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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Reboot - Amy Tintera [Review]

This review may contain spoilers.
Title: Reboot
Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Reboot #1
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Pages: 365
Rating: ★★★
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.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Hiatus until Friday

I'm on holiday from today until Friday so I won't be able to post or comment back. See you all again on Saturday!

The Mortal Instruments Read-A-Long: Day 13 - Chapter 13 + "take a look at the set"

I'm really excited to be a part of this read-a-long hosted by Ramblings of a Book Junkie! From August 1st to August 21st there will be a post recapping a chapter from City of Bones and something extra that relates to the series. Make sure you stop by all the blogs!

Today: a recap of Chapter 13 and a look at the TMI set.


Chapter 13


The Memory of Whiteness


Location: Magnus' apartment
Clary is astonished to discover that her mother had the memory spell put on her with the help of Magnus. Jocelyn would go to Magnus every two and update the spell if not, it would wear off and Clary would begin to remember the world of Shadowhunters. Magnus has known Clary her whole life and she had no idea about him, she feels utterly betrayed by her mother at this point. Although, she is excited to know that all these years of feeling different haven’t come without cause, but she still is very angry. We learn a little more about the mysterious High Warlock; Magnus, that he was brought up in a religious home only to be nearly killed by his father for being half demon.
The spell can’t be reversed for that she might have permanent damage, she will have to let the memories find their way back…if at all. Magnus does let Clary learn some Runes from the Gray Book, a book full of the Nephilim’s Runes. This should speed up the remembrance process and help open up her mind to this world. They learn Magnus is no fool and will not help them retrieve the cup before Valentine.
As they are getting ready to leave, Isabelle tells them that Simon drank some kind of potion and now is a house rat. Clary flips a lid over the incident but luckily the effects will wear off in a few hours and he will be human again. Upon leaving Magnus pulls Clary back and warns her that her mother wouldn’t want Clary to risk her life to save hers, nor getting involved with the world that she fought so hard to protect her from; the Shadowhunters. While heading home Clary realizes that Simon is missing from her backpack, and rushes back to Magnus for answers. Jace and Clary learn that Magnus saw one of his guests leaving with a small brown rat…this guest was a Vampire.

Quotes


"Move it along, teenagers. The only person who gets to canoodle in my bedroom is my magnificent self." - Magnus

"I wouldn't feel too sorry for him. That's probably the closest he's ever gotten to second base." - Jace

"Not for free, darling, and you can't afford me." - Magnus


“So the Covenant’s all right with this – this mind-rape?” – Clary 

"Every teenager in the world feels like that, feels broken or out of place, peasants. The difference in your case is that it’s true. You are different. Maybe not better-but different. And it’s not picnic being different.” – Magnus


“If there was such a thing as terminal literalism, you’d have died in childhood.” – Jace 


“Vampires are such prima donnas” – Magnus 

Haha, I just love Magnus!

A look at the set


Here are some awesome BTS videos of the TMI set!




http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1695297/mortal-instruments-city-of-bones-preview.jhtml

http://mundiemoms.blogspot.nl/2013/08/mortal-instruments-behind-scenes.html
http://mundiemoms.blogspot.nl/2013/08/clips-and-b-roll-footage-from-mortal.html

(I was only able to embed one video, the rest is in the links)

Giveaway


Choose the e-book you'd like to win and enter the giveaway through the rafflecopter below. Take as many chances as you can following the instructions. The giveaway is sponsored by FLY HIGH, Maria Grazia's blog. It is open internationally and will end on August 22nd. There will be two winners. Good luck, everyone! 

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The Schedule

August 1st- Chapter 1 recap + meet Clary (Kayla)
August 2nd- Chapter 2 recap + meet Jace (Erika)

August 3rd- Chapter 3 recap + meet Simon (Jessica)

August 4th- Chapter 4 recap + meet Isabelle (Anastasia)
August 5th- Chapter 5 recap + meet Alec (Julie)
August 6th- Chapter 6 recap + meet Magnus (Kaitlin)
August 7th- Chapter 7 recap + all about shadowhunters (Liana)
August 8th- Chapter 8 recap + international covers (J. K. Quirantes)
August 9th- Chapter 9 recap + cast interviews (Anastasia)
August 10th- Chapter 10 recap + "my reaction when I found out TMI was becoming a movie" (Maria)
August 11th- Chapter 11 recap + my favorite Clary quotes (Zed)
August 12th- Chapter 12 recap + my favorite Jace quotes (The Book Wranglers)
August 13th- Chapter 13 recap + take a look at the set (Eveline) - TODAY!
August 14th- Chapter 14 recap + "if the movie didn't have..." (TJ)
August 15th- Chapter 15 recap + "I hope in the movie they..." (Ashtyn)
August 16th- Chapter 16 recap + "the first time I read this book..." (Amanda)
August 17th- Chapter 17 recap + An Extra (Zoe)
August 18th- Chapter 18 recap + Playlist (Jess)
August 19th- Chapter 19 recap + Trailer (Amanda)
August 20th- Chapter 20 + 21 recap + Shadowhunter Runes (Ivy)
Chapter 22 recap + Shadowhunter Runes (Liliana)
August 21st- Chapter 23 + Epilogue + Merchandise (Kayla)

What are your favourite parts in chapter 13? What are you looking forward to in the movie?

Monday, 12 August 2013

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) - Alexandra Bracken [ARC Review]

This review contains spoilers for those who haven't read book 1.

Title: Never Fade
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Release Date: October 15th 2013
Pages: 512
Rating: ★★★★(1/2)
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. 

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. 


As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Imperfect - Tina Chan [Excerpt + Free E-Book]

Title: Imperfect
Author: Tina Chan
Published: July 2013
Genre: YA Dystopia


Life is harsh for Kristi. She's the only Accident living in a world of Perfects. More often than not, she feels like a blemish on an otherwise utopian society. And her life is about to get worse. The government has arrested her adoptive parents and her brother goes missing. To top things off, Kristi somehow gets dragged into the mess and now she's a wanted fugitive...

Troop is less than he seems. Teachers love him. Colleges want him. Students revere him. There's even a hot girl after him. Life couldn't get any better than this, right? So, why doe she feel like he's a devil in disguise as an angel?


It's now available for free on Smashwords, get it here!

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About the Author:


Tina Chan is an avid reader, writer and runner. When she's not reading or writing, you can probably find her listening to music, playing racquetball or running outside. Some of her favorite genres to read include dystopian, YA, fiction, sci-fi, steampunk and mysteries. Tina also runs a book review site called The Book Landers.
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