Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Ruins by Dan Wells

Ruins (Partials #3)
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Pages: 464
Format: Ebook/Library

Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.





*Spoiler Alert, Don't read if you don't want the book spoiled for you!*

Review: Once I started reading this, I couldn't put it down. I was glued to the book, needing to know how everything ended. This is definitely one of the more satisfying end books I've read. I feel like most of the story was wrapped up nicely, but we were still left with a few things to think about regarding how their future plays out. The one thing I definitely keep pondering is where they are going to end up making their new home. 

A lot of interesting things happened in Ruins. It all starts after Kira realizes she is not the cure. She herself starts researching what she knows and comes to realize what the cure for both RM and the Expiration Date is, coexistence of the humans and partials. She leaves to find allies, those who would be willing to live in this coexisting world. Unfortunately, her only lead, the Ivies, is being run by a mysterious figure called "The Blood-Man," and have a different idea of how the world is going to be saved. The Blood-Man is killing partials and humans for samples, to genetically build a new race. When Kira finally catches up to him, she finds out the delusional Blood Man is none other than her father, Armin Dhurvasula. It is then Kira finds out she was not made with the cure in mind, instead, she found out she is one of the newest partials, built by her father for the purpose of his delusional new world. She is a perfect combination of human and partial coded together. He wants to create yet another species modeled from her. Yeah, because creating the partials in the first place seemed to work so well for everyone and everything. This guy does not know when to stop does he??? What was just a race to save humans from RM and the partials from expiration turns out to be a race to save everyone from Armin's demented new world idea.

During this time, Samm and Heron, still in Denver, unplug and wake up the partials Vale was holding captive for the RM cure. Once they all wake up, they realize and reveal they are past their expiration date. Impossible. A new human baby is then born in the same hospital, without the symptoms of RM. It is then that Samm also realizes that the cure for RM and expiration is coexisting with each other. He eventually decided he needs to head back to East Meadow, to Kira, to tell her and help her. He also finally gets the courage to tell Kira how he feels about her. So proud of him!

While all this is happening, Delarosa is trying to get a bomb into White Plains to kill as many partials as she can, blaming them for everything that's happened, not even willing to give them any type of chance. Delarosa is only out for revenge, not caring about the human life she could kill along with the partials. This leads to Haru and his men discretely evacuating as many people as they can from East Meadow to get them far away from the bombs potential fallout radius. If everyone stayed there, they could all die from the fallout.

Kira's adopted sisters also deal with a lot. Isolde has the first human/partial hybrid child. What she doesn't realize, is she carried a partial killing gene in her, and having a child with a human, activated it in her babies genes. Unfortunately, this effects her child as he is half partial. :( Her child ends up infecting and killing any partial they encounter, and is he later termed a bio-weapon. Unfortunately, the baby dies as well from this. This makes Ariel, her other sister incredibly angry with Nandita for helping create them and the weapon and ultimately tries to kill her. She seems to have a change of heart and the last minute though.

In the end, the partial and human leaders decide to give coexisting a chance, after having witnessed the cure happening, and hearing the delusional babbling of Armin's "new world" ideas. And you know what, Armin got exactly what he deserved in the end. What was surprising was who sacrificed themselves for the greater good.

I enjoyed at the very end, when Kira was reunited with Nandita and her partial sisters. Despite everything they all went through, they were each others family. And it was good to see all of them realize that and come back together. The only thing I wished for the end was to see where they all go and make their new home.

5 Stars!

Top Ten Tuesday: Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

So I don't have a long list this week. I only have 2 books for this list. But I really wanted to spotlight them because they are really awesome!

1. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler - This book talks a lot about cupcakes. Flavors upon flavors of cupcakes! It made me incredibly hungry for cupcakes when I read it. (Review)

2. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer - So I had just picked this book up on a whim at the library one day. The title was catchy. After reading it, I thought it was such a cute and creative book. While not food, it talks about lots and lots of coffee! And matching people up based on their coffee drinks. It was cute and so many of the coffee drinks sounded delicious! (Review)

New Releases: Week of October 17, 2017

Sun Warrior (Tales of a New World #2)
Author: P.C. Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 17, 2017

The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people and he will do anything he must to get them back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. But if they hope to survive the coming fight, they have no choice but to believe in each other.





Monster (Gone #7)
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: October 17, 2017

In the stunning follow-up to the globally bestselling Gone series, Michael Grant continues the story of the teens who morph into superheroes—and supermonsters—when they ingest an alien virus.

Four years after the events of the FAYZ, new meteorites are hitting Earth, and the whole world is exposed to a strange alien virus that gives humans unique superpowers. 

As some teens become heroes and others become dangerously out of control with their new powers, the world will become more terrifying than the FAYZ—and only a monstrous battle between good and evil can save them.




Other New Releases:
Dear Martin by Nic Stone (10/17/17) [Crown]
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman (10/19/17) [Alfred A. Knopf]
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo (10/17/17) [Dutton]

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Stacking The Shelves [#71]/Sunday Post [#2]/Mailbox Monday [#2]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

Mailbox Monday is hosted on its own site. It is there to show off the books acquired during the week!

Just 2 books this week. Ebooks from my library. Pictures of them on my kindle.

Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson (Goodreads)

Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells (Goodreads)

Weekly Recap: 
Posts:

Reviews:

This past week I decided to get in on the 2017 dystopia reading challenge. If you were following me before I took a break, you'll know I'm a huge fan of dystopian books! Stop by and see what I plan on reading. Speaking of dystopian books, I reviewed Fuse! I quite enjoyed it, feel free to check out my review to see more details! 

Upcoming:
I still would like to reread and review The Lives We Lost, but I'm struggling a little bit to get back into the story. I'm gonna keep at it though. I definitely think I'll be diving into Ruins this week. I've been eager to see how things play out for this series! 

Review of Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells
Review of The Lives We Lost (Fallen World #2) by Megan Crewe (Depending on how getting back into the book goes)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [#107]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme that was hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Expected Publication: November 7, 2017

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.


So I love the Mara Dyer books! I got incredibly excited when I saw we were gonna get Noah Shaw books as well!!! This is probably the book I'm most looking forward to this year!!! :D

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Releases: Week of October 10, 2017

All The Crooked Saints
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.


Turtles All The Way Down
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.



Into The Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy #3)
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow
Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Leah Westfall, her fiancĂ© Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.

Berserker (Berserker #1)
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.

Other New Releases:
Forest of A Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao (10/10/17) [Philomel]
The Knowing (The Forgetting #2) by Sharon Cameron (10/10/17) [Scholastic]
Last Star Burning (Last Star Burning #1) by Caitlin Sangster (10/10/17) [Simon Pulse]
The Silver Mask (Magisterium #4) by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare (10/10/17) [Scholastic]

Review: Fuse by Julianna Baggott

Fuse (Pure #2)
Author: Julianna Baggot
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Pages: 480
Format: Paperback

We want our son returned. This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time.

To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the earth and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge’s father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back.

At Partridge’s side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in way she never could have imagined. Long ago a plan was hatched that could mean the earth’s ultimate doom. Now only Partridge and Pressia can set things right.

To save millions of innocent lives, Partridge must risk his own by returning to the Dome and facing his most terrifying challenge. And Pressia, armed only with a mysterious Black Box, containing a set of cryptic clues, must travel to the very ends of the earth, to a place where no map can guide her. If they succeed, the world will be saved. But should they fail, humankind will pay a terrible price...


Review: I quite enjoyed Fuse! I definitely think it was a great continuation of the story brought forth in Pure. I really enjoyed seeing the characters grow more in this book. At the end of Pure, a lot happened, including Partridge and Pressia's mother dying, finding a number of mysterious "black boxes" and the formula that could potentially save the wretches and make them Pure or whole again. In the beginning of Fuse, the group is split up. Partridge and Lyda are under the protection of "the mothers" and Pressia, Bradwell and El Capitan are together at OSR headquarters, though they go out a number of times to deal with issues with the Dome.

A lot of the story revolves around Pressia and Bradwell figuring out whats in the "black boxes," specifically, one in particular nicknamed Fignan. While the other boxes found mostly have general information about the world before the Detonations, Fignan is different. He is pretty much locked until given a certain password of sorts. The password is the names of the secret group Pressia's mother and father and Partridges father were a part of. It is also where his mother and one of Bradwells family friends hid the clues to finding the formula that could cure the Wretches. Step by step they figure out the clues to the location of the formula. It all boils down to Partridges father's obsession with numbers, the swan, domes, and the constellation Cygnus. What they find? They find out the formula might be hidden at Newgrange, in Ireland, which then leaves them to figure out how to get there! In case you didn't know or didn't figure it out until this book, they are near Washington D.C. This leads to another example of Willux's obsession with sentimental stuff. During this time Pressia and Bradwell also grow much closer. Bradwell pretty much falls for her hard throughout the book, but Pressia is incredibly resistant to loving him in any way because she loses everyone she loves.

Pressia also learns more about herself. She is starting to regain some of her suppressed memories from before the detonations. One thing is as simple as counting in Japanese.

Partridge and Lyda also go through a lot and grow a lot. They are not allowed to touch or be alone together with the mothers, but that doesn't stop them from loving each other just the same. Lyda spends time learning to hunt and use weapons. Partridge draws maps of the dome in hopes of getting them to Pressia, El Capitan and Bradwell to use one day. They are hidden away for their own protection from the special forces sent by the dome to bring them back. Partridge fight some internal battles throughout the book. Lyda, by constantly going back and forth about whether she wants to go back to the dome with Partridge if he turns himself over, or whether she wants to stay on the outside with the mothers, even if it could mean losing Partridge. She chooses to stay free on the outside. Partridge fights with himself regarding going back in and facing his father, and what he'll do if he does. He does eventually give himself up and goes back in the dome. But he has the biggest internal conflict about whether to trust his father to pass on the power, or to kill him like many suggested to prevent him from ever doing his evil deeds again. Eventually he makes a decision, but it takes a lot of information about his father to come to it. However, one sweet moment came when Partridge and Lyda had a moment alone before Partridge turned himself in.

I also really liked the growth in El Capitan. He went from this awful OSR leader using people for live targets to a genuinely likable guy. He also stopped treating his brother badly and ended up having a fantastic ally in him once he decided to trust him!

The thing I hated about this book. Iralene. I hear she is even more annoying in Burn, but I already don't like her here. I glossed over every section with her in it. Not a fan.

A few surprising things, finding out Willux hid an airship nearby the dome. Definitely never saw an airship coming. Finding one of the seven (regarding the swan, the secret group) at Newgrange. Finding out Pressia's grandfather isn't actually dead, and where he's found! This one was definitely shocking to me.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, I think more than I like Pure.

5 Stars!

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