Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Banished of Muirwood: A Review (Covenant of Muirwood #1)

Goodreads:

In a stand-alone series set in the world of Muirwood, eighteen-year-old Maia is the exiled princess of Comoros and heir to the throne. As a result of her father’s ceaseless need for authority, she was left disinherited and forced to live as a servant in her enemy’s home. When the king invites chaos into the land by expelling the magical order known as the Dochte Mandar, Maia finds herself on a perilous quest to save her people. To survive, she must use magic she has learned in secret—despite the fact that women are forbidden to control it. Hunted by enemies at every turn, Maia realizes that danger lurks within her, too. Her powers threaten to steal not only her consciousness but also her sense of right and wrong. Can she set herself free and save the realm she loves—even if that realm has forgotten her?


My Review:


Maia is the great-something-odd granddaughter of Lia and Colven. She has inherited her great-something-odd grandmother’s personality and strengthen. Her father is a monster and has disowned her, so now she travels with an assassin, a carpenter/hunter, and his dog as she goes about finding safety. Only, she learns she will never be safe until she handles what has been growing inside her. 

I was so excited to renter the world of Muirwood. Although Maia is from Comoros and is royalty, she is drawn back to her ancestral home of Muirwood. Which I'm excited to read about in the next installment.

I appreciate the references to Lia, even though this is a stand-alone series. Jeff Wheeler has once again written a clean fantasy full of page-turning adventure.

4 out of 5!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Crystal Storm: A Review (Falling Kingdoms #5)

Goodreads:

The ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.

In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.

Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will.

The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.


My Review:

It's about freaking time that everyone started working together instead of against each other.

Now with the threat coming from Amara and her Empire, forces them to work together to try and overcome her.

We learn more about our beloved characters and their backgrounds. We learn more about their motivations as they are faced with trials harder than ever.

This isn't the last book, but now I'm dying to know if this series can end happy. I really hope so, because I've grown attached the the characters that have survived this far…

Which probably means they'll all die. Every character I start liking too much dies.

Sigh. I guess we will see what the Kindred have in store for these guys in the next installment. This one already gave me so many surprises, I'm wondering if there is possibly anything I don't know now. I must know how this series ends!

4 out of 5!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Table for Two: A Review

Goodreads:

Being a legal secretary is not exactly Jana Barrowman’s dream job, so when recently widowed Alex Steadman contacts her about the résumé she sent in more than a year ago with a job offer for a creative consultant position, she puts some serious thought into accepting it.The problem is, if she takes the new job, she will have to move to another state and leave her mom and dad behind. But when Jana determines that the move can help her get away from Brad—the overly adoring man in her life who she really doesn’t have any feelings for—she decides to go.

When Jana arrives for her new adventure, both Alex and his young daughter, Elise, are easily enamored with her—as is Jeff, the ward member who becomes Jana’s first date in her new town. However, Jana is not so sure about her feelings for any of them. And as she works side by side with Alex to transform a shabby house into a charming boutique, it becomes clear to her that Alex wants more than a friendship. Though Jana resists, she knows she has to work out her confusion before she loses everything that is becoming so dear to her. Will she be able to come to terms with the fact that Alex’s deceased wife, Vanessa, will always be a big part of his life, as well as Alex’s and her differing religious convictions and so many other complications that might not fit at a table for two?

My Review:

What you must understand is that this is an LDS, VERY cheesy, but very WONDERFUL love story.

Jana has been hired to help repair a craft shop for Alex’s dead wife. The decision is hard, but eventually she leaves her family and moves states away to take the job.

And let me say, I want to marry someone like Alex. He is so kind, so good to his daughter, Elise. Although he's a local celebrity, he is genuine and cares for others. He loves deeply with his whole heart and is so protective. *swoon*

Can I please marry an Alex Steadman?

Anyways, Jana is hesitant to fall in love with him because he is not a member of the church. Yet, she begins to discover her attraction to him undeniable.

And I love how patient Alex is. How understanding he is. And how receptive he is to listening to her speak about the gospel.

This was such a beautiful love story about a man coming to find God and a girl coming to learn that life will never be what you expect it to be. Seriously, I could re-read this book a million times and never tire of it.

5 out of 5!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores: A Review (The Merciless #2)

Goodreads:

Sofia is still processing the horrific truth of what happened when she and three friends performed an exorcism that spiraled horribly out of control. Ever since that night, Sofia has been haunted by bloody and demonic visions. Her therapist says they’re all in her head, but to Sofia they feel chillingly real. She just wants to get out of town, start fresh someplace else . . . until her mother dies suddenly, and Sofia gets her wish.

Sofia is sent to St. Mary’s, a creepy Catholic boarding school in Mississippi. There, seemingly everyone is doing penance for something, most of all the mysterious Jude, for whom Sofia can’t help feeling an unshakeable attraction. But when Sofia and Jude confide in each other about their pasts, something flips in him. He becomes convinced that Sofia is possessed by the devil. . . . Is an exorcism the only way to save her eternal soul?

Readers won’t be able to look away from this terrifying read full of twists and turns that will leave them wondering, Is there evil in all of us?

My Review:


Shudder. This book wasn't as fast paced as the first, but it was certainly creepy and a bit terrifying.

Sofia’s mom is dead and now she is sent to a Catholic boarding school where things aren't running like they probably should be. Her roommates are kind, but strange and awful things keep happening to them. And then there's Jude.

I didn't like him from the beginning. And I didn't like how fast Sofia fell for him, because duh, there was obviously something wrong about him.

But then again, Sofia is very stupid and very weak minded. Why I keep reading is because of the compelling story. Like, this crap is happening to Sofia not because she's stupid, but because someone is literally hell bent on turning her evil.

The end was very chilling and I'm kind of worried about what the next book will bring.

3.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Scourge of Muirwood: A Review (Legends of Muirwood #3)

Goodreads:

The Scourge of Muirwood is the final installment of the Muirwood Trilogy.

Upon discovering she is the lost heir of Pry-Ree, Lia is forced to leave the protection of Muirwood once again. She embarks upon a perilous journey across the kingdom where she avoids capture and begs passage on a ship bound to Dahomey. Lia's safety is in further jeopardy when she finally reaches Dochte Abbey and learns the hetaera have taken control. Lia must gather all her strength and muster the courage to defeat them, for if she fails, the consequence would be a world in ruin and the shattered lives of those she loves.

My Review:

Lia is now faced in a world overtaken by the evil hetaera--an evil group of women bent on destroying the world and the Medium. Lia must resist the call of their evil persuasions. Again, Colven has been separated from Lia, having to protect the fake heir of Pry-Ree. It kills me that Lia is forced to keep quiet about the truth... if only Colven knew the truth...

What's worst of all is everything and everyone is depending on Lia. The Aldermaston has helped Lia as much as he can and again, she is on her own. Her power in the Medium is stronger than ever, though.

This was a fantastic ending to a wonderful series. Although I wouldn't say it was exactly happy, it was perfect. This will series has made it to my mental list of favorites--which is a hard thing to do, mind you.

Again, another clean, awesome fantasy by Jeff Wheeler.

5 out of 5!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dating Never Works... until It Does: 100 Lessons from 1,000 Dates

Goodreads:

Tired of mixed messages, confusing signals, and of playing the dating game? Dating expert Zack Oates has experienced it all in this comical guide that will keep you happy and laughing. Perfect for audiences in dating situations of all kinds, these encouraging steps will help you find your celestial mate.


My Review:

Oh my goodness. This was perhaps the funniest dating book I have ever read. Granted, it's the only dating book I've read, but hehe. Zack Oates knows how to get a point across while being hilarious too—which helps me remember the lessons he taught better.

This book has some great advice. It's nice to know how you're not wrong or crazy in certain situations and how we all can improve in the lovely world of dating.

This really was a well done book.

5 out of 5!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Scorpio Races: A Review

Goodreads:

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.


 
My Review:


Puck Connolly is a strong-willed, hard-working, and honest girl. She stands for what she believes in and no matter who laughs or jeers at her, she will do what's right. After she and her two brothers have been orphaned by the infamous water horses, she Gabe and Finn work their butts off to keep their home.

Only…her older brother Gabe is the biggest jerk-wad on the planet and decides—without telling them—that he's going to leave the island. So, scared out of her mind, Puck joins the races to try and convince him to stay...and to make enough money to save her and Finn.

Sean is a five time champion of the Scorpio Races with his water horse, Korr. He's back in the Races and very intrigued by Puck’s entrance.

Together Sean and Puck prepare for what seems like the hardest race of their lives. Puck has to deal with a loser brother and take care of her younger. Sean has to decide what kind of man he is and what he will do with his future.

This was a beautiful book about hard decisions and growing up. I admire Sean and Puck’s strength.

4 out of 5!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Blight of Muirwood: A Review (Legends of Muirwood #2)

Goodreads:

Rising from her humble beginnings as a lost orphan, Lia is summoned to be Muirwood Abbey’s protector and special guardian for Ellowyn Demont, the lost heir of the fallen kingdom of Pry-Ree. After the death of the ruthless king at the battle of Winterrowd, the great Aldermaston and Abbey leader calls on Lia to use her mystical talents to save Muirwood from two new threats—a vengeful queen accusing the Abbey of her husband’s death and a deadly plague threatening to destroy the land.

Amidst the turmoil, a battle ensues, and soon Lia learns the world’s magic has begun to falter. As a blanket of dread envelops the Abbey, hopes are tested, and Lia will be forced to come to terms with a secret that will change her life forever.


My Review:

Lia is now 15 and has been appointed the Hunter for the Abbey. I must admit, I was surprised at how good she was at it. She didn't rely on her power with the Medium as she trained, but rather she focused on building her physical strength and endurance.

And then when Colven comes back. Gah. I learned to love him from the first book but man, he just made me angry in this one. He couldn't admit his love for Lia because she wasn't a Maston like him, and he could only marry a Maston. So heaven forbid he reject her in a nice way, but no...

He should have had more faith in Lia.

But in this novel, Lia is forced to rely mostly on herself. She grows so much, it's incredible to see the change from the Lia of the first book to the Lia at the end of this one.

Again, such a good, wholesome, clean read. The fantasy world was so vivid, I wish I could visit.

4.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Wretched of Muirwood: A Review (Legends of Muirwood #1)

Goodreads:

In the ancient and mystical land of Muirwood, Lia has known only a life of servitude. Labeled a “wretched,” an outcast unwanted and unworthy of respect, Lia is forbidden to realize her dream to read or write.

All but doomed, her days are spent toiling away as a kitchen slave under the charge of the Aldermaston, the Abbey’s watchful overseer. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the kitchen’s doorstep, an opportunity arises.

The nefarious Sheriff Almaguer soon starts a manhunt for Colvin, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her fate. In the midst of a land torn by a treacherous war between a ruthless king and a rebel army, Lia finds herself on an ominous journey that will push her to wonder if her own hidden magic is enough to set things right.

At once captivating, mysterious, and magic-infused, The Wretched of Muirwood takes the classic fantasy adventure and paints it with a story instantly epic, and yet, all its own.


My Review:

This fantasy adventure was such a wonderful breath of fresh air. Not only did Lia and Colven’s story keep me up late at night, but it was so clean. There wasn't any language or dirty scenes. It has been a while since I've read such a good, wholesome book. Jeff Wheeler reminded me how you can write a good story without foul words or dirty sex scenes.

Now, for this story, Lia is about 13 years old and Colven about 17. So I appreciate that even though Lia had a crush on Colven, nothing happened beyond friendship. Because she's 13!

What I also loved was the world building. I walked beside Lia and her friends, I was there in battle with them, there when she discovered how to have more control over the medium, and there through her pain of being a wretched.

Lia is so good. Despite the lot she's been given in life, she loves with her whole heart and always strives to do what's right.

I also love the Aldermaston. Although I hated him at first, I learned just how an amazing mentor he is.

4 out of 5!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Away From the Dark: A Review (The Light #2)

Goodreads:

Nine months ago, Sara Adams awoke with no memory. The man holding her hand told her she’s a member of The Light, a tight-knit religious group led by the terrifying and charismatic Father Gabriel. As a woman in the community of The Light, her duty is to be unquestionably obedient and to submit to the will of her husband.

But as Sara’s memory starts to return and she remembers her past, she sees that everything she’s been told is a lie. The Light is an insidious and dangerous organization, and its corrupting influence reaches well beyond the confines of the remote campus where Sara is being held.

With everything at stake, Sara struggles to sort out her true memories from her indoctrination. The desire to escape consumes her, but who can she trust? And which other followers of The Light were forced into this life, brainwashed to believe they belonged? The more she remembers, the more it becomes clear that Jacob, the man who calls himself her husband, is keeping shattering secrets of his own.

But Sara cannot flee alone, leaving innocents behind. She must fight to extinguish The Light.


My Review:

*There are spoilers here if you haven't read the first book*



Sara begins to get her memories back, and we discover she is actually Stella. She stops taking her birth control (which has the memory suppressant drug) and escapes...only to learn more truths she wasn't expecting.

Despite everything Jacob has done to her, it now looks like he is her only hope. Although I still don't like him, I do appreciate what he does for her in this book. Plus, you learn more about him....but that still doesn't excuse the way he treated her or the other women in the cult. Gag.

This book was filled with intense moments where I feared if Sara/Stella would be okay. Sure Jacob was in danger too, but I don't really care if he dies. Blech.

This sequel's language was worse than the first and the sex scenes even more descriptive. Again, something I don't appreciate, but I skipped over them and did my best to enjoy the real story.

I'm still debating if I'll read the next book, but I am dying to know what will happen to The Light after what Sara/Stella did.

3 out of 5!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Into the Light: A Review (The Light #1)

Goodreads:

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price.…

  My Review:

Cult's are terrifying.

Into the Light just shows how terrifying they are. The amount of brain washing, the creepy way they treat their people, and the abuse that goes on.

Sara is in a world where men are in control, where if you don't obey your husband or any other man, you are beat. She has no memory of her previous life, but she comes to trust her husband, Jacob.

I hate Jacob. He disgusts me. He talks about how much he loves Sara, but if he really did, he wouldn't beat her or yell at her, or force her to kneel when he comes home from work. Gah.

Outside of the The Light (the cult), Stella is doing her best to discover what exactly is going on...only when she gets to close...

This story was really good. However, there is a LOT of language, especially the "f" word, gag. And the sex scenes are a bit too descriptive for me, although they do demonstrate the culture of this cult... *shiver*

Despite my qualms, this was a captivating story.

3.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Crooked Kingdom: A Review (Six of Crows #2)

Goodreads:

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the Carnegie Medal 2017 nominated SIX OF CROWS, this is GAME OF THRONES meets OCEAN'S ELEVEN in a fantasy epic from the number 1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn - and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

As gripping, sweeping and memorable as the Grisha trilogy - SHADOW AND BONE, SIEGE AND STORM and RUIN AND RISING - this novel is perfect for fans of Laini Taylor, Kristin Cashore and GAME OF THRONES.


My Review:

Trouble is on the home front for Kaz now. After his awesome heist, and after being burned...he has a lot to deal with.

It's a good thing he has his friends.

The first book, Six of Crows, was full of adventure and intense moments, but here in this novel, even though we still have these moments, we get to know more about the characters and their stories--especially Kaz.

I came to love them all more than ever. Truly, I don't think I'll ever forget this series. I may forget the character's names after some time, but not the awesome people they were, despite their lifestyle.

And, may I say, it was about time Kaz and Inej did something about their not admitting they liked each other!

This book was filled with sorrow and happiness, wins and losses. If you loved the first book, you will definitely love this one.

5 out of 5!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Merciless: A Review (The Merciless #1)

Goodreads:

Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?
My Review:

To be honest, this bright pink cover with the upside down, golden pentagram is actually what caught my interest.

Now, I'm not a fan of exorcism books or movies, but this was calm enough that I really liked it. In fact, I liked it so much I couldn't put it down.

Sofia Flores has moved a lot due to her mother's military service. In this new town, she meets and befriends some girls...only....

None of them are what they seem to be.

*Shiver* if the description of this book doesn't clarify enaough, then I'll just tell you it gets scary. These girls are all messed up in the head. They all need help, even Sofia.

We learn dark secrets about everyone and learn how no one is truly good, but no one is truly bad either.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was Sofia's love interest...it just didn't seem to have a part in the story and was too much of an "insta-like" and then he just disappeared, so I don't even know why he's in the story except for his truck (which Sofia needs at one point).

I will say though, this book was definitely a thrill.

4.5 out of 5!

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!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gemina: A Review (The Illuminae Files #2)

Goodreads Description:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

My Review:


So I didn't read the back cover blurb for this book, so I dove right in, expecting to see what happened with Kady and Ezra next.

Ha! Just kidding. This book is about Hanna and Nik.

Remember how this series is written in journal entries and communication logs? Well, we even get some illustrations in this one, because Hanna is an artist. Man, it was so cool to see the story quite literally through Hanna's eyes.

Hanna and Nik are at the Heimdall Jump Station where Kady and Ezra are headed for safety.

But will Heimdall be safe when they get there?

Hanna is the Jump Station Captain's daughter. She's rich, and preppy, and awesome. She knows how to kick-butt. Literally. She's been practicing in the Station dojo. And she's a drug addict.

Nik happens to be Hanna's handler. He's also deeply, hilariously in love with her. He's a shameless flirt. Nik was my favorite in this book.

So when everything goes to hell, they actually become quite good friends. Who would've thought, right?

This book was so trippy. I can't say much without giving the end away, but the book started going into the time space continuum stuff my brain can't handle.

And there were weird wormy things that eat people and they terrified me. *shudder*

Once again, this was a great installment, and I believe the third book will have Hanna, Nik, Kady, and Ezra all together. At least, I'm really hoping so.

5 out of 5! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

More than the Tattooed Mormon: A Review

Goodreads Description:

Al Fox Carraway has spent the last four years inspiring the world with her story of conversion, redemption, and finding faith. As a blogger, social media personality, and award-winning public speaker, her message has reached millions. This moving biography and up-close account of her life and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the "LDS" or "Mormon" church) will show you what it means to truly trust in the Lord.

"Don't go, Al. You won't fit in."

Being baptized and following the Lord has made Al's life harder than it ever was before. She endured criticism from friends and family for becoming a Mormon. She faced harsh judgments from Church members for her appearance. She gave up everything and felt more alone than she ever had in her life. All because she chose God.

Now she shares an up-close look at how trusting God has led her to places she never expected. As a blogger, YouTuber, and award-winning public speaker, her message has reached millions. Sharing her love of the Savior, Al goes beyond her own conversion and encourages readers to choose God above anything else. This uplifting book inspires readers to build a true relationship with the Lord that will bring them real, lasting happiness.


My Review:

I love what Al Carraway has to say in this book. She is such an amazing example of someone who will do the right thing despite her family disowning her.

Carraway has faced intense challenges in her life. She has been judged hard core by people around her because she simply doesn't fit the stereotype.

Her example of being kind to those who are awful to her makes me want to improve myself. Al's heart is so huge. She loves easily, and cares so deeply.

I was actually really surprised to learn that she hates being called, "The Tattooed Mormon." I didn't follow her YouTube videos or blog like a lot of people did, but that's what I've always known her as. What she said, was that it define her for her past, not who she was today. She said it was like calling someone who was sober "The Used-To-Be Alcoholic." I loved this statement. Man, she's awesome. May we never define people by their past, but rather the person you know they really are.

I don't know what else to say other than Al has inspired me to be a better person and to love better. She's incredible and I want to be like her when I grow up.

5 out of 5!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Heart of Betrayal: A Review (The Remnant Chronicles #2)

Goodreads Description:

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save Lia's life, her erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There's Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.

My Review:

At this point, if you haven't read the first book, there will be spoilers.

Kaden has taken Lia to Venda the Barbaric country.

Or rather, where the barbaric people of vendan's elites live. The people there are fine, but the Komizar is crazy. He's a tyrant and is willing to let his people die to do his bidding.

Yet, he's really charismatic. He's a good leader in the sense, his people love him, despite his insanity.

Lia comes to befriend the Vendan peoples. She lives among them as the Komizar uses her as leverage and tries to convince her to use her gift for him. While Lia navigates the Komizar and befriending the people, she begins to discover more about her gift and Venda's past. The history Lia begins to uncover changes the circumstances and her life starts to dance on a precarious edge.

Rafe and Kaden are still at odds with each other, and their rival is rather humorous to me. I love Rafe and his loyalty to not only his country, but saving Lia.

We also learn more about Lia's gift and I find it rather interesting. It's not magic, it's more...like an emphasis of intuition. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I really like it.

I really enjoy this series. I love the characters and the world. I couldn't stop listening to this book. The narrators did great!

4.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Kiss of Deception: A Review (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

Goodreads Descriotion:

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

My Review:

When I first started blogging, this book was HUGE on the blogsophere.

But, I blog about the books I want to read. When I'm done with college, I will get more into doing professional reviews.

Yet, I finally have gotten to this series and I'm really sad I haven't read it before.

Lia was awesome. I want to be her. She's strong willed--which is something female leads lack. The book starts with her running away from home so she doesn't have to be sold of into marriage. She takes her best friend, Pauline (who is the sweetest thing on the planet) and they flee to a little town out of the main city.

Lia becomes a waitress at the cities best inn. The people LOVE her.

And then two handsome strangers show up and start to vie for her attention. We are kept in the dark as to who is who. One of them is an assassin, and one is the prince of Morrighan. But who is who?

It was such a fun book to read. There's a festival that happens and we get to see Rafe and Kaden wrestle--hehe.

And then everything changes and life become far more dangerous for Lia.

Who is the one threatening her?

And what exactly is this gift? What advantage does it give her and why does everyone want it?

I loved how this book threw me in for a loop. It was incredible! The story was well written and the world building drew me in immediately.

4.5 out of 5!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Court of Mist and Fury: A Review (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Goodreads Description:

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Review:

I changed my mind.

Tamlin is a MEGA TOOL.

Rhys however, is the best.

Never thought my mind would change so drastically. Yet, when Tamlin starts becoming overbearing and controlling, I wanted to punch him.

The things he did to Feyra after all she endured...Oh, if I was Rhys, I would kill Tamlin.

Anyways, here we see how Rhys is FAR different than the picture Maas painted in the first book. His character is so intricate, so full of history, and power. I just...I want to be able to create characters like Maas does.

My favorite aspect of this book was the comradee among Rhys and his crew. You can tell they love each other despite the fact they don't ever say it. They have been through horrible things together, through the war and Amarantha. If I were to be in this book, I'd want to be a part of Rhys's inner circle.

Feyre and Rhys are quite the couple. They build each other up, and challenge each other to be their best. They hold each other up when things get rough. They are far more functional than Tamlin and Rhys were.

The story definitely took a turn I wasn't expecting. Feyra has involved her sisters and things are only going to get worse.

Once again, this book had far too many sex scenes in it. Honestly, they had nothing to do with the plot line and I skipped them. And guess what, I didn't miss a thing.

4.5 out of 5!