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.

 

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.

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.

Currently Reading: Help For The Haunted by John Searles

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Published July 15, 2014

Mystery/Thriller/Paranormal

Length: 400 pages

Source: Oyster Books

John Searles’s Help for the Haunted is an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.

Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in an old church in a horrifying act of violence.

A year later, Sylvie is living in the care of her older sister, who may be to blame for what happened to their parents. Now, the inquisitive teenager pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night—and to the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years.

Black Friday…Er, Thanksgiving Book Order!

So! Of course I had to get some books during all the black Friday craziness, but that’s not quite what happened! I didn’t buy anything on black Friday! Some online book stores began their sales on Thanksgiving day! On Thanksgiving morning, I ordered a few books from Book Outlet because I knew the books I wanted wouldn’t have been available if I waited longer! Every book was 30% off. Here’s what I bought:

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I have to say this is the best group of books I’ve ordered online so far. I’m very excited to receive them and I haven’t gotten a shipping confirmation yet. I’m too anxious! There are 5 hardcovers and 3 softcovers in this group. I paid $23 and some cents for 8 books in brand new condition. I normally don’t like reading books in hardcover form, but I couldn’t resist the sale, so I will just have to deal with it. I will talk more about them once they are read and I publish a review. If you have read any of these books, tell me your thoughts!

Book Review: Say Her Name by James Dawson

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Say Her Name

James Dawson

Length: 287 pages

My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear…But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Review

Drip, drip, drip…

When I started reading the first page of this book I loved how there was a description of what happened before the present day events. The whole book read like it was a movie and I was able to envision everything happening. My only gripe about this book was that it is a bit juvenile. I expect that from a YA author, but I’ve also read The Merciless, which was as gory as you could possibly imagine. I loved it! If you are a fan of the urban legend Bloody Mary, you’ll enjoy this story.

I read reviews about Say Her Name on Goodreads and most people were a bit freaked out about it, but I didn’t get it. I actually didn’t feel anything while reading this book. I was very interested in what happened next, though. The writing and timing of events were well organized. I didn’t like the wording and I felt the characters were a bit immature, but what else can I expect from YA? I’m not saying all YA literature is juvenile. I can only account for this book and future YA books I read.

A striking element to this novel is the author is male and he developed his female characters perfectly! I was so taken by how he was able to write about girly things… develop characters with girly humor and language. He’s quite a talented author in that respect. I haven’t stumbled upon many male authors who write novels with female lead characters and for it to be believable. Very interesting!

I definitely recommend this book for teens and young adults.

New Trilogies For The New Year!

Recently, I’ve started to get really into reading trilogies. Some are fairly new and others were written more than a few years ago. Here’s the trilogies I’ve started and plan to start reading which will spill over into the new year..

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Shadow and Bone! I’ve had this book on my bookshelf for a few months and never got around to it until Friday. I finished it yesterday and I must say this book is amazing! Very well written and the characters are well developed. It’s mainly about a girl named Alina who has special powers who is in love with her best friend. I bought the second book from Barnes & Noble yesterday, but I plan to read it next month. The genre is epic fantasy.

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Next trilogy is Throne of Glass! I ordered this book last week and waiting on its arrival. It is about the most powerful assassin in the land and its a woman! I love novels with female assassins as lead characters. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. The genre is fantasy.

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Flowers In The Attic by V.C. Andrews was first published in 1976. I’m not completely sure what it is about. All I know is something happens to the father and there’s an inheritance involved. The children have the worst end of the stick. Evil happens and the children are locked in an attic. There’s a Lifetime movie adaptation. I just started reading it this morning and it’s interesting so far. The genre is horror.

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Fury is the first book in the paranormal/suspense Fury trilogy. A group of friends get traumatized by the paranormal who want to inflict revenge for an event that caused the death of one of their classmates. I am half way done with it and it’s not the best paranormal book I’ve ever read, but I will finish the trilogy. It has its good parts.

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The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy follows an art student that was raised by demons and is visited by an Angel who shows are a different way of being. I do not own this book yet or ordered it. I do plan to start reading it soon and unfortunately it won’t be this year! The genre is fantasy.

I don’t know what I’ve started, but I planned to finish it! My plan is to read the next book in a trilogy every month until I’m done, so I should be done with them by the end of February. All of them except Daughter of Smoke and Bone and probably Throne of Glass as well because I don’t think I’ll receive it and finish it in time to have it finished by February, so it will be March when I finish that trilogy.

If you’ve read any of these trilogies or currently reading, tell me what you think!

Goodwill Finds

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I found these books at a local Goodwill in near perfect condition. They were only about 65 cents each. I bought When A Heart Stops, a romantic suspense novel by Lynette Eason. It’s about a detective named Serena Hopkins that was called on a scene of a murder of someone she knows. She works hard to find the serial killer before he kills again.

The other book I bought is The Golden Lily by Richelle Read. It looks like it may be part of a vampire series called Bloodlines. A woman called, Sydney Sage is an alchemist and she gets into magic that can bridge the worlds of humans and vampires while protecting vampire secrets and human lives. Of course it’s a paranormal novel and is geared towards young adult readers.

Both books were released in 2012 and I can’t wait to get to them. I don’t know when I’ll be able to read them, but I’m sure it will be before the year is up.

Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

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Do you watch “Witches of East End” on Lifetime? Then, you should know the first of episode of season two will be premiering soon. I wanted to watch the TV show and I recently found season one on Netflix. I also found that it is based on the book with the same title. If you enjoy reading the book before the movie/TV show, then you’re in luck! Even if you’ve watched the first season, you can still read the book to see what the director and writers of the TV show left out. I am very tempted to read the book now!

Review: What You Wish For by Mark Edwards

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What You Wish For

Mark Edwards

Released: June 24, 2014

Publisher: Tom & Mercer

Length: 271

Synopsis

Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth…

Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie’s unusual beliefs hold the key.

But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger.

Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in…

Review

What a surprise! Surprise! Surprise! If I knew this book was about aliens and people obsessed with them, then I probably wouldn’t have read this book. I saw the advertisement on my Kindle and read the synopsis. I thought I would like it, so I bought it for $4.99 in the Amazon ebook store.

The whole book is about a guy, Richard whose had a dry life as a photographer in the past and after meeting this girl, Marie, she changes his view about life and love. He soon finds out that Marie is obsessed with aliens and is able to hear their voices. He’s a cynic, of course. One day Marie disappears and he devotes all of his time to finding her. In his desperation of trying to find his love, Marie, Richard gets himself into a very strange, dark, and dangerous world of alien cults and finds out that those people aren’t as loving and “hippish” as they claim to be.

I would recommend this book for people who enjoy reading about aliens. This book is about aliens and Richard’s obsession, but it also holds a deeper meaning about faith and belief about anything, specifically religion, if you can read between the lines. The book is interesting. After reading it, I wouldn’t have paid $4.99 for it. …more like $2.99, but I bought it on impulse and it’s based solely on what I like reading and aliens aren’t at the top of my list!