Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Eve Slver
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Source: Bought
Release date: June 11th, 2013
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

So what's the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

Miki Jones's carefully controlled life spins into chaos after she's run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby - pulled from her life, through tiime and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.

There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team's alluring and secretive leader. He evades her questions, holds himself aloof from the others, and claims it's every player for himself. But when he puts himself at risk to watch Miki's back, he leaves her both frustrated and fascinated. Jackson says the game isn't really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival. And the survival of every other person on the planet. She laughs. He doesn't. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.


RUSH was an absolute thrill ride. Eve Silver does not waste any time. By page 20 she throws the reader in the middle of battle, and I honestly had no idea what was going for a while. But it was so interesting that I didn't really mind. I've read lots of alien books, but I've never read anything quite like this. The concept of the game was so cool, and I loved learning about it.

The characters were pretty awesome too. Miki was kick-butt, Luka was my absolute favorite, but, honestly, I really didn't like Jackson all that much. He was such an arrogant jerk all the time, and I just didn't see the appeal. I felt like Luka was a much better choice ;)

Overall, RUSH is a must-read for sci-fi fans!

CONTENT: Kissing, moderate swearing (a**hole is the worst), and lots of violence.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Books That I Plan to Have in my Beach Bag

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week I'm talking about the top ten books that I plan to have in my beach bag!
1. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Her books are so adorable.
2. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Still have not read this one...
3. End of Days by Susan Ee
4. Talon by Julie Kagawa
Haven't read this one yet, either...
5. Son of a Mermaid by Katie O'Sullivan
Mermaid books are the best summer reads.
6. Just For Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Another mermaid book
7. Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Yet another mermaid book.
8. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
9. Waterfell by Amalie Howard
Is this too many mermaid books?
10. Everblue by Brenda Pandos
Nah. There is no such thing as too many mermaid books.
What books are on your top ten??

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (21): Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's "waiting on" is....
Ice Like Fire
by Sara Raasch!

Expected publication date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):


It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

I loved SNOW LIKE ASHES; I'm so pumped for this one!
What is your "waiting on"?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Defiance, Deception, and Deliverance by CJ Redwine: Trilogy review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: CJ Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Defiance, Deception, and Deliverance on Goodreads!
SUMMARY of DEFIANCE (from Goodreads):
Defiance by C. J. Redwine is rich postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce.

While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
Sometimes, when you read a series, the books go downhill after the first book. The story goes nowhere, the characters become annoying, and everything just gets bad.
When I read and absolutely adored DEFIANCE, I was scared that this same thing was going to happen with the next two books.
I should not have worried though. Deception was such a good addition to the trilogy. It was not just a filler novel; the story progressed, and there was also some awesome character development. But I still had that fear that the final book would totally suck, like some final books (*cough* ALLEGIANT *cough*) have in the past.
But DELIVERANCE completely and totally shattered any expectations that I had. It was SO GOOD. The character development was on point, and the way the story progressed was fantastic. The ending was absolutely perfect; I loved every minute of this novel!
In short, the DEFIANCE trilogy is not one to miss! I highly recommend it!!
CONTENT: Kissing, talk of sex, and in the third book there is a possible implied sex scene, but there are hardly any details at all. Swearing is extremely minimal, but there is an extreme amount of violence, a lot of it descriptive.