The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

I started this book and actually put it down after a couple of chapters.  I felt it had a “mean girls” feel to it and had a *shrug* “meeeeeh” attitude towards it.  I picked it back up about a week or two later and finished it that same day.  Whaaaaaaaaaaat?? 

Title: The Pledge (The Pledge #1)

Author: Kimberly Derting

Summary (by Goodreads):

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

My take:

This book kicked butt.  The beginning for me was a little slow for some reason and had a mean girls tendency.  I’m not a big fan of books like The Luxe or books that head in that direction, but I didn’t even give this poor book a chance at first!  Eeeeek!  I can’t believe I did that!  What a rookie mistake!

This is a dystopian novel about a girl (Charlaina…Charlie for short) who lives in a country where classes of people are separated by the different languages they speak.  If you are a lower class and look at a higher classed person…while they are speaking their language…you die.  Which this seemed  a bit harsh to me…I couldn’t believe this would actually happen, but then again, the Queen is a major ho-bag.

Charlie can understand all of the languages spoken by all the classes.  This has seriously caused a lot of problems for Charlie and her family.  Often times when someone changes their dialect… she misses it, therefore still looking at someone while they speak a higher classed language.

The Queen reminds me of this little girl…Go ahead…stare for a while and laugh…I did…

Like I was saying…She reminds me of the Queen.  She’s so horribly mean that you want to laugh in her face just to see if she could possibly get any more crazy angry.  Maybe this is why I don’t have kids…

She’s a horrible, ruthless, biach who is looking for a female heir as her body has aged to the point of “no return”.  Her spirit needs to inherit a new body, therefore she is trying to find a royal female heir in order to release her spirit into, to stay “alive”.  I told you the queen was horrible!!

Meanwhile, Charlie and her friend Brooklynn manage to find some hot young guys and one in particular (Max) takes a special interest in Charlie.  She doesn’t understand why he would be all that into her, when her friend Brooklynn is the one who gains the male attentions.  Slowly but surely, Max persistently tries to win her over…and she can’t fight that she has feelings.  What’s a good ya fiction without a little romance? 

Overall, I liked the book, once you get past the first few chapters that outline everything, you get to the good stuff and it just takes off! There’s a second book that’s being written and plans to be released next January.  The slight cliff hanger in this book is written in the epilogue.

~Myst

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

I am SO excited to review this book!!!  I stumbled on it while digging through other book reviewing blogs and was a little wary of it because the reviewer gave it SUCH a great review.  It’s true….all that they wrote about it…it’s true.  Hoooooly smokes.  Kinda literally.  PLUS it’s only .99 for the kindle (iphone/ipad users need the kindle app to allow you to read it [which that’s free])!!

Title: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

Author: Susan Ee

Summary (by Goodreads):

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

My take:

Like I mentioned above…the reviewer who gave a “shiny, sparkly, *clapping hands*, *jumping up and down*” review…made me a little wary.

It couldn’t be THAT good…right? It’s .99…not even a dollar to buy!!! I fell in love with this book so fast and I’m DYING for more.

Before 6 weeks ago, the world was normal.  Before 6 weeks ago, everyone still had cell phones and cars.  Before 6 weeks ago, angels were unseen beings. 6 weeks ago ago, angels materialized and became our enemies sent to demolish us and the world.

Penryn, her mother, and her wheelchair bound 7 year old sister Paige are foraging through houses, cars, office buildings to find food and shelter.  Angels have demolished countless numbers of people and have let cities burn themselves to the ground.  Staying alive is always running for cover and keeping your eyes on the skies, but when a feather slowly floats out of the skies in front of Penryn and then 6 angels land in front of her, fighting…it changes her world forever.  It would certainly change my life…seeing angels fighting in front of me…

Penryn’s younger sister is kidnapped by one of the fighting angels and in order to try and save her, Penryn makes a crazy decision to help an injured angel in hopes he’ll lead her to Paige.  Raffe is hot…like gorgeous…cause he’s an angel…and Penryn tries to keep feelings in check as they try to work together to find Paige.  Hahahaha…haha…ha…yeeeeeeeah try not falling for a super strong handsome gentleman angel.  Not possible.

When I read the inital review, the reviewer kept quoting things out of the book…I understand why.  The book is all dark and despair with a crazy mom, a missing sister, and a demolished civilization … and then you get witty smart remarks back and forth between the characters that make you laugh.  Like:

“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.” – Raffe  “Oh. My. God. You are nothing but a bird with attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”  – Penryn

Oooooor….

“What’s your name?” – man to Raffe  “My friends call me Wrath, my enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?” – Raffe

Don’t try to make sense of it now…It will most definitely make sense as you read and you will laugh.  Hard.  You will thank me.  *waives hand in dismissive manner…just doing my job.

This HAS a cliff hanger.  It ends decent with most ties wrapped up, but you will end up miserable, like me…but it’s worth the misery and the masochistic feeling.  I think it’s worth it.  Cool thing to note though about this book…it’s self published from the author.

~Myst

PS – The website where I first read the review about the book is found here: Book Catching  Visit their site…you will understand why I spent the money to buy the book…seriously….

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

So here’s the second installment in the “Across the Universe” trilogy.  I didn’t love this book as much as the first one….BUT it throws some great curve balls with the plot.  I would sit there stunned or just stare at the page after I had read something and just go…”What.  The. Heck.”  Seriously…they were such good crazy plot ideas.

Title: A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2)

Author: Beth Revis

Summary (by Goodreads):

Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to enact his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

My take:

So….like I mentioned before, it did some crazy plot twists.  Seriously…my face did this:

*MINOR SPOILER* in the first and third chapter you find out that the engines are having issues and that no work is being done to help the engines out…all help is going towards sustaining life aboard the Godspeed.  Then to further complicate things it’s mentioned that not only are the engines having problems, buuuuut that they’re not actually moving at all.  Godspeed.  Is. Sitting.  Still.  In.  Space.  See?!?  I told you it was crazy!!!!  It made me do a crazy scream mixed with a WHAT? and why the HECK did no one say something to Elder sooner!!!  *END MINOR SPOILER*

Amy on the other hand is really having issues with not being able to unfreeze her parents.  She’s scared that Godspeed’s not going to make it to the planet in time for her to see them alive.  She and Elder are still trying to figure out their relationship and Amy has complicated feelings wondering if she were on Earth…would she have picked him?  Does she only have feelings for Elder because he’s the only one her age on the ship?  Well, duh…she likes him cause he’s her age…she’s not digging the crazy older guys.  It helps that he’s nice though and smart and the next leader…etc. etc.

To top it all off, since Elder has taken the poplulation of Godspeed off of Phydus (the drug agent in the water making the people act calm/easily manipulated) mayhem has been breaking out with the knowledge that they have free will.  They can even make someone else the leader and take Elder down from his leadership role.  It gets crazy…Luther just…ugh.  If you’ve read the first book, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Orion has left clues for Amy to follow saying that there has been a HUGE secret and he needs for her to find it out and for her alone to make the decision.  She goes on this hunt for clues and she and Elder figure out just what Orion had found out about Godspeed.   Holy. Crap.  Along the way, someone is always one step ahead and is sabotaging their efforts.

I’m dyyyyyyyyyying for the next book.  It’s not that this had a cliff hanger (although it felt like it), I just seriously want to know what the heck happens.  The third book isn’t due out until NEXT freaking January.  *cries*  Why?  *sobs*  *wipes nose on sleeve*  All I have to say is that if Beth screws up the last book in the series, I’m not going to be happy.  *stares into camera*  So…Don’t. Mess. It. Up. Revis.  *smiles*

~Myst

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

So I just got done reading the second book in this series when I realized that I never did a review on the first one!!  *Gasp! How could I have NOT reviewed this book??  I LOVED this book and pined for the second one.  So, better late than never..here’s my take on this first book of this trilogy!  The review for the second book will be published on Monday!

Title: Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1)

Author: Beth Revis

Summary (by Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

My take:

Like I mentioned above, I loved this book.  It was hard for me to wrap my head around the size of the ship they were on with the amount of people on board, but that just means our author has one giant imagination!  And it’s a good one at that!

The idea is that scientists have discovered a planet that would allow humans to inhabit it and they have put together a team of military personnel, scientists, engineers, etc. to send to this new planet.  Catch is that it’s 300 YEARS away…to make sure this group of people make it there…alive, they freeze the bodies in cryo chambers and once the ship lands on the planet those piloting and running the ship have instructions on freeing the frozen people.  But something does NOT go according to plan.  Just wait…we’re getting to the good part!

Amy is a 17 year old girl who is frozen alongside her mother and father…and is woken up before they land…before her parents.  She awakes to find that someone out of the thousands of people on board has started trying to unfreeze people improperly, thus killing them.  She wonders if all she’s going to have left is artificial sunsets, fake rainstorms, “wi-coms” (imbedded walkie talkie/com system inside people),  and live with a group of people that all look the same.  But she takes an interest and special notice of a boy named Elder and he most definitely takes notice of her.  See!  Here we go!  Love story, coming up!

Who is trying to wake people early?  What has happened with Godspeed?  Will they reach the planet?  Will Amy be able to talk and see her parents before she, herself dies of old age?  It’s a mystery, sci-fi, dystopian, ya fiction, romance…all in one.  Is it too much?  Too much to handle? 

So the second book is out already, A Million Suns was just released on January 10th of this year with the final book Shades of Earth set to release next January.

~Myst

PS: As for a cliff hanger….meeeeeeeeeh….not reeeeeally, but kinda.

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

What would you do if a super volcano erupted and spewed ash all over the United States, messed with the climate, and disrupted your entire life?  Would you get out in the middle of ash raining down and objects flying through the air to try to find your family who had left earlier that day?  Alex did.  He was nuts.  This book was nuts….it was good kinda nuts though.

Title: Ashfall (Ashfall #1)

Author: Mike Mullin

Summary (by Goodreads):

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don’t know it’s there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.

My take:

So a super volcano resides below Yellowstone…which that’s actually true.  In Ashfall the volcano erupts causing a major catastrophe throughout almost all of the US…which hasn’t happened…yet.

Alex is a stubborn teenager with all the personality flaws that any normal teenager would have.  Annoyed at the little sister who rats on him to their parents, always arguing with his mom, and is more concerned about himself than his family.  So when his parents want to visit his Aunt and Uncle…Alex digs in and says he doesn’t want to go.  His parents leave him alone and all hell breaks loose.

Ash from this volcano is raining literally…for days.  Storms make it nearly impossible to walk and people begin looting and murdering each other for food and water… it’s a nightmare.  As Alex begins his journey (that would only take 2 hours to drive) he finds himself trying to find ways to barter for food or for clean water for weeks.  He meets people along his journey, making friends and enemies, while maturing and learning how to survive in this new apocalyptic world.

The beginning of the book with the descriptions of sounds, the darkness, the smell…it was just so well written that it even had me a little creeped out.   It was very vivid…everything was described horrifically wonderful.  Does that make sense? …and can you write horrifically wonderful in the same sentence?  I felt the claustrophobia and the feeling of the unknown.  Obviously if this were to happen to me…it would be different because of who I am and where I live…but it was a great tale of survival and trying to figure out the unknowns.

Overall, I liked the book.  There are more books as the author is turning this into a series.  This book doesn’t have cliff hanger, but it really makes me want to know what else happens.  So it may feel like a “ditch hanger”!  …isn’t that nerdy! Haha!

~Myst

Legend by Marie Lu

So the author said she got her insperation for this book after watching Les Miserables!  How coincidental!!  I JUST saw Les Mis 2 weeks ago!!  It’s a great little dystopian with a budding romance.  No love triangle.  We always like it when there’s no crazy drama, don’t we?

Title: Legend (Legend #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Summary (by Goodreads):

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’ death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

My take:

I enjoyed reading this book.  It shows that there are supposed to be more books, but I haven’t been able to find when the next book is going to be released or what the title will be.  It’s good in that it doesn’t end on a horrendous cliff hanger or else I would’ve been a little upset!

The idea behind the story is about a boy who is “riff raff” and causes trouble.  Girl’s brother is killed by said “riff raff” boy.  Girl goes undercover to find boy and seek revenge…  A relationship starts and a complicated romance begins.  Of course there’s a lot more that goes into that!

Day is our “riff raff” boy.  He lives in a world where kids are rounded up at a certain age to take the “trials”…a test of brains and braun.  Those who pass with flying colors are assigned jobs, those who fail are sent to labor camps.  Day fails his test but escapes and lives to cause mayhem in the streets of the Republic. Until he visits home and sees his little brother dying of the plague…he’s forced to try and steal a cure from the hospital…it doesn’t go too well.

June is our girl whose parents have died in a car crash and it’s just her and her brother Metias.  She went and took her trials and not only passed…but aced the tests and had a perfect score.  Of course it’s the girls with all the brains!!  : )  But Metias is murdered one night and it puts in motion June’s actions to find Day and bring him to justice.

Each chapter flip flops between the characters point of view.  I normally don’t like that…but the author does it in a way that’s not annoying.  A few people mentioned that it seems as though June and Day have the same “tone” in their voices except one is supposed to be a girl and the other a boy…also there wasn’t as much chemistry as I thought there would be.  It was a rushed feeling with a lot of hesitation.

I hope a second book is written.  I want to know what happens to a character that’s left behind.  I didn’t say which one…*smile…you’ll be reading and trying to figure out who!

Myst~

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I’m baaaaaaaack!  I can’t think of a better book to kick off the new year with!  In this book, I went on an adventure through deserts, palaces, and villages.  We dealt with mistresses, sorcerers, and spies with a princess who gets kidnapped by people who feel that only she can save them.  I really liked this book!

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Author: Rae Carson

Summary:

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young….Most of the chosen do.

My take:

Princess Elisa has described herself as a “big, bloated sausage”.  She loves pastries just as much as she loves wallowing in the comparison that she does of herself to her slim beautiful older sister.  She’s obviously not the fairer one of the two, but she has one thing going for her…the Godstone.  She was blessed at her naming ceremony with a beam of light and a permanent stone that resides behind her navel that responds to her prayers…or to danger.

The story begins at her wedding to a handsome king, named Alejandro, who whisks her back to his kingdom only to tell her that their marriage is a secret and treats her only as a royal guest.  She gets more than dirty looks as she is soon kidnapped and taken to the farthermost part of Alejandro’s realm.  Talk about a welcoming committee party! 

The story progresses as Elisa learns about herself, her strengths, her weaknesses, and how to love.  She finds herself through the trials she faces…without her nurse to watch over her and by seeing people die around her.  I want to say more, but don’t want to give any of it away!!!

I didn’t rush through the book and slowly fell in love with Elisa and her story.  There are going to be two other books in the series…  Although, this book could totally stand alone.  If I don’t read the other two…I don’t think I’d feel like I’m missing out on anything.  In other words…no cliffy at the end of this one.

~Myst