Bluescreen (Mirador #1)
by Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: February 16th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Action, Teen
Rate: 3 stars
Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.
Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.
Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.
This story was fascinating and frightening all together.
To think we could one day be plugged in to everything is pretty creepy.
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Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses; the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award.
Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of BLUESCREEN by Dan Wells (US Only)
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Retellings, Fiction, Romance,
Rate: 4 stars
The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of
the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep
school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only
complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous
detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s
inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly
hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as
he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between
them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.
Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight
from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the
prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police
to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that
nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.
Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a
trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.
I love Sherlock Holmes (Okay mainly I just love the movies the Robert Downey Jr. plays in) Still I really enjoy the mysteries, and the who dun it aspect of them.
I'm not sure how I thought I would feel about this book, but a few pages in and I knew I would LOVE it. (I loved it so much I recommended it to a co-worker who loves Sherlock Holmes, and I rarely talk to my co-workers about books.)
I loved Charlotte and Jamie's connection. Yes, it was a connection at first, but as time went on they grew into friends, and maybe more? (You'll have to check it out to see!)
I love to try and guess at who the murderer is, and it's safe to say I was wrong. I'm not a detective for sure.
Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She
is the author of the poetry collection Girl-King (University of Akron) and is the
recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in
literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she's a PhD candidate in English literature at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches creative writing, detective
fiction, and lots of other things. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, cat, and
collection of deerstalker caps. Find her at her website, brittanycavallaro.com, or on
BLOOD PASSAGE Dark Caravan Cycle #2 Author: Heather Demetrios Release Date: March 1, 2016 Publisher: Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins)
A jinni who's lost everything. A master with nothing to lose. A revolutionary with everything to gain. When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before. Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom. Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Passage Cycle.
I haven't read many Jinn books. I have a few on my shelf, but other than that nothing.
Going into this book I don't know what I was expecting. (I didn't read the first one. I feel bad, but I'm definitely going to read it now.)
I really enjoyed the different settings in the story. Sometimes just reading about places in the US gets dare I say boring, but then I read books set in Morocco, and it's fascinating to me. I love to learn about new places, exotic places.
I love the Nalia was this fierce female, and she cared about certain others in her life.
"I want you to myself before I have to share you."
Raif's closeness had struck a chord inside her, one that kept playing the same sweet note over and over and over."
"I might be a good guy, Nalia," He said. "But I never claimed to be well behaved."
"She wanted this dream to be her reality, to pretend the past didn't matter. To pretend she deserved her."
When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books atwww.heatherdemetrios.com and www.darkcaravancycle.com, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.