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In The Afterlight, by Alexandra Bracken — December 21, 2018

In The Afterlight, by Alexandra Bracken

When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby becomes a leader and forms an unlikely alliance with Liam’s brother, Cole, but competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN and free psi children from the camps.

This book was a thrilling conclusion to The Darkest Minds series!!! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading this book. Alexandra’s writing was very good and I can’t wait to read The Darkest Legacy.

Alex’s writing style is very distinctive. Her style is also very addicting, which means that right after Christmas I know what book I’ll be getting. I really enjoyed how well Alex described the setting. I could envision myself in the book with Ruby and her crew, experiencing what they were experiencing and learning what they were learning. I wish that I had been able to spend more time in certain places, but I loved traveling all around the country. There were other ways that I learned about the setting, like through people’s stories. I really wish I knew how to travel inside of books so that I could see whether the setting that Alex described was where I wanted to be.

The characters were really great!!! They were so detailed and I enjoyed reading about them. Some characters that we previously met and had left, have returned!!! That made my day. When characters did return from previous books, their backstories were explained and their traumas were dealt with. I really enjoyed seeing some of the newer characters react to situations that the other characters had already been through, and them learning how to act. There were some heartbreaking deaths as well. I was crying at some points in this book because of who died and what happened to some of my favorite characters.

They don’t burn do they? Not like us.

Bracken, Alexandra. In the Afterlight. Hyperion, an Imprint of Disney Book Group, 2015.

The fight for a cure was very impressive and I was really interested in seeing what characters wanted a cure and what characters didn’t. I found it really interesting to see what Clancey’s thoughts on the cure were. His mother was an interesting character and I wish that she got more page time. The cure wasn’t all that it seemed to be, and Clancey turned out to be fairly on point with his thoughts on how the cure would be. I wish that I could have talked to him on his thoughts and that he wouldn’t have manipulated me if I did.

The plot was very action-packed and I loved it to the end!!! There were a couple camp breakouts and I was sitting on the edge of my seat for all of them. I wish that I had been a part of the story so that I could have helped with some of the stuff that they did. There was a lot of relationship stuff, but that was okay. There was a lot of questions on who could be trusted during this book, which helped keep me engrossed in the book. I really enjoyed reading In The Afterlight.

I loved reading this book and I highly recommend it. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken — December 4, 2018

Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken

download (1)In the second installment of The Darkest Minds trilogy, Ruby joins forces with the revolutionary Children’s League to find critical information about the epidemic that has torn both her life and America apart.

This book was amazing and I loved it so much!!! I was engrossed in the plot and I loved the characters. They seemed so much more detailed and realistic. I loved the writing style and all of the plot twists. Never Fade was a little bit better than The Darkest Minds, that’s for sure. My only complaint with this book was the number of pages.

The writing style was superb. I have always appreciated Alex’s writing style and wanted to write like her. Her style is so unique and definitive and I was engrossed in it for the whole story. I loved the way that Alex described the setting and mentioned references from the other book if you were paying attention. I loved hearing more about the economic crisis that the U.S.A. was in. All of the detail in the backstory was not lost on me, and I can’t wait to see what else happens with the background and the way that the series progresses.

Ruby, Liam, and all of the other characters were so realistic!!! I loved all of them so much and I can’t wait to see where they go in the rest of the series. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between Liam and Ruby. All of the villains should get the ending that they deserve. Otherwise, I will riot. All of their backstories were superb and I can’t wait to see what the villains become in the next book. All of the side characters were so fleshed out and realistic as well. I loved some of the side characters as much as I loved the main characters. Vida was such an amazing character and I hope that she gets her own story.

Never Fade

The Children’s League was one of the most interesting parts of this book. Ruby starts off working for them and we quickly learn that the League is divided into two. There are people who think that the children should be used as weapons, and people who believe that the children should be protected and cared for. I put my lot in the second group of people. So the League is an interesting group because of the power struggles and dynamics.

The plot was also very well done and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I was hanging on the edge of my seat and I was tempted to skip ahead to see if Ruby and the others were okay. Old characters (that we all thought were gone) were brought back and I loved every second of it. There were some parts that had me wanting to (or actually) throwing the book across the room because I had just been thrown in an epic spiral because of a plot twist. I loved the plot and hope that the plot in the next book is just as good.

I loved Never Fade to pieces and I highly recommend it. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken — October 8, 2018

The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken

downloadSixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run ‘rehabilitation camp’ for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.

This book was amazing!!!! It wasn’t very original but there were some original twists to it. I haven’t seen the movie yet and I’m ashamed that I waited this long to read the book just so I could watch it. The characters were so realistic and I wanted all of them to have their own happy ending. The writing style was not bad either.


The writing style was pretty good, but it definitely gets better as Ms. Bracken continues to write. Her style was fairly unique, but it was not as addictive as I thought it would be. I loved the way the way Ms. Bracken described everything and made me feel things that I probably wouldn’t have felt otherwise. Ms. Bracken is extremely talented and I can’t wait to see how she progresses in Never Fade.

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The characters were so unique and raw. Ruby was so brave and I hated how she put herself down when she deserved the world. Liam was the best and he needs a happy ending more than anyone. Chubs was the ultimate friend and I just want to give him a hug. And Zu was so sweet and small and she needs a normal life and a family that cares about her. All of the characters grew so much over the course of the book, as people and as a team. All of the side characters were as fleshed out as the main characters and I could relate to them well. 

I was really impressed with the way that Ms. Bracken wrote reality. She stressed the fact that in this world the only people who care about the kids are the other kids. And sometimes even that’s not true. It is complete anarchy outside of the camps. I was very interested in the tribal systems that most of the children outside had set up. I think that I would like to run one of those if I was in this book and had survived IAAN.

The plot was not very original but some of the twists were. I was very invested in the story and I can’t wait until I can read Never Fade. There were a lot of plot twists that I didn’t predict and that made me pretty upset. I loved reading about all of the car chases and battles and small child care and therapy (if you’ve read the book you know what I mean). The ending of this book killed me and I wish I had tissues and the next book. *SPOILERS* Chubs can’t die and Liam can’t have forgotten about Ruby!!!! *END SPOILERS*

If you haven’t read this book, you need to. Now. I recommend all of Ms. Bracken’s books. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Wayfarer, by Alexandra Bracken — July 3, 2018

Wayfarer, by Alexandra Bracken

downloadAs Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and it might run out on both of them.

This book was not as good as I wanted it to be. I had such high hopes for this book and it let me down. Not in a big way, it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. It succumbed to the not-as-good sequel curse. The characters were pretty good. As was the plot and the setting. If you want to know more of my thoughts then you should read on.

I enjoyed the characters and connected with them, but they weren’t as good as I hoped that they would be. I was expecting something very well written and huggable from page one. Well, some of them would be huggable. Some of them would not want to hug me because they think that it is weak. But that isn’t what happened. The characters were difficult, which I probably should have predicted, but I loved them all the same. Even the characters weren’t as good as I’d hoped for them to be, they were still really good.


My favorite character was Sophia. I know that’s not saying much but I really loved her. She was so tough and cunning. Sophia also didn’t let anyone get her down, even when she is hurt or dying or something else. I loved her with all of my heart. Sophia was an embodiment of female empowerment since page one. I got mad at her but I also appreciated her outlook on life. It was very pragmatic. I also enjoyed the way that she learned to fight, and taught Etta to fight as well. 

The plot was very good. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. I kept waiting for Etta and Nicholas to find each other so I was irritated that it took as long as it did. I also wish that the pacing had been a bit faster. There were quite a few twists and turns, that I never guessed, and I enjoyed them all. I think that the sequel will be better and we will all be happy with it once more. I hope that there will be more of them in the next book. I hope that the next book as a little bit better than this book, plot-wise.

The setting was a little bit sketchy. I enjoyed the setting in the last book, but in this one, it didn’t feel like there was enough of it. I wanted more background info on some things and I also wanted more description. I wish that it had been better but it wasn’t. We did learn some new things about traveling and what happened, but they didn’t really matter that much. I wish that the setting was a little bit better and I hope that the setting in the next book is very well done.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, but I still enjoyed it. I recommend it. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating:th (15)

Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken — December 22, 2017

Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken

download (1)Two worlds collide in this sweeping, romantic novel about a love that crosses centuries by bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series, Alexandra Bracken.

This book was very interesting. It was very well written and I enjoyed most of it very much. I did not understand the first eighth of it that well. But everything else was as clear as water. This book had a very complicated summary, which is I stole that summary off of the Library of Congress. Just because I don’t know how to describe it doesn’t mean that it is bad. Please read it. I will tell you why below.

At first, all of the characters confused. I forgot all of their names and backstories. But after we narrowed it down to two main characters (and I wrote down everything else) I started to remember everything else. After that, I found out that I liked the characters a lot. Personally, I liked Etta the most. I found her to be super relatable, but that might just be because we both play the violin. Nicholas was an odd duck. I don’t what I think about him. I wish he was different and following the “I saw you once and now I am in love with you” trope. That made me upset. Why couldn’t have he decided to be her friend and realize that he loved her later in the book? That would have made it much more interesting.

The plot was sort of confusing in the beginning but after we started time traveling it got clearer. This plot was anything but realistic. But this was a time traveling book so it would not be realistic. Why did I even think that it would be realistic. I loved being able to go to different times with the characters. The way that the book ended left me wanting the sequel instantly. The book ended on a cliffhanger. I need to know what happens next. I hope that I get lots of Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas. I wonder what I will buy. I also loved how whenever you traveled to a different time it felt like you where there. The setting was written very well, everything was described as well as it could be. I loved this book and I hope that you will too.

I loved this book and I love it if you read it as well. Please remember to fill out my survey!!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)