Review: The Kill Order by James Dashner

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Title: The Kill Order
Author: James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #0.5
Genre: Dystopia, YA
Publication date: August 14, 2012
Rating: ★★★½

Synopsis: Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees. Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.

Review: BZRK: Reloaded by Michael Grant

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Title: BZRK: Reloaded
Author: Michael Grant 
Series: BZRK #2
Genre: Science Fiction, YA 
Publication date: October 8, 2013 
Rating: ★★★★½ 

Synopsis: The entire BZRK cell--including Noah and Sadie--has been left in pieces after the last round of battle with the Armstrong Twins, conjoined brother who plot to rob mankind of its free will. Vincent's mind is shattered, and his memories hold dangerous secrets--secrets that Lear, BZRK's mysterious leader, will stop at nothing to protect. Meanwhile, Bug Man has taken control of the President's brain, but playing with sanity is a dangerous game. The consequences can spiral way out of control, and the Armstrong Twins are not people Bug Man can afford to disappoint. The nano is as terrifying, exhilarating, and unpredictable as ever. But the wall of secrets that surrounds it is cracking. What will it reveal? And once the dust has settled, who will be sane enough to find out?

Review: BZRK by Michael Grant

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Title: BZRK 
Author: Michael Grant
Series: BZRK #1 
Genre: Science Fiction, YA 
Publication date: April 23, 2013 
Rating: ★★★★ 

Synopsis: Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal: to turn the world into their vision of utopia. No wars, no conflict, no hunger. And no free will. Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human. This is no ordinary war, though. Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain. And there are no stalemates here: It’s victory . . . or madness. BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice. Which side would you choose? How far would you go to win?

Review: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

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Title: Stormbreaker 
Author: Anthony Horowitz 
Series: Alex Rider #1 
Genre: Adventure, Children 
Publication date: April 12, 2004
Rating: ★★★★ 

They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle's windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn't know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in the middle of terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. The government has given him the technology, but only he can provide the courage. Should he fail, every child in England will be murdered in cold blood.

Review: Until The Beginning by Amy Plum

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Until The Beginning Amy Plum Cover After The End

Title: Until The Beginning 
Author: Amy Plum 
Series: After The End #2 
Genre: Dystopia, YA 
Publication date: May 5, 2015 
Rating: ★★

When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village. Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she and her abilities are truly capable of.

Review: After The End by Amy Plum

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Title: After The End 
Author: Amy Plum 
Series: After The End #1 
Genre: Dystopia, YA 
Publication date: May 6, 2014 
Rating: ★★★★ 

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there. At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life. When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie. Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

June Wrap Up (& the books I really shouldn't have bought)

So much for my I'm-not-going-to-buy-too-many-books-for-a-while resolution. June was an impossibly busy month, but I still managed to buy a lot more books than I should have. In my defense, I'll be gone for most of July so I won't be buying any then. Hum. Probably.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before
P.S. I Still Love You
The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden
Cruel Beauty
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
The Darkest Minds
Never Fade
Magonia
The Collectors' Society
The Hidden Library 
The Scarlett Letter
The Martian

Summer tbr - 2015

Summer is FINALLY here. I almost thought it'd never come. Let's hope the Belgian weather will keep up, because all I want is to enjoy the sun.. and of course, books. My chair outside is waiting for me to get back to it and to spent hours and hours together. I made a little list of the novels I want to read this summer. A lot of them are books I've had on my TBR since forever, but haven't actually gotten around to reading. No time like the present, they say - so here's my challenge. I've made a list of 15 books. I'll probably read more over the summer, but I left some space for at-the-spur-of-the-moment decisions and uncontrollable urges to re-read a certain book. ;)

Upcoming Releases: July 2015

Upcoming Releases July 2015
There aren’t too many anticipated releases coming up this month, so it wasn’t too difficult to choose which books I would feature in this month’s ‘upcoming releases’. Some novels I’m really looking forward to, others I have my doubts about, but either way – here they are: the July 2015 young adult releases!

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