Friday Finds | #5

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Hello all! I hope this week has treated you well. Todays’ post as you can see, is a Friday Finds. I haven’t done one in a while and that’s solely because I had gotten tired of doing one almost every other week. I think from now on, I’ll only do Friday Finds as a once a month post, and the books that I list will be books that I actually deem interesting enough via the synopsis of books and then talk a little about them here.

I’m going to be trying something new today with my Friday Finds. I’m going to be listing the prices as well as the synopsis’ and my thoughts on the book’s.

The first book I’m going to talk about is:

18652641 Mirror X by Karri Thompson

Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.

But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.”

Okay, so Mirror X is a Science Fiction YA Dystopia novel featured way in the future. What book reminds me of this the most is Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I didn’t really like that book, but that’s alright! There are other books similar to Mirror X as well, but at the moment they’re escaping my knowledge. Mirror X is, unfortunately, not a stand alone. Mirror X is the first book in a two book series; which are also known as duology’s.

When I came across this book, I was immediately drawn to the cover. Mirrow X’s cover is very pretty! I’m a little reminded of First Life by Gena Showalter. The detail in this cover is pretty amazing really. The more I look at it, the more I discover. Like how on the right  side of the cover, I would believe is from when Cassie was awake..like before she was “frozen” for lack of a better word. Then in the hourglass there’s actually sand, which I would believe to be for counting the time down for something really important. Perhaps Cassie’s life? The cover overall in my opinion states what was what before and after the plague.

Mirror X: on The Book Depository, and on Kobo (eBook).

18490660Reckoning by Kerry Wilkinson

Reckoning by Kerry Wilkinson is a book that I know I’ve seen the cover of before. It could honestly be the cover, or the covers model. Either way, the cover drew me in, and the synopsis is interesting enough where I’d want to read the book.

One girl. One chance. One destiny.
In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorne takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide? Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . . The heart-stopping first book in a new trilogy by UK author Kerry Wilkinson, Reckoning is the story of one girl’s determination to escape the whims of a cruel king, and what she must do to survive against all odds.

I’m honestly getting really tired of these dystopian tropes. The fact that there are these stories who have to overall base line of kids having to take a test in order for them to distinguish what they do, or who they are for the rest of their lives is wearing out so fast. I’m comparing these books to a lot of the books that’ve been already published, but I’m really getting a Hunger Games vibe from the books description. Like, she has to do whatever she can to survive against all odds. It sounds a lot like the Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano to be quite honest with you.

What I like about this book so far though, is that the main character’s name is Silver. To me that is really cool. At least we can pronounce her name, haha. And I’m very interested in reading what actually happens to these kids in Windsor Castle. I think that this book will be incredibly predictable, but that there’ll be a plot twist..

Reckoning: on The Book Depository, on Chapters, and on Kobo.

18310324 Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley

When Deanna’s missing friend Hyde turns up at his father’s funeral to claim his corporate empire and inheritance, she is swept into his glittering world of paparazzi and wealth.

But re-kindling her friendship and the dizzying new emotions along for the ride are the least of her concerns. Because Deanna has a secret – and somebody knows. Someone who is out to get Hyde. And if she doesn’t play along, and help the enemy destroy him…she will be sold to the highest bidder in the black market for human swans.

Now Deanna is struggling to break free from the gilded cage that would trap her forever…

Feather Bound is a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez’s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella.

I can already tell that there’s going to be teenage a ton angsty-lust. I don’t know if it’s just me though. I know that the synopsis for this book explains a lot of what’s going to happen, but I can’t tell what else will happen. That alone is a good reason for me to read it.

Another reason to read Feather Bound (for me at least) is to find out what a human swan is. I have no idea what a Human Swan is, the only thing that comes to mind is a ballerina. What interests me the most is that the synopsis describes this book to be a dark book. I’ve been really drawn to dark books lately.

Feather Bound: on The Book Depository, on Chapters (Indigo), and on Kobo.

23677316Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.”

I was drawn to Burning Glass solely because of the beauty and detail that is this cover!! I mean, The jewels; they speak (and reek, can pictures reek?) of nobility, and entitled people. and then the little fire embers that seem to be falling, and/or floating around the jewels. It even looks like on the underside of the jewel looks like a reflection of fire, and now that I look more closely, you can actually see ash and dust beneath the necklace entirely.

Ooh, so the synopsis for Burning Glass is interesting!! I’m all for the stories that have girls with empath abilities. I look forward to reading Sonya’s story the most, and what the accident was that caused the castle’s girls to loose their powers–and why Sonya is the last one.

What I’m not looking forward to is the obvious love triangle. The love triangle might not even be there. One dude may be leading her on; I don’t know. What I do know though is that the story may be interesting no matter what.

Burning Glass: on The Book Depository, on Chapters (Indigo), and on Kobo.

What Waits In The Woods by Kieran Scott22550839

It’s a beautiful, sunny day. Callie Velasquez holds hands with her boyfriend Jeremy as they follow Callie’s new BFFs Penelope and Lissa up the trail. The four friends are embarking on a camping trip — a trip that immediately goes awry. They lose their way on the trail, and encounter a charismatic stranger with questionable motives. And when Callie stumbles upon a dead body, it becomes clear that the danger that lies in the woods is deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Tensions mount and friendships are tested as these teenagers try to survive the most sinister of circumstances.

I have to admit–I don’t go for the mystery books. Half of the time mystery books are either way too predictable, or they’re so confusing it hurts my brain.

Lately though, I’ve been more interested in YA Mystery. I keep picking up books at the library that are YA mystery, completely by chance, so that must mean something. Right?

What I’m excited about with What Waits in the Woods is Callie. She seems like she’s the one who will be the one to question everything- and the books description said that she found a body, so that must mean that she has a natural investigative streak–much like myself. With reading the synopsis though I’m heavily reminded of The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes. Nevertheless, I am really looking forward to this book! Especially because my library has What Waits in the Woods available!

What I’m not looking forward to in this book is Callie’s “BFF’s.” The fact that they’re Callie’s new bff’s bothers me. especially in this story!! These girls could either be really smart and working with the “charismatic stranger” and kill Callie and her boyfriend Jeremy, or they’re those stereotypical bimbos in high school. I hope for my sake and others that they aren’t like that, but I won’t know until I actually get my hands on this book.

What Waits in the Woods: on The Book Depository, on Chapters (Indigo), and on Kobo.

That’s all for this Friday Finds post! I hope you enjoyed reading, or in the least found a new book you want to read. Have you found any interesting books lately?

Thank you so much for reading!

Adele

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