Publisher: Balzer + Bray

FFBC Review: Active Memory by Dan Wells

Posted February 23, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

FFBC Review: Active Memory by Dan Wells

FFBC Review: Active Memory by Dan WellsActive Memory by Dan Wells
Series: Mirador #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 13th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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four-stars

From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the third and final book in the dark, pulse-pounding, sci-fi neo-noir series that began with the acclaimed novel Bluescreen.

For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, there has been one that has always eluded her: the truth behind the car accident in which she lost her arm and a mob boss’ wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. Even in a world where technology exists to connect everyone’s mind to one another, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

Those secrets rise violently to the surface, however, when Zenaida de Maldonado’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when she and her friends start digging, they uncover a conspiracy that runs from the slums of Los Angeles to the very top of the world’s most powerful genetic engineering firm. If Mari wants the truth, she’s going to have to go through genetically enhanced agents, irritatingly attractive mob scions, and some bad relationships to get it.

Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed series continues with his most shocking, pulse-pounding, and visionary story yet.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book was the PERFECT ending for this series. I enjoyed Bluescreen because it made me uncomfortable and made me think about cell phone usage in a different way. Ones and Zeroes was good, but it stepped away from the technological dystopian focus and was a great futuristic heist novel. I liked hearing all about Overworld and the Cherry Dogs… I’m just not that into sports. I was glad that this book pulled away from that and focused back on the world itself.

I also really liked the introduction of Dead Zones. It makes complete sense to me that there would be a subset of the population that wouldn’t be online. I always feel an affinity for the seedy underbelly of rebels so I loved hearing that one existed. I could read a whole book series based on that alone.

Active Memory is a return to the world of technology ruling all with a bit of a social commentary feel. Do we really need to be connected every second of every day??? It also FINALLY wraps up the mystery. Why was Mari in the car with Zenaida all those years ago, why the feud, will Mari and Omar EVER KISS??

I’m not telling.

 

Other Books in the Series

Bluescreen review

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells is best known for his horror series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, of which the first book is now an award-winning movie through IFC Midnight. His other novels include THE HOLLOW CITY, a supernatural thriller about schizophrenia, EXTREME MAKEOVER, in which a beauty company destroys the world, and two young adult science fiction series: the post-apocalypse PARTIALS and the cyberpunk MIRADOR. He has written for television, on the upcoming science fiction series EXTINCT, and wrote and produced the horror comedy stage play A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS. He cohosts the Hugo-winning podcast for aspiring writers called Writing Excuses, which has expanded to include its own writing conference. He also writes short fiction and game fiction, and edited the anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS to help raise funds for and awareness of mental illness. Dan lives in northern Utah with his wife, 6 children, and more than 400 boardgames.

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four-stars

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali

Posted May 5, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky AlbertaliThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
on April 11, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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five-stars

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.
There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
Right?

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Upside of The Upside of Unrequited was one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was maybe one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life. However, it wasn’t an easy read or a comfortable read. I saw myself in Molly so much. I was Molly growing up. Maybe a lot of me still is. It was painful and difficult to see so much of my high school experience laid out on the page. Especially when it wasn’t particularly happy.

Molly is fat. She is mistreated by her peers because of it. Molly and I were the same down to our humiliations. In the story, there was a particular incident in the lunchroom that causes Molly anxiety and her sister rage. I won’t spoil what Molly’s was but I will tell you mine. They are very similar and it breaks my heart that it still happens today. One particular way my peers bullied me was to call out numbers when I walked. If I ran or jumped the numbers got higher. After a day or two someone enlightened me to the fact that they were predicting the score of the earthquake I was causing on the Richter scale.

People online have reviewed Molly as desperate or this book as a Fat girl loses weight and finds love book, but that isn’t it at all. Everywhere we turn, girls are told that they should love themselves for who they are but also that they aren’t loveable if they aren’t thin. Fat people don’t deserve love and affection and they shouldn’t hope to find any until they lose the weight.

Everything Molly felt was just like my heart was on the page. This was true in her feelings about her weight and her feelings about romance. When I was that age, I ached for romance in my life but at the same time I didn’t feel like I deserved it. MOLLY DOESN’T LOSE ANY WEIGHT. She doesn’t even try. It’s not even about her weight because she loves herself the way she is. She wants other people to get with the program and I loved her for it.

This book was complex and perfect. I loved how Molly struggled with herself too. She both wants a special romance all her own and also is afraid it will never happen for her. She’s scared to hope and frightened that she doesn’t deserve it.

This book is for every girl out there who has miserably watched her friends shop for hours in a store where nothing fit.

five-stars

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Waiting on Wednesday: Ramona Blue

Waiting on Wednesday: Ramona Blue

I completely adored Dumplin’, also by Julie Murphy. That was the first book where I’ve seen a fat character, happy and proud of herself and her body. Representation is so important. Everyone should have the opportunity to see themselves in a book. With Dumplin’, Julie Murphy earned herself a fan for life. I will read anything she writes. Ramona Blue looks excellent in it’s own right, as well. I lived in Louisiana when Katrina and Rita hit and there are still people displaced today, 10 years later. Julie Murphy writes touching, realistic and important stories. I’m sure this one is no different!

Posted March 22, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Review: American Street

Review: American Street

American Street by Ibi Zoboi Published by Balzer + Bray on February 14th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, romance, Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream? I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My favorite part of this book was the voice of the narrator, Fabiola. She’s a teenage immigrant from Haiti whose mother gets detained when they attempt to come into the country. Her mother sends her ahead to Detroit where her aunt and cousins are waiting for them. The story is of her journey to get her mother released and her first few months as […]

Posted March 21, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: The Hate U Give by A

Review: The Hate U Give by A

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Going into this, I want it to be known that I doubt my ability to put into words the greatness that is this book. I also want to preface this with saying that I am white and I have lived in a mostly white community growing up. My life changed in that aspect when I began teaching six years ago where I became the only white person in the […]

Posted January 23, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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#DAReadathon Wrap Up

#DAReadathon Wrap Up

Kendice and I totally kicked ass on this challenge! I read all seven books and my mini-reviews are all below. Thank you so much to  Aentee from Read at Midnight for hosting the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon (#DAReadathon) to promote and celebrate diverse books. I really enjoyed the seven different prompts that encouraged me to read a variety of diverse books. I’d like to think I would have read all of these books eventually. They were all on my TBR when this challenge started. However, thanks to the #DAReadathon they moved up to the top.     This book was really hard to read. It was about two people who are hurting and the connection they find in each other. The writing was top notch. I really felt for the characters. The writing was touching and I found myself aching for for both Dylan and Jamie. Still I read to get away and this book was a little too real. Oh, this book! I loved Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven and this was the perfect opportunity to push her YA debut up on my TBR. I’m SO glad I did. I adore Niven’s writing and I’m easily sucked right into her stories. I’ve heard before I was glad I had a heads up. It didn’t take away from the story for me, but potentially saved me from an emotional breakdown. I […]

Posted January 20, 2017 by Emily in Special Feature / 0 Comments
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#DAReadathon Sign up

#DAReadathon Sign up

I’m really excited about this. Kendice and I will be participating in our first joint reading challenge! Aentee from Read at Midnight is hosting the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon (#DAReadathon) to promote and celebrate diverse books. There are seven different prompts that encourage reading a variety of diverse books. All of them are listed below with Kendice and my picks for those prompts. I will be reading for Hufflepuff. This is new for me. I’ve always thought of myself as a Ravenclaw, but I’ve been sorted into Hufflepuff by Pottermore twice now. I’m going to try on this new identity and see how it fits. I actually have always thought of myself as a Slytherclaw. Still, if Pottermore is so sure, maybe it’s worth exploring. The Sorting Hat is always right, right?     One of my best friends is Trans and I chose Beast in honor of her. We live in different states and I don’t get to see her as much as I’d like. I want her to know how much I love her and miss her all the time. When I consider an issue close to my heart I think of mental health. My mother has struggled with depression since the early 90s and it’s had a huge impact on my family dynamic. On top of that, I’ve heard the greatness that is this book and I absolutely adored […]

Posted December 22, 2016 by Emily in Special Feature / 1 Comment
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TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

TTT: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

10 Contemporary Books to Buy to add Diversity to Your Bookshelf This book is so relevant to some of the social issues we’re facing in the United States today. I loved the dual perspectives because it made the story not just relatable, but easier to understand because I am white. I highly, highly recommend this one for all ages and races. . This is a middle grades book, but it is so good! If you have kids, are a teacher, or just want some insight on a tween boy who grew up under rough circumstances but found a positive outlet in running track, pick this up. . This is a heart wrenching kind of book. I enjoy a lot of true crime shows and have found myself watching documentaries on kids being accused of committing murder at  young age, so I was drawn to this one immediately. Mary is black and was accused at age 9 of killing a 3 month old baby and now after years of time in “baby jail” and a treacherous group home she finds out she’s pregnant. This book shows that sometimes the whole story isn’t told and you can’t always judge a person based on appearances. . I love this book so much. Definitely top 5 of 2016 for me. A mixture of fate, logic, and interracial love is just the beginning of […]

Posted November 29, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Top 10 / 9 Comments
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Top Ten Tuesday: 1

Top Ten Tuesday: 1

Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish 1. This is the newest book added to my TBR! I was cruising IG and came across a post by Uppercase and read in her comment thread that this was a Robin Hood, but with a female MC. My interest was piqued immediately! I absolutely love retellings and I can’t wait, even though it will be potentially for another 8 months for this one! 2. I heard about this books quite a few months ago and wanted to read it then. The pictures of the new ARCs reminded me that it was coming soon and I officially added it to Goodreads. Black Lives Matter is such an important movement right now and as a white woman I find it essential to read everything I can that will help me understand things that will open my eyes to others’ realities. I’m looking forward to this one. Hurry up February! 3. Wait for Me is by one of the Swanky 17’s author. I love historical fiction with a bit of romance, so when I read the description it was an immediate “Want to Read” for me. I also love reading and supporting debut authors, so it’s a win-win. 4. The cover of this book has caught my attention […]

Posted November 8, 2016 by Kendice in Events and Features, Top 10 / 1 Comment
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Review/Discussion: The Crown’s Game

Review/Discussion: The Crown’s Game

The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye Series: The Crown’s Game #1 Published by Balzer + Bray on May 17th 2016 Genres: Historical, Fantasy Pages: 399 Format: hardcover Source: owned Buy on Amazon Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the CrownÂ’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the TsarÂ’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death. Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has? For Nikolai, an orphan, the CrownÂ’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he canÂ’t stop thinking about her. And when Pasha, NikolaiÂ’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself. […]

Posted May 30, 2016 by Emily in Discussion, Review / 0 Comments
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