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Book Reviews: The 100 & Day 21 by Kass Morgan

The 100 series: The 100 The 100: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Received From: Publicist

Release Date: The 100: September 3, 2013; The 100: Day 21: September 16, 2014

Genres: Adventure, SCI-FI, Post-Apocalypse

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: The 100:  The 100: Day 21: 

The 100 series by Kass Morgan has a very intriguing premise. The idea of sending kids back to an ailing Earth promised adventure, and the comparison between this series and classics that feature survival stories had me really interested. While I somewhat enjoyed this series, I was a bit bothered by a few things and felt let down, since I had to wait for the second book in order to get a more adventurous story about surviving on Earth. 

It’s slightly difficult reviewing these two books because they are part of an unfinished series, but in a way, they can be seen as two different storylines. While the first book is a sort of guide to the characters and why they’re on Earth as once captured prisoners, the second book eases you into the real issues on Earth (which are hinted at the end of the first book.)

I understand Morgan’s need to introduce us to the characters since there are four (FOUR, yes, that’s not a typo) main arcs to follow throughout the series. I don’t know if I would have preferred for her to drop all of the information in a creative way at the beginning of the first novel, but the fact that she introduces these characters’ pasts through flashbacks in nearly every chapter for the first book grew very tiresome. I wanted to see the story of these kids on Earth, not their memories. If anything, the flashbacks would have worked as their own separate prequel novella, since it was like a disjointed form of storytelling throughout the book. Also, the flashbacks gave away pretty obvious stuff, which could have been better shown if they were presented as surprise endings for each respective chapter. 

Also, I think that the narrative would have been a lot strong if it hadn’t been divided into four people, or at least, four characters who sounded very similar. If these characters were vastly different, then maybe it would have been better. By vastly different, I don’t characters with different socio-economic statuses, but different in how their narrative voices are represented. They all sounded kind of the same. 

Those were my issues with the first book, which read more like a information dump than an actual Sci-Fi novel. The second book, however, is much better, though a bit predictable. 

In the second book, the same protagonists from the previous novel reappear with greater issues on Earth. I can’t say much without ruining the book for those of you who’ve yet to read the first book in the series, but let’s just say that it is much better than the first book.

While it’s cool to meet some of the remaining ninety-odd kids that we didn’t meet in the first book, it still felt a bit disconnected. So many kids, yet somehow we only meet a dozen or so (maybe even less?). I’m not expecting to meet every kid, but not mentioning more than a dozen or so kids makes it hard to believe that there are so many of them. Also, let’s keep in mind that several huts are mentioned and the number of kids huddled in them and around them does not sound like that many kids to begin with. 

For example: Come on, ONE deer for ninety-ish starving kids? Good luck. Don’t even get me started when some guy brings in a raccoon for breakfast.

While the pacing is better in the second installment, it’s rather slow, disjointed, and awkward in the first novel. I often had to put down what I was doing and force myself to read the first book. It just lacked that grabbing power that the second one had. 

I really wish I could have liked these two books more, especially the first one since it’s where we get to meet some of the characters and see the situation they’re in. I wanted to like the characters and their self-sacrificing efforts to save the ones they love. But honestly, this series so far is just meh for me. 

Would I read the next installment? Probably, but only because, like I said in this review, the second book is better (there has to be a formula for this, so the third book has to be even better, right?). 

By the way, I loved this one comment that is made in the second book that basically describes humanity. One of the characters states that a bunch of people from different countries/nations were rounded up when the world was reaching a radioactive end, so as to leave Earth. But then one of the new characters in book two asks, quite simply, why then, with such diversity, does everyone on their ship speak only in English?

I loved that quip.

Would I recommend this series? Probably. There are people out there who love a good and easy read about a post-apocalyptic novel with a few SCI-FI touches. If you like characters who love to reminisce on the good ole days on a ship in space, then this series might be for you!

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Author Bio

Kass MorganNew York Times bestselling author of The 100 and its sequel Day 21, received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s from Oxford University. She currently works as an editor and lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

For more information please visit http://alloyentertainment.com/ and follow the author on Twitter.  

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Forever Sheltered (The Forever Series #3) by Deanna Roy 

Publication Date: July 23rd 2014

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Tina would rather sew up her girl parts with dental floss than go on a second date with a man. She’s been dumped enough to know not to get attached.

But when Dr. Darion Marks comes into her art therapy room to ask a favor for a special patient, Tina recognizes the haunted look he buries beneath his stoic professionalism. So rather than be forced to ditch the handsome doctor after a single night, she decides not to date him at all.

So how exactly DO they end up half-naked in Surgical Suite B?

Dr. Darion has a lot to hide. His baby sister is the only family he has left, and he’s not leaving her treatment to some incompetent hack.

But now he’s breaking every hospital rule imaginable. He lied about his sister so he can manage her care, and now he’s banging the art therapy teacher between patient rounds like a fraternity boy at a keg party.

Nobody believes this can end well, not Tina’s friend Corabelle, who is overcoming a tragic history much like Tina’s, or even pink-haired Jenny, who thinks sex with strangers is good for your metabolism.

But Dr. Darion and Tina have one thing going for them – a fierce passion for each other that just might obliterate all their doubts, and solve all their problems.

Forever Sheltered includes many favorite characters from Forever Innocent and Forever Loved, as well as the much-anticipated wedding of Gavin and Corabelle.

It is a standalone HEA that does not require reading any other parts of the Forever series.”

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Buy it on the web: 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play | iTunes

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AUTHOR BIO! 

Deanna Roy is a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies. She founded PregnancyLoss.Info in 1998 and runs many online and in-person support groups. She is the author of several two-hankie reads, including Forever Innocent, Stella & Dane, and Baby Dust.”

Find Deanna on the web: 

Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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Review!

Saga Vol. 1-3 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

5/5 Stars

Okay, so I’m no expert on graphic novels, but when someone like me (an amateur) is pulled in so easily by a graphic novel series, then you know you have something good. With that being said, this collection is brilliant. Not only is the art beautiful, but the storyline is captivating. (I NEED THE NEXT VOLUME, NOW!!!!!)

One of the things I love most about Saga is how complex it is. The world is elaborate and the story lines twist and turn, branch out and grow, and take on lives of their own. I like that yes, everyone is trying to hunt down Alana and Marko, but still have their own stuff to deal with. It’s not just the same thing over and over again, but a series of complications as other characters are indadvertedly brought into the mess that this illegal couple is leaving behind them.

It is this complexity other characters face that show us that this world that Vaughan and Staples created is about more than a) the war tearing the galaxy apart, and b) the illegal union of two defectors. Everyone has their own issues and wars to fight. 

Also, I have to give major props to the huge collection of species, races, and cultures thrown in here. Not only do we get a completely unbiased view of the world in Saga, but we also learn about the different worlds. Plus, it’s super cool (and sometimes freaky) seeing all the different and strange people and aliens roaming this unique galaxy. 

I love Alana and Marko and how her sass mixes so well with his need for peace—yet he is still a force to be reckoned with. I love how this little family strives to survive and how there are so many twists and turns.

I recommend this one to everyone who is old enough to accept that there is nudity in this, that there will be sex, and that there is a lot of blood shed. Also, if you’re old enough to be ready for a wicked storyline and awesome art, then you might want to check this one out!

You can check out the first volume on Goodreads here

Happy reading! 

REVIEW! 
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
2/5 Stars
For a long time I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about The Darkest Minds and while I admit that it had its entertaining moments, this wasn’t a hit with me. Bracken’s novel had a very intriguing premise and I will admit that I’m a huge fan of super powers, so this looked extra promising. I would probably still recommend this book to other readers because everyone is different and might enjoy it loads more than me. I had several issues with this novel and while some are minor issues, others are a bit more complex. For starters, the size of the book. I know that it’s normal for dystopians or paranormal books to be lengthy, but this one was ridiculous. It was like reading a monster that never ended. Another issue I had was the main character, Ruby. She was so whiny and there were moments where I actually yelled aloud, “You’re so freaking stupid!” because, honestly? A lot of the problems she got into would have been so easily avoidable. She got herself into trouble and her wimpy self always cried woe is me, what have I done? For someone who is supposedly powerful and dangerous, she sure didn’t show it most of the time. The amount of times that she is “strong” and “dangerous” can be counted on one hand, and even THAT’s too many times. In an almost 500 page novel, that’s kind of ridiculous.A huge issue, in my opinion, is the unnecessary way that the novel concludes. RUBY got herself into that situation and what she did at the end is probably the smartest thing she’s done throughout the whole book. Also, a certain someone getting hurt could have also been avoided many MANY times. Now I turn to the love interest: Liam. Seriously, this guy is just…meh. I don’t really have to say much about him because he was just so…cliche and sappy. Liam’s been hardened by his past, yet he somehow finds a way to wax poetic in the direction of a girl who has knowingly put all of them in danger AND he’s only known for a blink of the eye? It’s just so hard to believe. I know that falling in love with characters like him is great and all, but I don’t know if it’s realistic. I don’t know. Maybe the sequel will be better and this one will be redeemed, but I don’t really get the hype. It’s got a cool concept, I’ll give you that, but the rest was just, meh. Happy reading!

REVIEW! 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

2/5 Stars

For a long time I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about The Darkest Minds and while I admit that it had its entertaining moments, this wasn’t a hit with me. 

Bracken’s novel had a very intriguing premise and I will admit that I’m a huge fan of super powers, so this looked extra promising. I would probably still recommend this book to other readers because everyone is different and might enjoy it loads more than me. 

I had several issues with this novel and while some are minor issues, others are a bit more complex. For starters, the size of the book. I know that it’s normal for dystopians or paranormal books to be lengthy, but this one was ridiculous. It was like reading a monster that never ended. 

Another issue I had was the main character, Ruby. She was so whiny and there were moments where I actually yelled aloud, “You’re so freaking stupid!” because, honestly? A lot of the problems she got into would have been so easily avoidable. She got herself into trouble and her wimpy self always cried woe is me, what have I done? For someone who is supposedly powerful and dangerous, she sure didn’t show it most of the time. The amount of times that she is “strong” and “dangerous” can be counted on one hand, and even THAT’s too many times. In an almost 500 page novel, that’s kind of ridiculous.

A huge issue, in my opinion, is the unnecessary way that the novel concludes. RUBY got herself into that situation and what she did at the end is probably the smartest thing she’s done throughout the whole book. Also, a certain someone getting hurt could have also been avoided many MANY times. 

Now I turn to the love interest: Liam. Seriously, this guy is just…meh. I don’t really have to say much about him because he was just so…cliche and sappy. Liam’s been hardened by his past, yet he somehow finds a way to wax poetic in the direction of a girl who has knowingly put all of them in danger AND he’s only known for a blink of the eye? It’s just so hard to believe. I know that falling in love with characters like him is great and all, but I don’t know if it’s realistic. 

I don’t know. Maybe the sequel will be better and this one will be redeemed, but I don’t really get the hype. It’s got a cool concept, I’ll give you that, but the rest was just, meh. 

Happy reading!

Review! 
3/5 Stars 
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia 
I’ve been wanting to read Unbreakable by Kami Garcia for a long time, especially since a reviewer mentioned that it was like the show Supernatural. I’m a huge fan of the paranormal and finding a storyline that offers a new look at a genre that Supernatural perfected was too good to ignore. 
This was fun, creepy, and it definitely left me wanting more. The romance is pretty predictable and though I’m not a fan of love triangles, I didn’t get too angry with this one (Come on, reading the synopsis should be enough to let you know that it’s inevitable for there to be a love triangle.) The reason why I didn’t get too angry about this one was because though there are moments where Kennedy, the protagonist, does waver on who she actually likes, she’s mostly pretty clear about where her interest lies. 
Kennedy herself is a very flawed character (as is humanly realistic, right?), but still realistically so. She’s not perfect and though the boys are immediately enamoured with her, she doesn’t act all aloof about the attention. She is constantly wreaking havoc and yet, these strangers still let her in. What I didn’t really like about her was how easily she went with these people. I understand that she witnessed a lot of creepiness before the twins showed up, but really, is that all it takes to trust people nowadays? 
The novel definitely left me wanting more and I think I’m going to blame this on the length of the novel. The book is very short, given the topic of the story. I haven’t read the second book yet, but something tells me that this series, no matter how long it’s going to be, could have been much shorter if Unbreakable was longer. Another issue with having such a short novel is that it’s harder to connect with the characters. I know that there are shorter books out there with characters that we fully connect with, or vaguely connect with (as the author wishes for us), but if we’re going to be reading about these characters for the next few books, it would have been nicer if we had a chance to get closer to these characters in the first book. 
The length of this novel also introduces the improbable idea of two characters falling for each other in only a matter of days, the hard to believe concept that a mystery hidden within their families for years can be deciphered in the span of a few days, and the unrealistic change in attitude for a couple of very serious characters. 
I enjoyed this one because I love when stories use ghosts instead of vampires. Also, I enjoyed the quick pacing and how addicting it was. Though the characters are flawed and the book could have used a few extra pages, it was still a fun read. I recommend it for fans of Supernatural, the paranormal, ghosts, and a quick and creepy read about hauntings. 
Check it out on Goodreads here.
Happy reading!

Review! 

3/5 Stars 

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia 

I’ve been wanting to read Unbreakable by Kami Garcia for a long time, especially since a reviewer mentioned that it was like the show Supernatural. I’m a huge fan of the paranormal and finding a storyline that offers a new look at a genre that Supernatural perfected was too good to ignore. 

This was fun, creepy, and it definitely left me wanting more. The romance is pretty predictable and though I’m not a fan of love triangles, I didn’t get too angry with this one (Come on, reading the synopsis should be enough to let you know that it’s inevitable for there to be a love triangle.) The reason why I didn’t get too angry about this one was because though there are moments where Kennedy, the protagonist, does waver on who she actually likes, she’s mostly pretty clear about where her interest lies. 

Kennedy herself is a very flawed character (as is humanly realistic, right?), but still realistically so. She’s not perfect and though the boys are immediately enamoured with her, she doesn’t act all aloof about the attention. She is constantly wreaking havoc and yet, these strangers still let her in. What I didn’t really like about her was how easily she went with these people. I understand that she witnessed a lot of creepiness before the twins showed up, but really, is that all it takes to trust people nowadays? 

The novel definitely left me wanting more and I think I’m going to blame this on the length of the novel. The book is very short, given the topic of the story. I haven’t read the second book yet, but something tells me that this series, no matter how long it’s going to be, could have been much shorter if Unbreakable was longer. Another issue with having such a short novel is that it’s harder to connect with the characters. I know that there are shorter books out there with characters that we fully connect with, or vaguely connect with (as the author wishes for us), but if we’re going to be reading about these characters for the next few books, it would have been nicer if we had a chance to get closer to these characters in the first book. 

The length of this novel also introduces the improbable idea of two characters falling for each other in only a matter of days, the hard to believe concept that a mystery hidden within their families for years can be deciphered in the span of a few days, and the unrealistic change in attitude for a couple of very serious characters. 

I enjoyed this one because I love when stories use ghosts instead of vampires. Also, I enjoyed the quick pacing and how addicting it was. Though the characters are flawed and the book could have used a few extra pages, it was still a fun read. I recommend it for fans of Supernatural, the paranormal, ghosts, and a quick and creepy read about hauntings. 

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Happy reading!

Review: The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden (3/5 Stars)

Release Date: October 31, 2013 

Author Info: Alys Arden

Series: The Casquette Girls

Age Group: Young Adult 

Genres: Paranormal, Romance

Format: ePub

Publisher: fortheARTofit

Source: Xpresso Book Tours

ISBN-13:   9780989757713

Goodreads: The Casquette Girls

Buy: Amazon | Chapters | Barnes & Noble 

Rating: 

After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined. 

Events too unnatural – even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years, and the chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows. Mother Nature couldn’t drain the joie de vivre from the Big Easy, but someone or something is draining life from its residents.

Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic that links the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death – unless, that is, you’re immortal.”

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I can understand why so many people would love The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. It has the allure and magic of New Orleans, the morbid fascination that one gains when a story takes place in a nonfiction post-disaster setting, and of course, vampires and brooding romance. I did enjoy Arden’s novel for the most part, but at times it felt difficult to continue reading because of various reasons.

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Ruined by Marian Cheatham 
Publication Date: Summer 2014
Genres: Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
     “When your life has been ruined by lies, do you seek justice … or revenge?

Blythe Messina spends her senior year focused on her studies and college, and not on her ex, Stratford High’s lacrosse star, DB Whitmore. At least, that’s what Blythe keeps telling herself. But her younger cousin, Bonni, knows otherwise. Same goes for DB, who professes to be over Blythe and their breakup, but his teammates aren’t fooled. 
When scandalous photos of Bonni and the lacrosse captain are texted around Stratford, Bonni’s virtuous reputation is ruined. She pleads innocence, but no one believes her. No one, except Blythe and DB, who come together to uncover the truth. But, will they stay together?   

Ruined is a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean romance.  

"Deceit, loyalty, honor, and romance—Ruined has it all! A teen version of Much Ado 
About Nothing that Shakespeare aficionados are sure to savor!”
     
Kym Brunner, Author of Wanted: Dead or in Love & One Smart Cookie” 
Check it out on Goodreads here.
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AUTHOR BIO


    
A native Chicagoan and a graduate of Northern Illinois University, Marian Cheatham taught special education for several years before becoming a full-time writer. She would rather be writing than doing almost anything else, but of course, that isn’t always possible. So when she’s not writing, she enjoys time with her family, gardening, reading, walking the dog, travelling with her husband, and researching new projects. Not necessarily in that order.  Her first novel, Eastland, came out in 2013. Based on the real-life story of the 1915 Eastland boat disaster in Chicago, Marian lectures about the Eastland to schools, libraries, and book clubs. She writes a weekly post on the subject on her Facebook page. July 2014, she will be co-hosting a haunted Chicago tour of Eastland disaster sites.She also loves anything Shakespeare. An avid reader of Shakespeare’s biographies, she has travelled the world to see his plays, visiting Stratford, Canada as well as Stratford-Upon-the-Avon, GB, and the new Globe Theater in London. Her young adult novel, Ruined, is the first in a series of contemporary re-tellings of those plays. Book Two, inspired by the Merchant of Venice, is due out fall 2014.She loves to hear from readers, so please visit her at:                               www.mariancheatham.com                              www.facebook.com/mariancheatham.author                                   https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomMarianCheatham                              Twitter - @CheathamMarian                              www.amazon.com/author/mariancheatham.author     
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Cover designed by Walking Stick Books!

COVER REVEAL!!

Ruined by Marian Cheatham 

Publication Date: Summer 2014

Genres: Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

     “When your life has been ruined by lies, do you seek justice … or revenge?

Blythe Messina spends her senior year focused on her studies and college, and not on her ex, Stratford High’s lacrosse star, DB Whitmore. At least, that’s what Blythe keeps telling herself. But her younger cousin, Bonni, knows otherwise. Same goes for DB, who professes to be over Blythe and their breakup, but his teammates aren’t fooled. 

When scandalous photos of Bonni and the lacrosse captain are texted around Stratford, Bonni’s virtuous reputation is ruined. She pleads innocence, but no one believes her. No one, except Blythe and DB, who come together to uncover the truth. But, will they stay together?   

Ruined is a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean romance.  

"Deceit, loyalty, honor, and romance—Ruined has it all! A teen version of Much Ado 

About Nothing that Shakespeare aficionados are sure to savor!”

Kym Brunner, Author of Wanted: Dead or in Love & One Smart Cookie” 

Check it out on Goodreads here.

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AUTHOR BIO

A native Chicagoan and a graduate of Northern Illinois University, Marian Cheatham taught special education for several years before becoming a full-time writer. She would rather be writing than doing almost anything else, but of course, that isn’t always possible. So when she’s not writing, she enjoys time with her family, gardening, reading, walking the dog, travelling with her husband, and researching new projects. Not necessarily in that order.  

Her first novel, Eastland, came out in 2013. Based on the real-life story of the 1915 Eastland boat disaster in Chicago, Marian lectures about the Eastland to schools, libraries, and book clubs. She writes a weekly post on the subject on her Facebook page. July 2014, she will be co-hosting a haunted Chicago tour of Eastland disaster sites.

She also loves anything Shakespeare. An avid reader of Shakespeare’s biographies, she has travelled the world to see his plays, visiting Stratford, Canada as well as Stratford-Upon-the-Avon, GB, and the new Globe Theater in London. Her young adult novel, Ruined, is the first in a series of contemporary re-tellings of those plays. Book Two, inspired by the Merchant of Venice, is due out fall 2014.

She loves to hear from readers, so please visit her at: 

                              
www.mariancheatham.com

                              
www.facebook.com/mariancheatham.author     

                              
https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomMarianCheatham

                              Twitter - @CheathamMarian

                              
www.amazon.com/author/mariancheatham.author     

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