Review: Taken by Erin Bowman

takenTitle/Author: Taken by Erin Bowman
Publisher/Year: Harper Teen on April 16, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian/Romance
Series: Yes! Trilogy :)
Other Books by Author: None yet!
How I got this Book: Won via Goodreads First Reads contest!
Summary From Goodreads: There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side? Continue reading

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Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

unearthlyTitle/Author: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Publisher/Year: Harper Teen on January 4, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Yes!
Other Books by Author: Hallowed (Unearthly #2), Boundless (Unearthly #3)
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side. Continue reading

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (NO SPOILERS!!!)

insurgentTitle/Author: Insurgent
Publisher/Year: Harper Teen on May 1, 2012
Genre: YA Dystopian/Romance
Series: Yes!
Other Books by Author: Divergent (1st book in trilogy), Free Four (Divergent novella)
How I got this Book: Purchased
Summary From Goodreads: One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Continue reading