The Darkest Minds

10576365The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

This book came highly recommended to me by a close friend back in high school when I was too preoccupied with all the fluffy romances and high fantasies on my shelf to hunker down and read a dystopia, which is not my usual MO. It’s taken me until now, two year after I graduated, to actually get around to it which is terrible because she was right and this is GOOD.

Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.

(PS if you’re reading this, Carla…I’m sorry! You told me so!)

The Darkest Minds is set in a dystopian world where, thanks to a mysterious disease that decimated the USA’s population of youth, all children who survived have developed strange powers. Some are dangerous–like those with a command over fire, electricity, and minds–some are tame–like the telekinetics and logical geniuses–but all are sent to ‘rehabilitation camps’ where they’re locked up because everyone else is afraid. Ruby, our MC, is sent to Thurmond–the worst and most brutal camp there is–and after years of abuse and forced labour escapes to a rag tag group of escapees from another camp. They team up to search for a rumoured safe haven, East River–led by a teen with powers as dangerous as Ruby’s–all the while evading the bounty hunters and terrorists and camp officers set to capture them. But when you’re locked away for years you’ll find the world is not the same as when you left it and a ‘safe haven’ might not mean safety at all… Continue reading

Summer Recap

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Hello hello, bookworms! Can you believe summer is finally coming to a close? I can’t quite decide whether to be angry about having to go back to university, or glad because it’ll finally give me something to do again. What can I say? I’m a nerd, and life is weird without homework.

Aaaaaaaanyway, I just realized that I’VE NEVER DONE A MONTHLY WRAP-UP! Whaaaaaaaaaaat. Yeah apparently I’ve been doing them in video form, but not writing them up over on here, which is just all kinds of I’m-sorry and so-wrong. So to rectify the situation I’m doing a recap of July and August in one. The original plan was to do June in here too but that was getting to 20-something books and things were getting long. Like, even longer than usual long.

I might actually continue doing these seasonal wrap-ups instead of monthly ones because I like seeing everything all together, and school does have its dark sides–like ALMOST ENTIRELY PREVENTING ME FROM READING FOR FUN AND THEREFORE RUINING MY LIFE–but, uh, I should probably get one done first. So here we go! Continue reading

The Cake Book Tag

img_1416Howdy, Bookworms! Today we’ll be doing something a little different. I’ve yet to do a tag on this blog so I’m super excited for this one, especially since, um, CAKE! Thanks so much bookchanted for tagging me–if you haven’t already, you should definitely go check out her blog too. For ease I linked the titles to their goodreads pages in case any of you want to check them out. Now, on to the deliciously bookish goodness! Continue reading

Lux: Consequences

19081402Opal and Origin by J. L. Armentrout

Welcome back, Katy and Daemon! Oh how I’ve missed you.

Like Lux: Beginnings, Lux: Consequences is a compendium, this time containing Opal and Origin, books two and three of the Lux series. Opal picks up in the aftermath of Adam’s death (SOB), Blake’s & Will’s disappearances, Dawson’s return, and Katy’s torture by Daedalus, the secret government sect under the DOD that regulates (read: KIDNAPS AND TORTURES AND FORCIBLY EXPERIMENTS ON) the Luxen. I know, TONS OF STUFF. The gang is still reeling from the events of Onyx but hatch a plan to push back on Daedalus and rescue Dawson’s dear beloved Beth. But, you know, “the best laid plans…”

Shit’s gon’ go downhill reeeeeeeeal fast. Continue reading

Scarlet

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Scarlet is the second installment in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder series–you know, those books that basically the entire world except me has finished? Yeah…those… Anyway, Scarlet switches setting and story to 18-year-old Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood) who’s dead-set on finding her beloved grandma’s kidnappers and is joined by street fighting bestial hot boy, Wolf, who aids in her quest.

I absolutely adore Scarlet. She’s forward, determined, and won’t take shit from anyone. She’s also an inherently good person and vehemently defends Cinder to everyone despite that she’s a lunar and even though they’ve never met. Just because it’s right. She’s got a lot of spunk–more, I’d argue, than even Cinder in the first–and even when things start to go sour she never once seriously considers bailing. There’s no ‘either save my grandma or nothing at all’ because the nothing isn’t an option–there is only saving her grandmother. Continue reading

A Thousand Pieces of You

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

First thing first: THAT COVER!

Oh my sweet baby Jesus, it is gorgeous. Watercolour! Skylines! Image flips! Hello beautiful. I know you can’t judge a book by its cover but DAYUM. That is how you get readers: ensnare them with your prettiness.

Beyond that, A Thousand Pieces of You, the first of Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, is an interdimensional sci-fi romance that follows teenage Marguerite as she jumps through dimensions with the help of her mother’s invention to apprehend (read: kill) her father’s suspected murderer, basically-a-brother Paul. What follows is a high stakes race through the dimensions complete with a corrupt corporation, forbidden romance, and plot twists galore. Continue reading

Lux: Beginnings

19081403Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Okay guys, get ready because this review is going to have a lot of gushing.

Are you prepared? You sure? Good.

I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!

Lux: Beginnings is volume one of the Lux series reprint and contains the first two books, Obsidian and Onyx. The MC, Kat, has just moved to the tiny not-quite-a-town of Ketterman in West Virginia, right next door to the mysterious Black twins, Daemon and Dee. Through to various unexpected encounters with bears, attackers, and transport trucks she discovers the Blacks’ secret: they are aliens from the planet Lux. The Luxen are beings made of light forced to flee to Earth following the death of their home planet where they are now monitored by a sector of the US Department of Defense. Oh, and they are the sworn enemies of the Arum, beings of darkness who’s life’s aspiration is to take the powers of the Luxen which is done, of course, by killing them. Fun! Continue reading