Ringer by Lauren Oliver.

Title – Ringer
Series – Replica #2
Author – Lauren James
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 528 pages
Publication Date – October 10th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN – 9781473615052
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are struggling to fit in. Lyra was infected with a horrible disease and her symptoms are getting worse. One day Caelum leaves with no warning and Lyra follows, hoping to find a cure. Instead they discover a shocking connection to the Haven Institute.

Gemma just wants to go back to life before she uncovered her father’s secret. But he has other ideas – ones that include the replicas. Gemma and her boyfriend Pete try to stop him but soon find out they’re not safe either. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed and now Gemma is the one locked up. DdwUN5oV4AASuti

I received a copy of Ringer from Hachette New Zealand to review. This is the conclusion to Replica. I read Ringer the same way I read Replica – in alternating chapters. But they can also be read one POV at a time. Even though Gemma and Lyra’s stories are different they are also connected.

I thought Ringer was a great conclusion to Replica. There was so much going on for both Gemma and Lyra. It was action packed on both sides. Although sometimes I felt like there was more going on for Gemma. But looking back I think Lyra went through a lot too. While she was also struggling with an illness too.

I really liked both Gemma and Lyra. Caelum has annoyed me in both books but I guess I can understand why he did some of the things he did and I do get why he had trouble trusting other people. But I still found him annoying. I loved that even though it was Gemma’s father involved in the Haven Institute she was still willing to do everything she could to stop him and help the replicas. Not that it always worked out for her.

I really liked how this book what set out too. I’ve never read a book that’s been set out like these were. I don’t even know if there are other books like this.

I enjoyed both Gemma and Lyra’s stories and all the mystery and suspense. I also think Ringer had a really good ending. I wasn’t expecting a happily ever after and so I wasn’t disappointed.

I would definitely recommend both Replica and Ringer to anyone who loves mystery, sci-fi (pretty sure clones come under sci-fi?) and some action and suspense.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

 

 

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October Book Haul.

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I didn’t post a book haul last month. I was in a reading and blogging slump and just couldn’t be bothered. But I am slowly getting back into things.

I’m just going to just right in. The first book I received last month was from Hachette 1New Zealand. Ringer is the sequel and conclusion to Replica. I haven’t read it yet but I can’t wait to pick it up. I loved Replica so I am looking forward to finding out how this story ends. I just need to figure out which chapter I read first…

When I read Replica I read a chapter of Gemma and then flipped the book to read a chapter of Lyra. I think I’m going to do that again this time I just don’t know which one to read first, Gemma or Lyra? I guess I’ll figure it out soon. If you want to read my review on Replica you can click the link here.

The second book was sent to me from a friend. There was a huge-ish book sale here for imported US editions of books and I managed to get a few. My local store didn’t have The 2

Passion of Dolssa so Chelsea offered to get me a copy. I have heard good things about this so hopefully I’ll like it whenever I actually pick it up.

I can’t remember what this is about but I figured for $7 if I don’t like it I can just pass it on. The sale had a lot of hardbacks which are usually really expensive in New Zealand so there was no way I was going to miss a chance of getting cheap hardback books. I think I got seven? I can’t remember. But the one I was really excited about was the hardback edition of Illuminae. I loved both Illiminae and Gemina and really wanted the hardback editions. Now I just need to get Gemina in hardback. 3

The next book was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I loved The Martian by Andy Weir so when I heard Artemis was coming out I knew I had to read it. I haven’t picked it up yet but I’m hoping to get to it soon.

This is another sci-fi book. I can’t remember which planet it takes place on but I think it has something to do with a heist? But I’m not really sure. I just saw an Andy Weir book and wanted to read it. I didn’t really care what it was about. But I have heard that it’s good.

The next three books were sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. The first 4one, The Other Way Around, I can’t really remember what it’s about. I remember now why I do book hauls throughout the month, so I know what the book is about… The cover makes me think road trip but I could be completely wrong.

So I just looked the book up on Goodreads. This is the synopsis on there – “Andrew has seen a flash of his future from his unfulfilled parents. Based on what he’s seen, he’s uninspired. After a particularly disastrous Thanksgiving, Andrew accidentally runs away and joins the circus. Kind of.” So not exactly what I was thinking but whatever.

The second book is Of Jenny and the Aliens. I think this one has an alien invasion and a5 guy crushing on a girl. And for some reason he asks this alien for advice with Jenny… I guess there’s more going on but that’s all I remember from when I read the synopsis when the book arrived.

I love the cover of this book. Especially the alien – he’s cute! Well I don’t even know if the alien is a he or not but whatever it is it’s cute.

I don’t know when I’ll be picking this up. I’m really behind with my review books so I have a few others I need to read before I can pick this up but I’m hoping to get to it soon. And I’m hoping that my reading slump just buggers off already! 6

The third book I received from Walker Books Australia was On the Free. This one takes place at a camp (I think) and something happens, people die I think? I’m assuming there’s some kind of animal attack because under the dust jacket there’s claw marks. Like from a bear or a huge cat.

I also love this cover! I don’t really know why but I think it’s so pretty. I’m also really looking forward to reading this one. I think out of these three I might pick this one up first. It just keeps standing out to me.

So the next five books were sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand for me to review. The first one was a graphic novel of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. 7Northern Lights is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. I’ve actually read Northern Lights but not the next two books. So I thought this was a great way to get a fast re-fresher on the first book so that I can finally pick up The Subtle Knife.

Plus, I haven’t read a graphic novel in ages and I enjoyed Northern Lights so I wanted to see what the graphic novel is like. I’m actually planning to read this next.

The illustrations look really good too. I can’t wait to pick this one up. It will also help with my Goodreads challenge too.

The next book I received was Things a Bright Girl Can Do. I didn’t request this one but it8 does sound good. I think it takes place before or during the suffragette movement. I don’t know if the characters are based on real people or they’re just fiction. I haven’t looked into it at all.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set during this time so it will mostly likely be a first for me. I also have no idea when I’ll pick this one up but I will one day soon-ish. Hopefully.

If you’ve read this book let me know what you thought of it? Because I don’t really know a lot about it or anyone that’s read it… That I know of anyway.

The next book I received was Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond. This is about someone that’s 9expelled from school (I can’t remember why) but something happens and it might actually be the best thing that happened to him. If I’m remembering the synopsis right anyway. So, there’s like a 90% chance I’m completely wrong…

I thought this sounded kind of good when I first read the synopsis so I’m hoping I’ll like it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a James Patterson book before. This one is for YA, which I read more of than anything else but I don’t just read YA. I know people judge others for reading YA and I really don’t get it. There are some amazing books that are YA!

Anyway, the next book I received was This Mortal Coil and no, I can’t remember what 10this is about. I think it might be dystopian but I’m not 100%. I haven’t read a dystopian book in so long so if it is I cannot wait to read it. I do remember hearing good things about this ages ago though.

You can’t see in this photo but the edges of the book have the DNA (I’m not really into science so I’m just guessing) thing down it. It looks really cool though. I’ll try to get a photo of it for my review. Whenever I post that because I haven’t even read the book yet. I’m hoping to get to it this month but who knows if that will happen. I only read three books last month and I haven’t touched my current read in days… Seriously guys, how do I get out of a reading slump??12

Okay, so the last book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It also came with some kind of bracelet and a notebook.

I’ve only read three of John’s books – The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. I loved TFIOS but the other two were just meh. I have three more of his books but haven’t picked them up. I hope I like TATWD more than I liked Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. I didn’t hate them but they weren’t the best books I’ve ever read. TFIOS though was so good. I think I’ve read it three times? Anyway, I’m also hoping to read TATWD this month too. DMi97oKVAAADqwZ

I got the October Owlcrate which was “Find me in the Forest.” I have shared my unboxing on my Instagram. If you want to see it you can click the link. I loved this box and I especially love the Harry Potter mug!

I don’t know how many Owlcrate boxes I’ll be getting because it’s not exactly cheap for me with the exchange rate and international shipping but I am so glad I got this box just for the mug. I haven’t read the book yet. I don’t know when I’ll get to it. Maybe over the Christmas break? Who knows. November’s Owlcrate sounds good too. Somethings about castles and kingdoms. 13

 

The next two books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first one, Mirror, Mirror, sounds really good. Something about friends, lovers and betrayals.

I read the synopsis for this one months ago, way before the book was released so there’s no way I remember what the book is actually about. I haven’t made a TBR for November because I just don’t see a point with this stupid slump but if I can get to Mirror, Mirror this month then I definitely will.

I also received a copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper to review. I got a copy of Hunting Prince Dracula last month and cannot wait to read Stalking Jack the Ripper. I didn’t know until14 last night that it was about someone being in love with Jack the Ripper but okay. Sounds interesting…

I have heard really good things about this book though so I can’t wait to read it. I was planning on joining a read-along for it but then our stray cat had kittens and I just didn’t get a chance to pick it up. But I’m hoping to get to this one soon.

This is also another beautiful cover! I love the colours and the buildings at the bottom. Anyway, if this reading slump would just f off already I could actually finish Godsgrave and pick up another book. 15

I won a giveaway on Twitter for an ARC of The Last Namsara from Date a Book Australia. I also haven’t read this but it’s another book I can’t wait to read. I think this one is about hunting down and killing dragons (why????) and something to do with stories. I guess I’ll find out when I read the book but I’m not really in a rush because it’s not a review book.

I love dragons so I’m not sure I’ll enjoy the hunting them down and killing them part but whatever. It has dragons in it and I am looking forward to reading it. 16

I received a copy of Nexus from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. This is the last book in the Zeroes trilogy. I’ve read the first two books and I’ve actually enjoyed them more than I thought I would. You can click the links for my reviews of Zeroes and Swarm.

I am really looking forward to seeing how this trilogy ends. Some of the characters in the first two books really annoyed me. Well one that I can remember off the top of my head. But there was a great cliffhanger at the end of Swarm and I actually remember it for a change! If I had a TBR for November this would definitely be on it. 18

The next two books were sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia. These were both surprise book mail. I had no idea they were being sent. But I love surprise book mail. Anyway, the first book I have already read and reviewed. Not this edition. I got a different edition from Allen and Unwin New Zealand I can’t even remember when. But if you want to read my review of The Song from Somewhere Else you can click the link here.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with this copy but I love the cover of the paperback edition. 17

The other book Bloomsbury Australia sent me was The Start of Me and You. I have read two other books by Emery Lord and I think my favourite was The Names They Gave Us. I had heard of this one before but hadn’t gotten around to picking up a copy. But I’m glad I didn’t.

This book sounds kind of sad. Or like it could be sad. But it takes a lot to actually make me cry so we’ll see. I don’t know when I’ll be picking this one up. Probably when I’m in the mood for a contemporary so it might be a while. I so want to get over this slump soon. If you have advice please leave me a comment!19

The last two books I received in October were from Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The Nearest Far Away Place sounds like it could also be a sad read. It follows two brothers after the loss of their parents in a car crash. They go to live with relatives and that’s all I can remember. It says on the back it’s about brothers, loss and something else.

I can’t remember why I wanted to read this but I did because I remember requesting it. This isn’t a very long book so I’m hoping to pick this up soon too.20

The last book I received was The Red Ribbon. Again, I can’t remember why I wanted to read this but I know I requested it the same time as The Nearest Far Away Place so I must have thought it would be something I’d like.

Well it says on the cover something about a dress being the difference between life and death so that seems different. Guess I’ll find out when I pick the book up though.

Anyway, that’s my October book haul. What books did you get last month??

– Aimee.

October Wrap Up & November TBR.

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Time for my monthly wrap up and TBR. I think I’m finally out of my slump. I haven’t read as much as I did earlier in the year but I have been busier. And it’ll only get worse as the holidays get closer. Anyway, onto my October wrap up.

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Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – ★★★
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti – ★★★
Run by Kody Keplinger – ★★★
American Monsters by Derek Landy – ★★★
The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – ★★★
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine – ★★★★
Replica by Lauren Oliver – ★★★★
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – ★★★★
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★

My favourite book of October was definitely Gemina. I cannot wait for the next book!!

Now for my November TBR. I’m not sure how much I’ll get to read but these are all at the top of my TBR.

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I forgot to put This Savage Song in this photo but I was almost finished it when I put my TBR together so I didn’t think it counted.

I’m currently reading Holding up the Universe and will definitely be finishing it today. It’s such a good book and I love Libby and Jack.

What’s on your November TBR?

Aimee.

Review: Replica by Lauren Oliver.

Title – Replica
Series – Replica #1
Author – Lauren Oliver
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 520 pages
Publication Date – October 11th 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN – 9781473614963
My Rating – ★★★★

Lyra lives at the Haven Institute, a building located on a private island off the coast of Florida. From a distance Haven looks beautiful but up close the fence, guns and bio-hazard suits tell a different story. Haven is actually a top-secret research facility that creates replicas, or clones, and they’re raised and observed. When someone attacks Haven two of its subjects, Lyra (also known as 24) and a boy known as 72 escape.

Gemma was constantly in and out of hospital as a child. After almost being abducted by a stranger who claims to know her, Gemma starts to look into her family’s past and discovers her father’s connection to the Haven Institute. Desperate for answers, she runs to Florida where she comes across two replicas and even more questions.

I received a copy of Replica from Hachette New Zealand to review. I think this is the first book in a duology.

Replica can be read three ways, Lyra then Gemma, Gemma then Lyra or alternative chapters. I decided to read this in alternative chapters starting with Lyra and then Gemma.cvktontueaereat I found out that Gemma had one more chapter than Lyra so if you wanted to read Replica the same way I did maybe start with Gemma? I don’t think it makes much difference though.. But I don’t think I could have read this the other ways, Lyra then Gemma or the other way around, because of how much their stories mirror each other I feel like I would have gotten bored. I’m glad I read Replica the way I did because when something was revealed in one story that affected the other I didn’t have long to see the reaction. I would recommend reading Replica in alternative chapters but it’s really up to you.

Like I said, there are parts of Gemma and Lyra’s stories that mirror each other but it’s obviously not exactly the same because they both experience the situations differently. And they both discover things that are important to the other girl’s story. Some things were obvious to me from the start, especially with Gemma (because I read Lyra first I think that’s why I clicked so fast). But there were other things I didn’t see coming and were really good twists to the story.

I liked both Gemma and Lyra. Obviously, because Lyra was raised at the Haven Institute she doesn’t have the same knowledge of what life is like off the island so there are some things she doesn’t understand but she’s not stupid. 72 was really frustrating to me. I do understand why he’d be prejudiced against “people” (the replicas were always told they weren’t people/human because they were made) because of how he was treated by the staff at Haven so he wouldn’t know any different. Lyra on the other hand had seen that not all the “people” were the same and some of them were even nice. Which is why Lyra has a name and not just a number. It was really sad to see how they were treated and how the staff had convinced them that they weren’t really people.

I really enjoyed Replica and all its twists and I can’t wait to read the sequel, Helix, when it comes out. If it’s set up the same as Replica then I’ll definitely be reading it the same way. I could not put this book down it was that good!

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

If you’ve read Replica let me know how you read it and if you liked it.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [October 26th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –  cvpugzmusaaucxo
Okay so I only started A Torch Against the Night this morning and I’m not that far in, a couple of chapters really, but I am so excited to finally read it!

I loved An Ember in the Ashes when I read it last year. I know I should have re-read it before I started this but I just don’t have the time right now for re-reads. I’m grateful that a friend on Twitter was able to sum it up for me or I’d be going into this kind of blind.

If you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes you’re definitely missing out and need to pick up a copy!cve02xivmaak6uf

Recently Finished –
I finished Gemina yesterday and LOVED it! Gemina is the sequel to Illuminae and it’s another book I loved last year. I couldn’t put either of these books down while I was reading them. They’re so different from what I normally read and really addictive.

I’ll be reviewing this soon but I wanted to give people a chance to read it before I put a review up.

If you haven’t read Illuminae yet then I highly recommend you do! It was one of my favourite books of 2015 and Gemina will be on my favourite list for 2016. I cannot wait to read the next book. cvktontueaereat

I really liked Replica. I read this in alternative chapters, one of Lyra and then one of Gemma. I think, for me, this was the best way to read Replica because both stories mirror each other in places but also reveal things that relate to the other story. I think if I had read Lyra first and then Gemma (or the other way around) I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much because it would feel like I’d read the story before.. At least in some places.

Anyway, I’ll be reviewing this soon. I am really looking forward to reading the next book. I think this is a duology but I’m not 100% sure on that. cuxm-3cuiaacfph

I finished Paper and Fire last week and really enjoyed this too. Looks like I’ve finally had a great week of reading!

I don’t know how many books will be in this series, or if it’s going to be a trilogy, but the first two books have had me hooked from the start. The story is just so gripping and horrible at the same time. I mean, the things some of the people that work for the Library are willing to do to control the world of books and knowledge is crazy.

I feel like I’m repeating myself in this post, which I am, but I highly recommend Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire if you haven’t read them yet. 5

Reading Next –
I think it’s time for a graphic novel. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels but when I heard about this Snow White retelling I definitely wanted to read it. Plus, it’s not like they take long to read.

I love fairytale retellings even though I haven’t read the original stories yet.

Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [October 19th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – cuxm-3cuiaacfph
I’m really close to finishing Paper and Fire finally. It’s taken me longer than I thought it would to read but that’s probably because I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately.

I thought I’d have to re-read Ink and Bone before I could start this but I think I’ve remembered most things. If I’ve forgotten anything it’s obviously not important.

I have loved both books in this series so far (I think it’s a series..) and I hope I continue to love them. I don’t know how this will end but I’m really excited to find out.

If you haven’t read Ink and Bone then you should definitely find a copy!cumusg7ueaem-0n

Recently Finished –
The Bronze Key is the third book in the Magisterium series. I’m so glad I decided to keep reading these books. At first I thought they were cheesy and predictable, too much like Harry Potter, but they are getting much better now. This one even took me by surprise a couple of times, which is always a good thing.

I’ll be reviewing this soon so I don’t really want to say too much about it here. I will say that I really liked The Bronze Key and the ending has me wanting the next book in the series as soon as possible. Well, there were two things that the end of the book but you’ll have to read it to find out. cuxakvoueaapojj

American Monsters is the last book in the Demon Road Trilogy. I think I’ve said that these books are kind of predictable and cheesy at times but I still liked them. I don’t even know why. But I did.

I still have to post my review of American Monsters so, again, I don’t want to say too much here because of that and in case I give away spoilers for the first two books.

I think fans of Supernatural may like these books. That’s the reason I picked up Demon Road, because it reminded me of Supernatural. But I’m sure fans of Derek’s will like them too. 5

Reading Next –
I’m so excited to read Replica! I’ve wanted to read this since I first heard about it.

If you don’t know Replica follows the stories of Lyra and Gemma. The stories do mirror each other in places but each story has revelations that link to the other. The book is split in two halves and you can read it any way you want. Lyra then Gemma, Gemma then Lyra or both at the same time. I’m going to be reading a chapter of Lyra and then flipping the book to read Gemma. This will be the first book where I’ll have to use two bookmarks.

What are you currently reading??

– Aimee.

September Wrap Up & October TBR.

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Okay, so my reading has slowed down again. I only read eight books in August. I think that’s the worst reading month I’ve had all year.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer – ★★★★/5
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – ★★★/5
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★/5
The Last Star by Rick Yancey – ★★★★/5
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★/5
Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle – ★★★★/5
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer – ★★★★/5
United as One by Pittacus Lore – ★★★★/5

Even though I didn’t read much in August I still read some pretty good books. Two of them were re-reads though.

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This month I’ve already read one book and I’m a little into the second, neither of them are on my TBR though.. I’ve read Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina and I’m currently reading Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.

What’s on your October TBR?

Aimee.