Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: Fire & Flood

Title: Fire & Flood
Author: Victoria Scott
Series: Fire & Flood #1
Published: February 25th, 2014
Genre: adventure, dystopian
Pages: 305

Goodreads Summary: Time is slipping away....

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?


My Thoughts: (*I didn't realize that I forgot to post this review!*) Wow, I cannot believe how amazing this book was. Part Survivor, part Amazing Race. This was a phenomenal read and I'm so happy I was provided with an eARC so I had the opprotunity to read it. This was the young-adult adventure that I'd been waiting to read and I'm so excited to read the sequel, in fact I'm pre-ordering it.

When I read the summary for Fire & Flood I honestly thought it'd be an okay read and I didn't imagine it being anywhere near as adventurous as it was. I had no idea what to expect, but I loved what I read. Action, suspense, romance and so many unbelievable plot twists! I could read this book over and over again and never get bored.

Let me go more into detail about the action/adventure of this book. Whenever I read a book that involves action and adventure, I never feel like I'm part of it. With Fire & Flood I not only felt like I was part of the Brimstone Bleed, I was enjoying it. This was such a fun read, it seriously felt like I was on an adventure. I felt like I was running the race with Tella. I'm sure the sequel will have more action, adventure, romance and plot twists.

The characters of this book were so different than other books, I grew bonds with them.

Review: Stitching Snow

Title: Stitching Snow
Author: R.C. Lewis
Series: Standalone, but there will be a companion novel!
Published: October 14th, 2014
Genre: sci-fi, dystopian, fairytale re-telling
Pages: 328 pages

Goodreads Summary:  Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

My Thoughts:  I found this book while looking through the YA Book Exchange website, once I saw the summary I knew that I had to have it. I traded with someone and started reading it the moment I got it. The storyline was so unique, packed with knowledge and adventure.

Stitching Snow follows Essie, a girl with a love for technology who holds a secret past. The book tells of Essie's life, what happens when a mysterious hot guy lands on her planet, and how she ultimately battles everything that is thrown at her (no matter how large or small it is).

This book comes with a wide variety of characters that you will love and some that you will hate. Let's not forget the cute little drones that Essie has. Although there are quite a few characters, you'll find that soon enough you'll know them all by name and feel like you've known them for years. The world building was amazing as well; I felt like I was on each planet just as Essie was, I felt the chill of a night on Thanda in my bones. Every emotion that Essie felt I too could feel, whether it be sadness or anger towards a character.

I personally think that the climax of this book was better than most books I read.