Review “Partials” by Dan Wells

Title: Partials
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 28, 2012

From Goodreads

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.

The world has ended. The remaining humans have hauled up on Long Island, NY. The only problem? They cannot successfully reproduce. With the human race on an accelerated path to extinction humans are being forced to the breaking point. With the mysterious Voice staging attacked all over Long Island and the government forcing teenagers to get pregnant as soon as possible and as often as possible hoping that more babies means a better chance of survival. When Kira’s best friend becomes pregnant it is her mission to make sure that she survives.

What I thought:

I loved this book! If you are a fan of Will Smith’s “I Am Legend” and “I-Robot” you are going to love this YA book! Kira is a kick-butt teenage girl with a passion for saving the human race, even when it seems everyone else has given in to the grim reality of life. Kira is such an inspiring female lead that conquers over many other YA books to show girls that they can be both strong and passionate.

The addition of Samm (yes two M’s) into the book was fantastic. Readers will be immediately drawn to this mysterious and dangerous creature. Oh, and did I mention he was a Partial? On a mission into Manhattan to capture a Partial for research Kira comes home with Samm. While Kira’s life is turned upside down by the government and the terrorist group The Voice, Samm reveals some startling information that will force Kira onto yet another journey.

Throughout Partials Kira has to go through several journey’s. Her story is not a singular harsh event she has to overcome it is several right after each other. That is one of the reasons that made me love Partials. It is a journey that reminded me of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, another book that I absolutely adored.

I have become an instant fan of Fan Wells and cannot wait for Fragments (Partials #2) which will be release next year or for Isolation (Partials # 0.5) which will be released in August.

Isaac (WANT) VS. Adrian (GOLDEN LILY)

Recently I read two books that made my heart race and pump in two completely different ways. One made me think about how much I NEVER want to get a boyfriend or get involved in the mysterious world of dating. The other made me want to run around to find a guy EXACTLY like the one I had just read about. Both books/characters left me thinking non-stop for days about them; one in an amazing way, the other in a I want to castrate.

**WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS**

In this corner we have Isaac Lorache!

Matt Bomer

Pro’s:
28
musician
Graduated from New England Conservatory
Composer
Very good looking (I mean come on, just look at that picture! *drools*)

Con’s
28
Very good looking (totally my downfall)
Broken
Weak/Selfish


In the other corner we have Adrian Ivashkov

Ian Somerhalder

Pro’s
Very good looking
Early 20′s (depends on which book you are reading)
Passionate

Con’s
Dirty habits (smoking, drinking)
Lack of focus
Heartbroken

**REMEMBER SPOILERS**

While reading Want by Stephanie Lawton I immediately fell head over heels in love with the main boy toy Isaac. Seriously I don’t think any girl can look at that picture (provided by Stephanie Lawton) and not need a drool bucket. Like Juli, I loved the fact that Isaac was musically talented. I loved how attentive he seemed at first. I loved how he wanted Juli to succeed and go to New England Conservatory. Loved. Loved. Loved.
I was in love with Isaac even after I found out what happened in his past. I was willing to overlook that because it was the right thing to do. It wasn’t fair to judge him on his relationship with someone who was only two years younger than him. I was willing to overlook the fact that Isaac had already graduated college and Juli was still in high school. I overlooked a lot of things. Then the ending happened. Then the entire story was changed and every single interaction that happened between Isaac and Juli was tested in my head and every thing was looked at differently.
Take one of the scene’s near the end for example. Isaac is afraid for his reputation again, he is afraid the he will receive the same treatment by the town that he received years earlier. Juli is humiliated publicly in front of the town and does he dash onto the stage to protect her honor like the young man I had dreamed of? Nope. He runs away with his tail between his legs like the little baby that he is. That’s not a man. That’s a child. So sorry if that’s harsh but he should not have abandoned her like he did. She gave him so much and he took it and ran like a little boy.
Throughout Want I wasn’t Dave’s biggest fan, but the way that he stepped up in the end and became the guy that Juli deserved totally had me. While reading Want I thought that Dave was just trying to break Isaac and Juli up but in reality he was trying to protect her. Note to all girls out there, if a guy acts like Dave he is trying to protect you not destroy your relationship. Needless to say Isaac needs to leave forever and let Dave and Juli figure out where their future will lead.

Then there was Adrian Ivashkov. Adrian. Adrian. Adrian. What can I say about Adrian. When he was in Vampire Academy my heart shattered for Adrian! The first time I ever heard the song Grenade by Bruno Mars was during a car ride to Atlanta to see Richelle Mead. This was right after reading Last Sacrifice where Rose destroyed him. Maybe that’s why I love Adrian so much. The difference between Isaac and Adrian is that (from my perception of both of these books) Isaac was just run out of town. He was humiliated, he was inconvenienced, but he was not destroyed. Adrian was destroyed. Broken. Shattered.
My heart broke right along side Adrian. I hated Rose because she broke him. Maybe that’s why I sympathize with Adrian more than I do with Isaac because in the end it was Adrian that was left. As opposed to Isaac doing the leaving/running away in Want.
One of the things that I also love about Adrian is how completely sweet he is! If you’ve read The Golden Lily (which you should have because this has spoilers) you will know that Adrian lies about not knowing how to drive the manual Mustang just so that Sydney can teach him, just so that he can spend time with her. He stands up for Sydney when she doesn’t want to do things (like give her blood for research) and is incredibly patient with her aversion to vampire magic.

Given the choice between the I would marry Adrian in an instant and then punch Isaac in the face. Let me know who you guys pick!

Throwback Thursday #6

It’s my sixth Throwback Thursday and I blame Lauren at The Housework Can Wait, and Mandi Kaye for my obsession with this idea! From Lauren’s website, Throwback Thursday is a day to:

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

When I was 16 (2007) a movie called The Seeker: The Dark is Rising was released and I instantly fell in love. What I loved even more about this movie was the discovery of books! Hallelujah! I almost love it more when I find out movies were based on books than when I find out books are going to be adapted (aka when I don’t read the book first). I know that if I love the movie then I will most definitely love the book because, as we all know, books are ALWAYS better than the movies.
Do you guys know what’s better than discovering the movie you love is based off of a book? Finding out that it’s part of a SEQUENCE of books! And let me tell you guys! The ending of the series (and a lot of the themes within it) left me with a heavy heart. Like The Belgariad from last weeks Throwback Thursday this series follows a series of children but that doesn’t always mean it’s only a chidren’s book. You guys really need to check these out!

“Want” Blog Tour!

Today I am lucky to take part in Stephanie Lawton’s blog tour for her debut novel Want. I am so excited to have my favorite character, Dave, on the blog today to answer some questions!

1) What is it about music, and piano in particular, that draws you in?

Are you kidding? It’s like catnip. One chord and the chicks swoon. Two chords and they’re in your lap. Three … :)

Okay, seriously, my mom’s an elementary school music teacher and she started giving me lessons when I was little. At first it was just a way to get her undivided attention. I have three sisters that usually hogged her time, so our lessons were really special to me. Then, when we discovered I was actually pretty good and I enjoyed it, I could see it made her proud. I wanted her to always look at me like that, so I kept going and didn’t quit. By high school it was an obsession and the rest is history.

2) What instruments can you play (besides piano and french horn) or ones that you wish to learn?

I can pick up almost anything I try, but for college I needed to narrow it down to two to focus on. Piano was a given, and the other I chose because it’s a little off the beaten path. I mean, trumpet players are a dime a dozen. Same with violin. Don’t get me wrong, I look damn cute with a flute, but I’ve been told I’m full of hot air so horn suits me best.

3) Favorite classical song? Non-classical.

Hmm, Juli’s got me on quite the Rachmaninoff kick, but I love Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” As for non-classical, I’m generally a ’90s grunge kind of guy, though I still listen to modern alternative. I love “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers and “Angels on the Moon” from Thriving Ivory.

4) What is your ideal girl like?

Juli. ‘Nuff said.

Spoiler(ish) questions.

5) What did you think about Isaac’s past?

Ehhh, I hate talking about him. *curses* It took Ike a full year to tell me his deal. We’d been roomates for an entire year, practically inseperable, before he told me why he never went home over breaks or holidays. Even for a dude, that’s a long time to hold out before trusting someone with your story. I thought the whole situation really blew, but I couldn’t understand why he caved to some crotchety lady whose pearls were too tight. Then he told me what she did. I pictured one of my friends’ moms and … *shudders*. I’m the last person to make excuses for him, but I understand why he’s so messed up.

6) How did you first react when Isaac told you his student could play Rachmaninoff better than you?

It wouldn’t be right repeat what I actually said to him, but I creatively told him to shut up and stop sniffing paint fumes. I couple days later when I finally got to talk to Juli on the phone, I knew I had to meet this crazy chick. Ike couldn’t stop bragging about her.

7) What did it feel like watching Juli fall in love with Isaac when you knew he wasn’t right for her.

It felt like having your nuts and your heart ripped out at the same time. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and I still don’t know if I made the right decision. I kept telling myself to stay out of whatever mess they had going on, but a guy can only take so much, yeah? I saw he was going to turn tail and run again and I swear to God I almost chased after him to smash his face into the pavement, but I figured it was more important to get Juli the hell out of that witch’s claws.

8. How did it feel knowing Juli had secrets? What was your reaction when you finally discovered what they were?

Wow, you’re going for the jugular. Thing is, I kind of knew. Unlike some guys–ahem–I pay attention to other people instead of just myself. Even the most high-strung chick doesn’t cry on the shoulder of some guy she hardly knows, so when she came apart in her kitchen at Christmas, I figured she had no one else to turn to, and that was the saddest damn thing I’d seen in a long time. Maybe even sadder than Ike’s Mancard status. I wanted to slap the crap out of her family for not being there, and I even went to Ike’s Uncle Robert to see if he had any insight. He told me about his suspicions, but that when he tried to get Juli help, she flipped. I didn’t know the extent of things or I would have stepped in earlier.

I didn’t feel right doing that until after the Mystics ball and the shitstorm that followed. Pardon my language. That was the last straw and that’s the closest I’ve ever come to killing someone. I may not be the biggest guy, but I don’t think her dad will ever forget me.

9) What does the future hold for you and Juli?

We take it one day at a time. She’s got a lot to sort through, and I’m honored that she wants me by her side while she figures it all out. I visit Mobile as much as I can and we talk every day. Just a few more months and she’ll be in Boston where none of that crap can touch her again. I bet she really takes off. Hope she doesn’t outgrow me, though.

10) How does your friendship with Isaac continue after what he did to Juli?

Right now, it doesn’t. He went too far this time. He’s not a kid anymore and doesn’t have an excuse for how he reacted. When he decides to grow up and grow a pair, maybe we’ll talk.

You can also all check out my review for Want here and be sure to check out the blog tour schedule here

Inkspell Publishing is also giving away an e-copy of Want!

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Thanks to Kelly Simmon for inviting me to be part of this tour, Stephanie Lawton, and Inkspell Publishing!