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…

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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!

God Loves Haiti

bookish- haitiA native of Haiti, Dimitry Elias Léger makes his remarkable debut with this story of romance, politics, and religion that traces the fates of three lovers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the challenges they face readjusting to life after an earthquake devastates their city.

Reflecting the chaos of disaster and its aftermath, God Loves Haiti switches between time periods and locations, yet always moves closer to solving the driving mystery at its center: Will the artist Natasha Robert reunite with her one true love, the injured Alain Destiné, and live happily ever after?

This is the first book I read this year that was actually released this year. Also, the first book I completed for this month’s TBR!! I’m getting better! I went into this book without any prior thoughts and reading the synopsis. The story is very popular and heartwarming. When you pick this book up you wouldn’t want to put it down. This love story is told by three point of views. Each character has their own version of events and significant positions in society. We get a look into the minds of the president of Haiti, his wife, a former orphan and well-known Haitian artist, and her lover, a Haitian businessman from an affluent family.

I don’t have any complaints about this book other than the chapters being super long. Even though this is a work of fiction there is a great deal of realism. Meaning, the events that happen in the story can easily happen in reality. Of course, the earthquake in Haiti happened which adds even more realism. The author even introduced the term goudou-goudou to put words to the sounds of shaking and falling buildings during the earthquake. It is great to have a story for this particular natural disaster. If you aren’t a native of Haiti, visited, or don’t know much about the country, you will learn a lot from reading this book.

A love story with rich history (The French language, spiritual/religious) and the coming together of a community to form one common bond is wonderful to read. Reading about the characters and how they saw the world before goudou-goudou and how they see their lives and those around them after goudou-goudou is a unique form of storytelling. People aren’t perfect. People become someone other than themselves when they are faced with tragedy. The ending of such a beautiful story was perfect! I highly recommend this book.

Tales of Redemption and Self-Sacrifice

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February just began and I’ve already swayed (sort of) from my TBR list. *sighs* I have reviews of two books I read and finished on Saturday and Sunday. In my defense, I started reading these books on Friday and Saturday. I started reading On The Inside on Friday and finished on Saturday. I started reading the The Jewel on Saturday and finished on yesterday, so it really isn’t THAT bad. It could be worse. At least I finished a book and didn’t start a new book that isn’t on my TBR list on Sunday, so I think I can slide this time! Let’s get to the reviews!

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I don’t remember how I came across this book. I bought it on my Kindle and I started reading it the same day. On The Inside is compared to the popular Netflix original show, Orange Is The New Black. I don’t know how the two relate because I haven’t watched the show. I became interested in fiction books that take place in prisons because The Enchanted.

This story follows Kristen, an inmate who has to serve a few years in prison because of committing a white collar crime and points of views of other inmates and those who work inside the prison. Kristen has to deal with losing her family and everything she once knew. Meanwhile, she meets fellow inmates with troubles of their own. One of the officers in the jail has a peculiar obsession with getting a glimpse into the lives of inmates through reading their letters sent from family and friends. This pretty much sets up the story from the beginning and ultimately forms the ending. Parts of the story are also told from the perspectives of the warden and the therapist. It’s an interesting story about prison life, life lessons, and a chance for a new beginning.

The author’s writing style isn’t terrible. What really got under my skin were the constant grammar and punctuation mistakes. Secondly, I found that while having several points of view is a good thing, it can be troublesome if it’s too many. Other than that, I think it was a decent book.

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I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about The Jewel, so I decided to read it. I honestly don’t knowjewel how to put my thoughts on this book into words. I’m literally speechless. The story is a bit disturbing to me. How can I possibly review this without giving the story away? Ok.

It’s about a girl named Violet who was born with the surrogate gene. Girls who are tested and carry the surrogate gene are immediately put into isolation until they are ready to be auctioned off to royalty who are incapable of having their own children naturally because of a genetic mutation. Like most of the girls, Violet has to leave her family behind. She will never see her family again, but her mother will get money every year for losing her daughter. Eventually, Violet is sold to one of the most powerful women in the Lone City. The story unfolds from there.

From first glance, it reminds me of The Elite. I didn’t care for it (I couldn’t finish the first book), so I was resistant to read it. I like The Jewel  because I haven’t read anything like it. I love unique stories. It’s pretty much the same concept as The Elite with girls being ranked and fighting for the top spot to be chosen by a royal family. The writing is okay. I don’t love it. The romance is not lovey dovey to a sickening level and that I can appreciate.

Some parts of the story I wanted to scream because I didn’t know what Violet was thinking (“She can’t be serious.” “Be quiet!” “What?”). She could be so ungrateful in one chapter and completely selfless in another. It isn’t the best story ever written, but the surrogacy element holds my interest. However, the cliffhanger is enormous! If my head could spin like the girl’s head in “The Exorcist,” it would have.  I never would have guessed. I plan to read the second installment.

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Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

landline2After I read and loved Positive, I picked up Landline by Rainbow Rowell. The story is about a couple who are on the rocks. Georgie, the wife of Neal and mom of two girls, is a busy writer for a popular television show which consumes her life. She cowrites with her best friend Seth. Seth and Neal aren’t the best of friends because there’s always been jealousy between them. Neal wants Georgie to spend Christmas with him and the girls at his mom’s house in Nebraska. Georgie refuses because she has work to do at her job. That is pretty much how the story begins. Of course Georgie finds a phone and connects it to the landline at her mother’s house. This phone will connect her to the past and allows her to relive when she first met her husband and she figures out what she has to do to sort of win him back. This phone gave her the ability to talk to her husband before they got married and had children. Practically when the were dating and no one knows this but Georgie. Even past Neal didn’t know he was talking to future Georgie.

I would have liked this story if it wasn’t so repetitive. The only funny and interesting part in this book to me was Georgie’s two girls Noomi and…forgot the other name, but those two girls are hilarious! Other than that, I read this book incredibly slow. It was mainly a back and forth battle with getting in touch with her husband. There was always an excuse as to why he couldn’t answer his phone. This could have been a teen drama because I felt like the characters were too immature to be adults.

I don’t feel I learned anything from this book. It was all a big blah to me. I think the story could have been shorter. Landline is Rowell’s second adult book, so I don’t want to be too harsh and this was also the first book I read from her. I do know of Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments. Not sure if I will check those out because I’m not really a fan of her writing style. All in all, I didn’t care for this book, but it wasn’t terrible. I also don’t get the hype surrounding this story. The humor was good enough for me to give it two stars on Goodreads.

I’m currently reading, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and a review will be posted soon.

Book Reviews: Half Bad, Popular & We Were Liars

Hello! I’ve read 3 books so far and we’re only 4 days into the new year. I am very surprised! I chose to read some really engaging books, so I’m guessing that may be why I’ve read them so fast. Instead of doing one post for each book I decided to knock them all out since I finished them all so quickly. Let’s get to the reviews.

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I really liked this book. It is a memoir written by Maya, who was thirteen during the time about her life being a geek. Her father bought a book a long time ago about popularity, style, and etiquette for teens. Maya found it while rummaging through things. Then she got the idea to follow the popularity guide and document her life throughout her 8th grade school year. I thought this book was very honest. When people review this book they only say it’s about a young girl following a popularity guide from years ago, but it’s a lot more than that. She tells us a lot about her life living near the Texas/Mexico boarder, the dangers that come with her place of residence, the socioeconomic statuses of her family and those around her, race, class, and the community she grew up in. There’s a lot more to this book than a young girl following a popularity guide.

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I absolutely adore it! I couldn’t put it down. I cannot wait for book two, Half Wild. It’s set to release in March. I normally don’t pick up books about witches. I’m really glad I picked this one up. The story is so fresh and nothing like I’ve ever read before. First of all, the story takes place in England. This is interesting. To put it simply, it’s not the typical witch book. This story is about a boy named Nathan who is a half white witch and half black witch. Needless to say he is not liked by many people. When he turns a certain age he has to get his gifts, if not then he will surely die. However, since he’s a half black witch in a society that is ruled by white witches he has a chance of dying anyway. If that wasn’t bad enough, Nathan is the son of the most famous and strongest black witch there is. Yes. Very interesting story. There is a lot of backstory, so it didn’t get interesting to me until the middle of the book, then things started to pick up from there. The ending left me hoping the second book would release earlier than expected.

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Where do I start…. I was expecting so much more from this book because everyone has been raving about it. The concept was interesting, but it was poorly written. I can’t say much about it because (here we go again) everyone says it’s better if you don’t know anything about this book before you read it. I didn’t find not knowing to help me find this book entertaining or mysterious. It didn’t help at all. I think it’s more of a marketing ploy to get people to buy and read it. The metaphors are terrible. There was no defined climax. The ending was mediocre. If you really want to know what I’m talking about give the book a try. I must say the first chapter, well first couple of pages took me off guard. That was it for the shock factor.

Those are the books I’ve read between December 31, 2014 – January 3, 2015! I’ve never had such a good set of books (minus We Were Liars) that I’ve read ever! Really happy about it.

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Published July 2, 2013

Length: 320 pages

Source: Oyster Books

Money can’t buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them? (summary from Amazon)

I normally don’t read contemporary books because I don’t like the overly romantic aspect of them, but I gave this one a try and I must say I’m glad I did! It was the opposite of what I expected. If you aren’t into contemporary and you want to read at least a couple, this book is great for starters. I don’t want to give it away, but there’s a certain reality to this book that separates it from other books in the same genre.

A New Spin To Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” Novel

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Most of us had to read Pride and Prejudice for school. I didn’t have to read it for college. However, I did try to pick it up one day because I wanted to read one of her books and it’s the most popular of them all. I didn’t get through it because I thought it was a bit boring. Thankfully, someone took to it into consideration. I think this book is perfect for college students and readers who want an in depth look into the story that they wouldn’t have had through reading the actual book.

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A new spin to Austen’s book has made it more accessible and interesting to readers for a great reason. It seems befitting since we are in a more technological and visual world. When you open the book in iBooks, you’re greeted with a short intro video then to the table of contents. I took the images above from the video. Alongside each set of chapters there’s a video of someone giving you a summary. Questions and notes are at the end for more understanding. It’s great that someone wanted to put this book interactive together. Visual, audio, and text! Amazing!

It is available through iBooks (Apple) for free.

Merry Christmas To Me. More books!

I was just asked to pick what I want for Christmas and guess what I bought! Well, this shouldn’t be surprising, but I picked books I’ve been having my eye on for a while. I just received the pile of books I bought for my Christmas gift to myself. I got another opportunity to receive even more books, so I took it. Let’s get to the books I picked!

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I don’t know anything about this book, but I thought the cover was interesting.

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I’ve been hearing a lot about this book for a while. I’ve seen it hauled on YouTube plenty of times and there were only two copies left, so I grabbed quickly! From what I understand this book is about a girl who has special and deadly powers that would make her parents lock her in the garage and call the cops. That was all I needed to read!

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Looking For Alaska has to be the most… Misunderstood/misinterpreted book cover I’ve ever seen. I thought it was about the state of Alaska and someone documenting their journey on the way. That’s what I thought! But I couldn’t have been any more wrong. Unfortunately, being wrong led me to not read this book for a long time. I’m a fan of John Green’s writing style. I think it’s great. I loved The Fault in our Stars (hated the movie). I had An abundance of Katherine’s, but I put it down. Hopefully I read it soon.