Wednesday, February 22, 2017

After You: A Review (Me Before You #2)

Goodreads Description:

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

My Review:


My heart!

This book hurt my heart more than the first book. Will Traynor was so selfish! He destroyed Lou's life. DESTROYED IT!

She is a complete mess at the beginning of this book. Physically and mentally. She can't handle life. She is stuck in a ruminating state and can't find anything to be happy about. She wastes her nights drinking herself to sleep and watching TV. She doesn't know how to socialize anymore or have real relationships.

Lou has cracked.

And yet, Sam has come to save the day. In more ways than one. Ah! I love Sam!

Sam has comes in and teaches Lou how to be a normal human being again. He teaches her that it's okay to move on from the death of someone you loved more than life. He taught her what it was like to live again.

Oh Sam, you are a lifesaver.

I also appreciate how Lou's Mom stops being an idiot. Her statement at the end of Me Before You ticked me off. Thankfully, Lou is welcomed back and she begins to realize the importance of family.

I won't give away any spoilers, but I will say this--

The ending is so much better in this book than the first!

4.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Illuminae: A Review (The Illuminae Files #1)

Goodreads Description:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

My Review:

All right, so this book is hard to get used to at first. This series takes place in the future and the story is told from various point of views. The surveillance guy is perhaps my favorite, but let me explain a little more.

So Kady and Ezra are two characters who had to escape the destruction/overtaking of their illegal home planet. We see their story through their journal entries, their communication through their futuristic version of Instant Messaging, and recorded "phone" calls.

Like I said, it is hard to get used to, but once I started reading, I was hooked. I had to know was BiTech was doing and why they were attacking this planet and the survivors. I needed to know what their motivation was for trying to kill all witnesses.

This book was also fast paced despite it's length. There was never a dull moment. Then again, with Kady there is never a dull moment. She is a the best computer hacker that ever existed. And I know she will be the reason for BiTech's downfall.

I won't reveal too much, but the plague absolutely terrified me. Chemical warfare is absolutely horrifying.

If you enjoy espionage and intrigue, cool futuristic technology, and a super computer that seems to have a crush on you, this is the series to read! I'm so excited for the second book!

And something I find hilarious about this series, is that the story "documents" that are turned in to the overseer have been censored. All the curse words are literally blacked out! Haha. I found that awesome.

5 out of 5!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Court of Thorns and Roses: A Review (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

Goodreads Descriotion:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
My Review:


Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorite authors. The beautiful way she creates worlds and the cultures within them, the depth of her characters, the beauty of their pasts (bad or good), their talents. She knows how to write a compelling story that draws you in and keeps you stuck.

But I'm really disappointed at the turns she's been taking in her books. I've been a fan of Throne of Glass for a long time, and her sex scenes in there are tame and usually fade to black...

A Court of Thorns and Roses is listed a YA novel, but if I had teenagers, I WOULD NOT let them read this series. I even had to put it away for a while and decide if I could continue listening to it.

Her sex scenes are graphic and descriptive, and honestly, I don't think you need that to make a story good. Sex scenes don't move a story forward, they just attract readers who want a steamy scene.

I read Maas's books for her stories. However, in this book I finally just started skipping the sex scenes.

And guess what! I didn't miss a thing.

This shouldn't be listed as a YA novel.

Now that my rant is over, I will have to say I fell in love with the story. Feyre isn't the strongest female lead out there, but she's got her head on straight. She will do anything to save her sisters and dad, even when they don't do anything to help her.

Tamlin was the beast in this Beauty and the Beast story. Man, I fell in love with him instantly. I loved the culture of the Fae world. It entranced and horrified me.

The trails Feyra must go through as this book progesses gets scarier and scarier. She gets stronger and learns how to kick butt even though she's only human among Fae thrity times stronger than her.

This book was hard to put down (story wise, I did mention I put it away for a while because of the intense sex scenes I decided to ignore).

I love the characters in this book. I need the second one.

3 out of 5!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Darkest Magic: A Review (Spirit and Thieves #2)

Goodreads Description:

In the second installment of New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes's highly acclaimed Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, danger looms and the mystery deepens as two warring evils vie for possession of one elusive, powerful book.

Modern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca's spirit to Ancient Mytica--the same book that their enemies would kill them for.

Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down.

Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca--and the remarkable book in their possession.

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes takes readers into exhilarating new high-fantasy territory with volume two of the Book of Spirits and Thieves series, an epic contemporary saga perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander.
My Review:

Well, this book had a lot of twists and turns I wasn't expecting.

We dive a little deeper into the history of Crys's and Becca's family and just how messed up they are. We learn secrets that will change everything...but will it save them, or help them?

I will say, most of the humor in this book lied with Maddox and Barnabas. They were my two favorite characters. The banter they had, as well as the friendship they had, made for a wonderful comic relief among the tense situations.

And let's not forget the hilarity of the talking head they acquire.

As the series continues, I like Farrell less and less. He is weak-minded, hot-headed, and a push over. He's a weak character who causes havoc from his stupidity. I wonder, now that circumstances have changed (drastically, but I won't spoil) what he will do now.

I have come to really like Becca. She's strong and smart, and willing to get things done. Her older sister Crys, rushes into things and keeps secrets she has no right to. I wonder how strong their sisterhood will be as the series continues.

And most of all, how much will modern day Canada become wrapped into the Mytica world??

This was another great book by Morgan Rhodes. I love the world she has created.

3.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: A Review (HP# 7)

Goodreads Description:

It's no longer safe for Harry at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. Professor Dumbledore has given them clues about what they need to do to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, once and for all, but it's up to them to figure out what these hints and suggestions really mean.

Their cross-country odyssey has them searching desperately for the answers, while evading capture or death at every turn. At the same time, their friendship, fortitude, and sense of right and wrong are tested in ways they never could have imagined.

The ultimate battle between good and evil that closes out this final chapter of the epic series takes place where Harry's Wizarding life began: at Hogwarts. The satisfying conclusion offers shocking last-minute twists, incredible acts of courage, powerful new forms of magic, and the resolution of many mysteries.

Above all, this intense, cathartic book serves as a clear statement of the message at the heart of the Harry Potter series: that choice matters much more than destiny, and that love will always triumph over death.

My Review:

I was listening to this book as I was reading, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I thought it was kind of fun to be right where Harry Potter's story ended and his son, Albus's, began.

I listened to the majority of this book as I was driving back to college in Idaho from Arizona. My dad came along with me to help me move in and made the comment, "I don't remember any of this from the movie."

I laughed.

Although this book was made into two movies, there was a lot taken out and/or channged. However, I still loved going back to the original.

So much happens in this book that defines who Harry, Hermione, and Ron are. They are faced with trials beyond any they've faced before, and if it weren't for Hermione and Nevill, they would all be dead.

Because let's face it, Hermione kept Harry and Ron alive, and Nevill kept Dumbledore's Army alive while the trio were hunting horcuxes.

My favorite aspect of this book was coming to know Dumbledore better. We see how he became the man he was, the intelligent, caring headmaster who took care and taught so many students to be the best wizard and witches they could be.

I love Harry Potter, and maybe in a few years, I'll be listening to this series again.

4.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

One Was Lost: A Review

Goodreads Description:

Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…



My Review:


I am always down for a good scary book--a good thriller that will keep me on my toes.

And this book did NOT disappoint. I was flying back to college and I started it on the plane and finished it when I got home. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to put it down.

I thought I knew who the bad guy was, I really did. But dang, I was wrong. I was so, so wrong. My mind was tripping over all the clues she was giving and I couldn't place what was actually happening. Certain characters were suspicious, and then not, and then they were again.

*shakes head*

This is one of the best thriller books I have read in a very, very long time.

The words on their arms were freaky, the finger and skinned animals made me want to cry.

The voodoo dolls made me want to curl under my covers and hide.

Man, oh, man. This book was incredible.

5 out of 5! 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The End: A Review (The Enemy #7)

Description (Goodreads):

The end is coming.

The sickness struck everyone sixteen and older. First it twisted their minds; next it ravaged their bodies. Now the sickos—crazed and hungry for young flesh—are gathered in the center of London, lying in wait.

It’s time for all of the survivors—kids spread out across the city—to unite. They must come up with a plan of attack to end the grown-ups’ reign of terror before it is too late.

One thing is certain: surprises abound in the bloody conclusion to Charlie Higson’s Enemy saga.


My Review:


Finally! The end has come to this amazing series!

I have been waiting for this book for over a year! This was a fantastic ending.

There was so much more intrigue and wondering who was going to get along and who would fight the grown-ups. There are so many kids I'm routing for and so many who actually made me hate them. I didn't want anyone to die, but I wasn't sad when some of them did...

Everyone I wanted to live, did live though. I was so happy about that, because I had so many favorite die!

BUT, that's what you get when you read an apocalyptic book.

What I really appreciated is that this book didn't just, end end. Like, everything wasn't suddenly perfect and fine. Rather, we were given clues to how the kids would put the world back together and were left to imagine the rest. An ending like this, is my personal favorite. There's no reason to tie everything in a bow (unless it's a love story, then it dang sure better be in that perfectly tied bow) in a book like this.

The armies of children have come to fight the army of grown-ups. The kids have tricks up their sleeves, but so do the grown-ups! That's what was so terrifying about this series. The zombie grown ups could think. And they were so clever.

Once again, I rather loved this series. If you like zombie books, this is one you need to read.

5 out of 5!