Crux by Julie Reece

CruxAuthor: Julie Reece

Paperback: 285 pages

Publication: July 19, 2012

Crux is about a homeless, orphan girl named Birdie. She has been through the foster system many times, where each environment taught her something new from cars to proper etiquette.

Hungry and tired Birdie bumps into Jeff who gives her money and a curse. Well running from some guys, she meets the rich and well breed Mathews. Their handsome son, Grey, offers to help her get away. Amazed by his kindness, Birdie agrees to go with him. Even though Birdie is grateful for his help, she doesn’t tell him about why she is being chased or about her past. After getting away, she leaves the comfort that she feels with Grey thinking that she will never see him again, or so she thought.

Crux is filled with romance, loyality, family values, and supernatural elements. You will fall in love with Grey, and Birdie’s characters. I loved the humor and adventure that Reece shows throughout this novel. I only wish that there would be a sequel to see what becomes of Birdie and Grey budding romance.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) Author: Beth Revis

Hardcover: 398 pages

Publication: January 11, 2011

Across the Universe, is set in a time in the future on the ship called Godspeed. Apparently Earth is getting overpopulated and food and water are becoming scarce. The government got a group of scientists and military people to be frozen and put on ship to find a planet safe for everyone. Their mission is to land and build up sustainable life for everyone.

One of the frozen inhabitants was awaken before the time. She was seventeen year old Amy. Amy has no clue who woke her up and why.

Elder is in training to become the Eldest of the next generation. He battles his emotions towards the Eldest because of the lack of knowledge that the Eldest transfers to him. He feels that Eldest is hiding something and he wants to find out, especially when Amy woke up and she is nothing like what he has seen before.

The two will search for answers together because more and more people are being woken up by someone wanting them dead. Only the truth maybe what they don’t want to hear.

I absolutely adored this book. The writing was fantastic from beginning to end. Beth Revis, brilliantly blended the two point of views perfectly together, making the story line flow smoothly. This fast paced YA novel will make you rethink what it means to be different. I am thrilled to read the next installment.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Cross My Heart (Cross My Heart, #1) Author: Sasha Gould

Hardcover: 262 pages

Publication: March 13, 2012

Can you keep a secret? It will cost you? What is it worth? My life!

Laura has been living in the convent for six years. Her hopes and dreams of the outside world relies on the contents of the letters she receives from her sister Beatrice. She had not receive a letter from her for a while, when she is told that she is to return home. Fear and excitement overwhelms her, she starts to relive her days playing with her sister. All those happy memories were shattered when she reached home, and found out her sister drowned. Laura is shocked and angry because she can’t believe that her sister drowned, because her sister is the best swimmer in Venice. She then finds out that she has to marry Beatrice’s fiance Vincenzo. After meeting Vincenzo at a party, Laura is desperate for help to get out of the arrange marriage. Vincenzo isn’t at all of what she thought. Laura seeks the help of the Segreta, but she has to give up a secret in exchange for their services. Laura chooses to betray a powerful man for her freedom. Now a member of the Segreta, Laura will realize the true magnitude of Venice’s deadly secrets.

Laura’s character from the beginning is very likable, even though she is very naive and immediately trusts everyone. She steadily becomes stronger and confident as the story line develops. Her relationship with her father is hostile, being that he only sees her as a way to make him look good. She tries her best to please him many times.

Cross my heart was well paced and exciting novel. I enjoyed getting to the world that Sasha Gould created. I don’t really read a lot of historical fiction but I definitely liked this one. Some of the revelations were predictable while others were shocking. There was little romance, which I didn’t like. It was overwhelmed with the mystery and suspense of the plot. Towards the end is when we really see Laura interact with her love interest. Overall, a fun read. I definitely want to check out the next installments.

I give this book 4/5 stars!

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I've Done (Birthright, #1) Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Paperback: 354 pages

Publication: September 6, 2011

Anya has had a hard life. Her mother was shot while driving with her older brother and was killed. Her brother’s brain was permanently damaged, leaving him childlike in a grown man’s body. Her father was murdered at their home, leaving her, and her siblings to be raised by her grandmother. What can you expect from a mafia family. Her family runs the chocolate disturbance business, only a problem is that in the United States its illegal to sell or be in possession of chocolate. Some parts of the world it is not banned. She has been taking care of her family since her grandmother got sick. All Anya wants to do is complete another year of school without any problems. When her ex-boyfriend fell deathly ill due to the chocolate she gave him, she has to face authorities without help from her family. She will learn the hard way who is friend and who is her enemy.

I loved the style of this book. It was captivating yet heart warming all at the same time. I hate and love Anya’s attitude through out the book. I loved her strong will attitude, at times hated her stubbornness, especially towards her love interest. I loved her loyalty to her family. There were many great things about this novel, but I times I wished things would have a different outcome. I am definitely going to read the next one, because I really liked it.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

Slated by Teri Terry

Slated (Slated, #1)

Author: Teri Terry

Paperback: 448 pages

Publication: UK May 3rd 2012,

US January 24th 2013

Kyla is nervous to meet her new family. She has to leave the comfort of the hospital that she has spent 9 months in to emerge into society with a new name and family. Kyla has been slated, only this isn’t her first time it’s her last, she doesn’t remember the other times. In this society, the government has a different way of dealing with terrorist. They become slated, meaning that their memories are wiped clean and they are placed in a different town and family to start over again. They have to follow strict rules if they don’t follow they are slated again.

Kyla is different than other teenagers that are slated; she has reoccurring nightmares that seems to be memories of her past. She is a very quick learner, and soon realizes that this society isn’t perfect and that the people around her seem to be hiding secrets. She has no other choice but to find out the truth and unlocking her past.

I was so happy to get this book from the UK through the book depository; I do have a slight obsession with UK novels with the covers and their language. When I saw this book on Goodreads, I immediately wanted to have it. So I was glad that I could get buy a copy even though I had to wait awhile

Slated is an amazing book. It is one of my favorite books of 2012. From the beginning this book was griping, I had to take my time because I wanted not to miss anything. It was so amazing to see Kyla’s character evolved into this great heroine. Terry has crafted a great dystopian world. I feel that lately a lot of the dystopian novels have fall flat in some the characters and plots. Slated had a great ended, that not only made me want to read the next but also completed my appetite of the first installment. I cannot wait for the sequel to come out next year.

I give this book 5/5 stars!!!!

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Hardcover: 358 pages

Publication: March 22, 2011

Rhine is a normal sixteen years old, trying to make it by with whats left of her life. Due to a terrible virus that has hit America, children developed cancer. As a solution, scientist started experimenting on genes to create perfect, disease free children. The side effects are girls live up till the age of twenty, and boys live up till the age of twenty-five. This new norm in society, has caused many children without homes, food, and protection. Rhine has been kidnapped along other girls of different ages to be gathered and sold to become someone’s bride. Miles away from a place she has called home all her life, Rhine must face her reality that no one knows where she is, she must marry and bear children, and there is no escape. Can she survive this or will she die before her time?

I breeze through this book, it was very well paced. I thought the concept was unique, I haven’t read anything like this plot before. There were parts of the storyline that was a little unnerving for me, the fact that a thirteen year old was force to marry. Regardless of fact that girls die quicker and they need live long enough to bear children, I still was comfortable with it. Besides that, I enjoyed reading this book, and will read the next one.

I give this book 4/5 stars!

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Defiance (Defiance, #1)

Author: C.J. Redwine

Hardcover: 403 pages

Publication: August 28, 2012

Defiance begins with Rachel waiting for her father to come home. He is a tracker for the Commander of Baalboden, who went out on a courier mission into the Wasteland and hasn’t returned in 60 days. As a result, Rachel’s father is pronounced dead by the Commander and Rachel is assigned to Logan McEntire as Protector per her father’s will.

Rachel has her world turn upside down not only is her father missing but she has to live with Logan, the boy she prophesied her love to two years ago only not to have it be reciprocated. What she cares about is to get her father back at whatever cost.

Logan is Jared apprentice and now he his Jared’s daughter’s protector. He has no clue how to be a protector, he is of course only nineteen. To be a protector of anyone is one thing but to be a protector for Rachel is impossible especially with Rachel’s irrational, stubborn, and go against the rules attitude. Logan doesn’t believe Jared is dead, and he vows to bring him back to Rachel.

Because of Rachel’s determination to find her father, she has caused trouble for not only her but Logan. Now, Logan and Rachel have to work together get what the Commander wants, but there is a high price to pay. In the wasteland there are many dangers including the beast that plague their world called the Cursed One.

I enjoyed reading this book from start to finish. Logan’s character was strong and courageous. He was very meticulous of how to do things. He likes to think of different scenarios of the outcome of every plan he makes. Where as Rachel’s character is very naive, and irrational. She is more for act now think later, which causes many many problems. She was trained in not only combat but how to handle herself in the wasteland very well by her father. I didn’t really like her personality to much in some parts of the story. I felt that everything had to be her way all the time. I thought this book would have more romantic scenes in it but it didn’t. I am hoping the next installments we get to see them become more to each other.

I rate this book 4.5/5 stars!