Saturday, 9 August 2014

Outshine by Nola Decker

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When agoraphobic Gabe and his outgoing nemesis Jessa go on a moonlit road trip to locate Gabe’s missing brother, the two teens discover they are both hiding unnatural abilities: Gabe is a living lie detector and Jessa is a kick-ass powerhouse pretending to be a delicate diva.

Gabe’s sole reason for searching for Watts, his hot-tempered younger brother, is to clear his own name: he’s been framed for Watts’ alleged murder. Jessa is after Watts because she is, well, after him.

They find him with Deacon, the twisted eugenicist responsible for their unusual powers. He encourages them to stay and join his "Family" where they'll be able to live openly as the genetically-modified freaks that they are. When Jessa and Gabe uncover the truth about Deacon's past--and what he wants for the future--they band together to stop him. Watts, however, may have other plans . . .

I have to say until recently I've actually stayed away from Sci-Fi both in books and on television but this reminded me that clearly I'm making a big mistake.

The story starts with Gabe being told his brother is missing and being happy about it which at first I found a bit odd but honestly, we literally just have to meet Watts to be like "Nah, your initial assessment was spot on, carry on"
I liked that the truth about Gabe and Jessa was revealed very early on, there's nothing more I hate than having it be so clear that there's something "other" about the characters, and it's in their POV but you still can't be told what is actually different about them.

Gabe is a human lie detector and Jessa has unbelievable speed and strength, and we find out that they are experiments and now the people that "created" them want them back and we find Gabe and Tessa fight for their lives and their right to live their lives considering they didn't sign up to be the way they are.

As soon as I got into this book, I found it breaking into my daily schedule until I read it for a solid 4 hours, it was very enjoyable and I'm very excited where the sequel will take the story.

Recommend to: fans of YA, fans of Sci Fi, people willing to try new books
Rating: 4 stars

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes - REVIEW

When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.

Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.
In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?

After reading The Star Child I was anxious to get started on The Fallen Stars and it did not disappoint.
The story begins with what should be Kellen and Calienta's wedding but it gets interrupted and is the beginning of the couple going on the run with Gabe (Kellen's friend and ex roommate.) This was actually very enjoyable and I liked that although the sequel was nothing like the first book, it was still captivating and kept me on my toes.

In The Star Child Kellen is told that the prophecy regarding him is two-fold but the second part is not mentioned. We find it out near the end of the book and I truly don't believe Kellen could have continued his original quest knowing what lay ahead. It reminded me of Harry Potter not recieving the full prophecy until The Order of the Phoenix and then not even acting on it until Half Blood Prince/Deathly Hallows. As amazing as Harry is, eleven year old Harry Potter would not have been able to handle it and the same holds true for Kellen at the beginning of his journey.

A lot of the St.James family history is revealed in this book and it honestly just makes me more excited for the final book in the trilogy. Also there were some plot points - *coughs* Gabe - that promise to be revealed at a later date.

Recommend to: fans of fantasy,fans of YA fantasy
Rating: 4 stars