Friday, January 31, 2014

You guys! The first month of 2014 is already coming to an end! Where did all that time go?! D:
I just finished my first semester of my junior year... eep. I've got a year and a half to prepare for college. And I'm freaking out.

But this is not the time to freak out! This is the time to look back! And look forward, one month at a time. I might go crazy otherwise o.o

Books I read this month


Luminary (4.5 stars)
Me After You (4.5 stars)
The Fiery Heart (5 stars)
Heart Breaths (4.5 stars)
Branded (4 stars)
The Sorcery Code (3.5 stars)
Psycho Inside Me (4 stars)
Kaboom (3 stars)
Tick to the Tock (3 stars)
Heartbeat (2 stars)
Escape from Eden (4 stars)
Revealed (3 stars)
Sugar Plum (novella)
The Warrior & the Flower (5 stars)

Breakdown: 6 physical copies, 8 e-copies

Total: 13 books + 1 novella
Average Rating: 4.16

* Rather high ratings this month o.o


Reviews


Salt by Danielle Ellison
Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic
Luminary by Krista McGee
Me After You by Mindy Hayes
Heart Breaths by K.K. Hendin
Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales
Psycho Inside Me by Bonnie R. Paulson
Sarah Dessen's Books [Mini Reviews]
Tick to the Tock by Matthew Turner
Kaboom by George Lee Cunningham
Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead [Mini Reviews]
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
The Warrior & the Flower by Camille Picott


Wolfie Wondered

Originality


Life of a Blogger

I talked about my non-bookish hobbies
I shared some crazy stuff I've done
I gave you some sneak peeks into the kinds of music I listen to


Other 

I looked forward to the New Year
I did a little promo for the amazing Shane Morgan from Itching For Books
I accomplished my mission and celebrated with my very first giveaway
(Winners will be announced by Wednesday)

I introduced my goal to post one of my writings every Wednesday
Hopefully I'll put a few writings up next month

I took a little break to share some music

I joined the 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge


2014 TBR Reading Challenge Wrap-Up


Progress:

Divergent by Veronica Roth
1 book



I just started the challenge and I already have one book read, yay :D
My review will be going up soon.


In other news...

Last day to enter my giveaway!

I made a little button! Check out my sidebar for that :D
It's not fancy or anything, but, well, I made it  myself. And I think it's cute. So feel free to share it. That would mean so much to me :')

Have a great day, you guys!

-Wolfie

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Thursday, January 30, 2014


Welcome to my stop on the tour for The Warrior & the Flower by Camille Picott!
To celebrate Chinese New Year the tour is running Jan. 27th-31st.
(Gotta love how appropriate that is!)

The Warrior & the Flower by Camille Picott
Genre: adult high fantasy

Yi, a retired soldier, has lost everything he loves—his wife, his daughter, and his home. He seeks refuge from his heartache by plunging into a secret mission for the World Emperor. The assignment takes him to the doorstep of a brothel, where he witnesses the madam beating a young girl. Drawn by the child’s striking resemblance to his lost daughter, Yi rushes to her defense and negotiates for her purchase—after all, how hard can it be to care for one little girl? But between the child’s inquisitive nature and the dangerous secret she carries, he gets more than he bargained for.

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Review 

Can I just say this is awesome and leave it at that? No? You want reasons? You want to know why I loved this book? All right, you asked for it.

So I don't read much fantasy. It's not that I don't like it - it's just that I kind of get carried away by other genres that are a bit more, I don't know, accessible? It seems all the popular books are not fantasy.

That should change. At least, in this case.

What I really liked about The Warrior & the Flower was it's subtlety. I mean, yes this book is clearly adult. (Even though I refused to believe it for a better part of the book.) But it just felt so different. I guess it's because it was fantasy? At times, I was a bit confused by the lingo. Some words were totally new to me and the first time I saw kylin - on the first page or so - I was like "Well, she's lost me." But not five pages later and suddenly I know exactly what a kylin is. And I didn't even realize it.

See? Subtlety.

I feel like that's a really good quality with fantasy because it allows you to experience the world without getting too caught up in the specifics. You don't waste time explaining everything straight out. You subtly give the reader knowledge while moving along the plot.

I loved that. One point for Camille Picott.

And I haven't even gotten to the plot yet! Fantasy is a great genre because of the imagination behind the world and the adventure behind the plot. The adventure in this book had me sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was so much action, and so much drama. By which I mean between the Sky Kingdom and World Kingdom. And between the Emperor and his son. And between the girls at the brothel. And Tulip's crappy childhood. And the way Yi lost everything.

Two points for Camille Picott.

So what about the characters?
The two main characters are Yi and Tulip. I felt for Yi immediately. It practically starts with him losing his family. So I felt for the guy, even though we had just met. While I didn't agree with some of his actions and his anger - it was totally understandable. Which means it's forgivable. Which is always a good sign. As for Tulip, this girl stole my heart right away, too. She's so young and innocent. And it pained me to know she was growing up in a brothel. And she was constantly being beaten by the woman who ran the place.

(By the way: another point for Camille Picott.)

Regarding the fact that it is an adult book...

While it was harsh at times with the violence, the references to brothels and prostitution was rather subtle. Mostly because half the book is told from the little girl's point of view. So it wasn't particularly explicit. And in fact, the implicitness of it had me laughing out loud a bit while I cringed on the inside. Poor girl doesn't even know what kind of place she grew up in. But none of this detracts or distracts from the premise of the book. It is what it is. And it provides the background necessary. And it certainly adds a few laughs when Tulip says some wildly inappropriate things.

It's probably not appropriate to laugh. As cute as it may be, it's still... inappropriate *ahem*

Overall, this was such a worthwhile read. I was a bit scared to read it at first because I was skeptical about the fantasy genre, considering I hadn't read it in a while. But I had no reason to worry. It was beautiful and exciting and I'm so glad I got the chance to review it.


Rating: 5 stars


Recommendation: anybody who likes fantasy, particularly those who haven't read it in a while. This is a great adventure.





About the Author

Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings. To visit Camille, go to www.camillepicott.com.

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Note: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review

-Wolfie

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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This is a feature created by Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat. Each week there will be a non-book-related topic that we can discuss. This is to give us a chance to get to know each other better(:
This week's topic is:


Genres of Music




I like a variety of music. There's no other way around that. I have an inclination towards rock/alternative. And I generally stay away from rap/crazy screaming. But seriously, my iPod can go from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Kelly Clarkson to the Frozen soundtrack to PlayRadioPlay!

But since we're talking about all of them here,  I guess I'll separate them for you.

Note: most of these classifications are from iTunes. And obviously, these aren't all my artists under each.

Click the links to get a taste of their music :D


Rock/Alternative

My all-time favorite band: Jack's Mannequin
Some of my favorite songs: Dark Blue, Miss California, Drop Out - The So Unknown

We've also got under here:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Fall Out Boy
Tegan and Sara
Blue October
The Killers
Jimmy Eat World
The Cab
Incubus
Smashing Pumpkins
Linkin Park
The All-American Rejects
OK Go
MGMT
Audioslave
Coldplay
Neon Trees
Death Cab for Cutie
 

Paramore 
My Chemical Romance
Rise Against
Finger Eleven
Third-Eye Blind

Three Days Grace
Secondhand Serenade
(It's a pretty video, but don't look at it too long o.o)
Garbage
Panic! at the Disco
Pearl Jam
Weezer
Nine Inch Nails

Imagine Dragons



Indie (or from my Indie radio on Pandora, anyways)

The Fratellis (can you guess why I chose this song? Aha)
The Kooks
Feist
Band of Horses
Arctic Monkeys
A Fine Frenzy
Modest Mouse
Aqualung
The Postal Service
Regina Spektor
Bon Iver
The Shins

Explosions in the Sky (aka the band that won't let me buy my favorite song by them because it's album only apparently)


Soundtrack

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
For the First Time in Forever
Love is an Open Door
Let it Go
Starstuck
Despicable Me
Strangers Like Me
I'll Make a Man Out of You
Life is a Highway
Love Always Comes as a Surprise
Little Wonders
I See the Light
When Will My Life Begin
When Can I See You Again?



Country (-er than my other music)

Carrie Underwood
Taylor Swift
The Band Perry

Kellie Pickler
Rascal Flatts
Lady Antebellum


Christian

(don't be scared by this section - these songs are great, I swear. I didn't even know they were Christian until my iTunes told me they were)

Relient K
Switchfoot
Tenth Avenue North
The Afters
tobyMac




Electronic(a)

PlayRadioPlay!
The Postal Service
Owl City
Passion Pit




Pop

Kelly Clarkson
Colbie Caillat
Andy Grammer
Jesse McCartney
Mat Kearney
Sixpence None the Richer
Kate Voegele
KT Tunstall
Train

Fergie
Ingrid Michaelson
P!nk
Avril Lavigne
The Wanted
Soul Asylum
Maroon 5
Never Shout Never
Sara Bareilles
Kris Allen
Ellie Goulding
Jason Mraz
Christina Perri
Kate Nash

Plain White T's
Five for Fighting
Lifehouse
The Workday Release
Jewel
Demi Lovato
Teddy Geiger
The Script
OneRepublic
 
Matchbox Twenty




Punk

Brand New
Bink-182
Alesana
Breathe Carolina



Latin(o)

Juanes
Mana

Shakira

And then my beautiful Icelandic band gets its own little section:

Sigur Ros

And the beautiful lead singer who has his own music

Jonsi

So I hope you guys found *something* you like on here! Which such varied taste, I must have something in common with you (:

Hope you enjoyed, and feel free to tell me about the music you like! And maybe even make some suggestions :D



-Wolfie


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love? 




Review

Hey guys! Welcome to my first ever rant review on my blog!
I hope you guys are ready because I've been meditating on this book for a couple weeks and I've finally worked up the nerve to do this.

Let me start off with this: 

I was so excited to read this book. This is the first physical ARC I ever received specifically to review. That cover is absolutely gorgeous (I did a cover reveal here). And I've been in a contemporary mood lately (just see my reviews of Me After You, Heart Breaths, and Flawless). AND that summary. I mean, seriously. A dead mother with an unborn baby inside her? That has got to hurt. I don't even want to think about what I would do in that situation.

But here's what I wouldn't do:
Bitch constantly to my very loving stepfather. About how I never had a choice in keeping my mother alive. About how he cares more about the baby than her mother. About how he basically killed her because he couldn't accept the fact that she couldn't conceive.

Here's the deal people:
Emma has just got it all so mixed up. I honestly couldn't believe some of the stuff she was so convinced of. How could she not understand? Absolutely any good mother would care more about her baby's life than her own. And the fact is, it's her brother's life that's on the line. Her. Freaking. Baby. Brother. Who didn't ask for this to happen. Who had no choice. Who may not even live.

How the freaking hell does she ignore that fact for the entirety of the book? I feel like a heartless bitch because Emma is going through some tough shit. I have to admit that. But that is no excuse for her  to be a heartless bitch to her family.

Honestly, Dan was nice. Hell, he was really nice. You know those really crappy step-parents that don't give a damn about you?

Yeah, he's not like that.


While his determination to have a kid was questionable (Emma's mom was getting older), it's pretty understandable. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby. Right? So you can't really blame the guy. And it's not like he wanted to replace Emma or anything. Throughout the whole book, Emma would flashback to these amazing memories and great times she had with Dan. How she did that and was still able to hate him, I don't even know.

That basically leaves this as the only reason she hates him so much:

You're keeping my mom alive to keep your baby alive.

As if that's a problem or something. As if she doesn't give a damn about her brother. That was just too much for me.

And all this being said, the ending was pretty predictable. And by predictable, I mean totally lame. Sorry, that's how it is. The girl's gotta realize everything eventually, right? I just wish she hadn't been so annoying and hateful about it. 

On that note, the romance was great! Caleb was the only redeeming quality of this book. 

Enough said.
 

Rating: 2 stars


Recommendation: if you like contemporary, and you can deal with Emma, go for it. But if you're like me? Appreciate the cover, but don't you dare buy it.


ELIZABETH SCOTT grew up in a town so small it didn’t even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She’s sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn’t want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, and firmly believes you can never own too many books. 

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(Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.)

-Wolfie

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Monday, January 27, 2014

So I read all these books a while ago. My memory may be fuzzy on some of the details, but my thoughts are still there.
 
Background: I read Vampire Academy when I was in 6th grade. Shortly after I read Twilight.
Think about that for a second.
Do you see where I'm coming from? 

 
Vampire Academy
Published: 2007
Read: 2009
Thoughts:
Like I mentioned before, after I read Twilight (although I can't remember if it was just Twilight, or the whole series), I was on the search for more vampires. It was because of this book that my dislike for Twilight began. I mean, seriously. Compare this to Twilight. The MC is way more kick ass. There's actually action and Dimitri was totally swoon-worthy.  I'll admit I wasn't too convinced by him. But I liked him more than I ever liked Edward.
And I've always been a sucker for world building. And this had quite a bit of that. It went over the history of Strigoi, Moroi, Dhampirs. The Strigoi were actually dangerous. And the Moroi had cool elemental powers. And Dhampirs were just badasses.
I was so hooked. I wanted more. I went on to see what else Richelle Mead had in store. 



Frost Bite
Published: 2008
Read: 2009
Thoughts:
I didn't know this at the time, but this was the introduction to my favorite character ever. The one and only character that ever managed to steal my heart so completely. I know that sounds weird, but it's so freaking true.
Other than Adrian, I don't really remember much about this book. I know they were at a ski lodge (duh, just look at the cover. And remember where Adrian met Rose.) I know it was because of the Strigoi attacks and such. And I remember a scene with Adrian and perfume bottles. Right? And then there was the whole thing with Mason that I won't get into because it will totally ruin the ending for those of you who haven't read it. But other than that. Not too much I remember. Except for the fact that I obviously continued. I wanted so much more.



Shadow Kiss
Published: 2008
Read: 2009
Thoughts:
Thinking back to this book, I mostly remember the ending. Which basically means I shouldn't talk about it because I don't know if you've read it or not.
Spoiler-free: I liked this book for a few reasons. One: ADRIAN. I couldn't get enough of him. He's not a dominant character in this book, but he's certainly in there a bit more. And he's just so dang great. Obviously, there's more going on than him, though. There's the Strigoi attacks, and the issue with spirit (that last part I'm assuming, I can't remember much of the plot pertaining to Lissa and her spirit.)
SPOILER: (highlight to read) THAT FREAKING ENDING. Jeez, I couldn't believe it. On one hand, I was like, Dimitri's out of the way :D
On the other hand I was like, DAMMIT DIMITRI, WHY?! (Because I still liked him at the time.)
And looking back, all I can think about that is: Dammit, Richelle Mead. I thought that ending was bad. Little did I know.



Blood Promise
Published: 2009
Read: 2009
Thoughts:
This is my least favorite book in the whole series. And this is filled with spoilers. Sorry about that. I have to rant a little.
When I read this book, I still loved Dimitri. This book is what changed all of that. I know he was a Strigoi. He couldn't help what he did to Rose. I don't blame him for that. I blame Rose for being such a dumbass when I had believed her to be pretty kickass. Damn you, Dimitri. You ruined everything.
And then that ending. Again. I was just fed up with Dimitri. Why couldn't he just stay dead?
In retrospect: this is where we meet the Sydney of the Bloodlines series. It's actually really cool to see a before and after of her. I love stuff like that.
This also introduces Abe, the idea of bringing Strigoi back, and some other stuff that I don't remember! But it's still cool.



Spirit Bound
Published: 2010
Read: 2010

Thoughts:
OH MY GOD, FINALLY. ADRIAN!!!
I was basically fangirling the whole time because damn, Adrian is amazing. And he finally had the girl of his dreams. That was so nice.
I was starting to forgive Richelle Mead for the horrible mess that was Blood Promise. I mean, Rose was kickass again. Adrian was happy. Yay!
Only, NOT YAY.
Because- guess what. THE MIDDLE.
That doesn't sound as dramatic as the ending, but it is what it is.
I loved the ending in this book because of the whole murder thing and Rose being framed, and she almost slept with Adrian.
Oddly, that made me happy.
What pissed me off was the return of Dimitri. Who, like I said, has a habit of ruining everything.
Need another example? See my mini review of Last Sacrifice.




Last Sacrifice
Published: 2010
 Read: 2010
Thoughts:
I read this book in about two days. Two. Freaking. Days. I could not get enough. The first half of the book? I was on the edge of my seat. It was great stuff. I didn't even mind that Dimitri was there and Adrian wasn't.
And I wish I knew what page it happened. Just so I can emphasize the EXACT point where I absolutely hated Rose. If you read it, I'm sure you can guess what scene I'm talking about.
That basically ended my little love affair with the whole series. I almost set the book down forever. But I didn't. I kept reading, even though my heart was broken and my life was shattered.
(I wish I was kidding. I was depressed for a few days. That's normal right?) I really didn't get over this until I started reading the Bloodlines series. And even then, I'm still not completely over it. The action and adventure in this book was great, though. I loved the new developments with spirit. And then the whole murder thing had me guessing. I really had NO clue who did it. You gotta give an author credit when he/she manages to pull that off. So congrats Richelle Mead. You had me mystified. That was one of the last times I ever felt that way.
I wish I still loved the series the way I used to. I think one day I might again. But sadly it depends on how the Bloodlines series turns out.


-Wolfie

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

So I've been wanting to join a challenge for this year... But I'm really new to this, so I'm a bit afraid to. I don't want to screw up, you know?

But this one appeals to me because there are SO many books I'm behind on and I'd love to finally read them. Plus, I need more review that aren't for blog tours.


So  2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge it is!
If you want to join me, feel free to sign up here :D

So here are my guidelines:

(I'm putting them here so I don't forget)

1. Review the book I've read!

2. Any genre, length or format counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on my shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2013 and earlier!


3. I can list books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post.


4. I can move up levels, but not down.


5. My wrap-ups will be in my monthly warp-up posts for my blog.

6. For each review I link up, I will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. 

7. If I miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, I can link up your reviews next month.


8. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE giveaway.



My goal for the whole year:

21-30 - First Kiss
 

Books Stuck on my Shelf right now:

Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Legend by Marie Lu
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Horde by Ann Aguirre
Daylighters by Rachel Caine
The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales



Others I Want to Get to:

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Champion by Marie Lu
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Carrie by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
Firestarter by Stephen King
The Mist by Stephen King
Cujo by Stephen King
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Christine by Stephen King
It by Stephen King
Misery by Stephen King
Insomnia by Stephen King
The Lost World by Michael Crichton
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

And I will stop there because I could keep going. But those are my priorities this year.

Let's see how much I actually get to, haha


-Wolfie

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

This is a weekly meme for Writer Person where I recap my posts, what I've been reading, and highlight some upcoming posts I have planned

All right, here's the deal:

1. I feel like I need to change the title for this. This was something I came up with on a whim. I pretty much just put the first title I came up with (that wasn't already taken) in the title box and told myself I'd rename it later.
It's been a week and I'm no closer to my perfect title.
I have a few ideas bouncing around, but I'm not quite sure yet. When I change the title for this, I want it to be for good. I've already decided that I'm sticking to this blog title/black-and-green/wolf thing going on. Maybe I should change it, but I feel like it not only says something about me, but reminds me of why I started blogging in the first place. (Plus, I can't think of anything else to change it to...)


2. I can't believe I didn't post on Wednesday or Thursday. Okay, so I can totally believe it. I was beyond busy and didn't have time to come up with anything of interest. Last time I had limited time, I put up some links and called it a day. I didn't even have time for that. So my goal is to have a few backup posts just in case I have no time to come up with something on a whim.


Posts This Week


Sunday - Wolfie Wonderings: Originality
Monday - Tick to the Tock: Review, Giveaway
Tuesday - Kaboom: Review, Giveaway
Friday - Escape from Eden: Review, Giveaway


Finished This Week


Tick to the Tock by Matthew Turner
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader


Currently Reading

Sugar Plum by Jennie Bates Bozic
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Revealed by PC and Kristin Cast



Up Next

The Warrior & the Flower by Camille Picott
Unite by Jamie Campbell



Look Out For!

Reviews:
Vampire Academy Minis (Mini Reviews)
Bloodlines Minis
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Posts:
Writing this Wednesday (hopefully!)
A new Wolfie's Wondering tomorrow!
I'm not sure what else!


DON'T FORGET!

My very first giveaway ends on January 31!


 
Hope you guys have a great day :D


-Wolfie

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Friday, January 24, 2014



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17245704-escape-from-eden?ac=1 Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader
Publication date: August 18th 2013
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.

But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s fa├žade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?



Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble
 

NOTE: Escape from Eden is available on Kindle for $1.99 until January 31

 

 

Review


At some point, you get in a funk. Where no matter what you read, it's all the same and you trudge slowly through pages of a book.

So. Very. Slowly.

And I've been feeling a lot like that lately. It's like I want to read, but then I think about how much I have to do and somehow I end up doing nothing. At all.

What's my point here? My point here is that sometimes trudging through a book leads to disappointment. And other times you're glad you took the chance.
This is not to say that this book is boring or anything. It just rubbed me the wrong way. Example? The way the instalust was introduced. Yup, you read that right. It was instalust. Mild at first, but it gets there. Mia herself admits that she doesn't even know the guy, so why should she feel that way about him?

I love her for that.Getting into her character really wasn't all that difficult to do. Gabriel wasn't a problem either. He was an emotional roller coaster for me. But I like that. Keeps me interested. And while Gabriel is your classic tortured soul turned bad boy, I found myself not minding.

Again, why?

I was impressed by Nader's ability to shock me. Me. If you've read any of my reviews, you've probably seen that I'm not easily shocked. Really, I'm not. I'm a writer at heart and no matter how sucked into the book I am, I find myself wondering what sort of plot twists I would do and what do you know? I'm not very original, you guys. That's why I'm so good at figuring out the ending.

I literally didn't see some of this stuff coming until I got slapped in the face with it. You have no idea how much that impressed me.

That being said, I had no idea what to expect from the ending. I don't think I expected anything in particular, just observed what Nader was doing. And I think she tied everything up very nicely. While some could argue that it's open-ended, I think it's pretty obvious. Sure, the specifics aren't all planned out. But it's the same idea.

Overall, I enjoyed it. It had a fast pace and Mia was a great narrator. I will say something else that surprised me (excuse me while I rant. I will try not to spoil anything), though.

WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!
What kind of sick twisted people are these? Nothing is more irritating to me than people who use God as their justification for doing awful things. Okay, I lied. The only thing more irritating than that is the people who accept it. Religion isn't really the issue here, but this corruption was certainly present.

And this was all manifested in violence, gore, and some other stuff I won't mention. But although I did see that unmentionable thing a bit before it happened, I was shocked by the bluntness. Not that it was addressed bluntly, but the fact that it was there at all. Blunt.

And now I am all out of questions. So read the book and ask your own! If you're as excitable as I am, you might find yourself screaming at all the horrible awful people.

Just saying.

Rating: 4 stars


Recommendation: I would call this an isolated dystopian. Not much of the outside world is revealed. So if that sounds appealing, go for it. It's much better than The Village (movie reference). Also, if you happen to like ranting about the psychotic people, or enjoy cocky guys (there's no love triangle, yay haha), or just want a bit more adventure and danger in your life... Go for it. It's good



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Hi. I’m Elisa. I like cheese and reading and TV show marathons. Writing is scary, but not as scary as, say, Civil War amputations. I’m an Aquarius. Uh… let’s see… I’m not very good at writing my own biography. Or autobiography. I guess this is reading more like a slightly incoherent personal ad.

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