REVIEW: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay

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TITLE: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1)
AUTHOR: Theresa Kay
PUBLICATION: Published January 13th 2015 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Science Fiction | Dystopia
PAGES: 372pages (paperback)
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RATING:
 

5 ★★★★★

 
 
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Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.
In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell’s world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.
Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.
Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales down his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.
In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.
 
 
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BROKEN SKIES is the first novel in a young adult science fiction trilogy by Theresa Kay. Perfect for fans of Angelfall by Susan Ee and the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, it tells the story of seventeen-year-old Jasmine “Jax” Mitchell, an impulsive and traumatized girl whose fierce loyalty to her kidnapped twin brother drives her to rescue him at any cost even if it means employing the help of a teenaged alien boy with questionable motives.

 

“This book had me ALL OVER THE PLACE. Happy, sad, angry, tummy fluttery, giddy, outraged, betrayed… just… all over the place. —Caylie M., Amazon Reviewer
 “This is for those who enjoy exciting, intriguing YA level Sci-Fi and Dystopian with a sweet romance.” — Sophia Rose, Delighted Reader Blog
 “The kind of novel that makes you anxiously excited about the series to come!” —Jocey, Amazon Reviewer
 “All I want to keep talking about is how awesome Broken Skies was, how much I loved it and that you must read it, so we can gush about it together!” —Total Book Geek

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

I think my heart is singing.

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There are books that you read and love, and there are books that you’ll re-read for 846352 times and yes, you’ll still love it. Its Broken Skies for me. This is the first 5 star review that I’ll be posting this year. That alone, makes the book pretty special for me.

Broken Skies is like a hidden gem. And I’ll be the first one to say it: It deserves to be seen.. to be read! To be completely honest, I don’t know how to review this one. This seems to be a thing to me. When I love the book so much, my brain goes blank. Seriously, its like me on a math oral test. I don’t know exactly what made me love the Broken Skies so I’d say.. everything!

Jax is a wonderful main character. She’s memorable and she’s perfectly flawed.

“I refuse to be a weapon of destruction. I already know what it feels like to kill and I will not give in to it. I will find another way”

She’s a badass and there’s a lot of YA main protagonist that I’ve read, and she’s one of the most that I admire. I admire how she thinks and her attitude. Now, Lir is no different. Good god, if you can do the eye brow thing like Lir can, I’ll put you on my possible-guys-to-marry list.

‘”I think this is the first time I have seen you speechless,” Lir says with laughing eyes. “Had I only known, I would have removed my shirt sooner”‘

And this alien is downright sassy. There’s still a mysterious air around him and its great that Theresa Kay isn’t revealing much about him but its like I completely know him and yes, I’m excited to get to know him better on the following books. Other side characters such as Jax’s brother and Flint took me by surprise by being well written characters and diverse. Usually, side characters aren’t given much thought, but in here, you can’t help but notice them.

The plot is.. jam packed. It has action, there’s mystery, the drama cannot be ignored and the romance is to die for. With a genre like YA Dystopia its so easy to just drop the book and say, ‘been there, read that‘ so as a reader, a book has to have something that sinks into the reader that makes it hard to let go. And as weird as this sounds, Jax world IS hard let go. Its a terrible world and its enthralling. And I want to know more the culture, how everything works and how it came to that. More reasons to wait and be excited for the following books in the series.

I mentioned this on my first review of Broken Skies before and I’ll say it again, Broken Skies is one of those stories that sinks its hooks into you and won’t let go. Its a one package treat that is perfect for every reader out there. Theresa Kay is epic and so is her book. And I don’t know my plan yet, but I’m planning to bribe her for the sequel. Waiting is almost painful. But then again, its Jax and Lir. I don’t know if I’m ready for the things that will happen. Praise for Theresa Kay!

 

 

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The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer’s Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. Living in the mountains of central Virginia with her husband and two kids, she works as a paralegal by day, binges on Netflix at night and finds bits of time in between reading almost everything she can get her hands on and laundry to craft stories that tend to feature broken characters in sci-fi or paranormal worlds, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure. She’s constantly lost in one fictional universe or another and is a self-proclaimed “fangirl” who loves being sucked in to new books or TV shows. Theresa originally wanted to write horror novels as an ode to her childhood passion for Stephen King, but between her internal Muse’s ramblings and the constant praise for her sci-fi pieces from her writer’s group – The Rebel Writers – she knew she should stick with what was working.

 

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ARC REVIEW: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

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TITLE: The Body Electric
AUTHOR: Beth Revis
PUBLICATION: Published October 6th 2014 by Scripturient Books
GENRE: YA > Scifi | Dystopia
PAGEs: 351 (paperback)
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RATING:
 
 

3 ★★★

 
 
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The future world is at peace.
Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.
But not all is at it seems.
Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…
Someone’s altered her memory.
Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.
So who can she trust?
 
 
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Oh man, that was A LOT of Science! And I’m not even complaining! I hope I have this when I was in Highschool. It might have gave me a boost to listen and not dozed off in science class. Okay! Reading The Body Electric is a huge step of me getting out of my comfort zone. See, I don’t usually read Sci-Fi. I mean, there’s some that I truly enjoyed and loved, but most of them I just tried then marked DNF. Its just not my cup of tea.

But Beth Revis is totally changing me. This is my first book from her and I’m instantly a fan. I’m pretty sure I’ll be diving in to her trilogy soon because she’s such an incredible writer and I have a feeling that I’ll love the trilogy as well.

Ella is a feisty and smart character. Totally likeable and being in her head is such a smooth ride. She’s flawed but makes smart choices and she’s a caring and loving daughter! And absolutely not whiny. Ella can stand on her own and for that, I adore her. She makes the book so much easier to read. My heart broke for Jack. He is such a sweet guy! And being in his situation sucks and its great that the author didn’t make the romance so cliche. Seriously, I’m relieved. Jack and Ella is a breath of fresh air.

The greatest part of this book is the science stuff. Yes, I just said that. It’s amazing how it has an answer to everything questionable! It made the book so believable that I don’t know whether to be impressed or scared (because you know, this might be our future!!) I guess, if I have a Jack then it’ll be okay. Anyway, the explanations, the city descriptions, the science stuff… Beth Revis is a genius. That’s the only explanation.

 

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Beth Revis is the NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series. The complete trilogy is now available in more than 20 languages. A native of North Carolina, Beth’s most recent book is The Body Electric, which tells the story of what was happening on Earth while the characters of Across the Universe were in space.

 

 

 

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BOOK PLAYLIST: Perfect Couple (Superlatives #2) by Jennifer Echols

wrTITLE: Perfect Couple (Superlatives #2)
AUTHOR: Jenifer Echols
PUBLICATION: Published January 13th 2015 by Simon Pulse
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 336pages (paperback)
 
 

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Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class’s superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.
Can your heart be put to a popular vote?
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can’t see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they’ve found themselves drawn together–first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they’re very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?
 
 
 
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REVIEW: Who R U Really by Margo Kelly

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TITLE: Who R U Really?
AUTHOR:Margo Kelly
PUBLICATION: Published September 18th 2014 by Merit Press
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 239pages (hardcover)
SOURCE: review copy from author
RATING:
 
 

3 ★★★1/2

 
 
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Thea’s overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She’s living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can’t defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends.
Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really “gets” her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wants to come out of the screen and bring Thea into his real-life world. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit’s allure, and hurtles toward the same dark fate her parents feared most. Ripped from a true-life story of Internet stalking, Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea’s life spins out of control.
 
 
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Who R U Really is an eye opener. A book that should be more talked about not only because of the issue that is tough and popular but also because it was incredibly crafted.

Thea is one of the most realistically written 15 year old girl that I’ve ever read. I won’t lie, she is SO HARD to read. I found myself asking if I was this annoying and irritating when I was her age. One thing we have in common though is our naivety. I admit this because I also felt what Thea is going through in this book.

“I longed for a boyfriend who would confide in me and need me. I wanted him to say the three most beautiful words in the world to me: I love you. A slow sigh escaped my lips, and I rested my chin on my hands.”

Ahh, to be fifteen and.. naive. Thea wants what other girls have. Things that, in her mind, is so important to have. And what better way to find those than the Internet.

We should know this: being a teenager is much much harder these days. Sure, the Internet is a big help when it comes to studies and entertainment but we should be aware that its not a safe place. I’m not saying that the Internet is a place full of bad people because that’s a big fat no, but what I’m telling is this: we must be careful. Internet is helpful, but it has its dangers too.

The Parental aspect in here is so impressive. Both parents present and I love how they were written and portrayed. You can really see how they tried and tried to be in inside their daughters life and prevented this tragedy to happen but.. some things are really just out of our control. Some things needs to happen so that the lesson can be truly learned. Thea learned it in a hard way and I honestly felt bad for her.

I was pretty much disgusted and angry when the creep was reveal. I felt sick that these pervs and sickos truly exist in our world. Margo really made me feel all this emotions which is just a sign on how good the book is. The characters are authentic,the dialogues are believable and the pacing is just perfect! Overall, Who R U Really is a provocative book that I won’t stop recommending. It needs to be read and this topic to be heard. Praise for Margo Kelly!!

 

 

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REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover a.k.a unpopular opinion here

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TITLE: Ugly Love
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
PUBLICATION: Published August 5th 2014 by Atria Books
GENRE: NA > Romance
PAGES: 320pages (Kindle Edition)S
OURCE: Own
RATING:  

 

2★★1/2 

 

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
 

 

REVIEW:

 

Ohhhh. How do I put my thoughts into words? Just to let you know, this review is from a hardcore fan of Hoover. Her books may not have 5stars from me, but she’s one of my auto-buy authors. I mean, obviously. There’s a lot of new releases yesterday and Ugly Love is the first one I dived into.

I’m going to make this review as clear as possible. God knows how muddled my mind is right now. So I’ll just break into Plot, Characters, her writing, etc etc

Writing. POV’s. As ever, Hoovers writing is beautiful. She has this lyrical way of writing that compels you to NOT stop reading. And even though Colleen is a writing goddess for me, I PERSONALLY think that she made a mistake here. Like, a huge mess mistake. MINI SPOILER AHEAD. ***SKIP THIS PART IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILES ABOUT THE POV’S*** Ugly Love is on Tate and Miles’ POV.  Tate on present day. And Miles’ six years ago. I  AM SO MAD ABOUT THIS. You see, I can’t properly have my Tate and Miles feels because EVERY TIME I read Miles’ POV she’s with this girl: Rachel.  His first love! And you guys, THEY ARE SO FREAKIN SWEET. Like, you might think that this book is about them, not Tate and Miles’. And this is why I’m so so mad, because while Rachel and Miles are making sweet dovey love to each other (in Miles’ POV) , Miles and Tate are f***ing (in Tate’s chapter) GUYS, IT IS SO FRUSTRATING.

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I mean, I am sorry. But even though those Rachel and Miles events took place six years ago, it’s kind of hard to not feel that as if Miles is cheating, or that he is screwing two girls at the same time. I don’t think you can actually feel me if you haven’t read the book. But guyssss

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I was so tempted to skip Miles’ POV but I CANNOT. Because I like torturing myself. Also, because I want to know him, what made him that way, what made him such a stupid tamer version of CHRISTIAN GREY. YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. Which brings me to my point two.

CHARACTERS. Likeable but Stupid MC and Intense but Stupid Love interest.

Tate wasn’t annoying. At first. Like any Hoover heroine, I found myself liking Tate so hard. She’s just sooo… easy-going and a little funny also screwed up and did I already mention, stupid?

“I’m so screwed up. Everything he says should send me running, but instead, it makes me want to wrap my arms around him and give him whatever it is he’s willing to take from me.”

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Oh Tate, what is the matter with you. You’re young (23), you have a perfect career ahead of you (as an RN) and according to that guy who keeps flirting with you even though he already have a wife, you’re hot. So… WHYYYYY. ***MINI SPOILERS AGAIN*** There’s even this scene when they’re having S-E-X (sorry, there might be K-I-D-S) and Miles says another name. And you know what? She just said to ‘continue’

“I let him use me to get rid of his pain”

Seriously girl,

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Tate a.k.a taking masochism in a whole different level.

I don’t like her making Miles look like a god or a very perfect swoon worthy guy because HE IS NOT.

Miles. Look, I get it. He’s broken I mean, the guy haven’t even had  S-E-X for six years! Even kiss, na-da! That’s how broken he is. His past really was a little traumatic, but Miles was such a douchebag and cruel to Tate through out the book that when it finally revealed his hurtful past, I just… MEH.

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There’s no even tears. The title said Ugly Love, well you got that right! There is nothing beautiful about this book. Maybe the parts in Miles’ POV, but he’s not even spending those moments with Tate. Tate and Miles’ lovey dovey moments were in the last few pages. UGH. Here is the conversation they usually have:

Miles: I CANNOT LOVE U

Tate: It’s ok..

Miles: I just wanna have sex but i cannot luv u tho. u in??

Tate: sure

Miles: *having sex*  Oh, Racheeeeelll OH WAIT UHMM

Tate: just continue

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I give up, Tate. I give up.

Miles keeps saying that he is not capable of love or that he doesn’t want to love again or that it is just sex that he really just wants and Tate was oh so hurting, but she just keeps letting him

“Make me leave, he says, his voice pleading and warm against my throat. “You don’t need this…I just don’t know how to stop wanting you. Tell me to go, and I’ll go.” I don’t tell him to go. I shake my head. “I can’t.”

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I am so done.

PLOTLINE. What I love most about CoHo’s book are the depth in her stories. Well, I don’t know about this one. Whether we admit it or not, whe had this plotline before. In books, movies… Have you heard Friends With Benefits? The difference is that the guy in that movie is less douchey and ugh I cannot even think of more insulting word for Miles but I seriously want to insult him.

When I read the blurb, I thought that it’s about two people that will slowly fall in love to each other. I mean it happened before. The guy doesn’t want to commit but he falls in love with the girl anyway. ***MINI SPOILER AGAIN*** It is true, Miles fell in love with Tate eventually. And when I say ‘Eventually’ it means when he realized, Oh no wait, when he’s friend made him realize that Tate is more than just doormat. WHAT IS THAT STORY. I DO NOT KNOW. I’M TOO BUSY LOOKING AT COSMO FOR TIPS TO GIVE TO TATE ON HOW TO NOT BE A DOORMAT AND/OR A BOOTYCALL (there’s a lot btw)

ENDING. This is where my other star came from. Even though I didn’t shed any tear through out the book, I love how things ended. And a little relieved, actually. I want something that can salvage my love for CoHo. Oh and you guys!!!

COHO

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I do not know why she did this..

But she did..

Oh, she did..

 

I liked it a little though. It wasn’t that annoying and irritating . I just don’t see the point. Look, I still recommend this. Maybe it was a ‘it’s not you, it’s me case’. I really am curious about your response and reactions if ever you’ve read the book. 🙂

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