Blog Tour: The Final Six

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Title: The Final Six
Author: Alexandra Monir
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.

Review:

I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down!

The story was great! It had a teen competition, almost like The Hunger Games. But the prize was to go into space and settle a new place for humans to live.

I loved the romance between Naomi and Leo. They took so many risks with each other and with finding out the truth behind the mission, that I kept holding my breath while I was reading.

I was never very good at science, so I’m not sure how accurate everything was. But it was good enough to convince me that everything could happen in real life. Some readers who are particular about getting the facts right may be bothered by any flaws in the science, but I didn’t see anything wrong with it in terms of the story.

I really hope there’s a sequel to this story soon. I was surprised at the ending, and it ended way too soon for me! I’ll be looking forward to reading more.

About the Author:

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Iranian-American author and recording artist Alexandra Monir has published five novels for young adults, including her popular debut, Timeless. A Barnes & Noble bestseller and one of Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month,” Timeless and its sequel, Timekeeper, have been featured in numerous media outlets and been published in different countries around the world. She followed the duology with Suspicion and The Girl in the Picture, both standalone YA thrillers. Her upcoming science fiction novel, THE FINAL SIX (March 6, 2018) was acquired by HarperCollins and Sony Pictures on the same week, in two major pre-emptive deals.

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter who often integrates music into her books’ pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timeless and Timekeeper, which were released as the album The Timeless EP and distributed by Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records. She also recorded a song that was released with the publication of Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Her musical roots are deep, as she is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Iranian opera singer.

Alexandra Monir is a frequent speaker at middle schools and high schools across the country and at major events including fan conventions, women’s leadership conferences, and book festivals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and newborn son. To learn more about Alexandra, visit her online at www.alexandramonir.com.

Giveaway:

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Tour Schedule:

February 26th

Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post

February 27th

Storybook Slayers– Creative Post
KissinBlueKaren– Review

February 28th

March 1st

Savings in Seconds– Review & Favorite Quotes
Bibliobibuli YA– Interview

March 2nd

March 3rd

March 4th

Book Crushin– Interview

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Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting me participate in this blog tour.

Review: Adulthood Is a Myth

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Title: Adulthood Is a Myth
Author: Sarah Andersen
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Purchased
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Are you a special snowflake?

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?

Ugh. Please go away.

This book is for the rest of us. These comics document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.

Review:

I love the comics in this book! I always see these comics as memes on the internet. They’re great because they’re so relatable! This was a short book to flip through quickly, and I laughed many times.

Here are some of my favourite comics:



The third book in this series is coming out later in the month, so now I can’t wait to read it. I’m sure it’ll be just as funny!

Review: Illuminae

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Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Knopf Books
Source: Purchased
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Review:

Wow, this book was amazing!

This story is told in an unconventional format. It consists of a series of files: transcripts, emails, and memos. All of these files come together to tell the story of how a planet was attacked and the people were evacuated to spaceships, sparking a space war.

The beginning of the story was a little confusing because of the unique format, and the many characters. But after about the first quarter of the story, I was hooked!

The graphics in this book were incredible! They were very detailed. A lot of work went into the design and layout of this book, as well as the writing.

Part of what makes this story so addicting is the blending of genres. It’s definitely a fantasy and science fiction story since it takes place in space. But there’s a lot of romance and thrilling suspense.

This is now one of my favourite books! I can’t wait to read Gemina!