Review of Shades of Earth by Beth Revis




Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn’t the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed‘s former passengers aren’t alone on this planet. And if they’re going to stay, they’ll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been for nothing.


THOUGHTS: LOVED IT! What a great way to tie up such an amazing trilogy! Yes! Read it!


Review of The Serpent’s Shadow: Rick Riordan

I am such a big Rick Riordan fan. Yes he writes for YA and his books are definitely crafted towards that demographic in terms of writing style and theme, however, I just really enjoy his books.

The third in his Kane Chronicles did not disappoint.

It’s a great book and if you read the series, I think you’ll enjoy it.

4 stars and I recommend.

Amazon Summary:

He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld.
Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423140575

Review of Juliet by Anne Fortier

I loved, loved, loved this book!

It had all the essential elements that keep me interested:
A deep and intriguing backstory
A love story
Action and adventure
AND it’s about one of my most favorite cities in the world, Siena Italy.

It’s seriously so wonderful! Pick up this book and read it right now!
5 stars and totally recommend it!

Amazon Summary:
Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.
This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei. In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. 
But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is destined to be its next target. Only someone like Romeo, it seems, could save her from this dreaded fate, but his story ended long ago. Or did it?

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345516109

Legend: Marie Lu

Now this is a fun Dystopian novel. The only bad thing is the world it is set in is really similar to a book I’ve been slowly writing over the last year. I think I missed my chance to get on the dystopian band wagon as the last year it has really hit hard. BUT oh well. I’ll finish my book.
ANYWAYS, this was a really great book! I really, really liked it! I kept seeing it come up in my Amazon suggested reading, but the description seemed so blah until one day I read the reviews and realized that people really liked it. I gave it a try and was so happy that I did. I just wish that it was longer.
I absolutely recommend! Read this book, you won’t be disappointed! (well, for arguments sake you might, but I wasn’t)

Amazon Description:
Los Angeles, California Republic of America. He is Day. The boy who walks in the light. She is June. The girl who seeks her brother’s killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other’s past. But Day murdered June’s brother. And she has sworn to avenge his death.

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039925675X

Eden: Keary Taylor

Okay, one of my favorite books I’ve read in 2011. It’s sort of like a machine zombie apocolypse. Sounds strange, but I’m telling you, you’re going to like this book!

I won’t give anything away, but it’s good and you should read it.

Totally recommend with 5 stars.

Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She’s seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn’t just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve’s reality. In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior. The technology wants to spread and it won’t stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen.

Reading level: Young Adult Paperback: 420 pages Publisher: CreateSpace (June 3, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1463525966