Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Title: Fire & Flood
  • Author: Victoria Scott
  • AR Points: 14
  • Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
  • Page I'm On: done
I have been told to read this book multiple times since it came out. It's a pretty great book, I'll admit! Fire & Flood is set in a dystopian world similar to The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, or Legend series. About a 150 people are competing at a chance to win the Cure for their loved one. They must go through four difficult tests of survival. They are simply abandoned in these locations and given two weeks to get to base camp. Anyone who doesn't arrive in that time, we have to assume, is left to die in that location. They are given one huge advantage to help them accomplish these near-impossible tasks. Each contender is given an egg at the beginning of the race. Inside the egg is a Pandora, a genetically-engineered creature that has strange and different powers that come in handy for their contender. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

  • Title: Looking for Alaska
  • Author: John Green
  • AR Points: 11
  • Genre: realistic fiction
  • Page I'm On: done
This book is very interesting in the way it is organized. Instead of the different parts of the book being divided by chapters, Looking for Alaska is separated into "days before". Every new section is labeled with this instead of a chapter name or number. The numbers continue to decrease until we are confronted with the climax of the story, an important event that I don't want to give away because it will ruin the story. This is a great book about teenagers and the choices they make. What's really great about this book is the philosophical questions that are posed throughout it. There are two quotes that play a large role in the story: "I go to seek a Great Perhaps" and "How will we ever escape this labyrinth of suffering?". Again, I don't want to give anything away, so if you like a book written similar to diary entries and want a little bit of a mystery or philosophical read? Check this one out!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Ruby Circle (book 6 of The Bloodlines)

  • Title: The Ruby Circle
  • Author: Richelle Mead
  • AR Points: 
  • Genre: fantasy/vampires
  • Page I'm On: done
I was so sad to see this book end because it's the last in the series. I really hope she makes another side series! :( In the Ruby Circle Sydney & Adrian's marriage is taking a toll because others are very unaccepting of their relationship. In addition, at the end of the last book, they had just found out Jill, the sole heir to the Moroi throne had gone missing. In this final book, Sydney & Adrian race to find & save Jill before the Moroi people realize that she is gone, which would give them plenty of reasons to dethrone Lissa.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Who Done It?

  • Title: Who Done It?
  • Author: Jon Scieszka
  • AR Points: 0
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Page I'm On: p.72
Oh, leave it to this great author to make another hilarious and spell-bounding book! Who Done It? is a spin on the classic murder mystery novel where you are given clues and have to figure out who the killer is by the end of the novel. The cool thing about this book? It is an anthology where various authors explain their case for why they are innocent. That's right, there are about 30 authors who provided a short writing piece for this book about a fictional murder. So far, I am about 10 authors in and honestly, I have  no idea who the killer is. They all seem either too innocent or too obvious to be the actual killer. I suspect that Jon Scieszka isn't even going to reveal who the true killer is in the end of this book, just so he can force us to figure it out on our own. I am not sure which I would prefer more, for him to simply tell us who the killer is or for me to figure it out!  

Sunday, January 24, 2016


  • Title: Cinder
  • Author: Marissa Meyer
  • AR Points: 14
  • Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian
  • Page I'm On: done
Alright, I just finished this one the other day and unfortunately cannot get the second in the series for a little while! :( Cinder is an extremely interesting book because it is a brand new fantasy/dystopian thriller that alludes constantly back to the original Cinderella story. Cinder is the best cyborg mechanic in the Earthen Commonwealth. She is forced to work and provide money for her horrible stepmother and two stepsisters. Cinder meets Prince Kai when he drops off a palace android for her to fix. Kai insists his need for her to fix this android is solely just sentimental but Cinder suspects there is a more important reason the prince brought her the android instead of just bringing it to the palace mechanics. Meanwhile, there is a plague that is ravaging Earth. When one of Cinder's stepsisters contracts it, her stepmother volunteers Cinder for the cure, knowing that no one ever returns from this. Can Cinder save the day and prevent her demise? Read this one, it's great!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Silver Shadows

  • Title: Silver Shadows
  • Author: Richelle Mead
  • AR Points: 17
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Page I'm On: done
This is another one from the Bloodlines series that I love. Silver Shadows is the fifth in the series. I read this thinking it was the final book, I got to the end and was so upset because I thought it was over. Thankfully, I immediately did some research online and realized there is one more book! Woohoo! So, Silver Shadows picks up immediately after the betrayal that happened at the end of book 4 (The Fiery Heart). I don't want to spoil to many things about this book so I will give just the bare bones! Sydney has been confined in a brainwashing facility following the betrayal of someone close to her. Sydney is tortured in the attempts of being brainwashed. The events in this book force Sydney to fully embrace the vampire and human magic that she, for so long, was trained to despise.  Will Sydney escape and be reunited with the people she loves? You have got to read the ENTIRE series to find out!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Fiery Heart

  • Title: The Fiery Heart
  • Author: Richelle Mead
  • AR Points: 18
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Page I'm On: done
This is another one from the Bloodlines series that I love. The Fiery Heart is the fourth in the series. In this book, Sydney finally embraces the two things she has been denying herself: her attraction to Adrian (the Moroi vampire) and her affinity for human magic. Sydney and Adrian keep their relationship a secret while also investigating further the Alchemists to catch them in a lie. Sydney finds a way to use her human magic to prevent the Alchemist compulsion that forces Alchemists to comply to their superiors will. All of this leads up to one major betrayal in the story that I never saw coming! It of course ends on a cliff hanger which immediately had me searching for the next book at the library!