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Sanctuary by Caryn Lix Blog Tour | Review, Fav Quotes, & Giveaway!

Sanctuary by Caryn Lix Blog Tour | Review, Fav Quotes, & Giveaway!Sanctuary by Caryn Lix
Published by Simon Pulse on July 24, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Pages: 480
Source: Netgalley

Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

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My thoughts

I almost gave up on Sanctuary. The first 90 (give or take) pages gave us a great rundown on Kenzie’s world: how the society worked, which groups were in power, and why the ship, Sanctuary was created; but very little action. Just when I was close to marking this book as DNF – non-stop action kicked in – and I was hooked! 

Kenzie was a complex character. She was raised to believe that any individual with supernatural abilities was dangerous, and that it was a great honor to work, even die for Omnistellar, the most powerful corporation in the world that kept teen supes incarcerated. When Sanctuary was breached, and Kenzie was forced to team up with the teens for her own survival, she started to lose her loyalty and faith towards Omnistellar. The teens weren’t as non-human as she was led to believe. I admired Kenzie, because she was incredibly brave and compassionate. She couldn’t stand to see anyone in pain, and regardless of her upbringing, didn’t hesitate in helping and protecting the teens.

The setting was deliciously eerie. From the moment we met Kenzie, and the other guards on Sanctuary, I feared for them. Even though there was an advanced AI system monitoring and controlling the prison cells, the guards were seriously outnumbered by the “dangerous” teens. The story got even more nail-bitey when teens started disappearing, and strange creatures started roaming the halls. As promised, this book was full of suspense, thrill, and danger, and gave me major goosebumps.

Sanctuary was intense and shocking, and I’m so glad I didn’t give up on it. There was a big cliffhanger at the end of the book, and I really hope we get at least two sequels, because I think there’s a lot more story to tell. There’s also many characters I want to get to know better.

A few of my favorite quotes

I tucked myself behind him and drew my strength from his hand against my back, and just for one damn second, I didn’t let myself think. It was maybe the most freeing experience of my life.

There was a protective quality to his hold, as if he could somehow keep me safe if he just made me small enough.

We might be foolish. We might even be going to our deaths. But at least we were doing it together.

About the author

Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day.

When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.

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Bookish Thoughts | Goodreads: A blessing or a curse?

Do you ever wish that you didn’t read a review, or that you didn’t check the average rating for a book on Goodreads, before giving it a go yourself? I love Goodreads, I truly do, because:

  • It helps me keep track of the books I’ve read, and the books that I want to read.
  • It helps me discover a lot of books that I might not have without GR.
  • Also, and one of my favorite things about GR, is that I get to connect with other great readers.

Up until lately I’ve thought that GR was miracle-sent, now I feel like I’m starting to resent it.

I can’t think of a single book that I’ve read in the last 6 years (I joined GR in 2011) that I didn’t research on GR beforehand. Since joining GR, I feel the need to always skim reviews and gauge the average ratings for books, before trying them myself. This is something I NEVER used to do. I used to read a book’s synopsis, and if it sounded good, I’d buy or borrow it from the library.

I’m so glad that there’s a great resource out there that helps us keep track of books, and make new friends, but lately, I’ve also been irritated with how it influences my reading decisions. I feel like my initial perception of a book, and whether I’ll enjoy it or not, is being influenced by it’s ranking on Goodreads. I try to take other’s views with a grain of salt, but I still find myself shying away from books with 3.4 or less stars, regardless of the varying opinions.

Do you feel like Goodreads is a blessing or a curse?

Is it affecting your decisions to read certain books?

Do you wish that you could start taking leaps of faith again?

Let’s discuss!


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I miss the pretty dress book covers | Here’s 8 of my all-time favs!

Okay, I’ll admit that at one point there were way too many pretty dress book covers. It was pretty redundant and ridiculous, but after a nice couple years, with only a few here and there, I find myself missing them. There’s a lot of pretty dress book covers out there, but the ones below are my all-time favs!

The Selection trilogy has a lot of pretty dresses, but if I were forced to pick just one, I’d pick the gorgeous white dress on the cover of The One. I think it makes a stunning wedding dress, one that I could never pull off, let alone afford, but can definitely dream about.

I also love the dresses on the covers of The Selection spin-off series,  especially the one on the cover of The Heir. I really like how the dress falls in the back. I have no clue what that style is called. Can anyone tell me?

Feyre’s sparkly dress on on the cover of A Court of Frost and Starlight is breathtaking. What’s your favorite ACOTAR book cover dress?

I’d love to travel back to Medieval times. There were things like Branwen’s  beautiful, feminine dress on the cover of Sweet Black Waves, chivalry, beautiful art, and simplicity. Back then you actually interacted, and had conversations with people (no smartphones). I wouldn’t want to stay very long though, because, no electricity, peeing and other stuffs in a bucket, no running water – basically horrible hygiene all around – plus, double standards, oppression, religious persecution, etc.

Victorian-Age England is another time period I’d love to visit. Like Medieval times, it had pretty dresses, like Tessa’s on the cover of Clockwork Princess, chivalry, and simplicity. There was also better hygiene, so I’d stay longer.

I dream about wearing the flowy dress on the cover of Starcrossed. In my dream I feel like a goddess,  one who’s eating grapes on a chaise lounge, while being fanned by attractive, shirtless, oiled men. LOL.

The dress in Everneath is another beautiful goddess-like dress. I can’t imagine myself wearing this one though, because it’d be way too mysterious and badass for me.

The dress on the cover of Kiss of Deception is so simple, yet pretty. The flower crown is a must to pull off the whole ensemble.

What do you think about these dresses? What are some of your favorites? I’d love to know!

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Rules of Summer (Rules of Summer #1) by Joanna Philbin | Bring the sunscreen

Rules of Summer (Rules of Summer #1) by Joanna Philbin | Bring the sunscreenRules of Summer (Rules of Summer, #1) by Joanna Philbin
Published by Poppy on June 4, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook

There are two sides…to every summer.

When seventeen-year-old Rory McShane steps off the bus in East Hampton, it’s as if she’s entered another universe, one populated by impossibly beautiful people wearing pressed khakis and driving expensive cars. She’s signed on to be a summer errand girl for the Rules—a wealthy family with an enormous beachfront mansion. Upon arrival, she’s warned by other staff members to avoid socializing with the family, but Rory soon learns that may be easier said than done.

Stifled by her friends and her family’s country club scene, seventeen-year-old Isabel Rule, the youngest of the family, embarks on a breathless romance with a guy whom her parents would never approve of. It’s the summer for taking chances, and Isabel is bringing Rory along for the ride.

But will Rory’s own summer romance jeopardize her friendship with Isabel? And, after long-hidden family secrets surface, will the Rules’ picture-perfect world ever be the same?

Headed to the beach this Summer? This is the perfect book to bring along!

Unlikely friendships. Isabel and Rory come from completely different worlds. Isabel has a few siblings, no responsibilities, and is handed just about anything she wants. Rory is an only child, with a needy, selfish, immature mom, and has to work hard for everything. I liked how Isabel helped Rory gain more confidence and step out of her comfort zone. In return, Rory helped Isabel, well, become less of an entitled b*tch.

Isabel’s not the greatest. I hated her the moment she was introduced. She was that classic, rich, snobby, mean girl, who had it all, and appreciated none of it. Thankfully by the end of the book, I hated Isabel a little less, because she had started to mature.

Jarring POV swaps. The POV swaps between Rory and Isabel were rough.  The switches happened pretty sudden, and by the time I got re-acclimated with one of the girls, another switch would happen, and I was thrown off again.

Why should you read this book? Because it’s the perfect Summer read! There’s forbidden romances, family drama, flawed characters, and so much more!

Side note: I’m really looking forward to book two and how it skips a year.

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Onyx and Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1) by Mindee Arnett | Zero info-dump

Onyx and Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1) by Mindee Arnett | Zero info-dumpOnyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett
Published by HarperAudio on May 15, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Purchase

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

I finished Onyx and Ivory in one day, because it was sooo good.
Why was it sooo good? Well…

Zero info-dump. This book introduces us to many territories, characters, and types of magic, all of which are easy to keep straight, because of the gradual introductions through casual and natural dialogue.

I was duped. I really liked the daydrake mystery, because the orchestrator of the attacks was not who I was expecting.

A great cast of characters. I liked all the characters in this book, especially Dal, because he reminded me of my favorite Shatter Me character, Kenji. Dal’s that awesome friend who always has your back. He also tells it like it is. If you’re being a jerk, he’s gonna call you out on it. Like Kenji, Dal will also do it in a funny and sarcastic way. There were a few other characters like Signe, who I wanted to know more about, but didn’t get the opportunity to, because she wasn’t fleshed out enough. Hopefully in the book(s) to come, she and the others will be.

A romance worth rooting for. Kate and Corwin had great chemistry, a by-product of their constant witty, funny, and swoon-y banter. I also adore romances that start with friendship, and then develop into something more, so I was team #Korwin from the beginning.

I really enjoyed Onyx and Ivory, and I hope that book two is just as good. I also hope that we get a little more Kate, and a little less Corwin in book two. I liked Corwin well enough, but sometimes his chapters dragged, and I was more interested in knowing what Kate was up to.