Book review: Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn

Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 ½ stars

This book picks up 10 years after Callie plunged the needle into her chest, all the in the name of keeping her “little” sister (whom is really her twin that was just implanted into her mother ten years after Callie was born), Jessa, from the horrible fate that she sees in her future.  In a world full of knowing the future and future visions of what life will be like for their society, a then 16 year old Callie thought she was salvaging a childhood for the then six year old Jessa – as well as the rest of the world by killing herself.  As part of a “send/receive” team, as twins, Callie believes that it will break the cycle and keep Jessa and their mother safe.  Even if it leaves them broken hearted – along with Callie’s boyfriend Logan and several others that had come to know Callie at Harmony, a safe community outside of Eden City that is for those gifted with talents.

But the now 16 year old Jessa is left feeling like the wrong sister died ten years ago – that it should have been her instead of Callie.  Because of this, she tends to act out against the Committee of Agencies, or ComA.  Her latest stunt is to release all the lab rats from the lab within ComA – which just so happens to be for an experiment for a boy her age, Tanner Callahan, whom is a ward of ComA as his parents were killed in an accident when he was six.  And when Jessa gets bite by one of the rats, she becomes infected with a strange, unknown ability.  At this point, Jessa feels it necessary to find out from Tanner just what she has been infected with, but the first meeting doesn’t go quite as Jessa expected.  So when they start running into each other more and more, their friendship grows beyond just young scientist and juvenile delinquent …they become friends that share about their difficult childhoods, and beyond to possibly more – neither one is quite sure what to think of the other’s allegiance.  And when Jessa finds out that Tanner is keeping a secret so major, it could literally change not only her whole life, but that of their entire worlds, it shakes Jessa to the core.  But with additional digging into this new development, along with Chairwomen Dresden – the evil head of ComA and Tanner’s boss – Jessa finds a new reason to keep going, she knows she’s there is more worth finding.  And with Tanner, her mother, and her other friends from Harmony, she knows that with love, anything can be done, even if it is a matter of life and death.

While I vastly enjoyed Callie’s story, I think I almost found Jessa’s story a little more enjoyable/ informative.  I learned a lot more about Callie’s story through Jessa’s story, 10 years later.  It amazes me how strong and smart both girls are – even more so seeing as they are twins – but they are different in one simple way…they each think the other will better serve the future than the other.  This surprised me in ways I didn’t think possible.  They are both very giving, loving, courageous, and smart, but it’s their love for each other – for their twin – that makes that strength shine so true in both of their stories.  I simply can’t WAIT to see what happens when their stories really collide in the next book – they are both older and more mature, so I could totally see a multiple POV tale in store for the Stone girls!

Ascendancy (The Van Winkle Project, #2) by Karri Thompson

Ascendancy (The Van Winkle Project, #2) by Karri Thompson

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

3 stars

Cassie and Michael’s story picks back up, right where they left off in Mirror X – with them on their way to Tasma to continue the Van Winkle project on their own terms.  And while they are out from under the thumb of those running the project, they still don’t feel like they have a lot of people they can trust – even though they feel some sympathy from Region Three’s President Shen-Lung, as he has promised to reunite them with their twin two-year old daughters that were taken while Cassie was still in her medically induced coma.  But they don’t trust easy, for very good reason…just when they feel like things could really be changing for them, the clones of the new Earth once again betray them.  And when they find themselves on the run once more, with poor baby Victoria in tow, the stakes are even higher – with a new President in Region One who wants Cassie for himself, Michael is expendable once again to everyone except for Cassie.  While Cassie is still sorting out her feelings about the lies she was told when Michael was acting as her doctor back in Region One, she knows that even if the fate of Earth is up to her and her daughters, she doesn’t want a future without Michael by her side.  But will their relationship be enough, or once again, the thing that puts a target on their heads and lives?

Cassie and Michael don’t seem to stop running though out the entire book – which is why it’s hard for her to put her finger on defining their relationship.  So while there is constant action, I felt like there was a certain amount of predictability to the moves that Cassie and Michael made.  Cassie still has her fiery sense of self and at times seems so much older than eighteen years old, she has a naivety to her and the course that her life has taken has forced her to grow up too quickly.  I really wanted to like the story more than just 3 stars, I feel like there was something missing – something that I couldn’t put my finger on.  While I’m excited to see what happens next, I’m hoping for some diversity and change in the next chapter of Cassie and Michael’s struggles.

Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch

Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch **I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review** 4 stars! When 16 year old “Domestic companion” Ella, a genetically modified and glorified Pet, is separated from her … Continue reading

Book Blitz – In My Head by Alicia Rades

 

In My Head
by Alicia Rades
Release Date: September 27th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:


Please note: This is a standalone short story of 17,000 words.


Mila Brooks is your seemingly average 16-year-old aside from the fact that she doesn’t have any friends. Her father’s position as chief technology manager at the biggest tech firm in the world, Mahone Inc., has alienated her from her peers. As a beta tester for the latest implant, a computer chip that connects you to The Internet of Things, Mila is sure everyone hates her because of her upgrade. When Mila hears Parker’s voice in her head, everything changes. 

 

In My Head Excerpt:

I regain consciousness just in time to panic. I can’t see anything, and suddenly every nerve in my body goes into overdrive. My body shakes as I reach out for my father.

“Dad!” I cry. I know he’s there somewhere. My arms flail as I try to find something to ground me to reality.

A moment later, I feel hands clamp around my wrists. “It’s okay,” I hear my father’s voice say.

“Dad!” I say breathlessly. I blink a few times until the room comes back into focus. The glowing computers outline my father’s silhouette.

“Mila,” my father says as he pulls me close to his belly. He seems so tall because he’s standing and I’m still half sitting, half lying on the table. “Mila, you’re fine. What’s all the fuss about? You’ve done this a million times.”

He’s right. I should be fine. This is the twelfth upgrade I’ve had in the past ten years. Never before had I woken with such an odd sensation. What if this time is different?

 
About the Author
 
By day, Alicia Rades is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor. When inspiration strikes, she is also an author. Alicia has been captivated by the YA paranormal and supernatural genre since reading The Seer series by Linda Joy Singleton when she was 12 years old, and most of her stories are born out of the love for the genre. In college, Alicia majored in professional writing. Alicia lives in Wisconsin with her husband and too many fish to count.

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Deviation (The Imitation Series, Book 2) by Heather Hildenbrand

Deviation (The Imitation Series, Book 2) by Heather Hildenbrand

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

3 ½ stars!

Being two people in one body is difficult – which is the case for Ven, or Raven Rogen as she is known in the real world. But she isn’t Raven; she is Ven, a genetically created clone of the real Raven. And she is living with the enemy, Titus Rogen, her “father” and the brilliant mind behind RogenCorp. They create the clones for anyone who is willing to pay the exorbitant price tag. But he has too many secrets and too many people in high places in his pocket – or if they’ve overstayed their usefulness, a clone of them that is willing to blindly obey Titus’s every order. So when Ven, along with her bodyguard and secret love Linc vow to free all the clones and expose Titus for the fraud and liar that he is, Ven could lose or gain everything she’s been trying to save is she doesn’t stay a step ahead of Titus.

I absolutely love the concept that there is a clone “war of sorts occurring – not that I’d want to live through that – it’s just a great base for a scandalous story. The idea that one person could end up in control of everyone and everything is frightening and vaccinating at the same time. With such a cliff hanger ending, I’m definitely anxious to see what becomes of Ven and the clones!

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

 The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

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**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

4 stars!

When 17 year old Morgan Dey signed up to be a Reducer – a person who’s brainmap file, or in essence their personality, is transferred into a Loner’s body, which is a person who needs to lose weight – she never thought it would be anything but an easy way to erase some of her family’s massive debit.  Boy, was she wrong!

The Body Institute is supposed to be a place for people to lose weight easily, especially for all of those that are “overweight” in the eyes of the government.  But with a corrupt director and an adamant group of protesters that don’t like that the government has the say over people – fat, skinny, tall, short…they just want people to live life, happy and in their own bodies.  After Morgan’s first successful Reducer job, all of her previous memories about how hard the work was are erased when her previous brainmap file is placed back inside her body that has been in stasis for the past three months.  Gone is the feeling that it was not worth it, or too hard – in fact when the director of the institute Leo Behr contacts her regarding a longer, more high profile Reducer job, with her family’s debit looming and threatening to send them to live in the Commons – the slums of town.  With extreme excitement at the challenge and the thought of the large pay that will help her with college and her family’s debit, Morgan decides to take on another Reducer job – for a teen girl with over 100 pounds to lose, which will take Morgan twice as long as a normal job.  But throughout the new job, Morgan is constantly noticing strange inconsistencies with the Institute and the promises they make to their Reducers, Loners, and families alike – there is something not quite right about the program, and Morgan intends to find out what that is.

Morgan’s story was very interesting – I loved the sc-fi feeling of brainmapping, high tech facilities, and Morgan’s strength and smarts throughout.  There were all the key points – a good cast of characters, a good story, a great premise – but it still felt like there was something missing from the narrative.  Some of it felt clipped or choppy – a bit jumbled or just plain overkill of words.  All in all, a good story about a strong young lady that sees changes that need to be made in the world and is brave enough to try to see them through, even if it means her life on the line.

Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

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Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

3 ½ stars!

Woken in a lab, grown in a test tube, raised in a warehouse…she knows what she is.  Ven is the Imitation of the real Raven Rogen, created for the rich in case they need anything from a kidney to an incubator for their child.  And while Ven knows that she was created to serve, she still wants more…a chance at a life that she knows can never be.  So when the Authentic Raven’s life is threatened, Ven is brought in to serve her purpose – draw out those responsible, even if it means an end to her short life.  Of course during that time, she will dress like, eat like, and live just like her Authentic.  Which means boys, parties, and lots of fun to be had…or is it?  How can she have fun when she knows that she is the bait to such a dangerous trap?

To make matters even harder for Ven is the young man that is assigned to her security detail, Linc Crawford.  As he believes her to be the Authentic Raven Rogen, he doesn’t think very highly of her – but of course that is not his job…his job is to serve and protect Raven and her ruthless father Titus.  But as her assignment as Raven moves forward, she starts looking forward to “spending time with” Linc – him following her around to lunches, shopping trips, and parties where he tasked with keeping her safe while trying to draw out the attackers that have been trying to get the Authentic Raven.  And as the Imitation, it is her job to not ask questions, but she can’t help but feel like there should be more to their lives – serving and moving on to Relocation to live out the rest of their lives.  They should have a chance to love and live…but Titus has other plans for her, as he is her creator and father, he feels she should bow to his every whim…if only the Imitations could be created without free will.  It may just be Ven’s undoing.

Ven is an interesting character…she’s as book smart as she possibly could be, but given that she hasn’t actually lived her life, she is lacking in the street smarts and the ways of the world.  But once Linc enters her world, she knows that she doesn’t ever want to leave it or him…even if it means endangering her life even further – she just wants to help those like her to be given a chance at making their own destinies.  This was an interesting story – a bit slower at times, but an extremely inventive idea at where our world could be headed – clones to help you along the course of your life.  But it poses the interesting question of are they real people, or just expendable copies of real people?  I would love to see what happens next with Ven and Linc – and how they plan on taking on Titus.  Together, do they stand a chance to change the world, not just for the Imitations, but for the Authentics as well?

Remake Blog Tour and Review!!

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Remake by Ilima Todd

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

4 stars!

In the futuristic society of Freedom, people have a choice over everything about themselves in their seventeenth year, for their Remake…their name, their gender, their hair color, their height – literally everything can be changed to fit their liking.  But for Nine, the ninth girl in batch of twenty boys and girls only days away from their Remake, these decisions could not be more difficult.  Not like they were for her best-friend Theron, who’s already picked his name, gender, and trade.

But on the day of her Remake on the way to the Remake Facility, the aircraft she is on crashes, and she is left alone and scared.  She is outside of everything she has ever known – Theron is gone, Freedom is too far away for her to reach on her own, and she is in a strange new world she’s never seen or heard of.  And when the strange people named “Dad” and Kai rescue her on the shore of this new world, everything she thought she knew about the world outside of Freedom is flipped upside down.  She’s pulled into the bizarre things called a “family” – they are born from woman, not made inside a factory, they have struggles, triumphs, and happy times.  They love, hate, and feel…nothing like in Freedom – and Nine begins to wonder if everything she’s learned her past 17 years has been a lie.

I enjoyed this story a lot – there was a little bit of romance, action, and enough sci-fi aspect to keep anyone interested.  It is always so interesting to me to see how our future is interpreted by others – will we be zipping around in little space cars, or will we outgrown our technology so quickly we fail?  I thought that Nine was a very strong character – while not street smart at all, she is willing to learn and see that things aren’t always what they seem.  I also loved how Nine learned about relationships – the different kinds there are, and how they make you feel.  Growing up in a factory with no nurturing or physical affection, Nine grows to enjoy the family aspect – of loving another and being devoted to just them…but is it too late, is she destined to do other things?  You’ll enjoy finding out!

 

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The Revealed by Jessica Hickam

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The Revealed by Jessica Hickam

 

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

Solid 4 stars!!  I couldn’t put this book down – I read it in one day!

Lily Attwood has everything going for her – she smart, pretty, and the possibly the next First daughter to the President of the North American Sector.  After a world war that has wiped out most of the world, and made most of the rest fairly destitute, Lily should feel lucky that she has a big beautiful home, with all the technology, staff, and knowledge at her finger tips, but seeing as she is eighteen years old, and the mysterious rouge group known as The Revealed that takes eighteen year olds and then vanish into thin air is after her, she feels she has no real purpose in life.  The Revealed will get her – it’s just a matter of when they will come and take her…to her death, as most think, just another of the Taken Eighteen (the name they have given the eighteen year olds that have been taken).

As her father and mother campaign for the first presidency since the world war against Roderick Westerfield, Lily just floats through every day – waiting for the Revealed to sweep her away from everything she knows.  That is until she runs into Kai Westerfield (who should be her sworn enemy, as he is the rival’s son) at a gala her family throws one night – the night that the Revealed attacks the party, but spares her – leaving her unharmed.  And while they were family friends before the war and acquaintances at school – Lily has some serious trust issues.  But Kai tries to prove he is different – matured since high school, especially as he is now a part of the armed forces that help protect their Sector.   After several meetings, she and Kai form a bond – he is the only other person that can possibly understand how she feels being cooped up in her home while their whole life is decided for them – who they can talk to, who they can be friends with, what they can learn…feeling cut off from the rest of the world with their fathers both vying for the presidency.  But when Kai is sent off for a mission without so much as a text to tell Lily, she finds herself wondering if she ever really knew him at all.

And upon her next confrontation with the Revealed, Lily wonders if all she’s been taught is a lie, or the truth, and she has no idea who she can trust…as those she thought she could trust turn out to be the wrong choice, and those she thought were the wrong choice she can trust – but can she convince those that matter most to her in time to save their lives?

Lily is complex, but a little boring – all at once.  At times, you wonder how anyone can be so naïve, and other times how someone could be so mature – she doesn’t make good decisions at first, but she definitely begins showing some maturity near the end of the book.  She learns that being strong and loyal are important – and all of her decisions have consequences, good or bad, that she will have to live with.  I thought it was a very intriguing story and concept – I mean, who wouldn’t love to have mind powers every once in a while?!?  I’m really looking forward to seeing how things go for Lily in the next book – very promising future, but I guess it’s all about the decisions we make…free will can end up being our down fall!

Glitch (Lost in Time Book 1) by Brenda Pandos

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Glitch (Lost in Time Book 1) by Brenda Pandos

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

Solid 4 ½ stars!!

How would you like to be able to have a visit with your future self…what would you be doing twenty years in the future, who would you marry, how many children would you have?  For 18 year old Abigail “Abby” Masterson, living behind the safety and security of the walls of Brighton – to keep alive and well from the zombies that are running uncontrollably around outside the walls and would like nothing more than to have another midnight snack like her.  When there was a supposed zombie-apocalypse several years in the past, Abby’s parents had been lucky to be some of “The Chosen” that would be given the oral antidote after the outbreak of the virus that killed so many people, and were taken behind the protective walls of Brighton and governed by the Elected Agency or EA.  They have many comforts and conveniences, such as their DOD watches that showed them based off of their decisions and experiences how long they would live.

But the day before Abby’s visit with her future self or Complement as they call them, a blue eyed stranger passes her an illegal message on a slip of paper that tells her not to go to her Complement meeting…and ever the rule follower she is, Abby struggles with the possibility that it’s a test from the EA.  So despite the young (handsome) blue eyed boys message, Abby proceeds to her meeting the next day – and of course it’s nothing like she expected it to be (not to mention the staff all acts oddly before and afterward once they realize she was born in a leap year).  Afterward, with the help of her best-friend Elle, they look for the mystery “Blue Eyes” on the security cameras in Elle’s brother’s apartment.  But all they see are furry looking bears – but no suspicious people lurking around.

So when Abby is awakened by her neighbor’s dog in the middle of the night, and she goes to the window to shush it – she sees Blue Eyes down the street, peering up at her window.  And when she starts to panic, she turns smack into none other than a Yeti – who kidnaps her, along with the mysterious Blue Eyes and removes her from the protected world of Brighton.  Upon stopping, the young man (Blue Eyes) won’t tell her anything about why he’s taken her, only to tell her that he’d warned her not to attend her Complement meeting and he is just trying to keep her safe.  Enter Memphis, who then gives a name to the Blue Eyed kidnapper, Kaden.  He tries to make light of the situation – accept for when he is scolding his brother, who is none other than her kidnapper, the handsome blue-eyed young man Kaden.

Feeling so lost at why Kaden took her, she is soon thrown into a world that she thought was the world of the past – of freedom and lies told at the hand of the EA and Brighton officials.  But what would it cost her to go back to Brighton, her family and friends, and all she has ever known?  Should she stay with the mysterious Kaden and Memphis, are they trustworthy, or not?

I enjoyed this as a nice change of pace from the normal “teen” books that are out there right now.  It was a very creative world with imaginative characters and contraptions in it…and of course with the whole zombie-apocalypse aspect, that kicked the story up to a whole other level.  I think the story was well developed for the most part, but once some time traveling came into play, it was REALLY hard to follow the who, the where, and even at times, who was where.  I am very much looking forward to seeing how Abby and Kaden’s stories progress in the next book – good start to a creative new series!