BOOK REVIEW: NEVER FADE

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Okay! Finished book two of The Darkest Minds (with only a day to spare for A Series a Month) and I’m going to throw up a quick review before I get cracking on book 3, In the Afterlight.

SUMMARY:

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

THOUGHTS:

WARNING: Spoilers from book one MAY be included in this

Unfortunately, I felt a lot of disconnect with this second book (you can read my review of The Darkest Minds here) and felt it fell kind of flat. Maybe it’s because I was really tired last night trying to power through it, or maybe it was the book, I’m not really sure right now. But I stayed up pretty late getting it done, and maybe that’s why I just wasn’t feeling it.

I will say this- I’m really starting to love Vida. She’s brash and bold and all edges, but I know there’s a lot more to her than meets the eye. I’m reaaaaally shipping her with a certain character who shall remain nameless so no one yells at me for spoiling anything. BUT YOU KNOW WHO IT IS.

I think this review is less of a review than a confused rambling- I’m not sure where I’m going with it. To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember a lot of what happened, and it seemed like a lot of things were really anti-climactic, like the fight with Mason and them seeing the Slip Kid. I expected just a little bit more, so the disappointment was just a little bit more sharp.

But I did like it. I thought it was very well done, especially writing-wise. Although I personally skimmed some of the random details and setting, I know a lot of people really love that. I’m more of a sparse reader- I like to get right to the action, and that gets me in trouble sometimes because I’m a huge skimmer.

So I guess I was kind of on the fence with this one, but since I loooooove Cole and Vida (no, he’s not the aforementioned person that needs to remain nameless) I’m definitely going to read book 3. I did like Never Fade, but I think I wasn’t in the right mood to really enjoy it this time. I just hope I can get the series all done before tomorrow night!

Yeah, right

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A SERIES A MONTH REVIEW: THE DARKEST MINDS

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I finally finished my first book for the Series challenge! I’m almost positive I’m not going to finish the whole series before the month is over, but I’ve been doing pretty good reading this month, at least. I finish my TBR book for January, which is exciting, and I’m going to have the house to myself this weekend, so that could be promising for some serious reading! But anyway, I wanted to throw up a review of The Darkest Minds, the first book of Alexandra Bracken’s series of the same name.

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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.’

THOUGHTS

Okay! I finally read The Darkest Minds, and it only took me three years to do it. Three cheers! Well, I’m happy, anyway. So, I gave it 4 stars for mainly this reason: I thought it was a great book, really chunky and interesting (I binged it in a day), but I was really confused through a lot of it. I couldn’t figure out why she was so upset about  being what she was. I thought it was really cool, and an advantage, but about halfway through the book when you find out what her powers did, I understood. But I didn’t quite get it at the beginning. Also, the action sequences came hard and fast, which I would usually love, but since my brain was still trying to figure out what Ruby’s deal was, I ended up being confused even more. Of course, I was also sick, and that could have contributed to it. 

In any case, I did really like this book, especially when I got everything straight in my head. I loved the slow-burn romance (I am NOT happy about the ending), I loved the secondary characters- Zu especially- and I didn’t predict much of what happened. There were some things that you could kind of see coming, but I’m not one for trying to figure out a book before I read it- I just let the book carry me along, for the most part, unless it’s super obvious. So I liked that part of it. I thought all the character development, especially Ruby’s, was really good, and I can’t wait to see where Alexandra takes her in Never Fade, book two. 

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That was another bonus for this book- it was exciting, fun, had a romance, but there was nothing to make it inappropriate for younger teens. Aside from some violence (which was never graphic) this book was clean and appropriate for everyone. I would recommend it even for younger teens who are looking for a thicker book that tackle.

So there it it! Book one is done, now on to book two!

A SERIES A MONTH: JANUARY!

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2016 is here! That means it’s time for my first series binge. Up to bat is a series I’ve been meaning to read for years, and haven’t ever gotten to. I’ve been told (by about 80 people now) that it’s great, so without further ado:

 

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I’m really hoping I get off to a great start with these four (and don’t worry, I have the author’s order for the novellas in between!) Happy 2016, everyone!

A SERIES A MONTH READING CHALLENGE!

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OOH, THE COMMITMENT!

Okay, I’m not great at consistency. I’m also not great at keeping up with challenges- it seems like every time I join a read-a-thon or reading challenge, I end up falling off the wagon sooner rather than later. But this one, hosted by the lovely Danielle at Love at First Page, (sign up yourself by clicking the link) seems like my level of chill.

Anyway, this is going to be my official post for keeping up with this challenge, since I’m hoping to keep doing it for years to come! I’m going to just start with a list of series I want to read or reread that I can keep updated, and I’ll add dates as I decide them. Thanks to Danielle for starting this great challenge!

TO-READ

Red Rising trilogy (books 2 and 3)- Pierce Brown (complete February 2016)
The Darkest Minds trilogy + novella collection – Alexandra Bracken (complete 2015)
Shatter Me trilogy + novellas – Tahereh Mafi (complete 2015)
The Wrath and the Dawn duology – Renee Ahdieh (complete May 2016)
Queen of the Tearling trilogy – Erika Johansen (complete November 2016)
The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer (rereads, complete February 2016)
Let the Sky Fall trilogy (books 2 + 3) – Sharon Messenger (complete May 2016)
Alienated series – Melissa Landers (complete August 2016)
The Fixer series – Jennifer Lynn Barnes (book 2 June 2016)
The Winner’s Kiss trilogy – Marie Rutkoski (complete March 2016)
Starbound trilogy – Kaufman/Spooner (complete December 2015)
The Illuminae Files – Kaufman/Kristoff (book 2 fall 2016)
The Young Elites – Marie Lu (complete late 2016)
Legend series – Marie Lu (complete 2013)
Red Queen series – Victoria Aveyard (complete 2017, book 2 February 2016)
Reckoners series – Brandon Sanderson (complete February 2016)
Under the Never Sky series – Veronica Rossi (complete 2014)