ARC Review: Dreamfire by Kit Alloway

ARC Review: Dreamfire by Kit Alloway

ARC Review: Dreamfire by Kit Alloway

Dreamfire

by Kit Alloway

Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication date: February 24th, 2015
by St. Martin's Griffin
Format: ARC

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Joshlyn Weaver has always lived with a big secret. Ordinary kids spend their free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and searching on the internet.  But for her, an evening at home usually means entering people's dreams.  For many generations, her family has been part of a very powerful and very secretive society of dream walkers. Tasked with the responsibility of lowering the world's general anxiety—which only leads to war and strife in the waking world—their job has always been to stop nightmares before they go too far.  By stopping nightmares while sleeping, they help to stop nightmares in real life. But when an ancient feud within the dream walker society resurfaces right when a seemingly unconnected series of very strange and very scary events start occurring during her dream walks, Josh finds herself in a race against time. The one true dream walker has never been known. Could she be the one?
I received this book for free from St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review.

When I first read the blurb for this book, all I could think of was how awesome it would be to read a book that was about a secret society of dream walkers and I have to say… I was definitely let down in that department. It isn’t so much about a secret society of dream walkers as it is about the characters and the development they undergo over the course of the book. What I am trying to say is that this book was not wanted it to be but it was still a great read. I mean I did stay up until 4:30 A.M. to finish it (I am cray).

Josh is a good female lead. I refrain from saying great just because she beat herself up too much over things. She’d beat herself over the smallest things and it bothered me. I can see why she would beat herself up but she always took stretched it. It seemed as though the fact that everyone had a tendency to let her off the hook made it so that she had to be harsher on herself. I understand that but at the same time, I didn’t like it.

That aside, Josh was likeable and it was easy to cheer for her considering everything she had gone through. I liked how determined she was but her best quality, at least in my opinion, was that she always apologized when she did something wrong. She would sometimes make decisions without taking into account the affect it had on other people but she ALWAYS apologized once she realized that that was wrong (and it didn’t take her long to realize that). It was an admirable quality and it made it easier to like her even though she could be a little shit at times.
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Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Season 2 Episode 4 – “I… like Murphy?”

Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Season 2 Episode 4 – “I… like Murphy?”

Recaps, Rants, Raves is a sporadic feature here at The Social Potato where we’ll share our thoughts of a TV show every Saturday! For now, we have the second season of The 100!

Disclaimer: Ahead are recaps, reactions, and rants about the CW show The 100. If you haven’t watched the episode or the series, and you plan to do so, it is advised not to proceed due to inevitable spoilers. Otherwise, enjoy!

Had a one week break before continuing with this show, but never fear, for I am here… wait, what? Sometimes I just spout nonsense, so don’t mind me here… move along now… the epicness of #The100 awaits!

The Episode in a Nutshell:

I simply love where this series is going, and I just can’t wait for more. Luckily for me, I have a lot more episode

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ARC Review for The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

ARC Review for The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

ARC Review for The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater's Daughter

by Melinda Salisbury

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication date: February 24th, 2014
by Scholastic
Format: ARC

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Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
I received this book for free from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review.

This book though. It is so deliciously intense and I cannot help but want to jump up and down with equal parts excitement and fear. There is so much I want to say about this book but so much I cannot say without spoiling certain things.

For starters though, I would like to commend Melinda on her geniusness. Seriously. She is super clever and I just want to, I don’t know, do something to let her know how much I appreciate her cleverness. The sad thing is that after everything I have been put through in this book, and believe me, this book will DRAIN you, I am kind of scared of the sequel.

Let’s not talk about the sequel though, let’s talk about this book and why I think it’s the best thing ever and why I kind of want to shove it in everyone’s faces and tell them to READ THE DAMN BOOK!

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Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

by Michelle Hodkin

Genres: Drama, Mystery, Paranormal, Psychological, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication date: September 27, 2011
by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Paperback

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Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

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I have been putting of reading this book for years. Claims that this book’s similar to Hush, Hush was the main reason why I was dreading this novel. My ratings for both books are similar, but I can’t exactly say that they’re similar.

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Potato Awards 2014 + GIVEAWAY!

Potato Awards 2014 + GIVEAWAY!

Potato Awards

Hear ye, hear ye! The Potato Awards of 2014 is now upon us! We started doing this last year and it was a major success, and we’ve decided to have another showdown of books this year again. I know it’s already almost a month past, but better late than never, right? And besides, there is a giveaway involved as well! Read on our entries and join the giveaway at the end to get a chance to win ONE of any books highlighted here!

Are you ready to explode your TBR?!
RISE THE CURTAINS TO GIVE WAY TO OUR FIRST CATEGORY!

(Warning: GRAPHICS HEAVY!)
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[Blog Tour] ARC Review: Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson

[Blog Tour] ARC Review: Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson

[Blog Tour] ARC Review: Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson

Cut Me Free

by J.R. Johannson

Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication date: January 27th, 2015
by Farrar Straux and Giroux
Format: eARC

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Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn't as lucky. Now she's trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she'd have to experience alone. She's hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But while she can erase her former identity, she can’t rid herself of the memories. And her troubled history won’t let her ignore the little girl she sees one day in the park. The girl with the bruises and burn marks.

That’s when Charlotte begins to receive the messages. Threatening notes left in her apartment--without a trace of entry. And they’re addressed to Piper, her old name. As the messages grow in frequency, she doesn’t just need to uncover who is leaving them; she needs to stop whoever it is before anyone else she loves ends up dead.

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Cut Me Free was quite honestly not what I expected it to be. I went into the book looking for something more along the lines of mind fuck and got something different.  But it was a good different. This book may not have been what I wanted it to be but what it was was something that was enjoyable. I do use that term loosely though because this is a book that deals with serious issues such as abuse and human trafficking.

When I first started this book, I felt as though some of the details were unrealistic but my discomfort with some of the descriptions were made up by the (mostly) great characters and Johansson’s story telling skills.

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Random Things in Motion #11: Bob’s Burgers

Random Things in Motion #11: Bob’s Burgers

A couple weeks ago, I discovered a TV show, a TV show that took over my life, a TV show for which I binge watched entire seasons within the span of one and a half week. Bob’s Burgers is the best thing in the entire universe and I will stand by that for the purpose of this special feature of RTiM. Sadly though, I am not going to actually talk about the entire TV show but will instead talk about my favorite characters, or to be more accurate, one of my favorite characters. Tina is my spirit animal and so this post is pretty much about why she is fabulous.

When I first started this TV show, I was so worried for her. She is such a socially awkward person and shy and I was worried that she would become the butt of every joke and be a portrayed as a complete loser. I was worried because that is kind of what happens to characters like her in TV shows.

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ARC Review: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers

ARC Review: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers

ARC Review: Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers

Inherit Midnight

by Kate Kae Myers

Genres: Adventure, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication date: February 10th, 2015
by Bloomsbury
Format: eARC

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The Competition:

Outlandishly wealthy Grandmother VanDemere has decided to leave her vast fortune to the family member who proves him or herself worthiest-by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe, from the mines of Venezuela to the castles of Scotland. There will be eight competitors, three continents . . . and a prize worth millions.

The Players:

Seventeen-year-old Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere clan, the ostracized illegitimate daughter. Finally, she has a chance to prove herself . . . and to discover the truth about her long-lost mother.

Marshall might be Avery's uncle, but there's no love lost between the two of them. He's her main competition, and he'll do anything to win-including betray his own children.

Riley is the handsome son of Grandmother VanDemere's lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery falls hard for Riley. Suddenly, losing the game might mean losing him, too.

As the competition takes treacherous turns, it becomes clear there can only be one victor. Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Inherit Midnight is not particularly special. What it is is a whole lot of fucking fun. It was so much fucking fun that even though there were SO many little details that bothered me, I kind of forgot about them. Kate knows what she is doing when it comes to getting her readers realllly excited. It’s the first time in a while where instead of reading surrounded by people,  I chose the sanctuary of my own room and didn’t leave for a good 3 hours once I had finally settled in. Even those three hours flew by. The only reason I wanted this book to end was because it was too late in the night and I had class in the morning (stupid classes, taking away my reading time).

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ARC Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

ARC Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

ARC Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son

by Pierce Brown

Genres: Action, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication date: January 6, 2015
by Del Rey
Format: eARC

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As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.

A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution—and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people.

He must live for more.
I received this book for free from Del Rey in exchange for an honest review.

If you’ve come here upon the assumption that I am able to talk about my feelings for this book coherently, I am sorry to say but your expectations have been for naught. How can I be coherent when this book turned my life upside down? While reading this book from start to finish, I have shamelessly done the following:

1.) Roll on the bed over and over, with eyes cracked open, fearing for the well-being of my precious Darrow;
2.) Howl like a hyena at Darrow’s glorious moments;
3.) Bang my head on the wall to relieve some of the stress this book has given me,BECAUSE OMG OMG OMG DARROW OMG OMG OMG MUSTANG OMG OMG OMG SEVRO LORN AND EVERYONE ELSE OMG OMG OMG!!!
4.) Rinse and repeat

I regret nothing.

I regret nothing.

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