Hunter

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Written By: Mercedes Lackey

Published By: Disney-Hyperion

Read: August 8-9, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥


Goodreads Synopsis

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.


When I received Hunter from NetGalley I looked through some of the reviews on Goodreads and they made me so nervous to read it. There were some good reviews here and there but most of them were at best mediocre. Now here I am writing my review and I am torn. I am giving this book a three out of five simply because my feelings on it are so mixed.

I actually really enjoyed the story. I thought that it was a fun new take on the often over played Dystopian genre. When the Diseray occurred, which is their apocalyptic event that changed the world, it opened up our world to creatures from the Otherside. The Othersiders are based on pretty much every mythological creature that you can think of. I thought this was really fun and it leaves endless possibilities for the rest of the series. At times it was a little overwhelming trying to keep track of all of the different characters and creatures but overall I really liked the story. I will definitely read the rest of the series.

As much as I enjoyed the story, the writing was very mediocre. The descriptions were lacking and at times repetitive. There were a few times when the poor word choice really detracted from the story. I think that I would have rated this book higher if there were some small improvements on the writing.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Book With Magic

Recommended for Fans of: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: Enclave

Armada

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Written By: Ernest Cline

Published By: Crown Publishing

Read: July 12- August 7, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


Goodreads Synopsis

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.


I had heard a lot of really good things about Ernest Cline and his first novel Ready Player One but I had never read it. When I received this copy of Armada from Crown Publishing I wasn’t sure if I was going to be something that I would enjoy. I am so happy that I gave it a chance because I loved it! Armada is one of my favorite books of 2015 so far.

The characters were everything in this book. Each character was so well thought out. They each had a backstory that helped to better define who they were. They represented such a perfect cross section of the gamer world. They ranged in age, background, ethnicity, and sexuality etc. There wasn’t a single character that seemed underdeveloped or unnecessary to the story.

The relationships between the characters were perfect. The author was able to add just the right amount of romance that did not distract or detract from the story. There was the sweet and subtle romance between Zack and Lex but there was also the lustful relationships one might expect in an end of the world situation. The friendships between the gamers were wonderful. I loved how quickly they all bonded and the mutual respect that they had for each other.

The story itself was just as well developed and awesome as the characters. It was different from anything else that I have read. Armada is full of pop culture references that made the book fun and relatable. It was unique and fun and action packed. It kept a good pace throughout the entire book and I was interested from the first page to the last. I highly recommend this, even if you don’t normally read sci-fi books.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Book With A One Word Title

Recommended for Fans of: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: The Martian

Champion

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Written By: Marie Lu

Published By: Putnam Juvenile

Read: July 11-14, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.


Goodreads Synopsis

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.


I have mixed feelings about Champion and the Legend series as a whole. In the never ending list of Dystopian novels these just sort of get lost somewhere in the middle. It was a good series, but it wasn’t amazing. The characters were well developed but I don’t feel attached to them. The author did a good job of world building but it didn’t feel new or unique. My final thoughts on the series are meh, it’s okay.

As far as Champion goes, it was a quick read. It was fast paced and laced with quite a bit of action. There was a lot going on with planning and strategy of the war. There were some new developments with the virus that also added to the plot. Everything seemed to lead right up to the end of the book which unfortunately felt anti-climatic. The ending seemed a bit rushed and as if she glazed right over all of the action. I was not a fan of the ending of the book. I was so disappointed with the direction that she took it. I was stunned! I kept thinking “Why are you doing this to me Marie?? You cruel, cruel woman.”. (Don’t worry she made up for it a little in the Epilogue.)

Reading this series won’t make your life any better or any worse. It is just another Dystopian series that falls in the middle of the pack. Marie Lu is a talented writer and I do plan to read her next series with the hope that it is a little more original and exciting.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Trilogy

Recommended for Fans of: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy and Science Fiction

Suggested to Read Next: The Young Elites

Top Ten Tuesday [7]

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Armada

Armada

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight

Dreams of Gods and mOnsters

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

A Thousand Pieces of You

A Thousand Pieces of You

All The Bright Places

All the Bright Places

The Color Purple

 The Color Purple

The Sister Pact

The Sister Pact

Readers of Broken Wheel

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Children's Home

The Children’s Home

What books have recently come into your possession? Have you read any of the books in my TTT list? Are you looking forward to any of them? Let us know in the comments!

Prodigy

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Written By: Marie Lu

Published By: Putnam Juvenile

Read: June 28- July 11, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.


Goodreads Synopsis

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?


I am in a terrible reading slump. I have had a lot going on at work, the awesomeness that was the fourth of July and a beautiful wedding that I was lucky enough to attend. All of this lead to me having zero motivation to read. Then I started panicking that it had been so long since I had posted a review, which somehow made me want to read less. It made it feel like homework instead of reading for enjoyment. Not that I don’t love blogging, it just temporarily stressed me out. So I stepped away for a few days and just enjoyed some of the other parts of my life. I am glad that I did. I decided to read last night, finished Prodigy and can’t wait to finish this post so that I can start Champion. That all being said, let’s actually get to the review.

I rated Prodigy three out of five. In reality, the first half is a two and the second half is a four. The first half seemed so slow to me. There was a lot of time spent planning and discussing strategy that I found myself pretty bored. They discussed action taking place elsewhere or action that would happen in the future but there was actually very little action happening. I know that it was all building up towards the second half, but I was still disappointed.

The second half was more what I was expecting. There was more character development, especially in terms of relationships with other characters. There were great twists and turns in the plot, I was kept guessing for quite a while. And of course, heartbreak. Marie Lu can’t write a book without making you start loving a character and then taking that character away! She is just too good at it.

I preferred Legend to Prodigy, but in the end it was good enough to want to finish the series. Champion here I come.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Trilogy

Recommended for Fans of: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy and Science Fiction

Suggested to Read Next: Champion