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inSyte

InSyte by Greg Kiser

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) It’s Tampa Bay and the year is 2020. Ex-Navy SEAL Mitch Double Downing discovers how to tap into the internet with his mind. His new inSyte provides transparent access to the sum of all human knowledge recorded since hieroglyphics. More than mere information – Mitch can see into men’s hearts and be all places at all times (easy in an ‘always on’ surveillance society with fourth generation tweets). Sort of like God. But inSyte has ideas of its own as the software exposes a politician’s “divine” plan that will unwittingly slaughter millions of people. Is killing the man the only way to prevent Armageddon? The politician’s daughter would probably disagree. And she happens to be the love of Mitch’s life. Losing Kate would be too damn much collateral damage. At the center of the conflict is a wolf-like killer who will stop at nothing to murder the ex-Navy SEAL. And Mitch must come to grips with inSyte’s dark side – a dominating addiction that soon controls his thoughts and places him on a steep slide to self destruction.

Not that far into our future, cash has become obsolete, the United States is no more with the joining of the countries in the world, and people are hooked up to the internet by chips on them. But that is not enough. Mitch Double has created a way to connect to the internet all the time.

At the same time, he has fallen for Kate, the daughter of the mayor. But there is a big debate going on with how to make an emergency system for Miami. Two companies are offering the same product but one is charging several billions. With inSyte, Mitch foresees millions of deaths. After discovering how Kate’s father is going to benefit from the system, Mitch and Kate decided to try and stop him. But they are not alone. Certain people have sent insurance to make sure the mayor votes in the emergency system.

I liked this story. I couldn’t put it down; I just had to see what happened next. I really like the possibility of the technology. I have to admit that I was interested in the assassin but was not really impressed with him later in the story. I would also have liked to have a little more explanation for what happened to have all the countries joined.

Overall, I would recommend this book. It is a techno thriller that has possibilities.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Dark Eden

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night’s experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?

Will and six other teens have fears that are not being solved in regular therapy. They are sent to Fort Eden where they are going to face their fears head on. Will does not want to go. When the rest of the group is walking through the forest to the bunker, Will sneaks off and hides in the cooks basement in an old bomb shelter. While there, Will finds monitors that help him watch what is happening to the other people during their cures.

The other six people have a chapter dedicated to their treatments. Will hacked into his doctors system and downloaded their files so he knows about their fears. We learn about them when they go through treatment. When the others come out of treatment, they are completely cured but they tend to have different ailments. Something funny is going on and Will is determined to find out what.

I liked this book. It kept you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what each person’s fears were and where they came from. I felt for each of them and what they went through. I was blown away by the ending and will admit that I was not impressed with it. I did give a feel of paranormal in an otherwise thriller story. I felt it was weak after everything else that happened throughout the book.

Having said that, I do feel that it was a god book. I am going to look for Patrick Carman’s other stories.

I received this book for the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

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Puzzlebook: 102

Puzzlebook: 102 by The Grabarchuk Family

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Discover the 3rd book in the collection of Top Rated Puzzlebook: 100 Puzzle Quizzes and Puzzlebook: 101 Puzzle Quizzes. In this brand-new puzzle collection you will find 102 pictorial, hand-crafted puzzle quizzes in different themes: visual, spatial, counting, geometry, matchstick, coins, searching, and much more.

Novelty
All puzzle quizzes are original creations by the Grabarchuk Family and delivered exclusively for Kindle.

Interactivity
You can interactively answer and check a puzzle quiz by clicking the respective answer button. Only the correct answer leads to the solution page.

Ranking
The collection is specially created for all kinds of solvers – beginners, skillful, and expert alike. The puzzles are arranged so that you start with the easy (*) puzzles and progress to the hard (*****) puzzles.

Enjoy it in Color Too!
The book is created in full-color. Enjoy a colorful experience playing it in a Kindle app on iOS, Android, PC, Mac, etc.

Happy Puzzling!

I like puzzles so needless to say when I was invited to check this ebook out I was thrilled. There are 102 puzzles that start out easy and go it hard. These are logic puzzles like which format can be folded together to make the following design, what thing does not belong, or which bird is hidden in the line. You will be give four options to choose from. Once you select the letter you feel is right you will be sent to the answer. You will get either a correct reply with how you can come to that conclusion or that the answer is incorrect, and the choice to either go back to try again or go to all puzzles.

I honestly wondered how this was going to work with the Kindle, I’m a new user and still trying to figure it all out. I was hooked. I had to get through all the puzzles. And even when I got them wrong, it was fun to try and figure out why. After figuring out the key controls, this was really easy to play. The puzzles start out easy and fun and go to challenging and they really make you think.

If you like puzzles and have a Kindle, this is one ebook that you will want to get. It’s a really good price, great graphics, and thought provoking puzzles. I can’t wait to try other puzzles from The Grabarchuk Family.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Sorry I’m late in posting this. Congratulations to Judy Cox!! I will get that in the mail today. Thank you to everyone that left comments and are following my blog.

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The Always War

The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In a war-torn future United States, fifteen-year-old Tessa, her childhood friend Gideon, now a traumatized military hero, and Dek, a streetwise orphan, enter enemy territory and discover the shocking truth about a war that began more than seventy-five years earlier.

Tessa is barely surviving. She goes to school, where everyone doesn’t like her, then cleans at a hospital to get by. Her parents have given up a long time ago and barely leave their bedroom. She attends the award ceremony of Gideon, a childhood friend. But things don’t go as planned when Gideon panics about not being a hero and runs.

Gideon was sent to the military school and is a pilot that dropped a bomb on the enemy. But he hacked into the system and learned that he killed innocent women and children. Now he is living with the guilt and decides to right his wrong. He steals a plane and flies out to where he dropped the bomb. Tessa sees someone following him and tries to warn Gideon but ends up in the plane with him. But when Gideon and Tessa see the war zone, something is missing. They can’t understand where they are and what is going on.

I liked this book. It has great potential. It has people that are too afraid to change or the willingness to look further into their situation. I did feel that the story felt a little flat. It felt like the ending was just tossed on without really working with the idea. Beyond that I do feel that if you like dystopian stories, that you will like this one.

I received this book for free from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab in exchange for an honest review.

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The Pledge

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

Charlie is a Vendor, a class designed strictly to serving people. She is only supposed to know her language. If she hears someone speaking in another language, she is supposed to avert her eyes and be passive. Unfortunately, Charlie has the ability to understand all languages spoken and written. She has hidden this from people, with the help of her parents, for several years. But when she is at a club with her friend Brooklyn, she hears a language never spoken before and almost gets caught.

Then we learn that the Queen of Ludania is dieing. But she has magical powers that let her transfer here Essence from her body to a female heir. The problem is she has no female heirs and is on the look out for the last surviving family from the time when all royalty was killed. She has sent her grandson Max out to look for the girl. Max stumbles upon Charlie at a club and has the feeling that there is something special about her and vows to protect her.

All this happens as Ludania is about to erupt into war. Rival monarchies and rebels are tired of the Queens rule. Xander is the leader of the rebels. After a chance meeting with Charlie, he has thinks that he has found the key to getting the Queen off the throne.

I really liked this book. I hate to say it, but I liked Charlie’s friend Aron better than Max or Xander. I will admit that I might have been a little slow in the beginning but the ending came with a bang. After reading this, I’m really excited to read The Body Finder series.

I received this book for free from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab in exchange for an honest opinion.

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Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke & Mirrors by Rue Volley

Did Not Finish

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Book two in the Blood & Light Vampire series takes Rue, our teenage vampire, even deeper into the rabbit hole that has become her life. This book introduces a deeper look into the vampire city of “Valon” that all vampires derive from…taking a darker turn as you are invited into their world and their lack of compassion for the human race, and even in some cases, a total disregard for their own kind. As the story twists and turns you are also introduced to two new vampires, that of a sister/brother team by the names of “Jonah & Lily” who run a traveling carnival, luring unsuspecting humans into their lair, not only to seduce….but to feed upon. Rue faces many dangers in this addition, not only from her own kind…but this new vampire breed…that of the rogues, who serve no one but themselves and their own desires. Rue also struggles with her want to be “normal” as she comes to terms with the fact that she is indeed a vampire of great importance, and as she navigates her way through this she is also coming to realize that Joshua Barrington has seduced her and perhaps stolen her heart. Please join us as you find yourself sucked deeper into an epic story in the life of one girl, who although she has good intention, may indeed be her own worst enemy. Book two is more graphic in nature…with language, sexual situations and violence. Sure to make you laugh, cry…and realize that sometimes you find yourself standing at the corner of WTF and OMG.

We start with Rue not knowing anything about herself, except what she has been told by Jonathan. But she has flashes of memory that cause blinding pain. In one moment she overcomes the binding placed on her and escapes back to her friends and brother just to learn that Jonathan was actually Caine in disguise.

When Rue gets home, she learns that Jonathan has been trapped in a memory and goes to rescue him. Through difference circumstances, she finally admits that she has feelings for Joshua. Rue then has a break down and doesn’t want to be the thing of legend and runs away. Joshua goes with to keep her safe and they run into rogue vampires Jonah and Lily. They travel with a circus and prey upon humans at will caring only for themselves.

I admit that I could not finish this book. I got about 140 pages in and had to stop. The story does have potential and I did want to find out what happens next after I read Blood and Light. I could not continue because I lost my patience with Rue. I was getting tired of reading how she wanted to jump Joshua but hated him. I also was irritated with her running away and temper tantrums.

I see a lot of people really liked this book and I’m sorry to be the one grumpy person. I will gave it a neutral rating (3 stars) for those sites that need a ranking because I can’t say it is horrible when I couldn’t finish it. If you like a lot of teenage angst with some vampires thrown in you will probably like this book.

I received this book for free from Roxanne at Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Resonance

Resonance by AJ Scudiere

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A catastrophic polar shift threatens the survival of humanity, and two scientists must convince the world the shift is happening-and figure out a way to stop it.

Something strange is going on in the world. First we meet David Carter, a geologist. He is at a dig but he is more interested in the local rocks than dinosaur bones. About 65 million years ago, it seems that the Earth’s magnetic field switched. He is looking for is proof of that event.

Jordan Abellard and Jillian Brookwood have just started working with the CDC. Their mentor is a grouchy old man that made it clear that they are basically going to be diagnosing minor illnesses. After Jordan’s brother passes away, Jordan goes on the mission to figure out what happened. That leads them to a strange death in Florida and another small town where people are getting really sick and dieing for no valid reason.

Becky Sorenson discovers mutated frogs by her parent’s house. She starts researching them when she is sent off to look into a strange bird migration.  Although she is initially threatened with loosing her tenure and her frogs, it is later decided that she would be the best person to figure out what is going on with the frogs and birds.

I had a hard time getting into the book for the first 100 or so pages. After that the book just flowed. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next and thought the ending was a good twist. I admit that I am really curious about the possibilities from the results of the pole switch. I would like to have learned more about what exactly was making the people ill.

Over all this was a good first book. I admit that I started reading God’s Eye and can’t wait to find out what happens. I think most people will like this story. It’s a great new idea that has lots of possibilities.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Well, here is my first giveaway Hop. I’m so excited!!! I’m sorry that I’m late getting this posted.

I have almost finished reading AJ Scudiere’s Resonance. This is a great book, I should have the review posted shortly. I want to share this book with everyone so I will be giving my copy away.

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A catastrophic polar shift threatens the survival of humanity, and two scientists must convince the world the shift is happening-and figure out a way to stop it.

When I think of all the wonderful things in my life, I’m glad that I have the ability to read and the access to all the books I could ever read. I love meeting all the people that have blogs and especially the authors. Thank you for keeping me informed of up coming books, introducing me to authors that I have never heard of, and to the authors for thinking all these wonderful new books that I cannot wait to get my hands on.

To be entered, please leave a comment telling me what you are thankful for regarding books and a way to contact you. Followers are appreciated but not required.

This giveaway is being hosted by Grace Fonseca at Livre De Amour. Check out her page for the full list of participants in the Hop.

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