ARC REVIEW: Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

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Nameless

Jennifer Jenkins

Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Month9Books

YA >Dystopia | Fantasy

 

 

 

5 ★★★★★

 

 

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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

 

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Trivia: NAMELESS is in development for film by Benderspink! That’s the same company who optioned Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and produce the I AM NUMBER FOUR film!

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Everybody make way! Jennifer Jenkins is here with Nameless and let me tell you, it will leave you breathless!

Oh wow. Where do I even start? This book left me speechless! I seriously don’t know what to say, all I know is that THIS BOOK IS INSANELY GOOD AND YOU SHOULD READ IT! All caps. That way, you know that I am dead serious.

I keep repeating this on my review whenever I read a book from this genre: I am not a fan. Its not that I stay away, but dystopia/fantasy isn’t really my thing. I’m really more of a rom-com kind of girl. But there’s something about Nameless that made me want to read it. And boy! I AM SO GLAD I DID. I can’t believe I almost passed this one.

The plot of Nameless is not really simple. But hang in there because that doesn’t mean it will keep you from enjoying the book. It’s actually the opposite. See, Nameless has clans, rich history, a terrible and wonderful world, and never ending wars. It feels like there’s a lot of things happening but in truth, you will not even complain about it. Jennifer Jenkins has this magical writing powers. You will be hypnotized and the first chapter will instantly suck you in! I did not even protested, because I was happily AND hungrily following the story. Every page is making me want to know what happens next. Every page leaves me with need!

The characters in this book are all completely fleshed out! From the main character to the love interest and the side characters as well, they all have depths. They all have interesting backstories, useful roles and all of leaves a mark. Zo is everything I’m looking for in a YA dystopia heroine. She’s wonderful, she’s a fighter and she’s flawed. I couldn’t wait for more from her. I still see a lot of growing and I can’t wait to witness that.

The romance was slow burn… scorching… to die for. It was full of intrigue, desire and mistrust. Its the kind of romance that will break your heart but still, leaves it with hope and FEELS. You will never run out of feels with this two. Gryphon ladies, GRYPHON! YOU HAVE TO MEET HIM Y’ALL. This man is your next book boyfriend.

I have so many things to say, so many words to write because my heart is just bursting with love for this book. But I will just tell you this: THIS IS THE NEXT BIG THING! Jennifer Jenkins’ writing was always visual, so close at hand it is searing! Nameless will captivate you with its furious and excellent pacing, it will not let you go. If somebody wants a stay-up-all-night kind of book that will leave them breathless? Nameless will always be at the tip of my tounge!

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid). Visit her online at jajenkins.com

 

 

 
   

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Review: Hunted by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

 

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HUNTED
Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Published April 28th 2015 by Month9Books
YA | Dystopian
414 pages
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4.5/5 Stars

 

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HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.
It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.
Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.
But can anyone really be trusted?
Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.
Lives will be lost.
Dreams will be crushed.
Fears will be realized.
Secrets will be exposed.
When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one encounter will change everything.
Forever.

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Hunted was jaw dropping and amazing to say the least. It was fast paced, had the right amount of action, mixed in some sexy times with Cole and Lexie, yet still managed to break my heart. In my opinion, Hunted was a step up from Branded. The writing was better, and it somehow was even more suspenseful then Branded, which I didn’t think was possible.

Cole continues to be an absolutely amazing guy. He is just such a hottie. Hunted really dives into exploring more of the amazing characters of Lexie, Cole, Bruno and Grace. Lexie is so tough and she never gives up what she believes in. Plus, Lexie continues to be such a realistic character and goes through substantial development. Of course, we have Zeus, the amazing dog companion who everyone loves. I’ve yet to talk to anyone who’s read Branded and Hunted who doesn’t like Zeus. (And how could you not like him, he’s an adorable, overly-protective dog for crying out loud!) But back to Cole and Lexie, not only are they dealing with their own struggles they have to deal with so much craziness around them and live in such a terrifying world.

The ENDING though. After breaking your heart, and leaving you swooning, Hunted still manages to end on an extremely high note that will leave you guessing. I cannot wait for Liberated! (I don’t even know how I’m going to survive the wait though…) 

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ARC REVIEW: Into The Dark by Caroline Patti + Giveaway!!

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Into the Dark
Caroline Patti
Expected publication: August 18th 2015 by Month9Books
YA > Paranormal | Romance | Mystery
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4 ★★★★

 
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A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.
Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.
But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
 
 
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This book is jam packed! I cant even put into words how this book surprised in so many levels and how it made me invested through out the whole story. Seriously, I’m having a hard time right now. This happens to me when I love the book so much.

Breachers. They are people who can transfer from one body to another. Hunters. They are the ones who’s in charge of Breachers. How? By killing them. Because that’s what The Assembled‘s orders. But when Mercy, a Breacher, came into Gage’s life, she changes everything that The Assembled told Gage to believe. And not only that, she even change Gage’s heart.

Oh god the feels.

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Into the Dark is a fast paced and feels filled novel that is full of colorful characters and a sizzling love triangle that will keep you on your toes! My favorite from this book is really how fast paced it was. Into the Dark didn’t let me sleep! And let me tell you, the best books usually do that to you. I was also surprised by how accepting I was with the love triangle. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I avoid love triangles furiously and I instantly DNF a book when I encounter one. Surprisingly it didn’t bother me that much. I was even anticipating what happens next. Although Nathaniel Black appeals to me so so much, I’m still on #TeamGage and nobody can change my mind about that!

I did lose a 1 star and its all because of Mercy’s insanely fast infatuation. I just don’t buy it and I hope the author has some explanation about this on the upcoming books. The ending made me ache for more. A lot of things happened and I’m impressed by how Caroline Patti weaved the ending. It leaves the readers satisfied but also asking for more.

Caroline Patti have amazing books in store for us, I’m sure of it! And I cannot wait to gobble them up like I did with Into the Dark. A story that will keep you at the edge of your seat, an engaging writing and a romance that perfectly blends sweetness and hotness. What’s not to like? Into the Dark will appeal to fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Vampire Diaries!

 

 

 

 

 

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Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter:@carepatti or find her onFacebook.

 

 

 

 


 
   

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ARC REVIEW: Where the Staircase Ends by Stacey Stokes

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Where the Staircase Ends
Stacy Stokes
Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by Month9Books
245pages (ebook)
YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Contemporary
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3 ★★★

 
 
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After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoken wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky.
Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable — unless the staircase breaks her first.
 
 
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“In its place stood a giant stone staircase, clawing upward so the sky split into an endless stack of right angles. I couldn’t see where it ended. It just went on and on, up and up, until my neck couldn’t bend any farther and I lost sight of its climb”

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I went to reading this book without even knowing what’s it about. So for you who doesn’t read blurbs like me because you’re wonderfully weird that way.. I’ll tell you what the book is about. Is it about family? Yes. About friendship? Absolutely YES. About love? Yes yes yes. In short, Where the Staircase Ends is a little bit of everything.

WTSE is one of the most character driven book I’ve ever read. It focuses on Taylor. She’s hurting and just like everyone that has been on her position, she just wants it to stop. Or maybe to disappear for awhile. And she got it. But instead of angels or big fluffy clouds, what’s waiting for her is a never ending staircase. And because the end point cannot be seen, Taylor doesn’t have any choice but to go forward and climb it. One small twist, she can’t look behind.

Its stunning how the book was constructed. The idea behind the story is just brilliant and Stacey Stokes just executed it beautifully. Though Taylor and me didn’t get on a smooth start, I slowly felt for her and when everything that made her who she is was shown, I understood. Bits of Taylor’s life was so relatable for me and you’ll be surprised that some parts of her life would be the same with you too. This is why I’m so impressed with this story, there’s something for everybody.

I also want to give Stacy a hug for making Taylor and Sunny’s relationship as bestfriend so realistic. In my opinion, this is where the book was truly focused. Through their relationship, we saw how Taylor changed. Through the flashbacks, we saw how they became best friends in the first place and how they drifted apart.. And how everything has a reason and why it needs to happen.

Though the romance wasnt a main focus, for me, I’m gonna comment about that too. The truth is, I don’t know what to feel about it. Its clear who I should root for (who should every readers should root for) but I kinda understood the other guy too and I can’t help but feel for him!! This is really not a love triangle, but there IS another guy. What I feel towards is not really clear yet but I’m at peace by how everything ended so I guess I liked it.

Where the Staircase Ends is truly an unforgettable experience. It made me think if I had my own staircase, where would it end? And I love how this book has a message for everybody. Stacey Stokes gained a new fan and obviously that’s me. And because I like you guys that I’m recommending it.

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

Stacy Stokes

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Stacy Stokes attended the University of Texas at Austin and The Wharton School of Business.  She grew up in Dallas, TX, and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband.  WHERE THE STAIRCASE ENDS is her first novel.

 

 

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: I Heart Robot by Suzanne Van Rooyen

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I Heart Robot
Suzanne Van Rooyen
Published March 31st 2015 by Month9Books
304pages (paperback)
YA > Science fiction | Romance | Music
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3 ★★★1/2

 
 
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Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won’t belittle her musical aspirations.
Q-I-99 aka ‘Quinn’ lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.
Tyri and Quinn’s worlds collide when they’re accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn’s love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?
 
 
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Welcome to my stop for the I HEART ROBOT tour! I really enjoyed this story. It was fresh and creative. I hope you will enjoy it just like I did. Don’t forget that there’s a giveaway at the bottom of the post and that you can also check out the Book Trailer HERE.


 

 

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“This is your chance to show the humans that we aren’t just machines, that they gave us minds. We think, we feel, we dream, we create.”

I Heart Robot is a surprising and enjoyable read. This is my first from Suzanne Van Rooyen and I’m glad I gave this a try. Look at the cover!! It really calls out to me. Though the whole premise is not my usual read, this book made me FEEL. Feels all over! I love that it makes you think. I love that its diverse. I love that I was left wanting for more.

Tyri and Quinn has a connection through music. Tyri is a girl who wants to be a musician. Quinn is a robot who just want to be treated as a human who can feel and make music. This together isn’t a fairytale in the making. There was a lot of up and downs. There was a lot of swoony moments bud sadly, it has heartbreaking scenes as well. I love that Quinn as a robot is believable and that he’s so ADORABLE. He’s my favorite in here. Tyri can be a bit complicated. She’s such a teenager sometimes that it kind of annoys me even though I’m a teenager myself. The second characters are incredible!! Its amazing how the author made me adore them so much even though the story is not mainly about them.

Tyri and Quinn’s world is interesting. And kind of scary because it’s so close to reality! The politics, their culture… I hope it gets to be fleshed out more. I know that a second book is not confirmed yet but I am pushing it!!! Because I need a sequel so bad it hurts. And I know I’m not the only one who wants it. *evil laugh* Sorry for being evil, but I’m desperate!!

The ending kinda crushed so thank you very much. I’m torn between loving it because the way it ended is so perfect and hating it because, well, IT CRUSHED ME OKAY? There are ending that you WANT to happen and and their are endings that NEEDS to happen. I think the author did the latter and with all seriousness, I’m glad she did. With how the story flowed, it really was the right ending.

I want more from Quinn and Tyri because I’m so not ready to let it go. I do recommend this book this to EVERYONE. It has a message, it will make you think and it’ll make your heart race. A very readable and enjoyable novel that every age group will enjoy!

 

 

 

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Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Sweden and is busy making friends with the ghosts of her Viking ancestors. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) wall climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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