Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mystic City by Theo Lawrence ~ Review by Fallon



Authors Description:
For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud - and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths.

But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place.

Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection - and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city - including herself.


Fallon's Review:
4 out of 5 Stars

This was a beautiful and romantic story set in the future. Aria losses her memory and is engaged to Thomas. A forbidden love. The problem is Aria doesn't remember Thomas and things don't feel right with there relationship. Then she meets Hunter a Mystic who saves her. She feels comfortable around Hunter and drawn to him. Being around Hunter is forbidden. He is a rebel Mystic who has not registered and had his power drained. Aria finds herself torn between loyalties to her family and a fiance she can't remember or a man she is falling in love with.

I thought this book was very well written and beautiful. I loved the dystopian world that Theo Lawrence created. The fantasy element was a unique nice twist. The only thing that got lost in translation for me was the Mystics. I didn't feel like there was enough of a back story. Also they didn't really explain what the Mystics were they said they weren't human. I am not putting much weight on that cause book 2 comes out in April and my questions might be answered. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.





Sunday, January 26, 2014

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan ~ Review by Fallon



Authors Description:
The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.


Fallon's Review:
5 out of 5 Stars

This story is about Davy a musical prodigy. She heard a song at 3 and sat down at a piano and just started playing. Dating the hottest guy in school and scheduled to attend Julieart. Davy has everything anyone could ever want. Zac tells Davy he is in love with her. Davy tells Zac she feels the same way and has been in love with him as well. Davy is on her way home, when she arrives she is told she has the kill gene. Davy is Uninvited to the school she has attended since she was a child. She will attend another high-school prepared for the kill gene students. Davy the perfect daughter, girlfriend, and student finds life a little different once being labeled a killer. She is soon thrown into a life with people she doesn't understand or relate to. People she once loved can't even look at her anymore. 

Now how I felt about the story. I loved this book so much! Sophie Jordan did not disappoint. I was hooked from the moment I picked up this book. Seeing the development of how Davy's family adapts to this label put on Davy is so honest. I loved the idea of people being labeled and being pushed to be the very thing you tell them they are. My favorite character was Sean. I am seriously in love. I didn't sleep cause I had to finish reading. Sean is a hot man from the wrong side of the tracks labeled with the kill gene since he was a toddler. 

Sophie Jordan is going to torture me waiting for the second book in this series, I can't wait!!! I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars because I would not change a thing about it!!!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan



Fallon is currently reading Uninvited and will have her review up on our blog on Monday.

Friday, January 24, 2014

No Place Like Home by Nicole Sobon ~ Review by Fallon



Authors Book Description:
Her death will reveal the truthSavannah awoke in the woods, her skin covered with cuts, blood dripping down her body. But she didn't know what happened. She didn't know why she was there, or why she was bleeding. And she couldn't figure out why she was standing mere feet from her corpse. Everyone thought that she ran away; that she finally hit rock bottom. But Savannah's death will reveal the truth. And some secrets are better left hidden.

Please note that "No Place Like Home" is a young adult novella complete at approximately 20,000 words.

Fallon's Review:
This is a story that shows the dynamics of a dysfunctional family. How people cope with loss in different ways. Sav is a girl who never felt good enough. Then there is Jeremy.her brother who is the opposite of Sav. This book starts off with Sav in the river trying not to drown. Then it transitions to before that moment. I loved the moment the stalker starts to send messages and the paranoia kicks in. I wish this part had actually gone on longer then it did because it was so great. Sav mom finally decides to act like a mom and picks Sav up from school and spends the day with her. She comes home to see Jeremy and then we fast forward to her being missing and the panic Jeremy feels about her disappearance. He knows something is wrong. In the last chapter we find out who was behind Sav's death but you will have to read it to find out. I am giving this book 3 1/2 out of 5 Stars. There were really great moments to this book. The only reason I didn't give it 4 stars was the transition from past and now was not as smooth as I thought it could be.

Panic by Lauren Oliver ~ Review by Fallon


Author's Description of Book:
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.


Fallon's Review:
Panic is from two points of view. The first was Heather devastated by a break-up with her long term boyfriend. She enters Panic to try to prove something. Heather soon finds herself in over head. She is stronger then she realizes. She has an incentive to win the High Stakes Panic Game. The cash prize is $67,000.00. This money would set her and her little sister up. Their mother is a drunk and addict who finds Heather and her little sister to be a nuisance. Nat, Heather's bestfriend decided to enter on a whim. Nat question's Heather's motives. Bishop is Heather's other bestfriend. I love Heather and Bishop's friendship. Bishop is always thought Panic was stupid but remains a support for Heather and Nat at every obstacle. 

The second perspective is Dodge. Not the most popular kid. He is in love with Nat and she didn't even know Dodge existed before the Game. Dodge has joined Panic to seek revenge for his older sister who got injured in a previous Panic competition. Dodge needs the money to help his sister with doctor bills. He soon finds himself getting attached to his competitors. He cares for Nat and has become friends with Heather and Bishop. With friendships and enemies who comes out on top in this game of Panic.

I really liked this book. Lauren Oliver has a realistic quality to her writing. That being said I would not recommend this book for young teens due to the high volume of profanity in this book. This book is definitely geared more towards an older more mature audience. Besides that though a great job by Lauren Oliver! I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars because of all the profanity. 

Deception by C.J. Redwine Author of Defiance ~ Review by Fallon


Authors Book Description:
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.



But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive. 


In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.


Fallon's Review:

Ballboden has been destroyed. Rachel is heart broken from the loss of her father and Oliver. Rachel is fierce, strong, stubborn and beautiful. Rachel can go toe to toe with any man. In this second book Rachel is haunted by all the loss she has had to endure. Rachel's hatred for the Commander is burning more fierce then ever.

Logan is now in the position of leading Balboden survivors. Logan is so torn by his priorities. Torn by being there for Rachel who is broken or the survivors who need him too. This second book is a discovery of who need him too. This second book is a discovery of who Logan is, who he can trust in this world where everyone is desperate to survive.


I love the supporting characters in deception. There is Sylph who is Rachel's best friend. Even through everything these two endured. They endured the destruction of Ballboden and loss of family. Through all of this they still love each other. Rachel and Sylph still understand each other and care for one another. Then there is Quinn and Willow both not from Ballboden and considered outsiders. Quinn and Willow are brother and sister and are born killers. Both are loyal to Logan and Rachel. Willow is a beautiful girl who can fight but seeks approval. Quinn struggles with his past. He is willing to protect Rachel at all cost. They are all still in fear of the cursed on who seeks to destroy their world.


This book was a little slow at the very beginning but built quickly after Chapter 3. There were times I was in tears but I won't say why because that would spoil the book for you, other times I was blushing from scenes with Rachel and Logan. If you can push through the first couple chapters then you won't be sorry. I am giving this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. It would have been 5 out of 5 if the beginning had built up quicker.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Deception (Defiance Trilogy #2) by C.J. Redwine

Fallon is currently reading Deception by C.J. Redwine.

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) ~ Review by Fallon



Author's Book Description:
The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's "masterpiece" Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Timesbestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.


The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.


Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won't even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.


Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.


In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.


Fallon's Review:
Now how I felt about Veronica Rossi's final book in the series I loved this third book to the series. Perry is such a strong lead character. Aria is perfect for Perry, she never falls apart even when most would. Roar is my favorite supporting character and his heartache becomes the readers. Cinder is another character you have come to care so much for and he is  important in this final book. Roar and Cinder I thought were the biggest supporting characters in this book.

Into the Still Blue ended everything I needed it to. The only thing I wish there had been more of was Brooke after reading her story I was looking forward to her having a little more of a part in the story. I love all the main and supporting characters in this story and Veronica stayed true to her other books and kept the flow perfectly from one book to the next. This is a must read for fans of Under The Never Sky and Through The Ever Night. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.