Replica by Lauren Oliver | REVIEW

Replica
Replica by Lauren Oliver (Replica #1)
Published by HarperCollins on October 4th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Action & Adventure
Pages: 520
Format: Hardcover
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ReplicaLyra

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.

Gemma

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April.

But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learnes terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.

Two girls, two stories, one novel.

Review

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Replica by Lauren Oliver is a sci-fi novel about two girls, one a clone being held and tested at a secret island organization and the other one a human living her life until she finds out what kind of work her dad used to be involved in. A wild journey of escape, and finding your humanity, Replica will ultimately leave you wanting more.

Normal is a word invented by boring people to make them feel better about being boring.
Lauren Oliver – Replica

My Likes

Interesting Concept

Replica is about a secret organization that has almost perfected the genome code for cloning humans. There are hundreds of them being held captive in the only home they’ve known while they get constantly tested and experimented on. Lyra is one of those clones. Wanting to know what it’s like to live on the outside she dreams of a life that’s not meant to be hers.

Gemma on the other hand is sick and the doctors don’t know why. When she is almost kidnapped by a stranger claiming to know who she is, she begins to dive deep into the mystery of her father’s work and her past. Oliver takes you on a thrilling journey through scientific discovery and clones with ambition and heart.

Uniquely Written

Replica is uniquely written. Half the book is written through Lyra’s point of view. Flip the book over and you get the other half of it through Gemma’s point of view. They tell you the same story with two totally different perspectives.

What’s the most interesting about this is, Oliver has stated you can read either one of the girls point of view first then switch, or you can keep alternating points of view per chapter. The way I chose to read it was a couple chapters in Lyra’s point of view, then switched and read the same chapters in Gemma’s point of view. It was like getting two sides of the same story and I quite enjoyed that the most!

A strange and baffling truth: that the people we’re supposed to know best can turn out to be strangers, and that near strangers can feel so much like home.
Lauren Oliver – Replica

Reading on the Edge

Clones aren’t supposed to exist and people are not supposed to know about them. So when the organization goes down and a couple of them escape, it is run for your life situation. As a reader you are constantly on the edge of your seat as the organization hunts down these clones. No one is safe and “mysterious” deaths are definitely on the table. No matter the cost.

Oliver does a great job building anticipation, suspense, and action packed scenes of escape.

My Dislikes

Flat Characters

Sadly, Replica is home to some flat characters that I could not connect with. Their personalities, actions and motives did not ignite a fire inside my reading soul. Lyra and Gemma were bland in my opinion and I wish we got more of something special from them. I might have caught a spark or glimmer of hope from the male clone, but sadly I don’t think it will be enough to continue on with the duology.

They would face it together, as they were then: turned human by joy, by a belonging that felt just like freedom.
Lauren Oliver – Replica

I highly recommend this one if you like clones, running for your life, and the search for humanity. Let me know what you guys thought of Replica by Lauren Oliver! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Lauren OliverLauren Oliver is the cofounder of content development company Paper Lantern Lit. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren’s bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; a major motion picture adaptation of Before I Fall was announced by Open Road Films in 2016. Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

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February 2017 Book Haul

Book Haul

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in February and then some! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Frostblood by Elly Blake

The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

 


Book Outlet

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Endlessly by Kiersten White

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger

The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Game by Barry Lyga

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Jughead Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky


ARCs

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (Indigo)

The Beast is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Bang by Barry Lyga (Hachette Book Group Canada)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Hachette Book Group Canada)

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Sourcebooks Fire)

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda (Simon & Schuster Canada)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | February 13 – February 19

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of February 13 – February 19. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

FANTASY / SCI-FI

War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts Saga #3)

Published by HarperTeen

December 26th 2017

War of the CardsThe final book in the twisted YA trilogy re-imagining of the origin story of the Queen of Hearts.

Dinah has lost everyone she ever loved. Her brother was brutally murdered. The wicked man she believed was her father betrayed her. Her loyal subjects have been devastated by war. And the boy she gave her heart to broke it completely.

Now a dark queen has risen out of the ashes of her former life. Fury is blooming inside Dinah, poisoning her soul and twisting her mind. All she has left is Wonderland and her crown, and her obsession to fight for both. But the war rages on, and Dinah could inherit a bloodstained throne. Can a leader filled with love and rage ever be the ruler her kingdom needs? Or will her all-consuming wrath bring Wonderland to its knees?

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #2)

Published by HarperTeen

September 19th 2017

One Dark ThroneTHE BATTLE FOR THE CROWN HAS BEGUN, BUT WHICH OF THE THREE SISTERS WILL PREVAIL?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson (The Gold Seer Trilogy #3)

Published by Greenwillow Books

October 10th 2017

Into the Bright UnknownThe stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.

Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Published by Harlequin Teen

July 25th 2017

Daughter of the Burning CitySixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

Ringer by Lauren Oliver (Replica #2)

Published by HarperCollins

October 3rd 2017

RingerIn the world outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and neither of them knows where they belong or who they can trust. When Caelum leaves without warning to pursue the dream of a place he belongs, Lyra follows him, convinced that together they will hunt down a cure for the illness that’s slowly consuming her mind. But what they uncover is a shocking connection to their past—even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.

After discovering the uncomfortable truth about her connection to the Haven Institute, Gemma struggles to return to her normal life. But when she learns that her controlling and powerful father has new plans for Lyra and Caelum, Gemma and her boyfriend, Pete, leave in the middle of the night to warn them of the danger they face.When an untimely accident derails them, they are mistaken for the escaped replicas and seized by strangers hired to capture them. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.

Lyra’s and Gemma’s stories can be read separately—with either story first—or in alternating chapters, but no matter which way you turn the book, the two distinct stories combine into one breathtaking experience for both heroines and readers alike.

Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell

Published by Radiant Crown Publishing

July 11th 2017

Fragile ChaosTheodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

Monster by Michael Grant (Gone #7)

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

October 17th 2017

MonsterIn the stunning follow-up to the globally bestselling Gone series, Michael Grant continues the story of the teens who morph into superheroes—and supermonsters—when they ingest an alien virus.

Four years after the events of the FAYZ, new meteorites are hitting Earth, and the whole world is exposed to a strange alien virus that gives humans unique superpowers.

As some teens become heroes and others become dangerously out of control with their new powers, the world will become more terrifying than the FAYZ—and only a monstrous battle between good and evil can save them.

The Dark Assassin by Joseph Delaney (The Starblade Chronicles #3)

Published by Greenwillow Books

September 26th 2017

The Dark AssassinWitches, gods, and heroes team up to fight a final battle against demon warriors in the enthralling conclusion to the arc that began with A New Darkness. From Joseph Delaney, the internationally best-selling author of the Last Apprentice series, this chilling and action-packed adventure will delight fans old and new.

Seventeen-year-old spook Thomas Ward and his apprentice Jenny have battled the evil Kobalos warriors time and again. The fight cost the life of a strong ally, Grimalkin the witch assassin. Determined to end their war with the demons, Tom leads Jenny and Alice to Pendle for one last epic clash. But the confrontation with the dark is fraught with danger. Loyalties will be tested, alliances will be broken, and not everyone will survive.

The Mind Virus by Donna Freitas (The Wired #3)

Published by HarperTeen

December 26th 2017

The Mind VirusSkylar Cruz’s heart is shattered. But even though everyone has betrayed her, Skylar was able to negotiate a way to open the door between the Real World and the App World. Now Skylar must help the people who left the virtual world behind as they become refugees in the Real World.

And for everyone who remained plugged in, a new danger has become evident. Their bodies are mysteriously dying, and it’s because of events Skylar’s sister, Jude, set in motion. A virus has been unleashed that could mean total extinction of the App World—and everyone in it.

Skylar and Jude must set aside their differences and work together if they are to defeat the mind virus before the App World fades away into oblivion.

Omega by Jus Accardo (The Infinity Division #2)

Published by Entangled: Teen

November 7th 2017

OmegaThe second book in the Infinity time travel series is full of action, romance, and an intricately designed roller coaster plot.

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission—and their lives—in danger.

CONTEMPORARY

Release by Patrick Ness

Published by HarperTeen

September 19th 2017

ReleaseInspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

October 3rd 2017

Foolish HeartsA contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

The First to Know by Abigail Johnson

Published by Harlequin Teen

November 7th 2017

The First to KnowDana Fields’s father never knew his parents. When Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives for his birthday, her entire world implodes. Instead of a few third cousins, Dana discovers a half brother her age whose very existence means her parents’ happy marriage is a lie.

Dana’s desire to know her half brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad’s deception, clashes with her wish not to destroy her family. When she sees the opportunity to get to know Brandon through his cousin, the intense yet kind Chase, she takes it. But the more she finds out about Brandon, her father’s past and the irresistible guy who’ll never forgive her if he discovers the truth, the more she sees the inevitable fallout from her own lies. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach—for everyone—before they’re torn apart for good.

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Published by Balzer + Bray

November 7th 2017

Here We Are NowDespite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

Good and Gone by Megan Frazer Blackmore

Published by HarperTeen

November 14th 2017

Good and GoneWhen Lexi Green’s older brother, Charlie, starts plotting a road trip to find Adrian Wildes, a famous musician who’s been reported missing, she’s beyond confused. Her brother hasn’t said a nice word to her or left the couch since his girlfriend dumped him months ago—but he’ll hop in a car to find some hipster? Concerned at how quickly he seems to be rebounding, Lexi decides to go along for the ride.

Besides, Lexi could use the distraction. The anger and bewilderment coursing through her after getting dumped by her pretentious boyfriend, Seth, has left her on edge. As Lexi, Charlie, and their neighbor Zack hit the road, Lexi recalls bits and pieces of her short-lived romance and sees, for the first time, what it truly was: a one-sided, coldhearted manipulation game. Not only did Seth completely isolate her, but he took something from her that she didn’t give him permission to.

The farther from home they get, the three uncover much more than empty clues about a reclusive rocker’s whereabouts. Instead, what starts off as a car ride turns into an exploration of self as each of them faces questions they have been avoiding for too long. Like the real reason Charlie has been so withdrawn lately. What Seth stole from Lexi in the pool house. And if shattered girls can ever put themselves back together.

Calling My Name by Liari Tamani

Published by Greenwillow Books

October 24th 2017

Calling My NameLiara Tamani’s debut novel deftly and beautifully explores the universal struggles of growing up, battling family expectations, discovering a sense of self, and finding a unique voice and purpose. Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.

Told in fifty-four short, episodic, moving, and iridescent chapters, Calling My Name follows Taja on her journey from middle school to high school. Literary and noteworthy, this is a beauty of a novel, a divine and tender enchantment. Calling My Name deftly captures the multifaceted struggle of finding where you belong and why you matter.

The Grave Keepers by Elizabeth Byrne

Published by HarperCollins

September 12th 2017

The Grave KeepersLately, sixteen-year-old Athena Windham has been spending all her spare time in her grave.
Her parents—owners of a cemetery in Upstate New York—are proud of her devoutness, but her thirteen-year-old sister, Laurel, can’t understand it. Laurel would rather spend her time exploring the acres and acres of state forest that surround the Windhams’s property.

The Windham girls lead pretty secluded lives—their older sister died in a tragic accident the year before Laurel was born, and their parents’ protectiveness has made the family semi-infamous in their small town.

As the new school year begins, the outside world comes creeping in. Athena—a professional high school loner—grapples with a newfound enemy and, even more surprising, her first best friend. And home-schooled Laurel, sheltered and shy, finds herself face-to-face with a runaway boy who’s hiding out in an abandoned grave.

All the while, a ghost hangs around the Windham house and cemetery—the only grave keeper never to cross over, as far as she knows—messing with people’s graves, turning the Windhams’s lights off and on, spying on the sisters, and plotting how to keep the girls close to home and close to her . . . forever.

Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan

Published by HarperTeen

November 7th 2017

Eight Days on Planet EarthHow long does it take to travel 13 light-years to Earth?
How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip—but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for her spaceship to return to pick her up.

Of course she is.

Matty has heard all the impossible UFO stories for all of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. As a kid, he searched the skies with his dad and studied the constellations. But all that is behind him now. Dad’s gone and Matty’s stuck.

But now there is Priya. The self-proclaimed alien girl. She must be crazy or high, right?

As Matty unravels the mystery of Priya, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined.
And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all.

Nothing by Annie Barrows

Published by Greenwillow Books

September 5th 2017

NothingFunny and irreverent, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Annie Barrows’s teen debut tells the story of Charlotte and Frankie, two high school students and best friends who don’t have magical powers, fight aliens, crash their cars, get pierced, or discover they are royal. They just go to school. And live at home. With their parents. Perfect for fans of Jesse Andrews and Adi Alsaid.

Nothing ever happens to Charlotte and Frankie. Their lives are nothing like the lives of the girls they read about in their YA novels. They don’t have flowing red hair and hot romantic encounters never happen—let alone meeting a true soul mate. They just go to high school and live at home with their parents, who are pretty normal, all things considered. But when Charlotte decides to write down everything that happens during their sophomore year to prove that nothing happens and there is no plot or character development in real life, she’s surprised to find that being fifteen isn’t as boring as she thought. It’s weird, heartbreaking, silly, and complicated. And maybe, just perfect.

Before Now by Norah Olson

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

December 26th 2017

Before NowA harrowing and heartbreaking teen romance expertly told with a reverse timeline, Before Now is another emotionally charged novel from suspense author Norah Olson about a young couple who runs headlong into tragedy while trying to escape their complicated pasts.

The odds were against them, but somehow aspiring astronomer Atty and her troubled boyfriend, Cole, managed to escape their old lives in the rough neighborhoods of Minneapolis and the judgmental eyes of their parents, who couldn’t see that Atty and Cole were meant to be. But they don’t get away clean. Eventually the mistakes and betrayals from their pasts catch up to them. Atty is lying about why Cole is being hounded by the cops and Cole won’t go quietly to jail—or anywhere without Atty. Then the unthinkable becomes reality and the future is instantly unwritten.

Through Atty’s journal, all the intimate details of her tragic romance with Cole unfold from finish to start, including the mystery of what brought them together—and tore them apart.

Neighborhood Girls by Jessie Ann Foley

Published by HarperTeen

September 12th 2017

Neighborhood GirlsWhen Wendy Boychuck’s father, a Chicago cop, was escorted from their property in handcuffs for his shady criminal practices, she knew her life would never be the same. Her father gets a years-long jail sentence, her family falls on hard times, and the whispers around town are impossible to ignore. If that wasn’t bad enough, she gets jumped walking home from a party one night. Wendy quickly realizes that in order to survive her father’s reputation, she’ll have to make one for herself.

Then Wendy meets Kenzie Quintana—a cigarette-smoking, Catholic-school-uniform-skirt-hiking alpha—and she knows that she’s met her savior. Kenzie can provide Wendy with the kind of armor a girl needs when she’s trying to outrun her father’s past. Add two more mean girls to the mix—Sapphire and Emily—and Wendy has found herself in Academy of the Sacred Heart’s most feared and revered clique. Makeover complete.

But complete is far from what Wendy feels. Instead, she faces the highs and lows of a vapid, toxic friendship, the exhaustion that comes with keeping up appearances, and the only loss that could hurt more than losing herself.

HISTORICAL 

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Published by Greenwillow Books

September 19th 2017

Speak Easy, Speak LoveSix teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

HORROR

The Devil Knows You by M.C. Atwood

Published by Soho Teen

October 3rd 2017

The Devils You KnowPlenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, their carcasses turning the land black. If anyone did believe it all, there’s no way River Red High would offer a field trip there for the senior class.

Five very different seniors on the trip—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons beyond school spirit for not ditching the trip. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves.

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Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

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September & October 2016 Book Haul

BOOK-HAUL-NEW

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in September & October! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Replica by Lauren Oliver

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis


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Vassa in the Night

Vassa in The Night by Sarah Porter


Simon & Schuster

Tattoo Atlas

Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen


ARCs

 

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard (Indigo)

Frostblood by Elly Blake (Indigo)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

Sig New

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October 2016 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For October I’m bringing you five exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


Replica by Lauren Oliver

Release Date: October 4th, 2016

ReplicaGemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Release Date: October 4th, 2016

Holding Up the UniverseEveryone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

The Midnight StarThere was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

MiNRS 2 by Kevin Sylvester

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

MiNRS2They are coming to get you.
Hide.
Hide.

Hide.

The children of Perses have been receiving this message on repeat, from Earth, for weeks. Christopher, Elena, and the other survivors of the attack on their space colony know two things: their victory over the Landers will be short-lived and a new wave of attacks is imminent.

New Landers arrive sooner than expected. Led by the ruthless Kirk Thatcher, and armed with a new lethal kind of digger, they vow to hunt down and destroy everyone.

The kids have nowhere to go but underground. Again. But resources and patience are running low and the struggle to keep everyone safe is complicated by all the infighting amongst the kids.

As Christopher navigates the burden of leadership, he also has to decide whom he can trust. There are no easy answers. And with deadly consequences on the line, there is no room for mistakes.

Will Christopher be able to successfully lead the group back to Earth? Or will Thatcher make sure no one survives?

Beast by Brie Spangler

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

BeastTall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen

Release Date: October 18th, 2016

Tattoo AtlasA teenage sociopath is “fixed” after he gets an implant that’s supposed to cure him in this thrilling coming of age tale from the author of Willful Machines.

A year ago, Rem Braithwaite watched his classmate Franklin Kettle commit a horrific crime.

Now, apart from the nightmares, life has gone back to normal for Rem. Franklin was caught, convicted, and put away in juvenile detention for what he did. The ordeal seems to be over.

Until Rem’s mother selects Franklin as a test subject for an experimental brain procedure intended to “cure” him of his cruel and violent impulses. Suddenly Rem’s memories of that day start coming back to the surface. His nightmares become worse than ever. Plus he has serious doubts about whether his mother’s procedure will even work. Can evil really just be turned off?

Then, as part of Franklin’s follow-up testing, he and Rem are brought face to face, and Rem discovers…Franklin does seem different. Despite everything, Rem finds himself becoming friends with Franklin. Maybe even something more than friends.

But when another of their classmates turns up dead, Rem’s world turns upside-down yet again. Franklin insists that he’s innocent, that he’s cured, but Rem doesn’t know what to believe. Is someone else responsible for this new murder, or is Franklin fated to stay a monster forever? And can Rem find out the answer to this question before the killer, whoever it is, comes after him too?

Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Release Date: October 18th, 2016

GeminaHanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

Release Date: October 25th, 2016

Boy RobotSeventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.

There once was a boy who was made, not created.

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.

His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.

An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.

Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.

He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.

To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.

Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Until next time,

Sig New

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Books with Mental Illness | Top 5 Wednesday [10]

Top-5-WednesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Books with Mental Illness.

This week’s topic is going to be a hard one for me. I haven’t really read too many books with characters that have a mental illness. I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary, therefore my picks all come from books that I have read this year. So let’s just get into it then!


5. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

17285330The main character’s brother commits suicide, so there is one instance of mental illness. And because of his death the main character becomes depressed and goes through her own internal struggles with life.


4. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing GirlsI don’t want to give away too much because I don’t want to spoil the book, but let’s just say you find out at the end that one of the main characters Multiple Personality Disorder.


3. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyNow I’m not 100% sure if this book has a mentally ill character, but a character self harms and another one attempts suicide.


2. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black HolesTwo characters come together for a joint suicide pact. Both struggle with severe depression.


1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright PlacesThe main character suffers from different types of mental illnesses which takes both him and her on a wild journey until the end.


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. So I know there are other great books out there that speak on mental illness and I am hoping I get to learn about them from other Top 5 Wednesdayers. Which books would you have chosen?

Until next time,

Sig New

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver | REVIEW

Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins on March 10th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 357
Format: Hardcover


Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.


Vanishing-Girls-ReviewVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver is a mystery thriller about two sisters and the aftermath of a terrible accident. How do two sisters that used to be inseparable repair their relationship when one of them is the reason why the other now has scars that mull her face? How do they expect to get along again when their divorced parents can’t even be in the same room anymore? How does the disappearance of a local nine year old girl relate to their current predicament?

All of these questions and more in this enjoyable mystery!


Vanishing-Girls-Plot-+-WritingWhen two sisters get into a little argument one rainy night driving down the highway, little did they know that Nick wold lose control of the car and they’d both be left emotionally and physically damaged. So after a couple months of living with her dad, Nick is sent back home for the summer in hopes of rebuilding the relationship she had with her sister Dara. But the disappearance of a local girl Madeline rocks the small town. So when Dara turns up missing on her birthday, Nick believes it has something to do with her dark past and is also the reason Madeline is gone too.

With a plot like that I knew I would be in for a lot of suspense and drama. With such a shattered life, these two sister’s just can’t seem to repair the once fun loving relationship they had. And nothing makes it easy for them. Dara blames Nick for her now scarred face and her new anti social life, while Nick blames Dara for causing the argument that ended with the accident. Not to mention having two parents that can’t stand each other anymore. The mom is too heart broken over losing her husband and now having two daughters at war, and a dad that wants to focus on his new life with his new girlfriend. When their life is as messed up as that I agree it would be hard to resume when things were good.

With all the twists and turns and the big reveal at the end I found myself quite enjoying the book to be honest. Oliver‘s writing was suspenseful, intriguing, and compelling all at the same time. Maybe I’m just a fool, but I didn’t see the ending coming and was quite surprised. But the story doesn’t come without it’s faults. It switches between past and present and alternating POV’s which can make for a bit of a confusing mess to be honest. I’m a straight forward reader and I found myself getting lost in all the details of the past to the point where I had to put down the book or a while.


Vanishing-Girls-CharactersWe should talk about the two most important characters of the story, the sisters. Nick, the good sister. Over achieving, perfect, and all around good girl. The majority of her narratives are pretty straight forward and easy to read. We get to see her sister through her eyes and how much she truly wants to fix things between each other. I preferred reading her POV’s more than Dara’s for the simple fact that she was more tolerable of a character then her sister was.

Where as Dara is the bad sister. Likes to party, get drunk, and the one with the dark secrets. Her narratives were a bit confusing and I get why after finishing the book. Her personality was also a bit jumbled when it came to her decision making. So in order to avoid spoilers I think I will leave it at the fact that I didn’t find her quite as enjoyable as her sister was to read.


Vanishing-Girls-SettingVanishing girls takes place in a small town where everyone is in everyone’s business. So when a little girl vanishes literally the whole town goes looking for her. I get why the location was chosen. Small towns just make thrillers all that more exciting to read. Oliver’s location choices were clear and well thought out and I liked the little images and blog posts/news articles that get thrown in between chapters to further set up the tone of the story. On one hand I just wish there was more dark settings that add a bit more creepy factors to the story. I feel like that would have made it more suspenseful and thrilling.


Vanishing-Girls-In-ConclusionVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver was a good read. I quite enjoyed that big reveal at the end, but it didn’t save the confusion I had with the back and forth POV’s the story was written in. If you guys have read Vanishing Girls, let me know what you thought about the sister’s relationship and how surprised were you when the ending came. I would love to know that I wasn’t the only one who fell for it!

Rating

Plot = 4/5

Writing = 3/5

Characters = 2/5

Setting = 3/5

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Vanishing-Girls-About-the-AuthorAuthor 21Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.

She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.