New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson

Title: New World: Rising
Author:
 Jennifer Wilson
Date Published: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
ISBN: 1619845458
Format: Paperback
Pages
: 350 pages
Status: Read from May 8 to 9, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.25
Buy it here: Amazon • Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles

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Note: This review was originally posted last May 14, 2016

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Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.”

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself.

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Before anything else, thank you so much, Jennifer Wilson, for being such an amazing bookish friend and for giving me a copy of your book. Of course, to Oftomes Publishing for the stunning cover and the weirdly unique size of the book.

New World: Rising is about Phoenix who tried to survived for five or six years after witnessing her parents’ death at the age of eleven. At the age of sixteen, she knows (more than anyone) the secret passages, how to leap from building to building, how to hide even if the enemies are one foot away and how to survive living in Tartarus.

In Phoenix’s world, there are two types of civilizations: The Sanctuary and Tartarus. Tartarus is divided into five tribes, each tribe is more brutal than the last one. Imagine that? The last tribe is already brutal, what more if it’s the first one? There are more mysterious things in The Sanctuary that were not revealed. But one thing for sure, it’s as bad as the Tartarus … or worse.

Phoenix is perfect for the heartless world Jennifer Wilson has created. She’s strong, flexible and clever. She has every quality to continue living and survive. She prefers and functions well when she’s alone. All she cared about is her own safety and how she’ll live for the next day.

But that changed when she met Mouse, the cute little kid she saved. It just shows that no matter how cruel the world asks her to be, there’s still humanity left inside her.

There’s more about the two of them, a portion of their lives that has not yet been told and I’m going to happily wait for the next book.

I finished this book last Monday but I can still feel the adrenaline rush pumping through my veins. It’s as if I am living through Phoenix and seeing through her eyes what’s it’s like to live in Tartarus. I could feel the wind splashing on my face, the stench of something burning and rotting bodies.

I’m a huge fan of Dystopian novels so this book went to number one after I read it. I just loved how fast-paced this book is. It’s also quick and easy read but it never failed, not even once, to make me feel on edge. This book has everything I want to see in a dystopian novel. The gripping action scenes that kept me wanting more, the characters that I loved and adore, and their world … the heartless and ruthless world they’re currently in.

Overall reaction:

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As a child Jennifer loved getting lost in the stories of others, but struggled greatly with reading. A notoriously slow reader who stumbled with words and spelling, Jennifer shied away from books, leaning heavily on musical theater and movies to get her inspirational fix.

It was not until in her mid-teens, when a persistent friend convinced her to read the Harry Potter series, that Jennifer found her love for the written word. J.K. Rowling’s books opened doors not only to the fascinating world of a young wizard, but to a life filled with a multitude of literary friends and fantastical worlds. Once a timid reader, Jennifer now devours books and loves getting lost in a new series.

When Jennifer is not writing, she is enjoying life in Colorado, rock climbing, camping, exploring new foods, playing with her golden retriever, Duke, and sharing her life with her handsome and wonderfully supportive husband.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Poetry books I want to read

I’ve read Milk & Honey by Rupi Kapur, some of the books by Lang Leav, and Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet. But I want more. These people are amazing for being able to transform feelings into words. There are many poetry books out there that I’ve yet to explore.

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I just want those books that will make me feel like “yeah hit me with the feels” and I think the books I listed below will give me exactly what I want.

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You Soul is a River by Nikita Gill

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Apology for Want by Mary Jo Bang

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No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay 

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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

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The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

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Some of these books are actually Ate Eunice’s recommendations. I trust her judgment when it comes to poetry books so I’m going give those books a try.

Goodreads Book Tag

I found this tag on bookdrblog – The doctor will read you now … It looks cool and I haven’t done tags since forever. I hope this spice up the blog.

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Without further ado, here’s the tag!

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WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ?

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I finished Playing the Player yesterday. I’ve been wanting to read these type of novels ever since February started. I am so happy to finally read one! I love this book. It’s so much fun reading this, cute and light read.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve been reading this book since last week. I couldn’t get myself to continue reading it. Not because it’s awful, but because it’s actually the opposite. It’s TOO good. Intense and full of action. And I am just too much of a coward because I’m too afraid because I don’t know what’s going to happen! (I used the word ‘too’ too many times in this post)

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS “TO READ”?

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I was browsing through Buzzfeed’s random posts and stumbled upon “Books to read when traveling” or something. This book is one of them. I read the synopsis and bam! It was interesting so it’s automatically added on my To-read list.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN ON READING NEXT?

I am going to finish Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet. After that, maybe I’ll read some of those cheesy books that I own.

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

I do! I just changed the star to snowflakes. So it’s more like snowflakes rating system.

ARE YOU DOING THE 2017 READING CHALLENGE?

Yes, I am doing the 2017 reading challenge. I’m kind of aiming higher than my last year that’s why I decided to read 100 books.

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DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

I keep a dozen notebooks containing my wishlist.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN ON BUYING NEXT?

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard would be released on February 07. I’m TEAM MAVEN so I’m gonna buy that as soon as it hits the bookshelves.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE QUOTES?

The quotes are from the books I’ve read from the month of January.

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
Victoria Schwab, Vicious

“When no one understands, that’s usually a good sign that you’re wrong.”
Victoria Schwab, Vicious

“War is catastrophe. It breaks families in irretrievable pieces. But those who are gone are not necessarily lost.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

“I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

“I wept because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS?

Colleen Hoover

Marie Lu

Leigh Bardugo

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ARE YOU A PART OF ANY GOODREADS GROUPS?

I’m actually part of a group but wasn’t active.

WHAT COULD GOODREADS DO BETTER?

Half stars?

January Book Haul

I know I’m two days late but … it’s better than nothing! 😉 There was a sale on Fullybooked several weeks ago and my Mom willingly (or should I say, I forced her) accompanied me. There was a 20% off for regular books and there were three large tables in the middle of the bookstore that was full of half-priced (or lower) books.

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I bought three from the table and two regular books. Individual photos of the books will be updated soon.

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1. Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz – It has an interesting synopsis but sadly, it’s the fourth book of the series. Based on the blurb on the back of the book, there are whispers and voices only Camelia could hear. She’s going crazy and she doesn’t know if she’s dead already. So I’m just gonna grab the first book and binge read this.

2. Seers by Heather Frost – Fortunately for me, this was the first book! This book has guardians, people disappearing at will, and demons! Uh-huh.

3. The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird – I’m kind of intrigued about the word “betrayal”. Maggie’s grandma was accused of being a witch and she’s on the run!  But wherever she goes, disaster follows. But I’m really intrigued about the betrayal. Oh my gosh! And the setting is in Scotland!

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton – What really caught my attention was the horse thingy and the fact that it is historical fiction. This book is actually part of my January wrap-up and I’m going to say that I am totally in love with this book.

5. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – This book is literally everywhere, on my blog, Instagram posts and on Twitter too! I’m obsessed with this book. If I could reread it again, I totally would!

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That’s my haul for the month of January! It’s quite small, I know. I convinced myself to settle for five books for the month and I’m glad I’m doing it. *sigh*

How many books did you acquire this month?