Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Scorpion Rules Is Finally Here!!!

     I'm so excited!!! My arc copy of The Scorpion Rules just came in the mail!!!! Goodreads hosted a giveaway for this book and I was lucky enough to win a copy. This book sounds so amazing!!!!!! Here's the Goodreads summary of the book:

      A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Prefectures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.

     Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Prefecture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace — even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive.

    Enter Elián Palnik, the Prefecture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Prefecture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages.

    What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war?

    I can't wait to read this and I'll post a review once I've finished!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Darkest Minds

By: Alexandra Bracken


           In The Darkest Minds, a disease sweeps america, killing the majority of the children. The ones that survive develop powers that no one can explain. The government put them in "rehabilitation" camps to keep them from harming anyone. 
           Ruby was thrown into camp Thurmond when she is ten. Six years later, she escapes with the help of a anti-government group, but she doesn't trust them. Ruby goes on the run with other kids who have escaped camps. Ruby and the others have to survive this new world where kids are no longer cherished, but feared.

           This book is absolutely amazing. Alexandra weaves together a story that is so heartbreaking and beautiful, and yet isn't lacking in humor. She explores a very real possibility of what could happen when we are afraid and what lengths people will go to to stop being afraid. I finished this book for the first time in two days and had to read it again right afterwards, it was that good. I've read it several times since and have loved it just as much as the first time that I read it.
           I absolutely adored Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu. There was something so real and relatable about them. I loved how each one of them has their own definable characteristics. Chubs made me crack up. He's so serious that its hilarious, but its also kind of sad that he had to grow up so quickly. I loved how Alexandra wrote the flashbacks. It was such a different way to get to know the characters. I really feel that it was the best way to learn about their past. 
           I loved Liam. He was such a great character. He was always looking out for their group and I love how he is with Ruby. He has a way of getting past Ruby's defenses and helping her heal. Oh and did I mention how cute they are together?? They are such a good team.
          The ending though!!!! That absolutely killed me. I understand why she erased his memories, but she should have let him have a choice. He is perfectly capable of handling himself in hard situations. He proved it during the entire first book. They could have helped each other at the Children's League. I feel like on his own, the Children's League could have changed him. Before he was with his brother, but Cole was a lone wolf and left Liam to fend for himself. But Liam wouldn't have been on his own. Ruby and Liam could have gotten each other through it.
          I absolutely HATE Clancy. He seemed sketchy from the start, but I really was hoping that he could help Ruby. But when he started secluding her and tricked her, it didn't surprise me. What did surprise me was how involved in the government he was and how he turned in the ENTIRE camp full of kids. He is so twisted  it surprised me. Not many books have a villain that dark, but it was actually good for the story. It really threw a twist on how I thought the story would go. 
         This series is absolutely amazing and I'll do a review on the other two books in the series. You should definitely check it out if you haven't yet.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

An Uncertain Choice 

  By Jody Hedlund


I won a free copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, which I was super excited about.

Summary:(This summary is from goodreads)
Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow. 

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart. 

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, only because the beginning half was slow, but the last part really made up for it. This book was a really light read for me.  Its a clean romance, which is a breath of fresh air. Almost none of the romance books out there are clean. Jody Hedlunds writing style is a little different in this book. This is the only book of hers that I've read, so I'm not sure if this is her typical writing style or if it was changed to fit the time period that this book takes place in.





When the courting starts, Sir Bennett and Sir Collins are very sweet, but almost unreal in the way they treated Lady Rosemarie. I think I liked them more when they weren't trying to impress her. I really loved how Sir Derrick didn't try to impress her and spent time with her doing the things she really cared about. I mean a fancy evening and gifts are great and all, but when it comes down to it, you spend the most of your time with your significant other just living everyday life, and for Rosemarie, helping her people was apart of her everyday life. I loved how real Rosemarie and Derrick were together and I absolutely adored their banter. It was so cute!
To be honest, I saw the abbot's betrayal basically from the beginning, although not to the extent of what had actually happened. He was really the only one who advised Rosemarie, and was basically second in command. He seemed to guide her to do what he wanted. Once she entered the convent, she would be pretty much blind to the outside world, and he would be able to control everything. It was a genius plan, really. 
This book had the perfect ending, and I can't wait to read the next one!

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My First Blog!!!

    Books are a passion of mine, and if you're here, its probably one of yours too. Books are a huge part of my life and I spend the majority of my spare time reading them. Recently I've discovered the booktube world and I thought, "Hey, I want in on that." But since I'm not that big into being in the spotlight, I felt blogging would be a better option to share my opinion on the books that I love.
    Now, a little about me. I live in Utah with my parents and 6 siblings. As a kid, my mom took my siblings and I to the library and is the main reason why I love books so much. THANKS MOM! My family thinks I'm way too enthusiastic about books, but I don't see why *sarcasm*. I mean, I only talk about books like EVERY day and I memorized our library card number which is 14 digits long, but I mean everyone does that.
    Oh and did I mention that all of the workers at our local library know our family really well? So I'm probably not your average teenager, but I enjoy being a book nerd, and I guess that's what counts.