Review: Zero Repeat Forever by G. S. Prendergast

Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1)

Title: Zero Repeat Forever

Author: G. S. Prendergast

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release Date: August 29th 2017

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Synopsis: He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival depends on trusting each other…

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My Thoughts

I had a hard time getting into Zero Repeat Forever initially. It’s slow paced in the beginning, but once it picks up, I couldn’t put it down. It’s definitely more character driven than plot driven, but once the characters find their motivation or destination, the action picks up a lot more. If you’re having the same trouble I was starting this book, do not stop reading it. You will be so happy you kept with it!Read More »

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Review: The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker KingTitle: The Wicker King

Author: K. Ancrum

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: October 31st 2017

Rating⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Synopsis: The Wicker King is a psychological young adult thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness.

When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.

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My Thoughts

The Wicker King takes a unique look into degenerative hallucinatory disorder by placing us in the mind of the individual’s best friend. We aren’t able to see what Jack sees, but we can see how it affects August. This is an incredibly dark book with flawed characters.Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

My TBR pile is always growing! It’s kind of embarrassing. Here is a list of the books that’ll be coming out soon and I can’t wait to start them!

  1. That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
  2. Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz 
  3. 27 Hours (The Nightside Saga) by Tristina Wright 
  4. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress) by Julie C. Dao
  5. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater 
  6. The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
  7. The Empress by S. J. Kincaid
  8. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  9. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
  10. Artemis by Andy Weir

What book are you look forward to most??

Goodreads Monday: Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

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Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! 

Given to the Sea (Given Duet, #1)

Title: Given to the Sea

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Publisher: Putnam’s Childrens

Release Date: April 11th 2017

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Synopsis: Everyone has a place.

Khosa was born to be fed to the sea, to prevent the kind of wave that once destroyed the Kingdom of Stille. She can’t be sacrificed until she produces an heir, but human touch repulses her…except for the touch of the Indiri.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race with magic that’s seductive—a force of nature—but dwindling since the Pietra slaughtered their people.

Witt leads the Pietra, the fierce warriors who are now marching on the Kingdom of Stille. The stone shores of Witt’s kingdom harbor a secret threat, and to ensure the survival of his people, he’s prepared to conquer every speck of Stille’s soil.

Vincent stands to inherit the throne of Stille, but has no wife to share it with. When the beautiful and mysterious Khosa arrives without an heir, Vincent knows that his father will stop at nothing to make sure she fulfills her duty. Torn between protecting his kingdom and protecting the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is soon at odds with his heart.

While royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the Indiri struggle to survive, the rising sea calls for its Given, and Khosa is destined to answer.

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Every time I see this book on my bookcase, I think, “Soon I shall read you…” Soon.

Review: The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero

The Dollmaker of KrakowTitle: The Dollmaker of Krakow

Author: R. M. Romero

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: September 12th 2017

Rating⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Synopsis: In the land of dolls, there is magic.
In the land of humans, there is war.
Everywhere there is pain.
But together there is hope.

Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past.

The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter–that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him.

But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks.

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My Thoughts

The Dollmaker of Krakow is such a profound and moving story about a doll, a man, and finding magic in a time when hope is a rare thing. After the rats took over the Land of Dolls, Karolina flees from her home and finds herself in Cyryl Brzezick’s, the Dollmaker’s, shop in Poland, 1939. As their relationship grows, they befriend a Jewish man, Jozef Trzmiel, and his daughter, Rena. Soon everything changes and Karolina and the Dollmaker find themselves needing to make drastic decisions in these impossible situations. Once you start their story, you won’t want to put it down. Read More »