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Book Blitz ~ Net Riders by Giorgio Marino

4 Jan

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Adventure/Science Fiction novel for middle graders.

Synopsis: When Zane and Megan crack the Secnet, they stumble across Project Net Rider. It’s an awesome Cyber Warfare program with a virtual netbike to infiltrate any computer in the new global network. But the software is dangerous—and in the wrong hands—capable of unlimited destruction. So when the notorious Haxta steals a copy, the entire world is threatened. And the two hackers have to risk everything to stop him.

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Giorgio Marino

Giorgio Marino has degrees in Engineering and Business and has worked in Technical, Sales and Marketing roles all over Australia. He has travelled extensively around the world to research his novels, and now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with his wife and two young children. His main interests are reading, writing, movies, illustrating, web design, travel and of course, exploring playgrounds. He writes full time and when not running after children, is working on a new novel. Net Riders is his first published book.

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Book Review – Divergent by Veronica Roth

10 Nov


Book descriptionGW

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 11 hours and 11 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: HarperAudio
Audible.com Release Date: May 3, 2011
Narrator: Emma Galvin

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


My ReviewGW


Where to begin… I have been drawn to the dystopian genre since I discovered The Dwellers Saga written by author David Estes. The worlds these authors create for us makes me question my everyday life. How would I handle the situations these characters find themselves in?

Divergent similar to that of The Hunger Games but I don’t know why but I find I liked it more. I didn’t read this book; I listened to the unabridged audiobook version as I drove anywhere. With audiobooks the narrator makes it or breaks it and this one (Emma Galvin) didn’t do badly at all.

Veronica Roth created a world of factions. Similar to what we all know as labeling of class; high, middle, low or poor. The factions divide the city by virtue; Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Every 16 year old must go through a simulation to determine which faction or virtue they possess the most of.

Beatrice Prier is a 16 year old born into the Abnegation; she has taken a brave step in her life and became a faction transfer. Which faction does she choose? She struggled with this decision for she not only has an affinity for Abnegation and Dauntless but also that of Erudite. This is not common or rather no one speak of it because to have an affinity for 3 factions means Beatriz is Divergent.

I found the characters in the story interesting. Watching them struggle with leaving their past, in the past. During the long process of initiation on the Dauntless compound Beatrice transforms herself into Triss. Her transformation was quite a journey. And mysterious Four, a boy who had guarded his personal life is blindsided by his feelings for Triss.

The emotions in this book are powerful the fear, longing, pain, uncertainty and freedom were so prominent they hand me on edge. It was so face paced yet flowed so nicely. There was so much going on yet not enough.

I cannot wait to see how the movie production comes together; I hope they don’t completely destroy it!


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Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

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Book Review – The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

14 Sep

The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski


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First cover is I quote “bluuuuuuh” – Bertausky / Second cover was better


Newest cover is AWESOME!!!

Book Description

Publication Date: December 31, 2011
E-book copy provided by NetGalley
When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds.

Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.

Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?

My Review


Would you take the needle?

Ok well let me jump in and start with the cover…looks like Bertauski made some changes from his original cover and what a change it was. The newest cover looks amazing. And to be honest the cover is the reason I requested this book off NetGalley!

I finished this book in 2 sittings. At first I wasn’t all that interested, I was confused about the past events that were being brought forward and how it related to the present. As I continued reading I was drawn in by the mystery of what “Foreverland” was! How, well more like WHY these boys ended up on and island and the about the man who created it all. Quite intriguing stuff!

This dystopian world was very different from others I’ve read like “The Dwellers Saga” by David Estes and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. In those novels the world itself has had to start over but in this one they are unaware of anything past a vast ocean.

Bertauski paced this story well. Giving me the information I needed at all the right moments. Everything fell into place. I felt that in this story there wasn’t a need for a huge character development…HELLO they don’t know who they are! (That’s the only spoiler I’ll reveal, SORRY! I couldn’t help it!) Anyway in that aspect Bertauski did well, even without lowdown on the characters I loved them. (Reed, Danny Boy and Zin)

The progression of these three characters had me on the edge of my seat. Reed broke my heart. Danny Boy kept me hopeful and Zin was there for moral support! I like how these three boys stuck together to get themselves out of a horrible situation. And you might be asking yourself, what horrible situation? Well, I’m not going to spoil it for you!! LOL Oh and I can’t forget the character stuck in the Nowhere, the dream girl. She was the most interesting character of all.  Now on to the characters I didn’t like. The Director = the creator and boy was he creepy. Every “Investor” was bad news and they made me so mad, the bastards!

I’m all about emotions when it comes to my books. I have to feel what the characters are feeling and boy did I. There were times where I was scared, those boys were put in situations that I as an adult would not be able to handle. I felt sad and angry nothing good until the end where I was hopeful that all would end well.

You should grab your copy and see for yourself, the suspense will kill you!

I give it my stamp of approval!

Tony Bertauski

About the Author

via Goodreads

My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?

I’ve written textbooks on landscape design, but that was straightforward, informational writing; the kind of stuff that helps most people get to sleep. I’ve also been writing a gardening column with a humorous slant. That takes a little more finesse, but still informational for the most part.

I’m a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I’d rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That’s the sort of stuff I wanted to write, not the assigned reading we used to get in high school. I wanted to create stories that kept you up late.

Fiction, GOOD fiction, is hard to write. Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it’s only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.

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Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy) by Susan Kaye Quinn

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Book Description

Publication Date: October 23, 2011

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

Mindjack Trilogy (novels): Open Minds, Closed Hearts, Free Souls
Mindjack Origins (shorts): Mind Games, The Handler, The Scribe 
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 Everblue (Mer Tales, Book 1) by Brenda Pandos


Book Description

Publication Date: July 29, 2011
She wanted her life to change… he wanted his to stay the same.Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana’s twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn’s life forever.

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Sweet Oblivion (Sweet Series) by Bailey Ardisone


Book Description

Publication Date: December 30, 2012
When two worlds collide, nightmares become reality. And some secrets…are best kept in Oblivion.
…Until there is hope.Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town. And she can’t seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.
​Nari hates everything about her life, except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they’ve been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange, unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.
Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to, it means life or death for her and her people. She does all that she can to turn that hope into reality, and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time.

She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.

Sweet Escape, the second book in the Sweet Series, is coming to you July 25th, 2013!

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Savor, a Paranormal Romance (Warm Delicacy Series, Book 1) by Megan Duncan

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Book Description

Publication Date: September 28, 2011
When Claire Miller turned eighteen all she wanted to do was celebrate her birthday, but after a night on the town with her best friend she awakes to a visitor she never expected. The rulers of her region, a vampire royal family, have chosen her to be turned as their new heir and vampire princess. Claire quickly discovers the royal family is not what they seem and that she has secrets in her past, she never knew existed.


Book Description

Publication Date: September 30, 2012
Epic Fantasy combines with Young Adult romance in this stunning new adventure set in a richly developed medieval world.When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she’ll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian’s foreign castle, Emariya comes face to face with her mother’s killers–and a deadly secret.

Not only does Emariya possess a powerful but unexpected magical gift passed down through each of her families, the prince she’s promised to marry possesses a third, and an ominous prophecy has warned the three gifts must never be combined.

If she breaks her promise to marry Torian, she won’t be able to save her father and if she keeps it, she may bring a curse upon everything she holds dear. Determining which choice is best won’t be easy, but when she meets the gorgeous prince who may desire more than just her heart, she realizes she will have to fight just to have a choice at all.

Her heart wants him desperately. Her head begs her to run. If she doesn’t want to share her mother’s fate, she’ll have to find a way to untangle the truth from the lies in time to save herself.

Discover the heartbreaking betrayals, fascinating magic and fated love of Cornerstone.

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