Reboot by Amy Tintera Book Review

Reboot by Amy Tintera

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GoodReads Summary:

Five years ago, store Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, page 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 seventeen 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 is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. 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 if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

My Review:

I had seen this book around for ages it seems like, sitting on book shelves, or on people’s TBR lists on GoodReads, but I didn’t go forward and do anything about it until my friend, Erin, from That One Geek Girl, read it and loved it, and she’s going to be at the Pasadena Teen Book Fest. Which is awesome. When I was shopping for books on my birthday, I was glad to find a copy and immediately bought it.

And I’m so so so glad that I did. I’m so glad. I would have read this book in a few hours, but life got in the way in the process, but I finished it quickly. I actually just discovered that the sequel, Rebel, is an e-ARC on Edelweiss and I just downloaded it and I had to force myself to log on to write the review of Reboot before I immediately sat down on my Nook and started reading.

I am so highly impressed with Amy Tintera’s book and I’m so glad that I read it. The concept was new, refreshing and something that I immediately felt connected to. You’re in the head of the main character, Wren, who has lost much her humanity in the 178 minutes that she was dead before she rebooted. You would think that would make her a hard character to understand, or to become familiar with but it was so easy to become attached to her. She’s doing her job, and she enjoys it. She enjoys being quick, strong and ruthless. She is more satisfied being a Reboot than she was as a human.

Then we enter Callum into the story. Callum is a recent Reboot, a 22, who still retains a lot of his humanity and immediately starts to drive Wren kind of crazy. Which, of course, made me love him right away. They are absolute polar opposites and I love that in a couple, especially when its usually the boy who is mysterious and hard and unemotional. I loved that Callum was fun, and always had a smile on his face, and was so determined to find Wren’s humanity.

The two of them together really brings a beautiful love story, and it happens in a such a slow-paced, perfect way that kept me turning the pages, desperate to find out what happened next. The subtlety of their relationship was exactly the way it should have been: not too obvious, not too quick, but creeping up on the both of them.

But it was more than the love story that kept me interested. It was the story of Texas and the reboots and the HARC and the world that now was. The virus, the serums they were injecting into the lower Reboots, the slums and the ricos. We’re told just enough that we feel comfortable but there’s enough kept from us, from Wren herself, that makes you want to keep reading. There’s something fishy going on in this society but what? What is going on? That’s what keeps you reading. The mystery of knowing only so much of what is actually going on is frustrating, but in a good way. It makes you want to read, it keeps you reading. So many books nowadays spoon feed you but not Reboot. Not Amy. She keeps you guessing and dodging and running right alongside the story and its awesome.

I also really love the action. Any time that I can read a book where a girl kicks ass, where anyone kicks ass, is something that is very enjoyable to me. There’s just something fun about a really good fight scene and there are some really GREAT ones in this book.

Now I think I’ve talked about this book enough, and my last word is going to be this: Read the book. Honestly. Its really fun, its action packed, and full of mystery and guessing. Its fast paced, and even a little frightening and heart wrenching at times. And the love story is simple, slow and beautiful. Now I have to finish this so I can go read Rebel now…

Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Everneath by Brodi Ashton Book Review

EverneathWhere To Buy: Amazon, information pills Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Description: Last spring, price Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

My Review: Wow oh wow. What a fabulous story. It was better than I expected it to be. The plot was quite an interesting concept. It’s kind of like the retelling of the myth of Persephone, which is one of my favorite stories!

Nikki has basically returned for the underworld, which is called the Everneath. She “returned” because she didn’t want to stay away from her love, Jack. Because she is meant to stay in the Everneath, she only has a limited time to immerse herself back into her old world. The Everneath will come after six months to take her back.

It’s quite a predicament she gets herself into, because for a while, Nikki doesn’t absolutely nothing in regards to Jack, so I’m wondering why the heck she even bothered. It was almost like she enjoyed torturing herself, but remaining around him — but not being with him. She didn’t even really engage in conversation with him, until he put in her a position to. She for a majority of the book, Nikki pissed me off.

Then there’s Cole — the asshole we all know and hate. Cole is the reason why Nikki is involved in this whole Everneath experience to begin with. And he’s so unapologetic for everything he puts her through. He clearly witnesses how much Nikki loves Jack, but he tries to cut her off at every turn. I personally think it’s jealousy due to love, but that isn’t necessarily specified because it is understood that Cole can’t feel love.

Throughout the entire book, I’m naturally rooting for Nikki and Jack to just be together. I want her to be honest with him and I want him to just protect her against Cole, who just continues to act so petty. There’s an underlying reason why Cole wants Nikki. He wants to take over ruling the underworld and feels that Nikki is very crucial in making that happen because she’s so powerful.

I really enjoyed Jack’s character, but I honestly think he was underplayed. I would have loved to hear more about his back story, especially more on his experience after Nikki left him (for the Everneath). I feel like there’s a hidden gem in his back story.

Nikki’s character was a little flat for me, mainly because she kept letting Cole take the reins on how she was going to spend her six months in her old life. Cole dominated Nikki’s everything and it got annoying, fast. But I have a feeling that due to the happenings at the end of the book, Nikki will be back and ready for action. I think book one’s happenings will force her to get a better head in the game.

Cole’s character does everything I needed it to do — make me hate him. He was so underhanded in his handling of Nikki, of his own affairs. Of everything. I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him, so I’m interested to see what happens with him.

Overall, I was pleased with the book. The ending was such a cliffhanger for me that I NEED to pick up the second book now! I need to know what Nikki’s plan of action is.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

The Promise of Amazing Book Review

The Promise of Amazing

Where To Buy: Amazon, viagra 40mg Barnes & Noble, Book Depository

Goodreads Summary: Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how. 

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

My Review: This book was pretty bad. I honestly think it deserves to be categorized as bad fan fiction. But I digress. This is the lowest rating I’ve ever given, that I can recall, and I have not a single ounce of guilt in saying so.

The characters weren’t believeable, the plot was very weak, and the title of the book is the real kicker. “The Promise of Amazing”? Really? There’s nothing amazing about this promise. As a matter of fact, I feel like I wasted my time.

Wren and Grayson are just so annoying together, as well as separate. I think the author tried to build something worthwhile & genuine between these two, but fell quite short. Wren was a just quiet naive girl and Grayson swept in with all of his problems, and it became your typical, predictable, boy meets girl story. Even the secondary characters were weak.

Wren’s friends were boring and somewhat inauthentic to me. The friendship between them was just off. I didn’t feel like they were good friends, they felt like some people that Wren just happened to know. And Grayson’s friends were just as bad, though we learn why his friends are they way that they are. Luke was an asshole, unnecessarily. He really was just a whiny brat, who pissed in your cereal if he didn’t get his way. And his flavor of the moment, Ava, was just as bad.

The only redeemable characters in this book for me were Brooke, Wren’s sister, and Eben, Wren’s coworker. They seemed like they had decent heads on their shoulders. I actually wanted to learn more about them, as opposed to everyone else. Wren’s parents were background characters at best, and Grayson’s parents were just there. I know that his parents were supposed to paint a deeper picture of Grayson’s life and why he’s the way that he is — but nope. That was a fail, too. You get a tiny glimpse into Grayson’s vulnerability with the hosptial scene, but it was over in like 2 pages.

I couldn’t bring myself to care about ANY of these characters. And I think that’s why I’m so PISSED! I just didn’t care. The only person I wanted to know about was Brooke and that was because she was pregnant (that’s not a spoiler). That’s it. And I know that wasn’t the author’s intention, which allows me to further state that this book was lukewarm and all over the place.

By the end of the book, when it came to Grayson & Wren, I was ready to scream “just break up and be done already!” Nothing is worth how bored I am with this relationship. He lied constantly, for NO reason at all, brought Wren into his web of issues. And Wren bought it. Girl, what? ASK questions. Do not be that girl. Yes, I know they’re teenagers, but I know a lot of girls (and guys) who are more mature about things than these two. It just wasn’t realistic for me. And I felt like everything was being forced to happen. And what made it worse — it was all happening within a plot that was weak to begin with.

I remember by the end of like, chapter 3, Grayson was talking about the “connection” he felt with Wren. What connection? You literally JUST met her, like one paragraph ago. What connection? She uttered ten words to you. I’m confused. I felt like a couple of chapters had been torn out or something. There was just a huge gap in character development. And it made me angry.

This is the harshest review I’ve ever written, but I write so many positive reviews that I feel I need to make sure I’m as honest with the books I don’t like as well.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.