January 28, 2013

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken Review

The Darkest Minds
The Darkest Minds #1
by Alexandra Bracken 
Published on December 18th 2012
Disney Hyperion, 496 pages
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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

- Goodreads.com description

I saw a review on Goodreads about this book being so absolutely incredible - and with my extreme love for good dystopian books in these past months - I decided to give it a try. I absolutely wasn't disappointed. This book is made of awesome. The world that Alexandra Bracken created in so incredibly awesome, that deep down - even though the society repressed the kids with powers - I wish it was real. 

Ruby is such an amazing character. Her mind is very interesting and different from other characters we are so used to in YA. At first she is so scared of everything, that saying, everything she actually can do. But she gets confident trough the book and I loved that. Sometimes she made some bad decisions who to really trust - but lets face it, don't we all at one point?

Liam. This guy is one of the sweetest guys ever. And so brave and intelligent. I really, really liked him. And he genuinely cared for Ruby and he was honest about it. Which I loved even more. No twisted games or anything. 

The writing was so good. The setting of the story was also very good. And the powers that were divided by colours - totally genius! Greens were the smart ones. Yellow were the ones connected with electricity. The Red were incredibly dangerous and connected with the fire. The Blue were able to move objects around. And the Oranges were able to control minds. Freaking amazing I'm telling you!

The Darkest Minds is an incredible dystopian book, which will leave you craving for more of it. There is a sequel to it - which I am so eager to get my hands on! So, if you're searching for a great dystopian story, filled with a strong female character, great setting and all mixed with a sweet romance, The Darkest Minds is the perfect book for you!




January 26, 2013

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren Review

Beautiful Bastard 
by Christina Lauren
Publication date: February 12th 2013
Gallery books, 320 pages
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An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

- Goodreads.com description

Oh. My. God. This book was so completely awesome. Amazing, steamy romance, hot sex scenes, strong female character and a beautiful bastard as a boss who will make your heart beat faster than ever. I loved every second of it!

Chloe. This woman is just amazing. I wish I was like that when it comes to relationships, or really, to just stand up for yourself. She was completely incredible and determinate not to be pushed around. She stood up for herself, and I admired her so much. 

Bennett. Well, from the title you would imagine he is such a bastard and all, but to me, he really wasn't. It may be, because the book is written in dual pov, so you actually get to know what he thinks and feels and that made him so much more likeable. He was honest, direct and incredibly hot. Everything he did made me droll all over myself. Wish he was real ;)

The only thing that I missed in this book is that the side characters weren't really invested in the story. Everything was about Bennett and Chloe - which I liked a lot - but I still wanted to know more about the side characters. It was like - they were there - you'd thought something will revolve around them - but then, they just disappeared from the story. 

Beautiful bastard is a fast paced book, filled with amazingly written romance, deep and strong main characters. The hot scenes are fantastic. So, if you're looking for an awesome romance book, Beautiful bastard is the perfect book for you!



January 08, 2013

Slated by Teri Terry Review

Slated 
Slated #1
by Teri Terry
Published on May 3rd 2012
Orchard books, 448 pages
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Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.



The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

- Goodreads.com description

Wow. This is what you call a great dystopian book! I freaking loved it! Teri Terry is an amazing author and I loved every second of the story. It was incredible, full of mystery, action and incredible characters! 

Kyla. Awww, this girl. She was completely awesome. I mean, if your memories would have been erased and you would have to learn everything from the beginning and still function like a normal person, could you? As a psychologist, I think this would be really hard. But she was so good and she tried hard. Even with the nightmares from her past or her pure imagination - Kyla is an incredible female leader character. 

Ben. Such a sweet boy. Though he have been slated as well, he was more than just a shell of a person trying to please others. He was deep and he really cared for Kyla. And he was there for her and I really, really liked that about him!

The writing was so stunning. I loved it in every single way possible. I could actually imagine the whole world Kyla lived in. And the society. And the characters were so good written. What I liked most is that even secondary characters were very deep. Like Kyla's Mum. She was awesome. 

This book will completely suck you in from the first page. The world Terry created is dark and dangerous, but it will leave you wanting for more. So, if you're searching for an amazing dystopian book, full of mystery, awesome characters, dangerous society that repress the liberty to speak, and all filled with a sweet romance, Slated is the perfect book for you!

"I was told very sternly at hospital to avoid boys at all costs. Mess up your levels."
"Oh, they do that!" Amy laughs. "Probably best to leave them alone for a while. The secret, though, is to start with one you're not that bothered about."
What is the point in that?

But at least if you were in jail, you'd know who you are. Not for long on the chair, though, if you'd done something bad enough to warrant that.
I bite my lip. "Don't you ever want to know?"
"What?"
"Why you were Slated."
"No. If the past is unbearable, why choose to bear it?"
I shrug. Because it is mine.



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