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Mommy's Reading Break

I'll read almost anything if it sounds good, but I tend to read mostly YA, and a lot of those are paranormal or dystopian. I have started to branch out into more contemporary lately.

Currently reading

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Jim Dale, J.K. Rowling
Eat, Brains, Love
Jeff Hart
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Kevin Collins

MILA 2.0

MILA 2.0 - In case you can’t tell, I have been on a major HarperTeen kick lately. I’ve requested several of their books from the library, thanks in large part to Epic Reads’ Tea Time, and they seem to all have come in at the same time! Mila 2.0 was another one of these books. I’m not usually into sci-fi (or so I thought a few months ago), but Mila 2.0 was getting great reviews, and just sounded really interesting.Mila 2.0 starts off as any regular YA may. We meet Mila and are introduced to her friends, school, and troubles. There’s also a cute boy thrown in who actually adds to Mila’s troubles, as he seems interested in her, while her only friend, Kaylee, is interested in him. Needless to say, Kaylee is not exactly thrilled about this development, and unfortunately for Mila, Kaylee’s true colors come out.However, it is exactly this sequence of events that leads Mila to some interesting discoveries about herself. First, she realizes she has amazing hearing, able to hear things that she should not be able to hear from certain distances. She also finds herself moving faster than normal and unaware of her own strength. It isn’t until after an accident that Mila finds out the truth about herself: She is an android, created with human-like emotions, and that her “mother” is actually one of her creators.This is the point where Mila 2.0 really started to pick up. Mila has a very hard time believing and accepting the truth about herself, but as she finds herself on the run, she realizes more and more of her abilities and starts to face the truth. My favorite parts were when she would actually accept and use her abilities, especially when it led to some moments of kicking butt!There were a few scenes in the second half of Mila 2.0 that I just felt were a little too descriptive and possibly not necessary, but I’m wondering if they may become important as the trilogy progresses. I just tend to be the type of person that once the action picks up, I like a lot of it. Some of the descriptive moments just felt like they slowed the pace down for me a bit. They weren’t horrible, and things always picked up, but they definitely weren’t my favorites.I thought the characters were pretty great. Mila is definitely the most interesting, because though she’s technically a machine, the fact that she was programmed with human emotions makes her a very relatable character. I definitely felt bad for her when Kaylee turned on her. However, that brings us to Hunter. He was awesome. There was just something about him that I loved. Maybe it was the fact that he wasn’t like everyone else and was the only one who was truly nice to Mila. I can’t wait to find out more about him. I really missed him while Mila was on the run. General Holland was a terrific villain. He was just so creepy.I really liked the ending of Mila 2.0. There was one scene that literally had my heart in my throat, but it was just perfect. I enjoyed seeing Mila come into her own a bit, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next book. Why is so 2014 so far away?You can also read this and other reviews on my blog, Mommy's Reading Break