I don't want to say too much about the premise of this book, because it will ruin the surprise. But I will say that I loved this book. I have been inI don't want to say too much about the premise of this book, because it will ruin the surprise. But I will say that I loved this book. I have been in a major dry spell, wondering when someone would finally write a book worth finishing, and this was it for me. Arclight captured me in the first three pages and held me tight til the end. It was creative, original and mysterious. It had great characters and a wonderfully intriguing story. I loved it. I would highly recommend it and even though I think this has been written with sequels in mind, I thought it worked pretty well as a novel all on it's own....more
I really loved this book! This was one of the best dystopian novels that I've read all year. I wish the cover wMy actual rating is closer to 4.5 stars
I really loved this book! This was one of the best dystopian novels that I've read all year. I wish the cover was better because I think it would give this book a lot more attention. But hopefully my review helps with that.
What I loved about this book was similar to what I loved with books like Divergent. I like the reality of the situation. Often times a novel isn't real about what a situation like that would truly be like. I'm so thankful that the author gives all the nitty-gritty to us and doesn't pull any punches.
The characters were all strong and well developed and interesting. It had the two worlds collide thing going with Sunny and Jack being from opposite sides. But, the way they came together felt very natural and not forced or rushed.
The world of the Pit was really awful and crazy. The author painted a very vivid picture of Sunny's world and it was easy to be inside the story because of it.
I really loved the ending. I kinda suspected it would end the way it did and I was happy to be right. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book and see what happens to Jack and Sunny....more
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Alternity was an exciting and intriguing story. Skye BrI received a copy of this book through Netgalley on behalf of NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC.
Alternity was an exciting and intriguing story. Skye Brown is just your average NYU student. She goes to school, hangs out at clubs with her DJ boyfriend and goes to work as a beta tester for RPG games. Her life is everything she could wish for.
Then come the nightmares; vivid dreams of another place called Terra, another life, one where she doesn't know who she is. In these dreams, people call her Mariah and seem to be in awe of her. And there's Dawn. He's handsome and fierce, but he also believes she is Mariah. He also belives Mariah is a traitor.
When Skye enters Terra, and truths begin unravelling, she quickly realizes that the life she thought she had may not be true and this new world she has woken up in will take her further down the rabbit hole than she could have ever imagined. Along with a band of rebel called the Eclipsers, Skye and Dawn fight to bring the truth about her life to light and bring down their corrupt leaders.
This book was a wonderfully imagined post-apocalyptic thrill ride. It kept you reading, guessing and dying to find out the truth. ...more
This book should definitely cost more than $2.99 on amazon! It was phenomenal and much better than some of the crap that I've paid $10 for in the pastThis book should definitely cost more than $2.99 on amazon! It was phenomenal and much better than some of the crap that I've paid $10 for in the past. This book really had it all. It was exciting, intriguing, well written, creative, original, romantic, and so much more. I would highly, highly recommend this book!...more
Ok...I wasn't going to even write a review for this one because, honestly, it's hard to really explain this book. However, I try and always write a reOk...I wasn't going to even write a review for this one because, honestly, it's hard to really explain this book. However, I try and always write a review for netgalley books because, ya know, they hook you up with free books that aren't available yet. And that's awesome! So, thank you to netgalley and Sand Dollar Press, Inc. for letting me read this novel.
I guess I'll start by explaining the two stars. First off, let me give credit to the author because it wasn't that the book was horrible, it was just...odd. The writing was fine, but where the stars start to disappear for me is with things like the characters, the plot and the world building. So, lets just get it out of the way- I didn't like the characters. Not Eden. Not Ronson Bramford. Not Eden's oddball father. The only characters that I enjoyed even a little were the natives that didn't speak often and when they did, not in English. So, that's not good. I just did not connect with Eden. I found her to be really frustrating, and not in a endearing way. Bramford was like, off the charts bi-polar and the coo coo scientist dad was just weird.
The world building really lacked. I would have liked to understand more how the world came to be where it was and how and why there were so few white folks around.
One of my biggest issues with this book had to do with Bramford's transformation into a beast man. It seemed like a comic book move by the author, but no other parts of this book were comic book-ey. And for as much as I could tell, this was not a magical or supernatural type of book, however, no one seemed too blown away by the fact that a man turned into an animal-man in under an hour. Yeah- that was weird!
The overall plot was just strange. I felt like I was on drugs or something. I felt like scratching my head to try and understand where the heck the story was gonna go. And I was really kinda hooked in because I was waiting for the big reveal of Bramford's secrets. But in the end I was really dissatisfied with the results. The book built up, but then kinda went flat instead of going over the top. I had hoped the story would lean a little more into the dystopian, but it didn't. But then it didn't really lean into the fantasy all that much either. I had a really hard time classifying this one in my mind.
Overall, it really wasn't the worst book. It just seemed a little weak to me. I wish it had just been a bit more developed and cleaned up. ...more
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Mystic City was an incredible book!! It exceeded my expectatI received a copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Random House Children's Books.
Mystic City was an incredible book!! It exceeded my expectations.
Aria, our MC, wakes up one day with her memories missing. While she can recall most of her life, recent events seem to be jumbled in her mind. She cannot remember the fiance that she supposedly loves. She can't recall what drove her to overdose of Stik, an incredibly dangerous street drug. All she knows is what people are telling her, but a lot of what she is hearing doesn't ring true.
Meanwhile, the mystics of the city, people with supernatural gifts, are oppressed and treated as outcasts. Aria's family is wealthy and out to take down the mystics through political measures. But Aria begins to question things. Despite what shes been told, she can't seem to dredge up any kind of romantic feelings for Thomas, her fiance. And when she receives a mysterious gift from an unknown source, she begins her search to find out what really happened in the space of time where her mind can't remember. And then she meets Hunter. After he saves her one night from a group of kids, her heart begins to feel things-the type of things she should be feeling for Thomas. But, Hunter is hard to reach and her father is becoming increasingly watchful of her activities. When the puzzle pieces begin to come together, nothing can prepare Aria for the truth of what happened to her. But in the midst of her family's betrayal, there is Hunter, who is a pillar for her.
Aria and Hunter want nothing more than to be together, but Aria's father hates mystics, and Hunter especially. Not willing to give up a political alliance through his daughter's marriage, Aria's father will stop at nothing, not even his daughter's death, to keep her and Hunter apart. And outside all of this familial drama, a war is brewing between the rebel mystics of the city and the wealthy non-mystics. In the end, it's up to Aria to warn the rebels of her father's plans. But getting a warning to the rebels won't be easy and Aria and Hunter must find a way to survive through the coming battle and keep each other alive.
This book was exciting! The premise for Aria's memory loss was interesting and it grabbed you from the beginning. Aria and Hunter were both great characters. Theo Lawrence created an interesting world with the mystics and the city's history. I honestly couldn't find myself wanting with this book. It really seemed to have everything that makes an incredible dystopian novel. The elements of Romeo and Juliet were cool and the writing was strong. I was actually pretty blown away by this novel. It was better than I expected and I can't wait for the sequels to see where the story goes....more