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Review: Avalon (Avalon #1) by Mindee Arnett

17149396 Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: January 21, 2014 by Balzer & Bray
Series: #1 (Avalon)
Length: 432 pages
Source: Balzer & Bray (ARC)

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon’s cult hit show Firefly.”

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Go read this book right now! This book was just amazing. From the world building, to the characters, to the writing style, Mindee Arnett got it all. Avalon is told from a male perspective who is our main character, Jeth. This review will be brief and vague since it has SO MANY MYSTERIES and I do not want to spoil it for you all.

I really love how all of the characters in this book contributes to the story. They’re not just there just so the author can have supporting characters. I like how Jeth is so determined to get his ship (Avalon) back. I also like how he loves his family so much, and that they mean the world to him. The supporting characters are super awesome as well. Jeth’s team is so funny and I love how they treat each other like family.

I constantly found myself flipping through the book because of the world building. I love how people can travel through space, and there are these different planets where people can live in. It says on Goodreads that fans of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe trilogy (WHICH I FREAKING LOVE) will like this book, and I couldn’t agree more! If you are a big fan of Revis’s trilogy, then this book will be right up your alley.

The romance was also awesome! I love how it did not take over the plot. It was just one of the rare things you will find in this book. It is more action packed rather than having romance-y scenes.

Overall, just read this, please. There is so many plot twists and mystery that it will just blow you away. So yes, I highly recommend you reading Avalon!

Review: Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

12369550 Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: March 18, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 400 pages
Source: Katherine Tegen Books (ARC)

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.”

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I love this book SO much! I am proud to say that the story is as good, if not, better than the cover! Elusion is about a world (I am assuming is Earth) where it has gotten worse to the point where it’s raining acid almost every day. The people often wears an oxygen shield and have to carry an umbrella since the condition of their world is really bad. Since their world is full of devastation due to the climate, our main character’s father, who’s a genius, decides to create an app called Elusion where people can live a perfect life. It is written in first person in the point of view of Regan.

The world building is really good. I love how I really felt that the people in this world were suffering. The author didn’t just tell us that it was raining acid, or people had to wear oxygen shields. I actually felt like I was with Regan the whole time. I also like how Regan tells us that she had to wear her oxygen shield and open up her umbrella. Those simple details is enough to let the readers know that the world is really bad, and that it is such a hassle to live like that every day.  Although it is a sci-fi fiction, this book taught me to appreciate what I have today. While reading those scenes where Regan had to carry her oxygen shield and umbrella made me feel lucky because I don’t have to go through that.

What I also liked about Elusion are the characters. I just love how each of the characters mentioned in this book have great importance, and there not just those “extra” characters. Regan is such a strong person. Ever since the sudden death of her father, she acted as if she was the “adult” in the family. She often cheered up her mom who was depressed ever since her husband passed away. I also like Regan’s father. He’s just so awesome and smart! I love how he cares so much about the world. He explains to us in the book that he created the Elusion so that people can escape from their real life problems even if it’s only temporary. But ever since he was claimed dead, his protege (and also Regan’s best friend), Patrick, took over the company. Patrick was a very unlikable character for me, and that’s good that I felt that about him, because he was meant to be sort of the antagonist of the book. Although I did not like him as a person, I like his character because out of all the characters in the book, he is the most realistic.

Although I enjoyed reading Elusion, I had a few minor problems. I just did not like how Josh (Patrick’s best friend) and Regan did not know each other very well, yet, Regan trusted him like they knew each other since they were in diapers. I also did not like how sometimes the author would “tell” us what was happening instead of “showing”. I also did not like the romance. I thought it was a bit weird and irrelevant.

Overall, the few issues that I had with this book isn’t enough to make me dislike the book. I definitely recommend it if you love science fiction, mystery, and a fast paced book. Also, THAT ENDING THOUGH. I NEED BOOK 2 NOW! Major cliffhanger! I suggest you pick this book up right when it hits the shelves! Elusion was the cure for my reading slump that I had for over 2 weeks so I highly suggest you get it.

4.5 of 5

{Tour Stop} Rewrite Redemption by J.H. Walker – Review + Giveaway

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17289823 Genre: YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Published: January 25, 2013
Length: 391 pages
Source: (author) review copy

She’s sixteen. He’s seventeen. They don’t know each other…at least not yet.

She has a secret and her whole life revolves around keeping it. Every few months and with little warning, she simply disappears, pulled into the past for hours or even days. She’s terrified it will happen in front of someone, changing her life forever. So far, the only witnesses have been her parents, and that didn’t end well. She has no control over it and no idea why it happens to her.

She wants answers.

He has answers—at least he understands what’s going on. He has a secret, too. He’s part of an organization that goes back in time to rewrite reality. But he also has a problem. He broke the organization’s number-one rule by altering his own timeline. As punishment, he’s been blocked from time travel, which is most unfortunate. Because the changes he made to his timeline, accidentally resulted in disaster for his family. A disaster he’s now prevented from repairing. No one can travel beneath the organization’s radar except a Shadow. But they’re rare, so rare he’s never even met one.

Then he moves to her town.

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This book was just a fun and fantastic read! It is about our main characters, Constantine and A.J., who can rewrite the past. They are basically called Editors since they are able to time travel and edit the past. What I really love about this book is the relationship that A.J. and her best friend, Lexi, has. They’re what you call sisters from another mother. Lexi has a very fun and gregarious personality, while A.J. is reserved and shy, but when you put them together, they’re really hilarious. I also like Constantine, the male protagonist, because he’s very sweet and caring not only to A.J., but also to his family. I enjoyed how this book was fast paced and unpredictable. Readers will be at the edge of their seats till the end. I also caught my jaw dropping once in a while because some scenes were just exciting and surprising.

What I sort of did not like is that sometimes the romance was a bit cheesy. Overall it was an easy and fun read with likable cast of characters and a unique plot. I would totally recommend it to everyone, especially to fantasy lovers, and those who are a big fan of time traveling books.

4 of 5

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