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Fragile Chaos

Hi guys! Here’s my stop for the Fragile Chaos blog tour (hosted by Rockstar Book Tours)

Book Blitz – Plains of Sand and Steel

Alright! Now for a giveaway!

Toward a Secret Sky

My review for Toward a Secret Sky is going to come off kind of meh. The reason being, I found the book just kind of meh. Maybe even a bit less than meh. Maybe more kind of…ugh.
 
I know. So specific, right?
 
I liked the premise, and the setting and cultural details all had a great sense of dedication. I don’t know much about Scotland despite the fact that my ancestry is almost all Scottish (I plan to remedy this soon. I’d like to know more about it, starting with attending my county’s Scottish Games.)
 
However….
 
Ugh. Maren wasn’t a likeable character at all. I felt bad for her, but the emotion was lacking. She falls into insta-romance with a hot guy who turns out to be an angel…
 

It was all so tropey and overdone.

Little of the magical world was explained, and when it was, it was done in a ‘this is for the reader’s benefit’ sort of way. It was kinda cringe-worthy.
 
BUT, then I have some hang-ups in the other direction. There were a few things I LOVED. I liked the villain. And un-like a few other Blink titles, the villain isn’t half-baked. He does some actually bad things. Like, attempted rape. (which some books shy away from committing or coming close to committing.) Even a major character was murdered, right under your nose. (which I appreciate, because again, most authors shy away from committing to major character deaths like that.)
 
I did like Gavin, his side of the relationship came off as less superficial than Maren’s. But….still somewhat uninspiring.
 
So, there it is. My review of a somewhat mediocre angel-lore book. I wish the same passion that went into the setting and culture, went into the characters and relationships. So much of it came off as….cheeseballs. Cheeseball-y. Whatever.
 
The end redeemed some of that cheesiness. Maren moped for a while and then decided to do something about it at the prompting of another character. Thus not extending our suffering at the whole “We can’t be together, it’s forbidden” angle. It puts a little more oomph and offers a light at the end of the tunnel for future plot lines.
 
Having said that, I really hope that the character quality drastically improves. I’ll be cautiously optimistic and keep my eye out for its release. (I hear there will be two more installments, which will take place in other countries! Darn? Hopefully she remains as dedicated to the cultural influence in the future.)

It Started With Goodbye

I’d been hearing about this book EVERYWHERE. I’m not sure I’ve seen a more aggressive publicity campaign by Blink. For real, I can’t think of one.
 
So, I was REALLY looking forward to this book, especially because I tend to enjoy books by Blink.
 
Unfortunately, It Started with Goodbye wasn’t one of those books.
 
This was touted as a Cinderella-ish retelling. You know, A girl with a stepsister, a step-mother and a grandmother as a fairy godmother. But that’s a liberal description of It Started With Goodbye. It meets the qualifications, but barely.
 

The book’s biggest problem, was lack of commitment.

The antagonist was nonexistent in this book. In the book, Tate has issues with her stepmother, stepsister and even her father. She even falls into the wrong side of the law. But all that tension dropped, right after it arose. One moment, she would be mad at her stepmother for some injustice or unfair treatment. Then, a paragraph later, Tate would say “but I can see where she was coming from”. It wiped away all of the emotional momentum in the novel.

 
It DROVE ME NUTS. Because it meant that the book had no plot. None at all. In Cinderella, Cinderella escapes her stepmother and step sister’s cruelty. She gets a gown, goes to a ball, meets a prince, and falls in love, right?
 
But here, she wanders around aimlessly for the entire book. Finally, in the last thirty pages, she goes to a festival and meets the ‘prince’. True, she does a few other things, like start a graphic design business…. Which would be great, except it failed to carry any conflict into or out of the novel. While it did serve the purpose of bringing her in contact with the ‘prince’, that’s the only purpose it served. It all seemed so pointless…so directionless and never ending.
 
The writing was okay. However, combined with the plot, the book is less than satisfactory. Dare I say it, it seemed mediocre. It makes my heart ache knowing that the potential of this book was wasted away. There are so many other amazing books out there! Ones that I haven’t even read or heard about.
 
Another huge problem for this book was empathy.
 
I haz none.
 
Not here anyway. I didn’t feel for her, her problems…nothing. A BIG part of that, was the previously mentioned weakness in the plot. Because, if a character isn’t against anything, it’s hard to be for something. In the end, it was kind of like a “shrug” moment where “all is well that ends well”. So unfortunately I can’t recommend the book. Just literally can’t. I so wish I could. But I don’t.

Waiting on Wednesday #3

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday choice, is The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes. Last year, Stephanie Oakes made a bombshell debut with The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Though I have since acquired the novel, (and I have oodles of friends that RAVE about it…) I still haven’t read it. Shame on me.

However, I did manage to snag an arc of The Arsonist at ALAMW. It’s sitting on my shelf, waiting for me. One thing that’s superficially attracted me to her books…. ARE THE SIZE.

These suckers are huge. a whopping minimum of 400 pages. They are heavy, as all my favorite books are (kidding, I have a few lightweight favorites too.) There’s just something about heavy-huge novels that I just love. It’s like it’s…. the potential. It stands out. It says “Look at me! I have tooooons of plot twists and turns and character-derived AGONY awaiting you!”

So, I hope real soon I’ll get to dig in to this promising read. 😀

Here’s the gorgeous cover for you to oggle till it comes out in August!

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Top Ten Tuesday #5 Bad Mamma Jammas

Basically, a list of bad moms in literature. Specifically YA lit. Now, some of these examples are going to be a bit vague for spoiler purposes. I’d like to put these in order, but I simply can’t. I’d have to re-read all of them, take excessive notes and compare. So, they are in alphabetical order, except the last two, which are my vague guessing game books.

The Truth About Mother’s Day

Yallwest Giveaway!

All you have to do to enter the giveaway, is follow and RT me on twitter. This contest is US only! (sorry guys, shipping is expensive….)

But here are photos and a list of everything you can win!

May the Fourth Be With You #2

So, without further ado, here is my Read and Enjoyed List.

Read and Enjoyed

Disruption

“What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer—heir to the M-Corp empire—has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.”

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Earth Aliens

“The Earth is dead and humanity’s last hope is amongst the stars. For 50,000 lucky souls, a distant, alien planet will be their home after they endure a grueling seven year journey. Assigned as apprentices to older specialists, Hugh O’Callahan and Elena Ames must learn quickly to survive their dog-eat-dog lives. Meanwhile, Zeneba, a young Charneki girl, is chosen to take the throne as mara. She must learn quickly, for it is foretold a cataclysmic event will mark her reign. Can she find the strength to lead her people against invaders from the sky? The Expedition is Book #1 from Earth Aliens, an EPIC Press series. Each EPIC Press series is made up of 6 short installments, intended for readers 14 and older.”

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Beyond the Ever Reach

 *This book has been republished as Beyond the Ever Reach, my review was for it’s former book, Fear my Mortality. No changes occurred between the titles*

New Edition: previously published as Fear My Mortality.

“What if everyone in the world was invincible… except you?

In an alternate version of today’s Earth, everyone is invincible. Since the beginning, people have been able to heal so fast that nobody can be hurt or killed. The normal lifespan ranges hundreds of years. Despite all that, Ava Holland is afraid of death. When the unthinkable happens, her only ally is the boy she should fear the most. Michael Bradley is the strongest, fastest healer anyone’s ever seen. But Michael has secrets too. Together, they run from a society that rejects them. Michael seeks redemption and Ava seeks safety, but when the truth is revealed, it’s up to Ava to save them both.

Beyond the Ever Reach is the first book in an action-packed four-book series.”

You can read my full review here!

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Genesis Girl

“Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.”

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SOS: A Prequel to The Silence of Six

 “Evan Baxter doesn’t have much time left before he must do something that will change his life — and the lives of his friends, his family, and millions of people he’s never even met — forever. There’s only one person who could come through for him at the last moment, but that chance is fading fast. In the course of one day, Evan has to come to terms with pulling off the most daring and dangerous feat of his young life, and he may not survive to see the consequences.

“S.O.S.” is a thrilling stand-alone short story prequel to the acclaimed YA novel THE SILENCE OF SIX by Norton Award winning author E.C. Myers. This eBook includes a preview of the first chapter of THE SILENCE OF SIX.”

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Soulmated

“Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?”

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True Calling

“Welcome to Novo: Your new home in Space

For Ariana Skyee, Planet Novo was everything it promised to be until the authorities introduced “The Calling” as their response to repopulation. Now, all seventeen-year-olds are to participate in this Bachelor-style pageant to find their perfect match, marry, and have children.

But that’s not Ariana’s only concern. Thanks to the government-sanctioned memory erase, she has no recollection of Zane, the mystery boy who haunts her dreams. Things are further complicated when the pageant commences and her feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify. Together, they start to realize not everything about their new home is as it seems.

Entangled in a dangerous web of deceit, Ariana sets out to identify the truth. Conflicted over warnings that Cal isn’t trustworthy and alarmed at the government’s increasing interest in her, she doesn’t know where to turn. But her search for the truth comes at a high personal price. When her world implodes, discovering the past shapes her future with devastating consequences.

TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. ONE SHARED DREAM.”

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The Union

“After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.

When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.

Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.

The Union is a futuristic young adult romantic adventure.”

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As a bonus, you can read last years May the Fourth post, right here!

YALLWEST + FINALS

Because I’m going to YALLWEST!  Yaaaaaaaay.

I can’t wait to go. I have books to pack, laundry to do….and….a RESEARCH PAPER TO WRITE.

What is that you say? Why a research paper? Because my ArtH professor failed to tell me that the artist had two statues by the same name. And, I’ve been researching the wrong one this whole time. So yeah.

 

All of today and tomorrow will be spent cramming like mad for that research paper. Thank goodness I’ve done so many NaNoWriMos, where you have to write 1,666 words a day…for 30 days to win.

In this case, the paper has to be 1500-2000 words long. Piece of cake, right?

*Laughs nervously*

 

So wish me luck. I’m sorry this post is so bare bones, and lacks all the extra stuff I want to say…. But hopefully, you’ll follow me on Twitter, or Instagram, where I will INSTASPAM you all day long, with wonderful photos of books, authors and my fellow nerdy peeps.