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Taken (Taken, #1)Taken by Erin Bowman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this story. The main character was lovable and the plot & backstory were easy to understand. There was a few spots that had info dumping, but other than that it was beautifully written.

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Reboot (Reboot, #1)Reboot by Amy Tintera

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great concept. Enjoyable characters. World building was very clear as well as the back story.

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Hacker (The Outlaw Chronicles, #3)Hacker by Ted Dekker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)If I Stay by Gayle Forman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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GoldenGolden by Jessi Kirby

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, #1)The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this while on vacation. My son bought it as a gift for me for Christmas, and my husband bought The Rule of Thoughts (book 2). I found the plot intriguing. This is my kind of genre. The characters lacked….something. They seemed just slightly out of reach somehow. Every now and again, I’d feel a connection with a character only to lose it again. I think it’s because Dashner drives his novels along through plot rather than character.
In saying that, the premise was unique and fun to read, but the characters lacked realism for me.
I loved the Maze Runner series more than this series. But I wouldn’t say this book was a waste of time. I read it by the pool and found it was a nice holiday read.
I’d give it maybe 3.5 stars.

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Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)Fire with Fire by Jenny Han

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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The Unwritten RuleThe Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Selection by Kiera Cass

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The Elite (The Selection, #2)The Elite by Kiera Cass

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The One (The Selection, #3)The One by Kiera Cass

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy: The Summer I Turned Pretty; It's Not Summer Without You; We'll Always Have SummerThe Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy: The Summer I Turned Pretty; It’s Not Summer Without You; We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m in love….with this author…haha. Amazing voice. Incredibly believable characters. The tension between the young loves was just the right amount, and add in some shared trauma and we have a splendid read… did I say splendid? Yeah, I’ve never used that word before… EVER…. but Jenny made me do it 🙂

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Gone (Gone, #1)Gone by Michael Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very enjoyable. Good pacing and enough elements of suspense to keep me reading until the end.

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Thr3eThr3e by Ted Dekker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A clear winner! Dekker does it again. While I don’t agree with the theosophical view point found in this book (regarding the dual nature of man), I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense through Dekker’s excellent use of pacing. I began to figure it out when I noticed some of the verbiage used by the protagonist was also being used by at least one other character… I was thinking, “hold on, that word/name was used by Kevin earlier, why is Slater saying it now?” And then later the ‘a-ha’ moment, when the dichotomy (trichotomy? lol) was revealed, I did a rapid eye-blink and smiled slowly. Yup. I loved it. It didn’t creep me out though. My own novel is far more graphic.

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Eve (Eve, #1)Eve by Anna Carey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Once (Eve, #2)Once by Anna Carey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)Wither by Lauren DeStefano

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, I finally got around to reading the Chemical Garden series… funny name considering it wasn’t until the last book that realized why the series got that name. Clever! Or maybe I just missed it earlier on.
Anyway, this book was well-written and refreshing. I really enjoyed the push and pull of the slow-burning romance simmering in the background. I believe this is makes good writing. I don’t often enjoy romance novels at all, it’s all up in your face usually… so this was good. Good pacing. Good energy. Great characters.
It was a great read. So much so that I finished the series.

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Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Fever by Lauren DeStefano

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was good too. I enjoyed seeing the growth of the characters and getting to ‘know’ them a little better along the way. A lovely good read.

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Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3)Sever by Lauren DeStefano

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was sad about the ending. So very sad. Why why why!!!!

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An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one is clearly a 5-star! I’d give it a 10 actually and it’s not like I usually over-bubble about a book. The world-building in this novel was so realistic and vivid. Each of the characters were enjoyable and believable. If you like Shatter Me series then you’ll love this! Similar style.

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