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Books like The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a Science Fiction YA trilogy following a teenage girl. In a dystopian America, children contracted a plague and the ones who didn’t die, were left with different abilities ranging from puzzle solving to mind control. These children were sent to work camps to be “fixed”, but with no cure in sight, different groups try to take down the institution by freeing the trapped children. 

This series is wonderful and because it is so well written, people want more. Here are five books that I would recommend if you like Bracken’s series. 

  1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is the first book in a fantasy trilogy about people with a range of powers who are trying to take down a god and a tyrant to achieve social equality between two classes of people. There is gritty action, romance, and adventure. It is powerfully written and the main character is just as frustratingly untrusting. 
  2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is another first in a trilogy where the main character is imprisoned in a dystopian mental  institution, trapped in a small, concrete cell, by herself. The main character’s touch kills and she has to find her place in a world that is dying, with tyrants who want to use her power to torture others. The novel pieces itself together as the protagonist becomes aware of her position in society and amongst the rebel group. 
  3. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey has no teenaged protagonist. It does have a child with a genius level I.Q., a child psychologist, a solder, and a neuroscientist perspective. In a concrete child-care facility where the adults in charge are afraid of the children locked in cells and strapped to their chairs in class, these characters come to learn that some secrets are kept hidden for a reason. 
  4. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is a book about a dystopian America where there are people with superpowers, but they are all super-villains. One geeky teenage boy with a love of firepower is obsessed with destroying the super-villain Steelheart, that controls the steel city of Newcago. He meets a rebel group that uses his surprising fighting skill and in-depth knowledge about supers to defeat the ones with the power to destroy. It is ridiculously good and cute and must be read.
  5. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril is a YA science fiction novel about time-travel.  There is a girl trapped in a cell waiting for her chance to escape, go back in time, and stop the time machine from ever being created. The Scientist has destroyed countries, lives, and time itself and the only way to prevent what has happened is to kill The Scientist before he ever did anything wrong. There is another girl, living a normal life, pining for the love of her best friend, and forced to make an impossible choice. The book is thrillingly realistic and shocking. 

All of these books are brilliant. They may all be in my top 15 books, and they quench the hunger for The Darkest Minds spinoff series. Happy Reading.

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My Most Anticipated Books of 2016

I’ve been thinking about doing a list of my top ten most anticipated books for the last week or so, but needed to get my thoughts together because 2016 LOOKS AWESOME! Not only are there amazing movies coming out this coming year, but it’s quickly becoming a highly promising year for books as well!

Feel free to create your own list and let me know that you’ve created one so I can check it out and share it on my blog (also, so I can add more books to my growing TBR, hehe). 

1. The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 9th

Everyone is talking about this book and why the hell not? The first book, Red Queen took the lit world by storm. A mix of The Hunger Games + The Selection (only crueler) + X-Men, the Red Queen series is a kickass book worth a checkout. I need this book. Right. Now. 

2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5th

I won’t lie, I wasn’t a huge fan of Bracken’s first book*, The Darkest Minds. But I’ve been hearing about this book for the last couple of weeks and recently watched the book trailer (which is here) and I’m excited. I’m going to give Bracken’s writing one more go because I’m genuinely curious to see where this is going to go. Also, the trailer sold me. One of the best book trailers–hands down. 

3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Release Date: May 3rd

Morgan Matson has a new book coming out in 2016. I repeat, she has a new book coming out in 2016! I love this author and how she’s able to give me a story about life without it being boring, or too heavy. Matson is definitely an auto-buy for me and after reading the synopsis, I’m definitely hooked. 

4. Stone Field by Christy Lenzi

Release Date: March 29th

I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte when I was in University and it quickly became a favourite. Add to my fascination the fact that this is a re-telling with a title that’s a play on words on Heathcliff’s name? Call me immediately intrigued. 

5. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Release Date: May 17th

Despite the love-triangle potential, I am anticipating this one. The premise sounds incredibly intriguing and vaguely makes me think of the Throne of Glass series. As @yasminereads​ stated when we were talking about this book: “Judging by the summary, it has the potential to be extremely mediocre or really, really good.” Here’s crossing my fingers!

6. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Release Date: January 26th

I hadn’t read the synopsis thoroughly until I watched a booktuber describe this book as a “Save the Cheerleader, Save the world” kind of book (booktuber video is here.) Time travel seems to be a huge theme in 2016 and I’m all for it. 

7. The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer 

Release Date: April 19th

I’m a huge sucker for Young Adult traveling books and when I read the synopsis for this book, I knew this would be a book I’d definitely want to read in 2016. Also, the potential need for kleenex? Sign me up. 

8. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: June 7th

Somehow, I haven’t read a Victoria Schwab book yet, but I’m planning on remedying this fact in 2016. This looks intriguing and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it. 

9. Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Release Date: May 31st

I really enjoyed Jen Malone’s Map to the Stars, which released as an ebook-only book earlier this year, so I’m pretty excited for this one. Plus, hey, this is about traveling, too. SO excited to read this!

10. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Release Date: June 14th

I’m really into comics and the occasional geeky hobby, so the moment I saw this cover and then read the synopsis, I knew this book was meant to be on my most anticipated TBR of 2016. I mean, this cover says so much and speaks to my soul. 

BONUS–Books that have no titles/covers, but that I can’t wait for: 

1. Michael Vey book 6 by Richard Paul Evans (Dammit, why do I have to wait for you?!?!)

2. Illuminae book 2 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Surprising series that kicked ass in the first book.)

3. Throne of Glass book 5 by Sarah J. Maas (even though I’ve yet to read the 4th one…oops.)

*Oops, that wasn’t Bracken’s first book, but it was the first book I read by her!

So many good books, so little time…better start reading!

Happy reading!

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Alexandra Savior performing an acoustic version of ZZ Top’s ‘Tush’ with Alex Turner at The Hotel Cafe, LA, 12 May 2016.

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All that happened in the Assumption Cathedral, though it seems but a dream, is not to be forgotten for life!!! ’ 

♕  M a y  2 6  1 8 9 6 – Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II

On coronation day, the sky was a cloudless blue. In the city’s streets, heralds wearing medieval dress proclaimed that on that day, May 26, 1896, a tsar would be crowned. Inside the Kremlin, servants laid a crimson velvet carpet down the steps of the famous Red Staircase wich led to the Ouspensky Cathedral, where the ceremony would take place. In their apartment, Nicholas and Alexandra had been up since dawn. While Alexandra’s hair was being done by her hairdresser, Nicholas sat nearby quietly talking and calming his wife The formal procession down the Red Stairway was led by priests trailing long beards and golden robes. Marie came next in a gown of embroidered white velvet, her lonng train carried by a dozen men. At last, Nicholas and Alexandra appeared at the top of the stairway. He wore the blue-green uniform of the Preobrajensky Guard with a red sash across his breast. At his side, Alexandra was in silver-white Russian court dress with a red ribbon running over her shoulder. They walked slowly, followed by attendants who carried her train. On either side walked other attendants, carrying over their sovereigns’ head a canopy of cloth of gold with tall ostrich plumes waving from its top. AT the bottom of the steps, the couple bowed to the crowd and stopped before the priests, who touched them on the forehead with holy water. Before an icon held by one the priests, they said a prayer; then the churchmen in turn kissed the Imperial hands, and the pair walked into the cathedral.

The coronation ceremony lasted five hours.After a lenghthy Mass came the formal robing of the Tsar and Tsarina. Then Alexandra knelt while the Metropolitan prayed for the Tsar. While everyone else remained standing, Nicholas alone dropped on his knees to pray for Russia and her people. After being annointed with Holy Oil, Nicholas swore his oath to rule the empire and preserve autocracy as Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias. Then, for the first time and only time in his life, the Tsar entered the sanctuary to receive the sacrement as a priest of the Church. By tradition, a tsar crowned himself, taking the crown from the hands of the Metropolitan and placing it on his own head. Nicholas let the gemencrusted crown rest on his head for a moment. Then, reaching up, he took it off and carefully placed it on Alexandra’s head. Finally, he replaced it on his own head and Alexandra was given a smaller crown. Nicholas kissed her and, taking her hand, led her back to the two thrones. The ceremony ended with Empress Maria Feodorova and every member of the Imperial family approaching to do homage to the crowned Tsar of all the Russias . {Nicholas and Alexandra, Massie}