Saturday, October 20

Review: If I Should Die (Revenants #3)

 If I Should Die (Revenants #3)
Amy Plum

Published By: ATOM Books
Publication Date: May 1, 2013
Date Read: September 23, 2018
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 408
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16279723-if-i-should-die

From Goodreads:
An enthralling and unique paranormal romance, Amy Plum's DIE FOR ME series introduces a new version of the undead with revenants, beings who are fated to sacrifice themselves over and over again to save others' lives.

The final thrilling instalment of Amy Plum's DIE FOR ME series.

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying - to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others - so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

"Kate, I want you to know that I awoke the first time I saw you."

If I Should Die is a book that has been sat unread on my shelf for years. I read the first two books of this trilogy years ago when the series first released and I absolutely loved them. I adored them and would even say that it is one of my all time favourite series. So why did I not get around to reading the final book? Well, I just wasn't ready for it to end and then I just ended up forgetting all about it. Fast forward a few years and I was looking back on all of my unfinished series and finally picked this one up as a part of my series catch-up challenge. I am so glad I finally went back to this series as If I Should Die was utterly perfect. I loved every single moment of it.

If I Should Die follows the love story of Kate and Vincent after the unimaginable has happened. Seperated and unable to communicate with Vincent, Kate goes on a journey to save the soul of her true love, as well as preparing for the war with the bardia. As the fight between the immortals comes to a head, with Kate and Vincent find a way to be together, or is their love doomed?

I seriously forgot how much I adore this series. It's utterly phenomenal. I love everything about this series. From the incredible setting of Paris to the incredible storyline. I was hooked in from the start yet again and couldn't put this book down. I was racing through this book unable to believe what was happening. I couldn't wait to see how everything was going to pan out and I seriously couldn't believe some of the things happening.

Amy Plum is seriously a favourite author of mine. Her writing style is just incredible. It hooks you in right from the start and I just couldn't help but fall in love with this book all over again. Although it had been years since I had read the previous two books and had clearly forgotten a lot, Amy does a fantastic job of reminding you of what happened without it being really repetitive.

If I Should Die was a fantastic ending to what will always be one of my alltime favourite series. I adored the ending and to me it was perfect. I seriously cannot recommend this series enough and it is one that I will read over and over. If you love reading a series with a fantastic love story with a paranormal element then this series is the one for you. A must-read!

"Whatever happens, remember that I will love you forever."


Wednesday, October 17

Review: In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3)

In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3)
Alexandra Bracken

Published By: Quercus
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Date Read: August 15, 2018
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 592 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32987568-in-the-afterlight

From Goodreads:
Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

"The thing is...what they don’t tell you about forgiveness is this—you don’t give it for the other person’s sake, but your own."

After devouring Never Fade, the second book in the amazing The Darkest Minds trilogy, I couldn't wait to read the third and final book of Ruby's story. I have just been completely taken away by this series and I was dying to find out how it was all going to play out. I have to say though In the Afterlight is most definitely my least favourite book in the series. I was really disappointed in this one.

In the Afterlight picks up where Never Fade left off, with Ruby and what is left of the Childrens League in hiding trying to shut down the camps. Honestly, I found the first half of this book so slow and boring. It took me so long to read this book as I was just bored and couldn't find any motivation to actually read this book. The first 200 or so pages are so slow-going and it wasn't until after that that it picked up a bit. After that I started to enjoy it so much more and honestly thought the end of this was a perfect ending to the series.

In the Afterlight has a very open ending but I honestly loved that. It made sense to me that not absolutely everything was wrapped up. After everything that happened in the series it wasn't realistic that everything would be wrapped up nicely and I thought it was perfect. I most definitely shed a few tears at the ending of this book. It was very emotional and perfect.

I have really enjoyed this series and I am really excited that there is a follow-up that had just released. Due to me struggling with this one though I am going to have a break before reading The Darkest Legacy. If you love YA Dystopia novels I highly recommend this series. I really enjoyed it and I am so glad that I finally read it. A brilliant ending.

"I love you. With my whole heart. My whole life, however long I'm lucky enough to get, nothing will change for me."


Saturday, October 13

Review: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)
Alexandra Bracken

Published By: Quercus
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Date Read: August 8, 2018
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 560
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32987582-never-fade

From Goodreads:
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

"Oh, I'm sorry, apparently the middle of my sentence interrupted the beginning of yours. Do continue."

After finishing reading The Darkest Minds I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen in the next book. I couldn't help but jump straight into Never Fade and I actually loved it way, way more than the first book. I couldn't put Never Fade down and couldn't read this one fast enough. It is far, far superior to The Darkest Minds in my opinion.

Never Fade picks up right where book 1 left off, following Ruby as she joins the Childrens League and is seperated from Liam, Chubs and Zu. Ruby is sent on special ops in order to help their cause but when she is sent on one to find Liam and bring back important information that he is carrying everything Ruby knows and believes is put into question. Can she really find Liam and then leave him again? And is the League everything that she believes it to be?

I loved Never Fade and I mean... LOVED IT! I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds but honestly that was nothing compared to this book. I couldn't put Never Fade down. I was so captured by this book, particularly by the new characters. Right from the start I absolutely loved Jude. He is such a sweet kid and he was most definitely the relief from all of the serious heart-wrenching goings on. With Vida, it took me a while to like her. Initially I didn't like her or trust her at all but the more I read the more I started to like her. Especially, when she meets Chubs, I loved their relationship.

Never Fade was a major journey for so many of the characters in this book. These characters are not the same ones as we met at the beginning of The Darkest Minds. They have developed into stronger and more intelligent characters throughout the two books. Ruby is so much more kick-ass and I loved seeing her taking charge and embracing her powers in order to save Liam. I really missed Zu in this one though. Although in the first book she didn't speak at all her presence was really missed in this one.

Never Fade was action packed and fast paced and I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved every single second of this book and I cannot wait to get started on the third book to see what happens. I'm also hopeful that we will get some answers as to what happened to cause the disease. Roll on book 3. This was a stunning follow-up and my hopes for book 3 are exceptionally high.

"I think I'm losing it—I don't know what's happening, what happened, but I look at you, I look at you, and I love you so much. Not because of anything you've said, or done, or anything at all. I look at you, and I just love you, and it terrifies me. It terrifies me what I would do for you."

Wednesday, October 10

Review: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)
Alexandra Bracken

Published By: Quercus
Publication Date: November 17, 2016
Date Read: August 2, 2018
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 528
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32987594-the-darkest-minds

From Goodreads:
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

"They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived."

The Darkest Minds is a book that has been on my radar for so long. I have tried listening to the audio edition of this book about three times in the past few years and never made it past the first few chapters. Not because the book wasn't good or I didn't like the narrator just because I end up listening for a little while and then not finding much time to listen. After seeing the movie advertised I decided it was time for me to finally read this book and I am really glad that I did. I really enjoyed reading The Darkest Minds.

The Darkest Minds follows the story of Ruby, one of the few children that have survived the IAAN disease. The children that survived have powers, and they are put into camps and worked to the bone in order to stop them from using their powers. After 6 years in the worst camp of them all, Thurmond, Ruby finds herself on the outside and not knowing who to trust. Ruby finds herself on the run with a group of other kids searching for East River, the only place kids can live safe and free.

I loved the storyline of The Darkest Minds. I am a huge fan of YA Dystopia series so this one was definitely a good book for me. I loved the background of the disease that killed the kids and how the government responded to the dangerous kids that were left. I have read so many dystopia series that are set a few years after the apocolyptic thing has happened so I really enjoyed being able to see what and how things had happened first-hand.

I loved so many of the characters in this series. Ruby is our narrator and I really enjoyed experiencing all the goings-on through her eyes. I've seen a lot of people complain about Ruby as a character and state that she was too naive and stupid and too trusting to people but I loved her. I mean, yes she is naive and believes people when she probably shouldn't but in my eyes she was 10 years old when she was put into Thurmond and she didn't really grow up much in her time there. So although she is 16 when everything starts happening I see her more like a 10 year old in a 16 year olds body.

I loved some of the secondary characters too. Chubs is probably my favourite, he was just amazing and I loved how much he changed in this book. From the untrusting companion to the one who believed in Ruby the most by the end. Chubs' best friend Liam gives us the romance element of the novel and I was so on board with this. Liam is just adorable and sweet and I just loved him and Ruby together.

The Darkest Minds was a fast-paced, non-stop journey and I really enjoyed every single moment. I couldn't read this book fast enough. I loved the world building, the characters and the writing style. My one complaint isn't actually anything to do with the story itself but more so the UK edition has so many spelling and grammar errors in it. Now usually I can read past these fine but there was so many of them and I found them so distracting. It really affected my enjoyment of this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds and I can't wait to see what is going to happen. The ending is so sad and really tugged on my heart-strings. I can't wait to read Never Fade and see what is going to happen to these characters that I love.

"Ruby, give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can. We can go anywhere you want. I’m not your parents. I’m not going to abandon you or send you away, not ever."


Saturday, October 6

Halloween Challenge: October TBR


Hey Guys,
So since October is my favourite month and Halloween my favourite holiday I am challenging myself this month to read as many Halloween-y books as I can. Now due to work I am being realistic and have picked out 4 Halloween-eske books to read. These are the books I'm hoping to read in the next 3 weeks.


Have you read any of them?
Which should I start with?
Any other recommendations that I just MUST read?




Wednesday, October 3

Wrap Up: September 2018


Hey Guys,
Can you believe it's October already? WOOHOO!! October is my favourite month... why? It's Halloween. My favourite holiday of the year. I can't wait. Anyway, September was a pretty shitty month reading wise for me... It always is as I'm still getting used to the demands of my new teaching timetable for this year but I'm hoping I will get some more awesome books read this month.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:


Bought:

Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire LeGrand

For Review:

Roar by Cecelia Ahern

E-Books:

Bought:


For Review:

 


Books Read in September 2018:


Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand - 4 Stars
The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in September 2018:

Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1) by Kristina Perez
The Dark Princess (Balance #3) by Janelle Stalder
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
Red Queen Novellas (Red Queen #0.1/0.2) by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand
The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout


Top Book of the Month:

As I've only read 3 books this month, rather than a top 3 I am just going to share my favourite read of this month which was.....





What did you read this month?
What was your favourite?
Let me know in the comments.

Saturday, September 29

Early Review: The Darkest Star (Origin #1)

The Darkest Star (Origin #1)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Tor Teen
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Date Read: September 9, 2018
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Source: ARC from JLAnders Reviewers
Format: E-Book
Pages: 368
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34221193-the-darkest-star

From Goodreads:
When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

"I can think of a lot more interesting things to do in a tiny, dark space that would pass the time."

There are no words to explain just how excited I was to finally have this book in my hands. I am such an enormous fan of Jennifer L Armentrout. I have read and adored every single book she has wrote but my anticipation for The Darkest Star was very different than for her other upcoming books. Back in 2011 when I had just started this blog I was offered the chance to review a book by an author I'd never heard of. That book was Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout. I accepted but wasn't sure what my thoughts would be as I didn't like 'alien' books. 4 hours later I had read the entire book and was dying for more. I was lucky enough to recieve ARCs of the entire Lux series and it still to this day remains one of my favourite series of all time. So when I heard that there was a spin-off, I could not cope with my excitement. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it but I was also a little nervous... I had such high expectations for this book and was worried it wouldn't live up to them. It did! It surpassed each and every expectation I had and just completely blew me away.

The Darkest Star follows the story of Evie, a human living in a world where the Luxen are out and living among them. When Evie meets Luc she has a strange sence of deja vu. She feels like she knows him but she has never seen him before. As Evie spends more and more time with Luc, her world starts unravelling. She learns of the secrets and lies and has to discover just who she really is.

The Darkest Star is without a doubt the best book I have read so far this year. It was absolutely perfect! I had missed being in the world of the Luxen. I have read the Lux series about 10+ times, and although I will always love re-reading it there is nothing like the feeling of having a new book set in that world and experiencing it all for the first time. I could not read The Darkest Star fast enough. I originally sat down to read a chapter or two and the next thing I knew 4 hours had past and I was 70% of the way through. It was gripping and unputdownable.

Evie is such a fantastic character. I immediately loved her and loved experiencing everything through her eyes. She goes through such an important journey of self-discovery throughout this book and that journey was something she didn't even know that she needed to go through. The more I read, the more I loved her. One thing I always love about JLA's characters is that when something impossible happens to them they don't just immediately accept it... they actually have a reaction that any sane, normal person would have if this had happened to them. That reaction doesn't happen enough in the majority of YA books. Although I adored Evie, I would have loved to see events from Luc's point of view as well as he is just fantastic.

I wasn't sure how I was going to take to Luc being the main character in this book. In the Lux series, he was just this insanely creepy little boy but I absolutely loved him in The Darkest Star. Luc is most definitely the comic relief in this book. He is snarky and sarcastic and I loved that. He was the perfect mix of the sarcastic bad-boy and the super sweet, loving guy. I loved that there were two sides to his personality.

The Darkest Star was everything I could have wished for and more. It was utter perfection and my favourite read of the year. I am a little sad that I finished it so damn quickly because the wait for book 2 of this series is going to kill me. I loved everything about this book. It filled my heart to the brim and I just couldn't read it fast enough. Jennifer has done it again. Every time I think she can't write something better than what I've already read from her she proves me wrong with her next release. The Darkest Star will stay with me for a long time and I can't wait to read more of Luc and Evie. I couldn't recommend it more.

"Alive and so damn beautiful that it sometimes kills me a little each time I look at you."