Aaru

Aaru

Author: David Meredith

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

“…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…” 

-Friedrich Nietzsche 

Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear. 

She is sixteen years old. 

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model. 

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale. 

What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed. 

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Spoiler free Summary:

Aaru is a story that intrigued me from the moment that I read the description, it is unlike any story that I have read in the past. In a way it reminds me of Ready Player One as it has a technological aspect to it.

Basically in this world that David has created is todays world times a million and Alexa is a program that you can interact with. Honestly it reminds me of that robot they made, I think her name is Sophia, you know the ones who said she wants to have a baby? Ya that one. Though obviously this is way more advanced than even that. The main girl isn’t happy because Rose, a 16 year old, is supposed to die. It is a bit crazy to think that it’s real, but not. It almost reminds me of the Matrix, where they are hooked up to a machine and put into this virtual reality. This book definitely makes you wonder if the world could ever truly come to something such as this.

Overall I would say it is a good read if you’re looking for something that is out of the box compared to most reoccurring plots out there. There is even a cliffhanger, which if you know me I have a love/hate relationship with those. I want to know, but love when an author can do that to me.I think that David really put a lot of thought into this book and it shows. I think this book has a little bit of everything for readers. There is sci-fi and fantasy mixed with many different things. I would definitely say to give this book a chance to people who love sci-fi and fantasy, especially if you like alternate realities that have to do with future technology.

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Starstruck

Author: Brenda Hiatt

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

 

Goodreads Summary:

Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!

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Spoiler free Summary:

Like I always do about once a month I began browsing kindle for some free books. I always do this so that I have some books to read when I am in bed. I am going try to release a couple free ones every month that I have read.

Starstruck is unlike any book that I have ever read before and I loved it! It is so refreshing to come across a free book that I genuinely enjoy. Typically when I read the free books there are typically plot lines that repeat themselves, or the writing isn’t as edited as I like it to be.

The book started off with your average dorky girl who is the opposite of popular. Though there is a quirk with her, she has been known to fry the electronics near her. Then enter the new kid. He’s attractive, popular, and the new star quarterback. Of course she is instantly attracted to him and he seems to start taking an interest. She starts noticing some changes, such as no longer needing glasses and her acne disappearing. Then when they touch they both notice a electric spark. Then things start to get a little weird when they are together…

I really enjoyed that the author incorporated astronomy into the book, especially being someone who really enjoyed the subject in school. It is always very apparent if an author did the research or not when writing the book. If I notice that certain facts are missing, it really turns me off from reading the book.

I would definitely suggest this to anoyone looking for a free read. I am planning on getting the second one to read on my kindle!

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When It’s Real

Author: Erin Watt

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

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Goodreads Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend. 

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

Spoiler free Summary:

During christmas time I was reading about the suggested books by one of the publishing houses that I follow on Instagram. I came across this one and fell in love. I knew right away that I had to read it.

Have you ever read fanfiction? If you answered yes then you will totally get what I am about to say! Since I was 16 I have been very into fanfiction, particularly Mortal Instruments fanfiction. While reading all of them, you begin to notice somewhat of a them throughout all of them. They are usually going along with the story, having a pregnancy scandal, or have something to do with a band. I always love when the main male character was in a band and the normal girl main character fell in love with him. If you are like me then this is the book for you! I was finally able to live my favorite fanficition in novel form.

This book honestly had everything that I needed in life. I LOVE the plot line. This book has a sassy main character, bickering, love, and what we all need most: a happy ending. This was the perfect book for me to read after finishing a very long book, helping me not fall into a reading slump.

The main character (Oakley) is your typical star. When reading about him during multiple points in the book I just kept thinking of Justin Bieber. Especially when she mentioned his vogue cover in his underwear. Or I guess it could also be like Nick Jonas. He needs to fix his reputation and what better way than to get a normal down to earth girl to pretend to be his girlfriend for a year. It sounds like the perfect plan, but the thing with perfect plans is that they never quite end up going how you wish.

Honestly, one of my favorite parts about this novel is how she incorporated social media. I feel like it is such a large part of todays society, especially when you are talking about big celebrities. What amazed me is that she even made up twitter handles! They were quite wonderful and it really helped the imagination picture the twitter conversations that was happening between the two characters twitters.

I would definitely read this again, I loved it that much. Please do me a favor and go pick this book up ASAP!

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw

Author: Michelle Hadkin

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Cover Rating: 3.5

Goodreads Summary:

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.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I had no idea that this book was a thing and when I saw it on social media I was so pumped. I immediately ordered it on amazon and the other day I decided that it was time to finally read it.

The book starts off with a bit of interest because they are at Noah’s dads funeral and something peculiar happens. Since it was an interesting start I was expecting it to be an action packed and intriguing book that would measure up to the Mara Dyer trilogy. Then they get to New York and there were some new characters that seemed to be adding a helpful hand into the making of the book. In this book you are truly able to decipher parts of Noah and Mara’s relationship that you had not thought of before. They have both been through so much trauma that could traumatize a person for life. Throughout the whole book it seemed that the author was building everything up in a good direction and that the book was going to be mind blowing. Then … nothing. I kept thinking that this book would be so awesome because of the Mara Dyer trilogy, but it never came. I mean the end of the book I didn’t see coming, but it still didn’t make up for the lack of action throughout most of the book. I love Michelle Hodkin, but I felt like she had many missed opportunities in this book.

This book was suspenseful and mysterious, but a bit underwhelming. I was so pumped to read this book thinking that I would finally get to know what happens to everyone and finally get into the beautiful and intriguing mind of Noah Shaw. I really wanted it to be good, kept waiting for that moment like the other books where I just could put it down. That moment I was looking for never came. My only hope is that the next book in the series will have me more interested, especially since it had an interesting ending.

This has not made me doubt Michelle Hadkin’s writing. In my opinion it is just very hard to follow up an awesome series with another series based around the same world.

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Looking for Alaska (Day 1&2 of ISATRAT)

Author: John Green

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Cover Rating: 5/5

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I loved that this cover is so simple yet has so much meaning in it. Just Smoke. All I have to say is that this it is so aesthetically and metaphorically beautiful. Quote:

“‘Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.”

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Goodreads Summary:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

Spoiler Free Review:

This has been a long time coming. I don’t typically pick up contemporary books, but I have to admit John Green is truly a brilliant author. Whenever I read his books I am always blown away. I think the truly first contemporary book I ever read was The Fault i Our Stars and at the time I only read it because everyone was telling me to and I wanted to before the movie came out. That books made me cry so much, but it was written so beautifully and I loved all of the quotes in it. I was so glad that I had decided to read it. Then the next book I read was Paper Towns when I was 20. I read it because we were having a John Green week in my Young Adult Literature class. I had also been wanting to read this book for awhile and the movie was coming out around then. I loved his writing once again.

So, I read this for my read a small book challenge in the ISATRAT. This book was totally not what I would have expected. I mean having read John Green before I was expecting it to have something dramatic happen in it. I mean in the past we have had cancer and people disappearing. Though the majority of the storyline was always surprised me.

We had the main character Miles who had been going to a public school, but he was going to be a junior and wanted to go to the private school that his father attended. He was searching for the “Great Perhaps,” I mean I think there is a point in everyone life where they want some adventure. I love the idea of a great perhaps, I think that most people say they want something like this then they just get trapped in their life. They will get trapped in the never ending cycle that they call their life. Miles wants to end his never ending circle and do something exciting, which he is hoping to find at Culver Creek Boarding School. This is where he finds exciting and interesting Alaska Young.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I mean overall I think it is a very good book, John Green is an amazing writer. Though there were a couple things I didn’t like. The main thing is that I thought that the before section (not giving anything away) should have been longer. I didn’t like that it was pretty much split in half, I just thought the end felt a little like he had to make it longer at some parts. Though even with that one little complaint I think the novel still flowed very well.

I love that at this boarding school you got to experience the different kind of characters. You had the preppy kids, which were known as weekday warriors. The scholarship kids and weekday warriors were constantly in a prank battle with each other. It was refreshing for an author to include the scholarship kids. Whenever you say boarding school all people ever think of are rich snotty teenagers. People never think of the scholarship kids who work very hard to be there. I like how John displays the daily struggles they go through and the hard past that they come from.

I read recently that Alaska was actually based on a girl that attended the same boarding school as John. I love when authors include things that happened in their real life. I feel that when they do this it just feels more sincere and more heart goes into it. This is one thing that you can typically find more in contemporary reads since it is hard to include real life things in fantasy books. This is why I will still read contemporary books, they are just so heart felt and you can truly feel the struggle and how heart felt they were in writing the novel. This book had sad parts, happy parts, and everything in between. You really get to feel for the character, you almost feel as if you are experiencing their struggles in life with them.

If you like contemporary books, read this. If you want a sad book, read this. If you like John Green, read this. If you want to understand the struggle that many teenagers go through, read this.This is a wonderful book for anyone willing to take the time to experience this novel. Please go read it!

End note: Is it just me or does John Green love to put cigarettes into his novels?

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