Spring Books: Pastel Edition

I don’t know about you guys, but I am really glad that Spring is finally here! This is one of my favorite seasons because everything comes back to life- the trees are blooming, the birds are chirping, and my flowers are starting to pop up! Another I love about spring is the pastel colors that come with it. Seriously I could get lost in the Easter decoration aisle forever, because all of the colors are beautiful!

In honor of springtime and Easter tomorrow, I decided I would compile a list of books based on the pastel them. Most of these are contemporary, since you don’t see too many hard fantasy books with pastel yellow and purple on them. Maybe one of this will spark your interest, and your next book will match the season!

(Summaries and Descriptions are from either author’s website or goodreads)

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and KeyWhat happens when your past is not just past, but wiped clean entirely? How do you figure out where you’re going when you can’t even claim where you’ve been? These were the questions that inspired Lock and Key. It’s the story of a girl named Ruby who is abandoned by her mother and determined to make it on her own, even—and especially—when she is sent to live with her long-lost sister in a whole new world of privilege, family, and relationships. As Ruby learns, there’s a big difference between being given help and being able to accept it. And sometimes, it takes reaching out to someone else to save yourself.


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & ParkEleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor. Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


Meant to Be by Laura Morrill

Meant to Be

This spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window)  when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts  . . .  from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.


Rebel belle Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.


Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Mosquitoland After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


It’s about a girl named Cath who is obessed with the best-selling Simon Snow series. She’s a hardcore fan, and has a fanfiction that thousands of people read. Cath is like many of us, socially awkward book nerds, so follow her on her journey through her first year of college, twin troubles, and the boy in her room named Levi.


There is a handful of these that I haven’t read myself, so I may be picking up one of these pastel beauties in the future!










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Soundtrack To My Life Book Tag

My span of internet-less days is over! What better way to get back into blogging than a fun book tag. I found this particular one over at The Books Out Loud and self-tagged myself, because it looked to fun to pass up!

Opening Credits: favorite childhood book:

I absolutely adored the Junie B. Jones series! There was even a point where I bought the whole series of books and I read them all the time. Everywhere I went, I had one ready to read!

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump:

I was in a bit of a slump there for a while, so I reread Fangirl. That book always makes me happy, and just puts me into this positive mood to read.

School: A book that you ended up reading for school and ended up loving it:

I remembered I had to read The Mysterious Benedict Society once, and I fell in love with it! It was one of the first books that I read that was on the larger size, and was the first step into some older fiction. It was also very interesting and unique.

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books:

Honestly, there are so many authors that I will read whatever book they put out. Just to name a few, Rick Riordan, John Green, and Veronica Roth.

Fight: Book with the best action sequences:

Divergent has some pretty good action sequences, that all in all are very dramatic and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish:

An Abundance of Katherines…honestly I have no idea how many times I have tried to start this book. I have only gotten 30 pages in each time, and I really doubt I will ever finish it.

Hanging with friends: A book that you think everyone should read:

I think that Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a great book for people to read, because of its message. It deals with some dark stuff, and I feel that everyone could benefit from a trip through the mind of a hurting person.

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you or had you crying your eyes out:

Have you read TFIOS? If so, you totally understand.

Road Trip: Your favorite series (more than 3 books):

  1. Harry Potter (duh)
  2. Percy Jackson
  3. Hunger Games

Honestly I could go one, but here are the basic answers.

Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago:

I honestly do not even remember. Like at all.

Getting Back Together: A book you can’t stop rereading:

Contemporary-wise, I will never get tired of rereading Fangirl. Fantasy-wise (of course Harry Potter, but I want a different answer) I would have to say The Darkest Minds series. I can pick one of those up any given day and be completely sucked into the story.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, clocking in at nearly 900 pages. I am not even ashamed of how fast I read this beast.

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently:

THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS. This series was soooo good…until Blood of Olympus! Percy Jackson books are some of my favorite, so the fact that I wish it had ended differently even makes me sad. At least the Trials of Apollo will be out soon 🙂

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue:

I know that for many, Harry Potter’s epilogue is either one you love or hate. I just so happen to be one of those who love the ending. I love the glimpse of the second generation and just the happiness of it all. All was well.

End Credits: Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do this tag!



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The Sunday Post: Advice Needed




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme created by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a way to recap posts and talk about what is coming in the future. Check out the website Caffeinated Book review here for more information:


Here are my Posts from this week:

  • In the Afterlight by Alexndra Bracken
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • Paper  Towns Trailer Discussion

Wow, I didn’t realize how much I posted this week! With the snow and everything I just stayed indoors, so I had a lot of time on my hands. It won’t always be like this, but I do like how this array of post is a variety. Some reviews, some features, some tags.


Upcoming Posts

Here are reviews I need to get done (hopefully this week)

  • Fairest
  • Sea of Monsters
  • Titan’s Curse
  • Battle of the Labyrinth

Other Posts:

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Characters you want to check up on (SUPER excited for this guys!)
  • Exploring My Bookshelves
  • Springtime Tag


What’s Going On

  • Everything is so busy right now! I hate not being able to post on here as much as I would like. Right now I could really use some advice on how to keep on with the blog. Any tips on editorial calendars or scheduling or anything. Seriously, any input would help so much because I’m in a stuck position right now!


If you have any advice, please leave a comment below! Also, I’m looking to improve, so if you have any ideas let me know down below as well. What posts should I have more or less of? More review? More discussions? Everything is helpful! Thank you all so much for sticking it out with me as I try to figure everything out!

Book Discussions

Paper Towns Trailer Discussion

So last Thursday, the Paper Towns trailer came out. I was super excited to see a glimpse of this movie and see how it was done. Since then, I have probably watched it a good ten times. Sometimes it pops up as an ad on Youtube and instead of skipping it, I sit there for two minutes and watch it agaon. The obession is real. In this post, I’m going to be going through my thoughts of the trailer. Before we dive into everything, here is a link to the trailer, so you can either watch it for the first time or see the thing I talk about –>  

You should know that I am a huge fan of book-to-movie adaptaions. The key word in that phrase is adaptation. People often get very mad about things that are changed, but they  have to realize this is someone’s adaptation of the book. I personally enjoy these movies because I like seeing the character come to life, and some changes don’t bother me. I’m more bothered when major plot points are changed that cause other things to get messed up *cough cough Percy Jackson movie*.

The first thing we hear in this trailer is Q’s voice saying how Margo is his miracle. I was so happy to hear this at first, because it’s one of those lines that come almost directly from the book. I catch this several times during the trailer, and it makes me jump up and down. Often, when these types of movies have scripts where many lines are based msotly on the book (Example: Catching Fire) and I find that they turn out better. You know the book was studied and they tried to incorporate as many things as possible.

WHY IS EVERYONE HATING ON MARGO! I’ll be the first to admit, Cara doesn’t fit the physical description that well. Book Margo was more unnatracive, and I see so many people complaing about how Cara isn’t a good Margo at all. However, it’s important to cast someone who really capture’s the character’s essence. Cara just has this carefree look and attitude that matches Margo completely, and as soon as I saw her in the trailer as Margo, she was the perfect fit. I understand not everyone agrees with this because I seem to have the odd opinion. Nat Wolff is Q, so no complaining there. The rest of the crew looks pretty awesome as well.

The whole part where you see their night adventure, look awesome. Everything is what the book said from what I can see. I know that she only has nine tasks in the movie, but they couldn’t do the SeaWorld one, which I’m okay with. I’m not sure what the other task is, so if anyone knows, please comment! Anyways, my favorite quote as of right now from this movie comes from these scenes.

“I can feel my heart beating through my chest.” – Q

“That’s how you should feel your whole life.” – Margo

This was the part I fell in love with the trailer. It captured the characters perfectly. I am very excited to see more of this in the movie.

Finally, we get to the part of the trailer where Margo has disappeared. I enjoyed seeing how they have some of the clues, and I am super excited to see the adventure to find Margo. Pretty much the best road trip in a young adult book.

Welll that’s pretty much my thoughts on the first trailer. I’m excited for this movie! If you have anything to add, please comment it down below. I’m adding one more thing, but I’m scared it might be too spoilery, so don’t read on if you haven’t read the book!



I was going through the comments on the trailer, and I see everyone talking about how it is “just another dumb love story.” I kind of laughed to myself, because in the end, this book does not turn out as the love story people expect. One thing I am looking forward to is seeing Q realize all these things about Margo and how he doesn’t know that much about her.


Book Reviews

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Author: Morgan Matson   

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Published On: May 4, 2014

Genre: Contemporary

I’m not sure if I will be able to capture the perfection of this book with words, but I’ll try. For those of you who haven’t read Since You’ve Been Gone, this review may have some spoilers, so I would suggest reading it and then coming back. However, I will leave those of you who haven’t read the book with a short summary.

Emily wasn’t the bold type. She didn’t go to parties and wore the same sort of outfit. That is until she met Sloane. With Sloane at her side pushing her to do things, Emily was a new and improved version of herself. They were the best kind of best friends. The summer they had planned out was going to be epic, until Sloane disappears. No calls. No texts. The only thing she left behind was a list of crazy adventures for Emily. Some were easier, some were harder, but they all pushed Emily to things she normally wouldn’t do. As Emily goes the summer checking things off the list in hopes of finding Sloane, she meets amazing people and has great experiences. Maybe the summer wouldn’t turn out as bad as Emily thought.

I wanted to wait until Summer to read this, but I couldn’t. The concept was very appealing to me and it looked like a super fun contemporary. This book has humor, adventure, friendship, and even some romance. Reading it puts you into this extreme state of happiness. (If you can’t tell I really loved it) Enough with the gushing, let’s talk about the book.

The main thing I enjoyed about this book was the characters. I loved how close Emily, Frank, Dawn, and Collins grew over the summer. They were all helping with the list and had some amazing experiences together. You could see them grow closer and closer each chapter. A prime example of the developing friendship is Frank and Emily. They meet and Emily doesn’t really feel comfortable around him at all. But with each running session we seem them warm up to each other more, and then we have then staying up all night just talking. That scene on the beach was their true icebreaker. I guess you learn a lot about someone when you stay up all night with them. Since You’ve Been Gone had one of my favorite aspects when it comes to relationships: a budding friendship. When I read romances, my favorite thing is watching the two become friends. I do not care for love at first sight or anything. This book was great at it, and they didn’t even get together until the very end.

Another thing about this book that made it stand out was the extra things. The playlists and the constant flashbacks were great. We don’t meet Sloane really until the end, but we already know so much about her character just from Emily’s memories. Speaking of the end, I was really scared we wouldn’t get Sloane. I don’t know why I was thinking it, but I was so scared that they would never really find Sloane, but just a letter that explained what happened.

Overall, this was a pretty predictable book, but still very enjoyable. We knew Frank and Emily would get together, and we knew that when Frank went to New Jersey it was to break up with Lisa. However, it’s still entertaining to watch characters that don’t know what is going on. One of the best scenes is when Frank and Emily are in the car driving to Sloane, and it is just pure awkwardness. The last time they were together, Emily ran away from him (literally). In the end, they finally talk and everything turns out.

This was a super fun contemporary, and it makes me want to read more summer books! Winter is finally over and now I want to read all kinds of cute little romances! This was actually my first Morgan Matson boo. I’ve heard that this is her best of the three, but I still think I want to read her other books. Has anyone read them, and do you think I should?


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Winter by Marissa Meyer Cover Reveal

I don’t get on the internet for one deay, and I miss something as big as this! Some of you might have seen that the cover for Winter was finally released the other day, and let me just tell you, it’s gorgeous.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I was really excited for this one, because I knew it would feature an apple because it’s Snow White, but I was wondering how they would do it. The apple is a lot brighter than I expected, but I love the way it has this glowing and shining effect. I had always loved the covers for The Lunar Chronicles, because they really symbolize the story. I’m thinking the white sparks around the apple has something to do with Winter’s powers. I’m not sure, I just know I really love the cover. I honestly don’t know if I could pick an all time favorite of the four, because I love them all, but I think this one and Cress are just breathtakingly beautiful.

So what are your thoughts on the cover? Does it make you even more excited like it does for me? I finished Fairest the other day (review to come) and I just need this book! Fall is so far away!!!

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Bookishly Ever After

Recently while on Goodreads, I came across an upcoming book that i just had to share with you guys. It is called Bookishly Ever After and it is the debut book from author Isabel Bandeira. Here is the goodreads, and it should show you why I am so excited to read this.

“In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?”

Guys. It’s a book about a girl who likes books. Not just any books, but straight up ya books. Do you see the amazingness of this idea? I have been wanting more books centered around book obsessing characters after I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I love how much more I am able to relate to character like these. Another thing that caught my attention is a the story line. A guy has a crush of Phoebe (our main character) and she turns to her favorite heroines for advice. I am super excited to see how the author shows this through the book.

Now the depressing part…it doesn’t come out until December! I don’t care though, because I am super happy that there is a book like this being made. I think that Rainbow Rowell’s success with Fangirl may inspire others to write about characters we booklovers can relate to. Hopefully, because I need more books like this and Fangirl!


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Top Ten Books for People Who Like Realistic Problems



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they give a certain topic or question and you have to try to list your top ten. This week was left very open-ended and we got to pick what we wanted to do. The prompt was Top Ten Books for Readers who like ____. I decided to do realistic books that had characters dealing with real world problems and social issues. This will probably have some different books that I haven’t really talked about before.

1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: This is really a gripping book that deals with major issues in our world today. I’m not going to say what the issue is, because I don’t want to spoil anyone. This is a very emotional type book, not exactly a crying book, but a book where you really feel for the main character. Anderson also has other great books dealing with dark topics such as Wintergirls.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I know, this book is everywhere and many people think it is overrated (not myself), but you can’t deny that these teens deal with huge issues. Yes it’s a love story, but it is also a cancer story and shows a bit of what people go through. It shows some of the physical obstacles, but it really shows how these people live knowing that they have a limited amount of time here.

3. Petey by Ben Mikaelson: This is follows the story of a man growing through life with cerebral palsy as he lives in a mental institute. It is incredibly moving just to see the things he has to go through.

4. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: This is more of a historical fiction book, but it shows the life of a girl after her family was taken by Soviet officers. I really like historical fiction, and this is definitely a great one to check out. We may not experiencethis as much today, but this used to be someone’s reality.

5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: These two are both subjects of bullying, and even though it isn’t what the whole story is about, it definitely is important. Also, Eleanor just lives a hard life especially in her house and deals with many problems people today deal with.

6. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: The two characters in this book deal with so many issues that people do today. They both think of suicide and don’t think they deserve to live. Not only is this a major theme in this book, but bullying and dealing with death are also very present.

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green: This book is also laced with real world problems, and Alaska deals with a lot of them. She is stuck in this place that she can’t exactly get out of.

8. The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez: This is actually a memoir that a girl wrote, but it deals with teen pregnancy. Gaby does a school project where she pretends to be pregnant. She shows the comments made about her and how her life is wasted, and her project tells people how we need to stop the stereotyping.

Okay so this next two, I actually have not read, but I know the deal with some real problems. I hope to read these one day, but here they are for now.

9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


I really enjoyed doing this post. I wouldn’t be opposed to making more like these but with different categories in the future. What do you guys think?

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

You probably weren’t expecting this review to be up were you? Well, I wasn’t either. This is how it all started…

 I was staring intently at my shelf, brainstorming ideas for new posts. I pulled out a few books to look at them and see if I could think of anything. Then all of a sudden, my eyes floated to The Lightning Thief. An idea sparked, so I started working on it (you’ll have to wait and see). After I finished writing up my idea, my eyes went back to the book. Before I knew it, my hands were extending to grab it, while my brain was telling “NO you have other things to read.” Needless to say, I didn’t listen. I’ll just read a few pages. Next thing I know, I’ve been sitting on the couch for an hour and I’m 150 pages in.

 So yeah, that happened. But I’m kind of happy about being back in this world again, and now I can tell you all my thoughts about it. For those of you who haven’t read The Lightning Thief yet, this review doesn’t spoil the plot, but may have inferences to future events. I will leave you with the beginning of this book, and then you might have enough sense to start this great series.

“Look, I didn’t want to be Half Blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life. “


Author: Rick Riordan  The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Date Published: March 6, 2006

It’s been a good three to four years since I read Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Between then and now, I’d forgotten quite a bit about the books. I remembered the important stuff, but none of the extra details that Riordan strings throughout his books. After reading the first page, I was sucked in and revisiting one of my favorite places. I forgot how much I missed seeing everything through Percy’s point of view. When we get to the Heroes of Olympus series, the perspective is constantly changing, which is one of the many things I love about the series, however it was refreshing seeing it through only Percy’s eyes.

One of the best things I got from rereading this book was seeing young Percy and Annabeth. I truly forgot how much they just didn’t like each other through half of this book. They are constantly biting each other’s head off and picking little arguments. I had also forgotten how Percy was when he was so young. During this book, he is learning everything about demigods with us and is just now learning to fight. While he is pretty good for a newbie, he still only twelve and has a lot more to improve on.

I enjoyed  how light-hearted this book was. Yeah, there were still fights and impeding death at times, but it is very different from the other books. I’m not saying that in a bad way at all, I just like how we see the tone and mood of this series shift as it becomes darker and darker. This was just a nice little quest that was fun to read again. It definitely isn’t my favorite, but that’s just because Rick Riordan has some really great books later on down the road/

One thing I forgot about this book was how conscious they were. They avoid saying the names of the gods and monsters. Every time Percy says a god’s name, someone else in the scene looks up to the sky nervously. While there are many things that change through all the books, Percy’s attitude doesn’t. He is just as sassy toward the gods as he is when he is older, which I love.

For those of you who haven’t read this series, you need to get on it quickly. Just because it is classified as a middle grade book doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! If you think it is too childish, stick around for a while longer in the series. Things get real serious and dark, especially in The Heroes of Olympus. Rick Riordan grew with his audience, and made it more fit for the readers. This is a very fast read that introduces you to this whole new world that you’ll be glad you are in. It may seem crazy, the Greek gods in a modern time, but once you read it, you don’t have a second thought about it.

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Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Author: Alexandra Bracken    

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Release Date: October 15, 2013

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Non-Spoiler Summary:

Never Fade is the second installment in Alexandra Bracken’s trilogy. All this time, Ruby has tried her best to avoid her abilities. Now she has to use them everyday as she works with the Children’s League being the leader of different operations. At least, everyone calls her leader. Down in her heart Ruby knows the word to describe her and her abilities: monster. After getting some information about the IAAN cause, Ruby has to leave headquarters in search for the flash drive. Of course, the boy who is in possession of this information is Liam, the boy who no longer recognizes her. As she makes her journey across the country in search for the boy she loves, she has many difficult decisions to make. What will she choose? The information or the love of her life?

The rest of this review will have many spoilers, so I suggest you go, read Never Fade and come back.

At the end of The Darkest Minds, Ruby does something that none of us would ever expect; she erases herself from Liam. Heading into Never Fade, all we know is that Liam is somewhere in the country with no knowledge of Ruby at all. This books starts off in the middle of an op. I was very confused during this scene, because it was all new characters, and I couldn’t even tell if it was Ruby’s perspective. But after a few pages, I started to grasp the scene more and had more of an understanding of what was going on. The first few chapters show us Ruby’s new life at the headquarters and introduces us to Jude, Vida, and Nico.Jude is like an eager little puppy, that would be annoying if he wasn’t so adorable. Vida is really mean and harsh at first, but as the book goes on, I really love her character. Then there is Nico, who is quiet and stays to himself, just like the Nico from Percy Jackson.

I bought this book directly after reading The Darkest Minds, so my main priority was Liam. Where is he, how is he, and how are we going to save him. So when they bring Cole in and have Ruby search his mind and she sees Liam, I’m like jumping up and down on the inside. And then she doesn’t do or ask Cole, which I guess is understandable, but come on Ruby! Finally Cole comes to her and they talk about Liam and how he has the flash drive, and I know this is where we will begin our search for Liam. We have an awesome scene where Ruby and Jude escape and Ruby sounds so confident when she is talking back and it’s just great.

Ruby and Jude are on the journey, and shortly Vida joins in. Then, out of nowhere, we find Chubs! I loved this scene how Ruby ran to hug him, but then he was like “Oh come on Lee, give me hug,” and finds out what happened. It was so sad seeing his reaction, but I was so happy to have a familiar face around that we could trust. The four go on their way, but there are so many fighting scenes between them. Chubs and Ruby are constantly arguing and Vida throws in some sarcastic remark, but it’s still funny.

Things pick up once they are captured by the “Slip Kid.” I honestly have no idea how people actually started to follow Knox, because he was completely messed up. His little “camp” doesn’t take care of anyone, which we learn from Olivia, a girl who was at East River originally. Then out of literally nowhere, Olivia drops the bomb that Liam is there. Like in the next room. Almost dying of phenomena. But no worries, Ruby, being an awesome leader, gets a whole plan to raid supplies to get medicine for the sick kids. I loved this entire scene because we get to see Jude being awesome and electrocuting all the agents. There was only one thing that bothered me during it. Ruby is getting the medicine, and gets stabbed in the back. She is literally stabbed in the back and no one helps her. She is running and everyone just leaves. What up man? Rob captures her, but all is good, because she uses her Orange abilities and he finally dies.

When her friends rescue her, we hear Liam shouting in the background, and that was my first hint that he had some memories. We have all these follow-up scenes of Liam and Ruby, but my favorite has to be at the little market. Ruby is all sad and talks about how she knows Liam doesn’t like her, and he just comes out and says, “I don’t like you? Ruby, I love you.” He goes on about how terrifying it is to be in love with someone he has never met, and then he figures out what really happened in the Safe House.
Just as things are going okay, we get this messages from “Cate” and they decide to meet with her. I was not at all shocked that it was freaking Clancey again. She has a chance to shoot him, but doesn’t take it, and then they believe what he says. DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT  CLANCEY IS A LIAR? We get back to headquarters and we see Clancey burning all the research papers, but luckily Ruby gets some of them and we lock him in the closet.

Now, I’m just going to jump to the ending. On the TV, we see this Blue come up and shoot the president, and everyone is all happy and celebrating. While I was reading I was sitting there thinking Why didn’t he shoot him in the head? There’s no way the president would walk out without a vest on, so I knew he hadn’t died. But they celebrate anyone, and then the bombs come. They start making their way down the Tube and everything is collapsing and all I’m thinking about is how Clancey can not survive this in a closet. They make it out okay, but then we realize that Jude isn’t there. Poor little puppy dog Jude. I was sad, but not nearly as sad as I’ve been at other character deaths. Then, of course, Clancey shows up. This kid will not die. The ending scene is great though because he’s screaming how he burned the papers, and Ruby just pulls them out like “oh, these papers?”
Never Fade is probably my least favorite in this trilogy, but that’s just because the other two are amazing. I was getting frustrated with Liam and Ruby because they wouldn’t sit down and talk about what happened. For the most part, this was a really great book.