2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge: 3rd Quarter Update

The 2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge is hosted by Cornerfolds!

Update: So despite only starting the challenge at the beginning of October, I've already read 5 books for it! And some I didn't even include on my original post of books I was going to read because I honestly didn't think I'd end up reading them yet. 

So here's what I've finished so far (reviews linked):

So let me copy and paste my original list and see what I've read off it and added to it. 

Books I Plan To Read:
1. Fuse (Pure #2) by Julianna Baggott
2. Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott
3. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi
4. Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
5. Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu
6. Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells
7. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Additions: 
8. The Lives We Lost (Fallen World #2) by Megan Crewe
9. The Worlds We Make (Fallen World #3) by Megan Crewe

5 Books in total so far for the challenge. 3 off my original list and 2 additions. I plan on trying to conquer Ignite Me and Champion in November for sure. Burn is kind of on hold at the moment until I get my turn for the ebook from my library. I feel like I should be able to read it by the end of the year though. 

New Releases: Week of October 31, 2017

The Empress (The Diabolic #2)
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 31, 2017

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater's Daughter #3)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 31, 2017

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .

Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury's internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater's Daughter

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Halloween Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


Top Ten Halloween Reads - Books that definitely get me in the Halloween mood! - All are books I've read. I'll link the pictures to my reviews of them (if you wanna read more about them and my thoughts) and the titles to Goodreads. :)

1. Anna Dressed In Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake - Who doesn't love some ghost hunting and a ghost with blood dripping off her dress that won't die?

2. Nevermore (Nevermore #1) by Kelly Creagh - This one is a long time favorite of mine! If you haven't read it, go! I love helping make new fans of this one! It incorporates Edgar Allan Poe! And shadows and nightmares! LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!

3. The Name of The Star (Shades of London #1) by Maureen Johnson - Jack the Ripper type story anyone?? I promise. Totally worth the read!!! 

4. Masque Of The Red Death (Masque Of The Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin - Another book based on an Edgar Allan Poe story! I can't get enough of these types of books! 

5. Dearly, Departed (Gone With The Respiration #1) by Lia Habel - It's Halloween! We have to have a book with Zombies in here right!!! 

6. Falling Under (Falling Under #1) by Gwen Hayes - A place called Under? Making deals with the devil. Definitely falls under Halloween for me!

7. My Soul To Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent - Banshee's! Sensing when someone is about to die. Screaming bloody murder because of it. If you have not read the Soul Screamers series, I highly recommend you do so! It is absolutely fantastic!

8. Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton - The underworld! Feeding on the emotions of humans in despair. Definitely a Halloween read for sure! 

9. Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton - Creatures stalking in the darkness, killing reapers. This definitely earns a spot on my Halloween reads list!

10. Pure (Pure #1) by Julianna Baggott - This one made my list, not because I think it's got a Halloween theme or type of character, but because of the creepy, dark factor it has. When I first read this book I was definitely creeped out by a number of the creatures introduced and was shocked at many of the dark elements in this book. That is why it has a spot on my Halloween list!

Review: Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Sky #3)
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Pages: 389
Format: Hardcover/Own

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival—he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

*Contains spoilers about Through The Ever Night and hints about what happens in Into The Still Blue*

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this! I definitely thought overall this was a good conclusion to the series! I'm pretty happy there was not a lot of loose ends left hanging. Throughout this book there was a lot of emotions, heartbreaking situations, and even heartwarming moments.

I have to say I think my favorite thing about this book was the bond between Aria and Roar. Yes, obviously Aria is dating Perry, don't freak out anyone! Lol. Throughout the entire book you could see the incredibly strong friendship these two have! I loved it! Roar was having such a tough time dealing with Liv's death and he couldn't talk to Perry about it. Perry had so much on his plate it seemed like he didn't care about her death. Roar kinda felt alone but Aria made sure he wasn't. Every time he got upset or tried going off the hinges she was there to try to calm him down or at least back him up if he got to fighting with people. She didn't abandon her friend in his time of need. I also liked how they didn't even have to explain their issues and pain to each other. Aria was struggling with the recent news of finding out who her father was, and Roar, Liv's death. They both understood the others struggles and pain and just supported each other through those. I loved knowing they had each others back with everything despite all the other issues going on.

Aria. Man, she is doing so much. She is supporting Roar getting through Liv's death, supporting Perry in his plans to get Cinder back and into the still blue, being the one who had to be a barrier between Soren and Perry and Roar. Soren had a constant attitude with everyone and Aria had to step in a lot to prevent issues. This didn't really subside until Soren witnessed his fathers death. Aria was also helping break Cinder out of confinement by Sable. She even had to be the one to try and make peace between the dwellers from her POD and the Tides. All this while she was injured from the events of Through The Ever Night. To top it all off, she finally learns who her father is. One of the Horns. Specifically, Sables right hand man. She struggled with her emotions about this. She wanted to get to know her father, but also didn't and hated him for being aligned with Sable. She struggled with this and finally, once in the still blue, finally decided to give him a chance to at least explain things. I think the father/daughter moment they shared was a good start towards having a good father/daughter relationship.

Perry. I feel for Perry. He had a lot going on too. He was also dealing with the lose of Liv, his sister. But he couldn't even mourn her loss properly because he had Blood Lord duties to deal with. He had to coordinate getting Cinder back, getting the dwellers and Tides to come together, dealing with Roars attitude and why he was so upset at him, making time for Aria and their relationship, dealing with Sable torturing him, etc. It was a lot.

Lets table about the Still Blue issue. In order to get there they needed Cinder and the hovers under Sable and Hess's control. Hence the raid on Sable and Hess's mobile camp "the komodo." The raid didn't work out right and ended in capture. It took days and making some people ally with them to finally get out. The only problem was that thanks to Sable and his force, they were only able to sneak away with one additional hover. They got Cinder back in the process but couldn't transport everyone to the still blue. This ended up forcing an alliance between Sable and Perry to get to the still blue which of course, was riddled with Sable betraying people, ruthlessly killing more people who didn't need to die, and going back on every single word he made. So typical Sable. He definitely got what was coming for him in the end and I was pleased. He tried to force his rule on every one and it didn't work out like he planned this time. GOOD! I really dislike Sable.

One thing I thought was fantastic at the ending was that Perry full on took on the roll of Uncle and raising his nephew. He started taking time out of every day to do something with him. That was so incredibly sweet to see.

5 Stars!

Stacking The Shelves [#73]/Sunday Post [#4]/Mailbox Monday [#4]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

Mailbox Monday is hosted on its own site. It is there to show off the books acquired during the week!

So I didn't get any new books this week, but I did find a book I got from my mother-in-law that I kept forgetting to showcase. So here's another book I had acquired before I came back to blogging.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (Goodreads)

Weekly Recap:

Reviews:

Guys! Look! I did it! This week I was finally able to really get back into reading The Lives We Lost and I flew threw it. Same with The Worlds We Make. Once I finally got back into it I found myself enjoying the books. I think I just needed to read them at the right time, which wasn't a few weeks ago apparently. LOL. Stop on by the reviews and let me know what you thought of the books if you've read them! :)

Also, like promised last week, pictures of pumpkin carving!!
So mine is the big kitty cat (ignore the one ear, it kinda caved in a little after a few hours), my daughters is the peppa pig one (she decided on this instead of minions) and my fiances is the one with just a regular face in the back (nothing wrong with that). Sorry for the angle, it was the best I could do at the moment. I couldn't find our bag of candles, so I couldn't light them and take a picture that way. :( I'm a bit disappointed about that. 

Upcoming:
I'm hoping this week to review Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and maybe Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi!

I'll also be posting my November TBR Pile, if I get the time, I might do a video for it. :)

And maybe, just maybe, I'll also post some pictures from Halloween. We're gonna make some fun Halloween themed food and watch some Halloween movies! 

Review: The Worlds We Make by Megan Crewe

The Worlds We Make (Fallen World #3)
Author: Megan Crewe
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The virus has taken away Kaelyn’s friends, her family, her home.

And now a deadly enemy threatens to take the one hope she has left:THE CURE.

When Kaelyn and her friends reached Toronto with a vaccine for the virus that has ravaged the population, they thought their journey was over. But now they're being tracked by the Wardens, a band of survivors as lethal as the virus who are intent on stealing the vaccine no matter what the cost.

Forced onto the road again, Kaelyn and her companions discover the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is their best hope for finding scientists who can reproduce the vaccine. But with the virus already spreading among them, the Wardens hot on their trail, and hundreds of miles to cross, Kaelyn finds herself compromising her morals to keep her group alive. Her conscience seems a small price to pay if protects them and their precious cargo. Unless even that is not enough...

In the final installment in Megan Crewe’s captivating the Fallen World trilogy, Kaelyn is on the run from her biggest adversaries yet. While she continues to face horrific loss, her resolve is still strong. But to survive this shattered world, will she have to sacrifice all that's left of the girl she was?

Review: I generally thought this was a satisfying ending to the series. There wasn't a whole lot of lose ends hanging around and overall, the ending was good. I have to agree with some others though that it seemed a little bit repetitive. Hiding out, almost getting caught, running, repeat. However, this really didn't bother me too much. What happened between each was different each time and made it interesting. 

For about 3/4 of the book, they are still on the run. However in the begin, they experience the loss of two of the group. This definitely makes Kae feel incredibly guilty going on without them. We see them cycle through cars, and even using a tractor to get farther at one point! I thought that was interesting. You definitely would not feel like a tractor is the fastest, least visible form of transportation to use at a time like this. But they had to take what they could get. They also had to get creative with when they traveled. Only at night with the lights covered to blend into the darkness, in the depths of a forested back-road to hide during the day and not be seen from a distance. 

The Wardens (bad guys) also got more creative with trying to find Kae and the group. Not only did they seem to have larger amount of people searching for them, they also had freaking helicopters!!! I was not expecting that one bit. You'd think with so many people getting sick and dying there wouldn't be very many pilots left around to fly them. But of course, somehow the bad guys got a hold of the few that seemed to be left. What's worse is that for a short amount of time, they found and captured Kae and the group. Luckily the vaccine was hidden and not captured. We learned however, that the leader of the Warden's, Michael, was actually in law enforcement before the virus turned the world upside down. This made it easier for me to understand how he had access to helicopters and pilots. It just makes you wonder how he went from being a cop to working with people who seem to be criminals and will kill on a whim. Its the exact opposite of what he used to stand for. 

One thing I wasn't the biggest fan of was Leo. He seemed to put down Kae a lot because she wasn't acting like the sweet innocent girl she used to be. She became the leader and made a lot of tough decisions and he was constantly guilt tripping her for those decisions. And then even though she recently lost Gav she suddenly is all lovey dovey with Leo and acting like her and Gav never happened. I'm sorry. I didn't like it. That relationship happened way to suddenly after Gav died and it was kind of like it was being rushed to happen before the story was over.

I was not exactly expecting the ending, but overall, it was probably Kae's best choice. Making both sides, the CDC and the Wardens work together to have both parts of the vaccine and to get the vaccine to as many people who needed it rather than just those who fit the "good person" status made by the doctors at the CDC. 

4 1/2 Stars!

Review: The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

The Lives We Lost (Fallen World #2)
Author: Megan Crewe
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Pages: 288
Source: Paperback

First, the virus took Kaelyn’s friends. Then, her family. Now it’s taken away her home.

But she can't look back—the life she once had is gone forever.

A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father's abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer—there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?

Megan Crewe's second volume in the Fallen World trilogy is an action-packed journey that explores the resilience of friendship, the ache of lost love, and Kaelyn’s enduring hope in the face of the sacrifices she must make to stay alive.



Review: I definitely liked this one more than the first. This one picked up the pace and definitely put our group of characters in more difficult situations than before! If you were so-so about wanting to read this because of the first one being kind of slow I would totally suggest you do. Its much better. So small spoiler here. But Meredith survives thanks to getting some of Kae's blood in the last book! I was so so excited about that!!! It just would have massively sucked if she had died as well. 

So in this book Kae, Gav and the rest of their group decide they need to go to the mainland to try and find someone who can replicate the vaccine. The only problem is, they all didn't want to go. But their decision was made up for them when out of nowhere someone came and bombed the island! So the group set off on the mainland searching for someone in one of the big cities who might be able to help them. They had a long and interesting journey. They had car problems (mostly people messing with their cars so they couldn't leave, or not finding one that worked, or their cars disappearing all together), were getting chased by psychos with guns trying to kill them for the vaccine. It was just bad! They spent most of their time hiding, running or trying not to get sick.

I did find it interesting that we saw some rotation with who stayed in the group. We saw two who started out with the group stay behind at an outpost with good people, and then two others join the group later on.

I thought it was incredibly awesome that we found out Kae's brother survived! Unfortunately, he's had to weave himself into a group of bad people to survive. He does his best to help and warn Kae when he gets the chance. It sucks the group he is with is also the very same group that is hunting and trying to kill his sister! I also hated that we met a girl who seemed innocent but then turns out to be working for the same group. Despite the fact she ends up allying with Kae, I still don't know completely if we should trust her yet.

I'm definitely excited to see how this story ends!

4 Stars!

Review: Isolation by Dan Wells

Isolation (Partials #0.5)
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Pages: 75
Format: Ebook/Library

Two decades before the events of Partials, the world was locked in a different battle for survival: a global war for the last remaining oil reserves on the planet. It was for the Isolation War that the American government contracted the ParaGen Corporation to manufacture the Partials—our last hope in reclaiming energy independence from China. And it was on these fields of battle that the seeds of humanity's eventual destruction were sown.

Isolation takes us back to the front lines of this war, a time when mankind's ambition far outstripped its foresight. Heron, a newly trained Partial soldier who specializes in infiltration, is sent on a mission deep behind enemy lines. What she discovers there has far-reaching implications—not only for the Isolation War, but for Partials and humans alike long after this war is over.

A powerful take of our world on the brink, Isolation gives readers a glimpse into the history from which Partials was born—as well as clues to where the Partials Sequence is heading next.

Review: I thought this was a great little short story. I thought it was incredibly interesting finally getting a first hand look at how the partials were "born" per se. We got to see how they learned to live outside the vat much like a baby learns to live outside the womb. I enjoyed finally knowing how each group was trained differently than the others. We got to see the Theta's first hand from Herons view. It was intense the training they went through. I've been in college a few years now and I haven't even taken classes as intense as those described were. I also found it awful how the humans treated the Partials. Such as Herons trainer trying to have his way with her just because she was supposed to obey her human superiors no matter what. That was incredibly wrong and I'm glad Heron stood up for herself. 

I also enjoyed finally getting to read about the Isolation War first hand. We've heard so much mention of it in the series, but never a lot of detail. We got to see Heron infiltrate the Chinese. We got to see strength and cowardice in the Chinese ranks. We also got to see how the handlers for the spy's refused to ever give full information on what to do and when to do it. Heron always felt like they were never giving her complete information. And she trusted her gut and called the handlers on it. Thanks to her not only were a lot of partials saved from being sacrificed but I can also see where the intense distaste of humans came from for the partials. 

5 Stars!

Can't-Wait Wednesday [#1]


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight the books we are eagerly awaiting. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Inferno (Talon #5)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Publication Date: April 24, 2018

What if dragons walked among us in human form? Enter a modern fantasy of heroes, sacrifice, forbidden love and enemies turned allies who have no choice but to fight side by side… Don't miss the epic conclusion as Ember, Riley and Garrett face off against Dante and the Talon dragon clones. Join them…or burn.














Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

Unique Book Titles! - I chose all these either based on the word of the title itself sounding unique or the wording put together making a unique title. 

1. Nyxia (Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen 

2. Incarceron (Incarceron #1) by Catherine Fisher 

3. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green







New Releases: Week of October 24, 2017

The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 24, 2017

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

Other New Releases:
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand (10/24/17) [Harper Teen]

Stacking The Shelves [#72]/Sunday Post [#3]/Mailbox Monday [#3]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

Mailbox Monday is hosted on its own site. It is there to show off the books acquired during the week!

Only one book this week. Another ebook from the library
Isolation (Partials #0.5) by Dan Wells (Goodreads)

I finished Ruins this week and realized I still hadn't read the short story yet. So I checked it out from my library!

Weekly Recap:


This week outside of the blog, me and my fiance finally decided on our color scheme for our wedding. Its going to be Teal & Black. Inspiration for it came from our favorite hockey teams colors (the San Jose Sharks). 

Also, we went to the pumpkin patch this week! Our daughter is so excited we finally picked pumpkins. This upcoming week we get to carve them (I'll post pics on next weeks StS). 

Upcoming:
Review of Isolation by Dan Wells
Review of Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Possibly still The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe. I've got started on it, just not reading huge chunks at a time. I do have a review started for it though! :D 

Waiting on Wednesday [#108]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme that was hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication Date: January 2, 2018

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.








Review: Ruins by Dan Wells

Ruins (Partials #3)
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Pages: 464
Format: Ebook/Library

Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.





*Spoiler Alert, Don't read if you don't want the book spoiled for you!*

Review: Once I started reading this, I couldn't put it down. I was glued to the book, needing to know how everything ended. This is definitely one of the more satisfying end books I've read. I feel like most of the story was wrapped up nicely, but we were still left with a few things to think about regarding how their future plays out. The one thing I definitely keep pondering is where they are going to end up making their new home. 

A lot of interesting things happened in Ruins. It all starts after Kira realizes she is not the cure. She herself starts researching what she knows and comes to realize what the cure for both RM and the Expiration Date is, coexistence of the humans and partials. She leaves to find allies, those who would be willing to live in this coexisting world. Unfortunately, her only lead, the Ivies, is being run by a mysterious figure called "The Blood-Man," and have a different idea of how the world is going to be saved. The Blood-Man is killing partials and humans for samples, to genetically build a new race. When Kira finally catches up to him, she finds out the delusional Blood Man is none other than her father, Armin Dhurvasula. It is then Kira finds out she was not made with the cure in mind, instead, she found out she is one of the newest partials, built by her father for the purpose of his delusional new world. She is a perfect combination of human and partial coded together. He wants to create yet another species modeled from her. Yeah, because creating the partials in the first place seemed to work so well for everyone and everything. This guy does not know when to stop does he??? What was just a race to save humans from RM and the partials from expiration turns out to be a race to save everyone from Armin's demented new world idea.

During this time, Samm and Heron, still in Denver, unplug and wake up the partials Vale was holding captive for the RM cure. Once they all wake up, they realize and reveal they are past their expiration date. Impossible. A new human baby is then born in the same hospital, without the symptoms of RM. It is then that Samm also realizes that the cure for RM and expiration is coexisting with each other. He eventually decided he needs to head back to East Meadow, to Kira, to tell her and help her. He also finally gets the courage to tell Kira how he feels about her. So proud of him!

While all this is happening, Delarosa is trying to get a bomb into White Plains to kill as many partials as she can, blaming them for everything that's happened, not even willing to give them any type of chance. Delarosa is only out for revenge, not caring about the human life she could kill along with the partials. This leads to Haru and his men discretely evacuating as many people as they can from East Meadow to get them far away from the bombs potential fallout radius. If everyone stayed there, they could all die from the fallout.

Kira's adopted sisters also deal with a lot. Isolde has the first human/partial hybrid child. What she doesn't realize, is she carried a partial killing gene in her, and having a child with a human, activated it in her babies genes. Unfortunately, this effects her child as he is half partial. :( Her child ends up infecting and killing any partial they encounter, and is he later termed a bio-weapon. Unfortunately, the baby dies as well from this. This makes Ariel, her other sister incredibly angry with Nandita for helping create them and the weapon and ultimately tries to kill her. She seems to have a change of heart and the last minute though.

In the end, the partial and human leaders decide to give coexisting a chance, after having witnessed the cure happening, and hearing the delusional babbling of Armin's "new world" ideas. And you know what, Armin got exactly what he deserved in the end. What was surprising was who sacrificed themselves for the greater good.

I enjoyed at the very end, when Kira was reunited with Nandita and her partial sisters. Despite everything they all went through, they were each others family. And it was good to see all of them realize that and come back together. The only thing I wished for the end was to see where they all go and make their new home.

5 Stars!

Top Ten Tuesday: Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists.

So I don't have a long list this week. I only have 2 books for this list. But I really wanted to spotlight them because they are really awesome!

1. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler - This book talks a lot about cupcakes. Flavors upon flavors of cupcakes! It made me incredibly hungry for cupcakes when I read it. (Review)

2. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer - So I had just picked this book up on a whim at the library one day. The title was catchy. After reading it, I thought it was such a cute and creative book. While not food, it talks about lots and lots of coffee! And matching people up based on their coffee drinks. It was cute and so many of the coffee drinks sounded delicious! (Review)