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!

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!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Monster Calls: A Review

Description (Goodreads):

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


My Review:

So, just like when I read Me Before You, it was the movie trailer that got me to read this book. I saw Liam Neeson talking about this new movie he was going to be in, watched it, saw that it was a book, and I went and bought the book.

And man, was that the good decision.

Although, I will say that this is not what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be more of a fantasy based book, but nope. It's about a boy whose mother is going through cancer and how he is handling her getting sicker and sicker.

This definitely has more of a psychological aspect to it than I ever thought before.

Patrick Ness is a beautiful writer. One of the huge reasons why I fell in love with this book is because of the way it's written. The words, the story. Beautiful.

Jim Kay is an amazing artist. The way the pictures flowed with the story made it so much more real.

The beauty in this story comes from Conor learning what it means to live when everything is falling apart around you and how it's okay to let go of the pain.

I just...everyone should read this book.

I hope the movie does it justice.

5 out of 5!