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

Uninvited

When 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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Review Rendezvous: 2/17/18


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Book stats:
Genre(s): Dystopian, classic, feminist
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 324
Publish date: February 17, 1986
Purchase: AmazonBook DepositoryBarnes and Noble

Handmaid

The Handmaid’s Tale is not only a radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, it is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men of its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.


This book has been on my to-read list for quite a long time. Like, four years long. Not going to lie, I forced myself to finally pick it up because the TV show was coming out in May of this year, so I had to read it before I saw the series. Holy cow, there is so much going on here! It’s also kinda frightening because though it is pretty far off from our current society, it really would not take too many steps with the wrong people in power to get there. But, no more of my political views, this is a book blog after all.

The narrator, Offred, used to be a normal U.S. woman, but that all changed when the Republic of Gilead took over. She is no longer allowed to read, speak her mind, and must hope that somehow she becomes pregnant. She, at first, is just trying to survive with her new way of life, keeping her head down and staying away from anything that causes trouble. Slowly but surely, she begins to break away from the status quo. Nothing too overt at first, but then she is off doing highly illegal things that would get her hung should anyone find out.

Honestly, the only thing I could think while I was reading this is how terrified I would be. There’s no possible way that it was easy for Offred to stand up like that, but when you get to the point where risking your life is better than living with your head down, you know something is wrong. I applaud the way Atwood was able to portray a strong woman in such a society. The theocracy taken to the extreme is very disturbing, and Atwood was still able to create a character that so many people identify with. The handmaid costume has also become very symbolic, and I have to say the book is considered a classic for a reason.

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If you like this book, check this one out:

The Jewel
Violet is about to be stripped of her name and identity, her only purpose to produce an heir for the elite.
XVI
Every girl gets at tattoo at sixteen, showing she’s ready for sex, but there’s a dark side to this world touting pleasure and excitement…

Review Rendezvous: 12/23/17


The One by Kiera Cass
Book stats:
Genre(s): Romance, dystopian, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 323
Publish date: May 6th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository

The One

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.


If you haven’t read my review of the first book in the series, you can do so here.

My love for this series stems from the fact that it was one of the first series that I truly enjoyed and got into reading. I read the first two books back to back and then had the wait for the last one. Even though this is technically not the last in the series, I treat books four and five more as a spinoff duology than a part of the original story.

Anyways, my point is that they may not be the best quality (they do get roasted fairly often in the bookish community), I still care for them quite a bit. There’s something about the Cinderella idea of America going from a lowly five to vying for the prince’s heart as one of the last contenders. She’s also developed some great friendships along the way.

The problem that I have with America is that I don’t see too much character growth on her. Sure, she’s a bit more aware of things outside her world at this point, but she still acts brashly and does things without thinking. Case in point: Maxon still has no idea about her and Aspen, and the latter is now a guard in the palace!

This ending also came out of nowhere, at least that’s what I thought when I first read it. Everything is going one way, but then bam! it completely shifts direction and no one was prepared for this. Of course, the second outcome is better, but it was still so shocking that I had to read the scene twice. One thing I must admit is that I wish Cass would have gone into more detail about what happens after the final selection, instead of time-skipping to the next generation. So much drama went down, and then the book kinda just quickly wraps up. No real time to breathe.

I suppose it sounds like I keep pointing out all the flaws, are there are quite a few, but nostalgia keeps me from rating this book any lower. Were I to read it now, it might get a three. But, I do think the series is a great guilty-pleasure read, so I’d still recommend it to those interested 🙂

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If you liked this book, check these ones out:

The Heir
The next book in the series!
Glittering
A highborn young lady runs away to a finishing school to escape an arranged marriage

Review Rendezvous: 12/16/17


Winter by Marissa Meyer
Book stats:
Genre(s): Science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 827
Publish date: November 10th, 2015
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

Winter

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.


First of all, can we appreciate how behemoth this piece of fiction is? 827 pages?! So much Lunar Chronicles goodness! I always find it funny comparing the length of the first books to the lengths of the last. The last book just always has so much more story to tell, especially in as complicated a world as this one!

I love how Meyer keeps adding on points of view as we moved throughout the series. And they’re all so different and unique too! I’m supremely glad that not everyone is cookie-cutter identical, as that would have made for a boring story.

Honestly, I got so wrapped up in this world and how everything was playing out. I wanted to know so badly if a certain person was going to end up on the throne or not, and Meyer certainly wasn’t making their fight easy! Kidnappings, poison, failed rebellion, outright death. These characters have faced it all, and yet they keep on fighting!

I pretty much completely forgot the fact that this was supposed to be a retelling of Snow White. Meyer created such a beautiful and riveting world, it didn’t even strike me as partial retelling until the actual scene where the girl falls under this form of the sleeping curse. So many feels, I didn’t want this to end! And then Meyer graced us with the short stories in Stars Above, which made me so happy. Especially seeing a certain couple finally together!

If you haven’t read my review of the first in the series, you can do so here. I encourage you to pick up all four books plus the two additional novels set in the Lunar Chronicles world. You won’t be disappointed!

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If you liked this book, check these ones out:

The Jewel
Violet is about to be stripped of her name and identity, her only purpose to produce an heir for the elite.
Reboot
Wren died. 178 minutes later, she came back as more than human.
Shatter
She can kill you with just a touch. She hasn’t seen the outside world in 264 days.