Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

carve the markCarve the Mark by Veronica Roth was released January 2017 and after reading the Divergent Series I knew I wanted to read more from the author. I really like Roth’s writing style. Carve the Mark is a science-fiction novel told from Akos and Cyra points of view. Akos from Thuvhe, the ruling half of the planet and Cyra is from Shotet, the half that has not been recognized. When the children on this planet each a certain age they gain abilities. While Cyra’s ability is to harness the current, her counter balance is in Akos because his ability is to disrupt the current. Akos can touch Cyra without hurting himself and his touch seems to lessen the pain on Cyra. This creates a problem because even though they are from the same planet, they were raised differently. However, this does not stop them from being curious and kind to each other. While I found that it took me a few chapters to truly understand what Roth was creating, I started to get drawn in wanting to know more. I highly recommend this to any reader who loves science fiction books. This is definitely a journey worth taking with the characters, they will always make you wonder what will happen next. It is another great series for Veronica Roth and I can’t wait to see where she takes us. You can keep you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

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The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring

the football girl picIf you are looking for a book that will encourage you to do something that you are unsure about or scared to try then The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring is the book for you. I really enjoyed reading this book about a girl named Tessa Dooley who loves football more than cross country. She decides to try out for her high school football team along side her boyfriend, Caleb McCleary. Caleb is not surprised by this because they play flag football together outside of school and he thinks she is a really good player. While Tessa is an outstanding cross country runner, there is something about football that she loves more. This book shows the challenges that many people face when they decide to face their fears and go for their dreams. I really like how Heldring creates a plot line and setting that is so real you can almost smell the fresh cut grass of the football field.  The ending of this book is a complete surprise, you will have to read it to find out why. This book is a really great read if you need some encouragement.  ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  You can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) The summer before Caleb and Tessa enter high school, friendship has blossomed into a relationship . . . and their playful sports days are coming to an end. Caleb is getting ready to try out for the football team, and Tessa is training for cross-country. But all their structured plans derail in the final flag game when they lose. Tessa doesn’t want to end her career as a loser. She really enjoys playing, and if she’s being honest, she likes it even more than running cross-country. So what if she decided to play football instead? What would happen between her and Caleb? Or between her two best friends, who are counting on her to try out for cross-country with them? And will her parents be upset that she’s decided to take her hobby to the next level? This summer Caleb and Tessa figure out just what it means to be a boyfriend, girlfriend, teammate, best friend, and someone worth cheering for.

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Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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I recently read Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom and felt that this is a wonderful and great read. Lindstrom does an outstanding job in creating the character Parker Grant making her both hilarious and realistic. Even though Parker is blind, she can still sense things and manages to do things that most blind people should not or would not even try. To Parker, being blind does not limit or slow her down. This book does deal with a lot of ups and downs most teens do not have to deal with, like Parkers mom was drinking and driving the car causing the accident killing her mom and causing Parkers blindness. Because of this, she is left with her dad who years later dies from an accidental drug overdose from the medications for anxiety and depression. Parker then ends up living with her aunt and her family who moves into Parkers house in order to keep things more normal for Parker. This way she does not have to change or relearn her daily routine. She already knows her way around the house, to school and the route of her morning run. All of this allows Parker to be more independent. I will not give the ending away but you will love it! This book is definitely worth reading, you can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart. When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react–shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, an d giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken. Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, debut author Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.

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