Heir Ascendant by Matthew S.Cox

Heir Ascendant by Matthew S.Cox
Release date: October, 2017
Pages: 300
Source: Received from Curiosity Quills Press

My feelings: 

Description:
Maya Oman is the daughter of the woman who controls what's left of civilization, the CEO of Ascendant Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Her smile is as ubiquitous as air, selling everything from vital medicine to vanity drugs with risky side effects. Lifelike android clones reside in over a dozen homes, shielding her from the violent resentment of a population straining under her mother's boot heel.
Ascendant's power comes from Xenodril, a drug capable of reversing the effects of Fade, a disease some claim came from aliens or from the governments that predate the war. Only Ascendant sells it, and at a price only Citizens can afford. The rest are left to die.

Maya's earliest memories are of living alone in a penthouse apartment, desperate for the attention of a mother who never visits. Forbidden to go out except to record advertising video, her only friend has been the 'net. When she is taken for ransom by a group of mercenaries with nothing left to lose, she discovers her life may not be what she thought it was--or wants

My Review:
Usually I read books in one to three days, but it took me two weeks to finish Heir Ascendant. Two freaking weeks! Not because it was bad, but because I had a hard time getting into it.

Maya is a very smart nine year old who gets kidnapped. Maya is very strong, knows a lot of information about her mothers company and the society she's living in. She's also very determined to find her mother.  I liked Maya, but why oh why did the author made the main character nine years old? She was way too smart for a nine year old and that made the story quite unbelievable. So, to read further I made her older in my mind. I just couldn't picture a nine year old doing all the things Maya did in the story.

The plot was interesting. It did take me a few tries to really get into, but when I finally did it was good. There was a lot going on, but the 'adventure' Maya is undertaking to find her mother was very entertaining to read. I wanted someone to hug her and say that everything was going to be alright and I was super happy that some characters on her journey weren't all evil.

Heir Ascendant was entertaining to read and it made me want to add more books in this genre to my want to read list. That's always a good thing.
If you need a nice adventure story set in a dystopian world, you should read Heir Ascendant.

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Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017.

The Broke and the Bookish created this weekly feature where bloggers/readers can post their top ten list. 


This year I haven't read a lot of books, but I did read some books that stood out for me. So I'm going to do a little twist to this topic. I'm going to show you ten books I love, some of them were read in 2017 and some in previous years. 

Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner
From What I Remember by Stacey Kramer & Valerie Thomas

Do I really need to explain why I love both of these books? If you've been checking out different posts on this blog, you already know my love for these books.

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

When I started to read more contemporary stories, these two were the first ones to be read by me & I absolutly adored them. I think with these books my love for contemporary started.

Fated by Alyson Noel
The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna

The Devouring by Simon Holt
Strange Angels by Lili St.Crow

Strange Angels is one of my favourite paranormal series and when I think of my favourite scary read I always mention The Devouring, so good.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

After reading Throne of Glass I immediately bought the other four books on Kindle and binge read them. Another one of my favourite series. I really enjoyed reading them. Arcana Chronicles is another five star series for me!

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Hidden by Sophie Jordan

Hidden by Sophie Jordan 
Release date: September, 2011
Pages: 260
Source: Borrowed

My feelings:


Description:
Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.
The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....



My Review:
A long, long time ago I really enjoyed reading Firelight and Vanish, so when I saw Hidden on the bookshelves in my new favourite place, the library, I had to borrow it. 

Jacinda is more confident than in the first two books, she is also love smitten and knows what she wants. I still like Jacinda, but how could she think about kissing and holding hands with Will while being on the run? There are people after you that want to kill you, but Jacinda is only thinking about Will. What the heck? No! 

Near the end the action kicked in and it was fast-paced. Now, THAT I liked! 

Hidden was a nice end to the trilogy. It wasn't mindblowing, crazy epic,  need to talk about it with everyone (including people who haven't started the series), just a nice end.

The Firelight series:
Firelight
Vanish
Hidden

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Echo by Alyson Noel

Echo by Alyson Noel
Release date: November, 2012
Pages: 396
Source: Borrowed

My feelings: 


Description:
There's still so much Daire Santos has to learn about being the last Soul Seeker….and about herself. As her magical training becomes more intense, so does her relationship with Dace. But when she learns that his connection to the evil Richter family goes far deeper than she ever imagined, she begins to question if love really can conquer all.
Dace is painfully aware that he wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the Richters' dark magic—and now his brother Cade is determined to use his love for Daire against him. Dace is willing to sacrifice anything to protect the girl he loves —including his own life. But will Daire allow it? And what if defeating Cade costs not only his life, but his soul too?

My Review:
In my review for Fated I said that I would tell you if I found my new favourite series and I think I have. Echo started out just as fantastic as Fated and then the ending came and it blew my mind! It was MIND BLOWING EPIC!

Daire is still learning about her gifts and powers. I still love reading about how she is learning to deal with her powers and how to control them. I do have to mention Daire is a very first learner, she gets everything right the first time. Sometimes a bit unbelievable.

Echo is written in dual character point of view and I loved it. We get to know not only Dace much better, but also his mother. 

The plot is very intense and when the action kicks in, it kicks in so well! The ending is a cliffhanger that makes you want to run to the nearest bookstore and get the third book. I'm super excited to tell you that my library had book three aswell, so I will start reading it very, very soon!

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Goodbye NOVEMBER & Hello to DECEMBER 2017

Goodbye NOVEMBER 2017:

Books read this month:

Fated by Alyson Noel 5/5
My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros 4/5
The Dreamhouse by Nicole Thorn 4/5
Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin 4/5
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira 2/5
45 pounds by K.A. Barson 4/5

Currently reading:
Heir Ascendant by Matthew S.Cox (55% in and so far, so good. 
Echo by Alyson Noel (Will finish it tonight!)

My thoughts for NOVEMBER: 
November has gone by too quickly. I really thought I didn't had much time to
read, but my trainrides to and from work were mostly spend reading. So yay for
trainrides! 

This month I read six books, which is amazing! My favourite book of the month is Fated by Alyson Noel. I loved the characters, the plot was interesting and solid and the descriptions were beautiful. 

Almost every teacher had the flu or had the cold, including me! Last week I lost my voice, but I still went to work and almost couldn't talk. Fun! My voice is getting better, thank you honey and tea. Always works for me. That and rest.

Hello DECEMBER 2017

Books to read this month:
Saturday I'm going to the library and I'm just going to browse and pick some 
books up that I really want to read in December.
I do have these on the shelves that I still need to read:
Wake by Amanda Hocking
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella


My thoughts for DECEMBER: 
Next week, 5 december, we're going to celebrate Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas). It's going to be a hectic week. My students have to buy eachother presents and write a poem. I'm looking forward to their poems. I hope they create something beautiful. 

Then when that's over, we need to decorate our classroom for Christmas. I do look forward to Sinterklaas, Christmas and just some vacationdays! Yes! 

Did you have a great reading month? 

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