Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

FFBC Review: Flashfall

Posted November 15, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

FFBC Review: Flashfall

FFBC Review: FlashfallFlashfall by Jenny Moyer
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on November 15th 2016
Genres: Sci Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
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four-half-stars

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.
But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

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.

Flashfall is set in a dystopian world after some sort of nuclear war. Everything is covered in radiation. Orion, Dram and the rest of the people in Outpost Five are all Subpar so they have adapted to have some sort of radiation resistance. Flashfall’s setting is more complex than just ‘basic dystopian’. Jenny Moyer really walks the line between enough detail so we know what’s going on and so much detail that it becomes overload. She holds onto the mystery of things while giving great descriptions of the Outpost, the mines and the dangers inside.

Orion and Dram are friends but they are also partners in the mine. I loved the dynamic of their friendship. They relied on each other, trusted each other and supported each other. It was a rare equal relationship in ya and I loved it. Sometimes Orion took the lead and Dram followed and sometimes it was the other way around. The slogan for this book is “Step in my Steps”. For the cavers, sometimes the only safe place is in the footsteps of the person in front of you. The slogan is the perfect motto to represent Orion and Dram.

The attention to detail in the book is particularly astounding. Orion is a miner, a caver, and is constantly mining and collecting different kinds of rocks or dust or dirt. It would have been difficult to keep track of but Jenny Moyer found a perfect way to highlight this aspect of Orion’s life. You will notice it as soon as you pick up the book, right from the first chapter. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

I love books with maps and complex worlds. However, Flashfall’s world was a little confusing because all of the places are designated with only a number. It was easy to mix up the Outposts and the Cordons and where the characters were at times. It’s easier to understand if you think about the Cordons as the first line of defense past the Flashfall. The Outposts are stationed farther out in the mountains for better mining. I would suggest really studying the map in the front of the book. I found myself thinking, “Ok now where are they again?” throughout the book, so then I would refer back to the map.

This book is stuffed full of action and adventure. People struggle against the elements, nature, their reality and the injustice of their world. It’s everything that I want my dystopias to be and more!

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About the Author

jenny moyerJenny is the author of YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, coming from Macmillan/Holt 11-15-16. She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Des Moines.
Find out more at http://www.jennymoyer.com and connect with Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.
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November 11th

November 12th

November 13th

Ink of Blood – Review
Taking It One Book at a Time – Review + Dream Cast + Favorite Quotes

November 14th

Two Chicks on Books – Interview
Wishful Endings – Review

November 15th

Literary Meanderings – Guest Post
In Wonderland – Review + Favorite Quotes
Buried Under Books – Review

November 16th

Library of a Book Witch – Review + Playlist
Perusing Pages – Review
Soph Reads Books – Review

November 17th

The Candid Cover – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
Kindle and Me – Review
The Alchemy of Ink – Review
four-half-stars

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Buddy Read Review: Ruin and Rising

Posted January 26, 2016 by Emily in Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment

Buddy Read Review: Ruin and RisingRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Grisha #3
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on June 17th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 422
Format: hardcover
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five-stars

The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

I had the honor of finishing my Buddy Read through the Grishaverse with Ruin and Rising with Jade from Bedtime Bookworm . Then Grishaverse Expert, Brittany, fromBrittany’s Book Rambles chose our stopping points,  listened in to our twitter conversations and laughed at us good-naturedly. You can check out the first section of this Buddy Read with Shadow and Bone and the Second section with Siege and Storm.

I will admit, this series did not go the way I expected at all. When I started Shadow and Bone I had a storyline in my head and Leigh Bardugo threw everything off. Nothing happened the way I expected it to. Everything was changing. Everything was up in the air. This book was a whirlwind of amazing action and shocking reveals. I can’t think of a better way to read it than with someone else who was just as shocked and amazed as I was.

This book started out with a bang. 
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And then never quit.

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They didn’t slow down but it still wasn’t enough. I became a Bardugo addict.

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Luckily, I already have my next fix waiting in the wings. We gushed about Six of Crows, just a little.

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Then I somehow finished before Jade did. I didn’t spoil it though.

 

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I will leave you with this. I’m sure you will feel just as much relief as I did.

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I know I’m a little late and I didn’t mention this in my yearly wrap up. However, looking back at the chats and remember how I felt, I think I’m being honest. This series was my read of the year for 2015. I can see myself recommending this series and begging people to read it for years to come.

Have you read these novels yet???

five-stars

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Buddy Read Review: Siege and Storm

Buddy Read Review: Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Series: Grisha #2 Published by Henry Holt and Co. on June 4th 2013 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 435 Format: hardcover Buy on Amazon Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She canÂ’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the DarklingÂ’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. I had the honor of continuing my Buddy read through the Grishaverse with Siege and Storm with Jade from Bedtime Bookworm . Then Grishaverse Expert, Brittany, from BrittanyÂ’s Book Rambles chose our stopping points,  listened in to our twitter conversations and laughed at us good-naturedly. […]

Posted January 20, 2016 by Emily in Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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