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Review: Rebel

Title: Rebel

Author: Amy Tintera

Date of Publication: May 13th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.

My Review:

This was an excellent ending to this fun series. There is a certain character named Riley who Wren meets up with, who was the one who originally trained her. He was awesome! Also, what I love is no love triangle!

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Wren and Callum were both so awesome! What I appreciate from Tintera is how she writes her characters. I tend to get annoyed with main characters easily, and I never felt that way with either of these two. Plus, Tintera knows how to write in humor well, even in books that have dark aspects. It rocks!

Besides the romance being swoony, the book was action packed! There was some interesting things we find out when Wren and Callum hit up the Reboot camp. I don’t want to give anything away! All I want to say is this series was great! I also can’t wait to read the conclusion to her other series (Ruined) later this year!

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Review: Reboot

Title: Reboot

Author: Amy Tintera

Date of Publication: May 7th, 2013

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Goodreads Summary:

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

My Review:

This book was pretty awesome, so some of these people once they die, they reboot and come back to life. It’s sort of like zombies, but they aren’t really zombies.

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Now, if you are under a #60 (60 minutes or less of being dead), HARC gives these reboots a shot to up their aggression, so they aren’t as human. The problem is that they are becoming too much zombie-like, because HARC is trying to get the dose right.

Wren was an awesome character, she was ruthless at first, reminding me of Nemesis in the Diabolic. Callum was sweet and wanted to hold on to his humanity as long as possible. The romance in this was excellent!

“With the way the guy was shaking, I could take his gun, break his neck, and dance on the body in two seconds flat.”

The action was great, and there were tons of bloody scenes that kept me saying “heck yeah!” I can’t wait to read the next book!

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Review: Wait For Me

Title: Wait For Me

Author: Caroline Leech

Date of Publication: January 31st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The perfect blend of sweet romance and historical flavor, Wait for Me, from debut author Caroline Leech, brings a fresh new voice to a much-loved genre.

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

My Review:

Lorna has been helping her father on the farm and still attending school while her brothers have been away for the military. A German prisoner has been sent to the farm to help out the family, and Lorna is angry because he is an enemy. Paul has scars of his own because of the war and as Lorna spends more time with Paul she discovers more about the world and herself while her heart begins to orbit towards Paul.

I rarely read contemporary books unless I truly feel like they are going to be good, and I was pulled towards this one not only by the cover but the summary. I liked the fact that this is set in a different era. Anything dealing with World War II has always fascinated me and seeing how brave everyone during this time was is truly astonishing. I feel like most people today would have no idea what to do with themselves!

I loved all these characters because none of them were perfect, and instead they were just incredibly human and were full of emotions that were caused by everything they had been through. Lorna was a strong character, and she always stood up for herself and never did anything she didn’t want to do. She never shied away or was embarrassed by the scars on Paul’s face only that he was a German, but she gets past that and their romance was so achingly sweet.

I was annoyed with her friend Iris a LOT of the time. She just never quite would let herself decide for herself and kept listening to William all the time who by the way was a big jerk. The other characters I loved like Lorna’s father, Nellie, and Mrs. Mack.

This wasn’t just about the romance. It was about family, humanity, friendships, war, and emotional times. I think it is the perfect book for the YA crowd of this generation and anyone else that loves a great read!

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Review: Ruined

Title: Ruined

Author: Amy Tintera

Date of Publication: May 3rd, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

My Review:

After everything has been taken from Em she is set on revenge. Her plan involves killing a princess who is to be married to Prince Casimir of Lera and disguise herself as the princess. This princess was also the one who murdered Em’s father. Em is set on destroying the entire royal family and getting her sister back who they have taken, but Cas is not anything like her father. Will revenge get in the way?

Absolutely. Loved. This. Book. I was hesitant because there were a lot of mixed reviews, but I am glad I went with the good reviews because it was awesome. First off I really liked Em, and I could justify why she wanted revenge after everything that happened to the Ruined. Her sister has been kidnapped, her parents murdered, and the king of Lamir is set on destroying the Ruined. What I also loved was that Em is Ruined, but she doesn’t have any magic like the others. She only has her fighting skills which are really good fighting skills.

This fantasy world was both fun and dark which is a weird combination, but it works perfectly, and I loved Amy Tintera’s writing and the dialogue. There were a lot of witty lines.

Ruined is told in dual point of views between Em and Cas, and while I loved Em I have to say Cas was my favorite. He wasn’t cocky like a lot of the guys are portrayed in a lot of the YA books, but he was caring, funny, and a total bad A with a sword!

“He held her tighter. He would save her again, and again, no matter how angry he was with her.”

I loved the romance and how it blooms over the course of the book. Em goes from hate to slowly opening her heart, and Cas goes from falling for “Mary”, to hating Em, to loving Em. It may sound annoying, but it was perfect.

There is a lot of action, and a lot of killing. The author doesn’t hold back and there is some emotional stuff as well. Overall this book was spectacular, and I love and hate myself for reading it because I really want the second book in my hands!

 

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Review: My Lady Jane

Title: My Lady Jane

Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Date of Publication: June 7th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

My Review:

This book starts out with King Edward who is believed to be on his death bed, so he is influenced to leave the throne to his cousin Jane, and he arranges her a marriage to Gifford who is the son of one of his advisers.

Jane is a lover of books and is not too fond of the idea of an arranged marriage and has no idea that her future husband becomes a horse by day when they are wed. All she knows is that he has a reputation with the ladies that may also be not true, but she does not know this.

Gifford who is not a fan of his name and prefers to go by G pretty much just deals with his horse curse and upon learning of his arranged marriage all he knows about Jane is that she always has her nose in a book.

Betrayal comes to King Edward’s palace in all shapes and forms and upon this Jane is crowned Queen, but Edward’s sister Mary is on a mission to take back what she believes to be hers and rid the world of all Edians who are humans that can take form of different types of creatures.

I really liked this book, and it was a fun ride.  If you want something charming and not to be taken too serious then this is the book for you.  My only pet peeve was when the narrators would chime in every now and then.  Also I was surprised that this book was written by three authors because it is very consistent and sounds like one steady writer.

I forget at times that this is loosely based on a true story which is a very sad story in fact in our history, but this puts a happily ever after on those individuals that should have been able to live out a happy existence.

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