Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott: Early review

Author: Victoria Scott
Release date: February 25, 2014
Find it on Goodreads here!

SUMMARY(from Goodreads):

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

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?

Disclaimer: I received a copy for early review. Thanks Scholastic!!


Victoria Scott, you are a genius. A freaking genius.

When I first read the description, I immediately thought "Hunger Games". Which is true, there are a lot of similarities between the games, and there only being one victor.

But that is where the similarities stop. The contenders are allowed a companion in the game, called a Pandora (aka, the most awesome creatures ever invented). These Pandoras are genetically enhanced animals with super awesome powers; such as breathing fire, healing, etc. T absolutely made the whole book for me. It was so cool to see their powers unfold, and Tella's Pandora was absolutely adorable.

I want one. Very bad.

The characters were absolutely fabulous. Tella was a strong, flawed main character, who is very funny and awkward at the same time. I loved Harper, Caroline, Ransom, Levi, and Guy. Especially Guy.

Victoria Scott said once that she imagined Guy as Tyler Hoechlin, better known as Derek Hale from Teen Wolf.

And I could not agree more.

Yep. Couldn't agree more.

Uh...where was I? Oh, yeah, the book.

The story was crafted really well, and the writing was absolutely flawless. It also sticks with you for a very long time. I finished it 4 days ago, and I am still thinking about it.

Now I just want more. But the sequel probably won't be out for another year, and I will just have to wait in agony until it comes out. 

But, Scott's other book, THE COLLECTOR, is already out along with its sequel. Needless to say, I bought it as soon as I finished FIRE & FLOOD.

All in all, FIRE & FLOOD was a fabulous book. I loved every minute of it! And it comes out in February. That's really soon! Go preorder it. Right now. You will not regret it!

CONTENT: Kissing, moderate to heavy swearing, and some very disturbing and gory violence.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

End of Year Book Survey 2013

This survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner to highlight the best books read in the year.
So let's get to it!
1. Best book you read in 2013? (If you have to cheat, you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist).

Dystopian: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken:
Fantasy: Tie between the Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

Science Fiction: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Paranormal: Pivot Point by Kasie West
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Definitely Icons by Margaret Stohl.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommend to people the most in 2013?
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Angelfall by Susan Ee
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Cristin Terrill with All Our Yesterdays
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

10. Best cover of a book you read in 2013?
So creepalicious! I love it so much!
11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Roar from Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. I love him so much!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Unsouled by Neal Shusterman

14. Book you can't believe you waited until 2013 to read?
Angelfall by Susan Ee

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?
Both are from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2013?
Shortest: The Great Gatsby, 180 pages
Longest: The Host by Stephanie Meyer, 619 pages
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
That scene in Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken.... with Liam and Ruby...at the gas station...
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013? (be it romantic, friendship, etc.)
Romance: Day and June from Champion by Mare Lu
Friendship: Addie and Layla from Pivot Point by Kasie West
19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you've read previously?
 Champion by Marie Lu
20. Best book in 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?
Definitely fantasy
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Guy from Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott-who I imagine as Tyler Hoechlin. *swoon*
23. Best 2013 debut novel you read?
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa. I love the world of the Fey so much!
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Reboot by Amy Tintera. The dialogue between Callum and Wren was fantastic!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
The Darkest Minds and Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken both made me bawl. Also, I cried at the end of Clockwork Princess.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

In the After by Dimitria Lunetta. This book deserves more hype!


Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone and their families a safe and happy New Year!