Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stacking The Shelves [#72]/Sunday Post [#3]/Mailbox Monday [#3]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

Mailbox Monday is hosted on its own site. It is there to show off the books acquired during the week!

Only one book this week. Another ebook from the library
Isolation (Partials #0.5) by Dan Wells (Goodreads)

I finished Ruins this week and realized I still hadn't read the short story yet. So I checked it out from my library!

Weekly Recap:

This week outside of the blog, me and my fiance finally decided on our color scheme for our wedding. Its going to be Teal & Black. Inspiration for it came from our favorite hockey teams colors (the San Jose Sharks). 

Also, we went to the pumpkin patch this week! Our daughter is so excited we finally picked pumpkins. This upcoming week we get to carve them (I'll post pics on next weeks StS). 

Review of Isolation by Dan Wells
Review of Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Possibly still The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe. I've got started on it, just not reading huge chunks at a time. I do have a review started for it though! :D 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#108]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme that was hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Author: Sara Holland
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication Date: January 2, 2018

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Ruins by Dan Wells

Ruins (Partials #3)
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Pages: 464
Format: Ebook/Library

Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.

*Spoiler Alert, Don't read if you don't want the book spoiled for you!*

Review: Once I started reading this, I couldn't put it down. I was glued to the book, needing to know how everything ended. This is definitely one of the more satisfying end books I've read. I feel like most of the story was wrapped up nicely, but we were still left with a few things to think about regarding how their future plays out. The one thing I definitely keep pondering is where they are going to end up making their new home. 

A lot of interesting things happened in Ruins. It all starts after Kira realizes she is not the cure. She herself starts researching what she knows and comes to realize what the cure for both RM and the Expiration Date is, coexistence of the humans and partials. She leaves to find allies, those who would be willing to live in this coexisting world. Unfortunately, her only lead, the Ivies, is being run by a mysterious figure called "The Blood-Man," and have a different idea of how the world is going to be saved. The Blood-Man is killing partials and humans for samples, to genetically build a new race. When Kira finally catches up to him, she finds out the delusional Blood Man is none other than her father, Armin Dhurvasula. It is then Kira finds out she was not made with the cure in mind, instead, she found out she is one of the newest partials, built by her father for the purpose of his delusional new world. She is a perfect combination of human and partial coded together. He wants to create yet another species modeled from her. Yeah, because creating the partials in the first place seemed to work so well for everyone and everything. This guy does not know when to stop does he??? What was just a race to save humans from RM and the partials from expiration turns out to be a race to save everyone from Armin's demented new world idea.

During this time, Samm and Heron, still in Denver, unplug and wake up the partials Vale was holding captive for the RM cure. Once they all wake up, they realize and reveal they are past their expiration date. Impossible. A new human baby is then born in the same hospital, without the symptoms of RM. It is then that Samm also realizes that the cure for RM and expiration is coexisting with each other. He eventually decided he needs to head back to East Meadow, to Kira, to tell her and help her. He also finally gets the courage to tell Kira how he feels about her. So proud of him!

While all this is happening, Delarosa is trying to get a bomb into White Plains to kill as many partials as she can, blaming them for everything that's happened, not even willing to give them any type of chance. Delarosa is only out for revenge, not caring about the human life she could kill along with the partials. This leads to Haru and his men discretely evacuating as many people as they can from East Meadow to get them far away from the bombs potential fallout radius. If everyone stayed there, they could all die from the fallout.

Kira's adopted sisters also deal with a lot. Isolde has the first human/partial hybrid child. What she doesn't realize, is she carried a partial killing gene in her, and having a child with a human, activated it in her babies genes. Unfortunately, this effects her child as he is half partial. :( Her child ends up infecting and killing any partial they encounter, and is he later termed a bio-weapon. Unfortunately, the baby dies as well from this. This makes Ariel, her other sister incredibly angry with Nandita for helping create them and the weapon and ultimately tries to kill her. She seems to have a change of heart and the last minute though.

In the end, the partial and human leaders decide to give coexisting a chance, after having witnessed the cure happening, and hearing the delusional babbling of Armin's "new world" ideas. And you know what, Armin got exactly what he deserved in the end. What was surprising was who sacrificed themselves for the greater good.

I enjoyed at the very end, when Kira was reunited with Nandita and her partial sisters. Despite everything they all went through, they were each others family. And it was good to see all of them realize that and come back together. The only thing I wished for the end was to see where they all go and make their new home.

5 Stars!

Top Ten Tuesday: Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

So I don't have a long list this week. I only have 2 books for this list. But I really wanted to spotlight them because they are really awesome!

1. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler - This book talks a lot about cupcakes. Flavors upon flavors of cupcakes! It made me incredibly hungry for cupcakes when I read it. (Review)

2. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer - So I had just picked this book up on a whim at the library one day. The title was catchy. After reading it, I thought it was such a cute and creative book. While not food, it talks about lots and lots of coffee! And matching people up based on their coffee drinks. It was cute and so many of the coffee drinks sounded delicious! (Review)

New Releases: Week of October 17, 2017

Sun Warrior (Tales of a New World #2)
Author: P.C. Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 17, 2017

The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people and he will do anything he must to get them back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. But if they hope to survive the coming fight, they have no choice but to believe in each other.

Monster (Gone #7)
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: October 17, 2017

In the stunning follow-up to the globally bestselling Gone series, Michael Grant continues the story of the teens who morph into superheroes—and supermonsters—when they ingest an alien virus.

Four years after the events of the FAYZ, new meteorites are hitting Earth, and the whole world is exposed to a strange alien virus that gives humans unique superpowers. 

As some teens become heroes and others become dangerously out of control with their new powers, the world will become more terrifying than the FAYZ—and only a monstrous battle between good and evil can save them.

Other New Releases:
Dear Martin by Nic Stone (10/17/17) [Crown]
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman (10/19/17) [Alfred A. Knopf]
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo (10/17/17) [Dutton]

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Stacking The Shelves [#71]/Sunday Post [#2]/Mailbox Monday [#2]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

Mailbox Monday is hosted on its own site. It is there to show off the books acquired during the week!

Just 2 books this week. Ebooks from my library. Pictures of them on my kindle.

Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson (Goodreads)

Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells (Goodreads)

Weekly Recap: 


This past week I decided to get in on the 2017 dystopia reading challenge. If you were following me before I took a break, you'll know I'm a huge fan of dystopian books! Stop by and see what I plan on reading. Speaking of dystopian books, I reviewed Fuse! I quite enjoyed it, feel free to check out my review to see more details! 

I still would like to reread and review The Lives We Lost, but I'm struggling a little bit to get back into the story. I'm gonna keep at it though. I definitely think I'll be diving into Ruins this week. I've been eager to see how things play out for this series! 

Review of Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells
Review of The Lives We Lost (Fallen World #2) by Megan Crewe (Depending on how getting back into the book goes)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [#107]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme that was hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Expected Publication: November 7, 2017

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

So I love the Mara Dyer books! I got incredibly excited when I saw we were gonna get Noah Shaw books as well!!! This is probably the book I'm most looking forward to this year!!! :D

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Review: The Infected by Michelle Pickett