Review: In Time by Alexandra Bracken

Title: In Time 
Author: Alexandra Bracken 
Series: The Darkest Minds #1.5
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA
Publication date: July 16, 2013 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Synopsis: Gabe's life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first score, a young girl who won't speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine. It's hard to be the person who gets left behind, and never the person who gets to do the leaving.

Summer Wrap Up

Summer is over and I feel like I need at least two more months of it. It's as if I only did half of what I originally set out to do. Even the weather is sad it's over. Whereas yesterday it was hot as hell, now the sky is dark and I've been hearing thunder coming a lot nearer in the last hour. One last afternoon to do what I like most: nothing at all. Lazily lying on my bed and making a wrap-up of the books I read this summer.

I made a tbr for July and August, mostly including books that had been on my list for far too long. I read exactly.. half of my tbr. I told you I needed more time! There were fifteen books on it and I've read seven of them. Not too bad. The problem was that twice I read the entire series instead of just the one book. That happened with The Collectors' Society and The Darkest Minds. I just couldn't stop. And I'm not sorry.

I added some new books to my shelves as well! And there are a lot more coming up *oops* but that's for September. I know I should have added the LUX series to my series ages ago, but well, they're here now.

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken 
Series: The Darkest Minds #1 
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA 
Publication date: December 18, 2012 
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Review: The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons

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Title: The Forgotten Mountain 
Author: Heather Lyons 
Series: The Collectors' Society #3 
Genre: Fantasy, NA 
Publication date: June 25, 2015 
Rating: ★★★★ 

After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England. Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal. Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable. Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.

Review: The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons

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The Hidden Library cover Heather Lyons The Collectors' Society

Title: The Hidden Library 
Author: Heather Lyons 
Series: The Collectors' Society #2 
Genre: Fantasy, NA 
Publication date: February 26, 2015 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . . Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know. On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old. Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.

Review: The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons

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Title: The Collectors' Society 
Author: Heather Lyons 
Series: The Collectors' Society #1 
Genre:  Fantasy, NA 
Publication date: October 23, 2014 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth. It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

Review: Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

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Title: Even In Paradise 
Author: Chelsey Philpot 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, YA 
Publication date: October 14, 2014 
Rating: ★★★½ 

When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do. Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian. But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden... until now.

Upcoming Releases: August 2015

Upcoming Releases August 2015
The first week of August has proven to be much more busy than I expected so this post is coming a little late. But I guess there’s still enough time to get crazy over all these new releases. Look at some of those covers! How will I ever ever be able to stop buying books? Never mind. That was a rhetorical question. I am so excited for some of these. Which ones are making it to your TBR?

Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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Title: City Of Heavenly Fire 
Author: Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6 
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA 
Publication date: May 27, 2014
Rating: ★★★★ 

Synopsis: Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons? When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

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Title: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children 
Author: Ransom Riggs 
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1 
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: June 7, 2011 
Rating: ★★★★ 

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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