Hungry by H.A. Swain

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Publisher Synopsis

In the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.

In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working.

Teal Review

The concept of this book immediately drew me in! A world where food isn’t needed?! What! I went into this books with high hopes and they were almost met! I loved the characters in this book, I thought they were well thought out and I could really connect to them and put myself in their shoes.

This book reminded me a lot of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, just because the world was very similar (high tech, dystopian, boy and girl rebel). The book did get a little bit odd towards the middle/end area with what the boys where having to do in the camp, but once I got past that I enjoyed the rest of the story until the end. The ending leads you to believe that there will be a second book but I have not found anything about H.A. Swain releasing a sequel for this series yet…but if she did I would read it!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Starclimber by Kenneth Opel

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Synopsis

Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited aboard the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Before they even set foot aboard the ship, catastrophe strikes:

Kate announces she is engaged—and not to Matt.

Despite this bombshell, Matt and Kate embark on their journey into space, but soon the ship is surrounded by strange and unsettling life-forms, and the crew is forced to combat devastating mechanical failure. For Matt, Kate, and the entire crew of the Starclimber, what began as an exciting race to the stars has now turned into a battle to save their lives.

Teal Review

This book is written in an old style language, almost like it is from the 50s. Which I believe, after some research, that it is supposed to be set in the time period. I enjoyed that aspect of the writing style, because it was different then what I usually read; however, I also had a hard time with this style because all of the equipment and technology in the book seems to be very advanced for it being set in the 50s.

I enjoyed Matt and Kate’s characters-though Matt is too good for Kate and she treats him like crap!-I still enjoyed them as individuals. This was my first Kenneth Opel book and I found out about half way through the book that this is part of a trilogy! I did NOT know that and probably wouldn’t have read the others in the series…you can read just THIS book in the trilogy without feeling lost or like you are missing some of the information.

I am not sure that I will pick up another Opel book…but this one wasn’t bad!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

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Synopsis

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…

Teal Review

I absolutely loved this series. This was my first Scott Westerfeld series (I read it in Junior High but can still remember it so clearly!) and after reading this I became a big fan of his. The first three books in the series, Uglies, Pretties and Specials, are set in the same city; however, Extras is set in a different city. The characters are really easy to relate to, especially the main character, Tally.

This series is very easy to read and imagine and offers some super cool futuristic technology. While Extras was my least favorite book of the four,I would still read this entire series again!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

 

The Super Dystopian Book Haul!

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Helllllo! Today I have a super high fantasy/dystopian/scifi book haul! Some of these books I got last month but most of them I got with in the last week. I JUST got Salt to the Sea fresh off the mail truck and I can’t WAIT to read it! The reviews that I have read and watched on Youtube look and sound really fantastic. I feel like it’s going to be a lot different read than what I usually go for and I am looking forward to that. I also have to say that I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard…winning!! Here are the previews of each book!

Starfall by Melissa Landers

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war. As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

There 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 she’s gained.

A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

Soul’s Gate by James L. Rubart

What if you could travel inside another person’s soul? To battle for them. To be part of Jesus healing their deepest wounds. To help set them free to step boldly into their divinely designed future. Thirty years ago that’s exactly what Reece Roth did. Until tragedy shattered his life and ripped away his future.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

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Synopsis

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing on that curse to the next generation.

Teal Review

When I first picked up this book it was because of the cover (yes 🙂 I am one of those people that judges a book by its cover!) After reading the back of it I thought the idea of a family curse was interesting; until I started reading the book and figured out what the family curse was…it’s weird. I wouldn’t say that this was a book I absolutely hated but I probably wouldn’t read it again. It jumps around and the three tasks that Lucy has to get through are strange and don’t really have any connection! I don’t think I would recommend this to a friend.

Raging Sea by Michael Buckley

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Synopsis

In the first book of Michael Buckley’s Undertow trilogy, the Alpha arrived and the world was never the same. At the start of the second book, most of south Brooklyn is in ruins and the nation is terrified. Nearly everyone that Lyric Walker loves is either missing or presumed dead, including the mesmerizing prince Fathom. It’s up to Lyric to unite the Alpha before the second wave of a cataclysmic invasion wipes out mankind for good.

Teal Review

I absolutely adored this book and this series! I can’t wait to pick up the third book in Michael Buckley’s amazing book series. After reading through the reviews I noticed that the reviews were pretty mixed, some really hated it and some loved it. I for one loved this book! I read through Undertow the first book in this series and I read it in about a day and a half. I thought the writing style was so easy to read and I really enjoyed all of Buckley’s characters.

Lyric was a little bit wimpy in this book and complained a lot but I didn’t feel like it took away from the book at all…I mean lets be real, who wouldn’t act the way she is in this situation?!?! Ya, you know you would! I really enjoy books that have to do with mermaids and/or sea creatures and this series hasn’t dissapointed! The detail in what each different Alpha First Man is super easy to understand and in turn, imagine what they would look like. I would highly recommend this series. Give it a chance!

P.S. How could you not be drawn in my Michael Buckley’s book covers?!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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Synopsis

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life.

Teal Review

I got 1/3 of the way through those book and I couldn’t take it anymore and just stopped reading it. I hated this book. I am not a fan of Nina LaCours writing style, her characters or the relationships she builds within her books. These character drove me nuts. The only one I disliked the least was Charlotte. Everyone else I really couldn’t care less about, mostly Emi and Morgan

 

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

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Synopsis

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.
But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

Teal Review

I really didn’t care for this book at all. It was a struggle to get through, however, my NEED to finish this serious won the battle and I stuck through it. While the first one was good and the second one was OK, this one was just really boring and bland until about the last 30 pages. Even though I wasn’t really invested in the story or the characters I CRIED LIKE A BABY after reading Marble Falls. The ending was really though closest reason I gave it three stars instead of two!

 Happy Reading!
xoxoSarah

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

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Synopsis

When a mysterious young women named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of South-port, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past.

Teal Review

This was my first Nicholas Sparks book and I loved it! It is so sweet and it is such a great romance novel. I LOVED the characters!! I did see the movie first and I think that the actors chosen for the movie where spot on with the description of the characters in the book. I have added many more Nicholas Sparks books to my reading list and I can’t wait to start those! I would recommend this book to a friend and a sibling, my mother and my grandmother, I think it’s just a really good read! It’s heart warming!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Paper Towns by John Green

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Synopsis

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him.

Teal Review

I really enjoy John Green books and paper towns was very good! The only thing that I didn’t care for about this book was that it seems repetitive and the whole “searching for Margo” thing started to irritate! But John Green writes amazing books and they are so heart warming and easy to read…can’t go wrong with a Green book!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah