The Ones That Got Away #3

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

(BOOK IMAGES GO TO GOODREADS)

Eve- Anna Carey

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Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust… and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

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 The Pledge- Kimberly Derting

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

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 The Darkest Minds- Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

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Our Endless Numbered Days- Claire Fuller

Our Endless Numbered Days

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. And so her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

Peggy is not seen again for another nine years.

1985: Peggy has returned to the family home. But what happened to her in the forest? And why has she come back now?

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Mind Games- Teri Terry

Mind Games

Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late?

Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer.

The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing…

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Please remember that not all of these books were DNF. Some I just didn’t have enough to say about them! If you’ve reviewed/loved these books-feel free to leave a link to your post! 🙂 It’s always interesting to read differing opinions.

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Top Ten Freebie- Top Ten Unread Books waiting for me on my shelves

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Top Ten Freebie. We can write a top ten list for whatever we like. I always find these lists a bit difficult for some reason. I probably over think them.

Anyway, I’ve decided to pick my Top Ten Unread Books waiting for me to be read on my shelf. Let’s face it. There’s a hell of a lot more than 10 waiting to be read. I’m a book buying addict. I can’t help it.

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More Than ThisPatrick Ness– I have wanted to read this book for SO long. I shall definitely try and fit it in as soon as I can. I hope I haven’t hyped myself up for it!

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Perfect Ruin- Lauren DeStefano– I adore Lauren DeStefano’s writing, so this book I should really try to read soon.

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A Boy Called HopeLara Williamson– This book may have a plainish cover, but it sounds adorable. I really need to make time for this book.

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Maybe SomedayColleen Hoover– I’ve heard good things about this book. I just need to get to it!

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Dead To YouLisa McMann – I was drawn to the cover of this book, and immediately picked it up after reading the synopsis.

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The Lovely and The LostPage Morgan– Yep, that’s right. Another series that I need to continue. There are just SO many.

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Fallen GraceMary Hooper- The cover of this book is simple, but beautiful. Really looking forward to this one.

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A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I’m working my way through books by Patrick Ness. This one is certainly on my radar.

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FracturedTeri Terry– Oh look, another series that I need to continue! I enjoyed Slated, so I’m looking forward to reading Fractured.

I really need to make time for these books! Have you read any of them? Which would you suggest I prioritise?

Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten Freebie post this week. I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Stacking The Shelves #39

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

This week, when I shouldn’t have been buying books, I found myself buying books… Oh dear. I need help!

Bought:

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I’m very excited to read Requiem to finally finish the Delirium trilogy. God knows when I’ll get around to reading it, but hopefully sometime soon. I picked up Bad Girls Don’t Die and The Nine Lives of Chloe King at Foyles. I wasn’t expecting to buy books, but I can’t resist. They were both looking at me. They were going to judge me if I didn’t buy them, what’s a girl to do? Marriage Material is one of the Waterstones 11 for this year, promising debut authors. I’ve heard it’s good, but we shall see…

Bought for Kindle:

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I had to buy Fractured after loving Slated and joining in with a twitter chat really got me excited for the sequel. I also heard great things about Six Months Later, so I picked it up!

NetGalley:

Just one from NetGalley this week.. I’m trying to be reserved!

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I’m intrigued to read this one. I’ve heard good things!

Feel free to leave your links to your Stacking The Shelves posts and I’ll come and check out what you’ve been adding to your shelves!

Slated

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Thoughts:

The first thing I noticed about this book was its seriously creepy cover *shudders*. It intrigued me though. I know, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it… we all do. The synopsis also sounded interesting, so it didn’t take me long to get stuck in.

Slated is based in futuristic London. Criminals under the age of 16 are slated. This means that their memories are erased and they’re given another chance to be a model citizen. Being a model citizen means being obedient and not questioning what the government are doing. Our protagonist Kyla, has been slated. She has a new family, a new school and the opportunity to become a model citizen. However, Kyla is different, she remembers parts of her old life and wonders why. Kyla wants to find out the truth of her life before she was slated, but this is a dangerous path to choose.

I thought Slated was a good dystopian book. I absolutely loved the idea of having a Levo. A levo is something the Slated have to wear on their wrist that monitors their happiness level. The ideal happiness level is 5/6. When it drops below 3 it starts to become dangerous, with extreme moods like anger and sadness their levels will drop to 2 which can cause blackouts and death. The reason why they do blackout when the level gets that low is because then they are prevented from doing themselves or society harm. You might think it would be easier to just take off the Levo, but no…doing this would cause them extreme pain and may cause them to have seizures.

There were plenty of characters to get your head around, but all of them were incredibly well developed. I either loved or hated them. Each character had something interesting about them. They weren’t two dimensional characters. Kyla was a fantastic character. I loved how strong she was despite what had happened to her. I didn’t quite believe her relationship with Ben. He wasn’t a bad character, I think I just imagined Kyla with someone a little more feisty.

Slated is a fast paced, tense read. It’s not predictable, but it’s not particularly action packed. I think it has a suitable amount of action, leaving the reader hungry for the sequel, where I’m sure things are going to get even harder for Kyla!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Instructions For A Heatwave- Maggie O’Farrell

WWW Wednesday #37

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book images to find out more about the book!

What are you currently reading?

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I have just started Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell. I’m intrigued to read this book. I don’t know if I would’ve picked it up without it being a book club read. It’s going to be one of the books I review with my sister Beth, so look out for our review later this month/beginning of October.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished two books. Slated, by Teri Terry, my review will be published later today. I thought it was an intriguing, easy read. I’ll definitely pick up the sequel. I also managed to read Beth and I’s latest book for our Kid-Lit Challenge which was A Wrinkle In Time.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is Acid by Emma Pass. I’ve heard some great things about this book, so I’m excited to start it.

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please feel free to leave your links to your WWW posts and I’ll come by and visit your blogs!