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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

6727322Incarceron is a futuristic prison, a living building where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world… A young prisoner, Finn, has visions of an earlier life, and can’t believe he has always been there. Claudia, the Warden’s daughter, finds a crystal key, through which she can talk to Finn and he her… and with that a plan of escape is born…

read soon splatterHahaha this is one I have been wanting to read for a while… I included it on my TBR for 2018 and again on my TBR for March… I will receive it any day and IT WILL BE READ by the end of the month!!

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UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

13545075Book #2 in Shusterman’s Unwind Dystology series, Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, he searches for identity and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

keep splatterA retelling of Frankenstein set in the Unwind world… it sounds fascinating as I’m totally sure its not possible… Still I am curious what the bounty hunter has to do with everything and Shusterman typical holds my interest…

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

10576365When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and others emerged with frightening abilities they could not control. Now 16, Ruby is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her…

keep splatterI LOVE reading books that are adapted to scripts… And almost EVERYONE seems to adore this book… it even has a 4th book coming out this year. That is a lot going for it… I’ve seen it around a ton…

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The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

6949153Book #1 of the CHERUB series… these agents are highly trained, extremely talented–and all under the age of 17. James is the latest CHERUB recruit. He’s a bit of a troublemaker, but he’s also brilliant. And CHERUB needs him. Before he can start in the field he must first survive 100 grueling days of basic training, where even the toughest recruits don’t make it…

skip splatterI had been jonezing to read this series for years having run across it in the library often… And looking at the reviews I’m just not feeling it now. I probably dodged a bullet here so I’m just going to count my blessings and move on…

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

13514612Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self… Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

keep splatterI’m not the biggest fan of time travel but it can be a great premise and everyone seems to adore this one… And a STAND ALONE sci-fi, time travel?! That is super rare… I really should give this a go…

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Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

6053265Furnace Penitentiary: a prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, Alex has 2 choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars. Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But uncovers the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose…

skip splatterReviews are pretty split… either they loved it and were scared stiff or hated it and thought it had no plot… My gut says to skip it… in fact I’ve requested a book quite similar to it that comes out this year…!

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The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

15997095Riley, a teen apprentice living in Victorian London, is urged to commit his first killing. He’s saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI’s Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick, his boss. Now with a new modern day partner he must hunt down his warped old boss…

skip splatterThis doesn’t quite have the ratings of these other books but it’s Eoin Colfer, of Artemis Fowl fame. To be honest I find his language heavy which is why I never finished AF! So with reviews of more heavy language I’m going to have to pass…

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Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

10677277The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes. There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. People who get arrested usually don’t come back. Living with her rebellious single mother, 17 year old Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, and her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow… until her mother is arrested by Chase, the only boy Ember has ever loved.

skip splatterThis is the oldest dystopian on my TBR, that like Incarceron, I have been wanting to read for years. Reading the reviews (one in particular was the nail in the coffin) this is pretty typical romance fare set in a dystopian world… honestly I think I can safely pass, finally…

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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

7719245Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through supernatural glamours. She may also be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy… So much for normal.

skip splatterTo drop one of the rare YA fae books I’ve seen seems stupid to me, especially as everyone seems to like Evie… but when I checked out the last book it seems it all fell to… well you get me. My gut it saying kick it, so unless anyone has some raves about it I think I’m out…

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

17347389Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

someday splatterMaggie is a creative author who I can never seem to LOVE like other readers… I want to give this second book a go and try to fall for Ronan, Gansey and Adam like everyone else!! I just wish they didn’t read like 30 year olds…

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

12813630One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

keep splatterI have a love hate relationship with Holly Black… I recently heard someone I trust RAVE about it… so I kind of want to give it a go… If I dislike this one though I think I’ll just skip Holly Black books… we may just not click…

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Do you try to read books you missed that were popular when they came out a few years earlier?

So slashing half of such highly rated books is not bad, it could have been way worse! All (but 1) of these have a minimum 20,000 ratings and 2,000 reviews… When a book has gathered that many opinions it sometimes makes it mush easier to decide if I will love it or not… YOU TELL ME THOUGH… Is there more I should cut? Or one I should keep?! Please weigh in…

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37 thoughts on “Keep or Skip? YA High Rating Numbers”

  1. hehehe I couldn’t help but laugh at your Raven Boys reading like 30 year olds comment- cos it’s kinda true- really didn’t notice that! I did prefer book 2, hope you will too 🙂 And definitely give Coldest Girl in Cold Town a go 😀

  2. I haven’t read the Darkest Minds series either but I’m hoping to give it a shot someday in the future. I’ve read Paranormalcy a long time ago and I really loved it but I haven’t finished the rest of the series.

  3. I can’t comment on most of these as I haven’t read them BUT I did really enjoy Unwholly by Shusterman and the rest of that series. I read Unwind AGES ago when it first came out, then forgot about the series because the rest weren’t published for a long time. So when the rest picked back up, I ended up listening to all of these on audiobook and they were really well done and fun. Highly recommend!

  4. The CHERUB series is one of my all-time favourite series, but it’s definitely cliched and cringey and Not Good™. I was just obsessed with spies as a kid and it let me live my dream of being a kid spy haha

  5. Lovely post, Dani! I will be looking forward to your thoughts on Our Darkest Minds, that book really is popular and… I haven’t read it at all haha, I’d be so curious to hear what you think of it though 🙂
    Also glad to see the “someday” next to The Dream Thieves, I know that series isn’t for everyone, personally the second book is my favorite, so I hope you’ll give it a shot someday 🙂 x

    1. oooh you are the second person to say the second book is their favorite… I may be selling the Raven Boys a little short. I do admit I have series-itis and have trouble moving onto the second book if the first didn’t wow me… So your recommendation is quite appreciated Marie!! ❤

  6. I am intrigued by your description of Eoin Colfer’s “heavy language”. I’m not sure what you mean by that. I do love the Artemis Fowl series. I also loved Half-Moon Investigations and Airman (both stand-alone books). So, apparently, I like “heavy language”!! 🙂

    However, I don’t think you’re missing too much by skipping his WARP series. (I’ve only read the first book and maybe the second? I can’t remember. I may try them again, but they didn’t stand out for me.)

    1. Thanks for commenting Maria Antonia!! YAY!! I love comments like this… Okay now let me answer the best I can… I use heavy language to me too much describing stuff… when an entire page of a book is ALL description then that is heavy to me because I feel buried under all the words when fewer could have worked as well. (like describing a market for a half of page when I know what a market is… just give us a couple lines as to how it is different!)

      Now I have read Artemis Fowl but haven’t the WARP series… reading the reviews though readers talked about extreme descriptions that go on and on without any action. And having read Artemis Fowl I kind of understand what they meant. AF isn’t terrible in that way but I remember getting lost some in the language. hahahaha, I hope that explains it?! Some people are way more literature oriented than me so they love “heavy language” and I think that’s great too. It’s just not for me. ❤

      1. I do love language. And I DO love the narrator’s voice in the AF series. So, I guess I must love “heavy language”… (That’s often my comment with graphic novels! I want more WORDS.)

        Speaking of graphic novels… Have you tried the Artemis Fowl graphic novels? I’d be interested in your reaction to them as compared to the books.

        (By the way, I do like graphic novels. But if I had a choice between a graphic novel and a book, I’d probably go with the book.)

  7. I read Coldest Girl last year, it was my first Holly Black book. I was hesitant because I don’t always like hyped books and I’d heard quite a bit about that one, but it was really unique with some of the vampire aspects, and I really liked it! Hopefully you’ll like it too 🙂

  8. This is such an interesting way of culling your TBR! It can be so tricky, when things are so popular, to have the space to have your own thoughts and feelings about them, and work out whether they’re things you actually want to read, or if you’re just getting caught up in the hype. I hope you enjoy the ones you’ve decided to keep on your TBR!

  9. Waaahh, so many of these I can recognize, and funnily, you’ve kept them on your TBR in the end too hahah I sort of feel like I’m ALWAYS behind on all the popular stuff and get around to them much later! 😛 I don’t mind since I’ll always be going through books I want to read anyways!

    1. Yeah I’m a bit of a sucker… I quite disliked a couple hyped books I read in November but sometimes I read with a writer’s eyes to understand what’s popular at the moment… I can normally pick up why! 😉 hhhhaha that’s because you’re a bit of a trail blazer, right Lashaan!?

  10. I think you are doing great with the keeping and skipping stuff. It’s really difficult to remove a book from to be read especially when we were the ones to put it there in the first place and we have all the ratings and reviews to judge the book, atleast temporarily.

      1. Yes, that totally makes sense, and I face the same problem. I might like a book so much right now and after a few days I wonder why did I add it to my TBR 😛

  11. Haha, the Raven Boys totally do sound like 30-year-olds! I love the series but I think the author is a bit controversial as well.
    This is one of those series where the characters and the writing are ridiculous so if you don’t like it, don’t bother with it because there are going to be so many other books that you enjoy more!

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