. I organized my bookshelf and wanted to share what I have. Granted, it’s not all on one bookcase, but I took pictures of each shelf and combined them. But of course in my excitement of organizing my books, I forgot to put up my Wait for You series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (oopsey). 

Comment which books you also have that are on my shelf! 

   
   
Goodbye for now! And happy reading!!

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Bookshelf update

Hello readers!!

Even though I am not around to read and write a review, I still want to try and post once in awhile. I organized my bookshelf and wanted to share what I have. Granted, it’s not all on one bookcase, but I took pictures of each shelf and combined them. But of course in my excitement of organizing my books, I forgot to put up my Wait for You series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (oopsey). 

Comment which books you also have that are on my shelf! 

   
   
Goodbye for now! And happy reading!!


Book Release of Diamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2) by Michelle Madow and In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken

Hello Readers!!

Happy Release Day!!!

I am here to celebrate the release of two books written by two amazing authors, Michelle Madow and Alexandra Bracken!

Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2) by Michelle Madow

All-access doesn’t mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah’s YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don’t keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters’ archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow’s riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.


In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)

In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.


If you haven’t read the previous books in these two series, you absolutely should!!!!

I can’t wait to get my copies today!!!

Happy Book Birthday!!! I am so glad to share a birthday with two fantastic series! 🙂

Happy Reading!!!


Book Edits!

All The Truth That's In Me 1    An Abundance of Katherines 1

Caged 1     Clicks 2

Created 2     Faking Normal 1

Four 1     Hunted 2

Ignite 1     Indelible

Issac The Whispers of the Fallen 2    Lucas 1

Lux Consequences      Lux Opposition

The Darkest Minds 1   Never Fade 1

Three Sixty 1    Ninety Degrees 1

Rebellion 1    The Whispers of the Fallen 1

Salt 1    Talented 2

There's No Place Like Here 1    The Fifth Wave 1

The Beginning of Everything 1     9781475911619_COVER_FQA.indd

The Murder Complex     Thirteen Reasons Why 1

Vision 1     The Secret Diamond Sisters 2

Exiled

I really can’t wait to do more! I hope you enjoyed these edits!!

Happy Reading!!


July Wrap Up

What a FANTASTIC month of reading I had! I read mostly YA (of course), but I also dipped my reading feet into the NA genre, as well as a psychological thriller genre. All the books that I had the pleasure of reading this month were incredible and were given either 4.5/5 stars out of 5. A few books that I also read included some e-book novellas. Please check out my reviews of each of these amazing books in the links below! I’m looking forward to whats in store for my next month of reading (aka, FINALLY getting to read the Lux series: Beginnings and Consequences).

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

The Whispers of the Fallen: Rebellion (The Whispers of the Fallen #2) by JD Netto

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken

In Time (The Darkest Minds #1.5) by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Created (Talented Saga #4) by Sophie Davis

Captivated (Talented Saga, #3.5) by Sophie Davis

Hunted (Talented Saga #3) by Sophie Davis

Caged (Talented Saga #2) by Sophie Davis

Talented (Talented Saga #1) by Sophie Davis


Review of Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken

Never Fade     Signed Never Fade

“Who I was and who I had been disconnected, leaving me stranded somewhere in the middle. I used to wonder if I was even Ruby anymore. At camp, I didn’t have a name outside of my cabin. I was a number:3285. I was a file on a server or locked away in a gunmetal gray filing cabinet. The people who had known me before camp no longer did.” pg. 1 Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

“The one thing the past few weeks had driven into me over and over was the more you got to know someone, the more you inevitably came to care about him or her. The lines between you became blurred, and when the separation came, it was excruciating to untangle yourself from that life.” pg. 27 Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

“Maybe I was still broken and would always be-but now, at least, I was piecing myself back together, lining up one jagged edge at a time”. pg. 297 Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Goodreads synopsis:

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

My Review:

I gave this book 4.5 stars out of 5

So I found out about this series when I decided to go to BookCon 2014 and found out Alexandra Bracken was going to be signing for Never Fade. I had bought The Darkest Minds in preparation for BookCon. I never realized (moronically) how popular this series was. I was so pumped and excited to see Alexandra Bracken and get Never Fade. I was waiting in line about an hour ahead of the time she was to start signing. Here begins the craziness. As I was waiting off to the side, the group around me was being yelled at by the staff saying that if they see us they will not allow us in the signing line for Never Fade. It was complete chaos. I ended up leaving, then coming back about 15/20 minutes later. Once again, we were yelled at with the same response as before, that if they see us, they will not let us in line. As I was walking away, I ended up running into a girl who had the Meetup? Meetup. BookCon badge that a girl from the BookCon app created so we could all spot eachother. I ended up going back again with her for a third time to the Never Fade signing. Within five minutes we were yelled at again. THEN, to our shock, staff members were passing out post-it notes to those that were clustered around them (aka those that just got to the signing line). Lo and behold, I didn’t get a post it. I was very bummed because I had gone back and forth at least three times only to be turned away each time. LUCKILY, I found the girl who I spoke to earlier with the badge, and she managed to get an extra post-it note from another girl standing next to her. The NICE staff member standing next to the “barricade” asked me how many times I had gone back and forth, and I told her. I also made sure to tell her the other girl can vouch for me. So the nice girl let me into the signing line. So that is the long story of how I got my free copy of Never Fade.

After the mind boggling events from The Darkest Minds, I knew that I was pumped to read Never Fade. In the beginning, the author writes from present events, then switches goes to the past, then slowly leads back up to present events. I was very worried at first as to what I was reading. The beginning of the book did not seem to have the great flow as the first book did. I was confused about what was happening and had to go back a few times and reread to get a better understanding of what was going on. Maybe the reason I didn’t like the beginning was because there were characters that I SEVERELY disliked. HOWEVER, I stuck with continuing to read this book based on how much I LOVED The Darkest Minds and In Time. After you get past the beginning of the book, the writing is very reminiscent to the impeccable writing I saw from the first book. You are drawn into the characters lives and everything that they are going through with immense detail. You live and breathe Ruby’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences throughout this story. Ruby has truly grown into such a strong character, its unbelievable. There is a new set of characters that Ruby is with while working in the Children’s League. I love that the kids she meets in the Children’s League become like a family to her. This book pushes Ruby and her friends, new and old,  to the limits. You will definitely feel a vast amount of emotions throughout this book, so be prepared.  I would absolutely recommend this book, even though I did have a hard time in the beginning, it is completely worthwhile! I look forward to the next book in the series.

Happy Reading!!


Review of The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds

“The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.” pg. 456 The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

“Maybe I had learned a lot, and maybe I had a better grip on my abilities, but staring at him, my fists clenched and shaking, I couldn’t justify it. What was the point of being holed up with someone who didn’t believe in me when I had people out there who did?” pg. 408 The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

“Did you know… you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breathe? I’ll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight… and it’s like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you.” pg. 437 The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

“Ruby, give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can. We can go anywhere you want. I’m not your parents. I’m not going to abandon you or send you away, not ever.” pg. 438 The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

“I know this is going to sound corny, but…if there’s one good thing that came out of all this, it was that I got to meet you. I would go through it all again-“…”I would, as long as it meant I’d meet you.” pg. 482 The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

 

My Review:

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

What a breathtaking,heart pounding, non-stop action packed novel! There were so many things that happened in the book but you never once were lost with how smoothly and detailed Alexandra Bracken writes. She flowed very well to the present and flashbacks throughout the book (it gives a great backdrop to how these characters came into who they are in this novel, and who they may become as you read the series) there were so many twists and turns in this story that you won’t know what hit you! One moment you think everything is okay, and then, bam! Total chaos!. This story is very reminiscent of The 5th Wave with how the characters struggle to survive and protect one another. There was so much depth to the characters that you really got a sense of who they were, even the ones that try to mask themselves. Ruby is such a strong and caring, especially regarding the group of kids she joined. This book is filled with so many emotions (both good and bad) that you won’t know what to do with yourself afterwards. You feel so much for these characters, anger, sadness, happiness, and every other emotion. If you LOVE dystopian novels, definitely get this book. If you’ve never read a dystopian book, WHAT ARE DOING!?!? Go out and get this book right now!!! I would definitely have Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) ready, because you will want to read it right away…BUT, I would suggest to read In Time (The Darkest Minds novella #1.5) because this gives some insight into events that occurred after The Darkest Minds, and leads into Never Fade. This book is filled with action, suspense, survival, and the need to fight for those you care for the most.

Happy Reading!


Review of In Time (The Darkest Minds #1.5) by Alexandra Bracken

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“Before he took his life, he used to tell me that sometimes we don’t know what we’re looking for until we find it. I’ve been so angry, at him and at everyone else, that I don’t know how to handle the way I feel now. Because I think I might be happy. I think I might know what I’m supposed to be doing.” In Time by Alexandra Bracken

Goodreads synopsis:

Don”t miss this exciting short story that connects THE DARKEST MINDS to its much-anticipated sequel, NEVER FADE! Gabe”s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first score, a young girl who won”t speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine. Includes a bonus preview chapter from NEVER FADE!’

My review:
I gave this novella 5 out of 5 stars

I typically don’t bother with e-books. However, because The Darkest Minds was such an amazing book, I decided to get this novella. I liked the fact that this novella was not written from

the point of view of the characters that we met from the first book. Instead, the novella was written from the perspective of a character wanting to be a part of the Skiptracer group. This story focuses on the would be Skiptracers interaction with Zu after she manages to leave with the group of kids from East River and how she impacts his life. You will find out some things about characters we met from the first book. This novella is DEFINITELY worth reading, but of course, be prepared for a cliffhanger. This novella is a great lead into the second book in the series Never Fade.


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