Monday, March 27, 2017

Book Review: Nikki White Polar Extremes by Jack Chaucer


When Nikki Janicek sprints from the 200-degree sauna out into the 100-below darkness wearing nothing but bunny boots, at least she’s not alone.

She already has survived months of solitary confinement, a forced swim with sharks and a scary journey to the South Pole. Now she’s a member of The 300 Club, an exclusive group of people on the planet who have endured a 300-degree temperature swing in a matter of seconds.

It’s all part of her training for a six-person, one-way mission to Mars.

Nikki wants to go, but not with The Bridge — a space-obsessed company that abducts, controls and violates people.

She wants to take a stand.

She wants to free her father, her former lover and herself.

And she’ll attempt it with the help of the young man who shot her seven years ago.

It’s a previously inconceivable alliance, bonded by polar extremes.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

Nikki White Polar Extremes is the third book from the Nikki Series. I feel honored to review the entire series and now I can say this one is my favorite. 

The book was full of twists and turns, which makes it more exciting to read. There were also heart stopping events on the first and last part of this book, it literally made me curse (i don't curse). LOL. Anyway, back to my review, Nikki stayed in South Pole for her Mars expedition training, I could say it wasn't easy -- I think I will die there though -- and the appalling part? her companion, I think that was the challenging part, Nikki was forced to be with him. They're the "chosen one" for this expedition but despite these tricky incidents, I ship them both! *fangirling*. Nikki here is more of a fighter, she changed a lot from book one.

I would love to reveal who I'm talking to so bad but I think it's better for you guys to find out. I'm still swooning between Nikki and that guy. This book left an open ending though it was a happy one. 

Before I end this review, I would like to thank Jack Chaucer for trusting me this book. I loved every books, from Streaks of Blue, Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble and now this book, Nikki Blue: Polar Extremes.  Every book was worth reading and I could say I enjoyed Nikki's adventures. She's the type of person who will fight for what's right and that's what I really love about her. So, once again, thank you Jack Chaucer, I'll be waiting for more Nikki stories. *hopefully there'll be more*

PS. it's hard not to spoil the readers! 

"Every relationship has boundaries that should never be crossed."
My Ratings

Jack is the author of the YA novel "Streaks of Blue" (2013) and its NA sequel, "Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble" (2015), as well as the political sci-fi thriller "Queens are Wild" (2012) and YA rock 'n' roll novella "Freeway and the Vin Numbers" (2010). The third book in the Nikki series, "Nikki White: Polar Extremes," was published on March 24, 2017. He's also working on an easy reader children's book titled "The Password is Whishpers." Jack lives in Connecticut, U.S.A., with his wife and twin 5-year-olds. He also enjoys reading and reviewing a variety of genres, watching "Game of Thrones" and "Halt and Catch Fire," and drinking pints of mead.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner


What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.

Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

This is the first Jeff Zentner book that I've read and I already fell in love with it the moment I started the first few pages. The book put me in a slight depression state but I still decided to continue reading it because I badly want to know what will happen in the end. This kind of book affects me for some other reason but I still want to read because I learn from it, at least somehow I know what to do. Books like this can be a channel to some readers to become better. 

Accidents happen all the time, anywhere and we didn't know how. For Carver Briggs, he's supposed to meet his best friends but they were killed in a car crash right after he sent one of them a text message. Carver never stopped blaming his self from what happened until he was forced by his sister to get help. That's where he met Dr. Mendez. Aside from that, Blake's (one of his best friend) grandmother asked him to do a Goodbye Day to formally let go and share the memories they had with Blake. Despite the hesitations, he agreed. Soon after, the other families of his friends asked him the same thing. Carver was confused at first but this Goodbye Day had a big impact in his life, he agreed without knowing what will really happen.

"Let me tell you about the God I know. My God judges a whole life and a whole heart. He doesn't judge us by our worst mistakes. And let me tell you something else. If God is someone who makes us walk a tightrope over the fires of hell, then I don't care to sing his praises for eternity on some silver cloud. I'll jump off the tightrope before I'll do that."

Goodbye Days gave me chills. It broke my heart, I cried, I had to stop reading for a few hours just because this hurts a lot especially when this one scene with Eli's parents, it makes me think life was so unfair for this young child. But aside from that, let's not forget Eli's ex-girlfriend, Jesmyn who became Carver's companion. I love Jesmyn and Carver's side story. It makes the book more interesting to read. That balances the depressing parts because their partnership is full of possibilities. 

I think this book is the second best I've read this year. I love it so much to the point where I will never get tired of reading it over and over again. The story was beautifully written and worth reading for. It touches the heart of the readers from different levels of emotions. I'm glad that I was able to read and finish this book. 

My Ratings

Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill


Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

The first time I saw Ever The Hunted I fell in love with it already. The cover was stunning and the combination of white and gold is perfect. As I started reading, I already knew I won't be able to put the book down easily.

As a reader one of the things I love reading is about a female character who can defend herself from her enemies and this book has that character. Britta Flannery, smart hunter,  strong and beautiful. She became the king's bounty hunter when she was arrested by the guards for poaching on the king's land, she had reasons why she did that but it wasn't up for discussion. And since she's known as one of the great hunters trained by her father Saul, she was hired to capture her best friend Cohen Mackay in exchange of her freedom. Cohen was accused of killing Saul, and he's hiding since that incident happened. His dagger was found together with her father's cloak. Britta's mission began when she had no other choice but to accept Lord Jamis' offer.

"Trust is a delicate thing, so easily broken and not so effortlessly repaired."

Did that summary catches your attention? I tried my best to give you all a hint. LOL

Another thing that I loved about this book is not just the medieval set up but also the magic and other secrets that this book can offer. I think it was amazing at least it's not just a normal castle soldiers. The twists of the story is something worth reading for! I can't avoid the curiosity on some parts of the book so I had to read it again. THE ENDING THOUGH! that's mind boggling!

Anyway,  I had a really great time reading this book. It was one of my best read in 2016! and with that, I can't wait for the next book .... I don't mind waiting *tries to be patient*. This book is a MUST READ!

"Don't reflect on the negative. Think about all the positives in your life."
My Ratings Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

You can follower her on twitter: @erinsummerill

Source: Goodreads

Monday, March 6, 2017

Book Review: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Title: History Is All You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Published: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Soho Teen

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

This book will surely be in the Top 10 of my 2017 reads. I do loved reading it so much even though I had a hard time to finish it right away, just for two reasons one is work and another is that the book is getting into me. It's sort of triggering my depression and because of that I had to stop before I continue reading it. I could relate to Griffin, losing somebody who's so important to you is hard it's like you're walking with a steel ball attached on your legs. What made me finish the book? I would want to know how Griffin survived and what really happened to Theo? 

Fortunately, this book answered the questions I had in my head. I could say this book is beautiful on so many levels and it is worth reading! I'm just so lucky to have an advanced copy to read this book and share my thoughts to other readers. 

"I don't know how to process being someone worthy of being someone's first kiss, of being someone's first date, of being someone's first time, of being someone's first love."

This book is a story of young boys who spend their lives as best friends until they fall in love with each other. It's about a boy who had his first love, first kiss and first heart break. Griffin lost his best friend and his ex-boyfriend Theo when an accident happened in California. There's nothing he could do since they were living separately and that time Theo was with current boyfriend Jackson. The news felt like a blow to his head and his own depression almost eat him alive. In this book he remembers all the life with Theo as his closest friend and a life without Theo and how he moved on from the darkest moment of his life. 

"Your death is proof that I shouldn't blindly trust these false promises of more years and months and weeks and tomorrows and hours and minutes just because I'm young."

Griffin moving on is the hardest moment on this book, you'll see how lost he was and how refused to talk to other people. Jackson, Theo's boyfriend, became his companion since Theo left. Both guys tried to help each other move on by keeping Theo's memories alive and with that they've learned to accept each other and a friendship started between them. Meanwhile, Wade (the other guy from Theo-Griffin group), had a hard time processing things but he was able to move-on alone. He had his own secret to keep and he was able to reveal his self on this book. 

Anyways, I'm so tempted to reveal everyone's role here but I guess that's for the readers to figure out. Readers must get a copy and discover the life of Griffin. How inspiring and how he survived from his downfall. I could say it wasn't easy but he made it. 

This is beautiful and promising. It's full of love and friendship. It might be a little depressing but this book made me want to spend every single moment of my life as memorable. You won't know how a certain person will remember you like Griffin remembered his special person. History Is All You Left made my heart ache but it made happy too. Such a wonderful book!

"Last year was so impossible and trying, I don't know how I got out of it alive. But I know how I'll be surviving this year. And I still know the hardest part of survival is ahead of me."

My Ratings
This book deserves 10/10!

Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

Represented by Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday ... (31)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine. This event highlights the upcoming books that we're eagerly anticipating.
Title: The Last of August
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date of Publication: February 14, 2017

In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Source: Goodreads

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date of Publication: February 28, 2017

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.

Source: Goodreads

Title: King's Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: February 07, 2017 

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Source: Goodreads

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