Review Rendezvous: 6/30/18


Top Choice by Sophie McAloon
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young Adult, dystopian, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 330
Publish date: April 16th, 2018
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository

TCAs a future leader of the female-led regime her grandmother fought hard to establish, Alice Kearns is no stranger to pressure. Being the best in a society where women are expected to be high-achieving is the only option her powerful mother has ever accepted for her, and now that Ali’s a senior in high school, the pressure to succeed is greater than ever. But fortunately, as of her eighteenth birthday, Ali has a place to blow off steam: she’s finally allowed into the Choice Clubs.

Filled with an enticing mix of music, drinks and gorgeous guys, the Choice Clubs were founded to ensure that smart girls wouldn’t get distracted in their real lives by anything as trivial as a shallow crush or a pretty face. Choice guys are fun, flirty, and the perfect eye candy, but Ali would never dream of actually falling for one—until she meets Tag.

Tag McPhail is Top Choice. With his mischievous grin and chiseled abs, he is exactly the kind of boy that Ali’s mother believes needs to be kept contained. But after he kisses Ali at the Choice Club, she suddenly sees him everywhere—and she’s surprised to learn that there’s more to him than his perfect looks. Tag is sweeter, smarter, and funnier than Ali ever expected… and, she soon discovers, he’s also dangerous. Because Tag leads a double life: when he’s not working at the clubs, he’s leading a rebel group trying to overturn the girl power society that the women in Ali’s family have worked so hard to put in place.

Getting closer to Tag upends everything Ali thought she knew. But will she betray everything she was raised to protect for a guy she’s not even sure she can trust?

In the current setting of politics and shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, this book was quite the interesting shift in perspective. Too often we see dystopians where female characters are put down and treated improperly, but what if it was the other way around? There is plenty of objectifying of not just women but men as well, so what if it was all combined in a future society?

That premise alone is what drew me to this book. The writing style was well done and easy to follow. I enjoyed the descriptions of setting and character, and McAloon seems to be able to get into her character’s heads well. She did well with fitting her character’s attitudes and personalities to the society they’ve grown up in, instead of taking characters that existed in today’s society and tried to fit them with a future government.

There were plenty of surprises to keep me on my toes which I highly enjoyed. There’s always a rebel group going against power in futuristic settings, and this one is no different. But the fact that the main love interest has a double life just brings depth to his character instead of him being the typical ‘cute boy’ stereotype that the others like him seem to fall into.

Overall, great work. Would definitely read this one again.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Review Rendezvous: 6/9/18


XVI by Julia Karr
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, science fiction, dystopia
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 325
Publish date: January 6th, 2011
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

XVIEvery girl gets one.
An XVI tattoo on the wrist–sixteen.

Some girls can’t wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay.

Then, with one brutal strike, Nina’s normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her life is true. But there’s one boy who can help–and he just may hold the key to her past.

But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as a whisper, one thing is for sure…

For Nina, turning sixteen promises to be anything but sweet.

This had a promising idea attached to it. I was interested in the idea of the tattoos and the social constructs surrounding them. But, after the first chapter or two, things began to go downhill. I didn’t particularly empathize with the character, which is a huge sign that the rest of the book won’t be too enthralling either.

I will admit, I finished the whole book for this one, which is an accomplishment. Normally if I end up disliking a book that quickly, I will just skim the rest to see what happens. Maybe it was my interest in the few mysteries that Karr brought up, or the fact that I had nothing else to do. Either way, the book isn’t particularly bad, it is just lackluster in my opinion.

Nine seems to follow the cookie-cutter dystopian teenager mold that I’ve seen many, many times. You can forgive the character the first time you read one like her. But the 20th? Not as easy. Granted that there are extenuating circumstances in the book, but Nina just seems to float through, responding to the situation rather than really acting. And then there is her reaction to events surrounding the end of the book, that I can’t disclose. If something like that happened to me, I feel like I’d have a much more emotional reaction. Just saying.

Overall, it’s meh if you have nothing else to do, but I’m not particularly motivated to read the second book.

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Review Rendezvous: 5/12/18


A Grey Sun by S. J. Sherwood
Book stats:
Genre(s): Science fiction, dystopian, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 432
Publish date: November 16th, 2017
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository – Barnes & Noble

TDA convicted Denounced, sentenced to death.

When sixteen-year-old Ned is wrongly convicted and kidnapped to a secret location, he meets ninety ‘Denounced’, and a terrifying truth begins to unfold – one that will change the world forever. 

Forced to lead a Pod of five, Ned begins to realise thousands of lives could depend upon him. A survivor by nature, he now has to face his past, confront his destiny, and fight a System that has never lost.

A Grey Sun is the first in a three-part series following six Denounced teenagers as they struggle to live in a world where a simple mistake will cost you your life…

I don’t think I will ever be able to get enough dystopians ever. This particular genre is easily my most read, and it is likely because I was getting fully immersed in the reading world just as series like Hunger Games and Divergent were making huge waves, which brought many more authors to that genre. Today I’m reviewing A Grey Sun, the first in a new dystopian series. I will admit, upon first glance I feel like the cover could have been better, but that could also be just me. It kinda works as a more minimalistic cover however, so to each their own.

Getting into this book, there is really no easing in. You are dumped into the action from the very first page, where the main character Ned is rescued (?) from certain death. But then he goes on to a training camp, and you begin to wonder if this rescue was really better than dying. Especially when there’s still a chance he could die anyways.

There’s quite a cast of characters, bringing to mind a series like The Maze Runner. But, despite all of the similarities to other dystopians, this new series has a good chance to stand on its own. We learn just enough about the world to be drawn in, but there is plenty of space to learn more in later books, which is very important if an author wants to sustain a series.

I honestly found the “mother figure” a bit creepy and strange, something just felt off about her. But I suppose that’s the point, as you go the entire book wondering if she really has the best interests at heart for these kids.

I’m definitely interested in reading another of these books, I want to know how the story ends!

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Review Rendezvous: 4/14/18


Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, science fiction, dystopia
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 384
Publish date: January 28th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository

UninvitedWhen Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

I was so excited to get into this one because there is so many underlying issues and commentaries I could think that relate to it, and I was not disappointed. The idea that a genetic test can tell you if you’ll kill someone in the future is a bit of a stretch, but with the way modern science is going who knows?

Davy has it all in the beginning, and quickly loses it as soon as she gets the results of the test back. She doesn’t feel different, but the science says she will kill someone someday. She’s immediately torn from her friends and family, stuffed in another school meant to keep the teen diagnosed like Davy out of trouble.

What intrigued me most about this is the prejudice and temperament of the others around Davy. People who have known her the entirety of her life now fear her. One must ask, was Davy going to kill someone anyways, or did the test and the situations that follow push her to that length?

There’s also the idea that even the top can fall. Davy literally was the golden child, headed for a bright future. That all changed in an instant, and no one could prove anything, say anything, or do anything to help. She was just as helpless as the kids from the lower income areas that had no one to back them up.

There is a second book out, which I am highly interested to read. I’ll be back on here once I get through it to post another review 🙂

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Blog Tour: Quantum State


Why hello there!

Today I have the chance to take a part of a blog tour for M. Black’s book Quantum State. Check out the book deets, an author interview, and even a giveaway below!

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About The Book

 

Pub. Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Creativia
Pages: 209
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NTBD

In a distant future only known as year 61 of MAQS, the quiet utopian district of Cherni contains the perfect system. Everyone is assigned a duty, and life is harmonious directed by the chief quantum computer: MAQS. 

But Masha Mikhailov is not convinced of MAQS’ sincerity and is determined to escape. Aided by her best friend Esfir, Masha’s plans take a surprising turn when she is assigned to marry the Keeper, Kazimir. 

With both time and options running out, can Masha find her way out… or be forever trapped in the “perfect” life designated for her by the powerful AI?

 

About M. Black:

AmiM. Black is Ami Blackwelder and writes for the brand ENTER TOMORROW. She is a Montessori teacher, helps the deaf and hard of hearing, is an avid Pescetarian, believer in animal rights and wildlife conservation, and a lover of books. she is the author of the never-before-seen-concept Animal Graph, and dubs herself the ‘Robot Girl’ since many of her stories revolve around robots and A.I. She has a Siamese cat named Lotus from Thailand when she was an educator there and he shows up in all her robot books. She adopted a cat named Ash in the States who also shows up in all of her robot books. She loves reading on Kindle Unlimited and only buys paperback. She enjoys many vegetarian dishes like veggie lasagna and four bean chili. She also likes watching movies, gardening, the beach, and hanging out with friends. Of course most of the time you will find her at home, pounding away at her computer.

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Author Interview:

1. Where did you get the inspiration for Quantum State?

I saw a show on how a computer is predicting crimes in certain states and thought about what that would mean if a computer started doing that for everything.  How much freedom would we give up?

2. Do you have a favorite character or scene?

I love it when our main character realizes the truth of everything and is speaking in the final scenes with the powerful AI.

3. Any interesting projects in the works?

I am finishing up book three in the Electric Gardens series, a four part series. If you love Terminator, Logan’s Run, Maze Runner, Divergent…you will love this series. It is a world where robots control us and Lexi019, a teenager, is just trying to break out of the Compound she has been in for the last twelve years.

4. How long have you been writing and what made you start?

I’ve been writing since Elementary school. First short stories that developed into full length novels. I’ve been publishing since 2009.

5. What gets you in the mood to write?

Do you have a cozy nook or stop by the local coffee shop? Tea and my bed. A good cool breeze;)

6. What was the publishing process like for you?

I love writing. I don’t care for publishing or marketing. There is a lot of time spent I’d rather put toward writing.

7. Just for fun, what’s one thing not many people know about you?

I am mostly vegetarian, except for occasional fish.

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Ends on March 6th at Midnight EST!

Enter here!

 

Check out the other stops on the book tour!

 

2/19/2018 – Caffeine and Composition

2/20/2018 – Jrsbookreviews

2/21/2018 – Nay’s Pink Bookshelf

2/22/2018 – Savings in Seconds

2/23/2018 – Abooktropolis

 

2/26/2018 – Buried Under Books

2/27/2018 – Confessions of a YA Reader

2/28/2018 – Adventures Thru Wonderland

3/1/2018 – Cindy’s Love of Books

3/2/2018 – MNBernard Books

QUANTUM STATE


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