SNEAK-A-PEEK: The Union (The Union #1) by T.H. Hernandez

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TITLE: The Union (The Union #1)
AUTHOR: T.H Hernandez
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: November 18th 2014 by T.H. Hernandez
GENRE: YA > Dystopia |
PAGES: 325pages (kindle edition)
 
 
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After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.
When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.
Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

The sun hangs low, balancing delicately on treetops when someone calls my name. One of the brothers is coming toward me holding hiking boots in one hand and a pair of socks in the other. Pale eyes. Cyrus. I guess they’re tag-teaming me now.

Relief washes over his features when he spots me. Seriously? After how they found me, just how stupid does he think I am?

Blowing out a mouthful of air, I realize I need to make the best of this situation until I can get home.

Cyrus hands me the boots and socks. “I got a size seven. Let me know if they don’t fit.”

“Thanks.” While lacing up my boots, I decide if I’m going to make the best of things, I need to start by apologizing. “I’m sorry about last night. About screaming at you the way I did.”

He studies me for a moment, his golden brown eyes sizing me up. I brace myself for a lecture on how I owe them for rescuing me, but all he says is, “Apology accepted.”

Not what I was expecting. “Can I ask you something?”

He reaches a hand out to help me off the rock. “Sure.”

“How many people live out here?”

We start back to the house and I need to take three steps for every two of his to keep up with his longer strides.

“If you mean the land mass outside the Union, I don’t know, but in this valley, a few thousand. Why?”

“Just curious, I guess.”

I survey my surroundings with objectivity for the first time and I’m struck by the raw beauty, so different from the planned and cultivated Union.

Cyrus stares at me, like he wants to say something more, but he just runs a hand through his hair. “We should get inside. It’s almost time to eat.”

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

THHernandez

 

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When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they’re still figuring out life. When I’m not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I’m obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumpkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18624367TITLE: Tore Divided Love
AUTHOR: K.D. Ferguson
PUBLICATION: Published June 6th 2014 by Anchor Group Publishing
GENRE: YA > Romance | Dystopia
PAGES: 150pages (Kindle Edition)
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RATING: 3★★

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A future set in stone.

For eighteen year old Krissa Channing a government ruled pairing with Braiden Connor and a move to Headquarters were her set fate. Until Braiden’s sudden disappearance threatens Krissa’s entire future.


After months of endless worry, Krissa has an unexpected meeting with Duke, a perfect suitor that could offer her the future she’s always dreamed of. Just when she begins to regain hope, Braiden returns.


Now, Krissa must find where her heart truly lies. Torn between two loves, she must decide which of their worlds she belongs in. But is such a decision even possible when the choice rests between freedom and love?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

It is not required, but this book will be much better for your liking if you will read the first book, which is Torn True Love. Tore Divided Love is such a fast and short read for me. And I’m not even complaining. I just think that it’s amazing how the author manages to lay all the information about Krissa’s environment and letting her readers know her protagonist as well in such a fast pace. There are bad effects of that though, I feel like wanting more. I mean, if that’s what the author wants then she completely did a great job.

If ever you’ve read the first book, you’lll notice Krissa’s character development. She keeps frustrating me at first so I was relieved and cheering for her when she makes a lot of smart choices on this book. The most remarkable factor here, is it’s setting. That’s why I really wish that on to the following books, the author would explore Krissa’s world more. World Building is important when it comes to genre’s like this. Amirite? Other than that, Tore Divided Love is short but sweet and enjoyable read for me.

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

KD Ferguson

 

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K.D. Ferguson is the author of Torn True Love and Tore Divided Love.  Her first book debuted in April of 2013 and she is currently working on the third book in the series.  After receiving an associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology she earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science from the State University of Oneonta.  She moved away from her hometown, Oneonta, NY, upon graduation and moved to Concord, North Carolina with her husband where she pursued a career in the retail world.  Several years later, feeling unsatisfied in her career, Kristen dove head first into writing her first book.  She can usually be found with an iced coffee in one hand and a pen in the other

 

 

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ARC Review: Extraction by Stephanie Diaz a.k.a there’s no love triangle, is this real life + Playlist & Giveaway!

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TITLE: Extraction (Extraction #1)

AUTHOR: Stephanie Diaz

PUBLICATION: July 22nd 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

GENRE: YA > Dystopia | SciFi

PAGES: 416pages (Hardcover)

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RATING: 3 ★★★

 

 

 

 

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“Welcome to Extraction testing.”

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them breathless for more.

REVIEW:

 

I don’t like book comparing. Loathed it, actually. It brings false expectations and angry readers with raging  disappointments. I must admit, I did compare Extraction from Divergent, from a lot of dystopia books that I’ve ever read even. How can I not? The blurb already did it for us. And as I finished it, I was completely torn. It’s not what I’m hoping for, but I wasn’t disappointed either. Am I the only one who ever had this feeling?

Extracted started pretty slow for me but I just realized that this is a first book in a series therefore all information might be necessary. To be completely honest, Extraction is pretty hard for me to review. There’s just a lot of conflicting issues for me. It’s a case of “ugh-i hate-this but i-also-love-that.” I know, it doesn’t make sense. But to be fair, Dystopia isn’t really my cup of tea. I tend to DNF them a lot. So because I’m still a little confuse, I’ll just break it down to my Cons and Pros.

CONS:

1. Similarities  – I can’t help it. It’s there. I am not saying that the story is carbon copy, NO. But where the book got it’s influence is soooo obvious. Like you can really know who and what did the author used for inspiration.

2. Love Triangle threatening – (lol, yes this is a thing) There are some scenes like I feel like it’s going there.. That somehow even though the romance is wonderdul already, there will be a love triangle in the sequel. So I’m really pleading that it doesn’t happen. The romance isn’t perfect and I think it needs a lot of emotional development, but as I said above, it’s already wonderful.

Pros:

1. Original and fascinating setting. I don’t even know what my face looks like when Clementine is describing her world.

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It’s so cool. I’ve never encountered this kind of world before. It’s mesmerizing and terrifying and I LOVE IT.

2. Likeable heroine. I’ve seen reviews and there’s a lot of Clementine hate going on. And I honestly understand their points but we have to consider that Clem is just 16. And personally, her response to the things that she’s been going through is pretty normal and convincing.

3. Slow building romance. Okay, it needs a lot of emotional development. A lot. And Logan is pretty much not in the picture most of the time so I am really hoping that we see so much of him in the next bookssss. He’s an interesting and swoon worthy love interest.

I dont want to spoil anyone so I’ll wrap up this review. I’m keeping it short because I think this book needs to be read without anyone affecting their opinion of the book. Do I recommend this? YES. And I want to know what you think. Will I read the sequel? YES. The last few chapters are intense and Logan is on the picture again… so…. All in all, Extraction is a pleasant read for me. It’s not like that book, it can definitely stand on its own. Stephanie Diaz gained a new fan right here. *waves*

 

 

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The Middle East – Blood
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Wye Oak – Civilian
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Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should’ve been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows

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ARC REVIEW: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch a.k.a there better be a sequel

18630496TITLE: Perfected
AUTHOR: Kate Jarvik Birch
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Entangled: Teen
GENRE: YA > Dystopia | Science Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 304pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: ARC provided by publisher
RATING:  4★★★★
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Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Well, that’s new. Perfected has a very thought provoking premise. Heart melting romance and heart racing plot. I can definitely say that Perfected is perfected to it’s target reader’s liking..

The story is about Ella, a girl in our world, but a pet in a world she’s living in. She was born or maybe made to make her Masters happy. And she’s completely fine with that. She obeys and she doesn’t complain at all. But all is changed when he got close to her Master’s son, Penn.

It’s been so long since I encountered a Main Character that I completely adored. Some readers may find Ella stupid. Or dense. And the truth is, she is. (lol) But maybe stupid and dense is such strong words. She’s more like, clueless. She was raised to be perfect! To function everyday while being demure and composed. She isn’t supposed to be silly or to be caught up in imperfect moment. I really felt for Ella. She doesn’t even know how to read! But you can really see that the world outside Greenwich (where she came from) scared her a lot. And the desire to fit in, or be educated was there. But you can also see how she fought for those thoughts. For a girl that is so clueless and who doesn’t have any idea how this cruel world works, she’s brave. And I like that a lot.

Penn isn’t an exception, he just stole my heart then completely stomp on it (the ending omg) He isn’t your typical bad boy, he isn’t your usual nerd boy, He’s real. There’s nothing cliché about him. If I have one complain about him, it’s that he can be a wimp sometimes. Especially to his Father. But good thing the author made some character developments. Though, I think Ella might still need some improvement, Penn was a brilliantly written character.

Side characters are detailed. From Ruby, to her mother, to the creepy congressman (who is Ella’s master) You will really see and feel Ella’s world.

The plot is disturbing. Did you know that I got scared while reading this? Because there’s a chance that this kind of platform will be true if it’ll be based on our goverment’s state. That’s what my first thought when I was in chapter 1. They’re like a (sorry for the word) But they’re like prostitutes. They’re purchased and will spend the day of their lives for the pleasure of their Masters. So I really applaud the Author for executing it very well. But! It needs more world building. I wanna know the history of it all! When does this ‘having a pet means we’re regal‘ started? How does someone become a pet exactly? Are pets like Ella born or made?! But most importantly, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PENN AND ELLA?

I mean, I’m sorry but you can’t end a book like that and not make a sequel! That’s just not how it works.

By the way, the ending just blew my mind. I love how it crushed me but made me excited too. I really hope that the sequel comes out soon. I’m looking forward to EVERYTHING.