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What Should I Read Next!?!

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What Do I Read Next?

I have this weird reading quirk. Now that I’ve been more consistent with my blog, once I finish a book, I don’t feel completely settled until I write a “fresh in my mind” book talk then I can move on to the next read.

So while I was sick, I breezed through Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, then Asunder by Jodi Meadows and then Perry came home to me in Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. After writing my Under the Never Sky book talk, I have yet to write one for each of the other books I read after.

This has been cumbersome due to me not being able to move on and read another book until I get these book talks written out. I’m such a dork. So I’ve been itching to read something new, especially to hold me over till January 28th when both of these series (mentioned above) will be releasing their conclusive third book of their corresponding series. (I’m saving up every penny till then) 

I am finally getting these book talks written out and need to move on to another world, couple, and read. I need your help! I have NO idea what to read next! I am completely at a loss right now. There isn’t one particular book that I am itching eagerly to delve into. I kind of have the same feelings for these books here. I want to read them all with the same level of desire and curiosity…which doesn’t help me…at. all.

Help!

What should I read next?

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Goodread Synopsis:

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

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Elusion by by Claudia GabelCheryl Klam

Goodreads Synopsis:

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

(Thanks @sarahshum for the giveaway win of this book ARC!)

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Synopsis: 

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

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Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Goodreads Synopsis:

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

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So there it is friends! The books from my much longer tangible TBR pile that of all the others I am most eager to sink my eyeballs into. Help me choose! 🙂 Thanks!

Either comment below or tweet me your suggestions @dreamymarie

Happy Reading ❤

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Book Talk: Deception by CJ Redwine

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photo courtesy of: Hope for Health website

 

BOOK CHAT WITH D.MARIE

“Grande White Mocha with one pump of Cinnamon Dulce?”

*grabs coffee and thanks Barista*

Is this my first Book Talk of 2014? One moment…

*goes through archives*

Nope, just kidding. “Under the Never Sky” was my first. This is then my first “Book-Talk” which really isn’t THAT different from other book blogging posts I’ve done.

Book Talks? What’s New:

For the most part, I will post Goodreads synopsis of the books we will be chatting about and then I will get into my overall feel coming out of the book.

Then, I’ll be posting what I believe will be a frequent addition to further book-talk posts:

Memorable Moments Tabs!

I did this for the last post and I liked it. I just listed off and shared memorable moments for me in the book. For those who read it, did you like that? It was Spoiler-y so is it a good idea? Does it only include those who’ve read it?

I feel if you haven’t read it, and are curious, it may stir more interest in reading the book…but because of Spoiler’s should I label major plot point Tabs?

I want to ramble about how I felt about said books, but I also want those who stumble along to enjoy and find what they’re looking for when they chose to click on zee blog post about a book.

I’d love your insights on what you look for when you see “Book Talk (insert book name here)”. What are you interested in reading?

Now…on to the book at hand!

*sips coffee* Let’s Chat!

First, I would like to say that I LOVE C.J. Redwine. I follow her on Twitter (twitter handle: @cjredwine) and she is hilarious and a major lover of all things Benedict Cumberbatch!

And today (1-8-14) is her Birthday! YAY! Happy Birthday C.J. *sends BC gifs*

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When an author is awesome as a person, it indeed makes me curious to check their brain out through a book they wrote.

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Deception is the second book in the Defiance trilogy by C.J. Synopsis? Sure…here is it! Brought to you by-Goodreads!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel (kick-butt redhead <~~~I, Des, added that *wink*… as you were), grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight

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Warning: Spoilers will ensue…

There is A LOT that happens both in book one and book two of this series. Holy Moly and talk about PLOT TWIST in the last few chapters of Book two! In book one, I loved the tension between Logan and Rachel. Omylanta, when she was sent to live with Logan (his “genius” without thinking idea) because Rachel needed to have a Protector over her…I LOVED those later sexual tension scenes. Logan pretending he didn’t like Rachel in that way–pfft! Right.

Book one ended with a breakthrough in their relationship where confessions of love are made. They went through hell together and apart. They left us just as Baalboden was devastated from their failed attempt to bring forth “The Cursed One”.

In the beginning of book two, I felt the pressure Logan had now as the leader of the Baalboden survivors. I do like that this story has been told through both Rachel’s and Logan’s point of view (POV). Logan, who was the outcast orphan–after the Commander *glares at Commander*–I do. not. like. that guy–killed his mother in the middle of the street for him to see. Now, here he stood, with all this new pressure to lead these frantic, confused allegiance citizens…there are like five out of the almost two hundred survivors who are actually on Logan’s side…no pressure!

Poor Rachel…throughout 95% of this book she is traumatized by many things. The Commander forced her into a covered wagon and killed, slaughtered Oliver in front of her. His blood…everywhere. She later finds out her father indeed died. Then there’s Melkin–the professional the Commander sent with Rachel to go find her father’s package. He was being threatened to bring the package and kill Rachel or else his wife, Eloise–who is pregnant–will die.

Rachel and him fought and she killed him. His blood stained her skin and haunted her dreams. This poor girl’s nightmares! She is haunted with the overwhelming scent and flood of blood as Oliver, her Father and Melkin hiss at her within those nightmares. There were two “Feels” moments in the beginning with Rachel and Logan but after that, Rachel keeps pulling away, sinking deeper into a numbing shell.

I read the first half of this book a few months ago, then put it down because I knew book three was still a ways away to be released. This whole reading series and needing to wait almost a year for the next to come out is…AGONY!

When I got sick this past week, I declared it a “Reading Weekend”, meaning I was not going to feel guilty for NOT being productive. The first book I picked up was Deception. It was time to not feel meh. about leaving something half done. I am a little rusty with all the details from the first half. After a quick review, I remember all the CRAP they went through. My goodness!

The pace did slow down a bit only because they were on a LONG journey with this HUGE crowd of survivors to guide and worry about. I felt the mundane portions of their travel. I had heart spikes when things like, the boys guarding being murdered happened *sad face*. The sorrow of burying them, the fury in both Logan’s and Rachel’s hearts–I felt it. Then it was back to the long, strenuous journey to hopefully, safety inside Lankenshire’s walls.

IAN!

Holy Deceiving-Never-Trusted-Him-but-Didn’t-See-That-Coming Batman!

The last 150 0r so pages of the book really picked up suddenly. From the moment when Logan decided to blow up the bridge over the river but needed to get everyone safely across it first, and Thom…Oh Thom… *sniffles* so much was slowly being revealed.

This was a journey read, like I was literally stepping into this adventure fantasy with them and walking through the Wastelands, experiencing it all with them. I have been enjoying this series very much. A LOT of craziness and action happens in this book!

And now…

MEMORABLE MOMENTS TABS!

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Share them with me if you’ve read it or read along if you don’t mind spoilers and maybe need more incentive to pick this read up…

Tab #1  Rachel physically teaching Logan archery *wiggles eyebrows*

This was a great scene in the beginning of the book. We come out of book one with that wonderful kiss starting underwater and then surfacing and love confessions *girly squeal* so coming into book two, you’re hoping for some “feels” after that. They have the weight of world on them–mainly Logan and he’s stressed and over thinking EVERYTHING! His brain is an old mathematical adding machine. Rachel is all instinct. Not being able to catch a simple rabbit with a bow and arrow, Rachel mocks his taking 10 minutes, letting the rabbit escape before shooting.

She gets behind him, molding her body with his and he cant concentrate *giggles* He gets all nerdy, trying to think about the proper method for creating a battery just to give his mind anything else to think about…

“Got it,” she says, and her lips brush the side of my neck.

All thoughts of assembling batteries fly out of my head.

I spin away from the rabbit, toss the bow onto the ground, and pull Rachel against me before she can open her mouth to tell me she was right–for once, poetry was the answer instead of math.

Eep!

Tab #2 Rachel trying to seduce Logan in the tent to run away from her nightmares

Poor Rachel wakes up every night screaming till she is hoarse from her nightmares but refuses to talk about them. Logan wakes her up, begging her to talk to him, let him in.

Poor boy almost didn’t stand a chance. He tries pulling away and stopping her. Finally does, and her ego is bruised. He reassures her that he most definitely wants her but not like this, not to hide or run away from something, using him as a distraction.

I almost felt embarrassed for Rachel and then wanted to yell at her.

“Get it together woman! If you do, you and Logan could enjoy each others love more! Gosh!” *storms away from Rachel after poking her with every syllable*

Then I remember what she’s going through and feel bad for her. I can’t imagine watching someone take a life you love right in front of you and then taking a life yourself.

Tab #3 Thom’s sacrifice for Logan *quiver lip*

Our next tab is alllllll the way into the last half of the book. Logan and Jodi were racing in the wagon behind the entire group he’s leading, trying to keep Carrington’s army and the Commander at bay in time to bomb the bridge, leaving them with no access to follow and attack. Logan and Jodi are on the bridge and the army is catching up. Logan has these jars of glycerin and acid. There are too many from the survivors group still lagging behind. Logan forces Jodi to take the wagon and fill it with the rest who are behind and get the HECK. OFF. THE. BRIDGE. Which means…Logan wouldn’t make it. His stupid plan was to try and jump off the bridge before the explosion, into the rocky water below and hope he can survive.

“What?! Logan! Here you are screaming at Rachel for sacrificing herself without thinking. Granted, hers have been more emotionally driven, and reckless but still…Logan? Dieing is NOT an option!”

Here comes Thom on horse, gets off, gives Logan the horse and tells him to go, he’ll blow up the bridge.

A sense of sick desperation wells up within me. “The group needs us both. Go back, Thom. Please.”

He meets my eyes, and pulls the sleeve of his tunic up to his elbow. A bouquet of purple-black bruises mottles the underside of his arm (the poison).

“I’m a walking dead man, Logan. Let me die with dignity. I want my life to count for something bigger than myself.”

“Thom,” I whisper. My throat closes, and my eyes burn.

…”Your life already counts for something bigger than yourself. I couldn’t have come this far without you. You’re a hero. Even before you blow up this bridge, you’re a hero.”

*ugly sobs* Oh Thom. Theses people used to think Logan was scum, an outcast of dirt on the street no one liked. Here now was Logan, a revered leader who was admired and respected unto death. This moment hit the “feels” a bit there.

Tab #4 Oh freaking chapter 40 *weeps into sleeve* Why? C.J. Why? (turn away if you don’t want to know who dies…)

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I didn’t expect this but yes…I cried in this part. My heart clenched and my throat tightened. I felt Rachel’s pain…her best friend. The girl with the big heart who loved Rachel. Rachel who is difficult to love–she says–was loved whole-heartedly by Sylph. Since they were children, they were inseparable. The memories Rachel reminisces on as Sylph slowly is dying and OMY-freaking-LANTA, Smithson! Ugh! Poor Smithson–her husband. He’s by her side, weeping, stroking her hair. *quivering lip times ten*

I am seriously welling up tears here going over text for you guys! *takes a breath*

“Oh Sylph.” I breathe her name out and the pain rushes in. A knot in my chest sends bright shards of hurt into my veins with every heartbeat…

…”Please,” Smithson whispers, and Sylph tries to smile.

The rag can’t contain the blood. It gushes from Sylph and coats my hands…

…Her lips move, but no sound comes out. I don’t need to hear the words, though. I know Sylph would spend her dying breath telling us she loves us.

“I love you, too,” I say, and stay pressed against her.

*wails ugly sobs* Four pages of this moment and scene developing to Sylph’s last breath. Rip my freaking heart out! It was such a beautifully told moment of loss. I felt it as a reader and as Rachel. Man…that was such a tough scene. Well done, C.J. *wipes tear*

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Tab #5 HOLY PLOT TWIST REVELATION BATMAN!

Logan…was..born…in…ROWANSMARK? And his parents aren’t his parents?! His mother, whose death he has carried with a fire and need for justice within him…wasn’t…his…mother?!

Here are these two nerdy old men talking about maps and gibberish and here comes the one from Lankenshire, Darius, just walking right up to Logan and telling him with such conviction,

“We both know you were born in Rowansmark.” Darius’  words linger in the air between us, and I frown. “You’re mistaken. Now abut Hodenswalk and Chelmingford–“

“It’s uncanny,” Darius says, leaning forward as if he wants a closer look at me. “You have Marcus’ eyes, but everything else look like Julia.”

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT OLD MAN!?

I was completely taken off guard by this. There was NOTHING that led to someone figuring this out. Holy Guacamole. What the what? Rowansmark is THE enemy. That already, not cool. Telling Logan the woman he thought was his mother, killed by the Commander, is not his mother…whoa! THEN, he goes off revealing about the “lost McEntire boy”.

So much unravels from this, leading to Tab #7…the other PLOT TWIST! The revelation of whose been leaving those cryptic messages in Logan’s tent or stuff since the beginning.

Tab #6 Ok, I laughed out loud here…The best line that has ever come out of Quinn’s mouth. Then the truth about Quinn’s motives revealed…

This was hilarious but also felt SO out of character for Quinn. All this time, I never found him capable of pulling off wit like this but I will happily ignore that and enjoy the scene. It was hilarious.

All along, Quinn has acted crush-worthy in regards to Rachel. His over protectiveness towards her, always being there for her and THEN, helping her break through the mess in her head to the point she’s sobbing on his lap…and then Logan walks in. He asks for a word with him outside. Rachel’s too weak in her hospital bed to run after them before Logan kills Quinn. *laughing*

I turn to face him. “I don’t know how to feel about you right now.”

His brow rises, but he remains silent.

“On the one hand, I’m incredibly grateful to you for saving Rachel’s life. It almost cost you your own. I don’t know how to repay that.” I realize I’m advancing on him, and make myself stop halfway across the room. “On the other hand, I want to kill you.”

And here’s the most random thing I would’ve ever thought Quinn would say and I loved it.

“You’re welcome. And please don’t.”

I wasn’t expecting it, stopped reading and laughed.

Then they go back and forth, as Logan tries to settle this issue of Quinn being in love with Rachel.

“You love her. I get it. And because you do, you’re the perfect person to protect her. But if you think you can just…” I choke on the words. On the image of Quinn’s arms wrapped around Rachel while she snuggles against his chest. “I respect you. Don’t make me have to hurt you.”

His mouth drops open. “You think I’m in love with Rachel?”

I stare at him for a moment as the anger slowly fizzles and confusion takes its place. “Well, I did until you just said her name like that.”

LOVED IT!

They later go back and find Rachel hanging off the bed in attempts to have gone after them. *chuckling* That was good.

Tab #7 FREAKING IAN! COME ON!

Ian’s the punk leaving cryptic messages of atonement. Ian’s the bastard who slaughtered I don’t how many young boy guards in cold blood. Ian is the *angry keyboard flail* sdsfoewhfewfosabfa who poisoned the marked killing the one I mentioned above that I gave options not to know in case you didn’t want to know and read it first *heaves* IAN!

He has been working with the Rowansmark trackers, he’s Marcus’ son who is seeking revenge–he calls it Atonement, pfft!–he’s…he’s…LOGAN’S BROTHER! And trying to KILL HIM!

What the WHAT!? The ending to book two escalates tremendously and I was in shock at everything that unraveled.

Why C.J.? Why August for Book three!?

And last….

Tab #8 A little “FEELS” to carry us along as we wait for the continuation unto completion. I have been personally told by C.J. through twitter that there will be MANY FEELS in Book 3 *hugs pillow & squeals into it like a thirteen year old at a OneDirection’s concert*

So they need to face some foe. Now that Ian’s evilness is revealed, it’s time to END HIM! Rachel’s still very weak and her arm is injured. Logan needs to help her put on the Dragonskin thats like this ha-mazing lightweight but strong armor. The only problem is that she is not wearing an undertunic. Awkward moment with Adam there. He “um’s” his way out of the room, leaving Logan and Rachel alone to do this.

He finds a pretty sleek undertunic and needs to undress her of the tunic to then put it on. She’s turned around away from him and he promises not to look at anything she isn’t ready for him to see. Oh the feels.

I’ll leave you curious enough to want to read it. Let’s just say, he digs him fingers into her hips and tells her, not asks her to “Walk away. Please.”

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That’s all folks!

I didn’t intend for this to be so long. I’m working on different ways to put these out there. I like the Memorable Tabs but need to adjust the first half more.

Either way, the point is sharing the read! Hope you all check this one out! You should…look, Johnny Depp did (ok, no, it’s actually an edit someone created for C.J. but still)

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Happy reading!

<3, D Marie

 

 

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (book review)

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Goodreads Synopsis:

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11594257-under-the-never-sky?from_search=true

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This is book one from Veronica Rossi’s trilogy. (Tri-logy meaning tres books *winks*)

I am extremely glad that I got on the Perry and Aria bandwagon late, why?

Well, because I am hooked and book three already is set to release at the end of this month so I can read the whole series like the impatience fangirl I am! (said all that in one breath)

I had this book on my TBR pile for a few months now. I had received it with three other books I ordered by mail. It was one happy day. I had a book photoshoot day. Interesting enough, one of my most popular reblogs on Tumblr have been the shot of this very book.

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So what did I think about this:

The world is a Dystopian survival story set far in the future with hints of Sci-Fi, I guess you could say. Veronica Rossi gives us two worlds. The world where the Dwellers abide in man-made Pods. The “government” I guess you could say, created these high technology Pod dwellings underground to protect people from the Aether storms. These Aether storms are high electrically charged storms that have destroyed and incinerated towns, cities. Within these Pod dwellings, science has dominated their way of living. Everything that is done, is done with a purpose. Children are carefully manufactured scientifically–no one’s an accident, no trait, look is an accident. Everyone is beautiful. Everyone has perfect teeth. No woman goes through menstruation, (theres a reason I mention this–yes, it may or may not have been brought up in the book through a certain scene. Cue: Mortification) hence the reproductive process is all scientific. They believe anything else would be animalistic, savage-like. How do they live and entertain themselves underground in these dwellings? Well, through Realms of course! Everyone in these Pods (i.e. Reverie, Bliss, etc) wear Smarteyes. They are clear almost silicone patches that go over your Left eye. Instantly, the device attaches like a leech/parasite connecting with your brain. This then gives you the opportunity to visit Realms. You can go, be, do, anything you desire just by the thought of it.

Aria is one of our main characters. The story is presented through a Dual-Perspective. Our second main character is Peregrine a.k.a. Perry.

Aria is a Dweller, or a Mole as the Outsiders snicker. She grew up in Reverie with her Mother, Lumina, who is one of the high level scientist/geneticist. She opens the story and all we know is that she is in search of information about her Mother. She had been worried. It has been five days from the start of the book and her mother has not checked in. Even with her mother being far in Bliss, busy with her medical research, they had daily scheduled visits in the Realm where Lumina and Aria would meet in a magnificent Opera theatre, and at Lumina’s request, Aria would sing an Opera piece, using her genetically beautiful Soprano range, set in place before birth by her mother. Soren, the son of Reverie’s Director of Security–Consul Hess–would be her target to get answers out of. Lies and a framing cause Aria to be thrown out and left alone at “the Death Shop” out in the Outsiders world to die. Dwellers bodies don’t last in the Outside.

Perry is what the Dwellers call the Outsiders, or Savages. All we know is that many vicious and horrifying stories have been told to all Dwellers about those who live on the Outside of the Pods, with the Aether storms–such as cannibals. The Outsider’s world resembles much of Native American living. They don’t seem to posses any advanced technologies. Perry comes from a tribe called The Tides. There, his brother, Vale is Blood Lord–the leader of the tribe. The only way another can rise is through a fight to the death. Either you die at the hand of the new Blood Lord who challenged you for the position or you surrender with a knife at your throat and pledge your life to them. Talon is Vale’s son–Perry’s nephew–whom he has a deep connection with. They are all recently mourning the death of Val’s wife, Talon’s mother, Mila. Tension between Vale and Perry carry out, leaving Talon in the middle, as Perry’s desire stirs and believes he needs to be Blood Lord. That means either his brother’s unlikely submission or death. Talon has already lost one parent, could he really be the cause of leaving him without the other?

Tragedy, Secrets, and Lies begin and thrust these two polar opposites together unexpectedly. Aria needs answers, and needs to find her mother. Perry’s nephew is kidnapped by Dwellers–Aria’s people–and he will stop at nothing to get Talon back.

The world-building is beautiful and well done. The entire time I am reading, I can see the brilliant blues that cast light and shadows across the sky and land on the Outside. At one point, Aria describes looking up and the sky appearing as Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

There are Scires and Audiles, Seers and then there’s Cinder–just a boy with a gift no one has ever seen before. On the outside they have those who they called “Marked”. Those Marked have gifts of scenting emotions which are called tempers–the Scires. Audiles have a keen sense of hearing from yards, miles away and if they touch another, they can even read their thoughts. Seer’s …umm, so I don’t remember what they can do exactly, I just know they tend to have the ability best in the day, Perry is a rare one who can see clearly in the night, like a cat.

I loved this book through and through. I pretty much devoured 80% of it in two nights…two long nights. I didn’t sleep when normal people sleep due to staying up till 3am in the morning each night. It was New Years Eve and New Years Day so it was fine.

I loved the main characters. These two characters are quickly becoming one of my favorite YA couples. I would absolutely recommend this book. Go find it, check it out! The entire series will be available by the end of this month so you can eat it up in one sitting! I agree with one reader, I think I would have really enjoyed this story being told through 1st person instead of 3rd person perspective. It took a little time for me to get used to, since lately all I’ve read is 1st person. In the end, you get used to it. Veronica Rossi at least still does a great job at describing well their thoughts and emotions in the moment.

This concludes the non-SPOILER section of this review…Further down, I will now go into certain details that will give away moments, details, plot info from the book.

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Spoilers Section:

I love Spoiler sections. This is where I get all fangirl and squeal, and scream, and jump up and down and…ok, ok…let’s get to it.

I love Perry and Aria together and I love Perry. I thoroughly enjoyed how much Aria and Perry HATED each other for pretty much the entire first half of this book. It was well done *golf claps*

“Well done, Veronica Rossi”.

I understand the tension. Here is Aria, being kicked out of Reverie, left to DIE all due to stupid Consul Hess (Soren’s–the arrogant jackweed’s father) wanting to cover up his son’s moment of CRAZY where he went ape-crazy (literally) and burned down Ag6, killing Aria’s best friend, Paisley and most of the others he force-locked within the abandoned Ag6 that night. To cover up his sons MAJOR indiscretion, he got rid of the evidence–ARIA; who unfortunately mentioned recording on her Smarteye proof of Soren’s moment of crazy. We know that she lost the Smarteye Soren RIPPED off her face, and that Perry found it and kept it. Here she is, dropped off in the Death Shop they all have heard so much horror about, left at the mercy of the Aether storms, in a medisuit–possibly her only means of surviving as long as she has out there–so she believes.

On the other side of things, we have Perry. He and Vale fought, hence Perry skulked off in a tantrum to the Dweller pod in the first place. He found an apple for Talon (Talon’s favorite and rare to find) and got himself tangled in this mess with Aria.

They, Aria’s people, kidnap Talon and tried to kill Perry. They didn’t succeed. Perry and his crazy scent gift finds Aria in the middle of nowhere, where an Aether storm is about to attack her. He football tackles her, yelling that he lost everything because of her, a Mole. She is just as feisty, yelling for him to not touch her. He’s a Savage and she is disgusted by him and his ability to probably infect her just by breathing near her.

The only reason Perry even bothers not leaving her out there to die, is because he needs her to get Talon back. She tries to escape him but isn’t successful, especially when this barbaric Savage threatens you with a large knife.

Throughout the story, enters Roar who is hilarious and awesome. He’s full of himself but in that good humored way that breaks tensions when they’re high. He’s apparently very good looking and an Audile. He loves Liv, Perry’s sister but she was given to another Blood Lord for a wife as a trade for food provisions for the Tides. I am excited to see his story unfold. I love the little elements he provides in the story–bridge between Perry and Aria at times.

Here’s some cool fanart I found: Margot from EpicReads does this Fauxtography series inspired by YA books. The berries images inspired by the scene in the book with Perry teaching Aria how she can tell safe berries from poisonous ones; those are her photos someone used to make this collage below 🙂

Margot’s The Real Fauxtographer “Under the Never Sky” shot here

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Peregrine-under-the-never-sky-30735781-578-306I loved this fan art of Perry and the storms. I think he looks perfect. Even his almost dreaded hair, the tattoos, weapons–brilliant!

Scenes I TABBED in my book as memorable: (chronological order)

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Tab #1 – The moment Aria brought into the story the title of the book. (page 124)

“Do the clouds ever clear?” she asked.

“Completely? No. Never.”

“What about the Aether? Does that ever go away?”

“Never, Mole. The Aether never leaves.”

She looked up. “A world of nevers under a never sky.”

Tab #2 – The infamous berries scene (page 167-169)

So they are NOT getting along here. She just witnessed him kill, no wait, slaughter and decapitate cannibals in the wild who manipulated Aria with kindness. After days of not getting Perry to talk and being afraid of him, here comes this one guy, charismatic, young and kindly conversing with her. Aria had gone to find berries to prove she could be useful while Perry left her in the cave to hunt. Watching him slaughter these men turned her stomach and an anger of disgust rose within towards Perry’s ability to do such a thing. Later, he offers to find food to feed her but she snapped at him saying she wanted nothing from him.

So he cleverly goes over and brings a branch of berries. He tells her that he’ll teach her to hunt for her own food then. She responds to this and he’s relieved. So he tells her that first, she needs to crush a small piece and smell it.

Here, her scent is now of violets and not of decay and death as it was in the beginning when they met…

PAUSE. TIME OUT…

Can we talk about WHY her scent is NOW violets. I didn’t TAB this part but oh, it is most definitely memorable.

“Holy Red Faced Mortification Batman!”

The end of chapter 16 (Perry’s POV chapter-page 153-154)…Oh, dear, I’m laughing replaying the entire scene in my head. Aria wakes up and he instantly breathes in her temper and panics, asking her what’s wrong.

She tells him that she is dying. She’s bleeding.

Poor Perry freaks out trying to assess the situation. Where is she bleeding? Her feet? Or did she eat the poisonous berries (this is remember, before the berries scene)?

Perry inhales and suddenly, her musky Dweller scent is almost gone.

For the first time since he’d known her, her flesh smelled like something he recognized, feminine and sweet.

He smelled violets.

He took a step back, swearing silently as it hit him. “You’re not dying…you really don’t know?”

“I don’t know anything anymore.”

Perry looked down at the ground and drew another breath, no doubt in his mind.

“Aria…it’s your first blood.”

“What The…Omylanta…WHAT?” was everything I was repeating in my head over and over. I was MORTIFIED for her. It continues now with the next chapter, 17-ARIA’s POV.

She was bleeding. Like an animal. Dwellers didn’t menstruate.

She’d been prepared for death. Death was to be expected on the outside. A normal consequence of being tossed into the Death Shop. But no matter how she looked at it, menstruating was utterly barbaric.

And this gorgeous, wild looking guy had to tell her! Oh dear God, where is the mercy!? *laughing, cringing, laughing more*

Anyway, back to the berries. Now thanks to her new found bloody circumstance, the up side? She smelled like violets now.

Next, Perry had her look at the color of the berries. Then, rub it on her skin, after that, put it on her lip. Perry’s heartbeat picks up watching her do these things. She’s oblivious, feeling determined and strong to learn something for her own independence. He starred at her lower lip even after she had placed the berry there. He couldn’t look away. Now, he told her to place it on her tongue.

Perry shot to his feet before he finished the words, nearly tripping over himself. He ran a hand over his head, feeling skitty, like he needed to laugh or run or do something. He picked up a stone and tossed it into the creek, trying to get the image of her tasting the berry out of his mind. Trying to keep from pumping her scent into his nose like wanted to.

They have then a light moment, and laugh. It’s a wonderful scene. Of course, one of my favorites. Be sure to check out the entire fauxto from Margot’s YA book Fauxto series (link above the fanart collage).

Tab #3 – (page 238-243) Aria is at Marron’s and finds out the Auds overheard that Bliss was destroyed by an Aether–where her mother is. Roar’s brilliant and snarky matchmaking plot leading Perry to go to Aria’s room to comfort her himself. Perry was hoping Roar would go since Aria and Roar get along so well and well, due to his own silent nature, they haven’t clicked yet through conversation the same. He’s been also trying to avoid her because they have no chance together, so why torture himself and go there?

I laughed out loud when Roar gave his analogy of his own moment with Liv.

“Remember that time I was trying to talk to Liv and I fell off the roof?

Later, Perry not understanding where this was going…

“Was there a point to that story?” Perry stepped out as soon as the elevator doors parted. “Are you coming?”

“Fall off your own roof, Perry,” he said as the door slid closed.

Best. Line. Ever.

So Perry goes, hesitates but enters the room to find Aria sitting on her bed, hurting. He scans the room and knows the only other place to sit is in the space beside Aria…on the bed. The eternity for him to take those four steps to her bed. He sits and notices nervously every detail that only when you’re mind is reeling, and emotions are heightened, do you notice.

They converse and have some breakthrough. My favorite is after he apologizes for not being kinder during the first part of their journey, she says she’ll forgive him on two conditions.

First–she cons him into explaining his own temper right now (in that moment). It’s very vulnerable for him and though he tries, he freaks out, clams up from being so exposed and says he just can’t do it.

“Now you have an idea how it feels. How exposed I feel around you.”

Perry laughed. “That was tricky of you…”

Then, her second condition,

“Will you stay? I think I’d sleep better if you stayed here tonight. Then we could miss them together.”

Love it!

Tab #4 – Perry finally asks to hear Aria sing (After already hearing her accidentally on one of the first nights in a cave, when she woke from her first Dream/nightmare and was singing to herself). Page 250-252

Here everything changes on the outside for Perry and Aria. Things held within, not spoken, begin to be expressed. Its so second nature for her to sing. She knows she can and never hesitates to do it. Possibly from years of her mother having her perform during their visits. Also must be after her last encounter with her mother–in person–denying her mother a moment to hear Aria sing for real, not in a Realm, which was weird and uncommon for Aria. She had a sullen teenager moment and was a complete brat, singing a ridiculous song instead. It was the last time she was able to sing for her mother. Perhaps, that kept her from wanting to ever hold back when asked to sing. Plus, she was confident because it was genetically something she knew was given to her.

She sings for Perry and he is mesmerized.

Perry closed his eyes when she was finished. “You have a voice as sweet as your scent,” he said, his words deep and quiet. “Sweet as violets.”

Her heart stopped in her chest. He thought she had a scent like violets? “Perry…do you want to know the words?”

His eyes flew open. “Yes.”

Her eyes never shifted away from his as she translated and it’s as though a force pulled their hands together. Something now changed between them. It was beautiful. My feels were so jumping in my heart!

Tab #5 The Van Gogh’s Starry Night reference that painted more clearly what I was already seeing in my head while reading this. Page 294

Tab #6 THEIR FIRST KISS *squeals* *flails arms around* *grabs Russ-teddy-and squeezes him with joy painted on my face*

pages 295-298 <~~~cause Roar comes and jokingly interrupts!

Roar had been teaching Aria to fight with a knife. That was Roar’s specialty weapon, not Perry’s. His was the bow and arrow. One day, Aria is practicing by herself and later catches Perry standing there, watching her for who knows how long. He offers to be her sparring partner today cause Roar is still sleeping. Freaking out she pretends it’s “Cool”.

After some genuine back and forth and then sprinkle on some flirting, Perry gave in like a man in heat *rolls head back laughing* He tosses his blade aside.

“I can’t concentrate. I thought I could do this.” He put his hands up in defeat. “Can’t.” Then he came closer. Aria didn’t think her heart could beat any faster, but then it did, faster with every step he took toward her, until it hammered against her chest, making her breathless when he stopped right in front of her.

“I’ve been watching you and Roar. Wanting it to be me training with you.” His shoulders came up. “I don’t want to do it now.”

“Why?” Aria’s voice was high and thin.

He smiled, a flash of shyness, before he leaned close. “There are other things I’d rather do when I’m alone with you.”

Time to step off the edge. “Then do them.”

*gasps* ARIA!

Eeeep! Feels!

Tab #7 Umm…errr…yeah…so treehouse, Aria, Perry, Divergent shirt off-Tattoo touching-makeout-scene moment (funny, they both have one…and…I dont hate it! ) and then…*clears throat* Aria and Perry bond and are joined intimately. I love the last paragraph, page 325. Nicely done VRossi! *winks*

And last but not least…

Tab #8 The Spontaneous Kiss:(page 327) The only thing I dared mark this book with. I lightly, highlighted it cause it was just too darn sweet and precious. I loved this.

In the afternoon, they stopped to eat on a rocky outcrop. Perry brushed a kiss on her cheek while she was chewing, and she learned that it was the loveliest thing to be kissed for no reason, even while chewing food. It brightened the woods, and the never sky, and everything. Aria embraced the tactic, calling it the Spontaneous Kiss…

*sighs serenely*

Well, there it is folks. If those tabs didn’t stir your curiosity to read this book, then I don’t know what will. I mean, for those who haven’t and still decided to read through all the spoilery parts.  I enjoyed this book. It was just a wonderful, beautiful, endearing story filled with brilliant imagination and dimensional characters that you can’t help but love!

I hope if you havent, you will check out this series. I am staring my mailbox down wanting the second book of the series immediately. I am glaring more at my inbox which has yet to tell me that the Amazon seller has shipped my book. *mouth curves downward* Not happy…not at all. Well, that’s what I get for being impatient and ordering something online on New Years Eve…

Really Des? Really?

Happy Reading Everyone! Till next time!

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Book Haul: November 2013

Omylanta, let’s talk about BOOK HAUL

*book shimmy*

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Ok, Tumblr-slightly disappointment there weren’t more options and better quality of Ally McBeal dancing baby gifs.

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Target revamped their YA section 🙂

Hello blog world, bookish friends, writers and all! I rarely have the opportunity for a Book Haul because, well, my pocket is not very deep, if you catch my drift. Every once in a while, a paycheck will allot me the opportunity for a splurge here and there. I had no intention of making Fall November 2013, a big Bookish splurge but…well…here it is *giggles nervously*

First, I went on Amazon and found four books I have really wanted for months now. So…I purchased them! Next week is going to feel like Christmas in November *squeals*

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

(2nd book of the Shatter Me series)

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

(1st book of the trilogy)

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

(2nd book of The Selection trilogy)

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Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

(1st book of the trilogy)

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*happy dance* Can’t wait to get these in my hands. I am going to need to do a book reading binge soon. So many books, so little time. So here I was thinking, I got books to last me for a bit when all of a sudden, I did something I shouldn’t. I went to Target. Oh, Target, you dangerous wonderland of goodness. The picture above is from Target. They upgraded their Young Adult literature section and added a Middle Grade section. I went to Target for some needed errands and found my way passing through this dangerous and wonderful section. Then…this happened.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

(final book of the Hunger Games trilogy)

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Legend by Marie Lu

(1st of the trilogy)

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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That makes a grand total of: 7 books!

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, today a Harper Collins editor had a giveaway celebrating her 5 years with Harper. She was giving away books she’s edited…and…I WON A BOOK! (Thanks for much @sarahshum!!!)

*book shimmy & moonwalk*

I don’t know what book I won, *chuckles* but HarperCollins and their HarperTeen division (Epic Reads, ya know) is my favorite publishing house. I love their books! So that brings a total of EIGHT books for this unexpected Fall November 2013 Book Haul!

In the next couple of weeks, I may be planning a book reading binge weekend! I will disappear from the world, put aside my writing, and just binge on books! I’ll let you all know when that happens. Wanna join me? I’m hoping if I focus the entire three days on reading, I can finish a book a day and have three knocked off the TBR (to-be-read) list! Ambitious, I know. The thing is, since I’ve been focusing on finishing the first draft of my book, I’ve been spending my days writing more than reading. Now, with all these goodies in my possession, I miss getting lost and just devouring some good books, finding new book boyfriends, escaping to other worlds, lives…you know! *winks*

I’ll call it:

BOOK BINGE NOVEMBER-WEEKEND!

All books, 72 hours. Of course with breaks to eat and I assume fitting in a shower a day…maybe. Hmm, I’m processing as I’m writing this. I may want to make this a monthly event in my life. I’m a hermit by nature-Introverted. This might work splendidly. Again, I’ll let you all know. Then I can focus on giving reviews on each book from that weekend and something else fun…I need to brainstorm.

Any-hoo, that’s all folks! Hope you all have a great weekend!

SHOUT OUT TO NaNoWriMo BOOKNERDS!

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Sending some love and positive writing juices to all those awesome people tackling NaNoWriMo this month! I seriously admire you all for attacking those manuscripts. Perhaps I will join the next one!

Alright folks! Happy Reading, Writing and well, just have fun! I hear Thor’s out *squeals*