Overall I found PAWN to be a pretty decent dystopian YA novel even though it bore many similarities to other novels in the genre. Luckily, the story veers off into its own direction and becomes a pretty interesting story about identity, self-worth, and overcoming obstacles set up by the government.
Fans of X-men and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series will fall in love with the MetaWars. With scientific enhancements and mutations that are all but magic, this politically messy series contains a world that has remade itself over and over again. And despite that complexity, I jumped in with CHIMERA and found myself up to speed and invested from page one.
A gorgeous mix of ghost story and love story, CLOSE TO YOU is Christmas Eve as only Stacia Kane can write it. This glimpse of Chess and Terrible doing what they do best, throwing off sparks and kicking butt, was entertaining from start to finish.
The final book in Sarah Crossan’s Breathe duology ends with more than a few gasps and even more POVs. Quinn, Bea, and Alina are once again the protagonists, and joining them is Ronan. The multiple POVs worked in BREATHE since the group was together for most of the book, but in RESIST, not so much.
I really enjoyed the whole viral outbreak concept in INHUMAN which had great world building and was a quick action filled read. The idea of a virus that wiped out the eastern half of the U.S. leaving the survivors to live behind a giant wall in the west was a fascinating idea.
ONCE WE WERE is a wonderful follow up to WHAT’S LEFT OF ME, with twists and turns that kept me glued to the page for hours. The second book in The Hybrid Chronicles, ONCE WE WERE follows almost immediately after WHAT’S LEFT OF ME, with Eva and Addie in hiding, and goes from there. While the world continues to be fascinating and the concept original, it did take a little while for the story to get off the ground, but once it did, I was definitely hooked.
When I hear about husband and wife writing duos I automatically expect an authentic, emotional romance. In FROZEN, the first book in the new Heart of Dread paranormal/post-apocalyptic YA series from Melissa de la Cruz and husband Michael Johnston, the romance is just one of the many things that failed to live up to my expectations.
NOT A DROP TO DRINK is a grim, startling portrayal of survival in a post apocalyptic world where water has become the rarest resource on the planet. Lynn and her mother endure daily struggles to defend and safeguard the pond that ensures their survival. They fend off ravenous coyotes, packs of merciless marauders, and the endless cycle of natural forces that attack them. It’s essentially a post apocalyptic version of Little House on the Prairie and it’s riveting.
When I claimed UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY for review I had no idea this was a young adult novel. I simply saw Chuck Wendig’s name and, since I absolutely loved THE BLUE BLAZES, I quickly claimed it.
I wasn’t always a zombie fan. It’s taken shows like The Walking Dead and emotionally intelligent books like Sophie Littlefield’s Aftermath series to bring me around to the reality that zombies don’t have to just be about gore and horror (two things that don’t especially appeal to me). CONTAMINATED is a book about tragedy, determination, and devotion in the wake of an epidemic that just happened to turn a large portion of the population into zombies.