“Waiting On” Wednesday – The Chaos of Stars

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Okay, first off, I’ve got to apologize. I was on a road trip (w/o internet connection!) for a week, and since I’ve been back I’ve just been trying to get back on my feet, so I’m really sorry for my absence, and I PROMISE I will be posting a ton of reviews shortly. I’ve gotten way behind. :)

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

The Chaos of the Stars

By Liz Kessler
Publication date: September 10th, 2013.

Synopsis:

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic compli

cations—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

Well, first off, I’m a big fan of Kiersten White’s books. So, obviously, when I heard about this one, I couldn’t WAIT to pick it up! Egyptian mythology in modern day America??? Yes, please! I love mythology, (Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, greek, roman, and egyptian myths in general, etc…), and this one looks great!

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

Review: Mind Games – By Kiersten White

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com

Title: Mind Games

Author: Kiersten White

Genre/Pages: Science Fiction/237

Rating: ★★★ (3.5 of 5)

Summary: Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

My Review: Being a huge fan of Kiersten’s work, I was ecstatic to learn she was writing another series – this one a ” YA psychological thriller”? Yes, please! Not to mention, the cover is gorgeous! Well, needless to say, I was not disappointed.

Mind Games was told from the switching point of view’s of sisters Sofia and Annabelle, and I really enjoyed the effect that created. It was really fascinating to see the story from both sister’s POV, see their actions through their own eyes, and those of the sister. It really added a whole new level of suspense to the story. The constant flashbacks, however,  were a bit confusing. It was really difficult to keep track of what was “6 months ago” and what was “Monday evening”; once I got the hang of it though, I did enjoy it.

The constantly switching times and POV’s did tend to slow the story down, but not necessarily in a bad way. Each new entry helped to unravel the mystery of these girl’s, the world they live in, and their actions and motives. The characters themselves were interesting. The one thing I loved the most about this book, though, was actually 2 things. 1) The focus was not on romance, instead it focused on the strong friendship Fia and Anna shared. 2) The romance aspects weren’t you’re basic ‘instalove’ or had the ‘inevitability factor’. I was actually, unusually interested in them. In how it would turn out. And yet through all that, romance wasn’t an overpowering factor.

Content Advisory: There are two make-out scenes, but don’t go beyond passionate kissing. A character goes “clubbing” multiple times, nothing really bad happens. A character gets drunk multiple times. One “h*ll”.

To Sum it up: Though it didn’t exceed my expectations, I did enjoy this book. An intense story of (sisterly) love, supernatural powers, the sacrifices that come with them; Mind Games was a book that kept me guessing, and, overall was well worth reading. Definitely a YA novel,  I’d recommend this book for 12+.

With this book I have COMPLETED the 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge!!!
With this book I have COMPLETED the 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the views and opinions contained here are my own. Feel free to disagree with them! Comment, and let me know what you thought of the book, good or bad, so long as you keep it polite. I try my best to respond to every comment. Thank you!

“Waiting On” Wednesday (2)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My can’t-wait-to-read book of the week is:

Mind Games

By Kiersten White
Publication date: February 19th, 2013

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com
Cover image and summary from goodreads.com

From Goodreads:

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

Okay, so technically, as I just discovered, this book actually got released yesterday, but, I have yet to get my hands on it, so I’m still gonna count it! :) I’m really looking forward to reading this one because I’m a huge fan of Kiersten White’s work (Paranormalcy, Supernaturally, and Endlessly), and it just sounds like a great book! Psychological thriller??? I think, YES!

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?