The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

“I’m a monster, you know. I’m one of the dangerous ones.”

“They were afraid of us – The ones who lived.”


Title: The darkest minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken

The darkest minds

Recommended to fans of: Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi, The arcana chronicles by Kresley Cole, Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, The hunger games series by Suzanna Collins, Red queen series by Victoria Aveyard, The stars never rise duo logy by Rachel Vincent, The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Series: The darkest minds

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Adventure

Rating: 4/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

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.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The 1st 2 chapters was really gory
  • The PSFs are really disgusting in the way they treat ‘the dangerous ones”
  • I felt that the categories (e.g. Red, Green) should be further explained (It is slightly established) but I felt that we could get a chart to let us know possible powers
  • Ruby manages to use her powers to feign her captors to believe that she was a Green, but she is actually one of the rare Oranges left
  • The first 250 pages felt really long as Ruby kept escaping and finding a new group to bunk in with and it was just a wild goose chase
  • So Ruby has the power to force people to do as she wills by using her mind
  • At page 288 (chapter 19) and there is no romance 😦 (There is later on in the story)
  • The story is really draggy but there doesn’t seem to be a plot anymore (apart from finding the slip kid)
  • Ruby’s nightmare/flashback about her parents was really sad
  • It was nice that the squad accepted she was orange and didn’t kick her out
  • There seems to be a spark between Ruby and Liam but it hasn’t progressed much (only nearing the end)
  • So their entire journey to find the slip kid (Clancy Gray) and now they have
  • Clancy now becomes Ruby’s teacher as they are the ‘non-psycho’ oranges
  • Clancy is the President’s son and Rebel leader
  • I think the story REALLY starts after chapter 19
  • OMG, Clancy forced Ruby to kiss him (This relationship reminds me of The darkling and Alina from The Grisha Trilogy)
  • The romance was all bunched up at the end of the book
  • So the book ends with Ruby being taken by the league again and separated from Liam
  • This series feels really similar to The Grisha Trilogy
  • Well, I’m okay with her ending up with Liam, but Clancy is exactly like The Darkling and I was rooting for The Darkling (Who doesn’t like a guy who understands them?)
  • But I was deeply annoyed when Clancy showed his true self that everyone should bow down to him
  • And now, on to book 2!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Guest Post by M. E. Rhines (Author of Mermaid Royalty series)


Continuing from yesterday, today we have a guest post by the lovely M. E. Rhines, author of the upcoming book Swim (Mermaid Royalty #2)!


Her post talks about the theme of Good and Evil.


Good and Evil – The Almost Invisible Line

It only takes a quick flip through the pages of the most beloved and timeless books to find one common theme – love. And with good reason. Romance is enchanting, intoxicating, exciting, and arguably down right addictive. You’d be hard-pressed to find anything in the universe holding more influence. It can create a hypothetical fairytale, filling our hearts and minds with visions of eternal happiness and happily ever-after. Unfortunately, we learn as we grow it’s not all warm and fuzzy wonder. There’s a dark side to love. One that can take a perfectly innocent heart and crush it to pieces. It is from these ashes that villains are made.

If you’ve ever read one of my books, you’ll notice I have a pension for zooming in on the uncomfortable creation of evil. I’m a strong believer that in life we’re all born with an equal chance of going one way or the other. None of us are born wicked; we’re made that way. The path to hero or villain is complicated, dependent on circumstance, coping skills and surrounding support systems (or lack thereof). To write a great villain, you should be willing to wade in their realm. See the world through their eyes and justify their actions, even if your hero/heroine can’t. Heartbreak is a powerful catalyst for action, and allowing a glimpse into your antagonist’s prospective adds an entirely different layer to the story.

The very best villains, the ones who stick with us past the final page, are the ones we can relate to in some way. When we can say, “I understand why he/she feels the way they do, and I could’ve gone that direction, too,” we can truly immerse ourselves in the story. Once we’re that invested, we can get excited when the heroine defeats that darkness, because in some strange way it’s like they did it for us. The difference between the good and evil may seem like a chasm, but I think when you take a closer look, it’s more like a crack.


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The Possible by Tara Altebrando

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Title: The possible

Author: Tara Altebrando

The possible

Series: –

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Mystery, Paranormal, Fiction

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

Some storms rage from within.

What if…a teenage girl could move objects with her mind?

What if…someone turns up at her door asking questions she doesn’t want to answer?

Kaylee lives a normal life with her adoptive parents, and almost never thinks of her birth mother, Crystal, who is serving a life sentence in prison. But the woman at the front door is producing a podcast about Crystal that is about to blow Kaylee’s forgotten past wide open.

What if strange things have been happening Kaylee’s entire life, things she could not explain? What if she’s more like her mother than she ever imagined?

What if the podcast is about to put her on a collision course with Crystal—and her darkest self? 

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER:This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The protagonist, Kaylee seems delusional and arrogant that Bennett will like her 
  • For the 1st 2 chapters its already really dramatic
  • Kayla’s mother is in prison because she is suspected of murdering her son and Kaylee testified against her
  • Well, If Kaylee can’t see that Aiden likes her and treats her really well, unlike Bennett, who doesn’t know her existence until the whole podcast thing, then maybe she doesn’t deserve either of them
  • The book took me quite a while to get through
  • The title of the book is from the podcast
  • The entire book is a mystery about whether Raylee DOES have telekinesis or not
  • The book was boring, it also lacked good character as the protagonist was not likeable and the plot development was sorely lacking in this book

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book Blitz: Swim by M. E. Rhines with Xpresso Book Tours

Hi Guys, I’ve had a chance to do my very first Book Blitz, thanks to Expresso Book Tours! The book is Swim by M. E. Rhines and this book series looks and sounds amazing! (I probably will go and grab a copy of the book after this!) Stay tuned to the end of the post for an exciting giveaway,excerpts and more goodies along the way!


Title: Swim (Mermaid Royalty #2) 

Author: M. E. Rhines

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

Publication date: 29th August 2017

Genres: YA, Fantasy


A mermaid has no fear of the deep…

Angelique is not your typical fairy tale mermaid. She’s edgy, with a quick temper and intense personality that sometimes leave her feeling like an outsider even among her own clan. Reeling from the recent changes in the Mer-world hierarchy, Angelique is struggling to find her place in the ocean. But a chance encounter with a handsome two-legged Fin-man will leave her questioning more than just her place in the underwater order.

Packed with adventure, romance and drama, Swim continues the compelling story of life and love in the magical underwater realm of Atargatis.

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Author Biography:


ME Rhines a southwest Florida native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child whom she affectionately calls husband.

She writes young adult paranormal romance to feed her belief that fairy tales are real and 

nonsense is necessary.

She also writes adult romances under her edgier alter-ego, Mary Bernsen.

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Here are some teasers for the book:

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Can’t get enough? Here’s more from the book!



Interested in a few author facts? Here are 20, from M. E. Rhines, herself!

  1. I’m the proud mom to a too-cool ten year old boy and a beautiful eight year old girl.
  2. On top of writing, I work full time in my local paper’s advertising department.
  3. Between my mother and father, I have 4 sisters and a brother.  I was second to youngest.
  4. I’m an extreme couponer.  The cashiers at my local supermarket know me…and fear me.
  5. As a child I 100% believed I was Peter Pan.  My brother fed this delusion by convincing me he kept my pixie dust safe.  It was baby powder.
  6. Growing up, I wanted to be a paleontologist.  
  7. My highlight of said career:  to be the first scientist to successfully clone a T-rex.          
  8. I was adopted by my grandparents, and I will be forever grateful for the love they showed me.
  9. I skipped eighth grade.
  10. My eyes change color based on my mood.  It’s a genetic trait shared by at least two of my siblings.
  11. I’m one of the quietest people you will ever meet.  I’m not shy, I just legitimately have nothing to say.  
  12. In other words, I’m severely socially impaired.
  13. I’m terrified of birds.
  14. But even more afraid of frogs. *shivers*
  15. Once Upon A Time is without a doubt my favorite television show ever.
  16. The Star Wars movies are LIFE!
  17. I have a dreadful sweet tooth that rules me.  
  18. Vegetables should go back to Hades where they came from.  They have no place on my plate.
  19. Sweating disgusts me.  So, obviously Florida is the perfect place to live, right?
  20. I love to fish, but I can’t remember the last time I caught anything.


And lastly, a giveaway! Feel free to enter the Blitz-wide giveaway (and it’s International!) to win a Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box full of eBook prizes!

The giveaway ends on the 7th September 2017


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