Mar 4, 2014

Release Day: PANIC by Lauren Oliver

PANIC is finally here! Hooray! I've been waiting for a new Oliver book for months. Torturous months. But the wait is over at last and I have a new book to add to my pile. 

If there's one author who is a constant source of inspiration to me, that's Lauren. I just adore her beautiful prose, her way with words. Every time I finish her books, I want more, and it's like a friend has abandoned me. So you can imagine how happy I am about PANIC. 

Here's what Goodreads says it's about:
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

As always, I'll be buying the Kindle edition, 'cause I don't want to wait three months to get the book shipped to me in Argentina. I need to read this nau

Run along, Little Olives, and strip the shelves clean of this awesome book!

Jan 3, 2014

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1), by Aimée Carter

Release Date: November 26th, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher through NetGalley
Overall: 5 Monkeys
Interest: Dystopia
Categories: 
Dystopia, Series, Rebellions
Books in the Series: Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2) (Comes out this year)
Read on December 2013
Summary:

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING. 
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 
There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

My Opinion:

This has to be the most original dystopia published this year. 


To have someone Masked (her body fully transfigured to look like someone else) so she'd take the place of the country's sweetheart and bring down a rebellion from the inside? Genius. I don't think I've come across this idea in the YA genre. 


Like many main characters in dystopias right now (just read Legend by Marie Lu, and the same happens there), Kitty comes from the poorest class. When she faces the choice to go up in life, meaning a radical change that's never happened but one that'll keep her in the city with the boy she loves, it's a no brainer. 

There's a catch and she knows it, but there's little she can do when she's being dragged off to who knows where. This is one of the aspects I loved about PAWN, the villain really knows his stuff! Even before I met him, I already hated him. 

I also loved Benjy, Kitty's boyfriend. I almost never come across a book where the MC already has a love interest, and one she actually loves and wants to keep. Benjy's the sweetest boyfriend and just what Kitty needs. But then, along comes Knox. Mysterious boy I loved -loved- reading about!  

And Elsewhere! The place where they send you off to when you fail your exam or are too old to be able to contribute to society. WHAT A REVEAL! Man, it was extraordinary! Let me tell you, you'll think Elsewhere is one thing, but bam! Aimée will shock you once more. 

As the book progresses, Kitty will have to be very careful (she is, after all, the exact lookalike of the most known face in the country), she'll have to rely on the most unexpected characters to stay alive, all while playing a power game that could cost not only her life, but the life of those she's come to trust. 

Aimée, those last chapters were simply amazing and I cannot wait for CAPTIVE!

Dec 19, 2013

'The Fault in Our Stars' Movie Poster!

I know you've already seen it. Who hasn't. But it still deserved a place on my blog. I mean... look at it. 
SO PRETTY. They're very close to how I pictured them! 


I'm not so happy about that tagline, though. Maybe you could change it up, folks? The story already depresses me as hell, no need to add more to the pain.

QUICKY: External Forces (The Laws of Motion, #1), by Deborah Rix

Release Date: November 26th, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Dime Store Books
Source: Publisher through NetGalley
Overall: 5 Monkeys
Interest: Dystopia
Categories: 
Dystopia, Romance, Series
Goodreads Deborah Rix's Website
Read in October 2013

Summary:

It’s 100 years since the Genetic Integrity Act was passed and America closed its borders to prevent genetic contamination. Now only the enemy, dysgenic Deviants, remain beyond the heavily guarded border. The Department of Evolution carefully guides the creation of each generation and deviations from the divine plan are not permitted.
When 16-year-old Jess begins to show signs of deviance she enlists in the Special Forces, with her best friend Jay, in a desperate bid to evade detection by the Devotees. Jess is good with data, not so good with a knife. So when the handsome and secretive Sergeant Matt Anderson selects her for his Black Ops squad, Jess is determined to figure out why.
As her deviance continues to change her, Jess is forced to decide who to trust with her deadly secret. Jess needs to know what’s really out there, in the Deviant wasteland over the border, if she has any hope of making it to her 17th birthday. Because if the enemy doesn’t kill her first, the Department of Evolution probably will.

My Opinion:

What an awesome debut! With hints at Lauren Oliver's Delirium series, Deborah Rix has crafted a new and intriguing post-apocalyptic world. 

We're introduced to Jess a Divergent... um, DEVIANT! (LOL, jk), in a world where any signs of genetic deviance can cost you your life. Jess's only way to survive is to blend in... and become a part of an army dedicated to erradicate and keep at bay any Deviants.

I really should have written this review as soon as I finished it! I could have told you so much that I now seem to have forgotten!

But I can say that I loved this book so much more than I initially thought I would! Deborah created a world full of secrets and romance and action, a fast-paced world I want more of!

Jess's own personality was brilliant. She was her own woman, fighting to keep her secrets and her life. Her relationship with her new friends was very well developed too. 

DNF: Countdown, by Michelle Rowen

Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher through NetGalley
Overall: 1 Monkey
Interest: Dystopia
Categories: 
Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Romance
Goodreads 

Summary:
3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped. 
2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game. 
Kira Jordan survived her family's murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis. 
1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it. 
Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira's psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan's secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira's only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can't escape. 
GAME OVER
My Opinion:


To me, first chapters are everything. They're what define if I'll stick with a book or not. 
Sadly, Countdown's first chapters didn't do it for me. I got no substantial backstory (only a brief mention of some Great Plague, which, by the way, wasn't explained in the following chapters). 
Until chapter five I had no idea how Kira looked like. She did detail her and Rogan's clothes, but it was a long list I soon forgot and didn't feel like going back to check again. 
And Kira's power... it just felt forced. The narrative didn't do it for me either. 

In the second stage of the game, Kira magically finds the bell to get them to the next level. Here there's a passing mention of her life before, trying to give the story some backdrop (why would she be so comfortable going through the Dumpster?). But just as easily as it appears, it vanishes, and we're left with Kira and Rogan meeting a random man who wants to fix Rogan's shoulder. This did not seem plausible to me. Kira wanted to run at the first opportunity, so why would she act so nonchalant in front of a stranger who is clearly working for the people who've put her in this game? 

It all happens too fast and it doesn't get a chance to be properly developed. Five chapters were more than enough for me. 

Sorry, Michelle!
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