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!

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Prodigal/Riven Trailer Reveal by Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin

Welcome (back) to the TIME WAR…

Books 2 & 3 of the best selling Lost Imperials series

Releasing 5/5/15

from Clean Teen Publishing

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Individual digital editions will be available everywhere e-books are sold.

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Exciting news! Prodigal and Riven will be available in 2 special combined print editions!

Barnes & Noble and other retailers will feature a standard combined print edition:

Ebook_COMBINED_TheLostImperialsand Amazon.com will offer an exclusive flip book print edition!

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PRODIGAL:

STEIN has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past, and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew, and everyone she thought she could trust, has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.

RIVEN:

ETHAN is left with a serious problem after what should have been a routine mission. He’s fractured, a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.

Click here to see the Prodigal/Riven Trailer Reveal!

Want to know more about The Lost Imperials Series? Check out below:

In a battle for control of the time stream, the past and the future will collide, either saving mankind, or destroying it.

The Tesla Institute stands on one side of the battle. Controlled by the mind of one of the greatest inventors in history, the Institute recruits gifted, young time travelers called Rifters. Those who survive his training are sent into history with the mission to preserve the time stream, recruit more of their kind, and better humanity through subtle, controlled event manipulation.

Standing in the way are the Hollows, a rogue group of Rifters who have vowed to put an end to the Tesla Institute, at all costs. They steal, cheat, and bend history to their own ends. Using children stolen from time as their personal armies, they fight not only for control of time itself, but also for self-preservation.

 

You can find, EXTRACTED, book 1 of The Lost Imperials everywhere books are sold.

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Prodigal and Riven By Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin Cover Reveals!!

TWO AMAZING COVER REVEALS, ONE AWESOME SERIES— THE LOST IMPERIALS.

By Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin
 

ABOUT THE LOST IMPERIALS SERIES:

In a battle for control of the time stream, the past and the future will collide, either saving mankind—or destroying it.
The Tesla Institute stands on one side of the battle. Controlled by the mind of one of the greatest inventors in history, the Institute recruits gifted, young time travelers called Rifters. Those who survive his training are sent into history with the mission to preserve the time stream, recruit more of their kind, and better humanity through subtle, controlled event manipulation.
Standing in the way are the Hollows, a rogue group of Rifters who have vowed to put an end to the Tesla Institute—at all costs. They steal, cheat, and bend history to their own ends. Using children stolen from time as their personal armies, they fight not only for control of time itself, but also for self-preservation.
BOOK #1—EXTRACTED — IS ALREADY AVAILABLE. FIND OUT WHY IT’S A BEST-SELLER!
“Steampunk and time travel combine to provide pizazz in this series opener about a long-lost royal brother and sister, the surviving Romanovs. Ficklin and Jolley handle the rather intricate plotline well, populating the time stream with interesting characters that pop up in various unexpected places. The steampunk scenario adds a great deal of zest to the proceedings, with top hats, leather corsets and a variety of steam-driven contrivances providing set dressing. Kids who pick it up won’t encounter much real history, but they’ll be reading it for fun anyway. (Steampunk. 12 & up)”~Kirkus Reviews

ABOUT RIVEN:

Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He’s fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.
Forced to face his dark past and a decision he may never forgive himself for, he will be trained unlike any of the others, to become a true guardian for time. If he accepts, it will mean leaving everyone he loves behind. If he refuses, time itself could unravel. After a glimpse of the dark future awaiting them all, he will have to choose between destiny and desire. Will he rise up and take his place as a defender of the natural order, or will he watch as all of time burns at the hands of the girl he loves?
Welcome to the time war.

ABOUT PRODIGAL:

Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.
During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla—her most hated enemy—for help. But can she trust the man who she’s been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 
 
In order to support his hobby of writing, Tyler decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened Jolley Smiles in Grand Junction, CO. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds.
Sherry is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel, eat exotic food, and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.
 

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!