Throwback Challenge TBR

The genres that I typically like are fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary. For this challenge I have chosen a variety of the genres I love. All of these are previous reads that I Love.

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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This series is my all time favorite and has been since I read it when I was 19. Sarah J Maas creates an amazing fantasy world that you never want to leave. Each book in this series is so unbelievably amazing that you can read each in one sitting!

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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This is the second one in the ACOTAR series and my all time favorite of the three in the series. I even have a tattoo on my arm that I drew based on this book.

3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You: West, Kasie: 9781338160680: Amazon.com: Books

I have never really been into contemporary novels, but I always heard good things about Kasie west. This is the book that made me realize that some contemporary books can be amazing!

4. When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Amazon.com: When It's Real (9780373212521): Watt, Erin: Books

I loved this contemporary novel because it is so similar to all of the fan fiction that I used to read. Definitely one of the top contemporaries of the ones I’ve read!

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

I read the Hunger Games before the Movie came out and I was so intrigued by the unique concept. Suzanne Collins definitely has a way with words and sucks every reader in.

6. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

Amazon.com: Eliza and Her Monsters (9780062290137): Zappia ...

This is another contemporary that I was super sure about reading, but once I started it I could not out it down! It is such a cute read.

7. Warcross by Marie Lu

Amazon.com: Warcross (9780399547966): Lu, Marie: Books

Warcross is such an out of this world read. I would say the closest thing to this book is Ready Player One, but I think Warcross is way better in my opinion. 10/10 recommend to anyone who loves science fiction and virtual reality!

I will update with my progress on this challenge!!

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The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

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

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Alexandra has created an intricate dystopian world for you to get lost in. This novel was nothing like anything that I have read in the past. I honestly do not know why I had never heard about it until this year!

I felt that the novel had a bit of a slow start, but once you get over the halfway hump it cannot be put down! The author definitely kept me on my toes with multiple plot twists that I did not see coming. She will make you think once thing and totally reverse things on you and I loved it!

The character development was amazing. I could really see Ruby have some serious growth from beginning to end. Throughout most of the novel there were four main characters, but there are a lot of other characters introduced throughout and it got a little confusing keeping them all straight, but otherwise I loved all of the amazing characters that she brought to life.

I honestly cannot wait to see The Darkest Minds movie. I can only hope that they do this novel justice, but it is always hard to be spot on when the novel is five hundred pages. I can only hope that it will be as close as they can.

This was a riveting novel and I suggest reading it before the movie comes out in August!

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The Thought Readers

The Thought Readers

Author: Dima Zalen

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Everyone thinks I’m a genius.

Everyone is wrong.

Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that’s not because I’m unusually smart or hard-working.

It’s because I cheat.

You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality—the place I call “the Quiet”—where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.

I thought I was the only one who could do this—until I met her.

My name is Darren, and this is how I became entangled with all the Russians and learned that I’m a Reader.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book was free on the kindle and out had an interesting sounding plot, so I decided to download it to read while on vacation. It sounded similar to the typical free book plot of someone being a mind reader and then finding someone else who could also do this. Though it turned about to be a very interesting plot that was extremely different to the other books that I have read in the past.

The book started out with the author explaining how the power that the main character has works. I was super into the authors take on mind reads. I kept waiting for it to get better and then it just seemed to get really repetitive and going in circles. I mean I liked the overarching theme and plot that the author laid out, but it just wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.The character development was rushed. I felt like I couldn’t really understand these characters with the short backstory provided.

I mean this wasnt a bad book, it just wasnt a super good one either. Though this is to be expected from a free book on the kindle. It was a good book for being free, but I wouldn’t read it again.

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Warcross

Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I have to start out saying this cover is the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen. I have been hearing a lot of good things about this book since it came out. Finally last month in a buying spree I bought it. Then decided to read it a two days ago and finished it so fast. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

This world that Marie came up with is so amazing and unlike anything I have read before. I mean if I had to guess it sounds a little similar to Ready Player One, but I haven’t read that yet so I am just going off of the description. The concept reminds me of a future that could be if someone is able to develop the next generation in virtual reality glasses and incorporate a way to further tricking the brain into thinking that world is real.

Emika Chen is my favorite character ever. Literally the girl is fearless. As soon as I read her description I went to google to find fan art. I mean rainbow hair and a colorful sleeve of tattoos, I had to know what that looked like. This was probably my favorite character since ready Sarah J Maas.

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Marie created a world that you can totally immerse yourself into and never want to leave until you are forced to at the end of the book. She even threw in someone awesome plot twists. Every aspect of this book BLEW me away. I need the second book now! I think I have found my new favorite series.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s everything that this book had to offer. You can tell that this was something that she was passionate about and spent many hours coming up with all the details. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves science fiction, coding, or gaming. I cannot wait to see where Marie takes us in the next book!

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Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Goodreads Summary:

Midnight Magic: A Ghost & Abby Mystery

Ghostly Charms, Magic Spells and Secrets.

As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.

Spoiler free Summary:

I am always looking for new romance paranormal book. This being because this past year I really discovered my liking to them. I stumbled across Midnight Magic and thought the plot sounded like nothing I have ever read before in the past. This book was such an interesting take on the typical private investigator plot. It has a little bit of paranormal for everyones taste from sexy viking ghosts to blood sucking beings to witches.

The book started off with Abby, the main character, looking to start up her new private investigation service in the town of Sunset Cover. Her current job is being a janitor and is not enough to support her children, especially since her boyfriend is a viking ghost and cannot make any money. Then it switches to her boyfriend who is seeking out a way to become human once again so that he may be with Abby. Bring in a dark sorcerer and an investigation job to find secret jewels and you have the perfect concoction for a page turning paranormal book.

I really enjoyed the ideas and the concepts that the author put into the making of this book. I love when I can find a story that truly intrigues me and is out of the box thinking compared to other that you find in its genre. If an author tries to mimic others with a slight difference it really turns me off from wanting to read it.

I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a new paranormal read. I am sure I will end up read the next one in the future!

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Batman Nightwalker

Batman Nightwalker 

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

 

Spoiler free Summary:

I read Wonder Woman back in September and was really excited that is was a whole succession of books by various YA authors. I decided to get the LitJoy crate batman box because it included a signed copy and some other goodies. I immediately packed the book to bring on my vacation to Mexico.

Just off the bat I was very intrigued with the book. The reason being that it started of with Bruce’s 18th birthday. When watching all of the batman movies they are always centered around once he is older and fully developed. So I like that Marie did not stick to the batman stereotypes.

Marie used the perfect combination of character that are always in the batman world and new ones to juice up the story. When I pick up a book I want it to be a story I have never read or seen before. On that aspect she completely amazed me. the character development helped make the story that much better. She also threw some curve balls into the story that I did not see coming, which I LOVE when authors can accomplish that.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s rendition on batman, it was definitely a new twist to a story that has been told over and over. You can really tell that she put a lot of thought into the making of this novel. I would suggest this book to any super hero junkie in look of their next fix.

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My only complaint with this book was the relationship between Bruce and Madeleine. I felt that Marie wanted some sort of love interest to be involved and decided to say they liked each other. I just feel that a guy and a girl can develop a friendship without it turning into a romance. I just seemed out of place. But that was the ONLY thing that I did not like!

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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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