Book Review: Power Is A Dangerous Game…

RedQueenI’ve heard several views of Red Queen, so I wanted to read the book for myself. The reviews I read before I got into the book told me that people either really loved the book or really hated the book. It sparked my interest immediately, so I picked it up! (From my local library, of course). The characters of the story and what they deal with definitely remind me of Red Rising and Falling KingdomsThe story reminds me of Red Rising because the characters have to go through a rough life because of who they are. Instead of it being the color of their skin, it’s the color of their blood that makes them different and cause strife. I am reminded of Falling Kingdoms too because the last person who would become royalty does become royalty and that person is hidden from others.

The story begins with a girl named Mare Barrow who lives with her family in the land of Reds and Silvers where the color of your blood determines your status in life. If that isn’t hard enough to fathom, when a person turns a certain age they have to be conscripted, meaning drafted, to the army and it’s usually when they turn 17 (If I remember correctly). Barrow isn’t the best upstanding citizen. She does many things that aren’t lawful, which she sees as a way to get buy and survive because she’s treated unequally as a Red and she feels she lives in the shadow of her perfect younger sister. One day while out on the run from her actions in a recent event she couldn’t stand to face, she stumbles upon a young man named Cal who will eventually change her life forever.

I think there’s realism in the story. I think the characters act and think in ways that we would in our every day lives if we were in their situation. Was the story predictable? A little, not much. Like I said before, it did remind me of two other books, but other than that I found the story to be a pleasant read. This book is labeled as young adult, but it’s a very mature read that older adults would enjoy as well. The mysterious nature of the story is what kept me reading until the end. I was trying to figure out who was betraying who! I had questions like, “How can anyone not notice this is happening? This is too easy to get by with!” And behold, in the end all of my questions were answered. It’s really well written as far as having the reader second guess what they thought before. I loved that expect of it.

I recommend this book. There is a second book in the works and a third. I’m excited to see how events will unfold in the next installment.


A Lady Never Starts A Fight, But She’ll Finish it…

rebel belleA lady never starts a fight, but she’ll complain after

I wanted to read this book because I am a southern belle! Born and raised in Louisiana, so I was interested. This story really gave us southern girls a bad name. The story is mainly about an overachieving, judgmental, and well off teen named Harper who is part of every organization there is in high school to decorate her transcript for college. With that said, she is also very annoying. I can’t see how her friends and boyfriend put up with her on a daily basis! She’s so consumed with her own life and what she has to do with little care for others. Us southern girls are not that way. I am sure what’s in the book is the general view of how society sees southern belles, but it can’t be farther from the truth! However, I did like how Harper’s character was made to be one of the potential valedictorians of her high school, so it wasn’t all bad.

I think it’s comical that a young girly girl has a date with destiny and becomes a sword wielding, karate chopping Paladin to one of the boys she’s hated since grade school. Her life gets interrupted before she is crowned Homecoming Queen, then she was given the powers from a dying man to become a Paladin, but that didn’t take away her extreme lady habits (I wish it did).

I am 81% done with this book and I’m not sure if I will finish it. It’s taken me longer to read than others because it isn’t a gripping tale to me. The story is really light and fluffy. It doesn’t go into much detail to not be able to put it down. It’s more comical than anything. I’m used to reading well written fantasy novels, but this is fantasy with a super girly twist. This book is great for teen girls who like kickass lead characters and not into the traditional fantasy novels. I was going to buy this book and I’m glad I didn’t. It will be heading back to the library soon. Like I said, this story is great for teens and even preteens; not entertaining to a 29 year old! If you enjoyed or interested in reading Rebel Belle, the next book in the trilogy or duology is Miss Mayhem that has already been released.

Happy reading!

Penryn and The End of Days (Book Two and Book Three) Review

world afterSince I read book two and book three so closely together, I decided to put the reviews of both books in one post. I thought it would be easier that way. I haven’t read a trilogy back to back and so quickly before this one. I practically ate them! World After is a continuation of Angelfall. It was action backed and I was able to read more about Raffe and other angels and why the world was the way it was.  It wasn’t what sparked the war between humans and angels. I’m assuming the war began because Archangel Gabriel was killed, but I’m not sure by who (humans or angels). The story didn’t quite clear that up. Part of the story is about who will replace Archangel Gabriel as the Messenger and of course there are swords, demons, and monsters in the mix. There isn’t much I can say about World After without giving the whole trilogy away just in case you all would like to read it.

end of days Again, I can’t say much without giving the story away. End of Days was what I expected and not what I expected at all. I feel there was a lot left to be read and known. I feel the events happened too quickly. The first two books built a fun and exciting story. The last book didn’t quite hold up to it. In some chapters I thought Ms. Ee was just writing to fill up space. There was a ton of information that didn’t contribute anything substantial to the story. It was like “seat filling.”

What I loved about this trilogy is that no matter what ailment you have or how you look, you can always find a way to contribute to society. There’s an array of unique, colorlful characters filling the pages of this trilogy that I believe we can all learn from. Yes, this is a telling of the end days featuring archangels and their threat to humanity, but it also reveals how terrible humans can be to other humans just by their appearance or the environment they live in where they have to fight over food just to survive. Ms. Ee incorporated several social issues in this book that makes reading this book more than just entertainment. I highly recommend this trilogy!

Weekly Update


I didn’t have a lot of time to read this week, but I did pick up Awaken by Natasha Preston and soon put it back down. I’ve read The Cellar and had mixed thoughts about it. However, her new book that is set to be released in August I found to be for the younger crowd of the YA spectrum. If you enjoy reading YA books that are a bit on the immature side, then Awaken may be perfect for you.
Glass-ArrowI picked up The Glass Arrow again and read a few pages. Every chapter since the first chapter she’s been in the same place and I am wanting things to change. I really want to get to where she starts kicking butt! I really want to finish this book, but I don’t know! It may take me longer than usual. I am still very interested in the main character and how she will develop throughout the story, but it’s taking forever! This book is probably going to take me longer than usual to read. I want to keep reading because I’m curious as to where the story is going.

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As promised, (I mentioned it in a previous post) I will be continuing Penryn and The End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee. World After is the second book. The first book ended with Penryn reuniting with her family and going back to her life with the humans. Penryn’s and Raffe’s fate as friends was left undetermined at the end of book one. I bought the ebook through my Kindle on yesterday. Not only is this trilogy well written, it’s also very affordable. Books 1-3 are $4.99; EVEN the third book released this year. I love when amazing books are not overpriced. Although, I think this trilogy should be priced a little higher because it’s that good!


I also started reading Sabriel by Garth Nix. I’ve heard a lot about this book from fellow bibliophiles. I read about two chapters and intrigued! The story is set in a world where everyone has magical powers and are able to be taught how to use them in school. Sabriel, who’s father is a necromancer (she is also able to communicate with the dead and/or bring them back to life), soon graduates from school and thinks about whether to attend college or not. Before she’s able to decide, she gets word from a supernatural creature that something has happened to her father. Sabriel packs up her things and leaves the boarding school to begin a journey to find her father. I can’t wait to fully focus on reading this book, but I really want to finishing reading Penyrn and The End of Days trilogy first!

I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy books lately and I must say I don’t mind at all! If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to know what you think about them!

The Glass Arrow… Eh. Help!

Glass-ArrowWhen I started reading The Glass Arrow, I thought it had a lot of potential because it started off fast paced, but then I continued reading and the pace slowed own. I’ve read almost 30% (as of this post) of the story and I’m barely turning pages. Has anyone read The Glass Arrow? Is it worth to keep reading? Does it pick up? Does it get super good? I’m finding reading this book REALLY hard. It hasn’t kept my interest since the first chapter. I don’t want to DNF (did not finish) this book! Tell me your thoughts (without any spoilers, that is). I’m trying get through reading at least 50% of this book before contemplating putting it down. I picked up Angelfall when I reached a slump. I finished Angelfall, so I decided to pick it up again and I still have the same feelings. Help!

Just Finished: Angelfall by Susan Ee

angelfallI want to first start by saying how saddened I am by recently finding Angelfall. *inserts sad face* Even though I got my hands on it a few years late, I’m glad I did eventually. I LOVE this book. I cannot tell you guys how much I love it. I’ve never been a fan of reading books with angel characters. What makes this book so surprisingly different? Susan Ee is an amazing storyteller. This is how books with angel characters should be written! It’s flawless! I can’t explain how much I love this book without jumping up and down from complete and utter….happiness.

The story begins with a teen named Penryn who lives with her mother and sister. Penryn feels as if she has to take on everything because her mother and sister are disabled. Her sister is paralyzed from the waist down and her mother suffers from schizophrenia. The three of them are escaping from their home due to angels taking over the world. They are in a time called the “world after,” referring to life after the apocalypse. There’s barely any food left and danger around every turn. Humans and angels are enemies. The humans see these angels as a threat to their wellbeing.

While escaping, Penryn comes across an angel, Raffe who is having a hard time with other angels. Things happen. As the angels are fighting Raffe, another angel takes her sister, Paige. Penryn sets on an adventure to get her sister back from the enemy angels. Raffe decides to help Penryn and she helps him along the way as well.  Soon, Penryn and Raffe get comfortable with each other and they begin a journey to help each other while disregarding they are on opposing sides. The two deal with this internal conflict  throughout the story.

As I mentioned above, I am in love with this story. The sequel to this book is called World After released in 2013 and the 2015 release, The End Days concludes the trilogy. I will be reading all three! The writing is amazing. The characters are interesting and fun. The story was not too long. It was the perfect length. I didn’t think the details were overdone or underdone. I got just enough background information to understand and really enjoy reading it. I recommend this book to everyone.


Bring On The Books! Things To Know About Overdrive

overdriveI’m finally setting the time aside to write a post about Overdrive because I tell almost everyone I know about it! If you don’t know what Overdrive is, I’m glad I can help and I’m glad you’re reading this! 🙂 Even I didn’t know about Overdrive and I frequented the library a lot. It has definitely cut my trips to the library down. I haven’t been to the library since last year and I don’t have any fees for turning in books late! This was the best idea to make books more accessible to readers no matter their situations.

Overdrive is basically an app available on iPhone and Android that let’s you choose ebooks from your local library. The service is totally free and all you need is a library card. That’s it! You need to have a library card from your local library. For example, if you live in a particular part a town, let’s say… West Baton Rouge. You will need a library card you signed up for at a library in West Baton Rouge and choose a library in West Baton Rouge that offers the service. Your library card will not work on Overdrive if you choose a library outside of your town/district and state.

Your library card will work like it would at your local library. Your password to check out books is, of course your card number. You can set the amount of days you want to have the book checked out and you can also place books on hold. Also, there is a limit to how many books you can have checked out at once and how many you can place on hold.

I find the service even more useful because libraries have partnered with Amazon. I have two physical Kindles and you can choose to check out books, then have them sent to your Kindle from Amazon. However, not all books have the Kindle option. The other choice is downloading a book (epub format) and reading it straight from the Overdrive app. You will have to set up an account with Overdrive to read books that way. You don’t necessarily have to have a physical Kindle. You have another option to download the free Kindle app on your device and books will download there too!

As I mentioned above, there are no late fees associated with checking out ebooks. Once the number of days you picked to have the book checked out is up, your book will automatically expire. If you place books on hold, you can choose to have them automatically checked out to you and you will receive an email once it’s available. If you finish reading a book before the date due, then you can return it through the service you used to read it (Amazon or Overdrive) and check out more books.

I think I’ve covered everything you need to know. The app is simple and easy to use. I read so many books using Overdrive. If you have any questions, please let me know and tell everyone, especially readers about Overdrive!

Book Reviews: The Young Elites and Half Wild

young elitesThe books featured in this post I started reading before I took a reading break for a few months. I managed to finish them this week. I’m glad to be getting back to reading books and blogging on a regular basis.

One of the books I finished this week is The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Let me first say that she is one of my favorite authors. She hasn’t let me down yet. The Legend Trilogy is amazing! The story is mainly about a young girl named Adelina who learns she has powers that no one else has because of a plague she contracted. These superpowers are seen as evil in her society. One day she’s captured, then redeemed by the Daggers, a group of young people who share powerful effects from the illness. She befriends Enzo, the leader of the elite group and finds a friend in Raffaele. Adelina’s peace and freedom doesn’t last as long as she thought it would. She meets the same man who imprisoned her, Teren, the head of the Inquisitors for the first time since she was saved by the Daggers. Soon she learns her sister Violetta was imprisoned and she sets out to save her only to find a secret her sister’s been keeping for years.

I thought this story began a bit slow, but this isn’t surprising from the author. Lu is one of those authors who just may give us a bit more information than we need. I felt the book could have been shorter. In fact, it would have been shorter if she didn’t include so many flashbacks/back stories of the lead character Adelina. However, it did allow to me to see how Adelina’s inner motivations justify her actions. The world Lu builds is so detailed and makes you feel as if you were there every step of the way. The story isn’t predictable at all. There are twists and turns, suspense, and horror living in the pages of this novel. It isn’t for the light hearted and deeply religious! I’m always a bit turned off by the romance in books that aren’t in the romance genre (If I wanted to read about a romance, I would have picked up a romance novel!), but Lu didn’t overdo it. It was just enough to pull my heart strings.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading stories including people with supernatural abilities who fight against evil while set in a fantasy world. The epilogue definitely intrigued me. I can’t wait for the second book to release.

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I waited anxiously for the second book, Half Wild in the Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green! Half Bad is so good. Nathan continues his journey to fulfill his destiny and save the girl he loves. It sounds simple and straight to the point, but you know it didn’t go as well as he planned! So, continuing from the first book, this book goes into him learning how to use the gifts his father, Marcus gave to him. I will say that the first book is a lot better than the second one, but the second book isn’t bad either, just not as good! 🙂 I can’t say too many details about the story without completely giving it away. To give you an idea, Nathan is a half blood (black and white), living in the world where white witches and black witches rule separately. White represents good and black represents evil. Nathan often struggles between the two and society judges you by what kind of witch you are. Nathan’s father, Marcus is the most powerful black witch there is and everyone is afraid of him. There are also fains, but they aren’t as popular or deadly as others think half white and half black witches are.

Half Wild took a while to build up to the climax. The characters were stricken and a little confused for most of the story. They spend a couple of days (chapters) in one place just figure out what they need to do next. The romance in this book is interesting and different. I love it. Nathan is pretty much in a love triangle throughout the entire story. The amount of WOWs in this book is abundant. There’s no way you can count them all. It’s VERY unpredictable. Nathan’s odd family structure and romantic relationships along with fighting hunters, magic, and explosions will keep you reading for hours. In the last chapter Nathan sets out on another adventure and this time it involves getting even with someone he never thought he’d lay a hand on. It’s going to get better! I recommend this book.

Happy June! – Reading Update

I have been away and I am so sad about it! Life had me doing some twist and turns. I’m finally back with some book news.

I am currently reading “Half Wild” by Sally Green and almost 80% done with it. I should be done with it later today or tomorrow and I will most a review. It’s interesting judging by what I’ve already read.

As far as books I will read this month, I’m always hesitant about posting a list because I am such a moody reader. I choose a book usually by my mood most of the time and other times I choose the genre I want to read and I haven’t read a lot of. But here are a few books I plan to read this month:

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If I stay true to the list of books, I will be AMAZED! I will try VERY hard to stay focused and not read any “new” books until I’ve read these and all are on my bookshelf other than “The Glass Arrow,” which is a very good thing! I’m trying to read more books from my shelves instead of buying new ones and have them constantly pile up.

That’s all I have for now! Happy reading.