Review: Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan


Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan

Rebellion (The 100, #4)

Title: Rebellion (The 100 #4)

Author: Kass Morgan

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 294

Source: TBR Pile

It’s been a month since the new dropships landed and the rest of the Colonists joined the hundred on the ground. The teens, once branded juvenile delinquents, are now leaders among their people. It should be a time for celebration and togetherness, but a new threat appears before long: a fanatical cult determined to grow its ranks and “heal” the war-ravaged planet . . . by eliminating everyone else on it.

After scores of their friends are captured, CLARKE sets off to retrieve them, certain that she can come to an understanding with these strangers. BELLAMY has a different plan; he won’t let anything–or anyone–get in the way of saving the people he loves. Meanwhile, in captivity and scared for their lives, GLASS falls under the spell of the cult’s magnetic message, and WELLS has to learn how to lead again. Unless the rescue party arrives soon, the teen captives will face a fate more terrifying than anything they could imagine.

If the hundred ever want to call this dangerous planet home, they’ll need to put aside their differences and fight to protect themselves and their world.

4 out of 5 stars


Challenges Completed:

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • A book set in the wilderness
  • A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  • A bestseller from 2016

Winter Biannual Bibliothon

  • Throwback – finish a series you already started
  • 2016 release

Great ending to a unique and addictive series! I loved the first book when I read it back in June of 2015. If I remember correctly, I read that book in one day. The second and third books weren’t as great as the first, but were still enjoyable, and this book was a wonderful closer.

There were some problems with this book, but overall I really enjoyed reading it. I read most of the book yesterday, minus 30ish pages. The thing with Kass Morgan’s writing is that you really fly through it. This is one of the instances where multiple perspectives actually enhances the storyline. I am usually not a huge fan of multiple perspectives because it gets kind of confusing. I get confused with dual perspective sometimes! But, Morgan really makes the characters very distinctively their own so it’s easy to understand who’s who.

This book starts out way too good to be true. The original 100 and their families and some of the Earthborns are living in harmony down in a settlement. They’re having this huge festival to celebrate being together and celebrate their harvest for the year, when they suddenly get attacked by a cult who call themselves The Protectors. Pretty ironic. These Protectors bring some of the teenage/young adult characters into their fortress which they call Stone. There, the men have to train and be very strong, and the women are the leaders. The leader of this cult, Soren, takes a liking to Glass and takes her as her maid. Glass gets inside information, and she helps let everyone know the best ways to escape and get back home. What the prisoners on the inside don’t know, is that Bellamy, Clarke, and a few others are outside waiting to come and save them.

I really enjoyed the suspense of this book. There was almost always action or plotting going on, and it was cool to see some of the characters take to becoming leaders. Some of my problems with this book dealt with the romance between Bellamy and Clarke. I have been shipping this since the first book, so I could overlook some of the cringe for the good parts. Bellamy is VERY sensitive and doesn’t understand why Clarke doesn’t trust him. So he becomes very jealous of guys around Clarke. He is a baby about some things, and he and Clarke overreact to some situations. I mean you’re trying to save your friends right now; band together and help them. But such is life. You have to have some teen angst.

If you’ve read The 100 series and are hesitant to pick up this last book, please read it! It’s definitely worth it!

Series:

The 100 (The 100 #1)

Day 21 (The 100 #2)

Homecoming (The 100 #3)

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: July 16, 2005

Publisher: Scholastic

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 652

Source: TBR Pile

It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…

5 out of 5 stars


Challenges Completed:

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
  • A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  • A book with a title that’s a characters name

Winter Biannual Bibliothon

  • BookTube Recommendation
  • Book you were excited for, but never picked up

I definitely should have read this when I read the first part of the series, because I loved it so much. Seriously, these books are just as good as everyone says they are and I am so glad that I read this at the beginning of this year. I can’t wait to finish the series out with Deathly Hallows.

This has been my favorite book of the series, thus far. So much has happened, and it finally felt like I had some answers about what was happening in everyone’s lives. I surprisingly didn’t know all of what had happened even though I’ve seen the movies countless times. I loved being able to understand! My favorite quote of the whole book was…

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

OH MY GOSH. I loved this part because Harry had always said that he’d be safe when he was with Dumbledore, so whenever he was about to be in trouble Hermione, Ron, and Ginny told him to make sure to stay with Dumbledore because he was safe. Then Dumbledore said the same thing about being with Harry and it was just so precious.

I don’t even know how to feel about this book because there were a lot of emotions. I can’t believe Snape. What an awful guy, like wow. I just want to say, though, that Harry and Ginny together was super cute. Even though they were only together for less than half the book, they were just so dang precious together. I loved seeing the way that they interacted with each other, and when Harry said or did something then immediately got Ron’s approval so then he wouldn’t be in trouble. Ahh so cute.

Okay back to the Death Eaters… I feel bad for Draco because he didn’t really know what he was doing. He obviously didn’t want to kill Dumbledore, but he’s still a bad person for assisting. I know he felt that he had no choice, but Dumbledore gave him a choice.

I’m anxious to see what characters turn up in the next book because I want to know how took the Horocrux. I want to see how Bill fares with his werewolf bites. I want to know what happens to Malfoy. I don’t remember what happened in the movies near the end. I think I just didn’t register the reality of it because I had never understood the real meanings behind things. I am also excited to learn more about the Deathly Hallows symbol and the story. Ahh I think I’m going to read the last book by the end of the month. GUYS GO READ THESE BOOKS IF YOU HAVENT.

Series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

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Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR – January 8-January 14


The Winter Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon set up by booktubers involving reading and video/post challenges. I will be participating in the reading challenges from January 8 until January 14.

The Challenges:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started
  3. 2016 Release
  4. BookTube Recommendation
  5. Book you were excited for, but never picked up
  6. Retelling
  7. Diverse Book

Two challenges can be combined for one book. I’m very excited for this because it’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a readathon!

TBR:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started, and a 2016 Release: Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan
  3. BookTube Recommendation, and Book you were excited for, but never picked up: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling
  4. Retelling, and diverse book: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer

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Review: Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt


Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt

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Title: Class of ’59 (American Journey #4)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: September 1, 2016

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 293

Source: Author

When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him.

In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window.

Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.

4 out of 5 stars


Challenges Completed:

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • A book involving travel
  • A book set in two different time periods
  • A book set in a hotel

Huge thank you to John A. Heldt for sending me this book!

I have been so impressed with this series since I read the first one in July. I have fallen in love with the time travel aspect and the different characters of the novels. I love getting to connect with authors, so it’s always wonderful when I get the opportunity to collaborate with them.

Mary Beth and her sister, Piper, meet two boys through seeing a “trespasser” on their vacation property. Mary Beth sees Mark Ryan, a college senior straight from the 50’s, wandering around outside the house she’s staying in for their vacation. She goes out to talk to him and see what he’s up to, and then finds out that time travel is possible. Not only possible, but very real. And happening in the basement of the vacation home. Mary Beth learns to trust Mark quickly, and decides to travel to 1959 with Piper to go on an adventure. The sisters learn to love the time period and overcome past heartaches through falling in love with Mark Ryan and his brother Ben. The four friends experience the culture of the 1950’s and become unable to let go when the idea of returning to 2017 is proposed. Through the lives of the Ryan brothers, the sisters don’t know what to expect on their return trip to the 2010’s.

Wow. I highly recommend this series. They’re so well written and so much fun to read. This is definitely my favorite of the whole series, and I can’t wait to read more books written by John. The romance between Piper and Ben was so precious. They loved each other so much and it was so heartwarming. I loved following their journey through the six weeks they spent together in 1959. Ben cared about her so much. He wasn’t just looking for someone to kiss; he was looking for love. I honestly saw so much of my relationship with my boyfriend in their relationship. Piper didn’t know what to think of him right away, and didn’t say things she didn’t mean to him before she knew what she meant. I love how real this relationship seemed. I hate when people say that high school relationships don’t go anywhere because “you’re too young to know what love looks like.” BS. Love happens differently for everyone, so I loved seeing them fall in love.

I liked Ben and Piper more than I liked Mary Beth and Mark. I do love the name Mark *my boyfriend’s name* but their relationship seemed more forced and rushed. They took a liking to each other right away, so I didn’t get the angst that I like seeing. ;)

I, again, can’t recommend this series enough. Please go and give it a try, and support John!

Amazon/Kindle $4.99

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

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December Wrapup + January TBR


Read:

  1. Finding Lizzie – Karma Kingsley *review*
  2. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff *review*
  3. Take Back the Skies (Tellus #1) – Lucy Saxon *review*
  4. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter – Matt Kepnes

TBR:

  1. Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt
  2. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson
  3. Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1) – Iain Reading
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling

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Review: Take Back the Skies (Tellus #1) – Lucy Saxon


Take Back the Skies (Tellus #1) – Lucy Saxon

Take Back the Skies (Tellus, #1)

Title: Take Back the Skies (Tellus #1)

Author: Lucy Saxon

Release Date: May 28, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 600

Source: Friend Recommendation

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

5 out of 5 stars


Holy goodness. Wow I have read some hecka good books lately. Maybe I just need to read some sci-fi more often! I LOVED this book. I flew through it, and I have no idea how it’s only a 3.47 stars on Goodreads.

Catherine, or Cat, escapes from her “perfect” government lifestyle in order to get away from an arranged marriage. Cat stows away on a skyship called Stormdancer and meets a crew that quickly becomes her new family. She hides in the wardrobe of a boy named Fox. They slowly become friends, and help out on the ship together. Cat and Fox help with some of the ship’s machinery, and help take from the rich and give to the poor. A little Robin Hood action going on. Cat learns something while she’s on the ship; the government of her society of Tellus have been lying. They’ve been lying for the past eight years. They’ve been taking children in order to create an army to help with the war effort. The war that hasn’t existed for eight whole years. Hmm. Cat, Fox, and the rest of the crew have to find out who is behind this mess, and avoid getting caught in the process.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Seriously, I loved it. This is a dystopian/sci-fi novel set in space. First off, it’s cool as it is, then you throw in an epic world, some awesome characters, a cute romance, and some action. It’s great.

Cat is such a strong main character, and I really loved reading her story. She runs away from home; she escapes from her abusive father and sick mother. She doesn’t want to leave her mom, but her mom tells her to run fast and far. So she does. She finds a new life and pretends to be a boy for a while so she’s not underestimated. Gosh she’s so cool. Then there’s Fox.

Oh my gosh he’s perfect. He has red hair and freckles, he’s strong, he’s a little older than Cat. His name is Fox. How cool. I thought it was ironic how they were both animal names, but that’s just me. Fox was just so cute, and you could tell he was reserved and didn’t want to talk about his past, but he trusted the crew and eventually Cat and it’s just so hecking cute.

THE ENDING. Oh my gosh. I’m pretty heartless when it comes to books, honestly. I don’t cry very often, so it didn’t surprise me when I didn’t cry, but I wanted to cry. My heart was so sad, but happy at the very end. Just… my heart is confused and I don’t know what to do with myself. So. I will read the second book almost immediately, then read the last book when it comes out in March.

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Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 600

Source: TBR Pile

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

5 out of 5 stars


Guys.

Go read this book. Like right now.

I think this is the best book I’ve read in 2016. I’m so glad that I read this book when I did; I was feeling a reading slump about to happen and wow wow wow.

So this is a science fiction novel about a girl named Kady. She breaks up with her boyfriend Ezra the morning of her small planet getting attacked. She has to try and string things together with the help of her friend and her ex-boyfriend. Illuminae is told through files, documents, messages, and anything else you can think of. Holy geez.

“My group leader says it’s important to talk about my FEELINGS. I am stone-hearted and have none, of course.”

Same girl. I feel ya ;)

Okay so I don’t really know how to talk about this book because it was so different from anything that I’ve ever read before. If it’s saying anything, I read 261 pages of it today. It’s addictively amazing.

Gosh, hold it together.

This book is so interesting, and if you like science fiction I would HIGHLY recommend this book. There’s some romance, action, sci-fi. You name it, it’s in here.

So Kady has to try and shut down this system called AIDAN in order to save the love of her life. She’s a badass computer hacker who can reprogram electronics in 2 seconds. She is witty. She has pink hair. Oh my gosh she’s just so cool.

I don’t want to say too much because I think you should just go and read it. I can’t wait to read the second book. I’m asking for it for Christmas, so I might read it by the end of the year even. I AM SO EXCITED to see where the series takes the story. I also had lots of quotes that I loved, so I’ll just insert a bunch of them here…

“More than you deserve. You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.”

 

“This must be why you spent all those walks kissing me in your head. It was practice for this moment. I’m imagining kissing you back, right now. I hear I’m pretty good.”

 

“I wondered at the futility of it. If it is the definition of insanity to repeat the same process and expect a different outcome, most of humanity must be insane.”

 

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