Video Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott


Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

Published February 24, 2015 by Scholastic Press

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What would you do to save someone you love?

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can’t quit–she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone’s keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you’d relied on most suddenly isn’t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left–and only one can win.

My Thoughts

Thanks to Scholastic Press for the review copy.

5-stars

H. Lee

Video Review: Invaded by Melissa Landers


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Invaded by Melissa Landers

Published February 3, 2015 by Disney Hyperion

Thank you to Disney Hyperion for the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe…until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

“I know how humans love. Their passion burns like a lump of sugar – quick and hot. And when the fire dies, they seek a new flame. They chase sparks instead of collecting the warmth of old embers.”

My Review:

 

5-stars

H. Lee

The Immortal Rules & The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa


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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Published March 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

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The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Published April 30, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make

My Thoughts:

This is the first series that I have read by Ms. Kagawa and I can tell you that I will be definitely picking up more!! I know what all of you are thinking right now….1. Heather! Why did you wait so long? and 2. You know that the last book in this series is out already right? Well, first off, I cannot tell you why I waited so long?? I guess that I just wanted to discover this author on my own without all the hype! AND, YES! I know the last book is out and I cannot wait to get it into my hot little hands but since I am kinda sorta on a book buying ban…..it will have to wait until I get more of my 164 TBR books read!!!

Now, on to the review….

I have not read a vampire story in quite a long time and felt that it was time. I had fell so in love with these paranormal creatures a long time ago with Twilight (and yes, I still love that trilogy! Don’t make fun) but they ended up being all the rage and it was hard to find a book at one point that did not involve vampires! So, I went on a little vampire hiatus and am glad that I did because it made me love the first & second in this trilogy even more!

SO this story is from Allison’s POV. She lives in the fringe which is basically the outskirts of her city. Why you ask? Because she does not want to be controlled by the vampires that rule the city. She wants to live on her own terms and watched what it did to her mother when you live by the vamps rules.

Living on the fringe is tough because you do not get anything handed to you. You have to literally fend for yourself to eat and find living quarters. Allison hangs with a small gang that only consists of four people. One of whom is Stick. He is younger than her but scared Shitless! If Allison did not help him survive on a daily basis, he would probably be dead!

One day, Allison decides to venture outside of the city limits to scavange for food. Noone likes going outside because the infected live there. They are called the Rabids and they will tear your flesh apart. Allison stumbles upon a cellar loaded with canned goods and convinces the rest of the crew to go with her to collect the reward. This is literally their undoing and what happens this fateful day, Allison can never undo! She makes a hard choice and one she will have to live with for eternity.

I really enjoyed the take on vampires. It was written superbly and it was not your typical bloodsucker story. The storyline was unique and one that I had never read before. My favorite character would have to be Allison. She is kind of kick ass! She really cares about people and that shows in her actions. She can be tough when she needs to be and kind when it is called for. She also is a tad bit snarky with those she does not care for.

“The mighty hunter,” I quipped as we snuck out the backdoor, escaping into the yard. “He can take down vicious rabids and rampaging boars, but one old lady can make him flee in terror.”

“One scary old lady,” he corrected me, looking relieved to be out of the house. “You didn’t hear what she told me when I got up — you’re so cute I could put you in a pie. Tell me that’s not the creepiest thing you’ve ever heard.” His voice climbed a few octaves, turning shrill and breathy. “Today for dessert, we have apple pie, blueberry pie and Ezekiel pie.”
Julie Kagawa, The Immortal Rules    

The second book, The Eternity Cure, was just as good as the first! You know how sometimes, the second book kind of feels like a filler book? Well, not in this case. The actions just ramps up and keeps going through out the whole book. We meet a few new characters as well as some old popping up where we least expect them to! I do not want to go into too much detail for those that have not read the first book yet! (trying to keep this spoiler free)

I also must talk a little about the romance going on! Don’t get me wrong, there is a little and it does not monopolize the whole book, but boy oh boy!!! Who doesn’t love a sweet and innocent young lad whom will stand up for himself and those he loves? hmm hmm, anyone??

ME ME ME!!!

*Small Spoiler Ahead!*

We definitely get this in Zeke. He is kind, but also tough. He stands up for what he believes in. Now he and Allison did not have a great love affair right from the start. They did go through quite a rocky patch which made me love them together even more. It was not insta love but, they had to work for it. I was happy when they finally got together and Allison got her head out of her you know where:)

“Only death will take me away from you, vampire girl,” he whispered. “And even then, I’ll watch over you from wherever I end up.”   -The Eternity Cure

*End Of Spoiler*

So, In conclusion, I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone whom enjoys paranormal reads! Now, I just have to read more books so that I can buy the last one, The Forever Song. Then I can come back here and let you all know my thoughts!

H. Lee

Video Review: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas


Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Published August 7, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.


Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Video:

4-stars

H. Lee