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Oct 9, 2015

Some Books Ago: Viral Nation (Viral Nation #1) by Shaunta Grimes

Every Tuesday I post about the new books I discover. So, I wanted to give a shout out to all those books published some years ago, that maybe some readers may have forgotten.

The Glimpse was published on July 2nd 2013 by Berkley



After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.

Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.

When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined… and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.

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Oct 6, 2015

What's new? The Epidemic by Suzanne Young

Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Treatment and The Program.
Check it out!

Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Simon Pulse 

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer—a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world.

The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his one, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic.

But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself—even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.

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Oct 5, 2015

ARC Review: Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

Source: eARC provided by Publisher. Thank you!
My Rating: 3 stars.
Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.
Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?


It took me forever to read this book. It wasn’t the book’s fault, of course, but mine for being so busy.
I think sometimes the time it takes you to read a book ends up affecting your feeling about it.
As I was emotionally detached of Dreamland, I have to say it was an ‘enjoyable’ read.
The premise of this book was amazing, Dea, the main character is a girl with the ability to enter someone else’s dreams. Her mother is like her, so Dea grew up with many rules, moving for place to place without an explanation, but aware of her abilities.

The beginning of this book promised amazing things until Connor, the enigmatic new boy appeared. It felt like a cliché.
Soon, Dea’s world started moving around Connor.

If I don’t count the romance, which I didn’t like, Robert L. Anderson created a fantastic and terrific “dream world”.
Those dreams and nightmares were marvelous and somehow felt real.
Dreamland was a fast-passed read with a lot of mysteries and action.
Even if some things felt cliché, the paranormal twists (if I can call it that way), were amazing, even unexpected.
The characters were well done and they’re dynamics and conversations felt natural.

Overall, even if I didn’t feel connection with the book and didn’t find anything remarkable, Dreamland is a good read. 

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Sep 29, 2015

Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge

Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge is hosted by Fiktshun. If you want to participate, stop by Fiktshun Sign-Ups post and join all the fun!

This challenge is the perfect opportunity for me to tackle those ARCs I need to read. I haven’t read much for a while since I’m studying like crazy to approve an admission test to my regional University. I’m so behind schedule that I needed something like this.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to read all those eARCs I get from NetGally and Edelweiss, so I’m signing up to ROCKSTAR (9-16 books) LEVEL, but I hope I can read more!

To read all the rules and take part of this challenge, visit Fiktshun NOW!

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Sep 17, 2015

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
My Rating: 5 stars
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? 
The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.


I read this book a few weeks ago when a friend came to town and let me borrow her copy. It’s always been in my “mental TBR pile” because I don’t remember if I ever add it to GoodReads or talked with someone about it, but as soon as I read the first page, I knew this book was a gem.
I don’t know what I was expecting; I guess something like Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher, which is the only book about kidnap that I’ve read. But Stolen was so much more different, so well written and… THE FEELINGS!!!!
I’ve read a few books by Aussie authors, so I know they put some kind of magic in their words, their characters, their settings.
Stolen is “a letter to Gemma’s captor” and I really believed it was a letter because the writing was SIMPLE and at the same time it was stunning and elegant.
You know from the beginning that you’ll feel sympathy for Ty, the captor, but it’s not a blind sympathy, it’s something inevitable. What I didn’t expect at all was how much I loved the setting.
The setting became like a third main character. It’s so magical and beautiful, it’s like you can see through Gemma’s eyes and felt in love with every part of it.
I love that I enjoyed this book so much even if it was only Gemma and Ty the whole book together. It shows that it isn’t necessary a lot of characters to make a story memorable. It shows that a book doesn’t need a colossal forbidden romance to make a story romantic.
Okay, I might not make sense; I’m literally translating my thoughts.
What I’m trying to say is that I felt in love with Stolen. It’s such a powerful story that deserves every compliment I can think of.
So, if you are reading this and still haven’t read Stolen: do it soon, my friend, you won’t be disappointed.

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Sep 15, 2015

What's new? Titans by Victoria Scott

From Victoria Scott, author of FIRE & FLOOD, comes a thrilling story of impossible odds. 
Well, this sounds a little like The Scorpio Races, but since I loved that book, I really want to read this one.
Check it out!

Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Scholastic Press 

 Ever since the Titans first appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan’s world has revolved around the mechanical horses. She and her best friend have spent countless hours watching them and their jockeys practice on the track. It’s not just the thrill of the race. It’s the engineering of the horses and the way they’re programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she’ll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines to ride, and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid’s who wager on them.

But when Astrid’s offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year’s derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it’s more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about.

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Sep 14, 2015

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot (Reboot #1)
My rating: 3 stars.
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.


The first time I read the synopsis of Reboot, it was because of the Spanish release, and I found it so original and badass that I couldn’t help but to order my ebook copy and started reading it as soon as I could.
I was promised a zombie-like, Robocop-like story that sounded like everything I needed to go back to the dystopian field.

And the first chapter was as amazing as expected, the second one was just as great, but when the “love interest” appeared I don’t know what happened to me, but I somehow lost my excitement.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy stories with a badass girl and a kind of fragile boy. It’s not that I didn’t like those characters: It was that I didn’t appreciate how Wren changed when she met Callum.
It wasn’t insta-love, but Wren One-seventy-eight started so strong and cold. She was truly badass, without much feelings and zero drama. But as soon as Callum appeared, all her world centered on him.
I know it was supposed to be that way. I know that Callum was the reason she started questioning her life and the way Reboots were treated. I know he was the changing factor.
But… I don’t know, I guess in dystopian books I don’t get a story where the romance is the reason behind a rebellion. And at the same time I know it’s what makes Reboot different from other dystopian books: that the main character wasn’t fighting to change the world, to protect her fellows. She was fighting to protect just one person.
This might sound good for some readers, but I didn’t enjoy it. The idea of the Reboots was so freaking remarkable that with a few twists and turns it could’ve been perfect.
Sadly, for me it felt straightforward and predictable.
Meet the boy. Find a way to escape. Escape. That’s all.

While I did not love Reboot, I can’t say the book wasn’t good. It was. It had good characters, an amazing world building and it was well written.
But it was not for me. 

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