Review || Red Rising


Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Digital
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon or Book Depository.

Synopsis:

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generation ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow – and Reds like him – are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

READ THE ENTIRE POST

Advertisements

Review || Aaru


Title: Aaru
Author: David Meredith
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Paperback
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon.

How much would our history and current understanding of the world change if Isaac Newton or Rosalind Franklin lived a couple more decades? If creative minds like Vincent van Gogh or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were able to produce much more of their art? Imagine a world where the essence of the most brilliant of minds can be preserved in a virtual reality that stretches indefinitely. Imagine a world impervious to death.

This is exactly the premise that the Elysian Industries dedicated itself to as they worked to develop Aaru, a virtual arcadian paradise where people can live forever without worrying about pain, illness, or death. It is through 16-year-old cancer patient Rose Johnson’s participation that the Aaru system is finally perfected and ready to be deployed for public consumption.

READ THE ENTIRE POST

Review || Warcross (+ Giveaway)


Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Copy: Paperback
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* More about the blog tour.
* Purchase via Amazon or Book Depository.

Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

READ THE ENTIRE POST

Review || The Other Side of Gravity


Title: The Other Side of Gravity
Author: Shelly Crane
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Copy: Digital
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon or Book Depository.

Synopsis:

My name is Maxton and I’m a trader.

I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market, too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else—don’t get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her.

READ THE ENTIRE POST

Review || Titanborn


Title: Titanborn
Author: Rhett Bruno
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller
Copy: Digital
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon.

I received a digital Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Rhett Bruno!

After a massive meteorite nearly wiped out the human population to the point of extinction, mankind shifted its focus towards human expansion, actively seeking out means to safely inhabit other celestial bodies in the universe.

The story begins three hundred years after the meteorite hit. At this point, several places in the solar system—such as Luna (the moon), Mars, Europa (one of Jupiter’s moons), and Titan (one of Saturn’s moons)—are now populated by man. Those who are born on Earth are referred to as Earthers whereas everyone else is called as off-worlders. Additionally, the old forms of government all collapsed and have been replaced by the United Sol Federation (USF). However, the USF is actually a structure without real power due to the existing, prevalent corporate politics. Private corporations—namely Pervenio and Venta—are truly the ones in control.

READ THE ENTIRE POST

Mini Reviews || Batch 6

The books for Batch 6 are as follows:

  • Always Kiss Me Goodnight by Megan Gaudino
  • Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer
  • False Idols by Alexis Grove


Title: Always Kiss Me Goodnight
Author: Megan Gaudino
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Copy: Digital
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon or The Book Depository.

Official synopsis:

Sophia Destino is supposed to die.

All seventeen-year-old Sophia wants is to coast through her junior year. But with her parents obsessed with her Olympic-swimming-hopeful brother, a psychic best friend with a penchant for reading tarot cards, and prophetic dreams that predict her death—that won’t be easy. As her nightmares begin to come true, Sophia finds herself dodging death and longing for the time when getting over her ex-boyfriend was her biggest problem. Until she meets Leo Knight. The mysterious stranger seems determined to keep her alive—and steal her heart. But Leo has a secret that is about to change everything and Sophia is about to learn that sometimes…your number is up.

READ THE ENTIRE POST

Mini Reviews || Batch 5

Hi! This is my fifth batch of mini reviews. I honestly did not expect that I’d be doing these frequently as I prefer writing reviews that are more comprehensive and in depth. But I’m doing what I can.

This batch is sort of different from the rest. I’ll be reviewing the following books:

  • Gyre by Jessica Gunn
  • Angelborn by L. Penelope
  • Sapient Salvation: The Selection by Jayne Faith
  • Every Beat by Samantha Rey

Now, what makes this batch different? The answer: what makes these books different from what I’ve read so far. Okay, hold on, that sounded pretty vague.

What I mean is I’ve decided to add another element in my mini reviews. Specifically, from this point onward, I’ll be dedicating a portion of my review to discuss what makes the book different or what makes it stand out. This is to make up for the book review’s lack of detail. I’m hoping that doing this will not only produce better quality reviews but also push me to be more observant and more susceptible to noticing specifics when reading novels. All right, here we go!



Title: Angelborn
Author: L. Penelope
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Copy: Digital
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon.

Official synopsis:

Maia

It’s hard to be normal when you see the dead everywhere. So I gave up. I just focus on staying out of their way. But the guy haunting my roommate is different. He’s impossible to ignore, and now other people can see him too.

READ THE ENTIRE POST