In Time & Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken – Spoiler Free Reviews

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Title: In Time
Author: 
Alexandra Bracken
Series Name: The Darkest Minds
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian
Publication Date: July 16th, 2013
Pages: 89 (eBook)
Publishers: Disney Hyperion
Rating:

4 and a half star

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Don’t miss this exciting short story that connects The Darkest Minds to its much-anticipated sequel, Never Fade

Gabe’s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first score, a young girl who won’t speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.

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This book is the prequel to Never Fade and comes between The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. It doesn’t follow one of the characters we know, which I enjoyed! Seeing this from a whole new perspective was really interesting, especially from the perspective of someone older than Ruby and the Psi ‘kids’. It also helped as I waited until just before I read Never Fade to read this rather than back when I read The Darkest Minds, so it made for a good way to get back into the world before diving into Never Fade. It also fills in a bit of a blank about one of the character’s whereabouts too. I highly recommend reading this before Never Fade if you haven’t read it yet!



Title: Never Fade
Author: 
Alexandra Bracken
Series Name: The Darkest Minds
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian
Publication Date: Oct 15th, 2013
Pages: 507 (paperback)
Publishers: Disney Hyperion
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

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You can find my review for The Darkest Minds HERE and I would suggest reading it before this review as my thoughts haven’t changed and I don’t feel the need to explain myself twice, saying the same thing.

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The cover of this book did not make sense to me until just now! Well, I’m guessing that it’s meant to represent Jude’s Compass.
Even those these covers aren’t as nice to look at as other I still like them as they simply represent different parts of the book. The first book has the Psi symbol and this one has Jude’s compass. The last book has a Crescent Moon which I’m guessing we will learn the meaning of in book 3.

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My thoughts on the writing in Never Fade are the same as they were for The Darkest Minds! I still would like a map so I could easily follow the travel in the book! But again I’m guessing they didn’t bother as it was only set in America, not a made-up world.

This book as a bit slow to read. I don’t mean that the plot was slow, but the actual book. It took me a lot longer to read that other 500 page books have taken me. As I’m not using BookOut I can accurately see how much time exactly I have been reading each book and this one took me a total of 12 hours and normally a 500 page book takes about 7-8hrs. At the start, it kinda felt like I was reading and getting nowhere. After about 60% though it felt like it picked up, I think that was because there was more happening in the book and it distracted me from how long it was taking me to read the book.

I recently read Zero Repeat Forever and my mind was mixing them up when it came to where the Head Quarters was located. In Zero Repeat Forever it’s underground in the mountains and in this one it’s underground as well and I kept thinking of the location from Zero Repeat Forever when HQ was mentioned in this book! It was quite confusing..

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These books are very action packed and never has a dull moment!
That plot twist at the end though! Actually, there were 2 big shocks right at the end that I was not expecting! Well, to be honest, this whole book was unpredictable, I would think I knew what would happen and was completely wrong! Every time!

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My view of Ruby & Clancy hasn’t changed. I still like Ruby and I still hate Clancy.

It’s hard to talk about any of the returning characters really without spoilers for both this book and the end of The Darkest Minds. So I’m not going to talk about them.

Jude was really sweet, but he was also really shy but never quiet! I really enjoyed him as a character and it was good seeing a character that showed their fear, it added that bit of realisticness around Ruby & Vida.
Vida was awesome too! At the start, she was a bit of a bitch but she is fierce and stubborn. Sometimes she let her anger get the better of her but still, she is a badass!
Cole was a bit of a jerk really. He acted so full of himself most of the time and the ‘jokes’ acting like no female could resist him, that really pisses me off.

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I really enjoyed this book, a bit better even than The Darkest Minds. The writing is great as always and the world and world building are amazing. The plot was great and so action packed! The characters are mostly great excluding Cole whose personality just irritated me and also obviously excluding the ‘bad guys’. Overall an Amazing book and addition to the series!



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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Author: 
Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 5th, 2017
Pages: 362 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Rating:
4 and a half star

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“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

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I really like the cover of this book. It’s simple but also has that bit of detail around the mirror so it’s not too plain. I like that they choose to show Al’s form instead of Prosper himself as I don’t like books with people on them. I also really like the little drawing of Toad on the back cover.

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This is my 3rd Alexandra Bracken book and I can’t fault her writing. This book did feel easier to read than the other two books by her I have read (Passenger & The Darkest Minds), but I’m assuming that is because this is a Middle Grade. I liked that though as it made for a quick read.

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So at the end of this story, I felt like the whole book was kinda leading up to book 2. Does that make sense?
Like there was a big plot point thing that happened at the end and all these secrets get revealed but it still all feels like it is just setting up for the next book. Which I don’t mind, but as there isn’t even a release date for book 2 it is a little frustrating but that can’t be helped.

The plot of this book was a heap of little plot points all through the book rather than 1 or 2 big things that happened. Which was enjoyable as it kept me interested for the whole book and there wasn’t any dull points.

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Prosper was an interesting character. He was kind and just wanted to be accepted and not bullied and there is nothing wrong with that! He was a tad too trusting in my opinion but he learnt the hard way with that one.

Nell was an okay character, not a favouite though. She was a little dramatic at times and a bit annoying. But she was also passionate and I didn’t mind her.

I didn’t really like Uncle B. He was kinda all over the place actually. Stubborn and cranky some of the time and then overly kind and nice the other half of the time. He was just irritating.

Alastor was actually really fun. Obviously, he was ‘evil’ but he was also sarcastic and sassy and I found it hilarious a lot of the time. He was a little frustrating when it came to who’s side he was on but still an enjoyable ‘bad guy’.

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I really enjoyed this series. The writing is great and the world building is really good. The plot was well done and kept me hooked the whole time! I don’t love all the characters but I think they were meant to be questionable characters so that didn’t worry me. I can’t wait to read book 2 but as we don’t even have a release date who knows how long it will be until we have book 2!



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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: 
Alexandra Bracken
Series Name: The Darkest Minds
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian
Publication Date: December 18th, 2012
Pages: 488 (paperback)
Publishers: Disney Hyperion
Rating:
4 star

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. 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 the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

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At first I had no idea what this cover was, but now after reading the book I believe that it is the symbol of the psi. I think anyway it was only described once and I didn’t think much of it until now. So this book cover isn’t exactly pretty or nice to look at but it links directly to the book, which I like.

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The writing is descriptive and easy to read. It draws you in very quickly and you can’t help but get hooked on the story! I don’t recall any point where I was confused at about parts of the book, everything was described easily which made the world easy to to follow.

It would have been nice to have a map in this book as there is a lot of travelling and I enjoy following journeys on the maps inside books. This book is an Urban Fantasy, so it is based in the real world, so I could have just looked up a map on google, but it would have been nice to have one in the book. They kept mentioning names of towns and cities and states and even though I have heard of some of them, I still have no idea where they are. It might have been easier if I lived in America, but being Australian I only really know where the major places are, I don’t know where certain states are. So yeah, a  map would have made it easier for me to follow the moving around.

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This plot is very well done! There is so much action involved basically from the start of the book, the first chapter or so is mainly Ruby’s memories, but after that it jumps straight in!

This book is a dystopian, I haven’t read a dystopian for a while and I was really hoping going into this that it would be similar to the likes of The Hunger Games & Divergent and it wasn’t! There is still a female MC but that’s about where it ends with the similarities. So I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this book. It’s classed as a Sci-Fi, but it is also kinda fantasy as these kids have ‘powers’, I don’t really know where the line is drawn between Sci-Fi and Fantasy books but this one is somewhere in between! Which is I think what made it different from the other dystopias I have read as none of them have that fantasy type element.

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I enjoyed Ruby and really liked see her learn about the world outside Thurmond and grow as a character. She is very protective and wants to help others but she isn’t completely selfless, which make her that bit more realistic. Chubs is just hilarious, he is so sarcastic and witty and funny and even though at the start he was a bit rude and defensive, he was just trying to protect Zu & Liam as he knows that Liam can be a bit to willing to see the good in people and doesn’t see the evil there straight away. So I liked that about him, that he was wary and didn’t just welcome Ruby with open arms! I really like Zu, she can be fun and energetic when she isn’t letting everything eat her up inside. I really liked Zu and Ruby’s friendship while they were travelling. Liam is also a really enjoyable character, he does have a bit of a flaw as I mentioned just before, he is too trusting at times. He is loyal though and is just trying to keep them safe and keep to his promises. Clancy I didn’t like from the start and I always had a funny feeling about. I won’t continue because of spoilers with him! But let’s just say I strongly dislike him.

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Overall I really enjoyed this book! I’m keen to continue on with this series! I do have an eBook of book #1.5 which is called In Time, so I might read that now, depending on how I feel or I will read it before picking up the next book in the series, Never Fade.



I was considering purchasing the Novella bind up, Through the Dark, that includes the 3 Novellas, In Time (#1.5), Sparks Rise (#2.5) and a new one which is #3.5 but I don’t know if that name of it is Through the Dark or whether it is called something else, because it’s not on Goodreads. The only problem with buying the bind up is only the hardcover is available on Book Depository and I have the paperback of The Darkest Minds and I want to get all paperbacks so they match. So instead I just bought the iBook of the first novella for $1.99 and I can probably get the next for a similar price. Then if it comes out in paperback I will grab the bind up so that I can read that last one that you can only get in the bind up!



Also, check out Alexandra Bracken’s newest book! The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding is a Middle Grade Fantasy and set to release the 5th of September and sounds so interesting!

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“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

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Also how gorgeous but creepy is that book cover!!!



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