Book Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Hardcover: 335 Pages

Series: Unwind Trilogy #1

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

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Book Review: Highborn by Yvonne Navarro

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE. BRYNNA MALAK MIGHT BE THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE.

Brynna is a fallen angel trying to earn redemption. She’s escaped from Hell in search of a new life on Earth, but Lucifer’s deadliest hunters are hot on her trail. Police Detective Eran Redmond is after her for a different reason: he needs Brynna to help him find a serial killer who is terrifying Chicago . . . and the trail leads them right to Hellspawned demons of the most dangerous kind. She’s also got a very “human “problem: dealing with a stubborn, attractive cop who makes her long for everything she knows she can’t have.

Staying alive long enough to earn a shot at Heaven will mean breaking some major rules in the mortal world, as she learns just how complicated and wonderful being human can be. With so much stacked against her, even Brynna has to wonder if she’s crazy. But she’s not giving in without a fight.

Not a chance in Hell. . . .

Paperback: 375 Pages

Series: Dark Redemption #1

Publisher: Pocket

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Tag.

So I got tagged by Becky to answer some questions and pass some new ones forward afterwards.

Here’s the rules to this whole tag business:

1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
3. Create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
4. Tag eleven people with a link to your post.
5. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

And the questions..

1.) Which book do you think should be adapted into a film that hasn’t been already?

The Catcher in the Rye? Maaaybe Nevermore or Enclave, since Hunger Games had such a huge success.
2.) Which classic are you too scared to read/keep putting off? (E.g. War and Peace.)

Henry Miller, hands down. I barely, barely managed to finish Tropic of  Cancer.  Now I’m shying away from starting Tropic of Capricorn.
3.) Sam or Dean Winchester? (Show Supernatural)

Mmm.. Sam’s better looking, Dean’s way funnier, but I’ll take the combo, thank you!
4.) Do you think the paperback will become extinct and be fully replaced with the Kindle?

I hope not.
5.) Have you ever had an experience with the paranormal? E.g Ghosts, aliens etc.

Nope.
6.) Your least favourite genre to read?

Historical prose.
7.) Who’s biography would you consider reading?

Right, biographies would be my second choice for least favorite genres, but ..Orwell or Crowley.
8.) The best birthday present you’ve ever had?

I must have been  12 or 13 and my parents got me the first 3 Harry Potter books for my birthday. I was ecstatic.
9.) Your opinion on Shades of Grey? (Whether you have read it or not.)

If that’s a novel worth of an adaptation, I’m a buddhist monk. And no, I’m not a buddhist nor am I a monk. It’s a piece of softcore, BDSM, badly written  trash trying to pass as literature. Apologies for any fans out there.
10.) Your favourite place to read?

My window sill/couch, if that’s the correct term for it. Perfect reading spot and perfect lighting.
11.) Which books from present day do you think has the potential to become a classic 50/100 years down the line?

Harry Potter, most definitely.

So there you have it 🙂

 

My questions:

1.  Ever had a crush on a fictional character ( novel, movie, show ) and who was it?

2. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

3. Audiobooks or paperback?

4. You’re reading a really interesting and captivating book. Last page: jump and read it or wait until you reach it?

5. Poetry or prose?

6.  Do you prefer reading the book or watching the adaptation? If both, in what order?

7. Do you like a happy or tragic ending?

8. Best tv show of  the last 12 years?

9. What would be your dream job?

10. What’s your favorite language to read in and is it a foreign one or your native language?

11. Dog-earing books: useful or madness?

 

As I don’t want you to feel obliged to do this tag, I won’t name anyone else. In case you do want to answer my question, you can either do it in a comment or post your own tag on your blog. Whatever works for you. 🙂

Thanks for tagging me, Becky!

 

 

 

Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they’re sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.

When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the one person with the power to destroy the Fold.

Swept up in a world of luxury and illusion, envied as the Darkling’s favorite, Alina struggles to fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But as the threat to the kingdom mounts, Alina uncovers a secret that sets her on a collision course with the most powerful forces in the kingdom. Now only her past can save her . . . and only she can save the future.”

Hardcover: 358 Pages

Series:  The Grisha Trilogy #1

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

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Book Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her . . .

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy . . .

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents — until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae — and their notorious dark desires — ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings. 

An all-consuming desire . . .

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

Paperback: 360 Pages

Series: Immortals After Dark #2

Publisher: Pocket Star

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I hated this book! So much so in fact I couldn’t even finish it. See what boredom gets you? No un-read books in sight, but I knew I had a couple of ebooks on my computer so I thought to myself  “why not?” and this is the book I chose. Continue reading

Book Review: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Cristopher

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him. This is my story. A letter from nowhere. 

Told in a letter to her captor by 16-year-old Gemma, Stolen explores the influence that a really wild and remote space can have on the inner development of a young woman.

Gemma, a British city-living teenager, is kidnapped while on holiday with her parents. Her kidnapper, Ty, takes her to the wild land of outback Australia. To Gemma’s city-eyes, the landscape is harsh and unforgiving and there are no other signs of human life for hundreds of kilometres in every direction. Here, there is no escape. Gemma must learn to deal with her predicament, or die trying to fight it.

Ty, a young man, has other ideas for her. His childhood experience of living in outback Australia has forever changed the way he sees things. But he too has been living in the city; Gemma’s city. Unlike Gemma, however, he has had enough. In outback Australia he sees an opportunity for a new kind of life; a life more connected to the earth. He has been watching and learning about Gemma for many years; when he kidnaps her, his plan finally begins to take shape.

But Ty is not a stereotypical kidnapper and, over time, Gemma comes to see Ty in a new light, a light in which he is something more sensitive. The mysteries of Ty, and the mystery of her new life, start to take hold. She begins to feel something for her kidnapper when he wakes screaming in the night. Over the time spent with her captor, Gemma’s appreciation of him develops …but is this real love, or Stockholm Syndrome?

Paperback: 301 Pages

Series: Stand-alone

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd.

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Stolen is the kind of book you either love or hate, right from the beginning.  Written in letter form, if by the end of the first page you don’t like Gemma’s narrative, then I can guarantee you won’t like this book at all. Continue reading