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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So, Tay and I are both so sorry we haven’t posted recently! We have been so stressed and tired. And we’ve both been in reading slumps. But there will be another blog post hopefully this weekend. Currently writing this while I’m procrastinating.

I’m a little late hopping on this bandwagon. This series obviously exploded recently with the first book, The Maze Runner. I really liked the first book, but I don’t know why this book just didn’t do it for me. I’m not really sure why. I’m on the third one right now and will be on the prequel by tomorrow.

This book moved really slow in my opinion even though it was good. It wasn’t bad at all, but it wasn’t a book that hooked me in and made me want to finish it. In fact, I’ve been avoiding the third one to read fanfiction. Yeah, I know I’m horrible.

I give this book a six out of 10 just because it didn’t hook me in like good books always should. I recommend this book to middle school age. There are no mature scenes, but there do happen to be kind of graphic death scenes.

So let me know guys, what do you think? I would love to hear your opinions. Am I horrible or does someone agree with me?

-Alex

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The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat. 

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

 And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.”

-Synopsis from Goodreads

I’m so so so sorry we haven’t posted in awhile.We’ve been so busy with school, but I wanted to do this before I became even more busy. I finished this book at the beginning of last week and this author just makes my life.

Anyway, first of all if you haven’t read the Covenant series by this author, you need to read that first. We’ll do a review on that whenever one of us rereads it. This book is the sequel to The Return. And Seth is just perfection.

Seth is basically a hot, powerful being that can control five elements and has a lot of emotional past that comes from the Covenant series. This story revolves around  the Greek Gods but is very different from Percy Jackson and the Olympians though. Anyway,Seth has to take care of a girl named Josie who is a demigod, but Seth falls in love with her.

That’s all I’m going to tell you. This book is so amazing and for sure worth the read. I just love Sethie so much even though I hated him in Covenant series. I think you just get to know Seth so much better in this and realize that he has real emotions.

I would recommend this book to ages 16 & 17 because it does have very mature material. Covenant series you should also check out, but I would recommend that to 14-year-olds. This author just writes material that sticks with you.

Love,

Alex.

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Elixir Trilogy by Hilary Duff

“Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man—a man she has never seen before.

When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives—and their futures.”

-Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Okay, okay, I know you’re thinking, why? Why are you reading a book by Hilary Duff and how is it worthy enough to put on this blog? Well, first of all I know this a mess because the picture is of the second two books and the synopsis is for the first book.

So let’s dive right in,shall we?

I read the first book awhile ago on Christmas break and I read it in a day. I don’t remember all that much about it, I just know it was good.

Anyway, so I started the second book last Tuesday night and read a page or so before going to bed.  The next day, I devoured it, finishing 350 pages in a day. I was emotional all day long; going from angry, sad, happy, and back to angry. During rehearsals, I was sitting next to Tay (of course) and I was literally smacking her, squeezing her legs, and looking at her when something happened.  She had to remind me quite a few times that I couldn’t yell out because people were in a scene. It was that bad. So needless to say it was good.

So as soon as I got home, I wanted to dive into the next book, but I couldn’t because of homework. So again before I went to bed, I read the first page and then went to bed. I finished the book in school the following day going through the same emotions, just not as strongly. It was very good.

Overall I give this series 9 out of 10 approval because it captivated me. It was an easy read so I recommend this book to eighth grade. It had some language in it, but overall it was very clean. This book gave me all the feels and people looked at me like I was crazy, but that’s normal.

Is there a book that has ever made you feel all the feels?

Love,

Alex

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Unchained by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just…wants her, Lily is about ready to trade in forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can’t shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.

Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.

Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything–and she’ll need Julian’s help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her…and not destroy her.

Yeah, being a Nephilim isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.”

Synopsis from Goodreads

So Jennifer L. Armentrout is my absolute favorite author ever. Her books never fail to disappoint me and this book lived up to my expectations as always.

Fallen angels have recently been taking the place of vampires and werewolves which I don’t mind because they are sexy. Take Patch from Hush, Hush for example. So this book is obviously about fallen angels and Nephilim and they are enemies. The fallen angels corrupt mortals and make them deadheads that can be dangerous. They can also make Nephilim go rogue and turn into minions that are very dangerous. Some of the original fallen angels still have their powers and they are very dangerous. So of course you need hunters.

Lily is one of the best hunters in the Sanctuary. And she is badass like I would have a girl crush on her. I wish I could be like her because she has the perfect attitude, strength, style, and sense of humor.

Anyway, Lily hunts deadheads, minions, and occasionally fallen angels. She has been taught her entire life that fallen angels are evil. But there is one that has never hurt her and has been stalking her for eight years. That is Julian. Julian is sexy, sarcastic, and very protective of her. They build a relationship, but it is forbidden for the Nephilim. Do they end up together? Well, you’ll just have to read to find out.

I give this book 1o out of 10 approval because it gave me all the feels. I would recommend this book for mature audiences, probably 16 or 17 and older. It has a lot of sexual content so it more depends on what you like, but the book is very graphic. I recommend Jennifer Armentrout to people about the same age, but you should check her out. She is an amazing author.

What’s your favorite author?

Love,

Alex