Replica

28219385Replica by Lauren Oliver  
Published : 2016
Version Read
 : hardback
Read More about it here.

4starLyra

From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and bio-hazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.

But when a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape. As they make their way through a new and menacing environment, they meet a stranger named Gemma, who has embarked on a perilous quest of her own. And as Lyra tries to understand Haven’s purpose, she uncovers earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls.

Gemma

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals her whole life. A sickly child, she has grown into a lonely adolescent whose life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April.

But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two human models, or replicas, 24 and 72—and a completely new set of questions. As Gemma tries to unravel the mysteries of Haven, she learns terrible truths about herself and her family that will threaten to destroy everything she loves.

Two girls, two stories, one novel.

While the stories of Gemma and Lyra mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. Their narratives can be read separately or in alternating chapters.

This was one of my most anticipated reads of last year but sadly I didn’t get to it until now. This book did not disappoint me, but there were several things that kept this from being a five star review.

I started with Lyra’s story and finished it before going on to Gemma’s. I had actually wanted to start with the “normal” girl, but I’m glad I made this mistake. While Lyra’s story was not as interesting to me as Gemma’s, it was the perfect one to start with.

I enjoyed reading about the world from someone who didn’t know anything about it. I thought the names that she called things were weird but if I didn’t know what something is called, I would probably name it something stupid too. I know that a lot of people had a problem with the fact that she was maybe too interested in the way that 72 looked and moved. I don’t know about you, but when I see a cute guy I can appreciate the way he looks, even if I’m in the middle of a very stressful event. Besides children are interested in the other sex, so it’s only natural that she would too. It took me a little too long to get into her story and that is my only complaint about Lyra.

I thoroughly enjoyed Gemma’s story the most. I don’t think that Lyra’s story gave too much away and I found myself being surprised by some of the twists and turns that Gemma took. I connected with her because I too am an overweight girl. There was one moment when Gemma thought “I’m not going to fit”, that made me smile. I have this thought all the time, almost daily. It’s something that none overweight people don’t consider. Whether you’re going to fit in that seat, or if you sit on it, will it break. This made Gemma so much more real to me.

I’m very interested in continuing this story and seeing where she goes with the story. I would recommend this to anyone who like Lauren Oliver, or who wants a great introduction to a could be adventure.

Anne of Green Gables

8127Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Published : 1908
Version Read
 : Ebook/Audiobook
Read More about it here.

4starEveryone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

One of my unofficial goals of the year is to read more classic books. Luckily the 2017 Reading Challenge gave me the chance to pick up this book. I have watched and loved the movies of Anne Shirley for a long time now.

I mostly listened to this on Audiobook. Rachel McAdams narrated it and I think it was a perfect choice. Even sped up she still sounded great and the words were clear. I would suggest listening to this book if you decide to give it a try.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie and I was so glad that it followed the book so closely. I had a great time remembering the different things that happened and laughing at my favorite parts. I had forgotten how long winded Anne was and how overly dramatic she can be, but that’s all part of her charm.

This was a wonderful classic children’s book with amazing characters and plot. I would recommend this to everyone. Read it and then go watch the 1985 version movie!

Opposition

13644055Opposition by Marissa Meyer
Published : 2014
Version Read
 : Paperback
Read More about it here.

1starKaty knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing..

This is the perfect reason why I need to read a whole series while I have it. It’s been months  since I read the 4th book in the series and for some reason I just never picked this one up after it. Maybe I was burned out on glowing aliens, I don’t know. For whatever reason it sat on my self and now I can’t even finish it.

I usually don’t post about the books that I DNF because I don’t like to bash a book that wasn’t for me. This wasn’t a terrible book, and I’m sure it was enjoyable at parts, but I only made it just over 200 pages before I had to put it down. I didn’t understand what was going on anymore and I didn’t connect with the characters.

I would still recommend this book to people who enjoy aliens and adventure, I’m just sorry I couldn’t finish strongly.

The Sick Book Tag

Here’s another tag that I’m taking from here. This seemed like a really interesting tag and I’m excited to do it. Let’s get started.
1. Diabetes: name a book that’s too sweet, like REALLY sweet. 
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2. Chicken Pox: Name a book you only picked up once and never will again.
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3. The Flu: Name a popular book that spreads like a virus.
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4. The Cycle: Name a book that you reread yearly, or at least often. * I try to read this series at least once a year, if not every other year.*
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5. Insomnia: Name a book that kept you up all night. * And I’ve read it at least 6 times already. Obsessed? Maybe*
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6. Amnesia: Name a book that that you’ve forgotten or failed to leave an impact on your memory.
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7. Asthma: Name a book that took your breath away.
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8. Malnutrition: Name a book that lacks food for thought.
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9. Travel Sickness: Name a book that took you on a journey. 
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January Wrap Up

Hey guys, I’ve decided to post a monthly wrap up. I’m not publishing reviews on all of the books I’ve read this month. I thought it would be cool to keep a list of all the books I read each month. Since my reviews only come out on Thursday’s I already have a few queued up to publish because I read, count them ELEVEN books and DNF’d two. Let’s get started shall we.

BOOKS I READ

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All in all I think that’s a great wrap up. Several of these books are under two hundred pages so they were very fast reads and that’s why I think I’ve been able to read so many. Almost all of the books also fit into the 2017 Reading Challenge that my friend Cassie gave me to complete. Below are the two books that I couldn’t bring myself to finish and DNF’d them.

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I read almost all of Opposition but just found myself really bored with and put it down for something more exciting. I only got through 20% of The Unexpected Everything and realized that I couldn’t recall anything that I’d just read. They weren’t bad books, just not for me this month.

What books have you all read this month?