Thursday, December 4, 2014

Rite of Rejection

Rite of Rejection- by  2.5 STARS

Rite of RejectionSynopsis
"Before you stands the future."
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can't wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she's shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.
A life behind barbed-wire fences with the world's most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she's almost certain she can learn to love.
But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

*Netgalley provided a copy in exchange for an honest review 

Generally, the book was an easy read that was interesting. The ending was terrible. I actually hated it. It left me uncertain as to whether there would be another book. Not quite a cliffhanger but leaving it open enough. Except, honestly, this book does not need a sequel. And if there was one, I wouldn't read it. While I liked the book while reading it. I was less than impressed and feel minor contempt towards the book. Frankly, the book had a unique plot, but failed to develop fully and provide enough depth and plot movement to really capture my attention. The book was easy enough to read, but there was no connection for me and so once I was finished, I just wanted to move on. 

This book sounded right up my alley! But it fell a little flat. In basically every department there was something wrong. Except for maybe the writing. I didnt feel as strongly as some of the other reviewers regarding the purpose of the delinquents in the long run, but i certainly questioned it.Specifically, I wondered their long term purpose. If they cant reproduce and dont work, what are they providing to life. But the logical side of me understands, this is what prisons are, this is what internment camps were, and in the respect I get it. But at the same time, its truly hard outside the book to understand why the author failed to provide some purpose of the exile. i.e. good behavior = redemption or the like.

I recognize that the main character is naive, as most progatonist start off. And I enjoyed that she blossomed into her own throughout the book. Unforutnately the love aspect, and attempt at a triangle seemed awkward and weird. With all the characters. Elizabeth, Molly, Eric, Rebecca and Daniel as a group were interesting, collectively I liked them. But individually, I dont think I knew any of them. Each one on their own seemed irrelevant. I was actually really frustrated with the way certain aspects turned out, because there is never resolution or discussion, or explanation. I want to WHY! I had to read between the lines for a lot things. And thats okay sometimes, but this book missed the mark on multiple occasions. Especially with Elizabeth.

There seemed to be a VERY sorry attempt at a love story. There was no story. Each part was odd and mysterious. Why didnt anyone ever tell Rebecca? Why was Eric so drawn to Rebecca? Was she drawn to him or Daniel? Why did she like either? Both? One? This whole storyline just seemed so off putting and awkward.

The escape could have better executed. In more than one way. In fact, I was extremely disappointed with the outcome. So many things could have happened here. I understand why the author did what she did. But, I felt that the book became extremely stagnant after this point in the book. I also didnt understand nor did I feel that I got closure on a number of issues. Especially Eric. I was VERY confused about that and believe a better explanation could have benefit the reader greatly. 

In fact, I felt there was not only a lack of connection to many of the characters and the plot was lacking in depth but I think the entire book lacked depth. Generally, the book was an easy quick read, with an interesting and unique plot. But the execution was sorely lacking. I ended up disappointed. I would have preferred more depth, and action, the constant observant feel left me wanting more.

I was drawn to Eric and Daniel equally but could have done without the awkward love triangle "angle". While I see where this was going, it didnt work. much to my dismay, the author should have just developed this book better with beta readers.

I wasn't fond of Elizabeth or Molly and quite frankly didnt understand why Rebecca bothered to really fit in with them but for Eric (and see what happened there?!) I was disappointed with the lack of character development on all fronts.

Monday, December 1, 2014

One Song Away

One Song Away- Molli Moran - 2.5 STARS

She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…
Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn't taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.
Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn't have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush (and former best friend) is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees...on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: re-introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.
Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn't bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. Sweet moments where she forgets they aren't really dating. And she didn't count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.
Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep...and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or finally write her own song?

*received a copy from net galley in exchange for an honest review 

Do you ever like a book, but not really? Thats how I felt about this one. This was a short, easy and fun read. It isnt too emotionally deep, or ridiculous. The plot line is fine, its cute. I enjoyed the book as I read it. But I didnt have any strong desire to keep reading either. I wasn't invested in the characters. Or their story. I liked Jake a lot, and I liked Sophie Claire but, they seemed so one note. And so obvious. There was no mystery to me, Jake was plain as day.

Plot- I was really drawn into reading this based on the synopsis, it sounded just up my alley. But I was a little disappointed. The plot summary seemed to be far more intense and complicated than the book itself. The biggest problem with this book is the lack of intrigue or mystery. There are no problems for the couple to face. No obstacles to overcome. Not really. The ones that are there are extremely superficial. While there was no problem with the Authors writing, the book was just too simplistic for me. 
The book started really well, I was gripped immediately. But it was short lived. I felt like we were in Sophie's head non stop, with less true interaction, which is necessary but felt overwhelming at times.  I really liked the idea between Sophie and Jake but felt there was something lacking. It was a lack of chemistry and seemed underwhelming. 

Sophie Claire- Sophie Claire was interesting and charismatic. I liked her personality and her internal thought process a lot. As a character, I was fond of her generally. Her POV was great. It was interesting to go through the motions from her perspective, because at that age, I would have gone through the same gambit of emotions she did. And I think thats what saved this book at all. I actually liked the characters. I also enjoyed the side characters that Sophie interacted with. I felt that her relationships with people were solid, strong and built to last. Every one she was close with, didnt necessarily serve a purpose but did show a level of depth for Sophie Claire. I liked the reminiscent part of the story too, where she would relive a memory or a moment with Jake, showing the reader a glimpse of who these two people once were compared to now. Towards the end of the book, I grew frustrated. I felt there was a lack of connection to the reader. Things seemed too easy and obvious, and Sophie started to annoy me. In the end, it was a HEA, but It was never really a question...

Jake - I liked Jake, he was charming and handsome and quite the gentleman! I felt that Jake was almost too perfect though. There were no family problems or girl issues or even money or job issues, there was NOTHING wrong with him (more than personality) it was almost like his existence was too perfect. It was a little annoying/bothersome.  Its not that Sophie had problems (other than internally over analyzing life).  I was less than intrigued by their romance or story. It was frustrating because it felt like everything for Jake really just fell into place so easily. Without any issues. And Jake being perfection, made the story that much less relatable. 

In the end...I would give the author another chance, on another book, but don't recommend this one. Not because it was bad. But simply because there was not much purpose reading through this. For me at least. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Forever Wild

Forever Wild By Magan Vernon - 3 STARS

SynopsisAfter ONE WILD NIGHT in Vegas, publicist Valerie Wilder woke up next to a male stripper named Wild Wes. A trip to the court house should have solved the problem, but legalities forced them to go back to Chicago together to start the process. But the more Valerie and Wes get to know each other the more they realize their WILD HEARTS can't be tamed and they may be falling for each other. Even though Wes is THE WILD ONE Valerie can't resist taking some time on THE WILD SIDE, but when she finally realizes that she's WILD FOR YOU, things get even more complicated in the form of her former fling and a deal he made with Wes. Now the two have to figure out if they can stay forever WILD or if their Vegas nuptials are going to come to an end.

* A copy was provided by net galley in exchange for an honest review 

I enjoyed this serial book. Which is exactly up my alley and by an author I adore. There were a number of things I didnt care for. Specifically, I didnt understand their "insta" love moment. I also don't truly understand what Valerie looks like, other than she's big.  It REALLY bothers me that he weight (Thick, chancy, chubby, heavy) are repeated mentioned. I don't think its necessary to remind the reader that the girl is curvy. Not to mention, Im not even sure what you mean by curvy or thick (do you mean fat? do you mean voluptuous? Curvy implies not being stick thin, but lots of curvy girls are beautiful think Christina Hendicks or Beyonce, Anne Hathaway all of whom are considered curvy .) I also don't like being reminded, I like getting a picture myself and then sticking with it, in my mind Valerie is curvy and beautiful but not overweight, a girl who is beautiful but not in the typical way. 

I really love Valerie's personality. She is witty and sarcastic but honest and sincere. She seems so sure of herself (personality wise) and yet so unsure of her body and why men would want to be her (given her weight and prior experience with men). It fits in perfectly with today's society, where women frequently feel at odds with themselves, their life vs their body. 

I adored Wes, aside from some of his ridiculous yes ma'am and darlin moments I found him to be sweet and charming and very loving of Valerie. I did wonder a bit more as to what he saw in her that first night, which I got a glimpse of, but Im not sure that I understood his point of view. And thats more personal than anything else. In the end I found his behavior to be sweet and caring. 

I definitely got the sleaze impression from Max, and I think the way that Valerie and Wes deal with Max is really interesting and realistic. While Max was one wrench thrown into the mix, there were other issues Valerie and Wes dealt with, and each one seemed to fit in with the plot point. My only issue was the very last book, it felt like the party was out of place and awkward without a formal ending point and resolution. 

This reminds me though of some of the movies out there right now, where the couple ends up falling for one another and the ex is now interested because she is with someone else

In the end, this wasn't the best romantic comedy that I've read, but it kept me entertained. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Body Electric

The Body Electric - Beth Revis 4 STARS

Synopsis- The future world is at peace.Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift--the ability to enter people's dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother--to help others relive their happy memories.
But not all is at it seems.
Ella starts seeing impossible things--images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience--and influence--the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love--even though Ella's never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing...
Someone's altered her memory.
Ella's gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn't even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella's head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.
So who can she trust?

*Received a copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I really liked this book (up until the end), which is why I docked a star (or a half). It was different, it was entertaining, and gripping. There was action, mystery, a little romance. What I love about this book the most though, is that its one book. Not a trilogy or duology. Could another book be made? Sure. But it's not needed. This book is complex with the twists and characters and Revis once again builds an amazing back drop that is so easy to follow, believe and see. Even though the book is set in the future, its set on Earth. Its also set in the Malta region. A region I know absolutely nothing about. (Okay Im exaggerating but I know very little). I will say, that the one thing that nagged me through out this book was that some things seemed REALLY out of place or obvious to me, and considering Ella was pretty keen, by the end I was annoyed that she didnt figure certain pieces out sooner. Now to be fair, this book threw even me off! I was surprised by some of the twists and facts that presented themselves throughout the book. Of course some things I saw coming, but others? No way. BUT, I know there is always a BUT, a few of these "twists" were not twists that I was happy with. Especially the one about Jack. Without giving anything away, I was REALLY disappointed with this. And at times I felt there was a slight (I said SLIGHT) similariy to Keary Taylor's Eden Trilogy.

I must say though, I am more than impressed with Revis' world building ability and her ability to really draw me into the characters, falling completly in love with Ella and Jack, as individual characters (as compared to a romantic couple). Even though I in no way can relate to Ella and Jack, I felt connected to them. I wanted to know their story, I wanted to know them personally, I wanted to know their history and their love. I was intrigued and invested.

This story line was fresh and new to me! While I had similar points of interest as other books out there (its hard not to these days), I found that Revis really gave a fresh new take on the idea. We follow Ella as she tries to figure out whether the government or a rebel group are the ones out to exploit her late fathers and dying mothers work and research. set in a futuristic dystopian world, where it seems Big Brother exists and people are content to be submissive to the governments whim, Ella finds herself in a peculiar situation. She must decide whether helping the government is the "right" thing to do, or whether the government is the one on the wrong side of things.

There are a lot of scientific/technology pieces to this book, that can at times be hard to follow, but as usual Revis set the back drop up perfectly, weaving a story that we must continue to follow in order to find our way out. I was struck by the story telling, which is the primary focus of the book. While there is a love interest, it is a minor role in this book. Instead the primary focus is figuring out the governments plan and whether Ella is willing to help them. Or if their plan is everything she has been working against since the beginning. Where does the line begin and end? This is a constant battle of who is right and wrong? who can you trust when you arent sure you can trust yourself? Following this story was so much fun. I was happy though with the way things unfolded and the ending was perfect.

I love that Ella struggles internally with every decision and every fact she learns. Ella is really a remarkable character. She is both vulnerable and naive but also so willing to recognize her weaknesses and attempt to better herself. She is strong in her own right, and gets stronger throughout the book. Ella struggles in so many ways, she struggles with who to trust, with own mind and memories, she struggles with family, love and freedom. I love that Ella is her own person. She never bends to the whim of others, she always thought for herself. She took in whatever anyone else provided but tried to make sure that she understand all the facts before making a decision, or moving forward. She was thoughtful. As she really gained momentum she started putting together all the pieces. She accepted things gracefully even when they were difficult or torturous in some instances.

Jack, he was a fighter. He fought for freedom, for love, for his future, his life and so much more. Jack was  a great character overall and I enjoyed his personality and the aspects that he brought to the book. He forced Ella to wake up in more than one way. His passion brought out the best in Ella, showing her that she needed to critically think about the way she was living her life. Causing Ella to open her eyes to the way the world works was Jack's greatest accomplishment. And while their "love" story was quite sparse it was sweet. This story though really focuses on the young couple, who try to figure out whether the country and government they know is the right government for the future.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Earth and Sky

Earth and Sky by Megan Crewe- 4 STARS

Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together. Megan Crewe’s latest tale takes readers on a mind-bending journey through time with a cast of unforgettable characters.

*received a copy from net galley in exchange for honest review. 

I really enjoyed this book! It was everything I hoped it would be! It is a true sci-fi young adult novel, mixing aliens and time travel, along with a side dystopian plot (for the aliens, which affects Earth). This book is FULL of action and adventure. There is never a dull moment!  We are introduced to the action pretty early on and from there its a roller coaster  Theres minor romance but I have high expectations for the next installment! Cant wait!  

World- Building--The world building in this book is excellent. One of the better books I've read recently where the author had me visualizing the world that Skylar and Win were traipsing through. I loved the different time periods and the technology that was used, because it really added a layer of depth and perception to this sometimes confusing book. I loved the way all the different aspects would merge and collide in different ways. And the author did such a good job of explaining things without dumbing it down too much, making it too simple or over detailing (which can happen!)

Plot--  The plot here really built over the course of the book. Even when the reader knew the general idea of the overall purpose of Win and Skylar the book continued through with momentum, constantly building the difficult plot point with ease. There were great twists, that were throughout the book. There was a slight romance that was built in, but it was very slight. And while the friendship between Win and Skylar grew, it didnt develop into a romance, which was slightly disappointing. However I have high hopes for the next book. 

The interesting thing about this particular book is the way the time travel and aliens collide.  This is an intense time travel story, so in some instances I found myself confused. Okay a lot of times. But if you just go with it and don't spend too much time on details it seems to work itself out. The biggest struggle for me was figuring out how changing the past changed the future...I get it, but I don't. Especially in some instances. But generally, I got the point and was able to follow. 

Characters--I really liked Skylar and Win Skylar, the protagonist and POV of the book was really interesting. I loved her instant state of paranoia. I felt like this gave the book more of a realistic vibe, because Skylar didnt just "go along" with everything Win said. She questioned him, and his story. She questioned everything from the start too so it didnt feel misplaced. And even though she was a little over the top at times, it was really very refreshing. I loved finding out more about Skylar's past. That was super interesting and added a level of depth and mystery. 

I liked Win from the start. Not because he was swoon worthy but because he seemed to care so much about Skylar and saving the planet. His appeal came from a deep sense of empathy that he clearly felt for the people on Earth., his sincerity was genuine and beautiful. And even though he wasn't always up front with these it seemed like her was trying to protect Skylar and continue with his mission to save the world. Which I respected. 

I did feel that some of the secondary characters were not developed enough, as I don't feel like I got the know them very well. 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Just a Little Crush

Just a Little Crush by   3.5 STARS 

Just a Little Crush (Crush, #1)Synopsis
Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they tryto. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough.
Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?
Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.
 Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?
* Netgalley provided a copy in exchange for an honest review 

(via Pin by Juliana Haygert on Eye Candy | Pinterest)

So...I actually really liked this book, BUT there were of course some flaws. I say of course, because I gave the book a 3.5 not a 5.

First, this book is a nice, quick read; and while it is quite predictable (arent they all though, really?) I was pleased with the overall feel of the book. The premise of the book is great, it really drew me in. And honestly, I absolutely love Brinley (though what kind of name is that?!) and I love her best friend, Mason while her roommate Fallon grew on me.

The plot of the book moved in the way I expected. There were some really good twists and turns and I was pleasantly surprised that the last twist wasnt blown way out of proportion. (like some books that make such dramatic endings, this was more flare without theatrics.)

Ryder and Brinley are pretty cute, they have a really interesting history (more like embarrassing) and while I wish that their past had been explored more, having this history gave them the opportunity to get lost in one another more easily . (I would have love to have seen what the high school girls thought now!)  I liked that their romance was intense but it didnt build too quickly. It was obvious right away, and their was chemistry but they didnt immediately jump into bed, rather, Brinley and Ryder got to know one another. I thought their "dates" were cute and really provided the reader with a back story.

I would have liked for their relationship to have gone farther, perhaps run into high school friends and see how he responds to the issue, etc. but it was really nice to see how their family life affected them, but that they will finally willing to fight for one another.

The dramatic twists that took place seemed to pass by a little too quickly, as if they were randomly thrown into the book for conflict and they quickly resolved. I would have liked their to be more of an effect throughout the book, hints, or problems.

The secondary characters is this book were also just okay. While Mason and Fallon (whom I really wanted to be together) were great characters, I also felt that they were way to cliche. Fallon the slutty drunk roommate, and Mason the best friend who's secretly pining for Brinley (which was EXTREMELY obvious). First, Im very irritated that Mason and Ryder didnt seem to interact much. Given they all went to high school it seemed kind of weird. Second, the back story with Ryder, Mason and Brinley is so weird (embarassing, yes, awkward, yes, but also some stuff didnt add up!) I like the story but felt pieces were missing. I really liked Mason and wish that his role had been more involved. Both these side characters seemed as though they were simply characters to help move the plot forward, they werent really needed.

As for the parents in the story. (WHATS WITH EVERYONE HAVING DRUNK SLUTTY MOMS!?) I get the conflict, I get Ryder's family problems and actually appreciate that one, its more creative. BUT seriosuly!? Brinleys mom and grandmother were essentially worthless to the story. I dont even know why they are there.

Okay so in the end, as you can see, I wasnt THRILLED with this book. BUT, I read it in one afternoon, and it entertained me. I liked that it was an easy, quick and adorable read. It made me smile, and warmed my heart. Will I remember it one year from now, I dont know, but in reality, I dont care, I enjoyed it in the moment, and thats all that matters!  So at the end of the day its a good read with some minor problems.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Curse Defiers

Curse Defiers (Curse Keepers #3) Denise Grover Swank-


For centuries the gods have waited—for the betrayal that will release them, for the traitors who will defend them, for the warrior who will challenge them. Now at long last the gate between the human and spirit worlds is open, and with it, an army of vengeful demons poised to swarm the earth. Only the Curse Keepers, Ellie Lancaster and Collin Dailey, can stop it…if they can break free from a tangled web of treachery, jealousy, and lies.
Torn between two men—her heart belongs to David, yet her soul is bound to Collin’s—Ellie no longer knows who she can trust. Demons slipping through the gate are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake, each death a chilling reminder of the power of the ancient spirits to bring humanity to its knees. Faced with an unimaginable future, Ellie realizes the time has come to turn her back on prophecy and choose her own destiny—even if it means defying the gods themselves.
In the thrilling conclusion to the Curse Keepers trilogy, humanity faces its final battle for survival!(
* Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Overall: Adventurous and Romantic Fun!
Characters: Collin, Ellie and David
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend: David
Genre: Paranormal Adventure and New Adult Romance.
Sex Scenes: No
Setting Virginia

Andrew Stetson

So Curse Defiers is much like all other Denise Grover Swank Books. And thats not just a good thing, its great! The great thing about this book is the character development and that the reader finally gets answers! The bad? This isn't the last book. So FAIR WARNING. Even though the blurb does say its the conclusion, it is not. More specifically, the publisher picked up 3 books so Grover did a trilogy with the publisher, and will continue with the series with, or without the publisher. This information, while important should have been provided in more detail. Because the ending of the book is CRAZY. I thought for sure there was an ending, a conclusion that would finally make everything come together. UGH But alas thats not what happened, and I actually docked stars for that. (RANT- this REALLY upset me that this was publicized as a trilogy when its not, and that little information is given on a "fourth book". In addition, there is no conclusion at the end, NONE! The blurb therefore is wrong! And that in and of itself makes me weary of the author, who I have stood by for years. END RANT)

Matthew Davis as David

In my objectiveness I rated this book based on the book itself, the writing, plot and characters.

The Plot is great, BUT its what I liked least in this book. While the development was finally coming together between the storyline and the characters, I was excited to find out the real reason for everything occurring and to see who Ellie picked in the end (TEAM COLLIN!). I was disappointed, while Ellie remains between Collin and David, she makes quite a few discoveries, about herself and the curse history, the creation. But everything gets a little confusing. I have more questions now, even though I have tons of answers. While I completely understand now why there is a need for another book(s), I certainly hope its only one more, and that it can really round out this series, ending with a great BANG!


I like the added issues is this book, the Moreno issue finally comes to a head! This action packed, answer fueled book really dives into all the outstanding questions and surrounding plots that have led the book to the "grand finale". I mystified by Collin, who is seemingly selfless throughout this book, when he has a change of heart all of the sudden, which I can't say is a bad thing. Its a nice change of events to see how he and Ellie can really work together. And the three of them, holy cow. their work is amazing! It was really awesome to see how these three people could work together, and really start changing for the better. I enjoyed their dynamic and their entertaining banter. If anyone or anything annoyed me, it was certainly David, I found his unwavering love for Ellie to be kind of annoying. Not just because i like Collin but also because they haven't really known one another all that long, so for him to be so committed to her felt a little odd.

In the end, Im excited to see where this adventure will take us for the next book, (though annoyed) and hope that the next one clears everything else up!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 21

Day 21 by Kass Morgan (The Hundred #2) - 3 STARS

** You must read The 100 before reading this one.

Day 21 (The Hundred, #2)Synopsis
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

*I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Overall: Great new take on Dystopian 
Characters:  Clarke, Glass, Belamy, Wells, Octavia 
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend: hm...not sure yet... 
Genre:  Dystopian 
Sex Scenes: No


Generally I really liked this book. There were some things that threw me off, and I frankly liked the first one more, but overall I still liked and enjoyed this one.
First off, I really like Kass Morgan's writing style, its simple but beautiful.
I also really liked the new characters that were introduced. This book takes a completely different turn than the TV show, so for this book, it was a lot easier to read without constantly thinking how did they do this in the show,  or that was/not in the show hm... These thoughts plagued me throughout the first book, whereas this book was so different I had no show to compare to.
The new plot and characters were interesting and I found that I really liked them, however, there were a lot of things wrong with this book too. I didnt like the ending. Nope. Not one bit. (no spoiler here ii you read the 1st book). The only good part about the ending is that it reminded me of the TV show and whether more people are coming to Earth. The whole Earthborn thing at the end was weird, and awkward and seems like the author just didnt flesh out the issue enough.

While the world building in book 2 was better than book 1, which I mention in that review, Im still a little confused about some things that just seem out of place. (minor spoiler: for instance, I dont understand how it took Clarke and Bellamy two days to walk what later took him 6 hours to walk? huh?)  Or as another reviewer mentions what exactly is the Catalysm, and for that matter how the all call "it" the same name? The pacing of this book is much like the first one, its steady, with plenty of change in characters to keep the reader guessing and wanting more.

This time around I liked Glass a lot more. Her narrative became so much more interesting over the course of this book! I couldnt believe the things that people are willing to (or not do) to survive. The other characters all remained the same, I enjoyed them and their storyline and was happy to see some of the relationships progress. Clarke and Wells are still my favorite characters. And I still wish Octavia had more involvment (or her own chapters). I was disappointed that there was a lack of growth in the actual characters (between one another yes, but actual characters no) I was glad there was romance, because lets face it, nothing else happened in this book, but I wish the plot had really been thickened more, I feel like everything that happened occurred quite SLOWLY even though while reading the book it doesnt feel that way. The change in characters POV really throughs me off. Sometimes I like the change, its nice to get a different perspective (the ship versus land) BUT it really wasnt necessary to have all four voices, I really wish more action had occurred during this book. Really it didnt seem like anything happened considering its 300 + pages really more on Earth should have occurred...

It was so interesting to see Kass's take on humanity, shown in various settings and ways throughout this book, afterall thats really what this book is about, survival and humanity. And frankly, I like her take, its painful, but beautiful, and shows the reality and severity of these situations.

So, In the end, I liked this book, BUT it is not one of my favorites and honestly I wouldnt recommend it. Just because I enjoyed something while reading it doesnt make it good. This is a book/series for someone to read that is looking for a simple, easy, but enjoyable 1 day read, but it isnt going to blow your mind. Sorry.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

the 100

The 100 by Kass Morgan 4 STARS

The 100 (The Hundred, #1)
In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.
Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again

*copy provided by net galley for honest review

Overall: Great new take on Dystopian 
Characters:  Clarke, Glass, Belamy, Wells, Octavia 
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend: hm...not sure yet... 
Genre:  Dystopian 
Sex Scenes: No

Okay, first I must say, yes this is a TV show on the CW, which I have been watching. No I did not read the book first. That said, I had some expectations for the book, obviously, however, I actually think having watched the series first and then the book, I enjoyed it more than if I'd read the book first and then watched the show. Thats just me though. The TV show is way different. The characters are primarily the same, and the original plot is the same, but the show takes some very different twists (some I like some I don't), but that makes sense right it has to keep an audience pulled in week after week. I found that the actors chosen were really on point for the most part, and frankly this helped me visualize things. In that respect (the characters and the setting) the show and book seem point on.

Now that thats out of the way, lets talk about the book. This is a great book for those looking for a different dystopian novel. HOWEVER, there are some really big, glaring issues that I have with the book.  First, the whole "pregnancy" issue (which is a plot point in varying way throughout the book) seems really out of place. I get the impression that if everyone is on a large ship, in a controlled environment, that birth control would be a requirement for ALL those women of child bearing age. Population control would seem extremely important. (and is an obvious focal point of the book for more than one reason), so it seems really, REALLY odd to me that the government wouldn't control this more tightly, to avoid unwanted, and unplanned pregnancy (in married and single people). On that same topic, one would think once teenagers arrive on Earth, where birth control is not, that someone would get pregnant, yet they don't....(okay its only been a month, but I didnt know that at the time of reading!) this seems completely counter to what would actually happen. Second, wouldn't people in space be monitoring Earth a bit more? I mean similar to our current space programs where we go and collect data on other planets etc, wouldn't they do the same to Earth so they could figure out when they could return? Again, it seems EXTREMELY odd that this wouldn't have occurred or been thought of. With the amount of technology in 300 years, wouldn't they be able to send "something" to collect data and return? Also, it seems crazy to me that executions would occur in the way that they had, I don't know that the government would really work like that. Though, that said, it explains why on Earth the teenagers act the way they do (execute without caring about innocence or guilt).

Okay Now that Im gotten my gripes out of the way, lets discuss the good, because I am giving this book 4 stars. So even though I have major issues with the book, those issues are personal to me, primarily because Im in the midst of writing my own dystopian book, but also because I tend to think about the logistic issues in these kind of books. So, at first I thought having four alternating POV's would be confusing and annoying. BUT actually I think it worked out really well. In the beginning, I was confused, and perhaps this is where having watched the show really helps because I have concrete opinions on the characters already, but generally speaking I thought it worked really well, I was able to folio the characters their thoughts and feelings and their actions, both present and past really well. The authors writing ability was great in that sense, I could honestly see and feel everything for these characters in so many different ways. Its got to be very difficult to have depth of character for 4 main characters yet also numerous side characters (Octavia, Luke, Graham, Thalia).

This plot is really interesting, its different, humans left Earth and are coming back, but don't know what to expect. Its hard to not compare to the show, for me, but Ill try. Honestly, I felt like it was a little slow moving plot wise. I would have liked the ending (not the end) to come sooner and for that to be elaborated more, so that the plot could be continued further. This first book just seemed to set the pace and overall plot point, really giving the reader insight into who the characters are, why they are all there, and fierce. So we know who everyone is (the main people) and why they got sent to confinement, but Earth still seems like a mystery. I would have really liked some more world building. Which is where having watched the show detracts from the book. My opinion is likely heightened a little, because I actually saw the world (on the show). I will say the author did a great job of taking Earth moments and making them count (sunrise, rain, the smell of fresh air etc) but I would have liked better Earthly descriptions. I also wonder why everyone stays put, why not wander and explore more...I also would have loved to know if there are other "people" on Earth and if so I'd love to hear from their POV!


I absolutely LOVED Clarke. She is is by far my favorite (along with Octavia who has no POV). I completely understand where she is coming from, and feel for her in a variety of ways. But having the other POVs really helps me understand some of the various ongoing issues (her parents execution for example). I really like the TV shows explanation of Wells/Parents betrayal better than the book, but the book still had a good point, and proved that sometimes good intentions and good people do not always mean a fair outcome or trial. That corruption is everywhere. I found her compassion, empathy and strength though to be really beautiful and she was the star of the book no doubt.

I liked Wells, and I felt for him. His unwavering love for Clarke is obvious and beautiful. His POV really shows his reasoning and feelings behind his actions. I can feel his pain, and his love which is a testament to the authors writing. I enjoyed reading his POV. I wish that the TV show had followed his character more  closely from the book, because I think it would have been better honestly.

Belamy, in the book I liked Belamy on the TV show I hate him. I think he isn't nearly as bad in the book as he is on the show. He is such a protector for his sister Octavia. But he doesn't just care about her and I think that shows more in the book, he is someone who has had to struggle his whole life through no fault of his own and that has really strengthened him for Earth, I hope in the next book to really see this strength pull through. Though Im not sure how I feel about his relationship with some of the others....

Glass- a character not on the TV show at all which I found to be quite odd- I didnt care for her. I actually liked her parts the least. I think she was an added perspective on the ship, which was necessary, and I understand why the author used another delinquent rather than what the TV show did, but I just didnt like Glass. Maybe its her name, maybe its just her, but I didnt like her. But in all honesty, given the way the author was writing, in the perspective of the delinquents Earthbound, I get why she wrote about Glass, and frankly this story is a sad one. Its one of the more depressing stories in the bunch. Star crossed lovers basically. But then a love triangle? I don't know might be too much....

All that said, I want to keep reading, I want to know what happens....

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert Martin - 4.5 STARS

Synopsis - The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.
But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end. 
Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.
A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.

*A Copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Overall: Action and Sci-Fi 
Characters: Sarah and Pierce 
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? No
Recommend if You Like…The Program. 
Book Boyfriend:
Genre: Young Adult/ Sci-Fi   
Sex Scenes: No 

HOLY FREAKING COW. This book took me by surprise. I mean I knew I would like it, but I absolutely loved this book! It was by far one of the best books I have read so far this year. 

Tabula Rasa is an action packed adventure lots of mystery and a little bit of love. 

TR follows Sarah as she tries to piece together why she is in a private hospital in the middle of nowhere with no memory of who she is or where she is from, all while being hunted by a team of assassins. If the summary isn't enough for you to pick this up, then just about every review out there should convince you. The first few pages of the book, I thought maybe this isn't really for me, I figured it might be a slow book with a lot of questions, while the character(s) try to figure things out on the sly (like the Program) but this book is like the Program on steroids. It is a non stop action intense book. While Sarah's abilities are quite ridiculous at times (like climbing a crane and then jumping into a window while being shot at) I found that I was able to ignore those moments because the overall book was just so interesting intense and good!

For once, I must say that the flashbacks worked here. A lot of books that use flashbacks as a way of showing a reader more about the character seem to miss the mark for me, (Insanity…) but I was more than impressed with the authors ability to have the reader and the main character relive moments that actually helped move the book along. 

The pacing here was also really good. I never felt a moment that was unnecessary, misplaced, or unwanted. Sarah was spunky and fierce. Her determination clearly remained instilled in her regardless of the procedures she had been through. 

I also liked Pierce, I found him to be really entertaining. He was more than a side character. He was sarcastic and funny, but also an amazing hacker. His character helped move the plot forward in more than one way but never felt awkward or forced. The relationship between Pierce and Sarah felt "normal" (if thats possible). By normal I really mean that considering the plot and story line that their relationship seemed to flow. They bantered, and they kissed, but they were also skeptical of one another, and initially relied upon each other out of necessity rather than due to an insta love connection. In fact, their relationship is hardly sexual throughout most of the book. Instead the bond as friends more than anything else, until it becomes something else.

I found the other side characters to be interesting, but my .5 point deduction really comes from these odd side characters.  

The constant questions in this book felt natural, rather than constantly wanting to know whats going on, the author feeds the answers to us over time, just the Sarah gets them. Piece by piece the puzzle begins to form. A natural progression seems to occur. Unlike shows such as Lost where you get one of 10 questions answered only to have 10 more come up, TR's author constantly provided answers to our burning questions, leaving me satisfied in the end with everything that had occurred. 

LOVED this book and will definitely keep reading Ms. Lippert-Martins works! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Right Kind of Wrong

The Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine 3.5  STARS

Right Kind of Wrong (Finding Fate, #3)Synopsis
Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . .
Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.
Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.

*received a copy from net galley in exchange for an honest review

Overall: Sexy, bad boy romance with a twist
Characters:  Jenna, Jack, Samson, Pixie
Page Turner: At times yes
Series Cont.? Kind of
Recommend if You Like…any new adult 
Book Boyfriend: Jack 
Genre:  New Adult
Sex Scenes: A Little 

First off let me say that you do not need to read any of the other books in this series to read this book. I didnt and it in no way affected me. 

So this book started off like many others for me. I struggled in the first 20% to really get into it,  I was really hoping the entire book wasn't this ridiculous angsty back and forth. And to be honest it kind of was, at least in dialogue and inner monologues. BUT what made this book stand out for me was the side story. Jack's home story line is REALLY quite intriguing and interesting and I became compelled to keep reading, I had to know what was going on. I found that this side story line actually made the book. I wish it hadn't been so nicely tied up in the end, and short, because the last 10% was much like the first 20%. Regardless, this back story made the book interesting. Its hard now to find a book that doesn't read like all the rest, but having a really interesting back story or crazy side story makes all the difference. In fact if the side story had started sooner, I would have given this more stars. 

Plot and Characters
So onto the plot. Jack and Jenna have a love hate relationship. Quite frankly though its Jenna who hates and Jack who loves. (usually its the opposite right?!) this story is told in alternating POV's. I found this to be really interesting primarily because Jenna got to be annoying at times, her constant "this isn't in my plan" got old real fast, Honestly, that "reason" was simply not a good enough reason for any woman nowadays and the antedate at the end with the inn manager while heartfelt was too sappy given the rest of the book and felt out of place. But I loved Jack, even though this bad boy's inner monologue seemed to be way more sensitive than any guy I have ever met, I wanted him because of that. What girl doesn't want a sappy bad boy...? 

The main plot of the story is that Jack and Jenna know each other, used to work together, and had one night of passion before realizing that they crossed a line, and now Jenna can barely handle being in the same room with him, but now they are stuck in a car for three days together. (honestly though, who drives 3 days to get home to save money can't be that much cheaper if you have to pay for motel rooms too??, and okay with Jack it is cheaper...but still...) While dropping Jack at home, on her own way home, Jenna and Jack end up in a little bit of trouble from Jacks past  leading Jenna to test herself and her possible feelings for Jack. 

The story is overall very sexy yet tender. I found the authors writing ability to be actually very good. I really could see what was happening unfolding before my eyes, I felt the emotions really come through the pages. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book, and is why I initially continued to read. (and I don't like to give up!).  While at first it seemed like any other angsty lovers quarrel type book, Chelsea Fine managed to bring to life an intense story of love. She showed her readers that sometimes, not everything thats right is expected, and that many times, you find just what you need without looking for it. 

The side story for Jack really brought this story together for me, as I have stated I think a dozen times already, sorry. I don't want to give anything away, but this storyline really caught me. It isn't so different that its "amazing" or "crazy good" but I would say that in this story it caught me off guard and really brought the characters personalities to life. This bad boy persona was not just an act. I loved Jack. Even his silly sappiness, was beautiful. He was such a protector and so beautiful. Endearing and just plain sexy. Jack really made this story in so many ways! His family was great and I really hope that another book is written on one of his brothers!

Jenna, I liked Jenna's fiestiness and her boldness, she was tough and refused to let anyone get under her skin. But her inner monologue and thoughts got to be a bit annoying after a while. I wish she would have admitted to herself sooner her true feelings, and that instead she struggled with some of the other aspects of Jack and their "relationship" which would have provided more depth to their relationship. I felt that she really stuck to her guns, but never really provided a good enough grounding that made her beliefs I guess believable. Most women do not focus on just one issue but all the issues for why they shouldn't be with someone, so I wish she would have really discussed this more. I just felt like something was missing. Also, I felt like we didnt really get to see or meet her family much, which I would have liked. Instead we spent most of the book with Jacks family (which honestly Im okay with!) but considering the purpose of her trip, it would have made more sense to meet them more. 

Also, I was REALLY confused as to timing, how are they taking like a week to go to NOLA from Phoenix when they have jobs and are in school...?? I thought perhaps this could have been better explained....
Overall this was a fun read and I totally recommend for someone looking for some love, angst and bad boy fun.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Exiled by Sophie Davis 4 STARS

**  You must read the Talented Series before this book!

Exiled: Kenly's Story (A Talented Novel)Synopsis-
Kenly Baker is alone. TOXIC has been defeated. Her friends from the McDonough School for the Talented are scattered to the wind. Even Kenly’s only living family member cannot hide the scared teenager from those who wish to contain her. Because Kenly is one of the Created.
For her, it’s a future worse than death.
She travels across the Atlantic Ocean, to the slums of London. There, Kenly finds tentative acceptance among a group of outcasts. They have spent their enire lives dodging shadows, barely staying alive. Kenly thought she knew what horrors haunt the night, but her new companions reveal predators far more alarming than anything she’s ever faced. Suddenly, she is brutally aware of the dark side of humanity.
Kenly’s biggest concern was the UNITED trackers, who round up and capture the Created. But there are adversaries in this new world who are far more terrifying. And unfortunately for Kenly, now their sites are set on the Created.

*A Copy was provided by the author for an honest review

Overall: Great new storyline intertwining well loved characters with new ones!
Characters:  Kenly, Willa, James, Honora, Riley
Page Turner: Sometimes
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend: James?
Genre:  Sci-Paranormal Romance with slight dystopian feel
Sex Scenes: Nope

This book, like all the others is pretty fast paced with lots of action and twists and turns. I loved having the original team of characters mentioned and involved, (hopefully bringing together a final book in alternate POV's?) I was really impressed with this new world building that the author created. I too, like Kenly, never really considered how other countries saw or treated the Talented, so it was truly eye opening to see it work so differently and the way that people were treated. I was so intrigued by this dark and dangeous world and the characters, they had such a crazy back story, so different than what we had seen in the other Talented books. I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced, action packed with a little bit of romance and a slight cliff hanger (nothing too major though!) If you are a fan of this series, this is a MUST read!

What I didnt like was that it felt too slow at times, I almost felt like there was too much world building by telling than showing and experiencing. Specifically, Kenly's intake of information, which at times felt overloading and annoying (but on point) seemed to serve as explaining the world in which Kenly fell into, rather than showing me the world and having her explore it, basically it felt like Kenly wasnt putting the pieces together properly, and timely. This got better after the first 15-20% of the book, when Kenly really got in to the thick of things. There were scenes that I was confused about, especially towards the end, when it seemed like everything was just thrown together. I didnt understand the ending at all, and found the beginning to lack in entertainment, it was quite dull at first at the world building stage (which is why I docked a star).

Generally though, this is an excellent companion type novel of Talented. Im not sure how the author would get to the next book of Talia without this one though, so it will be interesting to see where we go next, but one thing is certain, I cant wait!


Kenly- I'm not really sure how I feel about Kenly, I really liked her in the other Talented books, I found her intriguing and mysterious. And honestly, I am glad she got her own story, her own book, because she was quite prominent at times to Talia. That said, I was more than a little frustrated with her at times. Considering she had been training at the school for years and with Talia/Donovan for a while, I felt like her Higher Reasoning Power should have been more spot on than it was. And granted she was thrown into a VERY different world than she was accustomed to, I didnt understand how she could so easily let her guard down ALL the time! I also got quite annoyed with her "holier than thou" mantra. The idea that she was invincible or better than everyone else was really annoying. On the other hand, I found her nativity matching her new world, and the love interest to be interesting. I loved learning about James and getting to know him. As always the author amazing created such mystery yet mesmerizing scenes of vulnerability and openness. I was in awe at times at her ability to weave such beautiful scenes together, so effortlessly it seems everything fits together. Kenly also seems to have a temper, which I find odd considering she is a higher reasoning mind, so she should know better, but she let it get to her regardless.

I do like Kenly though, I love her spirit, her fight and her endless amount of love and hope. I found her will to help those she cares about endearing, as she was willing to sacrifice quite a bit to save someone she loves on numerous occasions. I liked that her personality really shown throughout the book, I was never confused about how she felt or what she was thinking. She was always honest with herself, in an entertaining way too. I found her relationship with James, while predictable, still touching. She actually spent time getting to know him before truly falling for him, and even admitted that she knew she couldn't quite call it love yet. Overall, Kenly is another great strong female lead character and I look forward to her role in future books. One thing I love about Kenly that really shows off her Higher Reasoning Power is the way her brain works, the constant thinking and analyzing, her brain truly never shuts off. And over the course of the book I think she realizes that not everything is a problem to be solved in her heard but that she needs more.

James- Oh James. Where to start with this one. I couldn't get a good read on him at first (yes i know thats the point!) I wasn't sure if I would like him, and honestly, even though I like him now, I don't love him like I love Erik (he's hard to overcome). I liked James, that he had a tough exterior for a purpose. I like that Kenly had to peel back his layers, he didnt just reveal himself or his past for a pretty new girl. James was caring, and compassionate. He speaks through his action (or sometimes lack thereof). His bond with Kenly really blossoms over time and their relationship is much more than just skin deep.