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Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson

Alison wakes up in a mental hospital and slowly her memories begin to come back. As far as she can recall, she got in a fight with Tori, punched her, Tori disintegrated, and Alison went nuts. Alison has always known there was something weird about herself – letters are colors and have personalities, sounds are visible, and so on – but disintegrating someone with her mind goes beyond anything she can imagine.

Ultraviolet started out kind of slow, but still interesting, especially since my daughter has synesthesia (though, later in the book, in my daughter’s experience with multiple types of synesthesia at once, the portrayal of what it’s like to be a synesthete was not even remotely accurate). Eventually, the whole story just completely went off the rails and became a complete mess. I felt like the book was trying to be multiple stories at once and it just really didn’t work. By the last quarter, I couldn’t get the guy from the History Channel saying, “Aliens!” out of my head as the book went from a little odd to completely weird. I do not really recommend anyone take the time to read it and I will most definitely not be reading the second book in the series.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 96
Pages Read in 2017: 27,048
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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Michael and his friends spend all their free time in the Sleep, the VirtNet, playing virtual reality video games and hanging out. When VirtNet security asks Michael to use his coding and hacking skills to track down Kaine, a man hidden somewhere inside trying to implement the Mortality Doctrine, the three teens embark on an exciting and dangerous journey that often seems more real than not.

The Eye of Minds is a seriously weird book. It took me quite a while to get into it, but at nearly halfways through it became much more interesting and I could barely put it down. I totally didn’t see the ending coming. I recommend this book to young adults and adults who enjoy sci-fi.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 89
Pages Read in 2017: 24,598
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Revelation by Karen McQuestion

Everything seems pretty quiet for the four kids in Edgewood. They haven’t heard from the Associates, school is going well, and Nadia’s parents are even allowing her to go out with Russ once a week and hold a job. And then everything changes and the kids are sent on their first mission by the Associates.

Revelation, the fourth and last Edgewood book, closed out the series with a very satisfying end. Once again, the author managed to totally blindside me with a twist I truly never expected. The story is told mostly from Russ’s point of view with a handful of chapters from Nadia’s point of view. It’s exciting to the very end and kept me second-guessing myself as to which group, the Praetorian Guard or the Associates, were the bad guys. I highly recommend this book, but definitely read the first three books before this one or it won’t really make sense.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 67
Pages Read in 2017: 19,831
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Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer

Everything turns a beautiful purple when a comet circles the earth. Things aren’t so beautiful the next morning when pre-pubescent children discover all the teens and adults are dead. On the little Castine Island, a small group of children must create a fledling society, but it’s a race against time before the older children get sick and die, too.

Night of the Purple Moon is a fast read that really drew me in. The last quarter was incredibly intense. There were a few things that bothered me about it such as the children, 12 and under, being able to drive really well. Much later it is mentioned that on their island kids 10 and up can drive. It would have saved me some annoyance had that been stated earlier in the book. I recommend it to teens and young adult book fans. It’s not quite a YA book, but it’s also not quite a middle grade book, but instead somewhere in between (early teens).

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 54
Pages Read in 2017: 16,275
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Absolution by Karen McQuestion

The kids are asked to go to Washington DC to help the Praetorian Guard protect the president and her daughter from The Associates at the annual Black Tie Bash. The three allowed to go (Nadia must stay home in Edgewood with her crazy mother) discover that there’s a whole city underneath the city just for the Praetorian Guard.

Nearly everything I thought I knew about the Edgewood series was wrong. I just wasn’t expecting some of the twists and turns in this book. The fact that the underground Praetorian Guard city was called PGDC bothered me a little bit, though. I used to live in southern Maryland so PG to me is PG County so it just kind of made me do a mental double-take every time I read PGDC. Like the previous book, this one was told alternating between Nadia and Russ with more chapters from Russ’s point of view this time. That was extremely effective, especially since Nadia was left at home and she could astral project and learn things Russ never could. I very highly recommend reading Absolution (but read the first two books first)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 49
Pages Read in 2017: 14,999
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Wanderlust by Karen McQuestion

Mr. Specter and the Praetorian Guard have arranged a trip to Peru for Russ, Nadia, Mallory, and Jameson to look for the missing and possibly not dead after all David Hofstetter. The Associates are always a worry, but there are unexpected traitors in their midst, too. Meanwhile, Nadia is falling in love with Russ.

This second book in the Edgewood series was as good as the first. I had trouble putting it down and then it kept me awake very late reading until I finished it. This one is told from both Nadia and Russ’s points of view. The first half is mostly Nadia and the second half is about equal. It was very interesting getting into Nadia’s head as she gained confidence in herself. I definitely recommend reading Wanderlust to everyone who enjoyed Edgewood.

5 (out of 5) Stars

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Pages Read in 2017: 13,075
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Edgewood by Karen McQuestion

Insomniac Russ witnesses glowing rocks falling from the sky in the middle of the night. Soon he discovers he has superpowers resulting from his experience and he’s not the only teenager to have that happen. One group is hunting the kids with powers and another group is trying to fight the hunters and both want Russ and his friends to join them.

The first book in a series, Edgewood was well-written and really sucked me in. I had trouble putting it down, wanting to read “just one more chapter.” I’ve already bought the next book in the series and can’t wait to start it! I recommend Edgewood to teens and adults who like sci-fi (and, really, even those who don’t… sci-fi is not usually a genre I enjoy, but occasionally I do and this is definitely one of those times).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 38
Pages Read in 2017: 11,145
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