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The Imposters by Scott Westerfeld

I loved reading Scott Westerfeld’s series Uglies and the Midnighters when I was younger. When I saw The Imposters at Target, I knew I had to give it a try. Especially when I saw it was an autographed copy!

I had no idea this was going to be set in a time after Tally Underwood from the Uglies series. The dynamics between Frey and Rafia, Rafia and their father, Frey and their father, Frey and Col, and Frey and the world are incredible. The way that Scott Westerfeld set the twins up and the depth he used for Frey was amazing. With each chapter, you learned more and more about the way she thinks and functions. Her character was constantly growing and becoming more and more real.

The further I got into the book, the less I wanted to put it down and the later the time became. Rather than sleeping, I kept reading into the night. The ending was both predictable and a surprise at the same time. I had a feeling it would end the way it did, but I kept hoping that it wouldn’t. I cannot wait for book 2 in September!

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

“Wicked is Good”. Concluding book 2, Teresa makes this simple announcement that she has actually made before. “WICKED is good” Are they though? So far, I would definitely say the organization is not good by any means, although they seem to have good intentions, going by the philosophy of “the ends justify the means”. After seeing so many of their friends die, and the trials and hazards they have had to go through, why is Teresa so convinced of this?

As with The Maze Runner I read, actually, listened to The Scorch Trials by audiobook during my commute. While at times I found myself zoning out and missing sections, overall I prefer listening to this series rather than reading it. I found myself wanting the narration to go quicker so that I would know what was happening. Which is a good thing that I was listening instead of reading so that I could not skip ahead on sections.

So far, Minho and Thomas are still my favorite characters with Teresa still being my least favorite. While I do not think she is evil, I still don’t have a high opinion regarding her. I would rather see Thomas be with Brenda personally. Although one of the things I do love about this story is that James Dashner barely focuses on any relationship and prefers to keep things platonic which is ideal for me.

The real question for this book is…..do they really have the Flare or is it another trick? They were able to survive the Scorch so what is next for them? Is it really over?

I enjoyed this book very much. While at times I wish there was more detail, and at times I wish there was less, I enjoyed the story and am ready for book 3!

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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

Growing up, I was never that big into the Disney fairytales. I knew the stories of course, but they never really interested me. I never had a favorite princess or a favorite fairytale. If I had to choose, I would choose Ariel with The Little Mermaid, or Belle with Beauty and the Beast.

Lately, I have become more and more interested in the fairytales, both Disney and non-Disney, both traditional and reimagined. When I saw The Isle of the Lost, I knew I had to give it a try.

Even though this book is written for a younger audience, I loved it. With the stress of day-to-day life, it is the perfect getaway book where your mind can wander and a new reality takes over. The descriptions were great and I could see the way the book developed in my mind.

Or maybe it helped that I was reading it at night before sleeping. Either way, I loved it.

While I don’t like that all the villains were banished and basically trapped under a dome, I do like the way that the children are starting to choose a different path than their parents. Even though they desperately want to please their parents, that does not mean that they will blindly follow their paths and make the same mistakes.

So far I am very intrigued by Mal and Jay and love the friendship that has developed between the two. Evie and Carlos are adorable and I find myself thinking of them as the younger siblings to Mal and Jay, even though they definitely are not.

And Ben and his mystery dream woman….Mal perhaps? That’s my theory anyways. Let’s see what book 2 brings.

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

I was browsing the bookstore when the cover of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding caught my eye. Once I read summary on the back of the book, I was hooked.

From the first page, I was completely engaged with this book. Reading as Prosper became Ethan, as he grew to know and understand Alastor better, as he realized who his true family is, I couldn’t put this book down.

At the beginning of the book, to be honest, Prosper is annoying. While reading, it is easy to get annoyed with Prosper and wish that he would become more mature. As the book continues, the annoyance gets less and less as Prosper matures and does what he needs to do in order to take care of himself and his family.

The twists and turns in the book were both subtle and a surprise. As they occurred, I found myself thinking that I should have seen them coming, but I didn’t. With that being said, the ending definitely did not surprise me. I was not expecting it to occur the way it did, but I did expect it to happen.

As soon as I put the book down, I logged into the library website to check out book 2…and sadly realized that it won’t be out until February 2019. Needless to say, I marked it on my Google Calendar to remember to check it out!

I am intrigued to read more by Alexandra Bracken and see how they compare to this series….Stay tuned!

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

If you have the choice to either read this book or to listen to the audiobook….listen to the audiobook! Narrated by Felicia Day, I couldn’t stop laughing during the vast majority of the book.

I first discovered Felicia Day with her role in Eureka and thought she was incredible and hilarious. When I saw her audiobook on Audible, I knew I had to give it a try. When I saw that it was read by her as well, the decision was simple.

Prior to listening to this audiobook, I did not know anything about Felicia Day (sorry, Felicia!) beyond her role on Eureka (awesome TV show!). Now, I absolutely love her.

One of my favorite things about this book was that she presented her opinions and experiences without being derogatory or offensive in anything that she said. She did not get political, she did not bash anyone, she simply told her story and did it in a hilarious and relatable way. As someone who experiences anxiety and panic attacks, Felicia made me feel normal and not alone. If someone as powerful and experienced as her still experiences insecurities, why should I feel less for feeling the same way? Felicia inspires hope and determination in those that need it.

Felicia did not have anything handed to her, she has worked hard for all of her success. She has overcome adversity (both internal and external) to be successful in her passions.

I hope Felicia writes more books. Even if they aren’t memoirs, I would be very interested in reading any kind of work that she creates. Even though I am not a gamer, I will be checking out The Guild simply because I enjoy Felicia and I am intrigued to see how she input her own personality into the show.

Without a doubt, this is an audiobook that is well worth the listen! You won’t want to pause it and you will try to listen to it in one sitting. Thankfully, my normal commute is 45-60 minutes and this audiobook kept me entertained for every moment.

Felicia, can I please meet you and be your friend?!

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Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye

You know the saying “don’t judge a book by its’ cover”? Well, I definitely do. For better or worse, if a cover catches my eye, I want to give it a try.

I was browsing Audible one day when this cover caught my eye along with the title: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye. Now, lately I’ve been in a biography/memoir mood for my  audiobooks. Especially when they are read by the author. I’ve tried different fiction works but they simply haven’t been keeping my attention lately. Until now.

Elizabeth Michaels did a great job at making Victoria Laurie’s first installment of the Psychic Eye Mystery series come alive. She kept my attention throughout the entire book and kept me so entertained that I didn’t even switch to Pandora radio during my commute. Not an easy feat lately to be honest.

This book took a new look on psychics/intuitives. I loved the way Abby stayed true to herself and I found her and Dutch to be incredibly amusing. Probably not the way their relationship was intended to come across, but I was amused all the same.

I am definitely interested to see more of the sisterly dynamic between Abby and Kat as well as to see the relationship between Abby and Dutch develop. I’m sure Abby’s next adventures will be just as captivating as this one. And I will definitely be continuing this in audiobooks.

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Journey to Jershon: Scars of the Dark Sorcerer by Joel Heath

A quick and easy read, this book was very engaging and difficult to put down. I loved watching Gabe gain the courage and strength he needed to go on his journey. His story is easy to resonate with as everyone has doubts about themselves throughout their lives. Gabe shows how you can overcome those doubts to be able to do what you need to do.

I would have loved more details and explanations as I was a little confused on some of the story transitions but this book did leave me wanting more. I’m looking forward to the next one!

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Divine One

So after book 1, The Summoning, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue this series. While it was a good book, it didn’t leave me yearning for more. However, I do not like leaving series unfinished which is the main reason I continued this one.

As in my original review of The Summoning, this series is great for pre-teens/teens/very young adults. It is a quick read and very easy to understand. However, it is lacking for me. I want to know more of the mythology behind everything and I find the plot to be underdeveloped.

The characters and the story line have great potential and for their age group, they are great. It is a light read and is a great series to read to rest and relax after a long day. It does not require a lot of concentration and I greatly enjoyed reading it before bed.

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First off, OF COURSE KELADRY’S MYSTERIOUS BENEFACTOR WAS ALANNA!!!!!!!! Literally knew it was her from the very first gift.

Okay, that point aside, this book was fantastic! Lord Raoul was the perfect person to pick Keladry as his squire. The dynamics between the two were hilarious to read. No other lord would have let Keladry speak her mind as much as Raoul did.

I was also happy to see Keladry start a relationship with Cleon. It shows the evolution of her character that she was able to be with him, but not shirk her duties as a squire. Or lose sight of her dream and goals.

I have mixed feelings about the Chamber. I like that it punished the guy who hurt so many women. But I also don’t like that it basically mentally tortures anyone who goes in. Although I was happy that Joren is now gone. Especially since he got a slap on the wrist for kidnapping Lalasa and trying to ruin Keladry’s future. But the way Keladry handled it was perfect!

It is obvious that Keladry has a huge future ahead of her and I can’t wait to see where it leads.

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Ahhhh Tamora Pierce wrote another great installment in the Protector of the Small series! With each book, I have the hardest time putting it down to work on other tasks. I want to devour it until it is done.

Keladry is one of my favorite characters. I love how she takes it upon herself to do away with the mistreatment/hazing of the new pages. My absolute favorite part is, without a doubt, the way she handled the kidnapping of her maid. She put her maid’s safety/health/well being/interests above her own, and that is what makes her a true knight. I also love that Keladry wanted her maid to keep her earnings from being a seamstress. She is trying to change the way the social dynamics work, and is doing a great job. Keep in mind, she is only 11!

This series is very quickly becoming one of my favorites. I can’t wait to read book 3, and to read Tamora Pierce’s other books as well!