Blog Tour Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (+ Giveaway!)

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today kicks off the blog tour celebrating the release of Tristina Wright’s debut novel, 27 Hours. This YA sci-fi has an all queer cast which is exactly what drew me to it and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint AT ALL. Check out my review below, as well as the information about the book and author and a giveaway for a pretty awesome bundle!! Be sure to also follow the tour through the following weeks! You can find the full schedule by clicking on the banner above or by clicking here.

Thanks so much to Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter for having me on the tour!

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Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Published: February 7th, 2017 by HarperTeen | Series: Red Queen #3 | Length: 507 pages | Genre: YA dystopian fantasy | Source: Bought | Content Warning: violence, torture, ableism, biphobia

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Summary from Goodreads:

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.

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ARC Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

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Published: September 26th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Series: N/A | Length: 464 pages | Genre: YA sci-fi/time travel | Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: violence, sexism (nothing horrendous, but a couple of comments are made)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

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ARC Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Published: September 12th, 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers | Series: Nyxia Triad #1 | Length: 384 pages | Genre: YA sci-fi | Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: violence, torture

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Summary from Goodreads:

Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series called the Nyxia Triad that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they’re willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune.
 
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
 
Forever.
 
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
 
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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Review: Station Fosaan by Dee Garretson

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Published: February 14th, 2017 by Month9Books | Series: Torch World #1 | Length: 300 pages | Genre: YA sci-fi | Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for a review. | Content Warning: racism, colonialism

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Summary from Goodreads:

Earth scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain. 

Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the small population of reclusive Fosaanians, descendants of the survivors. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen plans to do both of those things.

When Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit, he soon learns Earth’s government may not be telling the whole truth about Fosaan and the cause of the past disaster. 

There are some who to restore the planet to its former glory by any means necessary. Quinn finds himself caught between his loyalty to his own people and what is right for Mira and her people. 

Before he can decide what to do, the scientists are taken captive, stranding the young Earthers on Fosaan. 

Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of those both on Fosaan and at home.

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Review: Nexis by A.L. Davroe (+ Giveaway!)

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Today I’m going to be reviewing Nexis by A.L. Davroe as part of the blog tour celebrating the release of the sequel, Redux. Since it’s part of a tour, there’s also some promotional info at the bottom of the post about both books AND there’s a giveaway where you could win a pretty awesome prize pack, so be sure to check it out! Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour, too.

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ARC Review: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

29362972Rating: 4/5

Release Date: April 26th, 2016

Length: 331 pages

Source: eARC from the publisher, Month9Books

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Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618?

So quick recap: Nat lives in a dome where all the residents are told they’re being protected from radiation but then she sees someone on the outside which seems to show that there is no radiation. Nat then begins to question everything she’s been told by the Order.

I really enjoyed this book. I love dystopians and this is actually the first one I’ve read in awhile. There Once Were Stars reminded me a bit of The Giver and of Five Seven Five which is a far less well-known book but that I reviewed a few months ago. But it still had plenty of originality too. I also was surprised that I liked it as much as I did once I realized there was this epidemic aspect to it (kind of similar to post-apocalyptic zombie stuff) as I really don’t care for zombies at all. However, this didn’t make me like it any less, perhaps because it wasn’t a main driving factor.

First of all, this is a very fast-paced book. Except for maybe a couple of scenes in the beginning, every scene helped move the plot along. Even when it was just Nat and someone hanging out, she would still learn information about the dome or the Order that contributed in some way to the plot. Once the plot starts, it doesn’t stop. This is something that I really enjoyed as it kept me interested. I tend to get bored when books are slow or when there are too many digressions from the main plot but that was not at all a problem here. If you like plot-driven books, this will not disappoint.

I thought McFarlane did a great job with the world-building because it was really integrated into the story, rather than there being an info-dump in the beginning of the book. Since you learn bit by bit about the world, it’s much easier to remember things and not feel overwhelmed by the information you’re getting.

I enjoyed the characters too. I’ll admit that I didn’t feel very strongly about Nat. I certainly felt bad for her because she had a rough childhood and then once the outsider was found, she had a whole lot of new problems to face. But beyond that, I didn’t really feel much of a connection with her. I can’t help but wonder if this is because so much emphasis was placed on the plot. However, despite not feeling very strongly about her, I still really liked the book. I was definitely happy that this didn’t stop me from enjoying everything.

I really liked most of the side characters simply because I didn’t really know what to think about them. I think at one point or another I questioned the trustworthiness of just about every character. It truly was hard to tell whether certain characters were on Nat’s side or whether they would betray her and it added a lot of suspense and suspicion to the story.

There was a love triangle in this with Nat, Evan, and Jak. I will go on record and say that I despise Jak because basically he does nothing but whine about Nat not wanting to be with him. In the beginning, she’s unsure about it and asks him to give her time to think and adjust as a lot of stuff has happened to her recently which was toootally reasonable but he gets all grumpy and ugh. There are a few parts where he redeems himself but I really just didn’t like him. Evan was much better but there were times where he complained way too much or was just downright mean. Anyway, I’m not someone who gets annoyed by love triangles so I can’t really comment much on it. I like love triangles, no matter how overdone they are haha

Overall, this was a fun and entertaining read. Full of conspiracies, betrayals, and suspense, I was entertained from beginning to end. Give this a try if you like dystopian or sci-fi. The ending makes me think there will be another book but it isn’t listed as part of a series on Goodreads so I’m not sure whether there will be. I really hope so as I am desperate to see what happens next to Nat and Evan!