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Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith

Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood SmithStranger by Rachel Manija Brown, Sherwood Smith
Series: The Change #1
Genre: Post Apocalyptic
Release Date: 11th November, 2014
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Source: Author
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Rating: three-stars

Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, "the Change,” arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. "Las Anclas" now resembles a Wild West frontier town… where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed.

Teenage prospector Ross Juarez’s best find ever – an ancient book he doesn’t know how to read – nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.

I was actually pretty pleasantly surprised by this book. With review copies it’s always a bit of a leap of faith, so it was nice to be reading this story and enjoying it, because I honestly wasn’t sure I would.

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The Innocent Assassins by Pema Donyo

The Innocent Assassins by Pema DonyoThe Innocent Assassins by Pema Donyo
Release Date: 14th June, 2014
Publisher: Astraea Press
Source: Author
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Rating: one-star

There are three rules to staying an assassin at the corporation of Covert Operatives: (1) your parents must be deceased, (2) your contracts must remain confidential, and (3) you must be under the age of eighteen.

After a murder mission goes awry a month before her eighteenth birthday, Covert Operatives assassin Jane Lu finds herself caught by the federal government and forced to spy for the CIA while remaining in Covert Operatives. Once her spying mission is over she will be allowed to live a civilian life without facing criminal consequences, a life she's only dreamed of having.

As Jane leaks information to the CIA, she uncovers secrets with enough power to both destroy Covert Operatives and her own boyfriend, Adrian King, who's next in line to be CEO of the company. When her identity as a double agent for the CIA is discovered within Covert Operatives, she must decide where her allegiance, and her heart, truly lies.

This book was bad, just really, really bad. Like so bad I didn’t even make it to the halfway point before I started skimming. I was honestly tempted to DNF, and that might have been the better decision rather than seeing this book through to the predictably terrible end.

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Erased by Jennifer Rush

Erased by Jennifer RushErased by Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered #2
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Source: Author
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Rating: five-stars

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

When memories from Anna's old life begin to resurface--and a figure from her childhood reappears--Anna's loyalties are tested. Is it a Branch set-up, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased in the first place?

Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.

Like clockwork, I woke after midnight and immediately had the urge to see Sam.
I have been book pushing Altered on all of you since I read it almost a year ago, so when Jennifer Rush offered to send me a copy of Erased back in the summer, I was over the moon! At first I was a little bit nervous about Erased not living up to my expectations, but once I started reading it I realised that those hesitations were silly. Erased is just as good as Altered, meaning this series stays as one of my all time favourites that I want to reread RIGHT. NOW.

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The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

 

The Mind Readers by Lori BrightonThe Mind Readers by Lori Brighton
Series: Mind Readers #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Publisher: Smashwords
Source: Author
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Rating: three-stars

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth... that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

I’ve always been interested in stories about people with special powers, kind of like the X-Men, and so I was thrilled when I received a copy of The Mind Readers to review. It sounded so amazing when I read about the main protagonist, Cameron, being able to read minds.

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