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text 2018-01-31 23:01
January Recap
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera
Shattered Minds - Laura Lam
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys
The Dead List - Jennifer L. Armentrout
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Diana Rowland
Infinity + One - Amy Harmon
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn
Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall
Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker,Roger Casey,Wendy Tremont King,Will Damron,Robin Eller,Simon & Schuster Audio
Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram

A new year with new reads...and it's off to a good start.  Only one book under 3 stars and 1 DNF.  9 books rated 4☆ and above.  I changed up my review format this past month, I decided I wanted my process more simplified.  Who knows, maybe this one will stick.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Avenged by Amy Tintera

Finish Date:  01/05

☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  01/09

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Finish Date:  01/12

☆5☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Kobo eBook) The Dead List by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  01/14

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Audible Audiobook) White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  01/19

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook & Audiobook) Infinity+ One by Amy Harmon

Finish Date:  01/21

☆4.8☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Audiobook) When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Finish Date:  01/23

☆3.2☆Stars - Grade=C

 

(Netgalley eARC) Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Finish Date:  01/26

☆4☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Keep Her Safe by KA Tucker

Finish Date:  01/29

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Cinder + Ella by Kelly Oram

Finish Date:  01/31

 ☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

Plus 1 DNF...

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - This just had too many characters to keep track of and I had no idea what was going on, so I gave up at 28%.

 

11 books total, 5 Audiobooks, 3 eBooks, 1 combo audio/eBook, 1 eARC, and 1 DNF'd Audiobook.

3,483 Pages (including Audios)

 

 

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review 2018-01-26 05:08
Avenged by Amy Tintera
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera

I absolutely adored Ruined, the first book in this series, so when Avenged came up on Edelweiss to review, I jumped at the chance.

 

That was in 2016, ahead of the May 2017 release date.

 

That was before my life changed forever and I only read 12 books in 2017. Unfortunately Ruined was not one of them.

 

But with a fresh start in 2018, I picked Ruined up again and was ready to delve back into the world of violence, magic, royalty, legacy, swoony romance, and a strong bond between sisters.

 

 

I enjoyed Avenged while I was reading it, but it didn't have the desperate need to turn the page and find out what happened next that Ruined did. I enjoyed the new characters, the development of the old, and the never-ending violence that happened, especially when Olivia was nearby. I really loved how we got to see some points of view from Olivia and Aren. I loved watching Aren go from being the perfect Ruined warrior to something a little more, and questioning his loyalties. I really loved how everyone each had their own agendas which clashed and caused the plot to move forward in an organic way.

 

 

However there was something that was missing, and I'm not quite sure what. The plot, perhaps, was a little less exciting that Em's plan to infiltrate the enemy royal house by impersonating a foreign princess and marrying the prince as she did in Ruined. There seemed to be a lot of travel involved in this one, which on the one hand was great as we got to see other kingdoms, but on the other hand, it was travelling. The stakes didn't seem to be quite as high in this book. It seemed that Em was almost invincible: the Lerans won't hurt her, the Olsans wont hurt her, the Ruined won't hurt her... even though she did really risky things, it was more risking the chance for peace than her own life.

 

Maybe I just miss the Em who murdered a princess in cold blood on the opening pages of Ruined.

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review 2018-01-13 01:10
The only thing about this I didn't like...another cliffy.
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera

 

 

Book TitleAvenged

Author:  Amy Tintera

Narration:  Emily Rankin

Series:  Ruined #2

Genre:  YA | Fantasy

Setting:  Ruina & Lera and some places in between

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Pacing:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes…to be continued.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

I like Amy Tintera…I like how different her books are.  I loved her Reboot Duo, it had something that made it different than every other dystopian.  It was also a two-book series, which made it pretty cool too.  The Ruined Series, while not a duo like I originally thought it would be, also has that something that makes it different than every other fantasy out there.  It has heart, and genuine characters (especially Olivia) that I actually like, and intrigue, and…unpredictability.  It's kind of good, you know…

 

Will I continue this series  Yes!

 

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review 2016-06-23 18:33
Ruined Book Review
Ruined by Amy Tintera (2016-05-03) - Amy Tintera

2.5/5 Stars

 

I am really unimpressed with this one and its a very popular new YA book. I thought there was very little dialogue, a lot of action which bored me. Along with that I kept wondering if I missed a book before this one even though its the first in a series. Next to no background story with Em and Cas. 

 

Emilina Flores has had everything taken from her in the lands of Ruined. She makes it her mission to infiltrate the castle and kill those who murdered her family. Starting with Mary. Em can now disguise herself to get to Cas and his family. What she doesn't expect is to find out that Cas isn't exactly what she expected. 

 

Even after reading the book I feel like I really don't know either character. I would have loved to read the scene of the taking over Em's family. That could have been some great in depth character building. 

 

With all the hype I can't help but feel some disappointment. I don't think I'll be reading the next one. Mediocre at best. 

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review 2016-06-18 17:56
Undead Teenagers in Texas: Reboot | Review
Reboot - Amy Tintera,Khristine Hvam,HarperAudio

A YA SciFi Dystopia that defied my first impression

 

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes, she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now 17 years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation)

 

Wren's favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie - Callum Reyes - is the worst she's ever seen. As a 22, Callum is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he's always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet, he's still her newbie. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line - or she'll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows that if she does, she'll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

 

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Source: I purchased this book myself from Downpour.com

 

BOOK DETAILS:

Reboot by Amy Tintera, read by Khristine Hvam, published by HarperAudio (2013) / Length: 8 hrs 42 min

 

SERIES INFO:

This is Book #1 of the Reboot duology. Book #2, Rebel, is already out and also available on audio.

 

SUMMARY:

The first time I read this book, I liked it OK but didn't plan to buy it (I had borrowed a Kindle copy from the library). However, I just kept thinking about it. So, I decided to borrow the audio version. I liked it even more this time, and ended up decided it was something I would re-listen to (my criteria for purchase).

 

I'm not 100% sure why it stuck with me. Wren is a great protagonist, despite being the currently typical "physically kickbutt and emotionally stunted" heroine. And I like that she is actually fine being where and what she is. Callum isn't your typical YA hero, which is nice; and he's got guts and convictions.

 

I am tagging this with Diversity, since Callum is Hispanic (although it is never a plot point) and Wren has disfiguring scars.

 

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