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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

Title: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evapo-ration of Sofi Snow #1)
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the human-oid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambas-sador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is a fast paced Sci-fi that combines Aliens, Gaming and Mystery. What could be better than that. Once you start reading it’s hard to stop.

Sometimes you will find that Sci-fi stories have moments where they drag. It’s often because there are a lot of things that need to be explained and be part of the book in order to get you to the end game. The Evaporation of Sofi Snow never has that lag time. Every minute is interesting and is constantly moving. The first scenes revolve around a game arena and even though I enjoy gaming. I don’t always enjoy reading a game scene in a book. I think the fact that there are two POVs makes it very interesting. It keeps the story moving because you don’t have to try to guess the other main characters thoughts.

I loved Sofi! She is a great character because she is a no nonsense girl. Plus she is a master hacker! I love any girl character that knows her way around the net and give arrogant boys a run for their money. She always has her headphones with her to clear her thoughts by listening to music. She also has a very strong bond with her brother Shiloh. Who she has made it her life mission to protect.

We have Miguel who is also a great character and counterpart to Sofi. He has to wear his mask as he plays politics. He has a deeper goal in mind for the Delonese (aliens) but that is something that is uncovered as we move through the book.

Although Sofi and Miguel have had a past relationship and still care for eachother. The book really doesn’t focus on romance that much. There is a little but it doesn’t take away from the main story which is discovering more about the Delonese and what happened to Shiloh.

I don’t want to give anything away about the plot so I won’t even talk about it. It has a lot to deal with politics as the world is run by corporations. Ya scary right. It also has a lot to do with the Aliens (Delonese) and what does doing right for the greater good really mean. I thought there were a few things explored that can get you thinking.

Crap that ending!! I need the second book as soon as possible and I can’t wait to read it. This is definitely a book you want to pick up and if you are a little more hesitant with Sci-Fi. The pacing of this book is perfect for you. It’s a good one to try the genre out with.

Just a side note. Mary Weber also wrote the Storm Siren series, which is another series I love.


Okay so when I was making the playlist for this book I kind of struggled. Sofi listens to something called Funk Pop and I have no idea what that is. So I tried looking it up and finding songs that might go with it. Even trying to find radio stations for it. So I ended up mixing up some songs that I found interesting that might play in Sofi's ear. Maybe not. Definitely ones I felt like went with the story. The first song on the list I don't know what they are saying but I really liked the beat.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Weber is the multiple-award-winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series (all by HarperCollins). An avid high school, middle school, and conference speaker, Mary's passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she's not plotting adventures involving tough girls who fre-quently take over the world, Mary sings 80's hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Comic-Con, and the ocean.

Mary's debut, Storm Siren, was featured in the Scholastic School Book Fairs, and her novels have been endorsed by bestselling authors Marissa Meyer, Jay Asher, Wendy Higgins, CJ Redwine, and Jonathan Maberry.

You can also find Mary's fun interviews in the paperback of Marissa Meyer's NYT bestselling, CRESS, and in Jay Asher's 13 REASONS WHY movie tie-in edition. Most recently, you can see her and her family as extras in the NETFLIX Original Series, 13 REASONS WHY.

She gets nerdy at @maryweber.com, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, IN-STAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, TWITTER @mchristineweber, and GOOD-READS. Come say hi!!


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The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Title: The Chaos of Standing Still
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 28th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn con-fronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the au-thor of Boys of Summer.

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysteri-ous strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspira-cy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.



The Chaos of Standing Still is an interesting contemporary by Jessica Brody. It deals with a teenager who is not only struggling to deal with grief but is also experiencing survivor's guilt. She has lost someone that she considers the better half of herself so she is stuck in this cyclone of emotions she can’t find a way out of.

I loved the setting of the book. Ryn is trying to get home and his flying a cheapo airline which makes stops in Denver. She ends up stranded at the airport due to a snowstorm that has completely shut down not only the planes, but the entire area. While I was reading I actually looked up things about the airport. I’ve been there before but Brody does such a great job of describing different things about it. Especially the artwork that I didn’t even notice in the times I’ve passed through there. (only on connecting flights). I loved how she made the airport come to life in my mind

I actually read an adult book where the main character was dealing with the grief in a similar way to Ryn. By that I mean the way she chooses to keep Lottie alive. The thing that is interesting is that being in her head you start to understand how she sees things this way. I really like that we learn more about Lottie and Ryn by the flashbacks she has. You see how Ryn really felt like she needed to take care of Lottie, it’s almost like that gave her a purpose and once Lottie is gone. She can’t find her place anymore, she doesn’t really understand where she belongs in the world. I think that also influences the guilt she feels because she doesn’t see herself as being someone who is worth anything on her own. She needs to figure out who this new Ryn is and she doesn’t really want to.

Xander is such a fun guy and even though he has his own things going. I like the way that he doesn’t just leave Ryn. He was just cute all around.

I love the other characters in the story as well. The various people they meet at the airport who have their own stories as well. It made the book fun, even though it deals with a heavier issue. Also it kept me drawn in. I felt like there was always something interesting going on.

I love a YA romance that reminds me of my own high school experience. I felt like this one gave me the same feels and it was easy to get on board with the cuteness of it. Of course it’s not perfect, Ryn is still dealing with some heavy stuff. I like the way Xander and Ryn come together and at times think they are going their separate ways but end up in the same place again.

I really enjoyed The Chaos of Standing Still. I loved Jessica Brody’s writing, she is able to keep a story interesting and moving. I liked the characters and setting. Of course this is the perfect time of year to read it with New Year’s just around the corner.



Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults in-cluding 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.

Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Title: This Mortal Coil
Author: Emily Suvada
Published: November 7th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?


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With a background as a Data Scientist-- as well as a big supporter of STEM (which is awesome)-- did you have to do additional research for this book, or did you use the knowledge you already have?

Most of the research was done through google, one question at a time. I’m constantly reading about the science topics that interest me, so much of what I included in the book was either fictional, or based on things I’d read over the last few years. I tend to collect cool ideas and facts from everything I read or see, and then stitch them into my work over time, rather than sit down and research something in a few big sessions and search for cool things then.

How many drafts did you go through before you settled on a copy to submit?

Oh, goodness. Maybe 5? I think I did three extensive rewrites, but there was definitely more drafts that were serious revisions. I do a LOT of rewriting. It seems to be part of my process - though I’d prefer it wasn’t!!

How do you outline? (paper, post-its, google docs)

I use a mixture - it depends on where in the process I am. Early on, I tend to use google docs and Scrivener, and then as time goes on, I’ll break my outlines out into paper, and cards. I also use a spreadsheet to track my outlines - monitoring where certain beats are in the story, and making sure that the pace is being kept up throughout the whole book.

Did you have any input into your cover?

I had the opportunity for input, but the designer had already come up with the incredible cover we have now - and when I saw it, I was absolutely floored. I fell in love at first sight. I couldn’t possibly have come up with it myself, and I’m thrilled that it’s so eye-catching (and so meaningful once you’ve read the first chapter…)

What was your favorite scene or character to write?

My favorite character to write is probably Leoben. He flows so effortlessly, and he’s a wonderful character. Leoben provides light and humor in what is otherwise a fairly dark book, and I definitely find myself trying to think up ways to give him more scenes because of that. He’s the one character who I never have to think about when I’m writing - his words just seem to magically appear on the page :D

Are there any other genres you would be interested in writing in?

I’ll definitely write adult science fiction one day, and I have some interest in writing a fantasy, but I don’t think that’s really where my voice lies. I expect my future books will be squarely science fiction, with a split between YA and adult.

Describe your book in 5 words.

Explosive, intense, technical, complex, big-hearted.

If you could make your book into another form of media, what would you choose? (ie. board game, graphic novel, movie, tv series)

I think this world would be perfect for TV. There’s so much backstory I haven’t touched on, and a huge amount of world-building I couldn’t fit into the text. Several characters we barely see in the book have complicated plans and actions happening behind the scenes, and I’d love to be able to showcase and explore that in a TV series.

I saw you are a Star Trek fan. I have to know. Kirk or Picard?

Neither are my favorites - I like Sisko and Janeway!! I’m a huge DS9 and Voyager fan :D

Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.

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Flashtide by Jenny Moyer

Title: Flashtide (Flashfall #2)
Author: Jenny Moyer
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date: November 14th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Orion has survived the tunnels of Outpost Five, filled with mutant creatures and dangers around every bend. She has traversed the cordons, exposed to the radiation of the flash curtain and hunted by forces that want her stopped, dead or alive. Now, with Dram by her side, she has made it to the safety of the mountain provinces, where free Conjurors live and practice their craft of manipulating matter.

But Orion's story is far from over.

With the effects of the flashfall spreading and the might of the protected city of Alara looming, Orion must travel into the hands of her enemies once again. Heart-pounding action and adventure await in this sequel to Flashfall.



I was so excited to dive into Flashtide. I had absolutely loved Flashfall and was desperate to know more about Orion and Dram. I was not disappointed.

One of my absolute favorite parts of this story is the relationship between Orion and Dram. They have developed their relationship through different experiences. First bonded as miners/subpars, friends and finally falling in love. My favorite thing about them is that they are a partnership. They have a very deep understanding of each other and the decisions they make and can also trust in those decisions. If you they have to be separated they know that they will always find a way back together. Neither of them are perfect but I love that they understand that. One of the things that I felt was important in this book was that they weren’t changing each other but each one of them changed. They had to learn to deal with what that meant for their relationship and it would either change with them or stay the same. They are definitely one of my favorite couples I’ve ever read.

The plot was great. There are so many components to this world. Despite that I got it, I did have moments where I would be confused for second. Wait this is bad but that’s bad. No wait. It was good though that was a part of the story. There were two things that I was wondering if maybe they had been cut down from an original edit because it felt like there could have been more to it. It was a hard story because it felt like I just wanted them to escape to somewhere and be happy but they feel this duty to complete what they started. Which was good, just put my heart through a couple loops.

There are some additional characters and I like how each time Orion comes across someone new. Living in a different situation, she’s learning. I think everyone we meet brings their own perspective and helps really shape the whole world. You really have a full understanding of the society and the world.

I really enjoyed this sequel to Flashfall. It had all the things needed to follow up the story and bring it around to the conclusion. It was so great to be back with the characters and I hope more people will pick this up. This is a really great Sci-Fi Dystopia.


Jenny is the author of the YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, and its sequel, FLASHTIDE. (Holt/Macmillan 11-14-17) She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Iowa. Watch the epic, live action book trailer for the novel that Booklist calls "A cinematic page-turner."

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The Mortician's Daughter by C. C. Hunter

Title: The Mortician's Daughter
Author: C.C. Hunter
Publication: October 31st 2017
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Her dad’s an alcoholic. Her mom passed away when she was young. She sees dead people. Can seventeen-year-old Riley Smith’s life get any crazier? Yes it can.

When Riley’s attempt to help a spirit leads her to the discovery that the young woman’s death wasn’t an accident, she finds herself face-to-face with the killer. And just when things seem like they couldn’t get any more complicated, she’s visited by another ghost, a boy her age, whose smile makes her melt. Her job is to convince him to pass over, but her heart doesn’t want to let him go.

The Mortician’s Daughter by C.C. Hunter was a great read. A great plot and sweet romance. Along with other characters that round out the story.

I loved the plot. Riley is someone who can talk to and see spirits of people who have unfinished business. As a Mortician’s daughter this gives the spirits easy access to her as they often follow her father home. She might not like her dad’s job (My FIL has the same job ha, so my husband lived over a funeral home) but it gives her an opportunity to help people. I think as much as she thinks it’s embarrassing, she also sees the good of it.

I like that a parent figure is very present and not only are we seeing Riley’s struggles with teenage life. We also get to see how she deals with being the daughter of a single dad. They have their ups and downs and disagreements but they also have a very strong bond. They are for the most part, a team. So when Riley has some concerns about her dad it’s hard for her to cope. She doesn’t have another parent to talk it over with or even to help her understand. I liked how this aspect of her life is shown.

I don’t want to compare this series to Shadow Falls but some of the things I love about the Shadow Falls series continue on. I love that C.C. Hunter always has strong female friendships in her stories. The Mortician’s Daughter is no exception. Riley is starting at a new school and of course feeling lonely but she soon finds companionship in the friends she makes. One of them being Kelsey. They just click and understand each other easily.

So I had my suspicions about Hayden from the get go and I wasn’t surprised that they turned out to be correct. I really like him though and the way he reacts with Riley. He understands a part of her that would not be easy for other people. Maybe with time they would but he doesn’t need evidence and there is no room for doubt with him. They fill a hole for each other.

So of course another boy and of course he’s a good guy so I have no idea to root for! It’s not situation where she is leading anyone on. It’s not that kind of love triangle. It fits well with the story and the way the plot is going and it was like ahh this is so hard!

I really enjoyed the story and that it had a mix of mystery and romance. While still dealing with teenage and family issues.

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

Title: Gray Wolf Island
Author: Tracey Neithercott
Published: October 10th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.



Interview

1. How many drafts did you go through before you settled on a copy to submit?

I believe I went through three or four drafts before submitting to editors. The first I did immediately
after finishing the book, and it was the most expansive revision. I did another based on critique
partner comments, and another for my agent. I’m pretty sure I did a second, smaller revision for my
agent, too. On a whole, the revision process was fairly easy.

The drafting? Anything but. I think part of the reason revisions went so well for me was because I did
a lot of editing and revising while drafting.

2. How do you outline? (paper, post-its, google docs)

Clutter completely stresses me out, so I have no papers or Post-Its or note cards in my workspace.
Instead, I work exclusively in Scrivener. Using the corkboard function, I create note cards for the big
points in the story, then build from there. Once I start writing, I can see each chapter’s note card
(and any other notes) right in the sidebar. I love having a single contained space for everything
related to the story—it keeps me from forgetting any ideas.

3. How did you celebrate the news that your book would be published?

I can’t remember, but I bet it was with pizza. All of my best celebrations include pizza.

4. Did you do research before writing?

I did a bit of research before writing, for those aspects I knew for sure would shape the characters,
setting, and plot. But I find I do a lot more research while drafting and before and during the first
revision. That’s when I have a better idea of what exactly the plot entails and who the characters
really are.

5. If you could have any talent/job in the world besides writing, what would it be?

I’d love to have some kind of musical talent. I’m hopelessly tone deaf and find myself in awe of pretty
much anyone who can play an instrument or carry a tune. Honestly, I’d even take the ability play hot-
crossed buns on the recorder.

6. What genre do you typically read for enjoyment?

I find I most often reach for contemporary or fantasy novels (maybe that’s why my stories tend to be
contemporary with elements of fantasy), but I’ll pretty much read any genre. I love being surprised by
a fantastic book in one of my lesser-read genres. That usually kicks off a spree of reading similar
Books.

7. Did you have any input into your cover?

A teensy bit! The first version of the cover was very close to the finished cover, but the water was a
darker, more foreboding blue, the title blood red, and the island ominously dark. My agent, editor,
and I all agreed the book felt like a thriller or horror novel. This lighter version still carries the same
sense of mystery, but it’s clearer this is a character-driven treasure hunt—not the next Stephen King
Novel.

8. What was your favorite scene or character to write?

It turns out I most enjoy writing two types of scenes: kissing and killing. I’m incredibly weird. But
here’s the thing: Both murder and make-out scenes are packed with emotion—and that, to me, is the
most fun to write.

For Gray Wolf Island, there are two deaths in particular that were so intensely emotional to
write—but also made for two of my very favorite scenes. I can’t say more than that because of
spoilers, but I hope readers will feel those deaths in their gut the way I did.
And then there’s a certain first kiss that I had so much fun writing. It’s kind of goofy and adorable, but
it’s the characters’ conversation just before the kiss that makes the scene one of my favorites.

9. Describe your book in 5 words.

Things aren’t as they seem.
Tracey Neithercott’s first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by her mother. Now, she writes YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which she illustrates—you’re welcome.) She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who suggests improving her novels by adding Star Wars characters.

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Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Title: Seize Today
Author: Pintip Dunn
Release Date: Oct 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
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Conclusion to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning series, Forget Tomorrow.

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world.
I'm excited to be able to share an excerpt with you today from Seize Today. I have loved this series since the beginning and how it unique it is that each book follows a different character.

The thing about the Forget Tomorrow series that makes it so great is not only the awesome writing (I love the writing) but that we get to see the plot from different perspectives per book. We started with Callie, then her sister Jenna and now the own chairwoman’s daughter Olivia. Seize Today really pulls everything together.

I found Olivia’s story to be the most intriguing because the way your perspective of her changes throughout the other books as well. So the Olivia we meet in Forget Tomorrow is not the same girl we see in Seize Today. Each story I’m always surprised how much I bond with the character. I was a loyal Callie girl but I think Olivia is my favorite character. She has so much in her that nobody sees and it makes me sad. She is also very very strong to have put up with the things she has and you just can’t help but root for her. Her decisions are not purposely cruel and are sometimes the only option she sees. She wants to save everyone because she sits on this line between the world and her mother.

I can’t remember what I thought of Ryder in Remember Yesterday but I did like him now. Even with his trust issues, unlike his father Mickey he can see beyond himself. I think he starts to understand that in order to get trust you have to put a little of yourself out there too. I love love how he sees Olivia for who she is. Not just what she is expected to be. There blooming friendship/relationship is very cute and heartwarming.

Did I hate Mickey before? I can’t remember I think I might have but if I didn’t I really hate him in this book. He shouldn’t be in charge of anything, he doesn’t have a clear enough head. He is also too bias. Maybe I am too hard on him but he just gets to me.

So the plot ahh the plot. I don’t want to give anything away and now that all three books are out I think it’s a perfect series to binge. I just kept thinking, no how can this turn this way or that way or upside down. So many things so many things. Also so much action. You never feel a lull just a need to know how they are going to get out their situations.

I loved this series. I think it’s a great lighter Sci-fi for someone who might be hesitant with the genre. I also loved all of the relationships the characters develop. Not just with their significant others but with each other. It was interesting to see it through the whole series. The perfect binge series.

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Pintip’s novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. It is also a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, the MASL Truman Award, and the Tome Society It list. In addition, THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, SEIZE TODAY, and GIRL ON THE VERGE.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster

Title: Last Star Burning
Author: Caitlin Sangster
Published: October 10th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

Last Star Burning is kind of like that book I didn’t know I was looking for. The story reminds me of many different dystopia smashed together to make it’s own thing. I really enjoyed the story and the way the book takes you on a topsy turvy ride through the whole thing.

So when the book first started I was a little confused by the star rankings and things that happened but it quickly found it’s footing and I got a grasp of the world. It was interesting to learn the reasoning that the city is created and why it stays that way. There are times when you are like what, because you never really know what is true and what isn’t. I felt like I was navigating the story hand in hand with Sevvy. I wasn’t like oh I know what’s going to happen because I was too focused on what was occurring that moment. Which made me really like it. After I finished reading I kind of sat and pondered the whole picture, fitting all the pieces you found along the way together.

I loved Sevvy. She is smart but also cautious. She’s also very very angry. She had so many things taken away from her. Is constantly treated like dirt. So I love when she’s presented with something else and told everything she believes is a lie. She has the, are you serious, do you think I’m going to just believe you. In that sense she is strong. It also makes her more aware and she goes off people’s actions. She chooses to believe someone based on what she has seen of the person herself. I liked this about her but that doesn’t mean she can’t get burned. While I was reading I just really wanted to Sevvy to find her own piece of happiness.

My second favorite character is June. She someone that is so fierce that we don’t know enough about.

So there is also Tai-ge and Howl. Tai-ge has been Sevvy’s friend since she was 8 years old. Even though he shouldn’t be because of their class status. He is very sweet and kind to her. I love their friendship. Then there is Howl who is kind to Sevvy but always seem to be hiding more than he is letting on. They fall into an easy relationship as they spend time together. She let’s her guard down with him.

I really enjoyed the book. I felt like it was fast paced and you never really knew what was around the corner. Which also leaves me to not try to spoil anything. The ending is kind of one of those weird cliffhanger/not cliffhangers. I do need the next book as soon as possible though. I want to know where things go from here.

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Title: Seize Today
Author: Pintip Dunn
Release Date: Oct 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
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Conclusion to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning series, Forget Tomorrow.

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world.
I'm excited to be able to share an excerpt with you today from Seize Today. I have loved this series since the beginning and how it unique it is that each book follows a different character.

Excerpt 1:
Eleven years earlier…
I pull the lever of the cage, switching the tunnel onto a different track, trying to confuse the mice.
I know exactly how the future will play out, of course. I know which mice will fall down the trap and which ones will smack into the see-through glass wall. I know which mice will get hopelessly lost. I even know which ones will run the maze correctly on the very first try.
I like watching them anyway. They wriggle over one another like worms, and their whiskers twitch when they're at a corner between two paths. But what I like most is how they come to me when I call.
Picking up a mouse, I run my fingers over its soft fur and warm body. It looks at me with unblinking pink eyes, and I think it could be my friend.
Of course, I can see which mice will come, so I know which ones to call. Rodents are predictable like that. Humans, not so much. They have too many wants, too many feelings. I don't see any one future for people. Rather, I see them all—every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before my eyes.
So I have to guess which of my human classmates will want to play with me. Most of the time, I guess wrong.
"Are you bothering my mice again?" a little boy's voice says. "Fates, Livvy. How many times do I have to tell you? Leave them alone!"
Startled, I let go of the mouse and look up at Tanner Callahan, the other six-year-old who hangs around the scientists' labs. I'm here because my mom's the head of the Future Memory Agency, or FuMA, and he's here…I guess ’cause he has nowhere else to be.
He's got black hair that pokes up in the back, and his skin sticks too closely to his bones. I thought this meant he wasn't eating enough, but MK, our child-minder, said that grief over his parents' deaths had burrowed holes through his resources.
This makes me think of the mice digging through the straw, and my chest aches. I flash forward to his futures. He still has hundreds of branches remaining, but in most of them, one thing is the same: he will be sad and lonely until he kisses our classmate Jessa ten years in the future.
I don't know why kissing should change anything. But I do know how it feels to be lonely and sad.
We don't have to be like this. I could be his friend. I just have to figure out the right thing to say.
"Jessa and I are going to rule the world one day." It can't hurt to bring up the girl he smushes lips with. Maybe if he thinks she and I are friends, he'll like me, too. "You know Jessa, right? The girl with the teardrop eyes? She's my best friend." Not true. I think Jessa only talks to me because she’s nice. But he doesn't have to know that.
"Oh yeah? Well someday, I'm going to be the inventor of future memory," he shoots back. "And then we'll see who's more important."
I bite my lip. That wasn't what I meant. I wasn't trying to brag or compare or compete. The futures containing our friendship begin to fall away, one by one. I guessed wrong once again.



 
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Pintip’s novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. It is also a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, the MASL Truman Award, and the Tome Society It list. In addition, THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, SEIZE TODAY, and GIRL ON THE VERGE.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.