☄ Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: Revived by Cat Patrick (Halloween MADNESS)

Revived by Cat Patrick

Revived
Author:
Cat Patrick
Publication Date: 2012
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Reviewer: Sophia

It started with a bus crash.

Daisy Appleby was a little girl when it happened, and she barely remembers the accident or being brought back to life. At that moment, though, she became one of the first subjects in a covert government program that tests a drug called Revive.

Now fifteen, Daisy has died and been Revived five times. Each death means a new name, a new city, a new identity. The only constant in Daisy's life is constant change.

Then Daisy meets Matt and Audrey McKean, charismatic siblings who quickly become her first real friends. But if she's ever to have a normal life, Daisy must escape from an experiment that's much larger--and more sinister--than she ever imagined.

From its striking first chapter to its emotionally charged ending, Cat Patrick's Revived is a riveting story about what happens when life and death collide.

I must be the sad opposite corner of book club. NEARLY EVERYONE ELSE LOVED REVIVED AND I DIDN'T.

Oh wait. You guys totally feel my pain... right? At least, when it comes to bestselling novels and what not?

Here's my impression of this year's Gateway Readers Award nominees:

2014-15 GATEWAY READERS AWARD NOMINEES

I envy the middle schoolers. They have better nominees (Truman Readers Award). :p

I was overly hesitant with reading Revived. I mean, a girl dies at a really young age and became a guinea pig in this program that brings dead people back to life. Great! But honestly, do I care? No... not really. It's like Zach's Lie and Jack's Run with the name changes and "witness protection program" (not necessarily the latter, but it feels like it). It's like Falls the Shadow with the "experiment," and since the idea seems a little similar to that particular book (minus clones. That concept is used in Patrick's The Originals.), I pretty much knew I would be treading on thin ice if I read the book. Very thin ice, because this could go a few ways:
  1. It would be absolutely magnifique! As a result, I'll be fangirling with Kahlan and Co.
  2. I would find it predictable. But the thing is, most books ARE predictable to me. Lupe and Small Co. warned me of this.
  3. WHYYYYY. *wails*
Here's the truth in paragraph format (oh, and technically, the review):

Revived wasn't a waste of my time, but I just don't like the book. I mainly don't like this entire analogy of "God" and "Jesus" and "Converts" and "Disciples" being used. I just don't. I get the analogy – I mean, only someone as divine as God can actually bring back the "dead." Really, it's as bad as learning about the Puritans – an absolute nightmare (even though Honors American Literature tests are the only reasons WHY my grade is climbing quickly). Plus, I try to tread very carefully with these topics.

I also found Revived pretty predictable. By page 88, there were two sentences that pretty much gave the entire plot away:
If God says we move, there's nothing Mason can do about it. If God says we move, we move.
Tell me that doesn't make you ask questions. The first comment I had? So basically if God says you die, you die? In treading very carefully on delicate topics, yes, this is true. In relation to the book, this so called God is what? A person! Tell me if you would actually be willing to die for a random stranger who you a) have no clue WHO it actually is, b) WHAT he looks like, and c) doesn't he sound like a person with an over-inflated ego?

I honestly didn't like the way the story would actually go from then on out. My second point bull's eye was the newspaper article Daisy shows Matt about what really happened to her and 20 others:
…after a Brown Academy bus drove over Highway 13 bridge and plummeted into icy...
Heh. Sounds fishy. One does not simply drive over a highway bridge and "plummet" into a lake. True, true, there may have been a patch of ice, but here's the thing: snow plowers usually plow and salt highways first. So the chances of a bus just "driving" over a highway bridge sounds quite fishy unless it was done on purpose... by "God." Or, the bus driver was suicidal. But why kill a bunch of little kids?

Add to the fact that "police have not determined the cause of the collision..." Had there really been a patch of ice, it wouldn't just simply disappear right away. Or would it?

Finally, I don't get the end. Not really. I see some loopholes to the end here. What if Matt accidentally calls Daisy by her real name and not what everyone else knows her to be? (There was also one more question, but I can't post it without giving away HUGE spoilers.) I would actually love to see a second epilogue in regards to this to be honest.

But really. Had I been screeching about WHY I wasted my time, this wouldn't be called, "Review: Revived by Cat Patrick."

2.5 Owls

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☄ Thursday, October 23, 2014

Divergent: Wizard101 Style

In the past couple of years while reading the Divergent Trilogy, I started wondering a few things: what would it be like if Wizard101 were a dystopian? Or more specifically in this case, Divergent? Which schools would be in a certain faction? Which school(s) would be dangerous? What worlds would they possibly live in? What kind of names would the characters have? Those were just some of the questions I pondered on while making this particular post.

Factions Are School Based: OMG BALANCE WOULD BE DANGEROUS

Fire/Storm = Dauntless
Life = Amity or Abnegation
Death = Huh. Erudite. It takes skill to do well with a death wizard, especially when they get to Lord Nightshade, who is apparently a death boss and resists death.
Ice = Candor. I'm not terribly sure why I did this.
Myth = The oddballs... where would you guys go? Maybe you should be Abnegation? You aren't selfless enough though... nor friendly enough. And most certainly not HONEST enough to be Candor.
Balance = Divergent, because they have spells from every class *runs away with other Balance wizzies* I shall pass as Candor (I think they wear blue? Or is that Erudite?), I shall pass as - oh, I'm bad at telling the truth 24/7. -_-

Myth/Life wizards, which one of you guys are more selfless or friendly, eh? Or would myth be equally Divergent?

Places of Residence

Dauntless = Dragonspyre or Azteca - Dragonspyre is typically fire-like, much like the symbol for Dauntless. I'm sure the initiates might have fun jumping across lava?
Abnegation = Wizard City - it will definitely have to be toned down to Gloomy Marleybone style to fit the simplicity of Abnegation
Erudite = Marleybone (hard to imagine? Think labs... frankenweenie or whatshisname), Krokotopia, or Wysteria - Pigswick Academy, after all, is a rival of Ravenwood School of Magical Arts, which is apparently located in Wizard City. Unless it's the balance school.
Amity = Mooshu, or Avalon - both places look quite friendly and nice...
Candor = Mooshu - the music and the area seems quite serene and "honest" with the Shinto-like temples

Characters

I honestly tried to keep the names true to the characters. Of course, some names like Four and Tris are unfortunately not in the selection of names and I had to go by personality. Lots of fun if you ask me. >_<

Tris = Terri MistWeaver
Four = Talon (or Valkoor) LegendWielder
Christina = Christina TaleCatcher
Caleb = Caleb TrollWalker
Will = William OwlFist
Jeanine = Leesha SwiftWrath

Incorporating books using a gaming world is really weird and much like a TV Show: it's very open for exploring all kinds of possibilities. Thus, this is simply for entertainment. But any suggestions? Add to moi list! ^_^

Oh, and happy one year anniversary of Allegiant.
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☄ Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Spark of Light - Guest Post + Giveaway

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Title: Spark of Light (Avery #1)
Author: Elizabeth Tuttle
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Publication Date: September 24, 2014

***Mature YA - This book contains mild adult language and sexual content.***

Nearly a century ago the world was decimated by a magical war. In their defeat, elves were captured by humans, cut off from their magic, and broken down into lifeless, drone-like slaves.

Avery is different. Somehow, her magic has always simmered beneath the surface. Never completely broken, she must pretend in order to survive. When Zander, her master’s nephew, brings her magic out in full force, she finds out what it’s like to truly be alive.

Ripped from Zander’s side and sent to The Farm, Avery doesn’t know if she’ll be able to hide her light and make it out alive. But there, she’ll meet someone who knows her true purpose.

The war isn’t over, and if Avery can survive, she could be the one to set her people free. All it takes is a little hope and a Spark of Light.
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☄ Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Blast + Giveaway: Jack Templar & the Lord of Werewolves by Jeff Gunhus

Title: Jack Templar and the Lord of Werewolves (The Templar Chronicles #4)
Author: Jeff Gunhus
Link: Amazon

Fresh from confronting the Lord of the Vampires in the limestone catacombs beneath Paris, Jack Templar faces his toughest challenge yet as he searches for the next Jerusalem Stone, this one being held by the Lord of the Werewolves.

But the narrow escape from the vampire lair came at a great cost and Eva battles to survive the new vampire blood in her veins. The only chance to help Eva is to continue their quest and find the Jerusalem Stones. Reuniting the Stones will not only stop Ren Lucre’s coming war against mankind, but also transform Eva back into her human self.

From the ruins of ancient Delhi to the depths of the Black Forest in Germany, Jack and his friends face monsters, bewildering riddles and treachery from the most unlikely of places. Through it all, they are plagued by the Oracle’s prediction that at least one of their group with not make it through the adventure alive. Worse yet, they know that Kaeden, the Lord of the Werewolves, will do his best to make sure none of them do.

But they are monster hunters of the Black Guard… and they will do their duty, come what may.
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☄ Friday, October 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Soulless - Guest Post + Giveaway

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Title: Soulless (Maiden of Time #2)
Author: Crystal Collier
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing
Publication Date: October 13, 2014

The Soulless are coming

When Alexia's wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she's forced to unleash her true power and risk losing everything.

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.
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☄ Monday, October 13, 2014

DNF Review: Coral & Bone by Tiffany Duane (Well, CONFUZZLE Me Timbers)

Coral and Bone by Tiffany Duane

Coral & Bone
Author:
Tiffany Duane
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Publisher: Jester Ink Press
Reviewer: Sophia

Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.
Review copy provided by the author originally for the blog tour

Coral & Bone was a waste of my time. An absolute waste, because I could have spent 2 days reading other books that are so much more amazing (and obviously, worth my attention).
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☄ Thursday, October 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Storm by Danielle Ellison - ARC Review + Giveaway

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Storm by Danielle Ellison

Salt #2
Author:
Danielle Ellison
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Publication Date: September 29, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Reviewer: Sophia

Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the demons away?

But power has a dark side.

Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who formerly had no magic are developing terrible, out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons―it’s threatened by the same witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change. Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope changes into something far beyond his worst fears...
Advanced review copy provided by the publisher for the blog tour – thanks!

Okay, I fully enjoyed reading Salt, the prequel to Storm, back when I read it earlier this year (or maybe it was just Penelope's voice). Plus, I probably spent too much time talking about Sodium Chloride and onion rings in that review.

Talk about a bit of embarrassing. It's a bit too late to do a re-review though. Or... is it?
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