Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The List: A Review

Goodreads:

Ashley Barrett doesn't want to get married. At least, not anytime soon. She doesn't care how many of her friends and family members and fellow churchgoers had weddings before they finished college -- the last thing she needs in her fun-loving twenties is the dead-weight of some guy. And that's why she created The List. By the time she completes all twenty-five goals -- from learning a language to skydiving to perfecting the art of making sushi -- she'll be more ready to settle down. Maybe.

This summer in California is a prime time for Ashley to cross two items off the list: learn to surf (#13) and have a summer romance (#17). And Matt Gibson, the best surf instructor in Huntington Beach and the most wanted guy in the singles ward, is the perfect man for the job. Ashley hatches a plan to love him and leave him before heading off to grad school in the fall (#4, get a master's degree). But when Matt decides he doesn't like the "leaving" part, Ashley's carefully laid plans are turned sideways. Now Ashley faces an unexpected dilemma: should she stick to the safety of The List, or risk everything for a love that may tie her down —- or might set her free?

  My Review:

I actually won this book at the American Night Writers Association Conference a few years back and only recently got to it. I actually had Melanie Jacobson sign it, she's an awesome lady.

So, Ashley has a list of 25 goals she wants to accomplish before she gets married. She has older sisters who haven't exactly had the greatest time with their marriages thus far, and Ashley's become afraid of commitment. Her List is her safety net...

Until she meets Matt.

*Swoon* Oh Matt. This guy is basically perfection. Like, obviously this is a romance book because no one is as perfect as Matt. But that's okay, I went into this novel knowing it was a cheesy, but well written romance.

Needless to say, Matt teaches Ashley some lessons about life, about how to trust, and how to look beyond the List and see people for who they really are.

It was a quick, lovely read. If you like cheesy romances, I highly recommend this book!

4 out of 5!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Six of Crows: A Review (Six of Crows #1)

Goodreads:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.
My Review:

Kaz Brekker is probably the coolest bad guy I've ever read about. He's known for his gloves and his cane. He is feared throughout his city, for he owns it, and now...he needs help acquiring money beyond his wildest dreams.

The team Kaz puts together is filled with ruffians and scoundrels who walk the streets, stealing, gambling, plotting, killing. And when put together, they make a deadly group. They also make a hilarious group. Not all of them get along, and it makes for some good laughs--however sometimes their fights worried me. I like all of them together.

So Kaz, being very full of himself decides he needs to break into the unbreakable. Kaz's genius is shown throughout this whole book. He boggles my mind. If he were real, I might try to befriend him (he'd probably scare me too much to get too close to him though...)

If you love a story filled with magic, thievery, and well-rounded characters then this book is for you.

5 out of 5!

Let's take a moment to appreciate the fan art here too. I can't really chose a favorite, but Jesper is perhaps the funniest, and if I were in this series, I would be Inej.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blackout: A Review (Newsflesh #3)

Goodreads:

Rise up while you can. -Georgia Mason

The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn't end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. They uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this:

Things can always get worse.

Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated Feed and the sequel, Deadline.
My Review:

I just love when a series continuously gets better with each book. I feel that it's such a rare thing. Yet, Mira Grant has proved me wrong.

Here, After the End Times (the news agency Shaun Mason runs) is faced with so many various obstacles, I commend them for just staying ALIVE. There's so much more to the zombie breakout than we thought. There's more to President Ryman's campaign and presidency...

So much!

I kept turning pages. I couldn't put it down. I had to know what would happen next.

Despite the lives lost, and the battles lost, After the End Times comes out conqueror. And man, oh man, did they fight for it and their lives. It was incredible. I love how the Masons always seek for truth despite how dangerous it could be.

This was a beautiful series with a great ending.

There is some language, and a part that bothers some people (I've heard them call it incest but...if the two characters aren't related, then is it really? It didn't bother or surprise me, and I would NOT call it incest--it doesn't even fit the definition).

On that bright note, I do highly recommend this series if you love a good zombie filled futuristic world!

5 out of 5!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Catacomb: A Review (Asylum #3)

Goodreads:

Sometimes the past is better off buried.

Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed.. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

In this finale to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.

My Review:

Following this series with Dan, Jordan, and Abby has been an adventure, but I do have to say the last book didn't live up to the last two.

It could be that it wasn't focused so much on the creepy Asylum, Brookline, anymore, but... *shrug* this finale to the series wasn't my favorite. In fact, I was left hanging, thinking there would be another book. Plus, I didn't feel the characters grew very much or really learned anything. The creep factor was there, but it was all kind of stale.

This was kind of a bummer considering how much I loved the other two.

However, the writing style was just as great.

If you like creepy stories, this series is wonderful, but I don't think I'd recommend the last book.

2 out of 5!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Deadline: A Review (Newsflesh #2)

Goodreads:

Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.


My Review
*This review contains spoilers if you have not finished the first book, Feed*



Shaun is now running his news agency without Georgia and his best friend, Buffy. Although he still has his team, he feels lost without those two. He used to be the brave, daring one who would go out and taunt zombies, but that just doesn't appeal to him anymore--the whole news doesn't appeal to him any longer, but he keeps going for Georgia.

This story gets really turning when a CDC agent shows up and starts telling Shaun about the secrets the government has been keeping.

Although I missed Georgia in this story, I rather enjoyed seeing the growth of Shaun and how he managed to move on and still report the truth. He stayed strong, despite his weak moments. I also love his team, and how they helped and encouraged him.

A wonderful sequel to Feed.

Again, there was a bit of language, but I still enjoyed the book.

4 out of 5!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Feed: A Review (Newsflesh #1)

Goodreads:

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

My Review:

I am a lover of anything zombie. I don't know why, because when it comes to scary, other than realistic situations, these are the only things that scare me.

However, what I truly loved about this book, was even though zombies ran rampant, it wasn't an apocalyptic book. Georgia and Shaun Mason live in a world very similar to ours, just filled with zombies and blood tests. In fact, these young adults are bloggers who start following the upcoming election.

Ya, a zombie book about the next presidential election.

It was fascinating. I got to see this new world vastly different beyond our own. I saw how the parents long for the days before the zombies came, and how society leans more on technology more than ever--because they are literally afraid of the outdoors.

The intrigue and betrayals and adventure in this book are endless. I was kept guessing and genuinely horrified when not only zombies attacked, but certain people too.

And I also loved the references to our day, how they joked about a lot of what we do. Georgia and Shaun's news team accounted for loads of hilarity.

Granted, this story did have some language, but otherwise, it was really well written.

4 out of 5!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Stalking Jack the Ripper: A Review (Book #1)

Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

My Review:

I don't know why, but Jack the Ripper has always been an interesting....person to me. Now, I don't go around studying serial killers, but seeing that there was a historical mystery about him definitely peaked my interest.
And I have to say, my interest was well founded.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a woman beyond her time. She is studying the "forbidden" arts of autopsies and the human anatomy--medicine. Despite her being a woman in the late 19th century, she rose above the stereotypes and convinced her father to let her study medicine. As Audrey works with her uncle, they both discover there's a connection between all these dead women.

This book is filled with twists and surprises. It was so much fun to travel with Audrey and her friends to discover who Jack the Ripper was.

Kerri Maniscalco did a beautiful job at writing this story. I'm excited for the next murder mystery Audrey is going to help solve. (And can I just say, what a beautiful and intriguing cover).

4.5 out of 5!