Enders (Starters #2) by Lissa Price

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January 7, 2014
The riveting conclusion to the sci-fi thriller STARTERS!
Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael -teens with chips in their brains.  The want to experiment on anyone left over from the Prime Destinations -Starters who can be controlled and manipulated.  With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders.  But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do.  Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life-but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father.  Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too … and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear.  Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?  No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man.  Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.
Review –
I loved, loved this book and am so proud that the author did not drag out the series in numerous volumes, although she could have and I would have read them all.
I won’t give away anything but the author neatly ties up most of the loose ends and answers many questions.  Lissa Price did an excellent job.
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The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

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Publication Date : October 16, 2012

 

Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as  child outside a Chicago firehouse.  She has never really belonged anywhere-but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives  at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible.  But Conn’s interest in her is confusing.  It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything- not  herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him.   Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’s latest terrorist plot.  What she finds out will change her world forever …

In this smart,compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has  crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.

 

Review  –

This story tells of an alternate universe where the Chicago Fire did not happen and of a strong willed girl who finds out she is not who she thought she was and the boy she falls in love with is the last person on earth she should ever love.  Amazing book and easily read in one day.  Try it!

 

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Red Run: A Short Story by Kami Garcia

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Published: November 15, 2012

Everyone in the Louisiana backwoods knows never to drive down Red Run at night, especially Edie. Her brother was murdered by the ghost that haunts the road — a ghost Edie is hunting.

Suspense and Southern gothic meet in this modern ghost story, where nothing is what it seems.

 

Review:

It was a good read for a creepy short story but not the best of the DON’T DRIVE DOWN THIS ROAD AT NIGHT  genre.

 

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Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan-The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison

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February 22, 2011

“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.”—Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels

New York Times bestselling urban fantasy superstar Kim Harrison is back with Pale Demon—her ninth electrifying adventure featuring contemporary witch Rachel Morgan. This time Rachel’s leaving the Hollows, on a cross-country road trip with a pixy, an elf, and a vampire, as she races to clear her blackened name at a California witches’ convention in order to avoid an eternity of torment at the claws of a soul-devouring demon. Pale Demon is Kim Harrison at her gothic best—combining mystery, action, intrigue, paranormal romance, and breathtaking dark fantasy in a delicious witches’ brew that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer, and Jim Butcher simply will not be able to resist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review –

I was looking for book 12 in The Hollow Series when I ran across this one, which is number 9 and believe it or not I hadn’t read it.  I don’t know how it slipped by me but I checked it out at the local library and quickly devoured it.

I love the character of Rachel Morgan.  She can be tough when she needs to be but also she always seems a bit off-balance all the time.

I always hope that she a Trent will be paired up because Rachel deserves a love life if anyone does, but so far the author hasn’t come through for me.

In this installment Rachel and Trent, plus Ivy and Jenks travel across country by car which took two or three days and the tension between them became comical at times and at other times I held my breath thinking Trent might make a move on Rachel, but it didn’t happen,

I am now ready for book 12 and will still keep my fingers crossed by a love life for Rachel.

 

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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Publication Date:January 10, 2012
Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture! TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012!

The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Review –
I knew a little about this book before I started listening to the audio version, but I wasn’t prepared for a death I really didn’t see coming. This is definitely a “box of Kleenex” story and more if you’re like me,(I cry at the drop of a hat).
I loved this book because of the surprise it gave me, because of the  chemistry between Hazel and Gus,  because of the reality of the storyline and finally because it was written very well and with care.  You can tell when an author is invested in his work or just cranking them(books) out for the money.
The movie comes out in a couple of months and I can’t wait.
Gave a box of Kleenex and start reading today.
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The Prince (The Selection #1.5) by Kiera Cass

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Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection . . .

Before Aspen broke America’s heart . . .

There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life. . . .

Don’t miss this thrilling 64-page digital original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

 Review –
This is The Selection and The Elite told from the point of view of Prince Maxon.
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The Guard (The Selection #2.5) by Kiera Cass

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Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Before America Singer met Prince Maxon . . .

Before she entered the Selection . . .

She was in love with a boy named Aspen Leger.

Don’t miss this digital original novella set in the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series. This brand new 64-page story begins just after the group of Selected girls is narrowed down to the Elite and is told from Aspen’s point of view. The Guard also features a teaser to The One, the thrilling third novel in the Selection series.

Review –

This is just a novella told from Aspen’s point of view.

 

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The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

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Publication Date:April 23, 2013

Kiera Cass’s The Elite is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, fairy tales, and reality TV. This sequel to The Selection will enchant teens who love Divergent and The Bachelor. In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate televised competition. In the second book of the Selection series, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love? The Elite delivers the adventure, glamour, political intrigue, and romance readers of The Selection expect, and continues the love triangle that captivated them.

Review –
So now we are down to six girls and human nature tells us that means trouble.
There is a lot more action in his book, with the rebels breaking through the kingdom’s defenses, a lot of torture and girl-fighting. The caste system is better explained and we see that the King is very controlling even of the Selection.
America is leaning toward Maxon but then he does a stupid thing and kisses Celeste, America’s least favorite of the remaining girls.  I like the Prince but I don’t trust him.  Another lovely cover.
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. Originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900, it has since been reprinted numerous times, most often under the name
The Wizard of Oz, which is the name of both the 1902 stage play and the extremely popular, highly acclaimed 1939 film version. The story chronicles the adventures of a girl named Dorothy in the Land of Oz. Thanks in part to the 1939 MGM movie, it is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated. Its initial success, and the success of the popular 1902 Broadway musical Baum adapted from his story, led to Baum’s writing thirteen more Oz books.
The original book has been in the public domain in the US since 1956. Baum dedicated the book “to my good friend & comrade, My Wife”, Maud Gage Baum. In January 1901, George M. Hill Company, the publisher, completed printing the first edition, which probably totaled around 35,000 copies.
Records indicate that 21,000 copies were sold through 1900. Historians, economists and literary scholars have examined and developed possible political interpretations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. However, the majority of the reading public simply takes the story at face value.
 
Review –
This was offered as a free audio book so naturally I listened to it and found out many things I did not realize.
!. The movie is very very very different from the book.
2. Dorothy’s show in the book are silver not red.
3. The Tin Man in the book is the WoodCutter and was once human.
4.There were many creatures in the book that didn’t make the movie cut, one being   a kingdom of field mice.
5. In Oz you had to wear green spectacles that were locked on so you would think everything was green.
6. The Flying Monkeys would grant three wishes to anyone that possessed the golden cap
and so on and so on.
I couldn’t believe it. There was so much more to the story than the movie showed.
If you think you know The Wizard of Oz, think again.
Pick up a copy and read or listen  and you will be amazed.
 
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The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

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Publication Date:April 24, 2012

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Review –

I loved this story.  It is a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelor. There is a love triangle even though Aspen finds that hard to believe but you can see that America truly cares for both men even though that are as different as night and day.  Looking forward for the next installment. Oh yes, I love the cover.

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