Giveaway! THE DARKEST MINDS: THROUGH THE DARK by Alexandra Bracken

Hey guys! I have an exciting promo for you today — if you’re a fan of The Darkest Minds series, you’ll remember that the two previously-released novellas, In Time and Sparks Rise, were only available as ebooks, yeah? Well, guess what! There’s a new hardcover edition of these novellas, called Through the Dark, which also includes a new novella, Beyond the Night, that ties up Sparks Rise! Fans of Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Vida are in for a treat—our original cast returns at the end of the final novella, and are every bit as lovable as always.

The wonderful folks at Disney-Hyperion were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway for readers of There Were Books Involved, so check out the book’s info below and enter to win a finished copy of Through the Dark at the bottom of this post!

Giveaway! THE DARKEST MINDS: THROUGH THE DARK by Alexandra Bracken
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Written by: Alexandra Bracken
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Release date: October 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Also by this author: The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, Passenger

ABOUT THE BOOK

This collection of thrilling—and utterly heartbreaking—novellas set in the in the world of the Darkest Minds is an absolute must-have for fans of the New York Times best-selling trilogy.

Don't miss this breathtaking collection of stories set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Featuring ebook original novellas In Time and Sparks Rise, available in print for the first time, and a gripping, brand-new novella, Through the Dark is a must-have for fans of the Darkest Minds.This collection contains three novellas: In Time, Sparks Rise, and Beyond the Night, as well as a sneak peek at the first novel in Alexandra Bracken's new series, Passenger.

ABOUT THE NOVELLAS

IN TIME

Gabe's life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost-impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first "score,"a young girl who won't speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.

SPARKS RISE

Sam didn't think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam's dark childhood.

Lucas has a deadly secret—he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk everything to save her.

BEYOND THE NIGHT 

The government-run "rehabilitation camps" have been shut down, but kids with Psi powers are anything but free. Sam would rather be on her own than put in the care of a foster family and given the "cure"—a dangerous procedure that unclaimed kids across the country are being forced to undergo. But there's more at stake than just her own safety. Sam once made someone a promise, and the time has come to fulfill it.

Now that she's out of her camp, Mia only has one thought in her head: finding Lucas, her beloved older brother. She hasn't seen him since they were separated and taken to different camps years ago, before Mia even became Psi. When Sam, Lucas's childhood best friend, rescues Mia from the government's inept care, Mia learns that nothing is as simple as she thought—and the past that she's so desperate to salvage may not be possible to recover...

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ARC Review: THE SCORPION RULES by Erin Bow

I received this book for free from Margaret K. McElderry Books. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: THE SCORPION RULES by Erin Bow
The Scorpion Rules
Prisoners of Peace #1

Written by: Erin Bow
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: September 22nd 2015
Genres: Dystopian, LGBTQ, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Preceptures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.

Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Precepture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace, even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive.

Enter Elián Palnik, the Precepture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Precepture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages.

What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war?

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The Scorpion Rules was… something. And when I say ‘something,’ I mean a few things.

  1. It has substance.
  2. It was absolutely not what I was expecting.
  3. It’s a little odd — in a good way.

This is one of those books where the blurb cannot go into the actual details of the story because holy freaking spoilers, Batman!!! That blurb (and I) cannot mention half of the awesome stuff that is present in this book because it would absolutely spoil huge elements of the plot.

That being said, I do want to talk about the three points above.

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ARC Review: FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson

ARC Review: FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson
Firefight
Reckoners #2

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Published by: Delacorte
Release date: January 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Source: Borrowed from a friend
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** STEELHEART SPOILERS! PROCEED WITH CAUTION! **

They told David it was impossible—that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic—Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

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OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS. I’ve been waiting FOREVER to post this review. I read Firefight over two months ago, thanks to Mark letting me and a few other bloggers borrow his ARC (thanks again, Mark!), and omg. This book has been burning a hole in my brain ever since.

First off, though — have you read Steelheart? Because if you haven’t, it would probably be better to start by reading my review of that book, rather than this one. See, Firefight is a sequel, and A) We wouldn’t want you to get spoiled (the synopsis above IS SPOILERY, thus the warning, but this review is spoiler-free — unless you really don’t want to know whether the main character dies at the end of Steelheart or something). But also, B) If you read this review first, well, that would just be like eating dessert before dinner: You’ll never want to go back and read that earlier review if you read this one fir — wait, no… umm… It’s like dessert before dinner because this book, like dessert, is just better than the first course — wait, no… “better”? Maybe… but also just “different”… But it’s necessary to eat dinner first, you know? And then, obviously, dessert is also required. Um…

Oh gosh, someone please shut me up, I’m channeling David and I don’t know how to make it stop.

(Don’t know who David is? *coughclickthiscough*)

OKAY, now we’ve got that out of the way, I guess maybe you want to know how I liked this book.

Well, I liked it. I liked it a lot. If you’re smart, and you’ve already read Steelheart, CONGRATULATIONS: Here’s an easy test for you to see if you should read this sequel: Did you like Steelheart at all? No, seriously, like, at all. A little, OMG SO MUCH, whatever? …Yes, you did? Well, then, there’s no question: You need Firefight in your life. Immediately. Really, that’s all you need to know. But read on if you want more information. ;)

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Waiting on Wednesday – Firefight

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Firefight
Firefight
Reckoners #2

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Published by: Delacorte
Release date: January 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

Spoilers if you haven't read Steelheart!!!

They told David it was impossible—that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic—Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

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So, this is a Sanderson book.

…that’s the only excuse I need for it to be my WoW pick, right? Do you seriously want to hear how awesome book 1 was? Or how I’m re-listening to the audiobook right now and the voice actor is blowing my mind and giving me feels I didn’t even feel the first time I read it?! Or or or… no but seriously, I just neeeeeed Firefight–and more of David’s horrible metaphors–in my life. It’s a requirement for continued happiness. (I’m being totally serious.)

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post and I’ll be sure to stop by! :)

IN THE AFTERLIGHT – Prize Pack Giveaway!

In the Afterlight Giveaway!

Hi guys! Today I’m excited to bring you all a special giveaway in anticipation of Alexandra Bracken’s upcoming book, In the Afterlight, the final book in the Darkest Minds trilogy!

IN THE AFTERLIGHT – Prize Pack Giveaway!
In the Afterlight
The Darkest Minds #3

Written by: Alexandra Bracken
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Release date: October 28th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 496
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Also by this author: The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, Passenger

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children's League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam's brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government "rehabilitation camps" all over the country. Freeing them--revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process--is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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There will be a bunch of prize packs being given away across the blogosphere throughout September and October, representing each different Psi group (so be sure to look out for those!), but this giveaway is specific to There Were Books Involved readers! And the group being represented on TWBI is…

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Waiting on Wednesday – Stranger

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Stranger
Stranger

Written by: Rachel Manija Brown, Sherwood Smith
Published by: Viking Juvenile
Release date: November 13th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 432
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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.

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I heard about this book fairly recently, and it totally intrigued me. A dystopian world, but one that resembles the Wild West? YES PLEASE. Also, I’ve heard really great things about the characters in this  – namely that it does the multiple-main-characters/multi-POV thing well, which is something I really enjoy. And it just sounds super unique and different. SIGN ME UP.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post and I’ll be sure to stop by! :)