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Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins

Meg is devastated when her horse dies of a ruptured artery right under her. She decides to spend the summer on an island working at a B&B. There, she begins training an appaloosa mare and meets an amazing guy, too.

Appaloosa Summer is a sweet story. Sometimes the conversations didn’t sound realistic and there were a handful of editing mistakes. I didn’t enjoy the parts giving the details about training the horse, but I am sure a horse lover would like it. I recommend this book to YA fans and people who love horses.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 134
Pages Read in 2017: 36,590
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Rebellion by Kass Morgan

A month after the dropships arrived, the colonists and the earthborns are getting along well and preparing to celebrate with a harvest feast. Just as they are all gathering together, Protectors, members of an earth-worshipping cult, ambush them, killing some people and kidnapping others, stealing their supplies, and burning the village. The kidnapped people (including Wells and Glass) are taken to the Protectors’ camp in the Pentagon. A rescue party (including Clarke and Bellamy) head out to get their friends back.

I really enjoyed the first three books of The 100 series so I was thrilled when I saw that another was being released. Rebellion did not disappoint. It’s a quick read that really allows you to understand some of the characters and their motives (specifically Wells, Glass, Clarke, and Bellamy). It is written from a close third person point of view, but alternates between those four characters. I highly recommend this book to The 100 fans and fans of young adult dystopian (but read the first three books first).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 124
Pages Read in 2016: 33,919
Hours Listened: 27 hours 2 minutes
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Mindjack Short Story Collection by Susan Kaye Quinn

Mindjack Short Story Collection includes five novellas, two deleted scenes, and two pieces of flash fiction. The novellas are Mind Games (before Open Minds; about Raf’s feelings for Kira), The Handler (about the first of Julian’s recruits – a very dangerous handler), The Scribe (about Sasha and why he is reluctant to use his powers), Keeper (about Kira and her desire to be sent on missions even though Julian doesn’t want her to; shows how she began to learn to control her body with her mind), and The Locksmith (simultaneous to Open Minds; the story of a mindjacker, Zeph, who can lock and unlock people’s minds). The flash fiction (very, very short, but packed with action) pieces are Leaving Gurnee (about when Kira’s parents and Xander were attacked and had to flee their home) and Seeds of Promise (a glimpse into Anna’s time in Kestral’s prison). The deleted scenes are Kestrel’s Interrogation and Drinking the Water. Both of the scenes are referred to in Free Souls. Before each novella and short story is a little background information and guidance on when it should be read. I enjoyed these extra bits very much. I read everything in the collection at once. I think it would have been better to have read the parts as directed through the collection. Either way works, though. I highly recommend the Mindjack Short Story Collection to all fans of the Mindjack trilogy.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 121
Pages Read in 2016: 32,841
Hours Listened: 27 hours 2 minutes
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Free Souls by Susan Kaye Quinn

Kira is living full time at headquarters completely focused on killing Kestral. But Julian inexplicably does not want her to go on any missions which means she can’t achieve her goal. Meanwhile, Senator Vellus is hyping up fear of the Jackers more and more. People are having to submit to testing to prove they aren’t Jackers and innocent Jackers are being sent to the Detention Center bearing his name. Meanwhile, Kestral is continuing his experiments. Kira and the rest of Julian’s recruits are racing to figure out how to stop everything and get their freedom back.

Free Souls, the last of the Mindjack trilogy, was my favorite of the three. The very end was exactly what I wanted, but there were many times I was sure it wouldn’t turn out that way. There were a couple twists that totally surprised me. I really didn’t see them coming. The book is very well written and enjoyable. By halfway through I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend reading it (after the first two Mindjack books)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 118
Pages Read in 2016: 32,230
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Closed Hearts by Susan Kaye Quinn

Kidnapped and taken to Jackertown, Kira discovers there are more variations of Jackers than she ever dreamed. After a raid, she must break into Kestral’s facility to free other Jackers. Everything goes wrong and Kira herself becomes one of the test subjects. After breaking out, she sets off to find the missing Raf in the hopes they can live somewhat normal lives together, but public sentiment against Jackers is strong.

This second book of the Mindjack series was as good as the first. Occasionally it dragged a little bit, but that was just a minor problem. The end is heartbreaking and made me immediately go buy the third book since I must know how this all turns out. Discussion about hating those different due to fear and rumor was well done and not preachy. I highly recommend Closed Hearts to both adults and young adults, but definitely read the first book first.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 117
Pages Read in 2016: 31,921
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Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Drugs in the water have caused people to evolve to be able to communicate telepathically. But not everyone can. Most people become Readers around puberty, but some never change and remain Zeros. Kira thinks she is a Zero, but it turns out she is actually a Jacker, and a strong one at that. Jackers hide in plain sight, some pretending to be Readers and others pretending to be Zeros. Jackers can not only read other people’s minds, they can control other people and even kill them. Not long after discovering her own abilities, Kira learns the Feds are experimenting on Jackers. She becomes determined to expose what is going on no matter the cost to herself.

While I’m not usually a science fiction fan, I enjoyed this one very much. I’ll definitely read the rest of the series (in fact, I’ve already started the second book). The book was slow to get started as it laid out the background information and set everything up, but once it took off, it really took off. I couldn’t put it down for the last quarter. I highly recommend Open Minds to adults and young adults alike.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 116
Pages Read in 2016: 31,587
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Renaissance by Heather Sunseri

With a cure invented and a vaccine being manufactured, the citizens of New Caelum are on the edge of being able to move out of the city and into the rest of the country if they want. But then Governor Jackson, dictator of six outlying settlements, threatens President Layne to get back something he says is his that she has. A new threat appears when they discover the Governor is training attack dogs and making them sick with a disease similar to Bad Sam, making living weapons of mass destruction. West and Cricket must work together if they want all the remaining citizens of the United States to go back to how it was before Bad Sam appeared, and especially if they want their own happily ever after.

Renaissance, the third book in the Emerge series, is just as good as the first two. There’s lots of action in this one and a nice amount of romance, too. Once again, I could barely put the book down and finished it in one day. (I think my husband was relieved when I finished it because I always had my nose in a book – or Kindle – as I read them. The only other serieses I have consumed so fast and had so much trouble putting down every book were The Hunger Games and The 100.) I loved the ending. It was perfect. I very highly recommend this book and the whole Emerge series!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 109
Pages Read in 2016: 29,085
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