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!

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Weekly Update

Hello!

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!

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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!

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.

 

Kindle Book Haul #2

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It’s that time again! I haven’t posted about books I’ve accumulated in my Kindle for a while. I posted one last year and I have a lot more to share this time around! I hope you all don’t mind if I only list the titles. Uploading an image for every book would take forever! And to the fun…

  1. The Black Mage: First Year by Rachel E. Carter
  2. On The Inside by Kim Cano
  3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  4. Die For Me by Amy Plum
  5. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (The Inferno) by Dante Alighieri
  6. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
  7. When I Married My Mother by
  8. The Startborn Rising by Jason D. Morrow
  9. Run by Patti Larson
  10. Hysteria by Megan Miranda
  11. Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto
  12. A Game of Proof: A Mother’s Fight To Defend Her Son by Tim Vicary
  13. Always With You by Andrea Hurst
  14. The Uncanny Valley by Gregory Miller
  15. On The Edge of Twilight by Gregory Miller
  16. The Story of Awkward by R. K. Ryals
  17. Origin by Nathaniel Dean James
  18. If I Break by Portia Moore
  19. Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge
  20. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  21. The Human Aura, Astral Colors, and Thought Forms by William Walker Atkinson
  22. Girl Behind Glass by Abby Wilder
  23. Crushed by Leen Elle
  24. Identity Thief by J.P. Bloch
  25. The Metronome by D.R. Bell
  26. The Big Good Bye by Michael Lister
  27. Out of Time by Monique Martin
  28. The Ghost Files 2 by Apryl Baker
  29. The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr
  30. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  31. The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker
  32. Skeleton Park by Christina Smith
  33. Code Breakers by Colin F. Barnes
  34. Clarity by Loretta Frost
  35. Ebola by Bobby Adair
  36. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  37. The Darkest Secret by Jessica Pine
  38. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  39. The Witch Within by Iva Kenaz

I listed all of the titles that are on my device; not including the titles in the cloud. If I missed some that were in the cloud, I will include those in my next post. Hopefully, I will post updates every three months from now on.

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Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I was able to finish Red Rising on yesterday and I couldn’t wait to publish a review! The book isRed Rising about a young man named Darrow who is a Red and lives on the planet Mars. You can think of his color Red being a social caste and his group is the lowest of the low. You may also be able to deduce that there are other colors that are higher than his. Events happen to Darrow and his family by means of the governing colors that influences him to change the social status of his people.

I must admit. When I first picked up this book and read a few pages, I wanted to put it down. I kept reading and became hooked to the storyline. The only thing that kind of turned me off about this book is that it is political, so I read it a bit slower than I normally read. This is not a book you would pick up for a quick read. It is dense and you will think while reading it. There’s a great deal of science fiction, romance, military strategy (including alliances and winning), philosophy, mystery, politics, action, and suspense in one book. So, you’re in for a soul depleting read! I don’t suggest reading it in one sitting. Take a break and read another book, then come back to it. It took me a couple of days to read.

The story reminds me of kings, queens, castles, armies, fighting for dominion, and winning the hearts of the people, but without the kings and queens. Picture all of that happening in space…without the aliens. Instead it is about a young man who came from a hard life working on the edge of Mars… a job that he could very well die from and rising to become powerful in his own right…sort of.

I liked how there were plenty of references to popular classic works such as The Odyssey by Homer and names of very popular individuals  in history and their ideology. Since philosophy is my favorite subject, I immediately loved that part about it.

Not to sound sexist, but this book is definitely testosterone infused. I’m not saying women shouldn’t read it but you will find the terminology used here is only popular with one sex. I describe the word usage as  “male locker room” lingo. That is the best way I can explain it! I’m not a huge fan of his writing style and word usage, but I do like the plot quite a bit. There’s also a lot of competitiveness between the male characters and with that comes with even more crude jokes. Just a heads up!

All in all, I gave this book 4 starts on Goodreads. The next book in the trilogy, Golden Son released this month and I do plan on reading it sometime before the year ends.

Freshly Picked: Red Rising!

2015/01/img_9171.jpgI’ve been wanting to read Red Rising by Pierce Brown for sometime now and I finally bought my copy! This is another super hyped book in the book community and I hope it is all what they say it is. Golden Son, the second book in the trilogy was released last week with just as much excitement surrounding it as Red Rising.

I don’t know much about this book, but the part of the story that stands out to me is that it takes place on mars. Yes, mars, the planet. While this may seem a random place for the setting of the story, I can see where the author can go with this. Mr. Brown has full creative control over this story because not much is known about mars academically, so he can pretty much create a world there without much strife from the academic scholars and make it pretty believable as far as he can go with fiction.

There are so many books in my Kindle and on my bookshelf that I want to hopefully to, so I don’t know when I’ll start reading this book. If I get to it before the summer I’ll be surprised. It will get read before the year ends. That is a promise! And I’ll be sure to post a review.

Have any of you read this book? Tell me your thoughts!

Book Review: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

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Published: March 4, 2014

Length: 256 pages

Source: Bought | eBook

“This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do.” The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

Review

First of all, why is this book so amazing? I’ve read two amazing books in a row and I am so happy about that! Again, If you read my review of The Story of Awkward, then you will understand when I say I have no words. None! I have to definitely redo my best books of 2014 to add this one. I love really dark and gory books, but this story takes place in a prison. I think what makes this book more serious and real to me is because it is prison and it more than likely happens almost every day in reality. It’s not a random killing or stalking case that I often read about. I’m not saying killing and stalking isn’t real. I am saying that those things taking place in prison is more creepy. There’s nowhere to go! And you’re surrounded by killers. It’s almost inevitable. It made me cringe a little. Even though this is a work of fiction, the realism is breathtaking. It’s too real! Also, Denfeld wrote this book in a poetic style. I never thought a story so dark and helpless can be so beautifully written.

The story is told by an inmate. While reading this book you can get a little confused because he’s narrating, telling the stories of other characters (including their thoughts and feelings), and telling his own story. He is what we call an omniscient narrator. He knows and sees all. You have to pay attention when you’re reading this book or you will get lost. Through the book we learn that every character has their demons and somehow they all work together and contribute to the events forming prison life. Besides that, deep topics such as morality and death are explored from different point of views of the inmates, investigator (the lady), priest, and warden. We also take a look into their lives and understand what makes them who they are and what influences the decisions they make inside the prison walls.

I don’t want to give too much away about this book, but I recommend it. I cannot say how much I love this book enough. It is a truly, truly amazing work and it deserves every book award there is.

Book Review: The Story of Awkward by R. K. Ryals

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Published April 10, 2014

Length: 284 pages

If you are looking for a happy book about beautiful people, this is the wrong story.
If you are looking for a narrative without emotion, without regrets, and without mistakes, this is definitely the wrong story.

This is by no means an uncomplicated tale about uncomplicated people. It is by no means sweet or light.

This story is ugly.
This story is complicated.
This story is emotional.
This story is tragic.

In short, this story is about being awkward.

Review

I cannot put into words how much I love this book. I was completely engrossed. I don’t have any gripes. There is nothing negative to say about this book. It is absolutely perfect. This book is a readers dream. Amazing. It is about a girl who went through challenges like most teens in school. Bullying and a not so good family life. Something happens on her way to college that sends her through a series of events that were completely her work. A lot of readers think this book is sad. It does have sad parts, but I can’t say the whole book is sad because it isn’t. It won’t depress you. Saying this book is depressing is overkill.

The setting and how the story unfolds reminds me a lot of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. It actually has some elements taken from various childhood stories, specifically fairytales to make an extremely awkward one (the title gives it away). The characters are great. The love story is great. I have no words! I think EVERYONE should read this book. No matter the age. Usually, I don’t read fairytales and stories that are loosely based on fairytales, but this one kept my attention because it is so different! It’s an awkward fairytale with awkward characters. I can’t wait to read more of her work.

Best of all, the book is free on Kindle and iBooks! It’s definitely worth the download.

Currently Reading: The Ghost Files

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I decided to pick a horror book to read this week since Halloween is on Friday! The book I chose to read is called The Ghost Files. It’s about a foster child named Mattie who is able to see ghosts. Other than seeing ghosts, Mattie had a normal life since she moved to her town until she sees the ghost of her foster sister at a party. Soon she begins to investigate Sally’s death.

I’m only three chapters into this book but it is a mix of horror, suspense, and mystery. I can’t wait to finish it. I’m sure I will post my thoughts about it no later than Saturday. The novel is free in the Kindle Bookstore!

Kindle Freebies!

Hello, everyone! Who doesn’t like free books? Especially free books in ebook form (no more overstocked bookshelves)! I found a few Kindle freebies that have interest me to download. I wanted to share with you all in hopes that they may interest you as well. Let’s get to the free books!

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Mindspeak by Heather Sunseri (January 25, 2013)

She was created for a purpose so revolutionary, someone was willing to kill for it.

Seventeen-year-old Lexi Matthews keeps two secrets from her elite boarding school classmates—she’s the daughter of a famous and controversial geneticist, and she can influence people’s thoughts.

But after new student Jack DeWeese heals her broken arm with an anything-but-simple touch, he forces Lexi to face a new reality—her abilities reach much further than speaking to the minds of others.

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Bleeders by Anthony Bruno (March 18, 2014)

FBI profiler Trisha McCleery has been on a twenty-year personal search for the person who brutally murdered her mother. At the same time serial killer Gene Lassiter has been on an obsessive twenty-year search for the daughter of his first kill. If she finds him, justice can at last be served. If he finds her, one man’s reign of terror can continue unabated.  In a stunning life-or-death final act, the hunter and the hunted go head-to-head, with a shocking ending that bleeds justice dry.

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Heavenly by A.M. Evanston (April 17, 2014)

One angry angel a misstep away from being demoted. One fiery redhead who’s well-known for making trouble. What could possibly go wrong?

When Chloe Molloy starts seeing a blond-haired, grey-eyed man that nobody else can, she’s sure she’s going nuts. This mysterious guy calls himself Dmitri and says he’s her guardian angel who is supposed to help her get together with gorgeous bachelor Trevor Malone. She finds it hard to believe Dmitri was sent by God—the guy is irritating, obnoxious, and blunt. Still she has no other choice but to follow along with his idiotic plot. It’s only as time goes on that she begins to realize that Dmitri may be her guardian angel after all.

There’s only one problem. She’s falling in love with him. Their passion is forbidden. Outlawed. Prohibited. It’s also unstoppable.

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The Witch Within by Iva Kenaz (August 4, 2014)

A gripping medieval tale set in 16th century Bohemia

After she has been charged with witchcraft, sixteen-year-old Talitha escapes to the abandoned Cursed Lands and seeks the ancient cave of her ancestors. In the deep woods, she starts to remember her ancestral lore of healing and magical symbolism and receives guidance on how to survive from the local spirits.
But soon she’s captured by two men, who were sent to take her to the local justice. One is a brute, but the other one is fatally attracted to her. After Talitha manages to escape them, she finds her ancestral cave, but also another one at the highest peak of the forest where a group of refugee women have established a camp. By facing both the dark and bright side of her kin, Talitha learns that what she thought was her curse, may yet become her gift.

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The Island by Jen Minkman (January 10, 2014)

Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?