Partials by Dan Wells

It was so nice to read a book written by a guy.  I’m not doggin’ female authors!  It’s just that a guy’s perspective on a scenario and especially for a girl is a nice twist.  It’s not angst-y or whiny…it’s just a take charge, “this means this, so we do that” kind of book.  Fairly uncomplicated.

Title: Partials (Partials #1)

Author: Dan Wells

Summary (by Goodreads):

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

My take:

This book felt like it was a two-fold story.  First, there’s the story of  what happened to the human race and the second story is about finding a cure for the RM virus.  The author seamlessly is able to explain and put the stories together so you’re learning history while being in the adventure and not feeling like you’re having to pause the present to understand the past.

The book starts with our girl, Kira (a 15yr old), delivering babies who die within hours of delivery.  11 years ago, humans created a “species” of humans/robots called Partials  These Partials, which are part human and part technology, were built to be major killing machines and fight a war.  Humans didn’t account for the fact that these machines could possibly produce and unleash a major virus that would kill just about everyone in the world.  A few thousand in the United States have survived and banded together in New York; with no contact to the outside world they feel they’re the last people…literally…on earth.  Time is of the essence and ticks loudly since every baby that has been born hasn’t survived for more than 4 hours since the RM virus was released.  The human race is on the extinction list.

Kira is a medic and very sharp for her age.  She comes up with the idea that they need to do more than just watch these babies die and record data, they need to find someone who is immune that doesn’t carry the virus to study and learn.  Kira’s convinced in order to find the cure…they need to capture a Partial.  You can imagine how well that went over when she explained that to the leaders….

This book had a few adventures, a strong female character, and gives us a little bit of romance.  It also gives great information about the virus.  Elizabeth over at Don’t Take My Books Away, I felt said it best: “It is technical in the sense that it is a lot of detail, not in the sense that it is tough to understand.”  The majority of the book was dedicated to wanting and trying to find the cure so a lot of detail and thought process is written out.   No worries to those of you who are starting to get clammy hands…it’s not going back to your biology or chemistry classes!

Overall, I enjoyed the book and I even recommended it to my brother’s girlfriend!  🙂  There’s not a huge cliffhanger, but enough of a drop to have you curious about the next book.  The sequel, Fragment, is set to be published next year.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday – Want

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Want

Author: Stephanie Lawton

Publication date: June 7th

Summary (by Goodreads):

Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her.

She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball—the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite—forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past.

Why I can’t wait:

I think I’m just so excited about a girl who wants to be a piano virtuoso!  I’ll I’ve been reading about lately are books about the death of the world or supernatural beings.  After being a music major myself at a little college, I feel like I could bond with Julianne!  Plus the cover doesn’t hurt!  🙂

What book are you counting down the days for?

Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are  the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

When I think of playing hooky from class …not that I EVER played hooky from any of my college classes, mom!… I would want to think of a book that either has length, adventure, or is thought provoking.  So here are my top ten!!

Number 1:

Harry Potter by JK Rowling Why be in class when you can read about other kids learning to do spells like making things float or a how to make a love potion?!?  Any book in this series screams to play hooky with classes!

Number 2:

 

Eragon by Christopher Paolini – The length of this series was amazing plus the adventure and the depth of the characters!  I probably would have missed a few classes while being engrossed reading any of the books in this series!

Number 3:

Divergent  by Veronica Roth Now… I’ve already read this twice.  BUT once you start this book, there’s no putting it down until it’s finished.  I’m dying for the Insurgent, the second book, that comes out May 1st!

Number 4:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – This has an amazing adventure of angels, demons, fallen beings, blue hair, forbidden love… I loved this book!  The writing was so well done!!

Number 5:

Graceling by Kristen CashoreI love this series!  Katsa is THE girl!  The world and adventures, the people and their experiences, …I could not put this book down once I had started it! 

Number 6:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett So I think if you read this book during a “history” class, it should count as credit even though you’re not in your seat.  🙂  The story, the characters, and the events are so well written.

Number 7:

 Intuition by Amy A Bartol Hopefully you remember my review on this book…this is the only book I’m putting up that is a second in the series.  I kinda loved this book a little more than the first…the romance is better in this one! 🙂

Number 8

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – I had to give another “history” book to help even out my list!  I LOVE Philippa Gregory’s writing along with the romance and the characters she brings back to life!

Number 9

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – I have heard so many good things about this book!  My library keeps informing me that they’ve got it on order and as soon as they get it…I’ll get it…*sigh

Number 10

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – This sounds SO good!  A girl posing as one of Robin Hood’s men!?!  I’m on the waiting list for this one as well at my library.  That’s the downside to living in a big city with a million other people wanting the same book!

Dangerous by Alycia Linwood

I have mixed feelings on this book.  The idea behind the book was an interesting twist.  This book has a MAJOR cliffhanger…notice I capitalized “major”.  I liked the characters, I just wish we knew more about them.  It had a great twist on the “elements” idea for a storyline.  Element books always make me think of Captain Planet….

Title: Dangerous (Element Preservers Series #1)

Author: Alycia Linwood

Summary (by Goodreads):

Ria is an 18-year-old girl who has just started going to the University of Magic, a special university for those who have one of the four elements: fire, water, air and earth. There she meets Michael, a boy whose element is different from hers, which makes their romantic involvement seem impossible because mixing of elements can have horrible consequences. She also feels threatened by Adrian, a very dangerous magic disease carrier. Magic disease, which surged as a result of bad mixing of elements, turns people into cold-hearted killers, who have a strong desire to take someone’s element as they do not have their own. Ria’s best friend, Paula, is fascinated by Adrian like most of the girls at the University and wants him to help her with her research about the disease. All Ria’s beliefs are put to test when she starts having the symptoms of the disease and the only person she can turn to is Adrian.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from the group on Goodreads called: “Shut Up & Read” in their Read It & Reap section.  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.  🙂

As the summary explains, Ria lives in a world where there are people who have been blessed by the God of Magic to have an ability to control one of 4 elements: water, earth, wind, or fire.  Our girl Ria has the ability to control fire.

She is an “incoming freshman” to the University of Magic with her best friend Paula and as she starts classes, she starts a relationship with a boy named Michael.  When it comes to relationships, two same elements are allowed to get married and have children, but should two different element carriers get married, the consequences are huge for the children they bring into the world. So back to Ria and Michael…..  Michael has the water element and Ria’s parents flip out when they hear about Ria dating him.   As any normal fire element parent would!

At the same time, Ria is having issues with a boy named Adrian who doesn’t have an element and a carrier of the magic disease...a child of two different element parents coming together.  Ria doesn’t understand Paula and her decision to date Adrian but reluctantly agrees to try to get along with him for the sake of her friendship.  Things take a crazy turn and after a few incidents she soon finds herself wondering if there’s something wrong with her.

As for the book itself, I liked it; I read it in 3 sittings.  I gave it a 4 star on Goodreads.  I felt “short changed” on some of the characters; in particular, I wanted to know more about Michael and Paula.  In the book it mentioned Ria trying to get one of her other friends to go shopping with her, but the book only focuses on Paula, Michael, Adrian, and Ria.  No other girls or friends are mentioned.  There are also some grammatical errors and some missing words here and there, but overall it’s a solid book. 

Remember….MAJOR cliffhanger.  I do not kid about my cliffhangers…this one especially.  There is nothing out there saying when the next book in the series will be released.  If you feel up to the challenge, you can get it for free on Amazon.com for your Kindle or iPad/iPhone.

One other disclaimer I want to throw out there is the fact that there is premarital sex amongst the characters/teenagers.  I felt it was somewhat relevant to the story as the magic disease is passed through sex, but I wanted to make sure no one came back to blame me for not warning them.

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Just a quick update:  I asked the author about the next book and she said Runaway is scheduled (with no delays) for August!!

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Anathema by K.A. Tucker

I don’t know if it’s because of lack of creative juices or lack of understanding of the book…I procrastinated like 2 days to write a review on this book.  I don’t understand why the cover has her blue..  This book has vampires, alternate universes, sorceresses, billionaires…what DOESN’T it have?

Title: Anathema (Casual Enchantment #1)

Author: K.A. Tucker

Summary (by Goodreads):

Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.

When Evangeline meets Sophie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.

With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities… like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.

In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.

My take:

I tried to explain this book to my husband and JUST doing the basics…it took over 5 minutes.  I really got confused at the beginning of the book and when it ended, I had NO idea how the author came up with all that!  What a crazy and amazing imagination!  Can’t say I’ve read anything like it. 

The book starts with Evangeline; her parents are dead and she’s been passed around in the foster system.  Her current foster parents could care less about her and on a whim, Evangeline decides to accept the offer of a woman (Sofie), whom she barely knows, and leave Portland to go with her to New York.  I feel like I should put a disclaimer here and tell kids “not to try this at home.”

Evangeline gets to the new place in New York where she meets Mortimer and Viggo (some very rich friends of Sofie) and their HUGE dogs.  When Evangeline goes to sleep that first night, she dreams she meets some new people and amongst them is Caden (our cute boy of the story).  As time progresses, Evangeline learns that she’s not dreaming up these new people…she’s actually visiting them…ready for this?… in an alternate universe.  But wait! There’s more!  She soon finds out that she’s not hanging out with normal people…she’s been the guest of vampires and her new friends are vampires as well!  That includes the cute Caden.

Later it explains, there is a curse that has been placed on the vampires in the “real” world and there is a need for Evangeline to bring back a vampire from the alternate universe to help break said curse.   The complication comes from the fact that the alternate universe has no humans, the vampires killed them all, so if a vampire gets brought back successfully, it could go crazy from the smell of human blood.  Also, no one really knows how to transport the alternate universe vampires to the real world.  See why it took me so long to explain this to my hubby?

Like I said before, this book is a huge creative piece of work.  I liked the book overall.  I liked the romance.  I liked the alternate universe condition of no humans and their attempts at sustaining life.  I liked Max (a character I didn’t really mention).  I just…I don’t know what to do about the book in my head.  Does that make me sound crazy??

The ending does leave you hanging.  The ending is NOT absolute yet.  If you wanna take a crack at it…it’s free on Amazon.com right now.  Also, I was left going “WHY is it named Anathema???”  Once I looked up the definition, it makes sense…it will only make sense once the book has been read.

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Mortal Instruments…movie?

So…I read online that the “Mortal Instruments” series is being turned into a movie.

I looked at my computer and was shocked…

…how did I not know that before I did my review onCity of Bonesyesterday???

Selected to play Clarissa Fay is Lily Collins:

Lily Collins has played in the movies: “Blind Side”, “Abduction”, and “Mirror, Mirror”.  Can someone help her with her eyebrows?  Not trying to be mean…but seriously…

Rumored to play Jace is Jamie Campbell Bower (not confirmed):

Jamie has played in the movies: “Twilight Saga: New Moon and Breaking Dawn 1 & 2”, “Anonymous”, and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”; he also starred as Arthur in the tv show “Camelot”.  I’m not too sure about him being Jace….I see a Chace Crawford, Adam Gregory, or Alex Pettyfer as Jace.

I kinda like Steven R. McQueen for Simon.

No definite date is set on the release of the movie yet.  So hopefully my recommendations for Jace and Simon are taken into account!   Haha!

Here are few links for some information:

Deadline New York

Hollywood Crush

Cassandra Clare’s blog

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