Book Review: ANOMALY by Tonya Kuper

Genre: YA, Sci-fi

Pages: 400

Released on: November 25th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…

Worst. Birthday. Ever.

My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…

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Book Review: IN THE AFTERLIGHT by Alexandra Bracken

Genre: YA, Dystopian

Pages: 535

Released on: October 28th, 2014

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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.

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Book Review: I WANT IT THAT WAY by Ann Aguirre

Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 352

Released on: August 26th, 2014

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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true—for her parents’ sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

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Ontario Teen Book Fest!

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let everyone know that a very awesome, cool, fantastic, and super fun event is coming up in March and it is the Ontario Teen Book Fest! *insert super excited, fangirl applause here*

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And what is even more cool and exciting about this is that People Like Books is taking part in the blog tour!

“So, Alex, what exactly does that mean?”

Well, reader, I’m so glad you asked… It means that one of the days during the blog tour promoting the event and authors attending, I will spotlight one of the authors! And I’m really excited with who I’m fortunate enough to spotlight, you guys. I know you’ll love her!

But, in the meantime, check out more info about the event! I can tell you some basics:

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Colony High Branch Library

9:30am – 5pm

Other than that, visit the site to see which authors will be attending! And maybe you can guess who I will be spotlighting later this month ;D

Be well,

Alex

Book Review: DAY 21 (THE 100) by Kass Morgan

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Sci-fi

Pages: 320

Released on: September 16th, 2014

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No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.
It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan’s The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can — together.

My Review:

In the next installment to Ms. Morgan’s The Hundred series, we definitely see some improvement to her overarching storyline, as well as character development.

I’m liking the character buildup of Wells a lot more than from book one, and Glass is still a major badass. I am finding it harder and harder to separate the Clarke from the book and the Clarke from the television show, though. Mainly because television show Clarke is so badass and goes through SO much to make her a strong female character, that she kind of gets left behind in the book. Her character doesn’t get the build up that I know she deserves and could pull off. And I have no doubt that Kass can pull off writing such a strong character in Clarke because she does it so well with Glass and the grounder girl they capture in the book.

I am liking where the storyline is going, though. I like that the book takes its time with the plot. We can see the kids struggling to survive, searching for food and supplies, rallying together to survive… it’s all nicely done. And then the twist at the end just left me going, “YES.” The book needed that end twist – something to set it ablaze, you know?

Where I’m liking Wells more and more, Bellamy is kind of struggling to keep up with my standards. I think the relationship that builds between Clarke and Bellamy is waaaay too quick. Like there’s hardly any breathing room. They need to slow things down and get to know each other, damn it. Maybe even go through some obstacles as individuals that ultimately make them stronger together. Does that make sense?

As much as I hate to do this, I could compare it to the television show for you… In the show, Clarke goes through hell and back, but we can all agree that she is a much stronger character/person because of it, yes? Same goes for Bellamy. He has struggled through all his life with taking care of Octavia, his mom, then the Chancellor stuff – it’s a lot. And Bellamy is struggling with being a good guy whose done a lot of bad things. Clarke and Bellamy (in relation to the show) are VERY COMPLEX CHARACTERS. *note, I capitalized it all because that distinction is very important* So all that in the mix, when these two characters get together, it is going to be like setting the world on fire. Because everything they both have went through individually and then together, makes them stronger TOGETHER.

Gah. That aside, the book needs that between Bellamy and Clarke before I can jump onto that bandwagon.

Other than that, not a bad read. But unfortunately, it doesn’t get better than book one for me.

MY RATING: 3.5/5