Fire & Flood

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
The really wanted to like Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott. The premise of Brimestone Bleed was really neat and the concept of the book was cool but it just really fell short for me. I do want to know more, but I am not sure I want to muddle through more of the series.


  • I loved the Brimestone Bleed concept and the aspects of the race
  • Side characters were unique and appealing
  • The Pandoras were really neat and their traits were very interesting
  • The cryptic secrecy of the race and the history of the race
  • The writing itself was not bad and it was a quick easy read

  • I hated the main character, Tella. She was snotty and stuck up. It seemed out of character that she was doing this race to save her brother when she is so self-involved. I think Kira from Partials attributes would have really made this book amazing.
  • The POV drove me insane. Since Tella was so self-involved the book was “I” “I” “I”
  • The world building was severely lacking, the story was thrown at you so quickly and then barely created by the end of the book
  • The story was way to detailed in some spots, but absent in places that needed more detail. I think the story should have been flushed out more when Tella found the device, but it quickly moved from her parents whispering to her running away from home and then no one knowing what is going on.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16069167-fire-flood?from_search=true

Splintered - an Alice In Wonderland Re-telling

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
I love Splintered by A.G. Howard. It was a fun adventures, twists and turns and amazing imagery. I have always loved the tale of Alice in Wonderland and I have been obsessed with fairy tale re-tellings. This version of Alice was interesting and I didn’t see the end coming, that always makes me enjoy a book more. I hate when it is so predictable. I thought A.G. Howard did an amazing job bringing the world to life, her writing and wit made the story memorable. I always know it is a good book when my dreams are filled with aspects of the book from reading right before bed. I really want to go to Wonderland.

I really liked the grow of Alyssa’s character throughout the book. There is such a social stigma of mental illness, especially since all the women in her family have gone “crazy.” I love the Alyssa found past the stigma and decided that she was going to be strong instead of just thinking that the madness would seek her out. But on the mental illness end, I thought it was really sweet how Alyssa’s father stayed madly in love with his wife, Allison. He visited her at the asylum constantly and never gave up hope that she would get better.

It rocked that there was not a deep love triangle in this book. Although there were two guys vying for her attention, I didn’t get that normal annoyance with love triangles that I normally do. I understand Alyssa’s attachment to Morpheus because of the comfort level from childhood. There are just certain people and places that feel like home and that attachment is deep.

Sometimes the imagery was so complex or out of the ordinary I had a hard time envisioning the characters she created. I wish that Disney would have waited for this book to come out to do Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. I can totally see Tim Burton bringing this book to life in theaters and making it wicked cool. The bug-like, almost dead characters would be right up his alley.

The second book in the series is already out, Unhinged and I am excited and interested to read where she goes with this story. February might be a month of fairy tales for me with Cress, Unhinged, and Cruel Beauty!


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12558285-splintered
 

Waiting on Wednesday - Scintillate



A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.
Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.
As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.
There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.
Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.
I am intrigued by this book, it comes out the first week of February. I love books that surprise me and are out of the normal reading spectrum. Since Cress comes out the same day, this one will have to wait a little while, but it is definitely on my TBR list!


Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In


This was a super fun Top Ten Tuesday, since I read a lot of dystopian, post-apocalypse books, it wasn't really hard to make a list of places I would not want to live. What do you think? Do you agree with me or what places would you choose?


  1. By far, the top place I would never want to live is in the Districts of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I think the Capital City would be pretty cool, but I would have a really hard time not fighting against the government and the Hunger Games tradition.
  2. I am current reading book 2 in the Birthmarked series by Caragh M O’Brien, so there would be two places I would not want to live, the first being Enclave.
  3. The second from the Birthmarked series, Prized would be Sylum, I am early on in the book, but being required to produce at least 10 babies and cannot leave the town or they will die for some mysterious reason. I am judging this town early because I just started, but it doesn't sound appealing to me!
  4. I would not want to live anywhere in the US after the Calamity in Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, being ruled by villains that turn everything into steel or kill whenever they fill like it does not sound like a great environment.
  5. The underground villages in Enclave by Ann Aguirre sounded awful. No daylight, having to eat mushroom (hate mushrooms) and barely living past 20, those conditions are awful. Plus dealing with the freaks and having assigned duties is far to constricting. I think I would have tried to go topside quickly.
  6. Being part of the caste system in The Selection series by Kiera Cass would suck too, it seems to bring home the truths of our world that there are so many people in the “top” caste that have more and enough and the poor people in the bottom that have nothing. I know that this is every day in our current world, but choosing to live in the caste system in The Selection would be really hard too.
  7. The horrible living arrangement in The Farm by Emily McKay would be awful. Essential the teens were being fed and fattened up for the vampire/zombie creatures that have taken over the US. The main characters were living on a college campus that was surrounded by a large wall and had no access to anyone outside the campus.
  8. Living in the circular system in Wool by Hugh Howey would be awful. I didn't make it all the way through this series because it was slow and I lost interest, but the first book has these two who have to journey down the metal stairs to visit all the floors. It is all inside because outside is infected somehow and everyone lives in this hive like situation. If you have any words against the establishment your punishment is to be put outside to clean the windows and eventually die.
  9. Living in a world without love with be really hard, so I would not want to live in The Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. It would be so hard to not even hug each other or actually, after the procedure, feel love. Can you imagine parents not loving their children?
  10. The final world I would not live in is in World War Z by Max Brooks. As much as I love zombie movies, books, TV shows, ect, I would not want to have to survive a worldwide zombie attack. One of the “interviews” in the book is a family who goes north, once they finally run out of food the people start eating other people (and they aren’t zombies)! Eek, not fun!

This is Where I Leave You

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.
This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not.

This was the book we picked for book club in February. We meet once a month a read a variety of books, so it helps me get out of the typical young adult book shell I am normally reading. This book was odd, sad, funny and unique. I definitely think I enjoyed reading it because I was in the right mood.

My step-father passed away a few years ago, and although we are not Jewish, I feel like there is a Shiva period after any major death. My family loves each other and has only minimal drama, but some of the feelings and actions during this book felt familiar.

One of my book club friends who has also finished to book said that she did not even understand why it was a story and the ending, but I feel like I got it. It was a time for a change, for rediscovery and for remembering what is important, even if it is your crazy family.

I do have to warn you that there was quite a bit of cursing and sexual content. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6224935-this-is-where-i-leave-you?from_search=true

Week Recap - Reading, Binge-Watching and Superhero Capes

Another week in the life of a northern Minnesotan, the weather was crazy. We had a couple more blizzard and -30 days, I am really starting to wonder why people live her, including myself.

I celebrated by 31st birthday on Thursday. My husband sent me beautiful flowers and took me to dinner. Then we hung out with a couple friends and their daughter, it was relaxing and perfect.


I started Revenge again and have been binge-watching the second season. The third season is on Hulu, so I could even possibly get caught up and understand what my co-workers are talking about.

I also made superhero capes for my nephews today, more presents to bring with to Montana when I leave this weekend! I am so excited to meet Joel and hang out with Everett. Everett is also super excited to see me, he kept repeating "Missie coming, Missie coming!" That small little man fills my heart with so much love!


Books I Am Read This Week:





Prized

Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives, only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code and the oppressive rules of Matrarc Olivia. Meanwhile, two brothers claim her attention as they attempt to understand the environmental trap that keeps the people of Sylum captive, and suddenly Gaia must contend with the exciting, uncomfortable, and altogether new feeling of being desired.
But when someone from her past shows up, Gaia discovers that survival alone is not enough and that justice requires sacrifice

I had a really hard time with Prized, the second book in the Birthmarked series by Caragh O’Brien. I enjoyed Birthmarked and the dystopian world it created. The second book is a brand new world and almost completely a new set of characters, other than a few familiar places. I am having a hard time writing a review without spoilers, so I am just going to give pros and cons:

Pros:
  • The world building of Sylum is really interesting
  • The characters are well-written with interesting personalities and strong traits
  • Gaia does falter in her personality but stays true to herself
  • Story moves along solidly and compels me to listen (audiobook) because I wanted to know the end of the story


Cons:
  • I was SO agitated during this book with the way people acted
  • The Matrarac was so frustrating with her choices and her lack of seeing outside her box
  • The discrimination of men was so crazy, not even educating them and treating them like slaves
  • Leon! What the heck is wrong with him, I understand that miscommunication causes issues, but SERIOUSLY
  • The town people not wanted to better themselves even though they are living in a town that is “killing” them
  • The love square, geez wiz! A love triangle is bad enough and this was TOO much


Not a horrible book, definitely going to want to read the ending of the series to see what happens next, Promised.

I was searching in Goodreads and saw that Caragh was born in Minnesota, so that is neat that I am reading material from another Minnesota native. I can understand why she wants to write about warmer climates when it is -40 below here!   



Curtsies & Conspiracies

Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?
Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won't Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.
Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.
In this sequel to bestselling author Gail Carriger's YA debut Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season. (Goodreads)
The second book, Curtsies and Conspiracies was good, but I was saddened that I did not fall in love with it as much as I did Etiquette & Espionage. I am almost thinking that I was not as drawn to the book because I was reading it rather than listening to the audiobook. The audiobook had this wonderful reader with a British accent that brought the story to life.
 I also did not find as many hilarious quotes in the book as I did in the first one. There was a particularly amusing part with Sidheag described what male geniality was like. I was laughing out loud, for that one.
I really did enjoy Soap – and even though there was a mild love triangle in this book, it was not obsessive, mostly because Sophronia was not really into either guy that much. Pillover has definitely become one of my favorite characters for his quiet intuition. He is kind of like the Silent Bob in the book.
The main issue I had with the book is that the plot wasn't really well developed. I guess I am still not 100% sure why it was so the valve was that important and would have liked that flushed out more.Both books I was so wrapped up in the day to day events that the plot of the story almost seemed like a subplot. There were points I couldn't really figure out where the story was going, but I like it, so I didn't stop reading. It was an odd situation.
I do enjoy the school so much and even dream at night of the floating boat. I would love to see this series made into a tv series or movie and have my imagination come out on the big screen!



Waiting on Wednesday - Far From You


Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.
The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.
The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.
After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared. (Goodreads)

I am trying to break out of my typical reading choice cell and read goods in genre's other than dystopian. This book sounds intense, moving and a really unique interesting story. I have read some reviews and readers seem to really enjoy the book. It is set to be released in April, so I don't have to wait too long to read it!

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Things on my Reading Wish List


January 21: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wish list (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.)
Wow, this is the hardest Top Ten Tuesday yet! It is hard because there are so many possibilities. Since I aspire to be a writer myself, I guess I could give ideas of what I am thinking about writing and what I have learned from reading all the time.



  1. Witty MC – I love when main characters are smart, funny and “snappy.” I loved Sophronia in Etiquette & Espionage, she was smart and I love the way her mind worked.
  2. Well-developed secondary characters. I really enjoyed The Reckoners in Steelheart, they were really well developed. Cody and his hilarious accents and sayings, Tia and her love for soda. When you can connect well with both the MC and secondary characters it really helps you feel involved in the book.
  3. Brand new worlds – I really enjoy books that transport you into a new place. Harry Potter did an amazing job creating the wizarding world, Etiquette did an awesome job with the Finishing School on a floating boat, Steelheart and the steel city. When the authors can transport you and make you visual how the new world looks, it really helps you break away from reality and become part of the book
  4. The past – I read so many post-apocalypse books, I think it would be fun to do the same dystopian genre but from the past. I love old time period, the Renaissance, the Roaring 20s, the old west. It would be really neat to see a dystopian book in past historical time.
  5. Dystopian literature is normally a period of time after the fall of society, I think it would be interesting to write during the middle of the fall, to hear how it all happened, the characters and activities involved in the fall. It would be really interesting to have Dan Wells write a prequel to The Partials series.
  6. This one is really specific, but I would love Marie Lu to write a whole story line with the Ross City from Champion. It was an amazing town that she created, the citizens were “scored” on how well they acted, helped each other, worked, ect. It was such a neat place and I think that it would make an awesome place to start a new story.
  7. As much as I love dystopian work, I think an uprising in the utopian genre would be cool. I read somewhere that a lot of the books we read are very dark and don’t always have happy endings anymore. I think it would be interesting to look at a society working toward utopia.
  8. I love Harry Potter so much I think it would be awesome to have more books about a magical world like Hogwarts. It would be fun to see other other’s ideas on how a magical world would work, other than just witches in mortal worlds.
  9. I have always love re-tellings and there have been some great ones, like the Lunar Series. I would like to see some biblical retellings, like Esther or Joseph in modern day.
  10. More collaborations. In the music industry so many neat songs have been produced by two artists from different genres coming together. I think books could be like that. How about Marissa Meyer’s sci fi fairy tale re-tellings with Gail Carriger’s wit? I think we could see a whole new style of work combining the talents of two authors.

The Winter People

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara's fate, she discovers that she's not the only person who's desperately looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself. (Goodreads)



This book was really interesting, probably one of the most intriguing stories I have read in a while. I did struggle a bit at the beginning to get into the story, the book starts as a journal and then jumps around between Sara and four other main characters. Once I got into the bread and butter of the story, I was sucked in. The ghost story was interesting and compelling. West Hall is a small town with a crazy secret that people are both risking their lives to hide and others are risking everything to make a fortune off the clues in Sara's diary.

My favorite character is Fawn, Ruthie's younger sister. She is very smart, but yet sensitive and tuned into the world around her. She is withdrawn from other kids, but she has an active imagination and whispers to her doll throughout the story.

The story really gave to light to depth of grief that humans feel when they lose someone they love and how far they would go to bring that person back to life. Really interesting read.

The book will publish February 11, 2014.

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Week Recap

This week went so fast, lots of activity and a lot of fun. Thursday night we had an open house at my new work building, it was fun to see some co-workers that I don't get to see everyday now. Friday night my co-workers and I went to the Fargo Force game, our hockey team.

Saturday I headed down to the cities to hang out with my girlfriends from college. We have been friends since we lived on the same floor freshman year of college, going on 13 years now. These girls and their families are my life support, they are an amazing blessing. Saturday night we went out on the town for a girls night.

Sunday we had a birthday brunch for Caydence and Norah. They are the littlest members of our group, during one! Caydence and I actually share a birthday - next Thursday the 23rd! 


Even though I was busy, I still did some reading, here is what I read this week:




My Favorite Series


Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
This one is probably on most reader’s lists, it spans the generations and who doesn't love some magical fun. I didn't start the series until I was in college and fell in love with it. I have read the series multiple times and probably will forever. I love the movies too and thought they did a really good job with the staying true to the books and bringing to life the wizarding world. It is my goal to get to Hogwarts soon – I have wanted to go since the part was rumored, so a REALLY long time.

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
I have to say that I love Divergent so much, Hunger Games brought me into the dystopian genre, but Divergent really started my obsession. I really liked Tris and the whole environment they live in. Veronica Roth did such a great job bringing the post apocalypse world to life. I loved the factions and have imagined numerous times what it would be like to put myself in Tris’s shoes and choose a faction. I agree with her that it would be really hard to be in abnegation. This series, Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant finished in 2013. I was fairly happy with the way it ended, so that helps give closure.

Legend Series by Marie Lu
I loved the Legend series, I love the way Day and June met and their tepid love story. I also really liked how both June and Day changed as they learned the truth about the environment around them. I really liked Anden and almost wish this book could have two story lines, because it would have been fun to see June with Anden and what they would have accomplished. The ending on this book is great too, much different than I expected, but good closure and I am fine with the ending (unlike the ending of Lost). This series also finished in 2013, with Legend, Prodigy and Champion

Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre
The Razorland series was so interesting and inventive. It is also in the post apocalypse genre, but it shows multiple sides of how society reinvented themselves. The first book, Enclave, the citizens lived underground. They had short life spans and barely any supplies. They believed that topside was toxic and unlivable. Then in Outpost we see that there are societies functioning topside, it is almost like they have reverted back to pioneer days. Then in Horde we see that the communities cannot survivor alone, they all had one main enemy and it takes everyone’s knowledge and skills to bring down the enemy – and also to see them from a new viewpoint.

The Selection by Kiera Cass
This series finishes up in 2014 and I am super excited. It is like a dystopian Bachelor. Society has now split into a caste system that is ruled by a kingdom. Each caste system has specific tasks (kind of like the districts in Hunger Games) and it is hard, if not impossible to move between the castes. The prince needs to get married and they open up a selection from members of all the castes. The girls get to learn how to be a princess, get pretty dresses and are televised as they “date” the prince. America, the main character, is torn because she likes the prince but she also has a love from a caste lower than her. Her choices really are to marry lower and essentially live on less than the minimal amount she has now, or marry the prince and live in the palace. I am really excited to see how Kierra ends the series. The first book The Selection and the second The Elite are out now, the final book coming out in 2014

Lunar Series by Marissa Meyer
I was just recently introduced to this series and devoured both Cinder and Scarlet in a couple days. Cinder is a “re-telling” of the Cinderella story, except that Cinder is a cyborg with a unknown past. She meets the prince when he brings is android into get fixed. Cinder gets pulled into a messy situation when it is discovered that she is immune from the plague. Then in the second book, Cinder meets Scarlet. Scarlet is a “re-telling” of little red riding hood. Scarlet comes home one day to find that her grandmother has been kidnapped and she meets up with Wolf in effort to find out where her grandmother is. The third book comes out the first week of February, Cress. Cress is the “re-telling” of Rapunzel. I am so excited, so many ARC reviews have been amazing and I am ecstatic that it is coming out while I am on vacation and have lots of time to read while my nephews are napping. Marissa has released the name of the fourth book, Winter which will be out next year 2015.

Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger
This series has to be my newest favorite. I have only read the first book, Etiquette & Espionage but it is so amazing! So funny, witty and ingenious; I really wish that I had the idea first because it is so awesome. See my review on it, you can tell I am really passionate. I am going to start reading the second book, Curtsies & Conspiracies soon and the third book Waistcoats & Weaponry is due out sometime this year. This series is so fun and it is hard not to love the cast of crazy characters and the whole steampunk era.


Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
This is a really interesting series, and I have to admit that it took the second book to like the main character more. Juliette’s power is really interesting and so is how it works on certain people. The first book annoyed me at first, the way Juliette spoke to herself, but it really grew on me. The second book, Unravel Me is neat with Omega Point. I also liked the twist with Warner’s attitude and personality. It is kinda “love triangle-ish” but not super horrible, at least it has a new twist. The third book Ignite Me comes out this year as well, I sure have a lot of reading to do.

Partials Series by Dan Wells
I loved this series so much, very unique in the dystopian genre. It is so possible that the United States could ruin themselves by creating a weapon that will turn on themselves. It is even more interesting that the weapon is almost like a cyborg and can have emotions, lucid thoughts and can age. I loved Kira and her strong will. I also really like Marcus and am interested to see how Dan Wells will end the series. The first book is Partials, the second Fragments and the third, due out 2014, Ruins. The third book is really the ultimate war to decide the fates of humans and partials.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This series finished in 2013, so if you like to wait until the series is complete before starting, now is the time. Lena is born in a world where love is outlawed. Citizens go through procedures at age 16 to rid them of the ability to love, because the government has decided that love is the root of all evil. Boys are girls are generally segregated a bit, especially when their hormones start flowing. But Lena meets Alex and learns that love is not as horrible as the government has made it out to be. She then needs to decide if she wants to listen to the government or go outside of the law and live in a world where she can choose what she believes and who she wants to love. It was an interesting book, I can’t say I am 100% happy with the ending, but it still wasn't as horrible as Lost and possibly left you to decide on your own.
 What are you favorite series? What series do you think I would like? I would love to know!