Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

mind gamesMind Games by Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #1
Published by: HarperTeen on February 19th 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 237
Source: Bought- Hardcover

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My Rating: 3 stars

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

2 sisters– Fia and Annie are special. Annie is blind and can see the future, and Fia has perfect instincts. They are both being tracked and looked over 24/7. Fia and Annie are always looking out for each other and both are broken. They are forced to use their abilities in unthinkable ways and will risk each other’s lives in the process. If one refuses to do what they are told, the other pays the consequence.

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Overall, I enjoyed the book. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. I was very interesting reading this story. I need to quit saying this, but it was so unique!

Let’s get out what I didn’t necessarily enjoy about the book first, shall we?

The one major thing was world development- it lacked a lot. I had a very hard time visualizing what this world looked like. I could picture the characters fairly well, but could not picture the world for the life of me.

The timeline and point of views (at times) was confusing for me. The overall addition of the timeline made it easier to understand the story and get more background on Fia and Annie. But, it constantly switched back time periods as well as characters. For the point of views at some parts I’d have to go back to the beginning of the chapter and remind myself who’s POV it’s in and how far back in time this chapter was set in.

The insta-love feel. I’m not really a big fan of insta-love… This insta-love just wasn’t doing it for me. It felt odd and creepy to me.. I don’t know.. Maybe it’s just me.

Okay, now for the parts I liked.

It was such a short, and enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the overall story and will most likely pick up Perfect Lies. Kiersten White has such a cool and interesting writing style. Especially for Fia’s point of view, you really got to see how unique her writing style was. It was hard to get used to at first, but I really loved her writing style.

I really enjoyed the characters and the development of the characters. I believe this is something Kiersten White is excellent at. I could vividly picture these characters. Of all characters, I think Fia was my favorite. Her attitude and remarks that she made throughout this book were very entertaining.

Although I didn’t love the book, it was still a very fun and entertaining read.

favorite quotes

“Their smiles are lies.

Most smiles are.”– Kiersten White, Mind Games

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“Planning is not my friend. Impulse is.” — Kiersten White, Mind Games

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Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

unearthlyUnearthly by Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #1
Published by: HarperTeen on January 4th 2011
Genre: Paranormal, Angels, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 435
Source: Bought- Hardcover

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My Rating: 5 stars2

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Clara thinks she’s a normal, 16 year old girl living in California. Little does she know she has angel-blood. One day Clara has a vision in which she sees a boy in the forest; she doesn’t know what his face looks like. She just knows it’s a boy. She tells her mother and they pack and move to Wyoming where this vision takes place. This is why she’s here, she has a purpose to fulfill.

While moving in and starting at her new school, she gets more detailed visions. She comes face to face with two boys- Christian (the “it” boy, everyone knows and loves him) and Tucker (the country boy).

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all time favorite

(I’m adding these now to books that I love). I’ll be adding a section on my blog featuring the books that are on my “All Time Favorite” list.

I. ABSOLUTELY. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!!!

I IMMEDIATELY wanted to second one.. I finished this about a week ago and thank gosh the second book- Hallowed is coming in the mail tomorrow. I loved every aspect of this book! The world, the characters, the plot.. Everything! I was immediately drawn into the story from the first paragraph and I knew I’d love this book. The only other angel related book I’ve read was Angelfall and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it!

This book is fairly fast paced, I had a very hard time putting it down. I ended up reading it in 2 days. I like how the story wasn’t rushed and I REALLY enjoyed the plot twists. The conversation that Clara and her mom had at one point (I have a quote from it below) is hysterical. I found myself at times literally “laughing at loud”. All the characters– especially Tucker and Clara– have a sarcastic side and it makes the story that much more enjoyable!

Tucker… Holy cow. I love that man! I think because of the whole southern thing he has is what drew me in. He’s VERY attractive (well in Clara’s eyes) and he’s a complete sweetheart. I also loved Angela and Wendy; they were awesome friends. I think I liked Angela more if I had to pick though. She was there more for Clara than Wendy was. She was more understanding (I guess) of Clara.

If you have not read this series, I HIGHLY recommend it! It’s so fantastic and such a fun read! The whole reason in which it makes it better is Tucker. ;)

favorite quotes

“Okay, what else you got?”

“Let’s see. Carrots. That’s another common one.”

“Oh, oh– Pippi Longstocking.”

“Oh, snap,” I laugh. “Bring it on, Matchstick!” — page 104

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“What did you ever do for fun before I came along?” I ask.

“Cow tipping.”– page 200

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“Tucker: “But she gave me the perfect gift.”
Clara: “What?”
Tucker: “You.”– page 332

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“I always felt like there was something off about your hair.”

“So you thought you’d torture me by calling me Carrots?”

“I still thought I’d never seen anyone as beautiful as you.” He drops his head and rubs the back of his neck, embarrassed. He’s blushing. — page 349

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Waiting on Wednesday (#19): White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

waiting on wednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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white hot kissWhite Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Publishing by: Harlequin Teen on February 25th 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Demons, Young Adult
Pages: 304

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One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

*cue fangirling* I don’t even need to read the synopsis to know I’m gonna love this… I absolutely LOVE Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing style and the stories she’s written so far. She’s become an auto-buy for me. So safe to say, I will be pre-ordering this. I’m so beyond excited to read this story! Especially after finding out it’s paranormal with demons.. SOO EXCITED!!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Covers

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Tuesday REWIND! (Pick from previous topics that you want to do again or may have missed)’. So I decided to do Favorite Covers.

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This is in no particular order.

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Newsoul trilogy by Jodi Meadows– These are hands down my all time favorite covers! They are absolutely gorgeous. I have not read them yet, but I’m hoping to start Incarnate this month!

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Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi– These covers… I’m so glad they did a cover change because I really dislike the original cover on Shatter Me (which I own). These covers are GORGEOUS! I LOVE this trilogy to pieces!!!

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Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin– These covers are soo pretty! I love how Mara and Noah are underwater in each cover. I really want my hands on Retribution! They need to quit changing the dates!

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Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier– These covers.. They match perfectly and the design is so perfect and it’s just BEAUTIFUL! A trilogy I still need to read..

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Nightshade (book #1; the original cover) by Andrea Cremer– I despise the new covers.. The old cover is so beyond beautiful! I really don’t know why they changed covers…

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Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano– I could also count her other trilogy (The Chemical Garden trilogy).. The design and everything is soo pretty!

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor– These covers are so interesting! I don’t know what it is about these covers, but they are so so pretty!

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Halo trilogy by Alexandra Adornetto– My favorite cover is Heaven, I like the heart where the sun is. My least favorite is Hades. But overall, these covers are gorgeous!

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Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth– I just love the symbol on each of these books! It’s so interesting!! I still need to finish this trilogy.. Maybe it’ll make more sense as to why the covers are that way?

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Not a Drop to Drink series by Mindy McGinnis– Okay.. No words to describe how beautiful these are. When I heard there was a companion novel to Not a Drop to Drink I got super excited because the second cover is just as beautiful!!!

Bookish Confessions (#3): Why I Love YA

bookish confessionsI think I’m going to start a series with this in which I talk about book related things. I don’t know how often I’ll do these kinds of posts, I guess whenever I get the chance to do one and when I can think of a topic I want to talk about. :)

So today, I wanted to talk about why I love the Young Adult genre so much.

There’s no question why I love YA. It’s amazing. I started reading YA when I was about 13-14 with the Twilight Saga. Yes, after my whole vampire obsession died out, I gave up on reading. That’s because I didn’t have anyone to talk to about my books! I was all alone with my thoughts and how I felt. I know it sounds silly, but it’s true! Up until June/July, I didn’t read the entire time. Yes, I picked up THG and Fifty Shades in between that time, but I never picked up any other books.

I came across The Host this last summer because my sister had just finished it. We both wanted to watch the movie. It sounded really interesting and I’ve always heard A LOT about the book even when I was reading Twilight. But, I thought it wasn’t something I would like.. I was COMPLETELY wrong about that… My sister let me borrow her copy of it and I devoured the book within a week or two. I started going around YouTube (can’t exactly remember why or how) and I found Christine from PolandBananasBOOKS and I started binge marathoning her videos and I came across other BookTubers as well! I started picking up other books like The Selection, Matched, Immortal Hearts, etc. I started to fall in love with reading again.

I don’t know what it is about YA and why I read it. Maybe it’s the world and characters we come to love. I know this sounds extremely cheesy, but I mean it. With genres like New Adult and Adult, it’s sometimes harder to connect with characters. With YA, it’s so incredibly easy! We understand them, because we’ve been there (well maybe not exactly, but we get the idea). The Adult genre is more serious, whereas YA it’s nowhere near serious… If that makes any sense at all.

I love being able to pick up a book and experience a whole entire different world and meet new people (they are real… They exist! :) ) I feel as if while reading I’m actually there in the book with the characters. Most of the time I can visualize what characters look like and what they world looks like! I like how your basically watching TV in your head.. But, it’s 1000000x better than TV!

I’ve met so many fantastic characters! Found MANY MANY MANNYYYY fictional boyfriends (it’s bad how long it can go). Experienced so many worlds without even moving a muscle for hours. Some books have made quite an impact on my life and how I think; a big one is Twilight. Without Twilight, I definitely would not be sitting here making blog posts and reading books. I definitely wouldn’t that’s for sure!!

There are sooo many different genres in YA to experience and I’ve barely made a dent in it! There are MILLIONS of amazing books in the YA genre that I want to read! I want to meet new characters, experience new worlds, defeat evil, the list goes on and on! I really don’t know what I’d be doing with my life right now if I hadn’t found Twilight or if YA wasn’t a thing. I really don’t.

Stacking the Shelves (#12): Half Off Edition

stacking the shelves 2Meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where I post all the bookish things I’ve recieved/purchased either physical or e-book.

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I have 10 physical books that I’ve posted through Instagram, one physical copy (The Chaos of Stars featured last week is pictured but won’t be posted) to show you. So let’s get started?

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1. That Summer by Sarah Dessen: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Young Adult

2. Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1) by Jessica Shirvington: Angels, Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult

3. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore: Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Young Adult

4. The Program (The Program #1) by Suzanne Young: Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

5. Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1) by Emmy Laybourne: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult

6. Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi: Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult

7. Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo: Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Young Adult

8. Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

9. Asunder (Newsoul #2) by Jodi Meadows: Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia, Young Adult

10. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn: Romance, Contemporary, Humor, Young Adult

The Money I Spent Broken Down:

Money I Spent: $58.54

Real Worth of Books: $165.91

Money I Saved: $107.37

Review: Control by Lydia Kang

controlControl by Lydia Kang
Series: Control #1
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers on December 26th 2013
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Bought- Hardcover

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My Rating: 4 stars2

An un-putdownable thriller for fans of Uglies

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

Zelia and her younger sister, Delia are constantly moving around the country. Every ten months Zelia, Delia, and their father pack up their things and go to the next state. Well, it’s 2150 and states are now broken into segments based on political views– all people with same views live in the same state.

Zel and Dyl couldn’t be more different; Zel is obsessed with science and Dyl is obsessed with boys. Zel has a genetic disorder called Ondine’s Disease in which she basically has to remind herself to breathe.

While they are on their way to the next state, a magpod (a car, but futuristic) crashes into them. Which, ultimately ends up killing their father. Now father-less, the girls are now orphans are immediately sent to a foster home. No later than 12 hours later, Dyl has been adopted, but these people don’t seem normal. They forcibly take Dyl away and Zel is now in the hands of Marka.

Can Zelia save Delia? Will she get to him in time?

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I REALLY enjoyed this book! I loved how different it was (I realize I say this a lot, I need to stop). But I loved the science aspect of it. Maybe it’s just me. I’m going into the medical field so maybe that’s why I found it more interesting. I really also loved how Lydia Kang talked about a real genetic disorder that really does exist. Had I not have read this book, I never would have known about Ondine’s Curse, let alone know what the heck it was.

I’m not going to lie. The first about 120 pages are a bit slow and it takes some getting used to. Some of Lydia Kang’s word choices were… interesting to say the least. I can’t remember what page it was on, but she said, “flying fart”.

There were several plot twists that I was definitely not expecting and it completely blew me away! Maybe it was just me, but it got difficult trying to figure out who the evil character was. I loved all the characters (to some extend). I loved Cy and Zel’s relationship. Cy was really rude and he completely changed by the end of the book. I ended up loving him! In the beginning I hated him and I never thought I would actually like him. Vera was definitely my favorite character.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the world building. It was fantastic and just so different from what I’ve read.

favorite quotes

“Trust no one, I scold myself. Even if they smell good.”– page 70

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I kneel by her side, and she doesn’t move away. “But Vera, Marka wants you.” I wisely neglect to mention Wilbert, Hex, or the inter-Carus cat fights. “She loves you. That’s got to mean something, right?” I force my hand out awkwardly to lay it on her shoulder. She’s still and stunning as an extinct oak tree. Beautiful and unreal. “I’m a pretty crappy sister sometimes, but you’re welcome to it. To me. You know, if you want someone to nag you and screw your life up. I’m fabulously good at that.” –page 236

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