I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing this book truly was. To be totally honest, I was notMy Review is originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing this book truly was. To be totally honest, I was not sure what to expect from this book since it is a self-published novel. I found myself somewhat apprehensive to begin reading it. On a whim I decided to pick it up and give it a try. I figured I'd read a few pages and see if I liked it. Little did I know I would finish the entire book THAT day. YES, it was THAT good GREAT!
The story-line was unlike any other Dystopian novel I've read. The world building was remarkably unique and richly developed. The idea of being classed into groups by how long you're going to live is not only insightful but really makes this story unlike any other. I was fully engrossed by Olive and Harrisons dual POV's. Without going into to much detail about what really happens in the book I must say one of the best parts was when Olive finally sees who she really is and the power she holds leading her to question everything the government has said. The romance between both Olive and Harrison was both beautiful and raw. Thier journey to do what's right and rebel against the government may be the hardest thing they've ever done.
I highly recommend Shymers if you're a fan of Dystopian novels. Without a doubt one of my favorite Dystopian reads on 2013. ...more
Review is also posted here - NOBODY + a giveaway to win a print copy of the book and a print copy of Every Other Day.
Picture this: Your whole life yoReview is also posted here - NOBODY + a giveaway to win a print copy of the book and a print copy of Every Other Day.
Picture this: Your whole life you have been forgotten. You parents barely talk to you or even acknowledge your existence. You have no friends to speak of, most people pass you by without even a glance. You feel lost and alone but this...this is YOUR normal.
In a world where your either your a somebody or a nobody one girl knows first hand what it's like to be invisible. Sixteen year old, Claire is a nobody. Forgotten. Alone. This is "her" normal. The way it has always been. Claire goes about her life, day by day in the same way as always doomed to a Nothing, a Nobody.
On a day just like any other Claire begins to get ready to go to the pool for a swim. While getting changed in her bedroom she gets a strange feeling that she is being watched, a prickle on the back of her neck. When she turns around Clarie get the shock of her life....SOMEONE is in fact watching her....and this someone is aiming a gun right at her.
Nix is a Nobody, like Claire. He knows that no one cares about him and the only way he makes any kind of difference in the world is by KILLING. Nix is a hired assassin to kill other nobodies or Nulls. He works for a group called "The Society" and they have put a hit out on Claire. Nix knows his job well and is perfect at it. Until his job is to kill a girl his age, who also happens to hold a secret all her own. From the very moment Nix set eyes on Claire both teens lives now change forever....
Deadly secrets, murder cover-ups, and deep betrayals.... Even a Nobody....is not safe!
I feel in love with the concept of the story. I think everyone sometime in there lives feeling like a nobody, someone who just does not belong. The world the author creates gives the readers the sense of what's it like to be invisible and alone. In this case being a nobody is very wrong. They don't belong in this world, and should be eliminated. One of the best parts of the book for me was I was able to see and feel what Clarie and Nix had to go through both together and separately. Their personal growth through the hardships endured and seeing them find acceptance in each other was both beautiful and enlightening. Besides being able to relate to both of the characters, the story moves along quickly and had the perfect amount of "end of your seat" suspense. The romantic aspect throughout the story was sweet, and set at a great pace. I felt the only short-coming the book had was that I would have liked to get to know both Nix and Claire a little better individually before all of the action took place. Also, at a few (not all) parts during the book I found myself somewhat loosing interested; which slowed down my reading.
Nobody is the first novel I have read by author Jennifer Lynn Barnes and it wont be the last. I truly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading additional works from the author. The story as a whole was quite enjoyable and unique. A definite read for anyone who likes the Dystopia genre. ...more
*sigh and dreamy look* This series keeps getting betReview also posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment Also check out my review for book 1, Black City - HERE
*sigh and dreamy look* This series keeps getting better and better, book by book. If you have not read book one if the series, Black City then I would suggest you do and also be aware there may be some slight spoilers in this review.
Phoenix picks up almost right after Black City ends. Once again the story is being told from both Ash and Natalie's POV. Ash "The boy who rose from the ashes" is now given the name PHOENIX because of the recently attempted execution by the Government and President Rose. Both Ash and Natalie remain within the walls of Black City. They desperately try to give hope to their people and somehow find a way to end this fuming war once and for all. Although the quest for freedom does not come easy for either Ash or Natalie. Things go from bad to worse when President Rose threatens Ash to make a decision between the girl he loves, and his followers, the people of Black City. Ash must now make the right choice. But how can he choose between two things he loves so dearly. With only days left to choose someone new comes into the picture....someone who offers Ash a way out and way to end this war once and for all. But the price of this freedom may be more than anyone saw coming...
From here the story truly begins - Death, Bloodshed, Battles, Lost, an Escape and a LOVE like no other. PHOENIX has it all!
The EPIC battle to save their world.....begins with a savior; "The boy who rose from the ashes".
Wow, I was blown away by this book. I kept telling myself that this book could not get any better than Black City but boy was I wrong. PHOENIX was immensely fast paced and held my attention throughout the entire book. I read it from cover to cover in only one day. Yeah, it was THAT good! I loved the dual narration between Ash and Natalie. Seeing things happen from both of their POV's. Oh, and the romance between them was better than ever. Although the author throws us a curve ball; there is a "love triangle" introduced into the book. I won't go into this future because I don't want to spoil it for those who have not read, Pheonix.
Author Elizabeth Richards has captured by heart once again. Her writing style is almost lyrical. Elizabeth somehow finds a way to make her story "jump off the page" come alive. I felt like I too could feel what the characters were going through; their pain, hurt, loss, loneliness, indecision, and most of all love and to never give up for what they believed in.
There was never a dull moment. Phoenix is so super action packed and for me this made the book really carry it's own.
The beginning was heartbreaking and the ending was breathtaking.... AGAIN, I'll say: PHOENIX has it all! This book, this series, IS a MUST read! If you've been procrastinating on whether or not to read this series ...STOP! DON"T THINK! DO! I promise you'll never regret it. ...more
To begin I must say this book is unlike anything I have ever read which is great because finding a book that is rare is quite refreshing. I3.5 Stars.
To begin I must say this book is unlike anything I have ever read which is great because finding a book that is rare is quite refreshing. I am sure by now most of you know that zombies is a big thing in books right now. I myself have read and are hooked on zombie books. Wanted: Dead or Undead takes place in the american old west around the late 1800's to the early 1900's. Back then medicine was not very developed and people lived in fear of contracting diseases like cholera and smallpox. In this book we see the wild west in a alternate world where zombies are taking over and surviving is a must.
The story begins....On her way back home from gathering water, Elizabeth finds her family has been affected and are becoming zombies. With no other choice she must kill them to protect herself. This now leaves her alone and to fend for herself from now on. Upon her journey to find safety, she stops at a salon where she helps fight off a zombie attack. When a sexy cowboy named Trace sees her in the salon he begins take in interest in her and who she is. He knows he has seen Elizabeth before but where? So when Trace decides to follow her in attempts to befriend Elizabeth this is when the story really begins to pick up. Although she wants nothing to do with Trace she soon finds herself to be able trust him. They now must start moving across the states to find a better way of life, while fighting off zombies, finding new friends, and coming upon many hardships along the way. So when Trace find out that Elizabeth may in fact be the key to surviving this zombie apocalypse things began to take on a whole new kind of ugly. But to find out what happens you will have to read this book.
I did enjoy the story-line and the character's were likable especially Trace. Although I wish that I could have known more about them, their past and who they are. The character building was not as devoupled as I would have liked but I still felt a connection with them. I could get a great sense of what they went through. I though the plot was very fun and unlike any other zombie book I have read. It kept me actively reading and wanting to know what would happen next. Wanted: Dead or Undead is the first book in the series and while I know there will be more to come I kind of did feel like the pace was a bit rushed with a few wholes in the plot. One thing I loved was the killing of the zombies! Besides the plot itself the horror and gore factor was amazing! I felt like I was right there fighting along side them. The book really tips the scales on that. I can tell that the author Angela Scott did her homework and truly wanted to have her readers get lost in this apocalyptic world, full of zombies, blooming romance and fighting to the death all for a single purpose; to survive.
Anyone who loves a good scare and is a zombie book lover like me, than I would say give Wanted: Dead or Undead a chance. This book has great promise and I can't wait to read the next installment....more
Aaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! I so want to scream at the ending and ring a "certain someone" neck. I adored the book as I did Born Wicked but the ending.... *teaAaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! I so want to scream at the ending and ring a "certain someone" neck. I adored the book as I did Born Wicked but the ending.... *tear* It will leave you heart-broken....more
I check out this book from my library a couple days ago but found I can't get into the story like I thought I would. I will try again some other time.I check out this book from my library a couple days ago but found I can't get into the story like I thought I would. I will try again some other time. The cover is beautiful though. :)
For those of you who have read this series you know who Leon is and how he's wonderfully sweet . For those who have not read this series thMy Review:
For those of you who have read this series you know who Leon is and how he's wonderfully sweet . For those who have not read this series then I hope this review will peek your interests some.
Tortured is a 32 page novella that tells what happen to Leon right after the ending of Birthmarked. It is a great little book to read before you start Prized. So without going into a whole lot of detail because I don't want to spoil Birthmarked for anyone. I will just tell what I liked about the book. One big thing would be getting to know Leon and her family better. Seeing his life within the story through his eyes and what hardships he endures. This gives the reader a better understanding about Leon and where is stands in the book. It was very heartbreaking to read about his life in Enclave but Leon still remained strong and knew he would risk it all for love!
So within the pages of the short but awe-inspiring novella I feel is the prefect and great addition to read for anyone who has read Birthmarked but had yet to Prized. Tortured is a must read middle short story and a wonderful way to get to know Leon a lot better. (and in my case for more head over heels in love with his character)...more
Middle Ground start off right where Awaken left us. For those who have not read the first book Awaken here a simple run down of what happened. AwakenMiddle Ground start off right where Awaken left us. For those who have not read the first book Awaken here a simple run down of what happened. Awaken takes place in the world almost 50 years into the future. Everything, from eating, reading, socializing and even school takes place online. Barely anyone has the need to leave the safety of their homes and not many do. Maddie lives in this world and has never known anything but. He Father runs the online school program and believes the world is now a safer place to live with everything being totally digital. Although Maddie does not necessarily agree with this way of life she enjoys living as so. When she meets a boy named Justin through an online study group one day at a local hangout she comes to find that Justin doesn't agree with these rules but wants to change everything. Justin is not alone in these views and has many followers who also don't agree with this digital life. Maddie soon comes to trust Justin even though his views are different. He shows her the world through a different set of eyes. Justin fights for what's right and what's real. To make everyone slow down and enjoy the simple things that life can hold. Maddie must now make a decision of who to trust and who is right....even if it lands her up in a whole lot of trouble....
Middle ground begins right after something BIG happens to Maddie and Justin in the end of Awaken. She is now living with her brother in L.A and is trying to adjust to this new unplugged life as well as her feeling for Justin. When everything seems to be falling into place for Maddie she is shocked to find out that she has been caught and is taken to live in a detention center. Now locked away she must find away to get out and find Justin. But when things go from bad to worse Maddie must now rely on the help of her friends before she loses her mind. Will she be able to stay strong while fighting for what is right and who she loves?
You will have to read and find out!
Middle Ground in two words was:
The world author Katie Kacvinsky was so different and thought provoking. I keep wondering how life would be if we all never left our houses and did anything online. I loved Maddie, she was a dream to read about. The way she never gave up even when she thought that all was lost. She remained strong and determined to fight for her life and the lives of others. Justin is such a rare gem. The way he views life and tried to help Maddie see and understand the views really gave the books so much meaning. The more they worked together the more they feel in love. Their emotions were so raw and heartfelt. Katie did a beautiful job making the reader feel exactly what Justin and Maddie were feeling. Her words just flowed so gracefully over the pages. Awaken and Middle Ground really give us the readers such an exciting and unique story to be totally engrossed in.
If I could say the one thing I did not like or would choose to change in Middle Ground was the lack of background history. Like how the world ended up the way it did, and how these changes happen or where brought about. Other than thing I totally loved Middle Ground and can't wait to see what happens next for Justin and Maddie....more
Black City is one of the most highly anticipated YA novels of 2012 and if you ask me, one of th Review originally done @ HERE - Bittersweet Enchantment
Black City is one of the most highly anticipated YA novels of 2012 and if you ask me, one of the best! To be completely honest I was not quite sure I would enjoy the book. Even though the cover is breathtaking and the plot sounded unique I felt it may just be another vampire novel. I don't know about you but I am kind of tired of vampires in books. Yeah, big shocker right? I will tell you right now I was sadly mistaken. Black City IS so much more than another vampire book, by far. Author Elizabeth Richards takes "vampires" to a WHOLE new level, and then some. The story is set in a dark post-apocalyptic world were new creatures have emerged. Darklings (a vampire like creature), twin bloods (a mix of vampire and human) and of course humans. Humans of course are known as the superior race and live as such. This also mean they make the laws for the darklings and Twin-Bloods. Of course like any dystopian world the lesser race is not happy. They do not want to live under the human rules but to break down the very wall the separates them from each other.
A teenage human girl named Natalie Buchanan who is also the daughter of the Emissary lives by these rules and tries hard not to question what she knows to be right. Although soon something or yet someone will have her questioning everything she once believed in.
Ash Fisher a darkling boy, part-time "haze dealer" and all around hottie lives outside the wall and has never known anything else. Until the day he meets Natalie Buchanan and from that moment Ash's world and heart becomes alive. In a turn of events both of their lives will soon come to change. Even though they are so different Ash and Natalie will need to find the will to fight for what's right and above all else true love.
For me the story was a very dark and futuristic Romeo and Juliet tale of sorts. Both Ash and Natalie have very intense relationship and the character development was spot on amazing! I felt I really got to know both of them as individuals and a couple. Now while the main characters Ash and Natalie were great I felt the secondary characters could use a bit of work. I really wanted to get to know Day and Beetle more in this book than what I did. I can see that the author does leave room for them both to grow in her next installment in the series, or so I hope. The world building was outstanding as well as the amount of action within the story. I will admit there were a few slow scenes in the book, mostly toward the beginning. All in all Black City is a excellent read which I think most of you will enjoy. Elizabeth Richards did a beautiful job of turning the overdone vampire tale into something outstanding. Black City is by far one of my favorite reads of 2012 and I can't wait until next year to find out what happens next. ...more
I was given a copy of the book back in June and was so happy once I got it in the mail. The cover is gorgeouReview can also be found on my blog: HERE!
I was given a copy of the book back in June and was so happy once I got it in the mail. The cover is gorgeous and plays so well with the concept behind the story. Right from the start when I heard about What's Left of Me on goodreads I knew I wanted to have a arc to read for a review on my blog. I was so intrigued by the plot and characters within. Addie and Eve's story presented itself to be most fascinating to me. I love the idea of one body sharing two souls. The concept is so very unique and refreshing. Author Kat Zhang has truly blown me away with her impressive writing technique and ability to make the story come to life on paper. This debut novel has topped by Top Ten list of favorite books. Two Soul's sharing one body...the story of Addie and Eva given life to by such an amazing new author.
Addie and Eva live in a world where humans are born with two soul's in one body. One is dominate and the other submissive. The submissive soul is supposed to fade away leaving the dominate one alone. Eva has always known that she is the lesser of the two but chooses not to leave her sister even though she should. This choice to live their lives together but never telling anyone else for this would be dangerous and go against all that is right.
When Addie/Eva meet a girl from school and her brother they come to find out that they are not alone in the secret they both share. The choices they soon will come to make have both Addie and Eva now fighting for there lives. Both of the girls now must bond together tighter than ever before in a fight to remain whole.
Oh. My. God! This book just totally rocked my socks off. I could not get enough! The world building in the book is so very flawless and rich with detail. Both Addie and Eva's characters are so genuine, and full of one life. Even though they share one body both girls have totally different character traits and identities. I loved Eva most because she always knew what she wanted and what she believed it even thought it was hard to. I found Addie to be much more of a worrier and questioning things she feared.
Beyond Addie/Eva the secondary characters really helped to bring the whole book together and really enriched the plot. Thus giving the story such a unique balance of adventure and charm. I love every page, every word! I can't wait to get my hands out the next installment to what will happen next! For anyone who may have mixed feeling about reading What's Left of Me once it comes out, DON"T! This book is too good not to be given the chance.
Thank you to HarperCollins for my ARC and Kat Zhang for writing such a beautiful story. ...more
First Impressions: I was contacted by Rachel Fisher the author of Eden's Root a couple months ago and asked to read her novel. I feel in love with th First Impressions: I was contacted by Rachel Fisher the author of Eden's Root a couple months ago and asked to read her novel. I feel in love with the book cover and the whole idea of the story being set in the future. While I have read many Dystopian novels within the past two years, Eden's Root sounds like nothing I had ever read before so I decided to give it a go. I will be honest and say I was kind of put off by how long the book was, but knew it would be worth it.
My Review: Eden's Root is set in the year 2033, the world as we know today is very much like the one described in the book but with one huge difference. The world itself is slowly dying. Fi Kelly's father is dying of cancer and on the last days of his life her father decides to tell Fi something that will change her life as well as everyone lives in the world. The food eaten and the drinks that were drank is killing everyone slowly. Known as "Sickfood". Scientist do not know what is causing this and why crops are dying out around the world. Now everyone must continue to eat this "sickfood" to survive hunger even knowing the food is what is causing the world to slowing crumble around them. Fi was been told by her father days before he passes away that she and her family must find a safe haven away from this apocalyptic world. She will need to find a way to be strong and lead her family to safety. All the while knowing the road ahead will be filled with hardships, horror, and even sadness. Fi and her family are now on a quest to find the one place that could save them all, Eden! First let me say that I loved the whole idea behind this novel. The apocalyptic whole and it's surrounding were told in a way that I felt I was right there with Fi and her family. I could almost feel her pain and see in my minds eye what she was going through through-out the story. The story idea of the food we eat everyday being the one thing that will end the world and the people in it is scary to think about but a very unique concept. I adored Fi Kelly as the main character. Her inner strength and willingness to survive was astonishing and gave the book a "never give up" feel to it. On another aspect I did feel the story was dragged out a bit and long. While this is not always a bad thing because it gives the reader a full understanding of the book and all of the events that took place within. For me personally I would have liked it more if it was a shorter book to read. I found myself taking breaks and coming back, not because the story itself was lacking but the length was a bit intimidating to me. All in all Eden's Root was worth the read. I feel in love with the character's in the story and the things that they were made to endure were so motivating. I loved reading about the journey in itself that took to reach safety.
Final Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Dystopian stories. While for me I felt it was a bit slow at parts and a long book to read the story within was amazing and very unique. Rachel Fisher has written a great debut novel and I look forward to seeing what else she may has in store for the future. ( Hopeful not a future like the one in Eden's Root! ^__^ )...more